Apps to Disk

So did you watch Steve Jobs or Larry Ellison yesterday? I have to admit, I monitored a streaming blog to see the new iPad announcement. So this morning I went back and checked what Larry had to say about the Sun acquisition. I wasn't surprised by anything they revealed -- makes sense to me.

The key takeaway is that Oracle is serious about the "Apps to Disk" strategy. That is, providing customers the entire stack which includes applications, middleware, database, operating system, virtual machine, servers, and storage. My old CIO at Circuit City would say "one throat to choke," but I prefer the more optimistic "one back to pat."

To bring this concept to life, let's look at our BI offering for retail. Oracle provides the following components for a complete solution:

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  • Oracle Business Intelligence EE+ -- comprehensive suite of enterprise BI products that delivers a full range of analysis and reporting capabilities.

  • Oracle Retail Data Model -- a retail-specific data model based on ARTS and covering ten subject areas. It includes data mining models and OLAP cubes for advanced analytics.

  • Oracle 11gR2 Database -- world's best database, bar none.

  • Oracle Data Integrator EE -- comprehensive data integration platform that covers all data integration requirements: from high-volume, high-performance batch loadss, to event-driven, trickle-feed integration processes, to SOA-enabled data services.

  • Sun/Oracle Database Machine -- complete package of software, servers, storage and networking for all data management, including data warehousing, transaction processing and consolidated mixed application workloads

Customers have the freedom to pick and choose the pieces of the stack, or just get the entire thing from a single vendor -- apps to disk. And to top it off, Deloitte has built a successful implementation practice around this stack they call the Retail Business Intelligence Accelerator.

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