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.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

You are Invited! - Oracle Integration Adapters Demo Pod at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013

You are Invited to visit us at the Oracle Integration Adapters Demo Pod at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013. The DemoPod is located in Moscone South Exhibition Hall in the Middleware Area.(3245:Unified Connectivity Architecture: Oracle SOA Suite Adapters)

Introduce Your Customers to the Adapters PM and Engineering Team : Bring your customers by the Demo Pod for Adapters to meet the Adapters Product Management and Engineering team. We would love to meet them and find out how they are using our suite of Adapters, or how they might be able to use it in the future. We will be showcasing the following areas:

  1. Integrating with Cloud and On-Premise Applications (New Cloud/Application Adapters!)
  2. Legacy, CDC and Mainframe Integration
  3. Integrating with Files, Databases, and Messaging

We will have working Demos set up to show how you can leverage Oracle Adapters to overcome their Cloud, On-Premise and Legacy Integration challenges. We are looking for feedback on the capabilities of the adapter suite that their business requires so that we can plan to meet any future requirements as well. The Demo pod will be available during the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Conferences, at the Fusion Middleware Demo Pod area on Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

See you at San Francisco!

Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Wednesday at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 - Must See Session: “Event-Driven Patterns and Best Practices: Even More Important with Big Data”

Don’t miss this “CON8636 - Event-Driven Patterns and Best Practices: Even More Important with Big Data“ session:

  • Speakers:
    • Faisal Nazir - Senior Solutions Architect, Motorola
    • Shinichiro Takahashi - Senior Manager, Service Platform Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    • Robin Smith - Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
  • Date: Wednesday, Oct 3
  • Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Location: Moscone South - 310

As the demand for big data analytics and integration grows across all industries, this session focuses on the role of the Oracle event-driven solution platform in delivering vital real-time integrated analysis intelligence to the data streams consumed and emitted from these large distributed data stores.

Objectives for this session are to:

  1. Increase awareness of Oracle Event Processing, showcasing tight alignment with big data solutions
  2. Highlight emerging usage patterns in relation to streaming event data and distributed data stores
  3. Show a significant Oracle competitive advantage over IBM solutions advertised in this domain

Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 - Must See Session: “Oracle Fusion Applications: Best Practices in Integration Design Patterns”

Don’t miss this “CON8685 - Oracle Fusion Applications: Best Practices in Integration Design Patterns “ session:

  • Speakers:
    • Rajesh Raheja - Senior Director, Development, Oracle
    • Ravi Sankaran - Director, Applications Development, Oracle
  • Date: Tuesday, Oct 2
  • Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Location: Palace Hotel - Telegraph

Oracle Fusion Applications provide various ways to integrate their functional capabilities with other Oracle applications as well as third-party and legacy applications. In this session, you will learn the patterns used when communicating with Oracle Fusion Applications with a SOA approach. It addresses items related to identifying the integration artifacts available, also known as assets, in Oracle Enterprise Repository; how to invoke synchronous and asynchronous Web services; importing and exporting bulk data; and any integration issues to look out for. The patterns will be applicable to on-premises and SaaS/cloud deployment modes and are indicated as such.

Objectives for this session are to:

  1. Highlight the various ways to integrate with Oracle Fusion Applications
  2. Showcase use of Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies for integration
  3. Describe best practices and design patterns for integration

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Sign up Today for User Feedback Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2012

You’re Invited to Sign Up for Oracle Usability Feedback Sessions

SIGN UP TODAY to get the most from your conference experience by participating in a usability feedback session where your expertise will help Oracle develop outstanding products and solutions. The Oracle User Experience team is conducting a Usability Evaluation on publishing and accessing Oracle Enterprise Repository content when building SOA projects in JDeveloper.

We are asking Developers and Architects who build or integrate applications using SOA Suite to take a look at the interaction between JDeveloper with the Enterprise Repository. 

We are looking for feedback on the interaction between JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Repository so that we may improve the User Interface in a future release.

The feedback sessions will be conducted during the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Conferences, at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Sessions will last 1 hour and will be held on Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

This event fills up quickly, and space is limited. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to gozel.aamoth-AT-oracle-DOT-com with the following information:

  • Identification
    • Name: _________________________________
    • Company Name:  _________________________
    • Job Title:
    • Email:
    • Phone Number (work, mobile, include country code):
  • Which conference are you attending? _____Oracle OpenWorld _____JavaOne
  • Have you ever participated in usability activities with Oracle or any of its subsidiaries?
    • ____Yes; specify __________________________________________________
    • ____No
  • Are you currently using JDeveloper?
    • ____Yes ; specify version(s): _______________________________
    • ____No
  • How long have you used JDeveloper?
    • ____ Less than 1 year
    • ____ 1 - 2 years
    • ____ 3 - 4 years
    • ____ 4 + years
  • Are you currently using SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____Yes
    • ____No
  • How long have you used SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____ Less than 1 year
    • ____ 1 - 2 years
    • ____ 3 - 4 years
    • ____ 4 + years
  • How often do you use SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____ Daily
    • ____ 2 - 3 times a week
    • ____ Once a week 
    • ____ Once a month or less
  • Briefly describe the types of SOA tasks you use JDeveloper to perform:
    • _____________________________________
    • _____________________________________

Please list your availability If you know your availability; please let me know which day you would prefer to participate, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Limited sessions are available on each day, and each session lasts 1 hour.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.  It will help us match you to the best suited feedback session. Once we receive your email, we will contact you to set up a time and day for participation.

You'll find more information about our on-site lab on the VoX (Voice of User Experience) blog, and on our Events page at Usable Apps.

Thursday Dec 15, 2011

Sun Java CAPS to Oracle SOA Suite Migrations

After the Sun acquisition, largely welcomed by customers and industry alike, Oracle expressed a strong commitment to support Java CAPS customers in both their current investment as well as in delivering options to facilitate their migration to Oracle Fusion Middleware  (and more specifically Oracle SOA Suite).

Oracle is committed to preserve the investment of Java CAPS customers. This commitment has been demonstrated through the extension of most support timelines previously announced by Sun as well as the addition of Indefinite Sustaining Support options - see the
Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware brochure for exact dates.

For customers ready to migrate to SOA Suite, Oracle offers a range of benefits, commercial ones as well as technical ones, with the goal to minimize costs and risks.

First, Oracle offers a license migration program that includes license credits and no extra support cost for legacy software during the migration phase, for an extensive period of time (please contact your Oracle sales representative for the exact details of the license migration program and support benefits). It is also important to note that key Java CAPS libraries and components are now included in the Oracle SOA Suite license. This was done to ensure that you can run migrated artifacts that have a dependency on these libraries without having to keep your full Java CAPS licenses.

Secondly, Oracle offers expertise through Oracle Consulting Services. Our OCS team has expertise in both Java CAPS and SOA Suite and has helped several Java CAPS customers to take advantage of the robust, scalable, feature-rich and cost-effective SOA Suite while retaining their, often large investment, existing code already running in Java CAPS. OCS offers "SOA migration assessment and planning services" that focus on the critical planning and architectural aspects required to ensure a successful migration. Understanding that customers might already have their own preferred system integrator, Oracle has also been working with members of the Oracle Partner Network (over 50 workshops delivered around the world as to date) to help them package their expertise as a commercial offering.

Finally, Oracle has developed migration tools and certified interoperability across Fusion Middleware and Java CAPS.  Tooling has been developed to migrate a host of Java CAPS artifacts (such as JCDs, OTDs and BPEL) to SOA Suite across  various versions of the products such Java CAPS 6.x,  JBI-based projects, Java CAPS 5.1.x , BPEL 1.x/2.0,  ICAN 5.0 JCDs and so on. Oracle has also certified the interoperability of Java CAPS and SOA Suite across JMS and Web Services. This interoperability approach is key to ensure a seamless co-existence of the two generations of products during migration. Please watch this blog for a more detailed post on technical capabilities of the migration tools.

Whilst customers have found that other vendors are on a voyage of discovery or on a mission to sell services under the guise of product, they see Oracle's commitment to customer satisfaction bearing real fruit. They have been turning to Oracle, who is now owner of both Java CAPS and Oracle SOA Suite, as the only company with sufficient depth of knowledge and experience in both the source and target platforms as well as the only one able to offer the licensing and support benefits highlighted above. Earlier this year, during Oracle Open World, customers and partners have come forward and started sharing their
migration success stories.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are currently using any Sun/SeeBeyond integration products and looking at modernizing - we can help!

Tuesday Jun 15, 2010

New Amazon EC2 image for Oracle SOA (and BPM) Suite

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Monday Jun 07, 2010

New article available in "SOA Suite Essentials for WLI Users" series: Dynamic Data Lookup in a Business Process

It is my pleasure to announce the publishing of another article in our "SOA Suite Essentials for WLI Users" series: "Dynamic Data Lookup in a Business Process: Meta Data Cache Control in Oracle WebLogic Integration and Domain Value Maps in SOA Suite".

This article explains how dynamic data can be retrieved in a business process using Domain Value Maps in SOA Suite and shows the similarities to the WLI XML MetaData Cache Control. Lots of customers have asked about this comparison and I hope they will find it useful.

The article follows "Setting Web Service and JCA Adapter Endpoints Dynamically in Oracle SOA Suite" which describes how web services and JCA adapter endpoints in SOA Suite can be changed at run-time, and so completes the use case where a BPEL process writes to a file (via file adapter) and the output directory and the file name are set dynamically.

Please let me know what you think about the series and this specific article.

Monday Dec 07, 2009

Comparison: Oracle WebLogic Integration's Custom Control and SOA Suite Spring Component

A while ago, the SOA PM team started an article series on OTN, SOA Suite Essentials for WLI Users, aimed at WLI users who want to learn more about SOA Suite and want to know how common WLI use cases can be implemented in SOA Suite 11g. We usually pair up a WLI expert and a SOA Suite expert, describing one of these use cases and explaining step-by-step how it can be implemented in SOA Suite,
For the latest addition to the series, my colleague Clemens Utschig came to London (and it wasn't raining that day) and we set out to explain how the new Spring Component can be used in the same way as a WLI Custom Control.
This article is especially interesting as it focuses on java integration in SOA Suite, something that is of great importance to any WLI user.
Please check out the article Comparison: Oracle WebLogic Integration's Custom Control and SOA Suite Spring Component and let us know what you think.

Tuesday Oct 06, 2009

Our book “Getting Started with Oracle SOA Suite 11g” is now available!


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Getting Started with Oracle SOA Suite 11g – A Hands-On Tutorial


By Heidi Buelow, Manas Deb, Jayaram Kasi, Demed LHer, Prasen Palvankar

Release date October 2009
ISBN 184719978X

Buy it from Amazon

Download the lab files (and solutions)

The book that we had been working on since releasing the product, “Getting Started With Oracle SOA Suite 11g – A Hands-On Tutorial”, is now available from Packt Publishing and Amazon!

The book emerged from an internal training we put together to educate various Oracle groups on the 11g release of the Oracle SOA Suite. It is an iterative tutorial that introduces all the elements in the Suite (adapters, Mediator, BPEL Process Manager, Human Workflow, Business Rules, Oracle Service Bus, Business Activity Monitoring, B2B, Enterprise Manager) in a suite of short labs.

Please post below your comments on the book: errata, things that were not clear, things you’d like to see in a subsequent edition (we plan on revising the book for the subsequent releases of the SOA Suite). We’ll do our best to respond!

 

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