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"

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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

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

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. 

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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

Monday Oct 07, 2013

OpenWorld Recap - Oracle SOA Suite the Foundation for Cloud & Mobile

Oracle SOA Suite took center stage at the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 this year as a result of strong customer OOW Imageinterest in enabling mobile services and integrating with cloud applications. In case you missed it, here is a recap:

In the General Session: "Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware" by Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian and Vice President of Product Management for Oracle SOA Suite Demed L'Her @demed. Some cool cloud integration and mobile enablement capabilities were demonstrated.

Thomas Kurian and Service IntegrationThe urgency for companies to rapidly integrate with cloud and mobile have significantly increased interest in service-based integration.   As a result, there were 8 sessions focused on mobile integration with Oracle SOA Suite and 7 sessions covering cloud integration.   Topics ranged from high-level integration strategies down to deep dive architectural best practices, customer presentations on how they have integrated with Salesforce.com and other SaaS vendors with Oracle SOA Suite and more.  

Thomas Kurian and Demed L'Her

Here are a few session titles that provide insight into the cloud & mobile topics. You can look to download the presentations as well here:

Oracle SOA Suite Customer Panel: Unifying Cloud Applications with On-Premises Applications

Take Your Services Mobile with Oracle SOA Suite (Customer Panel)

BPM and SOA Are Going Mobile: An Architectural Perspective

Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile, SOA, Oracle Identity Management

Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite

And for those looking to roll up there sleeves, there were hand-on labs covering topics like:

Build Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle SOA Suite

RESTful APIs with Oracle Service Bus

Developing REST for On-Premises or the Cloud

Another topic receiving signification attention is renewed interest in Business to Business (B2B) with presentations by SPS Commerce which has integrated over 9,000 partners, Stryker medical technologies, and British Telecom (BT).  See the zoomed in portion of the BT architecture below showing how their B2B architecture is integrated into the core infrastructure:

BT B2B

We had a record number of customers presenting in the SOA Sessions including Ricoh Americas, Agilent, Amway, Emdeon, British Telecom, Garmin, Ascension, ER2, Canon, BMC Software, Electronic Arts, Cisco, Xerox, IEEE,  Telefonica Mexico, Nextel, CableVision, DirecTV, Ally Financial, Stryker, Northern Trust, Green Mountain Power, Land O'Lakes and several others represented by partners. Here is how you can access the details on each of these successes: Oracle Open World 2013 Presentations.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, and OTN Developer Day - Service Integration using Oracle SOA Suite, and other simplifying integration events at following site: Oracle Events.

New Oracle Learning Library (OLL) Content for Healthcare

Checkout the new video content on the SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration. It's in the Oracle Learning Library (OLL), available whenever you need it, at no charge. The new content is listed here.

The content includes:

  • A 2-part introduction to the product
  • How to create endpoints
  • How to create and test a Healthcare composite application
  • How to create Java callouts with the Healthcare application
  • How to compare guidelines with the Document Editor
Let us know what you think!

 

Friday Oct 04, 2013

New SOA Suite for Healthcare Course - First Teach

Oracle University invites you to attend the First Global Teach of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g: Healthcare Integration Ed 1 class. It will be taught online.

This class gives you a foundation in Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 for healthcare integration. It teaches you how to exchange messages with web services and incorporate your own Java code into a healthcare integration application. You will learn to create custom guideline documents using the Document Editor to meet your specific business needs. You will also learn to use JMS queues for internal delivery channels.

Learn To:

  • Create SOA composite applications that process the healthcare standard documents.
  • Create a Java Callout.
  • Create JMS internal delivery channels.
  • Enable web services-based message exchange.
  • Create document guidelines.
  • Configure endpoints.

Date: 25-NOV-13
Duration: 2 days
Hours: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM PST
Location: Online

Click here for more details and to enroll.

Missed Oracle Open World? Oracle Days are Coming to a City Near You!

Cloud. Mobile. Social. Big Data. The Internet of Things. The latest buzzwords, or powerful global forces? For those who attended Oracle Open World 2013, these technologies are shaping their world now, and we learnt from each other to take advantages of the new opportunities created. 

To take it to the next step, join us at the Oracle Day 2013 events near you, to hear stories of innovation in practice. These free events are scheduled in nearly 100 locations worldwide. Experience insightful keynotes, real-world case studies, hands-on demos, face-to-face networking, and dedicated tracks for a range of audiences. 

Oracle Day

Find an Oracle Day near you and register today!

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Oracle Open World 2013 Wednesday: Hands-On Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite

This year's Oracle SOA Suite hands on lab offers three different options, dependant on your level of expertise and interest.

If you're new to SOA Suite, you should pick option 1 and learn how to build a SOA composite from the ground up, including a BPEL process, adapters, business rules and human task. The end result will be a purchase order process to be deployed through JDeveloper and tested in Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control.

If you're already experienced in SOA Suite, lab option 2 walks you through setting up the components that will allow you to utilize continuous integration with your SOA Suite 11g development projects.

For those who want to learn more about security in the context of SOA Suite, option 3 shows you how to secure WebLogic services and SOA composites using Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM).

Hope to see you there!

Session ID: HOL10010
Session Title: Hands-on Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite
Venue / Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 12/13
Date and Time: 9/25/13, 15:30 - 16:30

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