Within the first six months of next year, Oracle plans to trot out the first of its long-awaited Fusion applications.
And if Larry Ellison, Oracle chief executive, has his way, the three Fusion applications will make their debut in the earlier part of that period. As they say in the financial world, he's cautiously optimistic.
Oracle's "Sales Prospector" will be the first to debut, a type of software as a service (SaaS). That will be followed by "Sales References" and "Sales Tools."
"All new applications in 2008 will be Fusion applications. … Read more
You've heard of the "killer app."
But have you really seen one?
Ed Abbo, Oracle's senior vice president of applications development, thinks he has--several times over. But then again, what else would you expect an apps guy to say?
Keenly aware that a number of attendees at Oracle OpenWorld were interested in the company's applications strategy, Abbo set out to deliver some answers--with varying degrees of the "wow" factor.
Oracle is looking to add a taste of social networking structure into its apps and, like a number of companies, a pinch of Web … Read more
I suppose "resurrected" is a bit harsh, since ActiveGrid never really died. More than anything else, ActiveGrid had a hard time explaining just what it was meant to do/be. I'm not very technical, so maybe it was just me, but I heard it explained as an application server and various other things. The true meaning never settled as an easy-to-explain elevator pitch for me.
Now ActiveGrid is back, but this time it's called WaveMaker and its mission is much clearer: help migrate noncompliant client/server applications to the Web. It also has a new CEO/management team, new technology, and a new market: Fortune 2000 developers.
This seems intuitively to be a Very Good Thing (applications are no longer resisting the Web's gravitational pull, and gravity always wins), but it becomes even more so when one considers some blog commentary from WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene:… Read more
Open source messaging service Funambol has a new contact management app for iPhones that's the bee's knees. It works both as a Web app, and a native application for users with iPhones that have been jailbroken and have the Installer.app loaded on their system. In its current state, a Funambol-registered iPhone can slurp up all your iPhone contacts, and make them available for backup, and editing online. You can then sync over the air at any time, to either recover contacts to your phone, or add news ones you've created using Funambol's Web based … Read more
Over the weekend, AppSnapp -- a tool that makes it drop dead simple to install third-party applications on iPhones -- underwent a significant overhaul. Among the enhancements:The jailbreaking and pushing of Installer.app to the iPhone are now logged to var/root/Media/AppSnapp.log (on the iPhone). This means that if something goes wrong, you can see where and how. AppSnapp now checks what firmware/software version you are using, and will not run on devices that are not running version 1.1.1 (the only version with which AppSnapp is currently compatible. "Improved reliability." The … Read more
It's a bold statement to be sure, but we think we've found the coolest Web app yet for the iPhone. Dubbed "vtap," the service lets you search for videos from around the Internet, then -- get this -- encodes them on the fly and puts them in a format that can be played on the iPhone (H.264). vtap searches YouTube, MySpace, Dailymotion, news sites like the Associated Press and Reuters, even ESPN. (Think SeeqPod but for videos)
In other words, it's not constrained by the lack of Flash, Windows Media Player, etc. support on … Read more
Borrowing a page from Sun's Java playbook, Google is announcing a way for programmers to build social applications for multiple Web sites at once.
Google's version of this "write once run anywhere" concept is called OpenSocial, a set of common application programming interfaces (APIs) that will enable developers to create applications for social networks, blogs and any Web sites that accept the OpenSocial code. Currently, developers have to write new programs for each site, even if the functionality will be the same on each site.
This initiative "marks the first time that multiple social networks … Read more
Nick Carr points to an insightful blog post by Khoi Vinh, a developer at The New York Times, in which Vinh effectively argues for open-source enterprise applications, perhaps without knowing it:This is partly because enterprise software rarely gets critiqued the way even a US$30 piece of shareware will. It doesn't benefit from the rigor of a wide and varied base of users, many of whom will freely offer merciless feedback, goading and demanding it to be better with each new release. Shielded away from the bright scrutiny of the consumer marketplace and beholden only to a relatively … Read more