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Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware Demonstrates Exceptional Momentum
Aug 08, 2007 (08:08 AM EDT)


REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle today announced an exceptional year for Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware, a new leader in middleware. Today, a majority of the world's leading organizations use Oracle Fusion Middleware to run, secure, adapt and expand their businesses, including: 90 of the Fortune 100 companies and 29 of the 30 companies making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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During Oracle's most recent fiscal year, Oracle Fusion Middleware gained market share as a result of significant customer adoption; was recognized as a "Leader" by independent analyst firms; and received numerous independent accolades and awards. Additionally, Oracle enhanced a number of components of Oracle Fusion Middleware including Oracle Enterprise Content Management and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition through internal development and strategic acquisitions and delivered new products -- Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, Oracle Communication and Mobility Server and Oracle Data Integrator -- while expanding its Oracle Identity Management, Oracle SOA Suite and developer offerings, including Oracle JDeveloper. In addition to Oracle's acquisition of content management leader Stellent, the recently acquired Tangosol and Hyperion products round out advancements made to Oracle Fusion Middleware throughout 2007.

The definition and scope of middleware has changed significantly during the last three years in line with the need for greater flexibility, better information, productivity, and tighter controls. Comprehensive middleware offerings, such as Oracle Fusion Middleware, help deliver significant business benefits. With more than 50,000 customers, spanning the Financial Services, Retail, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Health Care, Transportation and Public Sector industries, Oracle Fusion Middleware helps organizations integrate their heterogeneous business systems, reduce total cost of ownership, and gain business insight that delivers competitive advantage. The product family's hot-pluggable and integrated architecture enables organizations to deploy Oracle Fusion Middleware in Oracle and non-Oracle computing environments.

"Oracle Fusion Middleware continues to solve our customers' most critical business challenges," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. "As a middleware industry leader with a long history of delivering innovative customer solutions, Oracle has pioneered many key areas within the middleware arena, and continues to innovate. Our commitment to delivering software that leverages the latest technical thinking, along with an open and hot-pluggable architecture, means our customers can benefit from a cost-effective offering that meets their current and future needs."

Industry Influencers Evaluate Oracle Fusion Middleware

Leading research firms have recognized Oracle Fusion Middleware, and its components, for market momentum and presence, features and functionality, and customer successes. Specifically, in its "Forrester Wave: Application Server Platforms, Q3 2007" report(i), Forrester Research recognized Oracle as a Leader across the board in its evaluation of application server platforms. In the report, Forrester's Vice President John R. Rymer states, "This is the result of the broad range of development, deployment, and management features built into its Oracle Application Server and Oracle SOA Suite; its strong strategy; and its growing market presence."

Independent analyst firm Gartner positioned components of Oracle Fusion Middleware in the Leaders Quadrant for seven Magic Quadrants tracking the middleware market. These include Application Infrastructure(ii), Application Infrastructure for Composite Application Projects(iii), Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects(iv), Application Infrastructure for New Service-Oriented Business Applications Projects(v), Business Intelligence Platforms(vi), Horizontal Portal Products(vii) and Web Access Management(viii).

In its "Market Share: Portal, Process and Middleware Software, Worldwide 2004-2006"(ix) report, Gartner stated, "Oracle demonstrated the industry's fastest growing middleware offering in 2006 based on worldwide total software revenues -- growing 45 percent year over year -- because of market demand for its SOA Suite, Enterprise Service Bus, Application Server and Portal offerings, which leverage its enormous installed base of database and applications."(x) Additionally, with a growth rate of 103 percent, Gartner stated that Oracle was one of the fastest growing of all vendors included in its "2006 Worldwide Security Software Market Share"(xi) report.

Helping Oracle Applications Customers Extend Their Investments

With its hot-pluggable architecture, Oracle Fusion Middleware provides Oracle's applications customers with the foundation they need to extend the business value of their applications across user communities, lines of businesses and organization. The family of Oracle Fusion Middleware products is certified with Oracle Applications including the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle's Siebel CRM, Oracle Transportation Management, Oracle Retail, Oracle's Demantra and i-flex. In addition, leading ISVs are using Oracle Fusion Middleware Oracle Enterprise Applications with non-Oracle applications including 3i InfoTech, Ad Astra and Cerner.

Delivering Value to the Partner Ecosystem

Supported by 9,000 partners, including market leading independent software vendors (ISVs), value added resellers and system integrators, Oracle Fusion Middleware continues to deliver value to its network of partners. In January, Oracle announced that more than 20 ISVs were using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate with different components of the company's applications. More recently, Oracle and BearingPoint launched an employee "on-boarding" and "off-boarding" offering built on Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Business Process Management. In June, Oracle doubled the number of partners participating in its Extended Identity Management Ecosystem.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Hits the Road

Furthering its momentum, Oracle launched a series of global events for IT executives and managers that focus on how Oracle Fusion Middleware is delivering business results today and transforming how enterprise applications are developed and implemented. Through executive keynotes and a range of expert-led technical sessions, Oracle and non-Oracle customers can gain insights into how they can extend the business value of their enterprise application investments. Additional information about the events can be found at http://www.oracle.com/goto/middleware/event12 .

About Oracle Fusion Middleware

The company's comprehensive, standards-based family of middleware products, Oracle Fusion Middleware enables customers to adopt and manage service-oriented architectures in heterogeneous computing environments. More than 50,000 customers now use Oracle Fusion Middleware and include leading organizations in the Financial Services, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Health Care and Public Sector industries. Oracle Fusion Middleware is also supported by 9,000 partners, including market leading independent software vendors, value added resellers and system integrators.

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About the Magic Quadrants

The Gartner Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2006 and 2007 by Gartner, Inc., and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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i. "The Forrester Wave(TM): Application Server Platforms, Q3 2007"; John Rymer; July 11, 2007 ii. "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure, 2Q07"; Simon Hayward Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis; June 1, 2007 iii. "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Composite-Application Projects, 2Q07"; Massimo Pezzini, Michael Barnes, Kimihiko Iijima, David Gootzit, Yefim V. Natis, Daryl C. Plummer, Jess Thompson, Dale Vecchio, Janelle B. Hill, Simon Hayward; June 7, 2007 iv. "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects, 2Q07"; Jess Thompson, Michael Barnes, Kimihiko Iijima, Benoit J. Lheureux, Paolo Malinverno, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Roy W. Schulte, Simon Hayward; June 7 2007 v. "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Service-Oriented Business Application Projects, 2Q07"; Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Kimihiko Iijima, Michael Barnes, Daryl C. Plummer, Simon Hayward, May 31, 2007 vi. "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q07"; Kurt Schlegel, Bill Hostmann, Andreas Bitterer; January 26, 2007 vii. "Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products, 2006"; Gene Phifer, Ray Valdes, David Gootzit; May 16, 2006 viii. "Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management, 2H06"; Ray Wagner; October 13, 2006 ix. "Gartner Market Share: Portal, Process and Middleware Software, Worldwide, 2004-2006"; Michele Cantara, Fabrizio Biscotti, Asheesh Raina, Joanne Correia; June 27, 2007 x. "Gartner, Dataquest Alert: Top Five Vendors in PPMW Worldwide Drive Explosive Growth in ESBs"; Michele Cantara, Fabrizio Biscotti, Asheesh Raina; June 5, 2007 xi. "Gartner Market Share: Security Software, Worldwide, 2006 (Data Only)"; Nicole S. Latimer Livingston; July 3, 2007

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