Oracle Corporation Roadmap and Web Servers
In the first quarter of 2010, Oracle Corporation completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Oracle Corporation is now in direct competition with IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Oracle has been integrating Sun Microsystems hardware and software into Oracle Fusion Middleware: 1- New hardware and software architectures. 2- Providing an application-centric approach to security. 3- Connecting users, processes, and applications through enterprise portal and content management. Oracle is promoting its servers as being faster, more reliable, and secure than its competitor technologies. Itís stated strategy is to become the leading high-end server business for both online transaction
processing and data warehousing. Oracle will be selling its web servers with Exadata database software.
Fusion consists of several Oracle Corporation software products. It spans multiple services, including Java EE and developer tools, integration services, business intelligence,
collaboration, and content management. Oracle Fusion Middleware provides software for the development, deployment, and management of
SOA: Service Oriented Architecture.
The Oracle Corporation Roadmap builds upon the WebLogic Server and development platform acquired from BEA Systems. It is a Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition application which provides the standards compliance and scalable infrastructure required for platform and
programming languages in a service oriented architecture. WebLogic Server major assets and strengths are system management, performance and availability, enterprise-ready messaging
infrastructure, and enterprise web services. It is recognized as superb industry leading software.
Oracle will be providing maintenance for its Oracle Application Server 10g customers during the convergence of functionality with the WebLogic server.
SOA: Service Oriented Architecture
Service Oriented Architecture functions both as a software development environment and a delivery framework. SOA provides a mechanism for defining business services and operating models. It provides a protocol driven infrastructure which can be used to meet enterprise business requirements and modernize legacy environments. In a SOA environment, network nodes makes resources available to other network participants as independent services, which participants can access in a standardized way through well-defined service interfaces. Sound design and careful planning in early projects will result in services that can be shared by future projects. The objective is to have SOA provide a structure which meets immediate business
requirements along with a mechanism for adapting to changes in the business environment on an ongoing basis.
The primary goals for modernizing a legacy application code base are:
- Identifying and managing the core business processes it contains.
- Promoting the reuse of existing software assets.
- Separating business logic from technology, facilitating the evolution of applications to meet organizationsí changing needs.
- Transforming an application into an agile, adaptable environment that enables the organization to leverage business logic in new applications.
Mainframe MigrationSOA provides an opportunity to leverage a substantial investment in mainframe information technology environment: accessing corporate data, exposing business processes embedded within applications, and
Platform migration is the least invasive migration strategy. Given the necessity to retain and maintain application security and data integrity in a mainframe environment, this type of platform migration will be best suited for organizations with between 2,000 to 3,000 MIPS installed.
Language migration offers the greatest potential benefits in modernizing to an SOA, but poses the highest level of risk because it usually involves three migrations: language, platform, and database.
This type of migration will likely represent a viable option for organizations with fewer than 500 MIPs installed.
WebLogic Server and Oracle Training by SYS-ED
Few software or consulting companies have the experience that SYS-ED has in providing training on WebLogic and Oracle software: servers, database, and application development. SYS-ED staff and CETi Technology Partners have been working with
BEA and Oracle Corporation software since their initial releases. Our multidisciplinary work as integrators of commercial and open source
applications in hybrid operating environments - UNIX, Solaris, MS Windows, and IBM mainframe system software - provides a privileged perspective from which to demonstrate,
explain, and teach what does not work as advertised. Our independence is reflected in the white papers,
software we review and incorporate into our training service.
Equally as important, we average 25+ years experience in IBM mainframe system software and application development:
And truth be told, our staff gets called on for the tough WebLogic and Oracle training assignments; we refer to it as educational consultancy.
SYS-ED provides WebLogic and Oracle training services for information technology professionals from Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers to migrate and develop WebLogic
applications according to the Oracle Corporation roadmap. We teach the industry standard content and provide educational consultancy which provides the foundation for evaluating Service Oriented Architecture and repurposing
the investment in mainframe system software and legacy programming languages: improved performance, reducing costs, saving time, and lowering risk.
The lesson plans and exercises
in SYS-ED's WebLogic Server curriculum incorporate information from CETi Technology Partner consultancy assignments.
SOA: Service Oriented Architecture and Platform Migration
Oracle SOA Suite 11g
||Oracle Fusion Middleware
SYS-ED workshops explain and demonstrate:
The WSDL language elements.
- How to develop services, the SOAP message structure, and the relationship among SOAP, WSDL, and XML schema.
- HTTP methods and uniform contracts.
- Designing services based on SOA governance metrics.
Adding exception handling to an SOA system.
SYS-ED workshops explain and demonstrate:
Qualifying a WebLogic Training Assignment
SYS-ED will not accept an assignment until our Director of Education reviews the software environment and operational requirements with management from the prospective client. We will
then compare it to our standard lesson plan, performance objectives, walkthroughs, and exercises, and if required,
develop new client-specific examples and exercises.
SYS-ED recognizes and differentiates between providing an industry standard course and educational consultancy:
Courses are available in a classroom, distance-learning medium, or client presentation system. Upon completion of a course, students are welcome to submit WebLogic, Solaris, and Oracle
questions from back on the job.
The WebLogic and Oracle courseware and training aids used in SYS-ED courses and training programs is highly respected. Information technology infrastructure is becoming increasingly hybrid with client-specific implementations of commercial and open source software. Accordingly, reference
documentation inclusive of validation assessment for
Java is used to help employees learn and promote mastery of the subject matter.
Upon completion of a SYS-ED instructor-led course at the client location, it is standard policy to organize content for future utilization in a web-based training infrastructure. Students are
welcome to ask questions back on the job.