Oracle becomes OpenSource – maybe Santa has the power to deliver…
1. Oracle 11g XE for 64-bit Windows!
2. Give me back the “old” Java-based “Enterprise Console Manager.”
APEX for my Oracle DB reporting.
Schema-level privileges. Come on, it’s been decades.
Also how about: Alter username rename to new_username.
Ironically, I do not have a Christmas wish list for Oracle this year. While a bit on the pricey side, I must say that the Oracle relational database software, which is what we primarily use and are running Oracle11g Release 2 on Linux and Solaris, has been very stable, scalable, and performs reasonably well. I am pleased with Oracle’s quarterly critical patch update schedule and process, and have come to depend on Oracle as the workhorse database engine alongside SQL Server 2008 R2 and MySQL. So I guess my only wish is that Oracle continue to advance and improve the relational database product line and doesn’t break anything in the process.
This is a world of expectations, and according to financial analysts, Oracle missed them all over the place. While software revenue was up almost 7% in the last quarter, hardware revenue dive-bombed 14%. Of course Oracle execs had their reason ready: According to them, the transition from Sparc T3 to T4 delayed orders by some customers. Wait, I thought the focus of Oracle hardware was its Exaportfolio, ie. Exadata, Exalogic, and Exalytics? Right? Suddenly a Sparc chip transition causes this much of a hiccup? OK…
On the expenses side, it is interesting to note that Oracle increased its sales and marketing budget by almost 11% compared to the same quarter last year. Oracle President Mark Hurd made a point of it, saying that Oracle has put “1,700 incremental sales resources into the field” since the beginning of the company’s fiscal year, which started in September.
Hurd added that Oracle has shown “strong expense discipline” while adding sales staff. Yep, that sounds about right. Hardware products and support expenses dropped 10% and 28%, respectively. Software licensing and product support expenses were also down 3% year over year. In other words, Oracle sales and marketing has been trending up since early 2010, while investment in Oracle products and support has been trending down.
What does this mean? Well, many Oracle customers complain that once they become Oracle customers, Oracle tends to forget about them. Hurd denied this in an interview at Oracle OpenWorld earlier this year. But the company’s SEC filings paint a picture of a company with a boosted sales staff and declining product and support budgets.]]>
Weblogic is the second “c” product Oracle has released this year – earlier it announced Enterprise Manager 12c. Needless to say, after years of CEO Larry Ellison making fun of the word “cloud,” Oracle has now embraced it, or at least the first letter anyway. It is expected to be available for download next Thursday. Needless to say, here are the main takeaways as I saw them:
Now, for some reactions. Simon Haslam, an Oracle ACE director and chair of the U.K. Oracle Users Group special interest group on middleware, noted that the zip installer for developers has been “slimmed down,” making it easier for download.
Haslam mentioned that an announcement that came with Weblogic 12c was Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, which will allow Oracle pros to “design and deploy pre-defined collections of ready installed Virtual Machines into different environments (not unlike VMware vCenter Orchestrator).” Haslam thinks it’s a big deal, but he’s not sure whether it will be ready for production out of the gate.
Al Hilwa, applications development software director for IDC, wrote the same note to us and to ReadWriteWeb, which published a story on the release. Basically he says the certification for Java EE 6 is a big deal because it brings it “in commercial form” to Oracle Fusion Middleware shops.
“Adoption of new versions of Java EE typically moves slowly in the enterprise but offering a certified implementation of the standard framework moves the commercial user migration process along,” he wrote.
Finally, Michel Schildmeijer, an Oracle Fusion Middleware architect at Dutch IT consultancy AMIS Technologies, wrote that he was impressed with Weblogic 12c’s integration with Oracle Exalogic. He added that Weblogic 12c’s value will come when other Oracle products move to 12c as well.
“WebLogic 12c will be ready for all kinds of other products from the Oracle portfolio like the SOA Suite, WebCenter and so on, although those products will be at the 12c level in the coming 2012/2013 year,” he wrote.]]>