How important is middleware to the applications business? Depending on who you ask and how you define terms, you may get vastly different answers.
Oracle's grand plan in buying packaged application companies is to create a single set of infrastructure software -- Fusion Middleware -- to underpin all its disparate applications with components like portals, application servers, business workflow as well as a range of business intelligence tools. The pay off to customers is more flexible businesses and reliable, consistent information across all their applications.
"Middleware has become more strategic and crucial to how we build applications," … Read more