21 September 2005

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Oracle and IBM team up to certify WebSphere

Oracle and IBM have reached agreement on an initiative to enable IBM's WebSphere products to be an additional run time environment for Project Fusion, the next generation of Oracle applications. Project Fusion is the Oracle engineering effort underway to fuse the "best of" functionality across all Oracle applications into a single, standards-based product suite.
"Open standards are key enablers for Project Fusion and Fusion Middleware," said John Wookey, Senior Vice President, Applications Development. "The objective is to work together to ensure that our mutual customers are supported."
Oracle previously announced support of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications through 2013 and will continue to support DB2 while evaluating its role in Project Fusion.
"Cooperating with Oracle on Project Fusion is good for customers and a strong recognition of WebSphere's market presence," said Robert LeBlanc, General Manager, WebSphere, IBM Software Group. "We've worked together on JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and other similar projects, so we welcome Oracle's Fusion applications on WebSphere."
Discussions regarding project definition and scope have begun and the companies are assessing which areas of cooperation are most beneficial for customers and technically feasible. In areas where standards don't yet exist, the two companies plan to jointly propose standards, continuing to involve others as necessary.
The two companies expect to show proof points along the way to WebSphere support. For instance, JD Edwards applications are already JSR 168 compliant, enabling portlets from the application to be rendered in WebSphere portal. Similarly the companies expect to enable existing Oracle applications (Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, and Oracle E-Business Suite) to support WebSphere and Tivoli in the areas of identity management, single sign-on and directories. Both Oracle Fusion Middleware and WebSphere will be viable middleware platforms for the Project Fusion applications.
Both Oracle and IBM are committed to delivering continued value to the thousands of Oracle applications customers who have already selected WebSphere as their middleware standard by protecting, extending and evolving their investments over time.
"Oracle views the IBM-Oracle project as one of the most important customer focused projects underway at our company," said Oracle President Charles Phillips. "We are highly committed to a successful outcome."

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