In the myriad of announcements made at Oracle World this week, Oracle Corp. had a few of its own to make.
On Tuesday, the enterprise software vendor unveiled an integration component to be part of release 2 of Oracle 9i Application Server.
The new functionality is designed to lower application server integration costs and allow enterprises to use a single platform to address application-to-application, business-to-business, and Web services integration.
Oracle claims that this integration will make the popular app server the only one on the market to feature built-in integration technology.
With these new enhancements, Oracle9i Application Server will allow enterprises to leverage the middle tier as the single hub of integration.
According to the vendor, Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 v9.0.4 helps enterprises lower integration costs, reduce complexity, and accelerate business flows by providing a single product that supports enterprise application integration, business-to-business integration, Web services, business process management, and business activity monitoring.
New product capabilities include:
- Business Process Management, Intelligence, and Monitoring: through a Web-based tool set for managing EAI, B2B, Web services, business process management, and business activity monitoring designed to eliminate the need for proprietary programming skills. The tool set provides a single tool to define, create, and connect business processes, monitor the integration process, and enable online analysis and reporting for integration activities.
- JCA Standards and Architecture: provide pre-built adapters with enhanced support for the J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) 1.0, a public specification for integration between application servers and enterprise information systems such as ERP, CRM, and legacy applications.
- Web Services: that support SOAP 2.2, UDDI, and Web Services Description Language (WSDL) for Web services as well as the use of Web services as an integration function.
- Industry Standard Protocol Support: Accelerates B2B integration by supporting industry standard protocols such as electronic data interchange for document exchange, RosettaNet for enterprises in the high-tech manufacturing sector, UCCNet for retail enterprises, and Health Level 7 for the health care industry.
"As enterprises deploy an increasing number of applications, there is a greater need to integrate data and business processes," said Michele Rosen, IDC analyst. "The integration functionality in Oracle9i Application Server reduces the costs and complexity of integrating systems and collaborating with partners and customers."
Oracle at this time also announced that BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) and Deloitte & Touche are developing integration practices around the Oracle9i server integration.
Oracle9i AS' integration component will be part of Release 2 version 9.0.4. It is scheduled to be available in the first half of 2003.
Other Oracle announcements made this week include a three-year, worldwide agreement to develop, market, and deliver middleware solutions based on Oracle9i AS and HP's platforms. Oracle also announced partnerships with Dell Computer, EMC, Intel, and Red Hat.
In addition, Oracle submitted a new API spec designed to facilitate the creation of extensions that are fully interoperable with any Java IDE.