Well, it’s 2012! But please allow me one quick look back. Here is a list of the top 5 Oracle stories on SearchOracle.com in 2011, ranked both by news importance and page views on SearchOracle.com. These are in no particular order.
Exaportfolio and other hardware
First is Oracle’s additions and updates to what I’m calling its Exaportfolio. Exadata, Exalogic, and now, Exalytics. Exalytics is built for business intelligence, and has the TimesTen in-memory database built into it along with Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite. It is yet another attempt by Oracle to sell its integrated appliances. It also previewed its Big Data Appliance meant to run Hadoop and Oracle’s new NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition inside. Are you thinking of buying up one of these integrated appliances?
Read our Exadata and Exalogicserver guides, and check out why Exalytics might be a better comparison to SAP HANA than any previous Oracle appliance.
The year 2011 was yet another year for Oracle Fusion Applications. For most it meant another year of waiting for Fusion to come to fruition. But there were some stories that trickled out of actual companies using Fusion Applications in production through Oracle’s early adoption program. Principal Financial Group was the first, as Oracle started telling its story earlier in the year, and then Principal expounded on it later, when Oracle Fusion Applications became generally availableat Openworld. In other case, Patrick Gresham, the enterprise applications manager for a fast food chain, detailed how his company decided to move to Fusion. Finally, at Openworld some Fusion CRM early adopters told their stories.
That said, there are still many concerns around whether most customers are ready to adopt Fusion.
Customer and technical support is a challenge when dealing with most vendors, but it appears to be even more acute when it comes to Oracle. Earlier in 2011 we published a story questioning whether the phrase Oracle Support is an oxymoron. Readers came back at us with a flurry of comments, most of them negative. Experts at a local Oracle users group meetinglater in the year echoed readers’ feelings. At Oracle Openworld, we scored an interview with Oracle President Mark Hurd, where we asked him about it. His response? That support is critical to Oracle.
Oracle reaches for the cloud
At Oracle Openworld, the company announced Oracle Public Cloud. Initially the Oracle Public Cloud will include two Fusion Applications, CRM and Human Capital Management. In the future it is also projected to include a social network and Oracle Database, among other things. Needless to say many experts said Oracle was a bit late to the game, what with Amazon and Salesforce.com among others having already dived headfirst into the cloud. There were also stories of Oracle customers dipping their toes into cloud computing. AT&T is eyeing hybrid cloud computing, for example. And Floyd Teter, a well-known name in the Oracle applications universe, said that Fusion Apps being available in the cloud is a big deal.
Oracle is still also trying to push Exalogic as a “cloud in a box,” and consultant Eric Guyer scrutinized that claim. Other Oracle experts opined in August on Oracle’s place in the cloud, before the Public Cloud announcement.
Watch out for Oracle license audits
Another story published by SearchOracle.com in 2011 that gained some headway was our two-part series on Oracle licensing audits. The first warned the reader about audits, outlining how they usually come about and the reasons behind them. The second went into further depth about an Oracle license audit – what happens during them and how end users can avoid license auditing traps. The stories led to editor Mark Fontecchio being invited to present during a Miro Consulting webinar on license auditing.