Hologic and Oracle: A Brief History

Who Are Hologic?

Jessica Thornsby

We take a look at how exactly Hologic are involved with Oracle, following statements by Oracle regarding why they nominated the organisation.

Last week, Oracle’s Stephen Colebourne posted a blog encouraging the community not to
vote for Hologic, who Oracle have nominated in the place of
concurrency expert Doug Lea. The crux of his arguement was that the
community Hologic would represent have little idea of who Hologic
actually is. So, who are Hologic?

Clearly, they are a company with close ties to Oracle. One of
the reasons Colebourne gave for dissuading community members from
voting for Hologic was that, in Hologic’s statement regarding their nomination,
the company referenced their “systems built on or extended from
Java platforms,” and then named Oracle’s E-Business Suite
specifically. “Do Hologic deserve to decide the future of Java
because they use an Oracle product?” Stephen Colebourne asked. He
claims that Hologic and Oracle’s close relationship can be
uncovered by a quick Google search. So, taking up his challenge,
who are Hologic, and what have they got to do with Oracle?

Hologic develop, manufacture and supply medical imaging systems
dedicated to women’s healthcare, in addition to developing their
own digital imaging technology for general radiography and
mammography applications. A Google search does reveal numerous
joint press releases and videos concerning Oracle and Hologic’s
work together. These include a video entitled ‘Hologic and Oracle: Leading in Women’s Health Care,’
which looks at Hologic’s success within the sphere of women’s
healthcare, with the aid of Oracle’s product line. The video was
uploaded by Oracle.

Back in 2002, Hologic turned to Oracle for a more disciplined
supply chain process that would provide a solution to the
stockpiles of parts and finished goods that had collected at their
major plants. They named this project “One Hologic Implementing
Oracle.” The initiative saw Hologic tally up a $4.4 million
investment in the new Oracle system. The end result was an
implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite, and systems spanning
three major plants, consolidated on Oracle Manufacturing. According
to reports, Hologic reduced the backlog of parts
and raw materials at the Bedford facility from $800,000 to $65,000,
and reduced the average time parts wait for assembly at the
facility from four and a half months, to seven days. According to
Omnion Consulting “an independent firm
documented that Hologic Inc. saved $3.5 million (after netting out
the cost of the project) by implementing the Oracle e-Business
Suite.” And, Hologic officials were full of praise for Oracle:
“From a purchasing and planning perspective, the Oracle modules
have enabled significant efficiencies,” said Bill Ryan, senior
buyer and planner with Hologic. “The Oracle module sup­plies
detailed information that can be sorted in a variety of ways that
was not possible with our previous system.” Steve DeCrane,
controller of Hologic’s European region joined him, stating “the
Oracle implementation is allowing Hologic to refine our system and
business process to better meet the needs of external as well as
internal parties.”

Oracle’s Adam Messinger has posted a response to Stephen Colebourne’s
original accusation, stating that the interests of Java developers
“at small and mid-size companies like Hologic” are currently
under-represented on the JCP, in comparison to the interests of
technologists, technology vendors, and parities interested in
standards. Unlike those who supply Java, Hologic are a consumer who
could have opted for another programming language, but who decided
to back Java. “We think having their perspective on the EC is
valuable,” says Adam Messinger.

This mirrors Oracle’s Jeb Dasteel’s recent post to the JUG Leaders mailing list, in
which he gave the reason behind Hologic’s nomination as an attempt
to “inject some much needed Java end-user and business perspective
into the Executive Committee, as opposed to standards,
technologist, technology vendor, and developer community
perspectives – all of which are already well represented.”

Adam Messinger goes on to discuss the other target of Stephen
Colebourne’s blog: Sam Pullara. Originally, Stephen Colebourne
encouraged the community to cast their vote against Pullara, as him
and Adam Messinger founded the startup Gauntlet Systems Corporation
together, and are closely linked on Twitter. However, following a
statement by Sam Pullara (“I can state categorically that I did not
speak to Adam about the JCP elections and that I added myself to
the list because I love Java and have been doing JSR work for 10
years. I can assure everyone that I am only interested in seeing
Java be successful”) Colebourne withdrew his recommendation for the
community not to vote for Pullara. Although, he stands by his
decision not to vote for Pullara himself.

Adam Messinger re-iterates that he did not speak to Pullara
about running for the JCP, but lends his support to the idea: “I do
think he would be an excellent candidate due to his sharp technical
mind, strong opinions, and love of Java.” Finally, he directly
addresses the suspicion that Oracle were trying to influence the
upcoming JSR vote with their nominations, citing their
re-nomination of RedHat and Apache as speaking “volumes” about
their interest in keeping the JCP diverse. He reveals that he
encouraged Google’s Josh Block to renominate himself.

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