SOA Governance Key Focus in Oracle’s ‘Post-BEA’ Plans
Oracle Corp. execs this week outlined plans for Oracle Fusion Middleware, driven by integration of BEA Systems' technologies, partners and ISVs. On tap: SOA Governance suite; expanded BPM and data integration, and lifecycle tools to let IT and business users deploy, manage and update SOA services.
Oracle Corp. execs this week outlined plans for Oracle Fusion Middleware, driven by integration of BEA Systems' technologies, partners and ISVs.
On tap: SOA Governance suite; expanded BPM and data integration, and lifecycle tools to let IT and business users deploy, manage and update SOA services.
Setting a Assuring Tone
From the start of the call, Oracle execs set a tone that tried to assure BEA customers that they -- and the BEA technologies they've been using -- are both highly valued at Oracle.
"BEA was a pioneer and leader in the middleware space, and got SOA," Oracle President Charles Phillips said during this week's web conference. Phillips also noted that many of BEA's core technologies would be integrated with current and future Oracle Fusion Middleware offerings.
Phillips also noted that BEA's core ecosystem of thousands of partners, developers, ISVs and customers would drive Oracle's middleware community conversation and direction, moving forward. He noted Oracle will bring its and BEA developer and architect programs together, to support more than 1 million enterprise architects, middleware designer and J2EE developers.
Into the Details: Oracle's Post-BEA Roadmap
Oracle Fusion Middleware Senior Vice President Thomas Kurian also credited BEA for its early position in favor if 'open' and standards-based infrastructure. Kurian said OFW will leverage BEA's technologies, patterns and communities to further create easy-to-design and easy-to-configure integration technologies for SOA-to-legacy and pure SOA.
"We [envision] not just a vendor middleware suite, but a modular, pluggable stack where each component is best of breed," Kurian said. In specific, he said, Oracle "will provide a complete and integrated middleware suite" tuned for SOA with a focus four (4) key principals:
SOA Governance Key Focus of Oracle's Post-BEA Roadmap
Oracle will also leverage the BEA portfolio to launch an aggressive SOA Governance offering. To this point, Oracle has not truly offered a pure-play SOA Governance product to date. .
Kurian called SOA Governance a "need to have" technology - for both Oracle and customers, and described Oracle's view of SOA Governance as key to address needs for management and visibility of assets across the SOA Lifecycle - from design time, to deployment and on-going operations and even in post-launch phases where SOA services and policies are updated or changed.
Kurian said SOA Governance will require Oracle to present offerings for handling a wide number of assets - development, models, services and business processes. "Oracle will offer SOA Governance products that will help users "share[assets] in a repository, but also bind into the actual operations processes [customers] use."
In development time, Oracle's SOA Governance offering will enable location and sharing of artifacts, let developer and business users make changes to processes during operations (without breaking current rules or workflows), monitor and manage workflows and policies, conducting pre-deployment testing and quality assertions, and ensure that string authentication and security policies are in effect for operations, as well as for those personnel making changes.
Among the first steps, Kurian said: Oracle will combine BEA's AquaLogic Repository with Oracle's Policy Manager and Enterprise Manager, Kurian said. "Also, we have talks [underway] with HP about partnering with them for testing tools and qualityâ€¦and load testing," he added.
Other Highlights of Oracle's Middleware Roadmap
Kurian also shared other Oracle "post-BEA" highlights:
Oracle will begin a road show tour to discuss details of the Oracle-BEA integration plans in mid-July.