It seems that the case of the mysterious disappearing Oracle websites is not part of a devious strategy by Oracle Legal to remove all useful Oracle info from the interweb.
I’ve heard from reliable sources that a new Oracle wiki will be appearing shortly – hopefully running Oracle WebCenter? And the usability website is back up, now at http://www.oracle.com/usableapps. Thanks, Oracle.
Oracle is currently killing off their web sites, yanking lots of useful content off the web with little or no warning. Both the Oracle Wiki and usableapps.oracle.com died this week, and all Oracle can offer by way of explanation is vague noises about maybe something else will come later.
The death of the Oracle Wiki without a replacement further detracts from Oracle’s already not too high standing in the Enterprise 2.0 space. Oracle is proudly claiming to use their own databases and applications, but apparently don’t feel that Oracle WebCenter is up to the task of running their wiki.
Even more mysterious is that UsableApps was taken down. Given the fact that usability is the KEY selling point of Fusion Applications, it’s baffling that the site that showcased Oracle’s work in usability and giving credence to Oracle’s claims of superior usability in Fusion Apps has vanished.
This is very strange behavior for a company that used to call itself “the information company” – but maybe the lawyers that run Oracle have decided it’s safer to replace all of Oracles websites with safe harbor statements?
I’m just back from the ODTUG Kscope11 conference in Long Beach, where I presented my regular tools overview presentation, a WebCenter session, an enterprise ADF development session and an ADF tuning session as well as various panels.
One thing I noticed very clearly is that almost all the non-Oracle presenters in the Fusion Middleware track were from outside the U.S. For example, the Lunch and Learn panel on Fusion Middleware consisted of
- Guido Schmutz (ACE Director, Switzerland)
- Sten Vesterli (ACE Director, Denmark)
- Ronald van Luttikhuizen (ACE Director, Netherlands)
- Chris Muir (ACE Director, Australia)
In Scott/Tiger, we are busy with ADF development, and I know from my ACE Director friends in Europe that they are also working on ADF and SOA projects.
Is nobody in the U.S. actually using Fusion Middleware? Or are they just not talking about it?