WEB 2.0 and Fusion
People are increasingly entering the work force never having lived their lives without the Internet. That means they expect collaboration tools, instant messaging, search and other Net-related technologies to be an integral part of their tools in the workplace. Oracle expects Fusion applications to have a heavy presence on the desktop. In a demonstration in San Francisco during the apps conference, the speaker showed an Oracle applet that sits on the desktop and remains present when the user clicks on a tool linked to the Oracle database or other data sources. For example, it remains present when Microsoft Outlook is called up to review sales leads, and provides context drawn from Oracle's database. People will be able to share the information with their customers, even if those clients do not own any Oracle applications. A sales representative, for example, could e-mail a quote to a customer, who would then call it up and view it through the same user interface. The customer could then click on a collaboration tab and engage in an instant-messaging conversation with the sales representative. The business software maker plans to indefinitely support and invest in applications from PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and Siebel Systems.