Oracle mounts service-oriented architecture push

Looking to make it easier for companies to craft reusable transaction and collaboration processes, Oracle is releasing a service-oriented-architecture-based product that it hopes will have appeal both inside and outside its installed base.

Oracle on Tuesday announced the BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) Process Manager, an application that it boasts will offer a Web-services-based means of automating workflows. The software will allow users to tie together heterogeneous applications without relying on proprietary or complex third-party or homegrown point-to-point hooks, said Rob Cheng, product marketing director for Oracle application server and tools.

The BPEL Process Manager is based on software Oracle picked up when it quietly purchased start-up Collaxa Inc. earlier this month. Capable of running on any J2EE-compatible server, BPEL Process Manager has open interfaces and is based on Web services technologies such as Web Services Description Language, said Cheng. This means, for instance, that a company that has created a transactional system for one supplier could take the existing definitions and reuse them with another supplier.

The systems it creates are also portable to any J2EE-compliant platform.

In additional, the tool can exploit the business process management and Web services capabilities in Oracle Application Server 10g. The application contains an execution engine, as well as a monitoring and management console that users can employ to debug business processes. It also has a user interface for designing workflows, Oracle said.

The product is available now and costs US$10,000 (AU$14,469) per CPU as an option with the Oracle Application Server. It will cost US$30,000 (AU$43,407) per CPU as a stand-alone application on any J2EE-based application server.

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