Monday, April 16, 2007

Postcard From The Edge...of Collaborate 07 - Monday

Well, sure enough, things have ramped up today. Some interesting pieces of information that surfaced today:
  • The Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) will merge with the Applications Development Framework (ADF) with the release of Fusion Applications. Only ADF will survive the merge.
  • The long-rumored "Project X" was announced as the Applications Integration Architecture (AIA). The idea is that BPEL will be used to achieve integration for specific business process across different composite apps (both Oracle and non-Oracle). Oracle will provide integration through pre-designed Process Integration Packs (PIPs). I'll write on this in more detail in a few days, including what I see as the difference in value propositions between AIA and Fusion Applications.
  • There is quite a bit of change taking place in Oracle's Business Intelligence space, with more to come. Some of the changes are simply branding changes, while others are something more. I'll make an attempt to walk through this in a post sometime in the next few weeks.
  • The big session of the day seemed to be Dr. Nadia Bendjedou's reprise of "Oracle E-Business Customers: 10 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare For Fusion Applications". The presentation has been updated a bit, mostly to accommodate some recent developments in BI, but it's essentially the same presentation I reviewed last October. Nevertheless, I always enjoy listening to Nadia because her enthusiasm for the software is so evident in her presentations. I'll review the changes in detail during an upcoming post.
  • The Mandalay Bay is such a huge hotel, with some many shops and restaurants, there is really no reason to ever leave. It's like a city unto itself.

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