Oracle has announced plans to extend the capability of its system management software to offer monitoring and management for SAP applications through a partnership with service-level agreement management software vendor Nimsoft.
It has also unveiled Release 3 of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g and new plug-ins for the product that enable it to manage third-party software, in a move to step up efforts to promote the product as a management system for heterogenous environments, not just Oracle applications.
Nimsoft and Oracle are working jointly to integrate the NimBUS SAP R/3 plug-in with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10G so customers can use it to monitor and manage SAP applications. The plug-in should be available in the second quarter of this year, according to Nimsoft.
Through new plug-ins for BMC Remedy Service Desk and IBM WebSphere MQ versions 5.3 and 6.0, Oracle also added performance monitoring of those third-party products in Oracle Enterprise Manager 10G.
It’s all part of Oracle’s plan to focus on making enterprise management one of its core product offerings across IT systems with products from multiple vendors, says Oracle president Charles Phillips.“We’ve undersold this product,” he says. He acknowledges that in the past, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10G has primarily been used for managing environments that run Oracle software and has been sold along with more popular Oracle products such as its database and applications. However, now that it can support more third-party products, such as JBoss Application Server and the BMC and WebSphere products mentioned above, it is a more viable option to compete with rivals such as IBM’s Tivoli and Hewlett-Packard’s OpenView suites.
“We were narrowly focused in the past,” Phillips says. “Now we have become more complete and more open.”
To promote this new attitude towards enterprise management, Oracle now has a dedicated sales force paid to sell only Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g, and is training its database and application server sales representatives so they can push the product in the marketplace, he says.
Richard Sarwal, Oracle’s senior vice president for systems management, says the company’s expertise across multiple software infrastructure products, such as database, application server and business applications, means it offers comprehensive systems management. “We have a unique view of how to manage all of that stack,” he says.
In addition to its new plug-ins, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10G Release 3 also includes enhanced provisioning capabilities across Oracle’s various application offerings and the ability to bring to the surface business metrics from Oracle applications to perform business diagnostics, Sarwal says.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 10G Release 3 is available on Linux and Windows. The new plug-ins are available for use only with Release 3.