Ease of set-up is one of the major benefits here. Business users have the wherewithal now to create executable models that also serve as UI builders for executive dashboards that provide a view of operations. But IT and development remain a bottleneck for actual installation of the real-time run-time versions of the systems the business creates. The public cloud is a place where the systems can get built-out, ahead of IT procurement of private cloud or on-premise versions.
Collaboration is a cornerstone of recent BPM add-ons, whether cloud-based or other. Tibco’s new offering highlights collaboration, or the social media aspect of business intelligence, which the cloud should leverage somewhat.
Among other activity in this area is Metastorm’s new M3 modeling suite, which is composed of a popular subset of its modeling tools for business process building, residing on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Not far afield of this is a new app store builder included in JackBe’s Presto 3.0 enterprise mashup engine, used in many cases for data analytics.]]>
But someone used to this will see similarities to would-be RDBMS killers of yore, notably the object-oriented data base, which garnered a lot of venture capital, but which never required Oracle’s Larry Ellison to think about down-sizing his yacht.
As part of their due diligence on Cloud Computing, today’s software architects will take a look at MapReduce, Hadoop and other data-related schemes. Some of them may have gone through the object-oriented data base experience. Others will have worked with persistent object architectures.
What they may find is that MapReduce bears watching; that is because some things have changed in the enterprise. Notably, the RDBMS is not quite the Big Kahuna it was once. As enterprise systems grapple with mixes of numerous data types – mixes in which relational data is not the alpha and omega – MapReduce will bear a look-see. Rich Seeley reported on MapReduce, and spoke with no less venerable a technologist than Curt Monash. Monash has had his hand on the pulse of Oracle since its DB was ‘immature’ technology. By no means does he say the RDBMS is imperiled by upstart MapReduce. But his interest alone makes it worth watching, and Seeley’s story finds a other individuals articulate on MapReduce as well. Two firms, Aster Data and GreenPlum, have almost simultaneously sought to commercialize MapReduce methods.]]>
Now you’ve got until February 15 to fill out the nomination form. It will push back the announcement of winners until March, but we believe this will be the most comprehensive set of awards handed out in the SOA space and we wanted to make sure absolutely everyone gets a chance to submit.
For those of you who don’t know, we have eight categories:
Products need to have been released between Dec. 1, 2006 and Nov. 30, 2007. You can check the nomination form for more details, though we highly recommend you explain how the product enables SOA and adheres to the principles of service orientation in your entry.]]>
The next year in the application development software space will be shaped by this deal. How will BEA fit underneath the Oracle umbrella? What does this mean for open vs. proprietary tooling? Will BEA open new SOA arenas to Oracle or will this create an opportunity for competitors to win business as the Oracle-BEA assimilation takes place? Will SAP react? Will Microsoft react? Will IBM react?
I could go on all day, but I suspect you get the point: Oracle has agreed to buy BEA and the fallout promises to be massive.
Even though this deal has seemed imminent for months, the media and analyst community is trying to sort out the rationale behind it. Over at ZDNet, Larry Dignan’s blog entry notes “Ellison added that BEA will allow Oracle to instantly become a leader in messaging and ‘adds scale to our middleware business.’”
The Eye on Oracle blog from SearchOracle.com speaks with Forrester analyst Ray Wang, who says, “We expect accelerated consolidation along key battle grounds of middleware platforms such as Master Data Management, business intelligence, portals, business process management, and other information management tools. Don’t expect the competitors of BEA to sit still.”
Matt Asay at CNET flogs the conventional wisdom and asks if Oracle’s platform play will drive users toward open source offerings.
On his blog at SpringSource, Rod Johnson speculates that “the Oracle application server, OC4J, is history and Oracle will focus on driving WebLogic Server.” Yet that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Here’s some of the other seemingly competitive products that need to be rationalized:
That last one is a real sticky wicket in that BEA built Workshop on the open source Eclipse IDE, while JDeveloper is still a fully proprietary offering. Where does the tooling go? Since Oracle bought BEA, you’d have to think this doesn’t bode well for BEA’s open tooling approach. If so, maybe Asay is onto something, maybe this is the end of the “commercial open source” path BEA was trying to navigate.
How well Oracle assimilates BEA and what decisions it makes about mixing and matching the two product lines could either give rise to an application development titan or send customer scurrying for alternatives. One thing it probably can’t afford to do is repeat what it’s done with the 2007 Hyperion acquisition, namely make a big money purchase and then remain mum on how it will fit long term into the Oracle Fusion product line. Hyperion was a complimentary acquisition, bringing business intelligence into the Oracle family. It can stand alone for a while. There’s too much redundancy with BEA for Oracle not to produce a fairly clear roadmap of how it all fits together.]]>
He recently sat down for a podcast to describe the architectural underpinnings of dynamic business applications.
Topics covered include:
Anyone interested in finding out more about this subject can get a free copy of Rymer’s report on Dynamic Business Applications from Forrester.]]>