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Understanding Fusion MiddleWare ( FMW) products: What Everyone Needs to Know

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

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Oracle Fusion Middleware is a comprehensive family of products ranging from application development tools and integration solutions to identity management, collaboration, and business intelligence reporting.This post will help you to understand various Oracle family products which is part of Oracle FMW.

The components of Fusion MiddleWare(FMW) have been grouped into the following categories.

  1. Application Grid or Application Server
  2. SOA Integration and Process Management
  3. Content Management
  4. Business Intelligence & Enterprise Performance Management
  5. Development Tools
  6. Identity Management
  7. User Interaction or Communications Platform
  8. Enterprises Systems Management

Fusion Components

Fig: Fusion Middleware Components (Oracle Products) refer to number and details below

  1. APPLICATION GRID OR ENTERPRISE APPLICATION SERVER : The “Application Grid” is the name Oracle applies to combining several Oracle technologies like:
    • Oracle Weblogic Server – Oracle WebLogic is a JavaEE platform that has a WebLogic Portal, a WebLogic Application Server and other components. It used to be known as BEA WebLogic until BEA was acquired by Oracle.
    • Oracle Application Server – The Application Server consists of Oracle HTTP Server (based on Apache HTTP Server) and OC4J (OracleAS Containers for J2EE) which deploys J2EE-based applications. The latest[update] version of OC4J offers full compatibility with the J2EE 1.4 specifications.
    • JRockit – a JVM ( Java Virtual Machine) originally part of BEA’s portfolio, before that company was acquired by Oracle.Oracle TopLink delivers a proven standards based enterprise Java solution for all of your relational and XML persistence needs based on high performance and scalability, developer productivity, and flexibility in architecture and design .

    • Oracle Coherence – Oracle Coherence is an Oracle in-memory data grid solution, enabling organizations to predictably scale mission-critical applications by providing fast and reliable access to frequently used data. As a shared infrastructure, Oracle Coherence enables real-time data analysis, in-memory grid computations, parallel transaction and event processing, and application grid computing.
    • BPEL Process Manager – Oracle BPEL Process Manager enables enterprises to integrate disparate applications and Web services into business processes using SOA (Service-oriented Architecture)
    • Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle SOA Suite is a complete set of service infrastructure components for building, deploying, and managing SOAs. Oracle SOA Suite enables services to be created, managed, and orchestrated into composite applications and business processes.
    • Business Process Management – Business process management is a management approach focused on aligning all aspects of an organization with the requirements of the units of that organization. It combines workflow and process technology with enterprise application integration functionality.
    • Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) – Oracle Data Integrator is a comprehensive data integration platform that covers all data integration requirements: from high-volume, high-performance batch loadss, to event-driven, trickle-feed integration processes, to SOA-enabled data services .
    • Oracle Enterprise Messaging Service :The Oracle Enterprise Messaging Service provides a robust architecture for
      integrating business-critical applications.
    • Oracle Enterprise Service Bus : An ESB is an architecture that exploits Web services, messaging middleware, intelligent routing, and transformation. It must support request/response communication between loosely coupled SOA business components and one-way message delivery for sending notifications to event-driven business components. It must also allow more-complex message exchange patterns (MEPs).
    • Oracle Application Server B2B :Oracle Application Server Integration B2B is an e-business integration product for the business-to-business (B2B) exchange of services, information, and products. If you know who you want to trade with (for example, a specific supplier), what you want to do (for example, send a purchase order), and how you want to do it (for example, send the purchase order over the Internet), then you have defined a basic B2B transaction.
    • Oracle Imaging and Process Management :Oracle Imaging and Process Management is the most complete, integrated imaging solutions for end-to-end management of document images with coupleing of company business processes. It leverages Oracle Document Capture and Oracle Distributed Document Capture for image capture, Oracle Forms Recognition for intelligent data capture, and provides annotation and markup of images, automates routing and approvals, and a scalable repository supporting enterprise-wide applications. With this companies can quickly automate business processes in Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.
    • Oracle Service Registry – is a UDDI v3 (Universal Description Discovery and Integration version numer 3) registry with an embedded governance framework. It provides a repository where services can be registered and reused for developing or modifying applications.
    • Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM) :Oracle Web Services Manager offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution for policy management and security of service infrastructure.With Oracle WSM companies allows to
      1. centrally define and store declarative policies applied to the multiple web services making up a SOA infrastructure,
      2. locally enforce security and management policies through configurable agents, and
      3. monitor runtime security events such as failed authentication or authorization.
  3. CONTENT MANAGEMENT : Oracle Content Management offers enterprise wide content management on a single platform with these products:
    • Web content management : provides multisite Web content management for internal and external sites to help organizations maintain accurate, current Web content across the enterprise.
    • Records management : allows organizations to control the creation, classification, retention, and destruction of business records
    • Oracle Universal Content Management – manages the entire spectrum of unstructured content and includes solutions for:
      • Documentation management – effectively and efficiently captures, secures, shares, and distributes digital and paper-based documents and reports
      • Digital asset management – This normally helps organizations store, find, view, and use digital assets quickly and protects assets by making approved versions accessible only by approved users.
      • Oracle Universal Records Management – This allows organizations to control the creation, classification, retention, and destruction of business records.
    • Oracle Imaging and Process Management – This enables the annotation and markup of images, automates routing and approvals, and supports high-volume applications for billions of items
    • Oracle Information Rights Management – secures and tracks the use of sensitive documents and e-mails – even when copies are sent beyond your own network.
  4. ORACLE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) unifies Performance Management and Business Intelligence (BI), supporting a broad range of strategic, financial and operational management processes. Different family products are :
    • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (Oracle BAM) : Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (Oracle BAM) is a used for building interactive, real-time dashboards and proactive alerts for monitoring business processes and services based on SOA(service-oriented architecture). Oracle BAM allows users who have no programming skills to build dynamic dashboards of complex enterprise system. This empowers business executives and operation managers the information to make better business decisions and take corrective action if the business environment changes, by providing realtime views of data streams without overburdening solution providers.
    • Oracle Crystal Ball :Oracle Crystal Ball is the leading spreadsheet-based application suite for predictive modeling, forecasting, simulation, and optimization.
    • Oracle Data Integrator :Oracle’s Data Integration tool, which was known earlier as Sunopsis Data Integrator. This was acquired by Oracle in 2006 and Complements by adding advanced data integration functions
      • Works in the staging/integration layer
      • Pre-built modules for CDC, bulk loading etc
    • Oracle Essbase Plus :Oracle Essbase is an OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) Server that provides an environment for deploying pre-packaged applications or developing custom analytic and enterprise performance management applications. Oracle Essbase, along with Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition Plus, is part of the Oracle BI Foundation.
    • Golden Gate :Oracle GoldenGate is a comprehensive software package for enabling the replication of data in heterogeneous data environments. The product set enables high availability solutions, real-time data integration, transactional change data capture, data replication, transformations, and verification between operational and analytical enterprise systems.
    • Oracle Reports services :Oracle Reports, a component of Oracle FMW is high-fidelity enterprise reporting tool. It enables businesses to provide instant access to information to all levels within and outside of the organization in a scalable and secure environment. Oracle Reports consists of Oracle Reports Developer – a powerful, declarative WYSIWYG reports design tool and a J2EE 5.0 based Oracle Reports Server with multi-tier architecture to access any data sources, generate reports in any popular format for web and paper, and to burst and distribute reports to any destination. Oracle remains committed to the development of this technology, and to the ongoing release as a component of the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform.
  5. DEVELOPMENT TOOLS :These tools are mostly for application development,database development, and business intelligence to support any development approach,technology platform, or operating system. Majority of them come free as part of bundle.
    • Oracle Application Development Framework aka ADF – called Oracle ADF, provides a commercial Java framework for building enterprise applications. It provides visual and declarative approaches to J2EE development. It supports rapid application development based on ready-to-use design patterns, metadata-driven and visual tools
    • JDeveloper – is an Integrated development Environment ( IDE) from Oracle. It offers features for development in Java, XML, SQL and PL/SQL, HTML, JavaScript, BPEL and PHP. JDeveloper covers the full development lifecycle from design through coding, debugging, optimization and profiling to deploying. Oracle JDeveloper integrates with the Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) – an end-to-end J2EE based framework that further simplifies application development.
    • TopLink – a Java object-relational mapping package. It provides a framework for storing Java objects in a relational database or for converting Java objects to XML documents.
    • Oracle Forms services – creates screens to interact with an Oracle Database. Originally created to run on the server side.
  6. ORACLE IDENTITY MANAGER : These are mostly for enabling customers to meet compliance efficiently,secure their critical applications and sensitive data, and lower operational costs.
    • Single Sign on and Web Access Control
      • Oracle Access manager :Oracle Access Manager allows users of your applications or IT systems to log in once and gain access to a broad range of IT resources. Oracle Access Manager provides an identity management and access control system that is shared by all your applications
      • Oracle Identity Federation :Oracle Identity Federation (OIF) is an invaluable component of an identity and access management (IAM) solution. OIF can leverage the capabilities of existing enterprise authentication and authorization systems.
    • Directory Services
    • Content Access Control
    • Oracle WebCenter Suite :Oracle WebCenter Suite is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware.Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g enables organizations to develop and deploy internal and external portals and websites, composite applications, mashups, and social and collaboration services all tightly integrated with enterprise applications.
    • Oracle Beehive :Oracle Beehive is platform for enterprise collaboration. Beehive provides collaborative tools built around a unified collaborative model allowing team members to work together and accomplish their goals. These tools help teams to collaborate efficiently across multiple geographies and organizations with:
      • Group scheduling and calendaring with resource management and direct access to team members’ corporate calendars.
      • Team task management with assignments and reporting.
      • Team member communication via e-mail, voicemail and instant messaging.
      • Discussions capabilities that allow long running conversations on any document or subject.
      • Voice and Web Conferencing from various clients
      • Basic collaborative data management capabilities with check-in/check-out, versioning and locking functionality.
      • Workflow and notification capabilities that allow users to determine when and how they want to be notified of activities.
      • Team and organizational directories that expose presence and make it easy to contact team members.
    • Oracle Weblogic Portal :Oracle WebLogic Portal provides tools to build enterprise portal applications.
    • Oracle Application Server Portal :Oracle Application Server Portal (OracleAS Portal) is a Web-based application for building and deploying portals. It provides a secure, manageable environment for accessing and interacting with enterprise software services and information resources.
    • Microsoft Office Interoperability :Fusion Middleware enables use of Office as the front-end for enterprise applications, as well as many ways to interact with enterprise information that can be read, parsed, and generated in Office-formatted documents.
  8. ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT :Oracle Enterprise Manager automatically discovers all Oracle Fusion Middleware components and their interdependencies and provides industry best practices built into dashboards for system, services and compliance management.


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