Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Relies on Core Integration/API Strengths for Modern Development

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Integration Cloud Service supports adaptive case management via bots for automating processes.
  • Oracle has plans for blockchain via open source software technology, Hyperledger Fabric.

During last week’s annual user conference, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle addressed application platforms trends by highlighting its core strengths in providing the industry’s leading integration and API management technology.

Say what you will about Oracle being late to the cloud and behind competitors’ thought-leadership in emerging app development technologies including mobile services, as well as microservices and serverless architectures (I certainly have), but its core middleware technologies are well positioned to support modern technologies, including machine learning, deep learning, big data, AI-injected chatbots, blockchain, and serverless computing.

Oracle made a number of developer-oriented and DevOps-related announcements during the conference in support of its move up the development stack. These included the addition of AI to its mobile services, plans to offer new digital ledger technologies under its blockchain initiative, and plans to include a serverless computing option to its platform services.

Most important, however, is the ongoing investment Oracle’s making to its core middleware integration technology, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, enhanced significantly earlier this year through the acquisition of API management provider Apiary. The cloud service supports the ability to integrate, process, analyze, and publish APIs, through a common, hybrid cloud interface across SaaS and on-premises integration.

A recap of Oracle’s top application platforms announcements:

  • Oracle Integration Cloud Service: The solution now supports adaptive case management by allowing developers to write bots to automate processes and take apps through the next best actions. Through an improved user experience, Oracle can target a broader audience through platform enhancements, spanning from developers to LoB users, because of new tooling (e.g., Visual Builder) for visual application development as well as pre-built integration templates.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud: New enhancements were made to its mobile services portfolio primarily through what Oracle calls conversational interactions, or more specifically, through AI-enhanced chatbot tools delivered through leading messaging platforms. This year, Oracle took its chatbot plans a step further, announcing chatbots enhanced through AI and operational analytics to improve customer engagement via popular messaging platforms, delivered via a single SDK for multiple messaging platforms.
  • Blockchain: Oracle announced plans to offer a blockchain platform next year, built on the leading open source software technology, Hyperledger Fabric. Oracle’s enterprise-grade technology will provide developers with the ability to extend business apps with new commerce capabilities, highly secured, between partner ecosystems.

Oracle may be a little late and a little vague on the details of some of these announcements, but the company made a solid case for how its mature integration, SOA, and API management technologies will enable the next wave of its DevOps technologies. For additional analysis, please see “Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Adds AI to Mobile Platform; Blockchain, Serverless Offerings Are Imminent,” October 6, 2017.

About Charlotte Dunlap
Charlotte is a Senior Analyst for Application Platforms at Current Analysis. She covers the technologies that provide the infrastructure necessary to build and run enterprise applications and services. She analyzes the software, services and professional services necessary to integrate disparate systems, create cross-business and cross-technology communications, deliver rich, collaborative applications, and build software that is transparent, optimized and reusable.

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