Ode to Fusion Middleware
Posted by Meg Bear on March 27, 2008
If you have read any of my prior posts I think it is clear that my praise of Fusion Middleware is not exactly in line with what I might normally be writing about.
In fact, I personally define hardware as something I can physically jump on and/or throw at someone vs. software which is usually the reason for why I want to throw the hardware. So, other then the clue from the name (I’m guessing it’s in the middle), I’ve not been really clear what “Middleware” has to do with anything I care about. In fact, when I used the word in conversation with some non-tech friends, they had that pre-school reaction that comes with learning new words that sound funny; namely they laughed and tried to fit the word ”Middleware” into every sentence for the next few hours. Not far off the review from this WSJ article commenting on how no one outside of tech really understands what we are talking about.
In the last few weeks I’ve been having a bit of epiphany as to why Fusion Middleware is really cool and why I care. Of course, as the name implies, Fusion middleware is part of the core techstack we are using to build our Fusion Applications. In recent weeks, we have been collaborating with the WebCenter team to bring forward their functionality to the best leverage for our customers and I was instantly reminded why I decided to join PSFT and then ORCL.
First, I love working with smart people. I find a lot of energy and enthusiasm working with other excited, committed, smart people.
Second, I love the B-school concept of an unfair competitive advantage. The power of the extended development team here at ORCL is staggering.
Working with the WebCenter teams has reinforced my belief that working with internal teams, that build products for sale in their own right, provides an environment that I find personally engaging and rewarding. I wonder if that qualifies me as a Happy Cow?
If you are using Fusion Middleware products in your environments today, I strongly recommend you give the WebCenter products a look. They really are the bomb.