PeopleSoft apps certified for Oracle middleware

The move marks the first step toward integration of Oracle's acquired businesses with its own.

Oracle has announced that its PeopleSoft applications can now run on Oracle's Fusion Middleware 10g Release 2.

The company said in a statement that the certification will let customers enhance their existing investments in PeopleSoft applications with Fusion Middleware, its integrated suite of middleware products for building a service-oriented architecture.

Oracle has more than 27,000 Fusion Middleware customers and has landed more than 3,000 deals per quarter, Oracle co-president Charles Phillips said in a New York luncheon address in October.

Oracle's certification of PeopleSoft, as well as Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware, is expected to benefit customers both immediately and in the long-term, the company added.

The common services-oriented middleware platform is supposed to make it easier for customers to upgrade to new versions of Oracle's applications. The software also makes it easier to integrate applications via portal and data layers, as well as to define, manage and change security policies across a collection of business services, Oracle said.

The software giant also claims that service components from PeopleSoft applications can be combined with enterprise business processes using Oracle Enterprise Service Bus and Oracle BPEL (business process execution language) Process Manager.

The business processes in PeopleSoft applications can also be monitored in real time using Oracle Business Activity Monitoring. PeopleSoft applications can also be secured with the company's identity management software for better security and single sign-on features.

Jesper Andersen, Oracle's senior vice president for application strategy, said in a statement: "Middleware is playing an increasingly important role in applications and applications development.

"While PeopleSoft and JD Edwards continue to be certified for IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic, the recent certification for Oracle Fusion Middleware expands our customers’ middleware options and provides a standards-based means of integrating various applications," he added.

At a company conference in September, Oracle and IBM also announced a partnership to ensure that Oracle's packaged applications could run natively on the majority of IBM's WebSphere-branded middleware.

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