Over the last few years Fusion5 has followed Oracle's journey into the Middleware space and has developed a strong Middleware practice to support our customers.
Middleware is essentially software that functions as an application infrastructure foundation – sandwiched between the application and the database/operating infrastructure.
Middleware allows our customers to create and run agile and intelligent business applications while maximising IT efficiencies and delivering cost savings to the business; it helps align IT strategy with business goals.
Fusion5 has taken a “top down” approach to supporting Middleware requirements. We utilise our years of application and business process expertise to apply a middleware solution to the business problem, rather than a “bottom up” approach of technology for technologies sake.
Combining the expertise of our business consultants with our SOA architects and developers Fusion5 is well positioned to provide businesses with at “top down”, business focused solution.
Benefits of a SOA Approach
The SOA approach is an enterprise-level approach and starts with aligning business goals with business processes. Business processes are broken down into services to support the process and the SOA.
Aligning the business processes with services has the following benefits:
- Reusability – Services can be reused by multiple business processes, improving time to market and reliability.
- Interoperability – Communications between different services and different off the shelf applications across the organistion are no longer dependent on each other and can be individually changed without the other applications needing to be modified.
- Scalability – Businesses can start with a small installation and grow as their use of SOA technology increases.
- Agility – Alignment of business processes and use enable technical solutions to evolve to changing business requirements.
- Resilient to Change – A well designed SOA solution embraces change and can greatly reduce the time, cost and complexity of major business process and application changes.
- Standards-Based – SOA solutions are deployable to many hardware platforms and operating systems.
Oracle SOA Solutions
Oracle places its middleware solutions into three broad pillars namely:
- Service Oriented Architecture
- E2.0 – Portals and Content Management
- IDM – Identity Management
Fusion5 supports each of the pillars with a combination of in-house expertise and partnering where specific focused technologies such as IDM (Identity Management) are required.
Service Oriented Architecture
Fusion5 has the in-house expertise to provide SOA architecture and implementation services and has successfully delivered solutions with demanding schedules and budgets.
One example is Westfield Group, the world's largest listed retail property group by equity market capitalisation. The Group has interests in and operates a global portfolio of 119 high quality regional shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and United Kingdom valued in excess of $59 billion.
Westfield partnered with Fusion5 to deliver a next-generation infrastructure for their retailer payment portal and procure to pay portal in Australia using Oracle SOA Suite 10gR3.
E2.0 – Portals and Content Management
In 2008, following the Oracle acquisition of Stellent, Fusion5 identified a strong market demand for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions.
Today Fusion5 offers professional services for implementing key Enterprise 2.0 technologies such as Oracle Portal, Content Management and Records Management solutions.
IDM – Identity Management
To support our customer's requiremenmts for Identity Management (IDM) solutions, Fusion5 has partnered with a Sydney based practice – Agreon.