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By Bob Violino
Oracle has been developing and marketing products and technologies for service-oriented architecture since 2001 and a steady stream of SOA-related developments has allowed the company to build a comprehensive set of SOA-related products.
Oracle's aim is to deliver a comprehensive, "hot-pluggable" SOA platform. The company says it offers the solutions customers need to transform their existing IT infrastructure to a service-oriented architecture-including service development, routing, integration, service orchestration, policy management, security, deployment and access, according to a spokeswoman.
All the components of the Oracle SOA platform are built on open industry standards that enables it to interoperate with existing IT systems, "thus protecting and enhancing the value of the customers' existing IT systems," she says. Oracle's SOA products can be deployed on top of other Java Application Servers that include IBM WebSphere and JBoss.
Today, Oracle is seeing adoption of its SOA software across all geographies and industries. "These customers range from small companies of less than 500 employees to Fortune 5," says Ashish Mohindroo, product director for Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle's SOA products are components of the broader Oracle Fusion Middleware product family.
Among the organizations using Oracle's SOA software are ABN Amro, Aloha Airlines, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, the Federal Aviation Administration, Giant Eagle Grocery Stores, Northwestern University, Qualcomm, and Subaru of America.
The centerpiece of the company's SOA offerings is Oracle SOA Suite, which consists of Oracle Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Oracle BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) Process Manager, Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Oracle Business Rules Engine, Oracle Web Services Manager and Oracle JDeveloper.
ESB provides standards-based integration of data and enterprise applications within an organization and with trading partners.
BPEL Process Manager, a part of Oracle's Fusion Middleware product family, is software that enables enterprises to assemble disparate applications and Web services into business processes.
Oracle BAM is a tool for building interactive, real-time dashboards and proactive alerts for monitoring business processes and services.
Oracle Business Rules Engine makes processes and applications more flexible by enabling business analysts and non-developers to define and modify business logic without programming.
Oracle Web Services Manager, another component of Fusion, is software for managing the operations of Web services and the interactions between these services.
And Oracle JDeveloper is a free integrated development environment that simplifies the development of Java-based SOA applications and user interfaces with support for the full development life cycle.
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