Friday Apr 29, 2016

UK Government Agency moves to the Oracle Cloud

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) maintains driver and vehicle registrations for all of Great Britain. They are moving to the Oracle Cloud Platform to automate their document-intensive business processes and benefit from the flexibility and cost-savings of running Java applications in the cloud. 

Watch this video to hear why they chose Oracle Cloud to drive their business forward.


Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

Generali Group extends Oracle HCM Cloud with Oracle Cloud Platform

Generali Group extends Oracle HCM Cloud with Oracle Content and Process, Java Cloud, and Database Cloud to drive enterprise wide employee collaboration, improved engagement, and deliver a flexible platform for resource management.

Watch this video to see how Generali used Oracle Cloud Platform to improve their business.

Tuesday Apr 05, 2016

Hi-Tech Textile Reduces TCO with Oracle Cloud Platform

Hi-Tech Textile is a manufacturer of quality monitoring systems for textile automation.  They've standardized on Oracle as their cloud platform, leveraging Oracle Java Cloud Service to run applications in the cloud with elasticity on demand and a lower cost of ownership. Watch this video to hear more about their journey to the cloud.


Thursday Mar 31, 2016

Oracle Cloud on Premises – A New Era of Choice

Oracle recently launched a new family of offerings designed to enable organizations to easily move to the cloud and remove some of the biggest obstacles to cloud adoption. These first-of-a-kind services provide CIOs with new choices in where they deploy their enterprise software and a natural path to easily move business critical applications from on premises to the cloud.  Oracle’s new cloud services place the same hardware, software, and operational services available in its public cloud directly into your data center and behind your firewall.

Learn more about the Oracle Cloud Machine by watching this webcast


Oracle Cloud at Customer enables organizations to get all of the benefits of Oracle’s cloud services—agility, simplicity, performance, elastic scaling, and subscription pricing—in their data center. This new offering delivers a stack that is 100 percent compatible with the Oracle Cloud, but available on premises. Since the software is seamless with the Oracle Cloud, customers can use it for a number of use cases, including disaster recovery, elastic bursting, application development and testing, lift-and-shift workload migration, and a single API and scripting toolkit for DevOps. Additionally, as a fully managed Oracle offering, customers get the same experience and the latest innovations and benefits using it in their data center as in the Oracle Cloud.

Take a deep dive into the Oracle Cloud Platform technologies that can boost innovation within your organization. 


Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Improving Equipment Maintenance with Oracle IoT

The Gemü Group is a leading manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems. When they decided they needed an innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solution for paperless maintenance, they found the Oracle IoT Cloud Service to be the best fit for their needs. With Oracle IoT, they can now link back data from their devices at customer sites to a centralized service portal in the cloud to easily track availability and performance and better serve their customers.

For more information on how they are leveraging the Oracle IoT solution, watch this video:


Tuesday Mar 22, 2016

New Oracle Developer Cloud Service Rolls Out in March 2016 Release

Written by Shay Shmeltzer: 

During the first weekend in March, Oracle rolled out release 16.1.5 of Oracle Developer Cloud Service. This release adds many new features that you can start using immediately. Here are some of the highlights:

Integration with the Oracle Application Container Cloud
Oracle ACC provides a platform for you to deploy your Java SE Java as well as your Node.JS apps. In the new version of DevCS, we added the ability to deploy applications directly to Oracle ACC from the Deploy tab. 

Code Snippets Support
A new tab that you’ll see is called Snippets - it provides a place for you to store code sections that you want to track and manage. This can be anything that would be helpful to share with your team members.

Git Push Triggers Build
It’s now very simple to set up builds to be triggered automatically after a push is performed on the Git repository. 

Refined Git Repository Control
We added an administration option to the Git repositories allowing you to completely lock a specific branch. You can also control branch access rights for those on the team who can do push and merge.

Build audits
Need to know the complete history of your builds including what triggered them, who cancelled a job and more? It’s now easy to get this information from the new audit button.


There are many other enhancements.  You can find a good summary with links to more info located here.

Friday Mar 18, 2016

Announcing Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service Availability

 By Madhu Nair on Mar 17, 2016

We are proud to announce the availability of the much awaited Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service.

Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service builds on top of Oracle’s on premises GoldenGate solution, the industry leading data replication and real time streaming engine. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service combines the flexibility of a scalable cloud service that can be consumed on a subscription basis along with the powerful data streaming capability of an enterprise solution.


fig 1:Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service Overview

Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service 

Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service

  1. Enables migration to the cloud from heterogeneous databases to the Oracle Cloud platform. This includes moving data from Amazon RDS for Oracle among other data sources. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Services ensures security and reduces risks to the data streaming process through its high-throughput encryption based data delivery. Oracle delivers all this with minimal negative impact on the critical source and business application systems.
  2. Is critical for well performing global real time reporting and analytics. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service delivers real time data into the cloud allowing the population and maintenance of cloud based data centers and data warehouses. A cloud based global data reserve allows intensive business analytics queries to be offloaded to avoid impacting source data systems. Globally located cloud data centers allow these queries to be offloaded to data the geographically closest location to the user.
  3. Helps easy dev/test in the cloud with live production data. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud service enables fast, elastic and web driven provisioning to create sandboxes in the cloud complete with real time data to help replicate production like environments for development and testing. Among other advantages, this allows customers to test and validate time sensitive business decisions with production data.

Fig 2: Take advantage of existing skills and architecture to extent data centers into the cloud. 

Learn More

 Here is a quick product overview video about Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service. For more information around Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service visit our home page here.

Thursday Mar 10, 2016

Calix Uses Oracle Cloud Platform to Accelerate Innovation

Oracle Integration Cloud Service simplifies hybrid cloud integration, reduces IT costs, and improves business agility

Calix, a leading provider of broadband communications access systems and software, is using the Oracle Cloud Platform to significantly speed the development and delivery of innovative new services such as Web content management and customer portals for its customers, which include many of the world’s leading service providers. 

Calix operates in a highly competitive global market and in order to successfully compete against many companies twice its size it needed to increase its speed and agility by integrating its highly heterogeneous technology infrastructure. With a growing customer base that serves over 100 million subscriber lines, Calix is at the forefront of enabling service providers worldwide to deliver advanced broadband services and value to their customers. To help support these customers, Calix needed a technology overhaul that would help the company improve productivity, lower costs and ultimately accelerate innovation.

“The Oracle Integration Cloud Service enabled us to consolidate multiple integration tools into a single platform very quickly,” said Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications, Calix. “In a company that is continually innovating, IT must stay agile and be able to respond quickly to evolving business needs. The Oracle Integration Cloud Service enables us to support continual innovation, deploy rapid integrations, and realize significant IT savings.”

Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Calix consolidated its existing integration tools, including Dell Boomi, Informatica, and SharePlex into a single integration platform to improve business and IT efficiency. Calix then used Oracle Integration Cloud Service to quickly and easily integrate on-premises and cloud applications, including Salesforce and Oracle E-Business Suite. Leveraging pre-built adapters, the company was able to build integrations between its key business systems in just a few hours.

With Oracle Integration Cloud Service’s simple, intuitive Web-based, point-and-click user interface, Calix significantly sped the time to deployment. For example, as part of a recent cloud-to-cloud application integration project between the customer portal built on Adobe Experience Manager and a Salesforce application, Calix was able to build 24 integrations in less than two weeks. This type of integration would have previously taken a few months. Additionally, Calix was able to leverage its existing Applications group to easily build the application integrations which freed up integration developers to focus on other innovations. Calix began using Oracle’s PaaS during the summer of 2015.

Additionally, Calix is using the Oracle SOA Cloud Service to replace current B2B partner integrations. As part of this project, Calix is scheduled to go-live with its first partner shortly and plans to migrate six more partners to the Oracle SOA Cloud Service by March 2016.

Oracle Cloud Platform provides developers, IT professionals, and business users with a comprehensive, integrated portfolio of platform services that enables them to innovate faster, increase productivity and lower costs. Customers use Oracle Cloud Platform to integrate existing technology with next-generation cloud services, accelerate application development and deployment and lead business transformation. More than 4,100 customers are already using the Oracle Cloud Platform to transform their businesses. The Oracle Cloud Platform is part of the Oracle Cloud, which continues to show strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 34 billion transactions each day. It runs on more than 50,000 devices and more than 800 petabytes of storage in 19 data centers around the world.

Read the original Press Release and watch this video.

Wednesday Mar 02, 2016

Avaya Chooses Oracle Cloud PaaS to Serve Its Partners

Hear CIO, Fari Ebrahimi, explain how Avaya is using Oracle PaaS to develop a scalable partner management platform, reducing customizations by 80 percent. Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Sales Cloud are also used for end-to-end customer interaction.

Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Oracle Mounts Challenge to AWS in Massive IT Industry Shakeup

In an exclusive interview, Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle Corp, details Oracle’s cloud strategy and how it’s mounting an aggressive challenge to public cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce and Workday, while its enterprise competitors such as EMC and SAP scramble for survival in a cloud-centric world.

Read the full article in the most recent edition of Forbes and watch this video to get more information

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Sutton Tools Speeds Time to Market with Oracle Cloud Platform

Sutton Tools is an Australian manufacturer of high-quality power tool accessories and cutting tools for a variety of specialized industrial applications. With over 20,000 skus in its product catalog, Sutton Tools needed help with getting data out of their back end systems so it could be used to improve business processes and customer engagement.

Hear how Sutton Tools moved away from email and spreadsheets by using the integrated PaaS offerings available with Oracle Cloud Platform


Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Three Ways the Cloud Turbocharges Business Innovation

Inside the Innovation Machine
—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow. "Our process is very simple: the slowest 10 percent of clicks we send as defects, or bugs, to development to make those clicks faster," says Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president for applications development. That precise feedback—click-stroke granularity, not just user interviews and recollections—is one of three big reasons that the innovation cycle for cloud software is measured in months, not three or four years as with the on-premises software model.

A second reason for the cloud's speedy innovation cycle is faster implementation; when a software as a service (SaaS) supplier puts out a new version, users have access to those new features instantly. Last, companies can add their own features to SaaS apps, using cloud-based integration and development, without complicated customizations that often prevented businesses from upgrading on-premises software at all. SaaS provides other benefits such as lower costs, but speed of innovation is easily the most important, Miranda contends.

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Monday Feb 22, 2016

Oracle’s Mobile Ecosystem Helps Customers Innovate & Accelerate their Digital Transformations

Partners Embrace Open Agnostic Architecture of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Oracle today announced an expanded Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) member ecosystem for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, part of Oracle Cloud Platform. Through co-development, joint go-to-market and other partner initiatives, Oracle and its mobile partner ecosystem provide customers with the choice, flexibility and complete solutions that enable faster delivery of better and more engaging mobile apps. The latest partners to collaborate with Oracle include AirWatch (VMware), AuraPlayer, MobileIron, RapidValue, Sencha, Sofbang, and Syniverse.

Today, mobile users expect increased productivity, efficiency, simplicity and excellent customer service. Yet, delivering enterprise mobility is complex, with more than 80 percent of an organization’s time being spent on development, integration, security and maintenance of mobile apps. In defining an enterprise mobile strategy, organizations are looking at best of breed technologies in these key areas. With Oracle and its mobile partner ecosystem, organizations can quickly deliver innovative new services and securely connect, analyze, and integrate real-time data, at scale, between connected devices and enterprise systems.

“Oracle has clearly moved to the forefront of enterprise mobile platform providers,” said Sri Ramanathan, group vice president Mobile, Oracle. “In this increasingly mobile only world, Oracle is focused on delivering both task-specific, out-of-the-box enterprise mobile apps and providing a complete and open platform that allows enterprises to quickly build and deliver better, smarter mobile apps. Our focus has been to simplify enterprise mobility and now together with our mobile partner ecosystem, we are simplifying how customers build and deploy innovative mobile solutions.”

Oracle has been delivering enterprise mobile applications for more than four years and continues to help customers and partners bring mobility to the enterprise with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is an open and agnostic cloud offering that simplifies and secures the process of connecting mobile applications to enterprise systems and other cloud services. It allows developers to use the application development framework of their choice, or existing investment in third-party solutions, and securely connect to backend data sources, enabling them to create engaging mobile experiences in a simple, intuitive manner.


“To transform business processes, enterprise mobile apps must be secure without sacrificing user experience,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president of mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. “VMware AirWatch EMM combined with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service delivers just that – a streamlined development and deployment process that enables our customers to change the way employees work with intuitive and insightful apps, built on the AirWatch foundation of strong management and security.”


“We are delighted to work with Oracle as part of the marketplace for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling us to serve a broader enterprise customer segment,” said Dave Murashige, general manager, Enterprise and Intelligence Solutions, Syniverse. “Working together, Syniverse and Oracle are committed to simplifying enterprise mobility.”

Examples of mobile enterprise solutions that leverage Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Oracle’s Booth: 3B20 in Hall 3 and in Samsung’s Booth: 6A30 in Hall 6.


New Mobile Partner Collaborations

AirWatch (VMWare). Enterprise Mobility Management enables organizations to easily deploy, configure, secure, manage and support smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices across multiple mobile platforms and operating systems. The VMware AirWatch platform includes industry-leading mobile device, email, identity, application, content and browser management solutions.

Oracle’s collaboration with AirWatch helps customers ensure apps built and integrated using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service are automatically secured with AirWatch.


AuraPlayer
's unique solution “wraps” existing Oracle Forms / Oracle E-Business Suite systems as Web Services within hours, without writing a single line of code, while production systems remain untouched.

The inclusion of AuraPlayer in the mobile ecosystem allows customers to leverage their existing investments through API's that directly plugin to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, without the need to migrate or redevelop back-office applications. This provides a quick, low-risk way to kick start a legacy to mobile strategy. 


MobileIron
provides a secure foundation for enterprises to transform into mobile first organizations. The MobileIron platform secures data at rest in mobile operating systems and applications, as well as data-in-motion as it moves between corporate networks, endpoints and data repositories.

Oracle’s collaboration with MobileIron enables customers to easily deploy applications built in Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, and helps ensure endpoints accessing Oracle Applications are compliant and that the data used by Oracle mobile apps is kept secure. 


RapidValue
enables digital transformation for enterprises. eQuipMe is an Enterprise Mobility Suite comprising 200+ pre-built modules, built-in connectors and 30+ pre-built fully-customizable mobile solutions.

These solutions are developed using Oracle Mobile Application Framework. The platform leverages Oracle Mobile Cloud Service for quicker integration, offline capabilities, and storage, and helps improve staff productivity, streamlines workflow, fastens decision making, and reduces cost for enterprises, by automating the process and providing data access to users in real time.


Sencha
provides a leading MVC/MVVM-based JavaScript framework and testing solution, Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Test, for designing, developing and testing cross-platform mobile web applications. Sencha Ext JS leverages hardware acceleration techniques to provide high-performance UI components for mobile devices. Sencha Test enables developers and test automation engineers to create unit and end-to-end functional tests and execute them on multiple browsers simultaneously, which helps improve product quality and developer efficiency.

The collaboration with Sencha provides developers the choice of using Sencha frameworks and tools for building and testing cross platform HTML5 mobile apps and consuming enterprise services from Oracle Mobile Cloud Service.


Sofbang
is focused on Business Process Application Extensions, Enterprise Mobility Solutions and cloud-simplified, hybrid, private, PaaS & SaaS solutions. Key Oracle integrated cloud solutions include License & Subscription and Contracts Management, Mobile On-boarding (EE, Contractor, Customer), Mobile Service Request Management, Mobile Workforce Management, Funds Mgmt, Project Mgmt and WO Asset Mgmt.

Sofbang was the proud recipient of an Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year for Mobility.


Syniverse
makes mobile work by developing solutions to help brands enhance and enrich user experiences while enabling business processes that increase engagement and build greater brand loyalty.

As an ecosystem partner, Syniverse helps brands with innovative messaging solutions integrated with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling these brands to reach mobile users in real time through mobile messaging, anytime, anywhere.

Get the latest information on Oracle Mobile at: www.oracle.com/mobile

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more about Oracle Partner Network visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

Webcast Replay, Q&A: Driving Innovation with Cloud Self Service and Engagement

Thank you to all who joined us last Wednesday on our live webcast: Driving Innovation with Cloud Self-Service and Engagement; we appreciate your interest and the Q&A that followed. For those who missed it or who would like to watch it again, we now have the on-demand replay available for the webcast here.

On the webcast, our Cloud executive, David Le Strat discussed the key market trends that are driving the transformation in IT's responsibilities and line of business users' engagement. He then went on to discuss some common use cases for collaboration, business automation and self service, and community engagement that we are seeing in the market today and how Oracle Cloud Content and Process solutions address these evolving needs. The value proposition becomes incredibly powerful for Oracle Applications and Oracle SaaS customers as Oracle Cloud Content and Process extends these and other applications' collaboration, self-service and sites communications capabilities. Do give the webcast a watch and you may find use cases that hit close to home.

We also wanted to capture some of the most asked questions and our experts' responses here. But please do follow up with us and comment here if you have additional questions or feedback. We always look forward to hearing from you.

Q. Do you see these solutions being used by IT or by business users? I am in marketing and am wondering how "user-friendly" these solutions are.

A. Cloud solutions are specifically designed to be LoB/user friendly with drag and drop interfaces, easy navigation and template based building. The solutions are also mobile-optimized for anytime, anywhere, any device use and consumption. So, all the convenience you see and experience in your consumer world has now been brought to extend your enterprise content and process collaboration and sites building capabilities. Do try out the free trial at cloud.oracle.com/documents  to experience the ease and intuitiveness first hand. Your IT counterparts will be pleased to have an enterprise-grade, standards-based, pluggable, secure and fully auditable solutions in place that minimize IT reliance and you will be pleasantly surprised at the convenience, ease of use and on-boarding.

Q. Does Oracle Documents Cloud work with your WebCenter Content Management?

A. Yes. To avoid information silos, Oracle Documents Cloud Service integrates with your source of record, your existing content management system like Oracle WebCenter Content so that the content you have access to and you share is in sync with your source of record. We recommend you look at IDC paper on Hybrid Content Management that addresses this very point.

Q. To confirm, the idea with Sites Cloud is to build interactive sites?

A. Yes. Oracle Sites Cloud Service enables users to build microsites and community sites that brings together people, content, processes and even conversations. Integration with Oracle Documents Cloud ensures that content is being leveraged from Oracle Documents Cloud content repository. Processes can be kicked-off, tracked, worked on via integration with Oracle Process Cloud from within Sites and conversations can be easily embedded again as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Do check out https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/cloud-sites  for more information.

Q. Is Documents Presenter available as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service or is this a separate application to be purchased?

A. The Presenter app is available as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service. The Presenter app allows you to curate relevant content available in Oracle Documents Cloud Service, and present it in visually appealing format right off your iPad. You can view a short video on Presenter here.

Q. Will Cloud Documents be integrated with Oracle SaaS Apps to facilitate the collaboration in the Cloud?

A. Yes. It is integrated with Oracle SaaS apps like Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud and we will continue to extend such integration capabilities. Oracle SaaS and Application customers will find great synergies and ease in leveraging Oracle Cloud Content and Process with their existing investments.

Q. Can we view some demos of the solution for marketing or sales?

A. Yes, very much so. Please reach out to your Oracle account rep or connect with us via Comments here on this blog and we would be happy to go through each of these use cases with you in detail or any that is more closely related to your specific needs. Thank you for your interest.


Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service - Citizen Developers Rejoice

Written by Shay Shmeltzer 

We are happy to introduce Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service - the newest member of Oracle’s Cloud Development Platform.

Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service (or ABCS for short) provides an easy way to create and host web applications. Aimed at users who aren’t professional software developers, ABCS delivers an intuitive and visual development experience with no-coding required for application development. 

Application Development Simplified

With ABCS users visually design web applications through a WYSWYIG page editor dragging and dropping UI components onto pages, and connecting these UI components to data objects. These data objects can be created on the fly as an integral part of the interface development. Users can create applications with multiple pages, multiple related data objects, and rich UIs.

When an application is ready to be tested, users can stage it and provide access to other users to test the application through their browsers. When testing is completed, a simple press of a button will publish a production instance of the application. ABCS can also handle propagating subsequent updates to the application. Applications are accessible through the browser on any device, and can be secured and protected if needed.

Oracle SaaS Application Enrichment

While ABCS can be used to develop stand-alone apps, a unique capability it offers is the ability to extend Oracle SaaS applications such as the Oracle Sales Cloud. 

ABCS provides a built-in service catalog that simplifies mashing data from Oracle SaaS with the user’s own custom data objects to create applications that enrich Oracle SaaS functionality. In addition, ABCS applications can leverage the same look and feel used by Oracle SaaS apps. ABCS handles security and single-sign-on across Oracle SaaS and ABCS apps automatically. With its ease of development, Oracle ABCS is a key component in Oracle’s PaaS offering for Oracle SaaS customers.

Superior Technology

Oracle ABCS relies on the power of the latest industry standard and Oracle’s technology to create cutting edge apps. The rich UI is based on Oracle JET - Oracle’s JavaScript Extension Toolkit. Data objects are stored in an Oracle database instance in the cloud. Communication between the UI and the data objects and external services is base on REST/JSON - for light load and fast performance.

Users who are familiar with JavaScript coding, will be able to inject code snippets into their application to create even more advanced functionality.

Summary

With its unique combination of visual driven development and powerful underlying technology, Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service makes development and publishing of cloud apps a breeze.

Need more info...watch this video and visit the Application Builder home page at: https://cloud.oracle.com/ApplicationBuilder


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