Tuesday, 11 August 2009

To 11g or not to 11g

I know, it's cheap to paraphrase a well-known writer. However, it doesn't make the question less valid. Usually the migration to a new major release of a software product is quite an undertaking. This is certainly true for Oracle SOA Suite 11g. That said, there are more than enough reasons to go for 11g, as it delivers a whole lot of new functionality that you might need. That new functionality is not the subject of this post, but you can find any information you need on OTN.

What I expect to see happening however, is a limited amount of back-porting of 11g functionality into the current release (going for or even So, depending on your needs it is imperative to have a good look at your current and future situation, to determine what will be the right strategy for you to take. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have specific questions about the way forward to 11g.


  1. Mike

    Hope it will be more than the limited back-porting for 10.1.3.x, as many organizations would have been adopting the older(now we can call 10.1.3 an old version) recently.

    Two questions, if an organization has recently started getting ROI for their SOA Suite investments, will they need to go for 11g(or specifically soa suite + portal + IDM) real fast ?

    Being a SOA Suite developer and developing sample "Composite Application Project", thinking that will I need to convert myself into a UNIFIED developer working on all 11g components like bpel, osb, contents and portal and IDM.

  2. Good questions, Nirav. As to the need to go for 11g, that really depends on the kind of additional functionality you need. If you can support your current needs with your current installation, there's obviously little need to upgrade. Knowing that the migration strategy will improve over time (as there will be many assistants available) that would suggest a wait. However, if you need things like SCA, there is definitely a need to go to 11g.

    As for becoming a 'unified' developer, that will be no need, although you will need to know at least a bit about all the different components, but that's something you need now too. It does require additional requirements for the way your project is organized, especially around using collaboration tools like Subversion and such.

    What it will most likely mean is that several people will work on the same composite, but not on the same components within.

  3. Hi Mike

    i am completely new to 11g wht r the technologies used in 11g and which server. Is there anything used from Weblogic integration.

    Thanks and Warm Regards,

  4. Oracle wants to engage the business user in BPM. With that as goal, Oracle has set out to have a more business friendly BPM experience at several levels. First the modeling environment is greatly improved, secondly the BAM environment is usable plus somewhat seamless and finally the integrated rules environment is finally usable by non-IT types.