Oracle is attempting to move into the overcrowded enterprise application integration (EAI) market, but plans to focus on integrating companies' supply chain packages rather than their internal systems.
As a result, the software supplier has launched its Oracle Integration Server suite, which is due to ship as a series of Fastforward rapid implementation bundles next March, along with a raft of consulting and services.
Oracle Consulting has also come up with a socalled Integration Framework or methodology to provide customers with guidelines on how to implement the offering and also work out possible returns on investment.
Rene Bonvanie, senior vice president of product marketing for Oracle's database unit, said: "This is not a product as such - it's a framework of products and services that allows customers to build a bridge between their products. The aim is to allow businesses to communicate and transact easily and to do that, they need to have their backend systems integrated with each other."
He added: "Oracle will focus more on integrating the supply chain. Our products can do the same as IBM's and integrate data warehouses and the like, but we want to broaden out the scope. The advantage we have is that IBM is driven predominantly by services and Microsoft doesn't have the skillset to deliver this, but we have both products and services."
Oracle Integration Server comprises the supplier's Application Server and 8i database with related Internet Directory, Advanced Queuing and Advanced Security options.
New products that are also currently in the works include Oracle's Message Broker messaging middleware and Business Process Coordinator, which enables customers to model workflow processes and builds up data warehouse meta models so that users can share data and analyse it later.
The company will also ship its own and third party adaptors from STC to enable customers to hook their back end applications such as SAP's R/3 into the software, which sits on top of organisations' packages as a integration layer and passes information between them using XML.
It has just published a developers kit to its Oracle Technical Network Web site to enable ISVs to build their own adaptors and also plans to come out with a bridge to IBM's MQSeries asynchronous messaging middleware and Tibco and Vitria's equivalent offerings.
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