Checking on Oracle Fusion Applications

Posted by Vijayakumar Chinnasamy
September 29th, 2010

Sun Blogger Vijay Tatkar wrote in his blog about the eight technology innovations mentioned by Larry Ellision during his Oracle Open World Keynote speech during last week. Nearly half of them were Sun Hardware related (such as Exadata, ExaLogicSun ultraSPARC t3 etc). Here is the list:

  1. Fusion Apps
  2. Unbreakable Linux Kernel
  3. Solaris Express 11
  4. unltraSPARC t3 chip
  5. mySQL 5.5
  6. exadata
  7. exalogic
  8. Java 7 and 8

Since the beginning, I am always interested to know more about Fusion Apps, mainly out of curiosity. Oracle Fusion Applications were formally introduced during the Oracle Open World last week (during Open World 2010). As per Oracle Release, this was one of the major innovation or next big thing for Oracle. As you are aware, Fusion Middleware Products were released already. Now, it is time to talk about the Fusion Applications.

You may be already aware; I started my IT career as a Web Developer in a small web hosting company. I used to write perl CGI code and hosting them on Linux Servers running with Apache Web Server and mySQL Database. I got bored (or I wanted a change, I am not sure!) with that job and then moved into the Unix System Administration. I worked as a Sun Solaris Admin and HP Unix Admin for some time. Then I worked in both Peoplesoft System Administration for nearly 7 years and currently working in an Oracle Identity Management (which is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware products) project for nearly past one year.

So, the question is “now what?” And how can we develop the knowledge for Fusion Apps Administration.

I am not sure when Fusion Apps will be deployed full-fledged instead of the other ERP Applications like Peoplesoft. I don’t think it will be near soon, but may be after few years, Oracle may buy in customers who are going to do a new implementation of some ERP Applications.

You know what, Fusion middleware for Fusion Apps is like PeopleTools for Peoplesoft Applications. PeopleTools Technology is the abstract layer on top of which all the Peoplesoft Applications run on. PeopleTools was originally built on C and C++ and finally evolved into a Java Technology. However I still feel some of them are C++ code. While Fusion Middleware is more Java and J2EE apps, I believe Fusion Apps will be more J2EE apps than Peoplesoft. I need to spend little bit more time on implementing a Fusion Middleware and an application. As of now, I only worked on Identity Management Product Sure and little but of Oracle Portal Technologies.

For an IT Infrastructure Administrator like me (who mainly works on Oracle Server Technologies), I think understanding the Fusion Middleware Stack will be important.

Talk to you later. Until then

Vijay Chinnasamy

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