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Oracle Mobile Agents in New Form

01/23/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

Over the past two weeks, I've been seeing quite a few articles, like this one at Infoworld, that tout Oracle Lite 10g for grid computing. Most of these articles slant the announcement as though Oracle is just entering the mobile database market.

That's Just Not True.

Back in 1994 I worked for Oracle, and led internal roll-outs of some of their less marketable products, including Oracle Office, and its disconected client. And Oracle Mobile Agents. Mobile Agents provided an early true three-tier architecture to overcome the lousy (loosy?) wireless connections back then. Wireline modems were hitting 24KBPS back then, wireless was still around 2400 baud, with about a 90% drop rate. |-| But that started my love of the TeleInterActive Lifestyle and led to implementations on PalmOS devices and Novatel modems, and even our latest participation in a Wireless Logistics System for a regional trasportation company using WiFi and Symbol devices, with Netversant rolling out the network and Eleusinian Enterprises adapting their RFWarehouse product to ride on Oracle 10g, Oracle Enterprise Application Server, and Oracle Lite.

Oracle does need to adapt their pricing strategy though. This project really doesn't need Application Server; Oracle Lite and its Mobile Manager (child of Mobile Agents) would have worked just fine - but you can't get it without EAS. Upping the price of the software into an almost uncompetitive stratum.

If Oracle sold Oracle Lite and Mobile Manager by itself, it would be much more competitive with iAnywhere from Sybase and DB2 Everyplace from IBM.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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