Oracle PaaS, a racecar placed at pole position by Leon Smiers


clip_image001With the announcement on June 22nd of Larry Ellison around Oracle SaaS, PaaS and IaaS we are left with the question, where are we now in Oracle PaaS and what can we expect the coming year(s)? 
Oracle is moving at a rapid pace from an ‘on-premise’ software/hardware provider to everything-contained-in-the-cloud; and is now embracing the Cloud. There is some humor in it since not so long ago back in 2009, Larry was still bashing the cloud, as being water vapor. "All it is, is a computer attached to a network…”. Up until 2013, the large yearly conference, Oracle Open World was dominated with Larry’s hobby, covering Oracle hardware EXA machines, and making them run faster with every release. But last year we began to see the first outlines of what Oracle really planned to do in the cloud. And, as always, if Oracle has set their mind on something, every means available are set in place to reach that goal. In my direct contacts with the Process Cloud team, 70% of that specific team was dedicated to put BPM in the cloud.
All middleware and database related software, that we are accustomed to run ‘on-premise’ at our customers, will now be made available in the cloud. This, of course, is not an overnight job. The first releases of the PaaS Cloud will contain base functionality, as Larry phrased it ‘I’m not saying we have no things to be improved. The beauty of the Cloud is that, since Oracle is responsible for the environments, releases with new / improved functionality will be made available at a faster pace. One outstanding feature compared to the on-premise software is the simplicity of using the product. The product development team has moved a lot of complexity to the background, enabling speed for development and deployment. Another advantage for partners and customers is that flaws in the software are now also obvious to Oracle themselves in a much faster manner than we were used to with the on-premise stack. So apart from the movement towards the cloud, Oracle is now also dedicating their time to improving quality of the software. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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