Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM), another member of the Oracle Corporation family tree, is often confused with Oracle Fusion Applications despite servicing a more diverse web of business process. Where Oracle's other offerings run vertically, matching operators with end-to-end solutions engineered to resolve specific operational inefficiencies, OFM function horizontally, integrating with the entire spectrum to improve applications running vertically.
A myriad of middleware exists beneath the OFM umbrella, which makes OFM the tertiary system in the middleware hierarchy; OFM in its entirety is not a commodity that can be purchased or installed because the system is compartmentalized and is much more a la carte than other Oracle solutions. Developers purchase the parts of the OFM hierarchy rather than holistically.
OFM facilitates preexisting architecture, coexisting well with a range of native systems to optimize developer tools, business intelligence, content management, infrastructure, process management, identity management, and systems management. Entire product packages exist as offshoots of each OFM function. For example, for business intelligence middleware the OFM web contains the following product package:
All OFM sectors have product packages equally as robust and extensive as the one we have explored for business intelligence, making OFM the most comprehensive middleware to date. Chetu clients have certainly realized the immense benefit to adopting OFM as an extension of their existing investments, leveraging OFM to modernize legacy systems, increase process agility, and reach new milestones their legacy system did not have the processing power to reach on its own.
At Chetu we offer OFM developers in-house, all of whom bring a niche expertise to the table—Fusion Security, Fusion Compensation, every Fusion service falling under the OFM umbrella, we have a developer to match. With the influx of OFM-based products, we have noticed most OFM projects split into 4 major branches: big data integration, digital experience, internet of things, and enterprise security.
1. Big Data Integration
Big Data continues to transform the human experience, refining business landscapes across the board and giving operations the information required to grow exponentially through strategic planning. We have reached a tipping point, where we have mastered data excavation, but lagging behind in how to understand and apply the data once we have the numbers.
Oracle's OFM data integration technologies facilitate data fluidity, providing a platform for data retrieval, management, and enrichment. Our clients instrument OFM not as a procurement tool, but to improve accessibility and mobility. In creating a more mobile environment for data, operators increase transparency, easily transporting data between disparate storage systems.
2. Digital Experience
Delivering superior digital experience is the number operational imperative in today's business culture as it quickly becomes the only medium of delivery. The challenge in digitalism is system cohesion, merging applications from different service providers to establish a suitable platform for collaboration.
Our face-to-face collaboration is on the decline as digitalism continues to rise, which means we must supersede or at least match the productivity that stems from traditional collaboration. Oracle WebCenter serves as the support beams in this equation, allowing preexisting systems to transition into the accessible ecosystem the digital era demands through custom portals and layered applications.
Under the WebCenter hierarchy, Oracle OFM contains web experience management tools and enterprise content management instruments.
3. Internet of Things
Initially, the idea of creating a dialogue between completely unrelated elements seemed too outlandish to consider. IoT is gaining serious momentum, transforming supply chain efficiency through unconventional data collection by connecting things to smart sensors. The IoT is a process of revitalizing the physical world through technology. There are serval members of the OFM family that support the IoT revolution:
In other words, OFM represents a link between smart sensors and preexisting components, accommodating the tremendous increase in data flow through the cloud.
4. Enterprise Security
Hackers and security breaches, information leaks and overrides. Enterprise security is a serious concern in the age of digitalism as increasing interconnectivity creates vulnerabilities that did not previously exist.
OFM's Oracle Security supports security risk assessment applications and upholds company policies protecting proprietary data.
Just as we previously discussed, middleware exists horizontally, rather than vertically. This translates into a need for development services. All Oracle Fusion Middleware functions as an integration within a preexisting network of applications, meaning a skilled Oracle developer is required to implement any of the tools listed above.
Chetu engineers offer comprehensive development and integration services for the entire Oracle Fusion Middleware hierarchy, customizing each tool to outfit each client. Oracle systems are grossly autocratic; they favor other Oracle systems, and although they integrate with a large variety of applications, they require the developer to be completely fluent in Oracle architecture.
Even if the business process you are looking to improve does not fall under the processes listed above, there is good chance Oracle Fusion Middleware can help your process run more dynamically while maintaining the integrity of your legacy system. No system is perfect, but OFM facilitates near-perfection.
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