Monthly Archives: January 2010

Things I wish from Oracle in 2010 (3): Set ADF Free

The third thing I wish for from Oracle in 2010 is a free ADF runtime license. I believe that the current licensing is limiting ADF to existing Oracle enterprise customers, and that’s too bad.

I am not looking for Oracle to make ADF Open Source – but just to get the option to legally run ADF applications on Glassfish (and possibly JBoss and others). Support should be forum-based (like for Oracle XE).

This has several benefits:

  • Universities could teach ADF (it’s full of brilliant code and design patterns) in the knowledge that students could use it outside the closed Oracle world.
  • The thousands of capable developers in China, India, Phillipines and elsewhere, who are currently using Open Source solely for cost reasons, could pick up this brilliant tool.

It would not cannibalize existing revenue, as enterprise customers would still want to buy a support contract. But it would translate into both a wider ADF developer skills base and additional license revenue for Oracle as these customers eventually buy a support contract or upgrade to WebLogic.

Oracle is sitting on an unrecognized jewel while Java developers all over the world are wasting time with a plethora of much less capable frameworks. Help the world build better apps faster – set ADF Free!

Please vote for this idea on Oracle Mix.

Things I wish from Oracle in 2010 (2): Call off the license sharks

The second thing I wish for from Oracle in 2010 is that Larry calls off the license sharks.

It seems that Oracle is currently working agressively to maximize the license fee from existing customers, and customers are unhappy.

Here in Denmark, the last month has seen the media reporting:

  • Oracle taking Scandinavian Airlines to court over license claims
  • The Danish and Swedish postal service deciding not to base future development on Oracle, due to a license dispute
  • A case where an intelligent road sign used an Oracle database, and Oracle claimed every passing motorist as a user

I don’t know the details, and each and every of these claims might be completely correct from a legal and contractual standpoint. But the fact that these cases appear in the media show that the customers are unhappy and feel strong-armed by Oracle.

Having dedicated my professional life to becoming an expert on Oracle tools, I find this trend very worrying. A salesman can always leave Oracle and go sell IBM or Microsoft – but my skills are not as easily transferred.

I wish Oracle would spend more time explaining their position so that an agreement can be reached that does not jeopardize Oracle’s long-term market share.

If you agree, please vote for this idea on Oracle Mix – and feel free to comment below, to sten@vesterli.com or on Oracle Mix.

Things I wish from Oracle in 2010 (1): WebCenter Standard Edition

The first thing I wish for in 2010 is a WebCenter standard edition product at a reasonable price.

Currently, WebCenter is available as WebCenter Suite – which is a massive bundle with everything, and a corresponding massive price tag ($125,000 per CPU). There is also a WebCenter Services license, but at $80,000 per CPU for just content management, secure search and a couple of Oracle-branded open source products, this is even more overpriced.

What I wish for is “standard edition” product containing the core WebCenter product, the JSF Portlet bridge, OmniPortlet/WebClipping and the open source parts (Wiki/Blog and Discussions). This product does not need to include WebCenter Spaces, WebCenter Composer, Universal Content Management, Secure Enterprise Search, Presence etc.

This product should provide a way forward for the many existing Oracle Portal customers who are currently defecting to SharePoint in droves, as well as promoting ADF Faces at the way to write portlets.

If you agree, please vote for this idea on Oracle Mix – and feel free to comment below or to sten@vesterli.com.