IOUG recently sat down with Edward Zou, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware, to get his take on what every Oracle technologist should understand about Oracle Fusion Middleware and to hear his thoughts on what sessions are on his must-attend list at COLLABORATE 14
Thanks for spending some time with us, Ed. Let’s get started by talking about mobile development. Right now it seems like everyone is talking about mobile devices and their impact on data and analytics. How does Fusion Middleware play into Oracle’s mobile development plans?
Enterprise mobility is one of the key development objectives of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle’s development team is focused on 5 aspects of enterprise mobility:
1) Development for multi-platform delivery: build once and deploy across iOS, Android devices. Developers only need to maintain 1 code line.
2) Integration into back-end systems. We help you easily expose back-end application into JSON services and RESTful APIs for mobile development.
3) A key aspect of enterprise mobility is security especially in this BYOD environment. We provide perimeter security on server side for API gateways. And we protect applications and data on the device with Mobile Application Management through recent acquisition of Bitzer Mobile.
4) Of course, once you have the applications in place, you need a platform to run it on. That’s why Oracle has made tremendous enhancements in Weblogic Suite – so you can run apps 24x7, with high reliability and availability.
5) Improvements in Oracle Enterprise Manager mean that you can basically manage the whole stack together, and also add on visibility to see how people are accessing mobile and web apps. This allows you to build scenarios, collect statistics and analyze usage in order to define your security policies.
What is exciting for customers coming to COLLABORATE 14 is that what you learn about infrastructure here will apply to mobile. Your existing investment in Oracle infrastructure can be leveraged to build mobile apps. So if you are extending your applications to mobile you can leverage the same development, integration, management and security platform. This means you can also extend traditional on-premises applications.
I’m glad you mentioned COLLABORATE. We’ll have great sessions on middleware and development throughout the week with a strong focus on mobile development. Are there any sessions in particular that you’re excited about?
I would definitely make sure to attend the following sessions:
AppAdvantage: Business Advantage through Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
The session will discuss how Oracle EBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards and Siebel customers are extending and enhancing their existing investments in applications with SOA, BPM, IDM, WebCenter, DI, Exa solutions and Mobile Platform technologies to achieve business results.
Build Mobile Apps, Extend Fusion Apps and Integrate Cloud Apps with Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The focus of the session will be a discussion on where we are investing in Oracle Fusion Middleware. We’ll also be discussing the cloud, particularly how to leverage your current and planned investments in Oracle database, applications or other middleware technologies.
Simplify Enterprise Mobility: Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile - Tuesday, April 8 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Experts from the Oracle Mobile Strategy team will discuss the Oracle Mobile Platform and Oracle Mobile Security Suite and how these are being used by Oracle E-Business Suite, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, Siebel & Fusion Applications customers to easily & securely extend their applications to mobile.
Be sure to check the complete line-up of Oracle Fusion Middleware sessions that provide a solution-driven perspective on how customers are using specific Fusion Middleware technologies to build platforms and extend services.
Sounds like a great selection. You mentioned cloud computing, which is a hot topic for basically everyone these days. How do you see Fusion Middleware impacting customers who are considering or using a cloud solution?
Oracle is investing heavily from a Fusion Middleware perspective in cloud computing. With the release of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (and the “c” standing for “cloud”), Oracle is building cloud capability into all Fusion Middleware products and giving customers modern application infrastructure and full deployment choice of private cloud, Oracle public cloud or third party cloud. In all cases, you’ll be able to consistently manage app provisioning, elastically change capacity, and manage the lifecycle of apps and services dynamically. We have also announced enhancements in SOA, BPM, and WebCenter so the products will run better in the cloud and will be much easier for end users to consume these as services. We are also focusing on cloud integration. Recently, we announced the release of Salesforce adapter that allows you to easily integrate Salesforce.com with on-premises applications. We will continue to make enhancements and additions to our products to continuously improve our support for cloud and SaaS platform.
Ed, thanks so much for sharing this insight with us. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Fusion Middleware Roadmap atCOLLABORATE 14!