Seeking to jumpstart new composite applications powered by Oracle’s Fusion middleware, Accenture has opened a solution center at Oracle’s Redwood City, California headquarters.
The new site is one of several dozen solutions centers operated by Accenture with software and platform partners around the world.
While it doesn’t mean that Accenture is formally endorsing Fusion as the integrator’s preferred middleware or SOA platform, it means that Accenture is placing a vote of confidence in it.
When it comes to middleware, we will certainly want to use Fusion in an Oracle applications environment, said Jim Hayes, global managing director of Accenture’s Oracle Practice. He added, however, that Accenture would also use Fusion in non-Oracle environments. This won’t hold us to working only in Oracle-based accounts.
The integrator has already developed its own SOA reference platform consisting of a base architecture and best practices. At the Oracle center, it will refine it with pieces from the Fusion middleware stack.
As proof of concept, it has already built an e-prescription composite application that orchestrates and ties together processes from the patient placing an online query to the physician who would, in turn perform the necessary tasks to identify appropriate medications based on an orchestrated series of events that checks the patient’s medical history, medication allergies, health coverage, and other eligibility rules before issuing a prescription.
According to Hayes, the prototype was built in less than three weeks. He emphasized that future projects would have to have business cases before the center would commit time and resources to development.
At this point, the center does not yet have firm commitments for future projects, but Hayes said that other offerings for freight, healthcare and life sciences, transportation, government, and the communications industry would likely follow.