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Apache Software Foundation Divorces JCP over Irreconcilable JSR Differences

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) today announced its resignation from the JCP (Java Community Process) Executive Committee (EC). This comes in only a day after Java SE 7/SE 8 specs (JSR-336 and JSR-337 respectively) were officially approved by the JCP despite the ASF, Eclipse Foundation and Google voting against.

Evil Plans and Stirring the Pot

The conflict goes back to 2006 and, most recently, has been around Oracle's (who acquired Sun Microsystems - the inventors of Java) refusal to grant a Java TCK (technology compatibility kit) license to the open source version of Java called the Apache Harmony project. Apache has objected to the restrictions over Harmony and threatened to leave the JCP. Since then, the differences has not been ironed out.

JCP is responsible for selecting which technologies to approve as official Java specifications. Just like it happened in the past with the near and dear to our CMS hearts JSR-170 and JSR-283. The JCP is supposed to foster an open specification process and protect the open licensing structure.

However, the are fears that Oracle is taking control over the JCP, which is supposed to be an unbiased and independent body. Oracle wouldn't agree to grant a Java compatibility license for the ASF's Harmony project.

This may indicate that Oracle is trying to keep a tight reign on any alternative implementations of Java other than their own version, while backing the OpenJDK open source version of Java.

No Harmony in the Java World

With these restrictions on distribution, the Apache Software Foundation decided to leave the JCP in a post published today, saying:

By approving Java SE 7, the EC has failed on both counts: the members of the EC refused to stand up for the rights of implementers, and by accepting Oracle's TCK license terms for Java SE 7, they let the integrity of the JCP's licensing structure be broken.

The Apache Software Foundation concluded that JCP is not an open specification process and that "the commercial concerns of a single entity, Oracle, will continue to seriously interfere with and bias the transparent governance of the ecosystem."

Since it is not possible to protect the rights of implementers and to distribute independent implementations of JSRs under open source licenses without the fear of litigation from Oracle, Apache decided to express its disdain for JCP with an immediate resignation and removal of all official ASF representatives from "any and all JSRs."

One can only wonder (or be slightly depressed?) about what kind of implications this development may bring on the content management industry. Many Web CMS and Enterprise CMS products are Java-based. Many of them are open source.

While many large enterprise are comfortable with Oracle and Java as their language of choice, many of them also use open source technologies like Apache Tomcat and the likes. Above all, Apache has a reputation of bringing innovation to the table with its projects. Innovation is not the prime factor that drives the money-making machine that is Oracle.

As we discussed before, Oracle may have a considerable impact on the industry, from many different angles. Not many of them were without controversy. Care to share your thoughts?

Oracle Q3 Results Up 17%, Sun Is Performing, SAP Bashed

Oracle_logo_2010.jpg If Oracle’s results for the third quarter are anything to go by, the IT sector may well have turned the corner on the recession. In figures released last night, profits for Q3 hit US $1.2 billion, with revenues up to US $6.4 billion from US $5.5 a year ago, beating analysts' forecast of US $6.3 billion.

The 17% increase in revenue is the second consecutive quarter of growth after a series of declines during the recession even though net profits fell in the quarter because of the acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Sun Performs For Oracle

Oracle's revenue of US $6.4 billion includes an additional 10% that can be attributed to one month of Sun revenue as the deal closed on January 26, and Oracle's third fiscal quarter ended Feb. 28.

Contained within that figure is US $458 million in Sun hardware sales as of now, although the company says that this could rise to US $1.2 bn when the final figure is in.

However, Oracle said its new baby had performed beyond expectations and contributed handsomely to Oracle’s strong growth with predictions of growth of between 31% and 36% for this quarter.

The Sun integration is going even better than we expected. We believe that Sun will make a significant contribution to our fourth quarter earnings per share as well as meet the profitability goals we set for next year,” Oracle President, Safra Catz said in a statement.

Oracle Revenue Streams

One of the most important indicators of the health of the software markets is licenses and Oracle’s figures weren’t disappointing. Sales rose by 13% to US $3.3 bn — 10% excluding Sun — performing better than Oracle itself had expected. Application sales also did well with an increase of 21% to US $1.7 bn.

Oracle’s data warehousing machine Exadata is also performing well and with only one month in the fourth quarter gone there are US $100 million in bookings so far.

Exadata is the fastest growing product in Oracle’s history. Introduced a little over a year ago, the Exadata pipeline is now approaching $400 million …This strengthens both sales growth and profitability in our Sun server and storage businesses,” Oracle President, Charles Phillips said.

SAP Bashing

In keeping with tradition though, CEO Larry Ellison took time to bash SAP. Predicting that they would continue to grab “huge chunks of market share” from SAP, Ellison taunted the world’s largest software company by suggesting the only thing SAP was beating Oracle in was in the number of CEOs it has had.

SAP’s most recent quarter was the best quarter of their year, only down 15%, while Oracle’s application sales were up 21%. But SAP is well ahead of us in the number of CEOs for this year, announcing their third and fourth, while we only had one," Ellison said

However good the sound bite, more significant is his assertion that Oracle expects to continue its charge on the market with Fusion Applications due to be released later in the year.

He said Fusion Applications, when released, will be sold as on-premises software, integrated appliances and in on-demand form.

Brighter 2010?

All posturing aside, Oracle’s results should give heart to an industry that has, like many others, taken quite a beating in the past 12 months. In 2009, tech spending dropped 9% compared with a decline in nominal gross domestic product of around 1%, according to Forrester Research.

However, things are looking up. On the same day that Oracle released its results, IDC also released research that shows that while spending on IT will not return to previous levels until at least next year, it will return to growth this year.

The research also shows that the recession hit business IT spending harder than anyone had anticipated so that annual growth will remain at 5.5% annually, much lower than previously expected. If nothing else, things seem to be moving in the right direction.

Document Management Roll-up: Migrating Lotus Notes To SharePoint 2010, Open Text Gets Mobile

This week AvePoint released a migration tool for moving Lotus Notes content into SharePoint 2010, while the markets wait for Oracle's Q3 results. Meanwhile, Open Text makes your documents mobile.

AvePoint, Lotus Notes And SharePoint 2010

AvePoint (news, site) continues to produce new tools for the upcoming release of SharePoint 2010, this time with DocAve Lotus Notes Migrator for SharePoint, which predictably enough enables companies using Lotus Notes to migrate seamlessly to SharePoint 2010.

Last month, DocAve Migrator solved the problem of moving legacy content from SharePoint 2003 and SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 (news, site) with the DocAve Migrator.

This latest release, DocAve Lotus Notes Migrator for SharePoint, is one of three tools in the DocAve Notes Transition Suite. The others include:

  • DocAve Notes Migrator for Exchange: Enables automatic migration of content from Lotus Notes to Exchange.
  • DocAve Replicator for SharePoint: Gives real time synchronization of content in SharePoint to mirror that of Lotus Notes.

Combined, users can map all content, documents and other collaborative assets from Lotus Notes, QuickPlace and Quickr, including workflows, document libraries and built-in views to SharePoint 2007 and 2010 lists, libraries, sites, workflows and wiki destinations.

Oracle’s Q3 Results

Nothing like being forewarned. In this case it’s just to give the heads-up that Oracle (site) will be releasing its results for the third quarter on Thursday coming in what is widely being anticipated as the best indicator of how technology spending, particularly within the enterprise content management sector, is doing so far this year.

Analysts at most financial institutions are anticipating a rise in sales overall, with news agency Reuters (site) reporting that their survey of analysts are expecting the software giant to make, and even beat, Wall Street expectations.

Last August Oracle's closely watched new software sales fell short of analysts' forecasts in that quarter as it got hit by the brunt of the tech slowdown. While predictions are generally optimistic, the wild card will be how Sun (site) has performed — the acquisition of which was finally closed five weeks before the end of the quarter.

Pegasystems Upgrades BPM Suite

Only a week after Pegasystems announced the US $161 million deal that saw the business process management software vendor buying out customer relationship management vendor Chrodiant, it has announced the release of the latest version of its SmartBPM Suite.

SmartBPM 6 got its first public airing at the Gartner Business Process Management summit, which is running at the moment in Las Vegas.

Among the many new features, SmartBPM 6 delivers advanced collaboration capabilities, increased speed and usability via its Web-based user interface. It also offers enhanced process discovery, and role-based views to enhance ease of use. In fact, there is a lot to be said about the new collaboration abilities in this version.

There is, for example, extended multi-channel collaboration with built-in support for email, chat, RSS and business events enabling users to bring any form of communication with clients into the process, meaning every interaction, question and exception becomes part of the process.

It also comes with an event feed integrated into the SmartBPM business architecture so business and analyst teams can easily connect and communicate in a single environment.

This can only help to integrate Chrodiant into its business. Pegasystems vertical frameworks along with its process management capabilities fit tightly with Chordiant's CRM expertise and the plan is to unify both. There has been no indication as yet how long before we willsee the release of a combined product.

Open Text Everywhere

With the extension of Open Text’s (site) enterprise content management suite to mobile devices, users will now be able to manage their documents and data using a new application called Open Text Everywhere.

Part of the newly outlined mobile strategy, the application will offer users the ability of manage and browse folders and view and manage email documents stored in the Open Text ECM Suite. It will also be able to initiate workflows and attach and view documents related to business processes.

Document Management Developments In Asia

India seems just about irresistible to document management companies looking for new markets. Canon (site) has announced that it will roll out a new line of document management products there in the coming weeks, while Xerox (site) has just announced the opening of an “innovation hub” that will focus on developing document management products.

Canon’s 40 new products, the company says, will all be able to integrate with both Adobe (site) and Microsoft (site ) ensuring comprehensive security and document lifecycle management capabilities. There are also plans to roll out newer line of hi-end commercial printers and projectors.

The aim of Canon’s move is to double its B2B and government business revenue in India with document management and image capturing devices seen as future growth drivers. The government sector and B2B segment currently contributes around 20% each to the company’s turnover.

For its part Xerox is bringing together researchers and industry partners to develop document management software that is accessible to emerging market countries.

Located in the city of Chennai, the India Hub will enable Xerox to expand and build relationships it already has in the region with research focusing on imaging, data mining and smart document management as well as cloud computing.

Oracle Enhances its ECM with Imaging and Process Management

Oracle (site) has announced two major additions to the document management module of its Universal Content Management (UCM) system today: Forms Recognition software and Imaging and Process Management 11g.

Offering End to End Business Capabilities

Some say the enterprise content management suite may have had its day. Oracle is challenging that view with a couple of new releases to its Oracle Universal Content Management Suite.

The addition of Oracle Forms Recognition and Oracle Imaging and Process Management mean that Oracle now provides end to end capabilities for managing content and complex business processes.

Part of Enterprise Application Documents

Both Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition are components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Both solutions are also delivering on the implementation of Oracle's Enterprise Application Documents (EAD) strategy first introduced at Oracle's OpenWorld last October.

Enterprise Application Documents is a strategy that provides Oracle business applications an integrated set of content management services which includes document capture, imaging and workflow (using Oracle Image and Process Management) and storage, management and access to attachments (using Oracle Content Management).

Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g

Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g is an integrated platform for managing document images within business processes. The platform leverages solutions such as Document Capture and its web-based equivalent Distributed Document Capture, and the new Forms Recognition solution.

The solution supports a single enterprise content repository for all enterprise content using Oracle Universal Content Management and has pre-integrated adapters for the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Business Process Management.

Capabilities of the suite include:

  • Intelligent data capture
  • Annotation and markup of images
  • Automated routing and approvals
  • Solution templates that include workflow, process rules. data forms and dashboards
  • Support for 27 languages 

It's also important to note that Oracle Imaging and Processing 11g is built on a new platform. Previously a .Net based application, it is now built on the J2EE platform and supports an SOA architecture, placing it firmly integrated in the Fusion Middleware platform.

Oracle Forms Recognition

Oracle Forms Recognition does not use templates to define extraction rules. Instead it incorporates advanced learning capabilities. You submit a sample of document types to the solution and it will figure out how analyze, recognize and categorize documents that are scanned into its Document Capture Solutions. This includes the ability to recognize a new document type without any administration intervention.

Once you have captured data using one of the two document capture solutions listed above, Oracle Forms Recognition provides the ability automatically extract information from those documents and integrate it into specific business applications as required based on the document type, business process and vendor.

Providing a 360 Degree View of Information

Remember what Hasan Rizvi, Oracle Senior Vice President of Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Development said during OpenWorld:

"…plans include the most complete ECM platform by providing a unified repository with end-to-end image processing," Rizvi said. “Oracle's plans include enabling more efficient and timely reuse of content while also continue delivering tighter integration with Oracle Applications as well as Oracle WebLogic Server and other Oracle Fusion Middleware."

It is true that the managing of enterprise content should not exist in a vacuum. It is completely tied to business applications and business processes. Enterprises do need solutions that enable them to have this complete view of their enterprise content without having to use multiple systems.

Available as both standalone products or as part of the Oracle UCM Suite, Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition are available today. In fact, Oracle Imaging and Process Management was officially unveiled during an Oracle Webinar in late February. You can view that webinar or read a Q&A on Oracle's blog.

Sun Microsystems Chief Open Source Officer Leaves Oracle

 OracleLeader.jpgMarch 8 turned out to be Simon Phipps' last day at Sun. What does that mean for his pet projects, and Oracle's plans for Sun's open source properties?

It's Been Quite a Ride

When looking back at Phipps' time with Sun, he's overseen the release of a number of properties into the world of open source:

  • OpenSolaris
  • Java
  • Portions of Linux
  • The Sparc chip

In addition to these accomplishments, he also appears proud of his involvement in The OpenDocument format, the "corporate blogging revolution" and other parts of the open source community. 

What's Next for Phipps?

While Phipps says that he hasn't decided what he's doing next, he's still up for election for the OpenSolaris Governing Board. If elected, this would bring him to the mandatory three term limit so it would be his last term on the Board.

In this post, Phipps makes his election platform clear and also links to his candidate statement. 

What Might this Mean for Oracle and Open Source?

Oracle has stated that much of the activities happening across the various Sun developer communities will be integrated into the Oracle Technology Network. The company has also stated that popular conferences such as JavaOne will both continue and travel outside the US.

Many writers covering both companies and the open source community have wrung their hands in concern over what Oracle might do with key open source projects. Others, such as Ryan Paul, suggested that Oracle's has strategic reasons for handling projects like MySQL, Java and OpenSolaris in a way that might turn out well for the community.

Only time will tell where it all leads. But whoever's leading the open source charge at Oracle, it isn't Simon Phipps.

Version One Integrates Document Management with Oracle E-Business Suite

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A new partnership between UK-based Oracle consultancy Mokum and document management software vendor Version One (site) means that Oracle Financials clients will be able to access Version One directly from their Oracle (site) system.

This is a solution that enables users manage full business processes of all financial documents from capture to archiving, resulting in a considerable reduction in the costs associated with these normally document-heavy tasks.

Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Financials Centralized Solution Set consists of a global accounting solution, a robust intercompany solution and a global tax solution — all built to work together on the E-Business Suite's unified information architecture.

It is also a key component of Oracle E-Business Suite Financials family of applications and integrates with Oracle Purchasing, Oracle Projects and Oracle Manufacturing applications.

As software designed specifically for the financial vertical it includes:

  • Global financial reporting and tax requirements with one accounting, tax, banking and payments model
  • Easy-to-operate shared services across businesses and regions
  • Pre-integrated financial and industry-specific processes

Oracle And Version One

That Version One has teamed up with Mokum and in doing so teamed up with Oracle is not really surprising given the kind of software Version One is selling.

Its document management and imaging software enables automatic document scanning, recognition, storage, archiving, retrieval and delivery of most business documents.

However, more significantly it also integrates seamlessly into all major accounting and ERP systems and claims typical ROI of less than six months. This means that business documents, such as invoices and statements, are automatically created, delivered, archived and retrieved according to need.

With Oracle, it securely stores all imaged documents in an electronic archive integrated with the Oracle system, which not only eliminates the risk of lost and soiled documents but also ensures rapid retrieval.

Oracle And Mokum

The third element in this deal is Mokum. Mokum is based in the UK and is the largest management consultancy in Europe to specialize exclusively in Oracle Applications and Database products.

As such, it delivers implementation, upgrade and enhancement projects for the Oracle E-Business Suite, with its functional team providing managed services for the range of E-Business modules and Oracle Database support both remotely and on-site.

While everyone’s a winner in this deal, it will be particularly sweet for Version, which has — since the middle of last year — been undergoing rapid expansion that has taken it to the US and Latin American markets, and Africa just after Christmas. With Mokum and Oracle the possibilities for continuing that expansion are huge.

Oracle + Sun: What it Means for Content Management

After many intellectual property and anti-trust concerns, one of the biggest deals in the technology space has been approved. Sun fans wipe their tears, as Oracle (site) chooses a new motto "Software. Hardware. Complete." — aiming to provide a full stack of storage, hardware, operating systems, databases, middleware and Java.

All of the above are integral parts of the content management industry. Thus, we pondered a bit over what, if any, impact the Oracle/Sun merger will have on thee.

Middleware and Content Management

The "11g" series is the new black over at Oracle. Part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g monster suite of products, Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM) is, as many of you know, largely based on Oracle's 2006 acquisition of Stellent. In the spirit of further consolidation, Sun products — according to Oracle’s ambitious strategy — will become part of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Integrating Sun into its Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio, Oracle says it is will provide maintenance to existing Sun middleware customers and will not force any migrations. Yet, the vendor doesn’t miss a chance to highlight a "variety of upgrade options."

It’s never easy to combine several WCM and/or ECM products in one portfolio — just look at Open Text’s ongoing struggles. And while it is still early, we think that Sun’s integration may bolster Oracle’s position in the content management market and, perhaps, add some fresh blood to the rather stagnated UCM.

Portal Technologies

The portal technology area seems to be a bit more uncertain at the moment. We have Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g and Sun’s (open source portal Liferay-flavored) Glassfish Web Space Server.

Out of all the portal technologies that this merger brings together in one basket, most likely, the focus will stay on Oracle’s own product, although the company plans to continue support of Sun portal customers.

But we don’t think it will be long before we hear about migrations. If you’re one of those early adopters, Oracle is already advertising and re-iterating an upgrade path for Sun GlassFish Web Space Server to Oracle WebCenter Suite.

Collaboration and Office Productivity

Microsoft and Google may feel more competitive pains as Oracle takes Sun’s rather successful OpenOffice.org under its wing. Sun’s productivity offering dates back to 2000 and includes web-based and desktop versions of office productivity apps, running in just about any browser or any device.

It would make sense for Oracle to continue to invest in both the open source and commercial (StarOffice) versions of OpenOffice.org. On Oracle’s side, we see a gap in the office productivity tools space. We wouldn’t be surprised if the next thing Oracle does is integration of OpenOffice with Oracle UCM and connectors to other Java-friendly web content management systems.

The same probably goes for collaboration tools. Oracle’s own Beehive may overpower Sun’s Java Communications Suite, where similar to portals, Oracle’s investment in Beehive may skew the priorities list going forward.

Java: The Most Important Software Ever Acquired

Oracle stressed its commitment to Java on a number of occasions — even while waiting for the merger to be completed. Back in 2009, Oracle said:

"Java is one of the computer industry's best-known brands…and it is the most important software Oracle has ever acquired."

No surprise here. Oracle plans to cash in on Java, turning it into an even stronger alternative to MS .NET and extend its reach beyond the already considerable 10-million member community.

According to Oracle’s executive vice president, Thomas Kurian, the company plans to integrate and simplify the Java runtime. In the new version 7 of the Java Standard Edition client there shall be many improvements. The mobile version, Java ME, will be compatible with Java Standard Edition to lessen the pains for developers.

Kurian also said they plan to ease the pains of developers using JavaScript who want to also work with Java. This will be part of Oracle’s plans to invest US$ 4.3 billion into post-acquisition-integration R&D, said Oracle’s president Charles Phillips. Even as we watch trillions flushed away in the global derivative meltdown, that's no small number.

Thanks in part to their 2008 acquisition of BEA, Java is not new to Oracle. This event brought the highly popular — in the content management space — WebLogic J2EE application server under Oracle’s umbrella. With the Sun acquisition, Oracle now has the programming language itself. In addition, Oracle Fusion Middleware is built on top of Sun's Java language — all in all, and if strategy executes well, Oracle stands to benefit from complete ownership of the Java stack.

Now, the company is well aware of Java being comprised of many open source efforts, and we’re curious to see what, if anything, they do with the Java Community Process (JCP).

JCP was one of the factors that allowed the European Commission to approve the acquisition, since it was found that "Oracle's ability to deny its competitors access to important IP rights would be limited by the functioning of the Java Community Process (JCP), which is a participative process for developing and revising Java technology specifications."

For the content management space, let’s not forget that Sun’s Java is the heart and soul of many Web CMS, Document Management, DAM and Records Management solutions, not to mention strongly tied to standards like JSR-170 and JSR-283.

MySQL and the Database Market

Here's where it starts getting hot in the kitchen. Many people are concerned about the future of the open source MySQL database. One need not go far to find statements like "I hope [Oracle] don't try to ruin MySQL now."

Even before the Sun acquisition, Oracle has been dominate in the database market. Adding MySQL to its portfolio, Oracle (yet again) competitively nudges Microsoft with its MS SQL database. But that is not the whole story. Richard Stallman, the main author of the GNU General Public License asserts:

"Oracle seeks to acquire MySQL to prevent further erosion of its share of the market for database software licenses and services, and to protect the high prices now charged for its proprietary database software licenses and services."

MySQL is hugely popular in the content management space, especially for the lower end of the market. Many simpler products like XOOPS, Mambo, Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, CMS Made Simple and TYPO3 rely almost exclusively on it. And  a good number of medium and upper tier WCM and ECM products also build on MySQL — Bitrix, EMC/Documentum, eZ Publish, Jahia, KnowledgeTree and Alfresco are all members of the club. There's another raft of products that support MySQL as well as other databases like PostgreSQL, MS SQL and Oracle.

It would be surprising if Oracle worked to undermine MySQL in any way. According to The Register, Sun retained the entire 400 person MySQL team after their acquisition, and "Oracle has vowed to leave its sales and development team independent and intact." Oracle’s strategy is to include this DB offering as part of the Open Source GBU, invest in and improve MySQL, and better integrate it with Oracle’s products.

The Register quoted Oracle's chief corporate architect, Ed Screven, saying that  "the difference between Sun and Oracle is that Oracle will make MySQL 'better'."

Time alone will tell. But given that Oracle makes a significant percentage of its revenue on software support, the MySQL strategy is not an outlier at Redwood Shores. There is some reasonable cause for optimism. Nevertheless, the question remains: How smart will Oracle allow MySQL to become? Monty Widenius, one of the MySQL project founders, is not too optimistic. His words say it best:

A weak MySQL is worth about one billion dollars per year to Oracle, maybe more. A strong MySQL could never generate enough income for Oracle that they would want to cannibalize their real cash cow. I don't think any company has ever done anything like that. That's why the EC is skeptic and formalized its objections.

Vendors highly reliant on the MySQL database will be watching closely. Hopes that functionality currently implemented in the software layer will migrate down into the database core should be regularly cross-checked with reality.

Cloud Computing

Oracle didn’t express much interest in Sun’s cloud utilities, and the prognosis for Sun Cloud — a public cloud platform — was not very bright, when Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect, said "We're not going to be offering the Sun Cloud service." Some may refer to it as a setback to openness and interoperability in cloud computing, but it is clear that business-wise Oracle had to make cuts somewhere.

At the same time, Oracle does plan to revive the prematurely killed kenai.com project. With some clarification, we know now that while Oracle's doesn't want to host several platforms (hence, the shutdown of kenai.com), but will focus on java.net as the hosted development community. So, perhaps, don't be to hasty to migrate to SourceForge.net and the likes.

Tears of Joy?

In the days following the official announcement of the merger, Twitter was heartfelt comments aplenty. The end of an era, they said it was, when people saw sun.com redirecting to oracle.com.

Will Oracle + Sun combo have a profound effect on the web content management industry? Not likely. Some predictable changes aside, and with widespread M&As and industry consolidation, from what we see it’s nothing more than business as usual.

Oracle Supports Mobile, Embedded Apps with new Database Lite

The Mobile World Congress in Spain has only just opened and already news is just busting to get out. Oracle (site), for example, has just announced the release of its upgraded Database Lite, a solution that enables the deployment, development and management of applications for mobile and embedded environments.

The focus in this release has been support for synchronizing SQLite Database and Oracle Database. There are two principal upgrades:

  • The ability to synchronize data bi-directionally between SQLite database and Oracle Database
  • Access to a database even in the absence of a network connection

On The Road

The bottom-line result is that users will be able to access data unconstrained by bandwidth or network coverage giving them a similar user experience to users who are connected to the database.

The upgrades to Database Lite take another step in releasing site-based workers from their desks and putting them on the road, while at the same time ensuring that they can access any information they need regardless of physical location.

 … Workers need to be able to efficiently access data without interruption or hassle despite their physical location …[with this release} workers can now access their enterprise Oracle Database, no matter where their jobs take them,” said Marie-Anne Neimat, vice president Software Development at Oracle.

Oracle Database Lite 10.3

Oracle Database Lite 10.3Lite now comes with synchronization support for SQLite databases, multi-device user sharing, file based synchronization and support for RAC databases.

It consists of:

  • Oracle Database Lite Client: A small SQL database
  • Oracle Database Lite Mobile Server: Periodic synchronization allowing use in irregularly connected environments

With support for a number of platforms including 2003/XP/Vista, Redhat Linux, and Windows Mobile 5 and 6, it enables access to data while on the road with periodic updates to the Oracle database without any user actions.

It also comes with lifecycle management tools and scalable data synchronization as well as the detection and resolution of conflicting data.

New abilities that Oracle is underling as benefits with this upgrade include:

  • Device management that enables synchronization between the Database Lite Mobile Server, Oracle Database Lite Client databases and an Oracle Database.
  • Synchronization between SQLite client databases and an Oracle Database.
  • Enhanced security using a Common Access Card that requires user authentication using smart cards.
  • Device registration for common use of individual devices by several users.

Built for enterprises with a large number of devices across and outside the enterprise, Oracle Database Lite’s Mobile Server synchronizes huge amounts of data to a company’s Oracle database, and enables user access to that information when required.

If you’re interested, you can download it from the Oracle site, or check it out if you want to know more.

Document Management Roll-up: Cloud Computing is Popular, Oracle Adds to SOA Platform

Last week we saw a considerable amount of movement in the document management software industry, not the least of which was the closure of the Xerox –ACS deal. The wheeling-and-dealing continues this week with the acquisition of AmberPoint by Oracle while AIIM and Gartner get back into gear with some research published recently.

Oracle extends Business Transaction Management

With a whole pile of acquisitions announced last week, the announcement by Oracle that it has just acquired AmberPoint looks like this week will be more of the same .

While financial details of the deal have not been released, the acquisition will significantly extend Oracle’s Fusion Middleware SOA Management Solutions and provide its users with more agility and visibility into their business processes.

If you haven’t come across AmberPoint before, its solutions resolve application performance problems and business transactions problems in insurance claims processing or account provisioning where multiple applications need to work together.

With the addition of AmberPoint, Oracle has underlined its commitment to providing end-to-end SOA management and Business Transaction Management solutions.

AIIM for content or records implementation

AIIM is getting back into its stride after a relatively quiet January with the release of a new  “8 ways to … “ eBook. This one should be of interest of to companies that are still trying to decide if they need document management software, or records management software.

Entitled 8 secrets of an effective content or records implementation it takes the discussion of whether a company needs records management software or document management software a step further than our outline of some of the major differences between the two systems last month.

The ebook, which is free to download for registered users from the AIIM website looks at the implementation of either system and includes the following recommendations:

  • Build a business strategy and blueprint
  • Conduct a technology assessment and create a blueprint
  • Think through a governance structure and approach
  • Create a roadmap and project plan
  • Build a sound foundation by creating an appropriate software development environment
  • Design the plan
  • Deploy the plan and cycle throughout life cycle
  • Include change management

Back In The Clouds

We’re back to cloud computing this week with new research commissioned by cloud email archiving specialist Mimecast. Its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey examines the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009.

It shows that while security and integration issues are clearly users' biggest fears about cloud computing, the concerns have not dissuaded companies from implementing cloud-based applications within their corporate infrastructure.

These well-known fears appear to be at odds with reality, as the survey findings suggest strong satisfaction with cloud computing once it is installed.

It also showed that 70 percent of IT decision makers already using it are planning to move additional solutions to the cloud — most within the next 12 months.

However, for companies that are still examining cloud storage, the principal concern was still security with 46 percent of respondents identifying it as the main reason for not moving forward. This was also true across a majority of industries, including financial services (76 percent), energy (75 percent), government (67 percent), retail (61 percent) and technology (40 percent).

Interestingly, among the respondents already using cloud computing solutions, email (23 percent) and CRM (18 percent) proved to be the most valuable with 33 percent of this group having moved email management to the cloud, 26 percent email archiving and 22 percent havong moved storage functions.

There really is a lot of food for thought here so check it out.

Gartner identifies 7 BPM Musts

Gartner (site) also has some interesting research this week in their report Seven Key Guidelines to BPM Project Success which identifies seven non-technology factors that companies need to watch for the implementation of a successful business process management system.

“Regardless of initial willingness to pursue BPM and a host of major opportunities for improvement, business leaders could do well to hold back and focus instead on a few projects that will deliver highly visible success,” said Bill Rosser of Gartner. “Early, visible, concrete project success is especially important to the long-term acceptance of BPM as a valuable discipline.”

In other words, there’s no point in introducing BPM unless you got your business running smoothly. Want to find out more? Check it out.

EMC Discusses SharePoint

If you are struggling with SharePoint and integrating it with Documentum, then EMC (site) is holding a webcast in March that could well be the answer to your problems.

The webcast is focused on how investment in Microsoft SharePoint will more efficiently manage the growth of unstructured information in your organization and how with Documentum, you can integrate SharePoint into your broader information infrastructure.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Better control over rapid SharePoint Server farm growth
  • Searching, viewing and editing content stored in Documentum using SharePoint tools
  • Control over content, while expanding user access
  • Single system of record for content