Thursday, June 22, 2006

Oracle - Event-Driven Middleware Suite

Oracle announced its Event-Driven Middleware Suite recently. Has not gotten the coverage we expect from bloggers though. Here are some excerpts from the press release:

"Oracle(r) Event-Driven Architecture Suite iscomprised of best-in-class Oracle Fusion Middleware products that allowcustomers to sense, identify, analyze and respond to business events inreal-time. EDA is a key component of SOA 2.0, the next-generation ofservice-oriented architecture (SOA) that defines how events andservices are linked together to deliver a truly flexible and responsiveIT infrastructure.

Organizations using an EDA can gain a competitive advantage by responding more rapidly to changing business conditions. Current infrastructures for processing and managing events, however, are limited and require complex and expensive software engineering. Oracle EDA Suite includes a design time environment to easily define and correlate events; Oracle Enterprise Service Bus to collect and distribute events; Oracle Business Rules to define business policies on events; Oracle Business Activity Monitoring to monitor and analyze Business Events; and pre-built solutions for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other systems.

Companies in a broad range of industries - including financial services, commercial banking, securities trading, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, retail, government and manufacturing - can now use Oracle EDA Suite to become a real-time enterprise by enabling them to build, deploy and manage EDAs. Leading manufacturing and distribution companies are using EDAs to optimize supply chain and vendor management; leading retailers are using EDAs to optimize inventory management using RFID; and global financial services institutions are using EDAs to optimize financial positions and hedging strategies in the financial markets.

Leveraging Oracle Fusion Middleware'shot-pluggable architecture, Oracle EDA Suite is interoperable withOracle Containers for J2EE and non-Oracle application servers includingBEA WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server and JBossApplication Server along with messaging buses such as Oracle AdvancedQueuing, SonicMQ, Tibco Enterprise JMS and WebSphereMQ. The offeringincludes native support to create, process, analyze and manage eventsand provides a flexible, declarative environment to rapidly build andadapt event-driven applications"

IMHO: Sounds interesting, even with all the jargon thrown in. SOA's delivery capability on all it promises is still suspect, especially as the organization that deploys SOA does not reap benefits rapidly. Rather, a network effect is needed, necessitating widespread adoption, to unleash the full and supposedly immense power of SOA. Wait and see. The problem is that most target organizations for SOA might also adopt the same approach. SOA 2.0? Sounds very far-off to me.....



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