The new project X
"What is Project X? - the Oracle application integration architecture.
An open platform for integration - integrate Oracle applications, other vendors applications, and custom applications.
They are defining Core Objects - defining hundreds of business objects. Extend the objects by industries, customers can extend the objects. Extensions will be preserved across upgrades. This direction will be the genesis of Fusion.
Pre-built BPEL - example, integrate Siebel to Oracle. They will provide prebuilt integrations across applications using Open, standards based.
This strategy is based around their middleware - they compared themselves against netweaver. They are more complete and follow standards.
They think they can build the integrations better because they have the infrastructure and applications.
For more information, go to www.Oracle.com/applications/project-x.html.
"Like the mainframe, ERP (enterprise resource planning) software soldiers on, though companies complain bitterly about its inflexibility. Oracle just took a significant step toward softening that rigidity with its new Application Integration Architecture (AIA), announced by Oracle president Chuck Phillips at the company's Collaborate '07 User Group Conference.
AIA is a framework in which the functionality of Oracle's vast application portfolio -- Oracle E-Business, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and JD Edwards -- can be recombined and tailored to enterprise needs. To jumpstart this, and deliver business process expertise, the company is creating Process Integration Packs (PIPs), which are pre-built workflows that embody horizontal or vertical sets of business processes. The first two, available now, integrate Siebel CRM with the Oracle E-Business Suite.
Oracle vice president of development and strategy Jose Lazares described AIA as "an open standards-based platform that we expect to be leveraged by Oracle, our partners, and our customers to deliver best practices and industry-specific, cross-application business processes." The PIPs draw on the functionality of Oracle's Fusion middleware and are "prepackaged and delivered as products that can be sustained and delivered over time." According to Lazares, the first PIP verticals will be telecommunications, resale, financial services, consumer packaged goods, and high-tech manufacturing.
The announcement appears to target hardcore Oracle shops that already license multiple Oracle applications -- and have the stomach for multiple PIP licenses as well. But the potential for greater flexibility is there, because both the PIPs and the Oracle applications interoperate using standards that are application-independent. Ultimately, Oracle wants to create an ecosystem of third parties that can license their solutions in the AIA mix.
"Any application within our portfolio and/or third party application can be plugged in, as long as they map to the common object model and service definition," said Lazares. "Ultimately, system integrators, ISVs, and can actually start to build out capabilities beyond just the context of Oracle applications." The BPM tools included with Oracle's Fusion middleware offering can be used by customers that want to create new pr's ocesses or connect to third party applications. To do so, however, they will need a full license for Oracle's SOA Suite. "
I see no benefits in the short term but I think Oracle is starting to get it and I think it is a big first step in the right direction for product integration and a first open source platform for Oracle.