Oracle defends delay of OFM 11g

Oracle has defended the timing of the release of the latest version of its Oracle Fusion Middleware product, saying it is bang on the target.


Oracle has defended the timing of the release of the latest version of its Oracle Fusion Middleware product, saying it is bang on the target.

Oracle and BEA customers have not had to wait longer than planned, said Thomas Kurian, SVP of product development at Oracle.

"After the acquisition of BEA Systems was complete, we said we would deliver a converged [middleware] product in 12 months and we have done that almost to the day," said Kurian.

He was speaking at the London launch of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g this morning.

"Although we were already a long way into 11g, we did not want customers to have a double migration and decided on a single path forward that would include BEA products," said Kurian.

According to Kurian, the move has been viewed positively by most BEA and Oracle customers.

"We shipped 32 Oracle Fusion Middleware modules this week, which have been done relatively quickly, he said.

The only modules outstanding are those for content management and business intelligence, but these would be easy additions scheduled for release later this year, said Kurian.

Former BEA customer Telefonica O2 UK is happy with the convergence of the two product sets and has been working with Oracle to ensure a smooth transition to OFM 11g.

The mobile phone company plans to move 11g in the next year, but it may be sooner if new product lines demand it, said Ricky Mortimer, product manager, strategic change, at Telefonic O2 UK.

"We already had an identity management project underway when the acquisition was announced, so we have worked with Oracle to ensure the system is ready for 11g," he told Computer Weekly.

However, the mobile company is not keen to rush the migration process unnecessarily.

"There is no pressure to migrate, but when we do, we expect a smooth transition without any additional cost. Our current 10g licenses will cover the upgrade," said Mortimer.

The benefits to the business will be easier compliance with identity management regulations because of the new analytics capabilities that will identify any anomalies in the system.

"Our IDM management system is an important part of our business strategy to allow greater interaction with customers, which is where the system will be rolled-out first," said Mortimer.

Other business benefits will include reduced development time for services and easier partnering with other organisations to deliver services because of open standards and a simplified architecture.

"The convergence of BEA and Oracle products has not impacted us negatively at all. In fact, it has been the direct opposite. We now have the best of both middleware products," said Mortimer.

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