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Quick bits: Jonathon Schwartz's goodbye tweet - Oracle buys AmberPoint

Last week, in the wake of the Oracle-Sun merger, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz left. He tweeted on the way. This week Oracle was back buying, grabbing SOA governance software maker AmberPoint. Such software is useful as middleware moves deeper into the corporation. Here are a few quick bits …

The big bang is over but the Oracle-Sun merger continues to play out. Last week Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz left. In the blogosphere he has been dubbed the “Twitter Quitter” for tweeting his way into the sunset, blaming a bad economy for Sun’s demise, and using the haiku form.

But the tough economy was just the last straw for Sun. The day when firms ordered a big rack of Sun servers to ensure best performance passed some time ago. Sun never got an overriding love of hardware out of its system, even as it rolled out the remarkable Java language and its associated technology stack.

The company never came up with a rational application server strategy. It could not bring itself to promote Linux. It foolishly bought an open source database to get into the database market just when middleware was becoming the center of influence. It hatched more Java standards projects than it could ever possibly track. In the face of this Schwartz appeared untroubled.

Schwartz was up against a lot as he tried to steer Sun, but he should admit – or tweet – that he was not entirely up to the task at hand. His blase good-bye tweet seems emblematic.

Meanwhile, hard-driving Oracle continues to make news. This week the company purchased AmberPoint, one of the key players in SOA governance software. Like others, AmberPoint has tended more recently to discuss its end-to-end business transaction monitoring capabilities; that is a nod to the fact that changing the world of development over to services is a very long-term effort.

Even moving the world to middleware takes time. Increasingly, management of middleware is an issue. As Oracle pivots from a database-centric view to a middleware-centric view, it is making sure to make middleware management part of the mix, as seen in its AmberPoint purchase.

Once, the database was the heart of the data center. If messaging middleware is to take over that role, it is going to have to ‘play nice’ from an admins’ point of view. That means easier install and upgrade and more sophisticated monitoring. A sea change is underway, and, once again, mind shifts are the order of the day.

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