Feeds

Oracle pledges $3bn R&D spend

Double the collaboration suites

High performance access to file storage

OpenWorld 08 Oracle has promised increased research and development to maintain a growing software stack, while announcing updates to its collaboration, tools, and databases.

President Charles Phillips, opening OpenWorld in San Francisco, California, Monday committed Oracle to spend $3bn in pure R&D in fiscal 2009, compared to $2.7bn last year.

Phillips promised cash would go into "products you own and use everyday" but didn't talk about whether there would be further technology and corporate acquisitions - acts that have vastly increased the number of products Oracle must support. Oracle has spent $33m in five years on more than 50 deals.

Oracle's president noted the spending spree has doubled its number of employees, hitting 85,000.

Oracle has, in the past, committed to continued R&D for software its acquired, through its Applications Unlimited strategy.

In an annual OpenWorld show opener devoid of big news, though, it was largely bread-and-butter Oracle products that dominated the headlines as the curtain went up. Phillips was joined by executive vice president of Oracle product development Chuck Rozwat to jointly announce the company's second collaboration environment - a collaboration server called Beehive (not to be confused with the former BEA Systems' Beehive open-source development framework, which is gently being let go in the Eclipse community). Oracle already had Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g.

Beehive provides email, instant messenger, calendar, and team workspaces along with auditing capabilities - pretty much the Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g checklist with some Web 2.0 and enterprise capabilities thrown in.

As when it launched Collaboration Suite in 2002 against Microsoft's Exchange and Lotus Notes, Oracle is again promising integration: unified storage through - you guessed it - a single Oracle database rather than different databases, and a single set of Oracle security and policy tools, and directory server to administer users. Development is through Java, web services and BPEL.

Collaboration Suite has had a difficult history. The current Collaboration Suite 10g - which added IM and voice over IP - was delayed by up to a year, as Oracle had to build its content management system.

Rozwat promised "very tight co-existence" with a number of productivity systems - chiefly Microsoft Exchange and Cisco Call Manager. He said there’d be the ability to pull in mails from Outlook and PowerPoint presentations, archive IM conversations, and store sound files.

Rozwat did not explain why you'd want to dump your existing email or IM client or server, or - indeed - Oracle Collaboration Suite. He said simply Beehive would solve "collaboration fragmentation".

Almost a year and a half after first previewing the next version of its Java integrated development environment (IDE), Oracle used OpenWorld to announce JDeveloper 11g and its foundational Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) 11g will be available "soon".

The duo are expected to support Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5.0, tight integration with BEA's WebLogic application server (now called Oracle WebLogic Server), 150 AJAX-enabled and Java Server Faces (JSF) 1.2. rich client components, and support for JAX-WS-compliant web services.

Also announced was version 12.1 of Oracle's E-Business Suite. Features include pre-built dashboards and scenario modeling targeting supply chain management, manufacturing, and HR. Rozwat said 12.1 would have "broader appeal" than version 12, released last year. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.