Oracle9i Application Release 2 Version 9.0.4 is intended to enable companies to exploit the middle tier as a single hub for integration. For example, an enterprise deploying both PeopleSoft and Oracle applications and a third-party database can use the application server to unify processes across the three disparate products, Oracle said.
"The application server now becomes the hub," so users do not have to resort to point-to-point integration, said John Magee, Oracle vice-president of application server and tools product marketing.
New capabilities include a Web-based tool set to manage EAI, business-to-business, Web services, business process management, and business activity monitoring. This eliminates the need for proprietary programming skills.
Also featured is support for the J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) 1.0 specification for integration between application servers and enterprise information systems such as ERP, CRM, and legacy systems.
Web services protocols are supported such as Soap, UDDI, and WSDL. Specific industry protocols also are backed in the new application server. EDI is supported for document exchange, RosettaNet for high-technology manufacturing, UCCNet for retail enterprises, and Health Level 7 for the healthcare industry.
"This provides a single integration platform that can communicate through all those different platforms and protocols," Magee said.
Oracle Application Server Release 2 Version 9.0.4 is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2003.