Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Oracle Cloud Adapters Expert Panel & More - OOW Recap

After a morning that kicked off with audience applause following the demo of the Oracle Cloud Integration Service iPaaS offering, a packed house during the Oracle Service Integration (SOA) Strategy session…the day of integration sessions continued.

Just about to implement the new Oracle Cloud Adapters and looking for expert insight?

Whether you are looking for an easier way to integrate cloud applications with your on-premise applications or maybe a partner looking to develop your own Oracle Cloud Adapter you can monetize…here are a few highlights from the Monday session:

Hilal Khan from OSI Consulting showed many images from the Oracle Cloud Adapter wizard including the image below highlighting the value of the “offline” mode that lets you build the integration without having to continually maintain a session with the SaaS application.   A significant ease-of-use feature that lets you build your integration much faster.  

Offline mode

Richard Holmes from Engineers Australia showcased a very comprehensive single slide view of their unified integration of Oracle middleware components including the Oracle Cloud Adapter that integrates Salesforce.com into their application infrastructure.  This infrastructure is what powers their MyPortal web site.  He then gave an impressive 5-minute demo showcasing the final end-user experience when using the Engineers Australia MyPortal. 

Engineers Australia

And finally, Raghu Kadirvelu from Bristlecone gave a thorough explanation of how the Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK works to let you build your own cloud adapters.  In the image below he described the flow of the Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK including the design time attributes in JDeveloper, the generation of the WSDL, the Cloud SDK runtime managing the session API, security API, transformation API, and the endpoint API.

Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK

If you have not heard of the Oracle Cloud Adapters, here is a quick synopsis:

Cloud integration was often a complex task involving many manual tasks including managing support for multiple previous versions of the application, session management, additional mapping tasks for transforming data between the cloud application and other applications and more. The new Oracle Cloud Adapters greatly simplify these manual steps and reduce maintenance costs by introducing a wizard-based standardized solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment in the cloud or on-premise.

UPDATE: The presentation from this session (direct link) is now uploaded.  You can search for other integration and SOA presentations on the OpenWorld portal or by accessing the Focus On SOA document.

Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OpenWorld panel: Expert Insights into Faster Oracle SOA Suite Project Delivery

Oracle OpenWorld is starting today and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about one of our not to be missed panels. We thought long and hard about the ideal combination of speakers for a session whose focus is around sharing unique insights into successful and fast delivery of Oracle SOA Suite projects. After tossing a few ideas around with my colleague Bruce Tierney, Director of Product Marketing, who will be the moderator on Thursday, we decided that our partners, who gain their experience with a number of customers throughout many years, are uniquely positioned for what we had in mind.

Let me quickly introduce them to you:

Guido Schmutz works for the Oracle Platinum Partner Trivadis. He has been working in the IT for more than 25 years with a long-time experience as developer, coach, trainer, and architect. Currently, he is focusing on the design and implementation of SOA and BPM projects using the Oracle SOA stack. Another area of interest are Big Data and Fast Data solutions, and how to combine these emerging technologies in a modern information and software architecture. Guido is an Oracle ACE director for Fusion Middleware and SOA and a regular speaker at international conferences. He is also co-author of the books "Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook", "Do more with SOA Integration: Best of Packt" and "Service-Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint".

Dan Reynebeau has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years, much of which was focused on complex and high volume enterprise systems development and integration based on IBM and Oracle technology platforms.  Dan has spent the majority of the past 10 years leading large scale implementations based on the Oracle Fusion Middleware and SOA platform. Dan is currently a partner at Flexagon, a software company focused on Oracle Fusion Middleware services and software automation products.  Flexagon recently announced its breakthrough Application Release Automation tool called FlexDeploy, where Dan has been an architect and engineer from product inception.

Peter Ebell is a lead developer and technical architect at AMIS Services in the Netherlands, a consultancy firm specialized in Oracle technology. Prior to joining AMIS in 2006, he worked for 9 years at Oracle as a custom development consultant, starting with Forms/Designer and quickly moving to Java/ADF. In 2004, he switched his attention to BPEL and the SOA Suite when he got involved with one of the largest implementations of the SOA Suite in the Netherlands, at the Rabobank. Since then, he has specialized in all aspects of SOA development, implementing solutions based on the Oracle SOA product stack at dozens of companies across all industries. 

Here are some samples of what you will learn during the panel: 

Everybody knows that IT projects are always under pressure to meet deadlines and go live as soon as possible - and SOA projects are no different. However, SOA is an architecture where its main "value added" lies in the future, because, if done right, it yields a decoupled IT landscape with a high potential for re-use and agility.

Therefore, even with the first SOA project a company undertakes, one should focus on speed of delivery in the long term. And that shifts the question from "how can our developers write code faster" to a much broader question: "how can we design, develop, test, deploy and monitor software better and faster, while maximizing the long term benefits that SOA promises".

First Peter will address some best practices, common pitfalls and focus areas across the entire spectrum of developing and releasing SOA applications, from the broader perspective. 

Then Dan will discuss how to future proof SOA Suite through changes to people, process and technology and how to enable organizations to develop maintainable and high quality products through role responsibilities, best practices and better utilization of SOA Suite features. 

Last, but not least, Guido will highlight that the architecture and choosing the right technology is key for the implementation of a successful SOA project. He will present the different functionalities/properties provided by the SOA Suite core components (BPEL, Mediator, Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing) and show which of these functionalities are supported out-of-the-box by the different components and where they are overlapping. The presentation will end with positioning Fusion Middleware and SOA in an Enterprise Architecture. 

You can find the abstract for this and other integration sessions in the Focus on SOA document.  

Mark your calendars for the session below.  

Expert Insights into Faster Oracle SOA Suite Project Delivery

Peter Ebell, AMIS Holding B.V.
Dan Reynebeau, Principal Architect, Flexagon
Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager, Trivadis AG

Simone Geib, Director Product Management, Oracle
Bruce Tierney, Director of Product Marketing, 

Thursday, 10/02, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM, Moscone South - 236 CON6255 

New Fast Data Tooling Session Monday Sept. 29th at OOW 2014

Don't miss out on the Monday announcement of the new Fast Data tooling, overview and live demonstration and also get a view on how "Fast Data" solutions can solve modern day business issues showcased by the international company, Canon. Check out the session "CON7793 Fast Data: Business User Friendly Tooling Best Practices".

Discuss your own needs for fast data event processing solutions in the demogrounds at the Oracle Event Processing booth in Moscone South (Left) SLM-160.

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Thursday Sep 25, 2014

OpenWorld Preview: Service Integration Strategy Session - Cloud, API Mgmt and More

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there is one headliner/must-see strategy session on Oracle SOA Suite/Service Integration.Session Image This year, the headliner integration session will cover some big topics including cloud integration, API Management, and much more.

I interviewed Director of Product Management for Oracle Service Integration Simone Geib who is co-presenting with Senior Director of Product Management Vikas Anand, to get a sneak peak at what is coming in this integration strategy session:


This appears to be the most exciting strategy session in the last 5 years.  Why is there so much interest?


This is a very special year for the Oracle Service Integration team.  I don't think we have ever had so many new and game changing enhancements to talk about.  We will share our strategy around the main industry trends: API management, cloud, mobile, and IoT. We will also discuss the new upcoming SOA Suite features for our power users and also give insight into what we have planned specifically for business users.


You mentioned API management...can you give a preview on what will be covered?


API Management solutions are about delivering easy and managed access to enterprise API's across the Digital Enterprise - covering on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments and reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of IT. Businesses need tools that streamline API creation, collection, publication, discovery, registration and monitoring for mobile and on-premise applications.  We will discuss these topics during the session.


Definitely expanding well beyond traditional behind-the-firewall integration.  Good to hear this will be covered.  What about Cloud Integration in the areas of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and new Oracle Cloud Adapters?


We will cover both of these areas.  Oracle's Cloud integration strategy is multi-faceted, from using existing on premise SOA deployments with our new cloud adapters, to being able to run SOA environments in the cloud, to new cloud-based iPaaS services with a simplified user experience for quick SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to on-premise application integration. Whatever the needs, Oracle's strategic direction for cloud integration has you covered. 


Good to hear.  Integration based in the cloud (iPaaS) or on-premise as well as support for the applications in the cloud or on-premise.  I see what you mean by fit your business requirements.  There has been a lot of buzz specifically in iPaaS, so looking forward to that.  So what about enhancements for existing customers?  What can you share for the "power" user of Oracle SOA Suite?


Sure.  In response to what our customers are asking for, the plan is for an upcoming SOA Suite release to offer operational enhancements like smaller database footprint, agile patching of running composites, multi tenancy and more.  Details will be revealed during our session.


So plenty for the power IT user.  What about the business users.  What is available and underway for them?


We will cover topics, new and futures, that target the business user.  Customers use SOA Suite to deploy critical integration processes and applications to run their business. With Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) and other analytics capabilities, you gain historical and real-time critical insight into the business using out of the box dashboards and reports. When certain patterns are detected and thresholds are reached, there is a need to easily configure automatic corrective action.  We will cover what joined SOA Suite in the 12c release and what is underway.


Looks like even deeper visibility into the business than what's available now.  And finally, how to integrate all of the data coming from Internet of Things (IoT) and other Fast Data sources.  Can you provide some background here?


Absolutely.  We will discuss new developments related to managing and filtering the critical vs. non-critical information streaming from devices, social media, and more and how to integrate this with the rest of the infrastructure.  How do you detect instant business threats and how do you quickly identify business opportunities that otherwise might not have been detected by traditional threshold-based alerts?  Rather than implementing a disparate architecture, Oracle has put significant effort into unifying event processing into the same interface as the enterprise integration platform with the goal of simplifying integration instead of requiring customers to have another "integration platform" to manage.


Thank you Simone and looking forward to the session.  You'll have to talk fast to cover all of that in 45 minutes!

Please see the abstract for this and other integration sessions in the Focus on SOA document.  
For everyone attending, mark you calendars for the session below.   Hope to see you there.

Service Integration Product Strategy: Oracle SOA Suite 12c, the Cloud, and API Management

Vikas Anand, Senior Director, Business Integration Product Management, Oracle

Simone Geib, Director, Business Integration Product Management, Oracle

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Moscone South - 302            CON7736

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Accelerate Healthcare Integration at Oracle Open World 2014

Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration is an integrated solution built on top of Oracle SOA Suite framework. It provides core healthcare integration capabilities while laying a strong foundation for the future. It supports all major Healthcare standards –HL7, HIPAA, NCPDP. It delivers enterprise-class reliability & scalability as it is built on OracleWebLogic Server. This standards-based product has an XSLT-based mapper and supports services with WSDL, SOAP, HTTP, XML. It includes zero-install, browser-based monitoring, and management dashboards.

Join us for customer led expert sessions Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration. We have Ascension Health, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Intermountain Healthcare, speaking on their implementation in the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014:

Accelerate Healthcare Integration with Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration[CON7759]
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Jay Jenkins, Manager of Data Integration, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Steve Lobach, Principal Software Developer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Steve Schenks, Integration Architect, Ascension Health
Suresh Sharma, Product Strategy Director, Oracle

Healthcare Modernization with Oracle SOA Suite[CON8008]
Kevin Mattingly, Integration Engineer, Ascension Health
Steve Schenks, Integration Architect, Ascension Health
Sean Keane, Director, Healthcare Interoperability, Oracle
Suresh Sharma, Product Strategy Director, Oracle

Ascension Health is in the process of adopting its next-generation healthcare integration platform requirements for its 25 Health Ministries (systems), using Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration. This session covers Ascension Health’s adoption process, its experiences, the architecture, the ROI, best practices, and lessons learned and focuses on the underlying technologies that make all this happen.

In addition to read white papers, datasheets, customer stories, and more, download our resource kit: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Saturday Sep 20, 2014

Open World Presentation on SOA Suite 12c Performance

Oracle Open World 2014 gives you a unique opportunity to learn more about Oracle's products directly from the people who created them. The key architects of Oracle SOA Suite will discuss a new paradigm for tuning SOA Suite applications and database and talk about other enhanced performance features of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. You will learn about memory reduction, startup speedup, CPU optimizations, disk I/O optimizations, and new performance diagnostics tooling. At the end of this session, the presenters will be available to answer your questions about performance tuning and best practices.

Make sure to attend the Simplified Performance Tuning for Oracle SOA Suite 12c  session on Thursday, October 2nd 2.30 – 3.15 pm @ Moscone South 236.

For more information about Oracle integration & SOA sessions, take a look at the Focus On document for integration.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

What's New With Fast Data at Oracle Open World 2014?

Oracle Event Processing has a rich and exciting roadmap when it comes to making it business user friendly. Join us at Oracle Open World 2014 to explore the new business user functionality, best practices and usage patterns with Oracle Event Processing that can take your Fast Data delivery better integrated with your business. In addition Oracle SOA Event Delivery Network tightly integrates with the Oracle Event Processing platform in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, with out of the box adapters, enabling a whole new world of time-based real-time pattern analysis capabilities. You can find out more in the session on this next generation event deliver network as well as in the hands on lab on Oracle Event Processing. Customers Canon and Trivadis AG also discuss their implementation of Fast Data. To access all sessions related to Fast Data: Focus On Fast Data.

Fast Data: Business-User-Friendly Tooling, Best Practices, and Usage Patterns [CON7793]
Greg Ryan, Senior Director Marketing, Canon Information & Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Strategies and solutions for integrating real-time event streams with big data infrastructures have recently become more complete but are complex to build and use. This session reveals the latest Oracle Event Processing business-user-friendly tooling experience with Stream Explorer to excite and simplify your fast data solution creation experiences. It also showcases new self-learning predictive capabilities; intuitive distributed event-driven architectures based on Oracle Coherence; and integration with the very latest big data technologies, such as Flume, Hive, and HBase.

Fast Data: A Customer’s Journey to Delivering a Compelling Real-Time Solution [CON8453]
Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager, Trivadis AG
Rui Pereira, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
This session showcases a fast data customer's evolutionary and innovative steps to implement a real-world event-processing, situational-awareness-based solution. It articulates its real business values and highlights the elegant and intricate architecture that combines strategic real-time technologies such as Oracle Event Processing, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle Endeca, and Oracle Coherence in a way that will empower new customers to evaluate and successfully implement similar solutions themselves.

Next-Generation SOA Event Delivery Network (EDN) Empowered by Fast Data [BOF9272]
Simone Geib, Director Product Management, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
The Oracle SOA EDN tightly integrates with the Oracle Event Processing platform, with “out of the box” adapters enabling a whole new world of time based real-time pattern analysis capabilities. This session showcases these capabilities and best practices for implementations and highlights event consumption/production outside of SOA with the ability to associate dedicated queues for any generated event.

How Fast Data Is Turned into Fast Information and Timely Action [CON3752]
Lucas Jellema - Solution Architect, AMIS Holding B.V.
Fast data is big data, continuously streaming in, from which information is to be learned in (near) real time. This session demonstrates how Oracle Event Processing is used to analyze live streams of data to find patterns, deviations, and aggregates. The findings are reported in the form of business events that are pushed in live dashboards to Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, which also evaluates business rules on the business events and takes action when required. Examples to be demonstrated in this session include car sensors, website traffic, Twitter feeds, and bank run detection. Oracle SOA Suite 12c, WebSockets, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) active data visualization tools components, and JMS are used to process, forward, and act.

Hands-on Fast Data Development with Oracle Event Processing 12c [HOL9396]
Peter Belknap, Director, Product Management, Oracle
Sandeep Bishnoi, Technical Lead, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
Bing Song, Senior Manager, Oracle
Prabhu Thukkaram, Director, Product Development, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle

Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded, has become a core piece in delivering the Internet of Things. In the following IoT sessions take a look at this aspect of OEP.


All Fast Data related sessions can be accessed here: Fast Data Focus On

Big News: Oracle iPaaS Cloud Integration OpenWorld Sessions

Pulling back the curtain

You may have heard rumors about Oracle introducing an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering.  I am pleased to share two sessions added to the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 agenda on the Oracle Integration Cloud Service including a Hands-on Lab and a dedicated “Introducing Oracle Integration Cloud Service: iPaaS on Oracle Cloud” session.

The Oracle Integration Cloud Service dramatically simplifies cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integration.   Learn about native connectivity to Oracle SaaS applications and new ease of use features for third-party application integration including prebuilt maps, flows and much more. 

After these sessions have pulled back the curtains on the Oracle Integration Cloud Service, look to this blog site for some of coolest features yet to be announced.

The two sessions are:

as well as an Oracle Integration Cloud Service demo pod in Moscone South

For more information about Oracle integration & SOA sessions, take a look at the Focus On document for integration.

I hope you are as excited as we are.  If you still need convincing, please come to these sessions to learn more.

Monday Sep 15, 2014

You are invited! See the Power of Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Reposted from Fusion Middleware Blog, original post By Irem Radzik on Sep 05, 2014

The Oracle Fusion Middleware team is very excited to recognize the 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation winners with a special Awards Ceremony on Tuesday September 30th during Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards honor customers with cutting-edge use of Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies to solve unique business challenges or create business value. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.

If you are planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco or plan to be in the area during Oracle OpenWorld, we hope you can join us, and bring back to your organization real-life examples of Fusion Middleware in action.

   Oracle Excellence Awards Ceremony: Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators(Session ID: CON7029)

   When: Tuesday September 30, 2014

   Time: Champagne Reception 4:30 pm, Ceremony 5-5:45 pm PT

   Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, YBCA Theater (next to Moscone North) 700 Howard St., San Francisco, CA, 94103

To learn more about last year’s award winners please read our blog post: Innovation Award Winners Celebrated at A Grand Ceremony at OOW: Event Highlights

To attend this Award Ceremony, Oracle OpenWorld Badges are required. You can register for this session through the Schedule Builder on the Oracle OpenWorld website. If you are not attending the conference, but will be in the area and would like to join the celebration – please RSVP HERE and we will provide a complimentary Discover Pass code that you can use to register, pick up your badge, and attend the Award Ceremony session.

We hope to see you there!

Simplify Mobile Integration at Oracle Open World 2014

Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers an integrated development environment for mobile enablement using Oracle Service Bus. In this resource kit you can find datasheets, customer stories, podcasts, case studies, and more and discover the right enterprise strategy for your mobile: Oracle Mobile Integration Resource Kit

In addition, the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014 will help you interact with experts on Mobile Integration and take your enterprise strategy to the next level.

 General Session: Enable Apps for the Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond [GEN8238]
Amit Zavery, GVP, FMW Product Management, Oracle
Ed Zou, VP, Product Management, Fusion Middleware, Oracle
With the emergence of cloud computing, mobile, and digital media, organizations now have the opportunity to innovate their business and engage with customers like never before. In this general session, you will learn how Oracle AppAdvantage provides the framework that easily extends Oracle Applications—including Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle Fusion Applications; and Oracle’s PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel product families—to embrace this digital opportunity, all enabled by Oracle Fusion Middleware. You’ll hear how Oracle Applications customers are deploying multichannel experiences for their customers, innovating on their PaaS infrastructure, and integrating on-premises and cloud apps to modernize the IT platforms and leap ahead of the competition.

 General Session: Time for You to Rethink Mobile? Oracle Mobile Strategy and Roadmap [GEN6975]
Kylie Morris, Head of Creative Development & Customer Experience, Qantas Airways Limited
Peter Robertson, CEO, Intelligent Pathways
Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy & Product Management, Oracle
Among today’s enterprises, 87 percent have a formal mobility strategy at the enterprise or unit level, yet 7 in 10 are struggling to keep pace with new mobile devices and systems. Every organization has some level of tactical mobile implementation, yet the cost associated with spending on mobile devices is expected to grow 54 percent over the next two years. So what next? How should enterprises approach mobility? In this session, hear from Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy about how enterprises are transforming their digital business with a mobile-first strategy: bringing together clients, context, content, and the cloud. In this session, learn how the Oracle Mobile Platform can help you rethink mobility and define your enterprise mobile strategy.

 Enhance Your Mobile Experience with Oracle’s Mobile Apps and Oracle Mobile Platform [CON7806]
Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director, Oracle
Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President General Manager JD Edwards, Oracle
Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy & Product Management, Oracle
Across Oracle Applications, Oracle is delivering out-of-the-box mobile apps built on a consistent and common set of tools. Enterprises are adopting these mobile apps to extend and enhance their unique business processes. With Oracle, enterprises of all sizes are transforming their workforce, customer, and partner experiences by adopting a mobile-first strategy. Learn how Oracle can help you simplify enterprise mobility by leveraging these same tools to extend your enterprise applications and using the same skills to build new mobile apps across your enterprise. In this session, Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy shares Oracle’s mobile strategy and roadmap and discusses how it can be used to help you rethink mobility to transform your business.

 Mobile-Enabling Your Enterprise with Oracle Service Bus [CON7640]
Mala Ramakrishnan, Director Service Integration, Oracle
Srikant Subramaniam, Director, Product Management, Oraclle
Robert Wunderlich, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Mobile devices offer many new ways for business users to interact with enterprise systems. Attend this session to see how Oracle SOA Suite enables mobile device integration without your having to customize your enterprise back-end systems.

 Accelerate Enterprise Mobility with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service [CON7024]
Deb Ayers, Product Strategy Director, Oracle
Kaj Van de loo, VP SOA Development, Oracle
Enterprise mobility initiatives need a modern mobile platform to be successful. Come to this session to learn how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will empower your developers, business, and IT to rapidly deliver enterprise-grade mobile apps to market. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service can secure, expose, and manage enterprise-level APIs and provide built-in mobile services with analytics for greater insight into your mobile strategy. You can focus on fulfilling your business needs while Oracle Mobile Cloud Service does the heavy lifting. The session includes a demo of how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service accelerates enterprise mobility.

 Integrating Mobile Applications in the Cloud Through Oracle SOA Suite [CON5564]
Rathina Sabapathi Dhandapani, Principal Architect, Cognizant
Shalini Jain, Functional and Technical Lead, Delivery, Agilent
Enterprise support for mobile applications pivots around the ability of the integration layer to provide seamless connectivity. The challenges are manifold if such mobile applications are hosted in the public cloud. Attend this session to hear about the factors that influence a cloud-hosted mobile application integration initiative. Interact during a case study walk-through that highlights outbound interaction between an internal ERP system and a hosted mobile application through Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus.

Cloud Integration Strategy and Framework with Mobile and Middleware Technologies [CON2550]
Kunal Khashu, Senior Associate, KPMG LLP
Chris Lynch, Director, KPMG LLP
Integration is top-of-mind for organizations moving their HCM and ERP applications to the cloud. This session discusses the imperatives for successful integration with other cloud and on-premises systems and demonstrates how mobile technologies and Oracle middleware are being deployed to solve integration challenges at some of the largest Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud customers. Some or all of the KPMG services described are not permissible for KPMG audit clients and affiliates.

Don’t Rewrite, Reuse! Architecture for Mobile Enablement [CON2571]
Jeff Davies, Sr. Principal Product Mgr, Oracle
This presentation goes over how Oracle Mobile Suite makes it possible for customers to mobile-enable their legacy systems without having to rewrite them. The session focuses on Oracle Service Bus best practices and how, with minimal effort, customers can mobile-enable their legacy systems with JSON/REST service interfaces.

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

Taking Enterprise File Exchange to the Next Level with Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c

Managed File Transfer(MFT) is a popular method for simplifying business-to-business communication scenarios, especially within industries that are moving away from legacy electronic data interchange systems. With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle recently announced Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c. You can now access all resources related to Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c over here: Learn How to Fully Integrate Your File Transfer Solution This resource kit includes white papers, datasheets, podcasts from our experts, customer stories, and more.

In addition, the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014 will help you take a deep dive into MFT:

 Processing Large Files with Oracle Managed File Transfer and Oracle SOA Suite [CON7826]

            Presenters: Pandurang Ranjalkar, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited & Dave Berry, Senior Manager, Oracle 

Abstract: Files are as prevalent in today’s enterprise integration solutions as they have ever been. Using event patterns that require no polling, files can be delivered with pass-by-reference, which minimizes the memory footprint in your integration processes. This session explores various use cases for solving the age-old problem of processing large files, including using standard Oracle Managed File Transfer compression to reduce the upload time for the end user; using Oracle Managed File Transfer to pass a directory to an Oracle SOA Suite application to process files individually; and, finally, using an Oracle SOA Suite application to debatch very large files delivered from Oracle Managed File Transfer.

Cloud File Delivery with Oracle Managed File Transfer [CON7976]

           Presenters: Dave Berry, Senior Manager, Oracle & Ed Macosky, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle

Abstract: Organizations transferring files in a hybrid mode from on-premises to the cloud require special tooling to deliver files securely and reliably. Oracle Managed File Transfer supports cloud endpoint protocols, encryption, and user access, leveraging the Oracle WebLogic Oracle Platform Security Services security layer instead of the more typical operating system security model. This gives administrators the flexibility to define users, groups, and roles that match their security needs. In addition, new Oracle Managed File Transfer cloud endpoints extend the reach of the cloud to cloud integrations. This session and demo illustrate these Oracle Managed File Transfer cloud use cases.

To find more related SOA sessions at Oracle Open World, access Oracle SOA Suite Focus-On

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Ovum Lauds Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Differentiates Cloud and Mobile Integration

Ovum has recently published a paper on Oracle SOA Suite and lays out differentiation.  According to the paper, with the latest release of Oracle SOA  Suite, Oracle has again proved that it can swiftly respond to customer requirements while ensuring continuity in product strategy to offer a unified platform for a wide range of integration requirements. Here is an excerpt from the paper:

Oracle SOA Suite 12c has introduced several new features and capabilities that resonate with the current integration priorities of enterprises, especially cloud and mobile integration. What differentiates Oracle SOA Suite 12c from competing platforms is its emphasis on simplifying the process involved in the development, testing, and execution of integration flows connecting a wide range of applications. 

This developer-centric approach is evident in the simple approach offered by the Oracle Cloud Adapter software development kit (SDK) for the development of new adapters to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Furthermore, Oracle Cloud Adapters handle several inherent intricacies of SaaS integration, such as session management, data mapping, and specific security requirements to help reduce development efforts and costs. The developer-centric approach is also evident in the developer tooling enhancements introduced as part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c release. 

Another noteworthy feature is the integration between Oracle MFT and Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle B2B 12c, which provides support for complex orchestration use cases, such as the extension of enterprise applications to B2B e-commerce and cloud integration scenarios. 

Key messages 

 Oracle has further refined its approach to cloud and mobile integration. 

 Developer productivity is a key theme for Oracle SOA Suite 12c. 

 Oracle MFT strengthens the overall value proposition of Oracle’s integration middleware stack. 

 To read the rest of the paper download today: A Unified Platform for On-Premise, B2B, Cloud, and Mobile

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Rethink Your IT at Oracle Open World 2014 - Focus On SOA

The single most important thing you can do for your IT roadmap this year is attend Oracle Open World 2014. And to make the best use of your time while at Open World, plan ahead! You can tailor your agenda based on the Oracle SOA Focus On. This will give you a golden opportunity to nail your IT strategy - you can network with experts, get your hands dirty exploring the new Oracle SOA Suite 12c, and understand how to capitalize on every new wave of innovation: mobile, cloud, social, big data, fast data, and internet of things.  

Here are some sessions that are on my radar at this Open World 2014:

A Modern Business Demands a Modern Cloud Platform [GEN8589] - by Thomas Kurian

Service Integration Product Strategy: Oracle SOA Suite 12c, the Cloud, and API Management [CON7736]

Introducing Oracle Integration Cloud Service: iPaaS on Oracle Cloud [CON8010]

Mobile-Enabling Your Enterprise with Oracle Service Bus [CON7640]

Time for you to Rethink Mobile? [GEN6975]

From the Horse's Mouth: The Present and Future of Oracle PaaS and IaaS [GEN8589]

Customer Panel: Oracle SOA Suite Cloud Integration [CON8011]

Jazz up your Saas with #1 Paas [CON8489]

Enable Apps for Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond [GEN8238]

Oracle Service Bus on Oracle Cloud [CON7824]

User Group Forum: Deep Dive: A SOA Application, End to End [UGF9207]

This is one conference you don't want to miss. The weather will be gorgeous, the sessions loaded with information to help you succeed, and you get to network with the brightest minds in the valley. Get your comfortable shoes on, and head over to San Francisco. Register today! Oracle Open World 2014 Registration and Focus On SOA.

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Best Practices for SOA Suite 11g to 12c Upgrade

A lot of effort has been put in by Oracle to make this major upgrade as smooth and easy as possible. The basic approach is to install SOA Suite 12c in a new oracle home and upgrade the domain and schemas in place. Customers undertaking the upgrade are primarily interested in a smooth upgrade, minimizing the number of manual steps in the upgrade, reduce the down time to a minimum, and minimize or eliminate any changes to client apps that use SOA APIs or web interfaces.

The key to a successful and smooth upgrade experience are the preupgrade preparations that you perform. The upgrade must be planned carefully. If the preupgrade preparations are not performed, there is a possibility that upgrade will fail in the middle or the system does not behave properly post upgrade. The only recourse to a failed production system upgrade is to roll it back from a full backup.

If your SOA domain includes BAM, then the upgrade is more complex because BAM does not support inplace upgrade. Please read the documentation carefully. The basic idea is to migrate the whole BAM deployment to a seperate domain using export/import, remove BAM from the soa domain during upgrade, and upgrade your soa domain to interop with the bam 11g domain. Later slowly and carefully migrate to BAM 12c from BAM 11g.

There are six top steps that should be performed before upgrade of your production system as a best practice.

  • Carefully review the prerequisites for upgrade in the documentation. Some of the prerequisites are checked upfront before we upgrade the schema in Upgrade Assistant but not all. Read all relevant upgrade documentation before starting on upgrade. Some of the key prerequisites are:
  • Can only upgrade a domain that is or Migrate to a supported starting point before upgrade.
  • Can only upgrade a deployment using a 64 bit JVM. Migrate to 64 bit JVM before upgrade.
  • Can only upgrade a production domain not using XE DB and is not an admin server only domain.
  • Can only upgrade a domain using LDAP or DB OPSS policy store. Migrate file based policy store to DB or LDAP based policy store before upgrade.
  • Can only upgrade a domain using a oracle DB of a version supported by the SOA Suite 12c certification matrix. Migrate to a supported DB version before upgrade.
  • Can only upgrade a domain based on weblogic server.
  • Can only upgrade a domain at this time with products deployed that were released in 12c. Example of products not released are OER, OSR, Webcenter, and SOA task UI exposed as portlets (which uses webcenter libraries).
  • Cannot upgrade a domain at this time created with T2P or pack/unpack before SOA Suite
  • Cannot upgrade a domain at this time with multiple products in 12c in separate unclustered managed servers using UMS. Examples are BAM, OSB and SOA. The reason is because after upgrade UMS configuration is at the domain level or the cluster level, but not at a unclustered managed server level.

  • Only JDK 7 is supported. 

  • Always test upgrade first before actually upgrading your production system. Test with a clone of your production system either created with T2P or test with a existing test environment which mirrors your production environment. T2P does not clone the transactional store. It only creates an environment that is identical in configuration to the source. If you create an environment by doing T2P of production, you will first need to populate that environment with sufficiently representative transactions. Documentation for T2P can be found here:

Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide 11g Release 1 (11.1.1)
Chapter 21 Moving from a Test to a Production Environment

  • Use the upgraded test environment to test all the composites without redeploying, and to determine the performance tuning to be done to your production system post upgrade. Tuning in SOA Suite 12c is different than 11g. For example work managers are used extensively for threads in SOA Suite 12c.
  • Always backup everything before upgrading your production system and test restoring from the backup in your test system. If the upgrade fails in the middle, you might have to restore the backup.
  • Before upgrade of your production system, purge as many instances as possible that are not essential to keep to make the upgrade faster. Upgrade will upgrade all the open instances when running the Upgrade assistant and closed instances are upgraded lazily post schema upgrade in the background. This can take significant time and disk space. There is currently no estimation tool for amount of disk space or time, so be conservative so upgrade does not run out of disk space.
  • Upgrade all your SOA projects in JDeveloper and test them on your upgraded test system. This is so there is no surprises later when you need to change the project to add a new feature or fix a bug. Currently though there is no tool to bulk upgrade a lot of JDeveloper projects in a script. We are exploring such a tool. However compile and deployment can be scripted.

Upgrade documentation and videos can be found at the following URLs.

Docs Link

Videos Link

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