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BPM with Oracle: Names, Names, Names....

11.27.2008
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The purchase of BEA left many of us wondering what would happen with the products that both companies (BEA and Oracle) shared.

I, personally, would be interested to know Oracle's strategy for its product Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10.1.3.x

BEA had its  AquaLogic BPM (ALBPM) and the question qas which of the two would survive to the union.

I think that the solution has been smart. The two products remain, with the following names:
Both products are part of the BPM Suite with:

 

And the best thing is that everything points to a convergence in SOA Suite v11 that would enable the best of both worlds; turning (according to Gartner) Oracle into the undisputed leader of the SOA world.

  Panorama SOA

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products

Source: Gartner (September 2008)

 

I think the best thing of all is that I know the two products and firmly believe that it may leave something extremely productive/innovative in uniting them to achieve the best from each.

 

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Jan Vissers (ak... replied on Thu, 2008/11/27 - 4:58am

I think the best thing of all is that I know the two products and firmly believe that it may leave something extremely productive/innovative in uniting them to achieve the best from each.

 

I wouldn't get your hopes up too high. Oracle has a very long way to go to fully integrate product offerings and has yet to fully explain their strategy going forward. I wouldn't be too surprised if somewhere along the line they'd buy yet another company in the BPM arena - making it even harder to figure out what their strategy is and/or should be. What this potentially means is that the whole Oracle SOA architecture becomes too heavy to support itself and crumbles under its own weight. In any case they'd be getting a hard time to keep up with innovative, low-cost, fit-for-purpose, OSS based solutions out there.

Jeroen Wenting replied on Fri, 2008/11/28 - 8:35am

From Oracle people I've spoken with I got the impression that BEAs BPM stack will be leading, with those parts of the old Oracle stack that are lacking or weak in BEAs stack being over time merged into it.

That would indicate an EOL decision on Oracle's old offering at some point in the not too distant future, though AFAIK no timeframe for such a decision has been published.

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