Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Agilent Transforms IT with Oracle SOA Suite, Delivers on Mobile Strategy

Using Oracle SOA Suite, Agilent established a new service integration infrastructure that met all its performance requirements and replaced existing legacy infrastructure. This shaped and delivered Agilent's mobile strategy and helped in service standardization. One of the tangible outcomes with the centralized infrastructure was to help IT scale with acquisitions, delivering on a million dollars in run savings.

Scalable and highly available, the new and powerful centralized infrastructure helps ramp up new applications, including delivering a mobile solution without new technology add-ons. Agilent plans to continue to build capabilities, including leveraging SOA Governance - to increase standardization and reuse. Here is a presentation by Rajesh Gathwala, enterprise architect at Agilent Technologies further on this solution.

Agilent on Oracle SOA Suite

Saturday Feb 01, 2014

My Oracle Support Community has a new platform, with new functionality

Oracle Support has migrated My Oracle Support Community to the same platform used for the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) community. This platform will bring new community features to help make it easier to find information through a more intuitive interface, and enhance the way you connect with Oracle experts and industry peers.

Read more here

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Oracle Introduces Cloud Adapter to Simplify Salesforce.com Integration

A game changer addition to Oracle…” is how Matt Wright, CTO of Rubicon Red put itMatt Wright

If you have been asking yourself:

“Do I need another integration toolkit separate from my existing platform just for cloud integration?” or “Should I use the limited functionality integration tools within each cloud application I need to integrate?...Won’t that lead to a complex mess of disparate and overlapping integration?” 

If so, take a look at Oracle Cloud Adapters. This release significantly simplifies integration of Salesforce.com and lets companies more easily get a complete and unified view of customer and back-end data spanning cloud and on-premises applications using Oracle SOA Suite and the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com. Check out this Oracle Media Network Video (screenshot on the right) of Matt Wright, Maulik Shah, Technical Lead for Brocade Communications, and Badhri Rajagopalan, Practice Director SOA Integration with Bluenog.

Salesforce.com Integration

To address the questions posed above, this release illustrates Oracle’s integration strategy. Instead of companies having to deploy a cloud integration platform focused on cloud applications and then having a separate integration platform for existing applications, Oracle SOA Suite provides a single solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment location (public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises). This approach is designed to simplify integration and lower total cost of ownership in contrast to managing multiple disparate integration platforms and/or app-embedded integration toolkits, most of which use proprietary languages.

Although Oracle SOA Suite customers have been showcasing their cloud integration success stories for years at Oracle OpenWorld, this release eliminates many of the manual steps, automates session management tasks, and significantly simplifies security. Oracle SOA Suite customers already familiar with Oracle Application Adapters will see that the Oracle Cloud Adapters use the same wizard-based approach to provide visibility into the Salesforce.com business objects directly from within Oracle SOA Suite to simplify integration.

Customers using Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, etc. already have simplified integration since Oracle SOA Suite components are integrated or embedded into these applications. Combined with the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, customers of both Oracle and Salesforce.com applications will have seamless integration spanning applications across the cloud and on-premises.

To learn more about simplifying integration, check out the Oracle white paper “Simplifying Cloud Integration

To download the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, go to Oracle Technical Network for Oracle Integration Adapters

and join us for the Webcast "Simplify Integration with Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com"

Register for Webcast

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Spend a Day in the Cloud at Oracle Cloud World

Cloud and mobile are breakthrough technologies which are helping companies innovate and differentiate. Gone are the traditional ways of managing, customizing, and extending business applications. With the change in technology trends, IT is viewed more as a strategic partner, and organizations are looking to focus more on a "customer-first" strategy than ever before. However, companies are still dealing with age old problems of getting IT and business to work together, making the IT infrastructure less rigid, and struggling to better align priorities across the enterprise. While cloud and mobile take-over solving traditional problems, customers aren't getting the right insight across their cloud, mobile and on-premise apps and 50% of these initiatives get abandoned due to the complexity of integration and fear of security compromises.

To understand how to bridge solving some of these traditional problems with an effective modernization of your business solution, you can start with the keynote address at the upcoming Oracle Cloud World. Here are five axioms that will be explored to lead business modernization all the way from start to success:

- Simplifying integration between on-premise and Cloud

- Connect and collaborate: Making your business applications more social 

- Improve time to insight:  Enable rapid business intelligence without IT overhead

- Extend for Mobile: Enable mobility with rich user experience

- Cloud Security: Reduce risk and meet cloud security service level agreements


Register for Oracle Cloud World today.

Thursday Jan 09, 2014

B2B - AS2 Best Practices for MDNs

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Monday Jan 06, 2014

Service Technology Magazine features Oracle's perspective on API Management

Happy 2014! The new year finds us in a unique position as our industry shapes and molds the rest of the world with innovation around mobile. Newly defined spaces such Application Programming Interface (API) Management are being created and solidified to match this innovation. API Management is shaping the multi-channel strategy of enterprises across organizational boundaries.

Service Technology Magazine featured Oracle's perspective on a comprehensive API management solution that helps organizations develop well-designed infrastructure that securely exposes APIs all the way to managing the front-end for adoption. The byline also touches on how organizations can outsource application enhancement by empowering developers through API adoption, as well as add a mobile front to applications to capture new revenue opportunities. Finally, the piece will examine how organizations can streamline business and IT objectives by managing the life-cycle of their APIs. To read the article: Unlock your IT with API Management.

To find an overview of Oracle's API Management offering, visit us: Oracle API Management Solutions

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

Oracle SOA Black Belt Cheat Sheets (Free Download of the Year!)

'Tis the season of giving, so for this last post of the year, I am pleased to make available some of our most requested cheat sheets used internally and by various implementation partners world wide. These cheat sheets were created as part of the Oracle SOA Black Belt training sessions - advanced hands-on workshops that are available only to experienced Oracle SOA practitioners to gain deeper insight into the workings of the engine, enabling them to architect scalable solutions. If you have gone through this workshop, or have been working with the BPEL engine, I hope you will find this as a handy resource.

In case you are curious about this "black belt" workshop, here is a day-by-day blog written by one of our attendees.

And if you are wondering, yes, in some locations, we actually do hand out physical black belts - thanks to Jürgen Kress' SOA Community. Follow the tweets for more pictures.

Click on the link to download each. In case of any errors or if you would like to see more such collateral, please do provide feedback.

Weblogic Server Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

BPEL Service Engine Internals Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Diagnostics Cheat Sheet (pdf) -- Thanks to Shawn Bailey for this one!

Happy Holidays and see you in the next year!

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Oracle's Mobile Strategy Revealed

Mobile is on the mind of every business. However, enabling existing business applications on handhelds can be very challenging. Unless the right platform and strategy is chosen, mobile-enablement could become the next IT nightmare. Or worse, it could result in low adoption of the business application on mobile channels, failing to deliver on those promised new and golden revenue opportunities.

Rather than approach your mobile strategy as building a one-off mobile front-end to a few business applications, how about your approach be to have a mobile-front as part of the solution for every business application in the organization? Considering the ubiquity of high-speed mobile connection, this is the only logical approach. One of the greatest issues to be addressed when considering mobile is form factor: leveraging an existing busy front-end on mobile is guaranteed to reduce the chances of success of the mobile-app. Also the issue of writing a mobile app once and having it run on different mobile handhelds, is something that needs to be considered upfront. A point of consideration while building out your mobile strategy is the kind of application that should be provided - native to the mobile device, web-based or hybrid? What about connection of the mobile front to the back-end on-premise as well as cloud hosted solutions? What does it take to design the mobile applications so that they can change independent of the back-end? Security is another large issue that needs to be addressed when considering mobile. And lastly, the scale of interaction and the unknown user can be provide very different challenges from traditional interactions with on-premise enterprise applications.

Mobile is all about innovation - it is not about taking the same enterprise business application and simply exposing it on handhelds. Rather it is about exciting and new solutions that can provide value-add to the consumer in ways unimaginable without the mobility. This is the chance at tremendous business opportunity. Contextual awareness brings a new flavor to traditional enterprise applications. In addition, mobile applications have other applications not available in traditional enterprise solutions, such as a mobile camera or GPS, when leveraged right, these can turn the user experience on its head.

In this webinar below Anne Thomas Manes from Gartner does a fabulous effort at highlighting all the main issues when considering your new mobile strategy. Oracle, in addition, has revealed a comprehensive offering to simplify enterprise mobility. The highlight of the presentation are the demonstrations of mobile enabling enterprise applications by Chris Tonas, VP of Mobility and Development Tools and Suhas Uliyar, VP of Mobile Strategy. You can access this webinar here today: Oracle Mobile Update: Simplifying Enterprise Mobility

Simplifying Enterprise Mobility

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Debunking Myths at Cloud Expo 2013

One of the advantages of living and working in the Bay Area as a tech-lover, is being steeped in high-tech to the brim, with easy access to  good quality conferences. One such was Cloud Expo 2013 that I had the fortune to attend earlier this Fall. The size of the conference was a stark contrast to the Oracle Open World conference that I was recuperating from hosting. But the quality of the keynote speakers was exceptional and the content was extremely engaging. It gave me an opportunity to examine what has happened in the world of cloud from the time of inception over a decade ago.

Several companies have been going the way of the cloud long before the term was even coined. It typically starts with consolidation and realizing gain with a shared infrastructure within the organization. Cloud adoption seems a continuum rather than one jump from the world of silo-ed on-premise hosting to a private or public cloud. And it seems to be the case that organizations will never really transition completely to a full cloud infrastructure, rather pick and choose based on need. This makes the integration challenge more relevant than ever before.

It was also interesting to observe the consistent message across vendors that private cloud seems to have picked up and surpassed public cloud in terms of adoption. Public cloud seems to be filled with specialized vendors who want to gain on solving common problems really well, which has created a whole new integration challenge for consumers who want to capitalize on the best-of-breed offerings across different public clouds while still continuing to host on-premise and even leveraging private cloud in addition. And though it seemed that cloud would be omnipresent with everything going the way of utilities such as electricity and water, where people don't want to know the source and just leverage the resource, we are not quite there with it. 

Rex Wang, VP of Product Marketing at Oracle who leads the Cloud marketing initiative put forth an excellent presentation that debunked a lot of myths surrounding cloud that helped enhance understanding of the trends in the space. You can watch the video here: Ten Myths of Cloud Computing You can also read more on his presentation and access it here: Download

Debunking Cloud Myths

As for addressing the need to have a seamless integration across different public and private cloud offerings that include integration with on-premise applications, you can look to Oracle SOA Suite. Learn more on Oracle's offering to help with the integration challenges in this new game changing model of business operations with Cloud Integration Solution

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

Cloud to On-Premise Connectivity Patterns

Do you have a requirement to convert an Opportunity in Salesforce.com to an Order/Quote in Oracle E-Business Suite? Or maybe you want the creation of an Oracle RightNow Incident to trigger an on-premise Oracle E-Business Suite Service Request creation for RMA and Field Scheduling? If so, read on.

In a previous blog post, I discussed integrating TO cloud applications, however the use cases above are the reverse i.e. receiving data FROM cloud applications (SaaS) TO on-premise applications/databases that sit behind a firewall. Oracle SOA Suite is assumed to be on-premise with with Oracle Service Bus as the mediation and virtualization layerThe main considerations for the patterns are are security i.e. shielding enterprise resources; and scalability i.e. minimizing firewall latency. Let me use an analogy to help visualize the patterns: the on-premise system is your home - with your most valuable possessions - and the SaaS app is your favorite on-line store which regularly ships (inbound calls) various types of parcels/items (message types/service operations). You need the items at home (on-premise) but want to safe guard against misguided elements of society (internet threats) who may masquerade as postal workers and vandalize property (denial of service?). Let's look at the patterns.

Pattern: Pull from Cloud


The on-premise system polls from the SaaS apps and picks up the message instead of having it delivered. This may be done using Oracle RightNow Object Query Language or SOAP APIs. This is particularly suited for certain integration approaches wherein messages are trickling in, can be centralized and batched e.g. retrieving event notifications on an hourly schedule from the Oracle Messaging Service.

To compare this pattern with the home analogy, you are avoiding any deliveries to your home and instead go to the post office/UPS/Fedex store to pick up your parcel. Every time.

Pros: On-premise assets not exposed to the Internet, firewall issues avoided by only initiating outbound connections

Cons: Polling mechanisms may affect performance, may not satisfy near real-time requirements

Pattern: Open Firewall Ports

The on-premise system exposes the web services that needs to be invoked by the cloud application. This requires opening up firewall ports, routing calls to the appropriate internal services behind the firewall. Fusion Applications uses this pattern, and auto-provisions the services on the various virtual hosts to secure the topology. This works well for service integration, but may not suffice for large volume data integration.

Using the home analogy, you have now decided to receive parcels instead of going to the post office every time. A door mail slot cut out allows the postman can drop small parcels, but there is still concern about cutting new holes for larger packages.

Pros: optimal pattern for near real-time needs, simpler administration once the service is provisioned

Cons: Needs firewall ports to be opened up for new services, may not suffice for batch integration requiring direct database access

Pattern: Virtual Private Networking

The on-premise network is "extended" to the cloud (or an intermediary on-demand / managed service offering) using Virtual Private Networking (VPN) so that messages are delivered to the on-premise system in a trusted channel.

Using the home analogy, you entrust a set of keys with a neighbor or property manager who receives the packages, and then drops it inside your home.

Pros: Individual firewall ports don't need to be opened, more suited for high scalability needs, can support large volume data integration, easier management of one connection vs a multitude of open ports

Cons: VPN setup, specific hardware support, requires cloud provider to support virtual private computing

Pattern: Reverse Proxy / API Gateway

The on-premise system uses a reverse proxy "API gateway" software on the DMZ to receive messages. The reverse proxy can be implemented using various mechanisms e.g. Oracle API Gateway provides firewall and proxy services along with comprehensive security, auditing, throttling benefits. If a firewall already exists, then Oracle Service Bus or Oracle HTTP Server virtual hosts can provide reverse proxy implementations on the DMZ. Custom built implementations are also possible if specific functionality (such as message store-n-forward) is needed.

In the home analogy, this pattern sits in between cutting mail slots and handing over keys. Instead, you install (and maintain) a mailbox in your home premises outside your door. The post office delivers the parcels in your mailbox, from where you can securely retrieve it.

Pros: Very secure, very flexible

Cons: Introduces a new software component, needs DMZ deployment and management

Pattern: On-Premise Agent (Tunneling)

A light weight "agent" software sits behind the firewall and initiates the communication with the cloud, thereby avoiding firewall issues. It then maintains a bi-directional connection either with pull or push based approaches using (or abusing, depending on your viewpoint) the HTTP protocol. Programming protocols such as Comet, WebSockets, HTTP CONNECT, HTTP SSH Tunneling etc. are possible implementation options.

In the home analogy, a resident receives the parcel from the postal worker by opening the door, however you still take precautions with chain locks and package inspections.

Pros: Light weight software, IT doesn't need to setup anything

Cons: May bypass critical firewall checks e.g. virus scans, separate software download, proliferation of non-IT managed software

Conclusion

The patterns above are some of the most commonly encountered ones for cloud to on-premise integration. Selecting the right pattern for your project involves looking at your scalability needs, security restrictions, sync vs asynchronous implementation, near real-time vs batch expectations, cloud provider capabilities, budget, and more. In some cases, the basic "Pull from Cloud" may be acceptable, whereas in others, an extensive VPN topology may be well justified.

For more details on the Oracle cloud integration strategy, download this white paper.

Monday Nov 04, 2013

7-Eleven Mobile App Powered by Oracle SOA Suite

When you slurp that Slurpee, do you ever think about the sub 100 millisecond processing of 20 million 7-Eleven digital transactions every day supported by Oracle SOA Suite?  Maybe next time.  Ronald

Check out this impressive video of Ronald Clanton, 7-Eleven's Digital Guest Experience Program Manager, describing how 7-Eleven provides a consistent view across all the end points of over 10,000 stores and their digital entities by using Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Exalogic.  Managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager, they were able to provision their "Rapid-Fire" Middleware as a Service (MWaaS) in only "10 minutes" and deliver on time and complete testing ahead of schedule.

MWaaSSo what are you waiting for?  Download your Slurpee App to get your free Pillsbury Cinnamon pastry and enjoy your contribution to the 20 million messages/day.   When you're done, take a picture of your tongue...red or blue?  Watch the video here:

Ronald with Phone

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Connecting Clinical and Administrative Processes: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

One of the biggest IT challenges facing today’s health care industry is the difficulty finding reliable, secure, and cost-effective ways to exchange information. Payers and providers need versatile platforms for enterprise-wide information sharing. Clinicians require accurate information to provide quality care to patients while administrators need integrated information for all facets of the business operation. Both sides of the organization must be able to access information from research and development systems, practice management systems, claims systems, financial systems, and many others. Externally, these organizations must share claims data, patient records, pharmaceutical data, lab reports, and diagnostic information among third party entities—all while complying with emerging standards for formatting, processing, and storing electronic health records (EHR).

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables developers to integrate many types of software applications, databases and computing platforms within a particular health network as well as with community, state, and national health information exchanges. The Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is designed to provide healthcare organizations with comprehensive integration capabilities within a unified middleware platform, as well as with healthcare libraries and templates for streamlining healthcare IT projects. It reduces the need for specialized skills and enforces an enterprise-wide view of critical healthcare data. 

SOA Healthcare

Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is part of a comprehensive middleware environment designed to correlate data points, link applications, and comply with the myriad challenges of this highly regulated, data-intensive industry. Smoothing data interchange helps streamline every phase of the healthcare lifecycle—from initiation, eligibility, and enrollment to service delivery, program analysis, and reporting. Oracle’s mature middleware tools help providers to interface clinical and administrative systems as they share information, both internally among departments as well as externally with other providers and insurance carriers.

Here is a new white paper that details more about this offering: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

SOA Summit - Oracle Session Replay

SOA Summit Banner

If you think you missed the most recent Integration Developer News (IDN) "SOA Summit" 2013...good news, you didn't. 

At least not the replay of the Oracle session titled:

Three Solutions
for
Simplifying Cloud/On-Premises Integration

As you will see in the reply below, this session introduces

Three common reasons for integration complexity:

  1. Disparate Toolkits
  2. Lack of API Management
  3. Rigid, Brittle Infrastructure

and then the

Three solutions to these challenges:

  1. Unify Cloud On-premises Integration
  2. Enable Multi-channel Development with API Management
  3. Plan for the Unexpected - Future Readiness

The last solution on future readiness describes how you can transition from being reactive to new trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), by modifying your integration strategy to enable business agility and how to recognize trends through Fast Data event processing ahead of your competition.

Oracle SOA Suite customer SFpark's (San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority) implementation with API Management is covered as shown in the screenshot to the right

SFparkThis case study covers the core areas of API Management for partners to build their own applications by leveraging parking availability and real-time pricing as well as mobile enablement of data integrated by SOA Suite underneath.  Download the free SFpark app from the Apple and Android app stores to check it out.

When looking into the future, the discussion starts with a historical look to better prepare for what comes next.   As shown in the image below, one of the next frontiers after mobile and cloud integration is a deeper level of direct "enterprise to customer" interaction.  Much of this relates to the Internet of Things.  Examples of IoT from the perspective of SOA and integration is also covered in the session. 

turkcell image

Looking into the Future







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For example, early adopter Turkcell and their tracking of mobile phone users as they move from point A to B to C is shown in the image the right.   As you look into more "smart services" such as Location-Based Services, how "future ready" is your application infrastructure? 

Check out the replay by clicking the video image below to learn about these three challenges and solution including how to "future ready" your application infrastructure:

SOA Summit Replay

Monday Oct 14, 2013

Celebrating the Winners for 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation

Oracle announces the winners of the most prestigious awards in Middleware, the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation at Oracle Open World every year. This year's winners in SOA & BPM  were selected for their innovation and it gives us great pleasure in acknowledging our heroes.

Here are the winners:

Telefonica Movistar Mexico

Telefonica Movistar Mexico has built a cutting edge Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) software platform using re-usable Web services built on top Oracle SOA Suite on Exalogic to integrate with legacy systems. They also leveraged Oracle SOA Suite for a new self-service mobile application, demonstrating their responsiveness to rapidly evolving business demands. The resulting solution helped Telefónica Movistar Mexico achieve a 20% annual ROI and a 40% reduction in Time to Market when compared with their other initiatives.

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (WER)

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (WER) created a 360-degree experience for their customers leveraging e-commerce, mobile commerce, social networking, and cloud. Wyndham replaced heavyweight point-to-point integrations (based on another vendor’s technology) to legacy mainframe API’s with stateless Web services and orchestrations implemented with Oracle SOA Suite and hosted on Oracle Service Bus. The resulting solution powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware has helped WER achieve a 30% annual ROI, reduce time to market from 12 Months to 12 Weeks, and launch a mobile version of the site which now contributes more than 6% of the overall customer traffic.


Sicredi

Sicredi, a financial services cooperative based in Brazil. developed a corporate portal based on Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM), Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Siebel CRM, and Oracle Enterprise Repository, running on Oracle Exalogic. Approximately 15,000 Sicredi employees in more than 1,100 branches use this portal, approving loans in less than one day – a 3X reduction in processing time.

If you missed out on the action at Oracle Open World 2013, it's still not too late. Join us at an Oracle Day 2013 in a city right where you are: Welcome to Oracle Day 2013

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - Real-World Cloud Integration Session Highlights

Rajesh Raheja
It was a great week at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco. There are other blog posts that cover the overall themes, general SOA and Cloud sessions, so in this post, I would like to present my thoughts on two of my sessions focused on hybrid cloud integration.

The Monday evening Birds of a Feather session "Using Patterns to Simplify Integration of Cloud Services with On-Premises Applications" was a reminder of how important cloud integration was to real-world practitioners. We had 3/4 of the room filled with attendees at 7:15pm, with more than 80% actively engaged in cloud integration projects. What followed was a lively discussion around various topics of interest, which not only gave us great inputs from the product side, but also allowed attendees to learn from each other. The panel consisted of our product management and architecture team, including myself, Vikas Anand, Simone Geib, Ravi Sankaran; and also a last minute surprise entry by Dave Shaffer (Middleworks), who engaged the attendees with deep, probing questions.

Some insights from the attendees:
  • Number of Integrations: 5 or more cloud apps typically with a variety of SaaS apps including Cornerstone, E2Open, Eloqua, NetSuite, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle OnDemand, Salesforce.com, Servicenow. One customer had 19 different SaaS instances (one per country), and another had 30+ cloud based applications!
  • Business Processes: Sales and Marketing (Quote to Cash) and also ERP (Record to Report, Procure to Pay). Interestingly, while most used on-premises systems as "systems of record", in many cases, a a hybrid approach was preferred. Interesting implications for MDM and data governance in the days ahead.
  • Integration Styles: Most used all types of integration including real-time, bulk, batch and files. There was significant interest in Managed File Transfer (MFT) for monitoring file based interactions within the enterprise and to the cloud.
Challenges faced by the attendees in cloud integration:

  • Connectivity: Connection pooling, number of concurrent sessions, timeouts/limitations on usage of API callouts
  • Granularity: Too granular service operations
  • Reliability: Reliable message ordering and sequencing, reliability when cloud apps not available, handling retries automatically, traceability and audit in case of "lost" messages
  • Flexibility: Impact on API changes on point-to-point integration with cloud apps
  • Protocols: Plethora of protocols that don't necessarily simplify cloud integration: as one attendee put it ... "nowadays, everyone with an open HTTP port claims to be a cloud provider"

The session was a great lead-in for the Wed morning cloud integration session "Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite" with myself, Vikas Anand and Raghu Kadirvelu (from Bristlecone Inc.).

I covered the general challenges faced with cloud integration, followed by Vikas who introduced new cloud adapters that simplify some of those challenges. Raghu then gave a live demo of Salesforce.com to Oracle E-Business Suite Opportunity-to-Quote integration. A prominent SOA architect has put a detailed blog post on the session, and here is what he had to say.

Best SOA Presentation at OOW13!

The reason I mention his quote is not to encourage you to read that blog post (ok, maybe that IS one reason :), but to highlight the fact WHY the message resonated so well with the audience. As the Birds of a Feather session indicated, the cloud integration challenges are real, and pandemic. Customers are frustrated with SaaS application vendors treating the problem superficially, confusing "connectivity" with "integration",  and claiming victory with YouTube videos show casing "10 minutes to integrate with <your favorite SaaS app>".

cloud integration challenges

This session highlighted the real challenges, what it takes to solve them, and gave a live working demo of how we believe Oracle SOA Suite can help. Overall, it was a fantastic session and a great pleasure meeting many of you personally.

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