Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Oracle OpenWorld 2007 - Day 2

Thomas Kurian started off this morning with a keynote showing a preview of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, the platform for our next generation Fusion Applications. On the Oracle Enterprise Manager front, we announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 4.

10gR4 has quite a few exciting features that are geared toward application administrators. They include an upgraded and integrated transaction diagnostic tool for Siebel applications, an enhanced service test beacon for web-based applications, Application Diagnostic for Java (AD4J), integrated configuration management for SOA management, a new management pack for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBI-EE) and more. I will cover each of them in more detail in future postings.

As for my day, I spent most of the time at a customer lunch, a customer advisory board meeting, and the Enterprise Manager customer party. Basically, today was about listening to customer's feedbacks.

One of the notable discussions today was Campbell Webb's presentation on how Oracle IT uses Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage our IT infrastructure and applications. Customers always seem to be curious on how we use our own software internally, so his presentation generated quite a bit of interests. Working with our internal IT and OnDemand organization has become an integral part of our development process for many Oracle Enterprise Manager products. Oracle, being a pretty good size organization, provides a rather good test bed for validating our software. On top of that, we have engaged administrators in Oracle IT early in the product cycle to help design products and review our product plans. We hope that this "design for administrators by administrators" approach would result in better products.

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