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July 01, 2008


Andrei Filmonov

Well, on the paper it looks like Oracle made all the right calls. However, if I were a customer of Oracle middleware products I would be rightfully concerned.

First, despite all sugarcoating and "continue & converge" talk the simple fact is that Oracle is abandoning some major investment into their own application server, SOA and portal technologies finally admitting that products like OC4J or Oracle Portal were a complete failure. They are now facing a major upheaval of their middleware platform which is always painful for the customers. Companies have struggled with implementing solutions on OC4J platform which hasn't really gotten any significant traction in the market and now they are stuck with a dead-end product.

Secondly, even customers of so called "winner" products like Oracle WebCenter will be affected because this product will have to be migrated to the Weblogic runtime.

Lastly, but not the least throw in a bunch of Stellent components rebranded as Oracle UCM which somehow must fit into this glorious Fusion picture and you have too many questions that still need to be answered.

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