Saturday Jan 26, 2013

Making Enterprises More Human: Removing the Complexity in Event Processing

Human beings have a very unique differentiation compared to all other living creatures. It is the power to discriminate, giving them freedom of choice. This is possible because humans minds are sophisticated and high performing event processing engines, constantly optimizing for survival and gain, while functioning in extremely complex scenarios.

Man creates an optimal environment for himself to thrive, by filtering and correlating a high volume of events from very disparate sources, across time and boundaries. In fact all types of events are incorporated as feedback through all senses, constantly gauging, judging, filtering and correlating events. For example consider what you do every morning: turn on the news for traffic re-routing to gauge if you will make it on time to a meeting, sanity-check your gas tank to know far you can go, stop to grab a bite when you see a coffee drive-through. And all this while driving, which in itself requires processing events arriving from other automobiles on the road, traffic conditions and regulations. Humans are designed to continuously filter, correlate and process events in real-time.

The one technology that is so unique in adding this human quality of discrimination to inanimate software and hardware systems, is referred to commonly as "Complex Event Processing". To the uninitiated, the term "Complex" can sound like the technology is difficult, when really it inidicates that the event processing can happen in very complex scenarios, much like humans. In fact, a good event processing solution would remove the complexity and interpret accurate meaning in seemingly unconnected events.

Event processing can add the power of discrimination, providing intelligence and a dynamic responsiveness to everything it pairs with. Added to Business Process Management (BPM), Event Processing can make business processes very responsive and dynamic, even capable of handling unexpected exceptions. Added to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Event Processing can be a powerful ally in building a responsive IT infrastructure. Added to data integration, Event Processing can provide the capacity to discriminate against streams and volume of different kinds of data. The possibilities on what technologies Event Processing can be paired with are really limitless. When you want to think dynamic and add an edge to any technology solution, you want a good event processing engine added to your solution. 

Oracle Event Processing (OEP) is exactly this power of discrimination that can be added to any solution to result in extremely intelligent systems that respond in real-time. Keep your eyes peeled to hear about our new initiatives with OEP across our fusion middleware product lines in our upcoming release.

Friday Jan 25, 2013

Your Next WebEx Meeting - Powered by Oracle SOA Suite Integration

Since you are reading this blog, its likely you participated in one of over 6 million WebEx meetings with over 1 billion meeting minutes per month.  How did Cisco acquire and seamlessly integrate WebEx with such high volume and complex integration requirements?  

Video of Cisco's Paras Jain talking about their Oracle SOA Suite implementationCheck out this video of Cisco's Paras Jain, Senior Manager of IT, as he describes how they used Oracle SOA Suite to merge WebEx into Cisco in 6 months, achieved a break-even on their Oracle SOA Suite investment in 7 months, and hear him describe some of the key benefits they achieved.  Paras mentioned a common theme expressed by many other customers... the flexibility of Oracle SOA Suite as a key differentiator.    When starting off on integration, it's hard to know what capabilities will be required by your future cloud applications not to mention your internal legacy applications.  Oracle SOA Suite provides this flexibility to handle unknown future requirements.

Also highlighted by Paras are additional mobile enablement plans Cisco is rolling out for iPhone and Android phones powered by Oracle SOA Suite integration on the back-end.

Coming soon, Paras will present in the "Customer Insight Webcast Series - Oracle SOA & BPM"...stay tuned for logistics.  Here is a sneak-peak of a slide he will describe in detail:

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

Video Demo - Oracle SOA Suite 11g

In case you missed the Oracle SOA Suite Demo when 11g was launched, this short 3-minute video will be well worth your time. It does a great job describing the completeness and integrated differentiators of Oracle SOA Suite. In the demo, you will see:

  • Composite EditorComposite Editor - Zoomed
    • Services dragged & dropped into a composite application
  • Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)
    • Order processing tasks linked in the designer
  • E-Business Suite native adapters
    • The ease of inspecting the application information directly from the Oracle SOA Suite interface
  • Business Rules
    • Modify on the fly and detect conflicts for rapid resolution
  • Enterprise ManagerEnd-to-end Flow Trace within Oracle Enterprise Manager for Oracle SOA Suite
    • Monitor deployed composite applications
  • End-to-end Instance Tracking
    • Using a centralized error and fault management framework
  • Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
    • Real time event monitoring and event processing to identify patterns across the business
  • Enterprise Repository
    • Align IT with business priorities. Picks up policies from the runtime for closed loop SOA governance

Watch the 3 minute video demo (LINK)

Oracle Policy Management

 Policy Management

Oracle BAM Dashboard - Zoomed

Oracle BAM Dashboard

Oracle SOA Suite - Complete, Integrated

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Oracle SOA Suite 11g Developer's Cookbook has been published

We are very pleased to announce that Antony Reynolds and Matt Wright, who have already published a number of books on SOA Suite, just released their Oracle SOA Suite 11g Developer's Cookbook.

The book is 346 pages and $59.99 but there is currently an introductory price on the Packt Web Site that includes Print and eBook for $59.99.

Book Cover

The chapters of the book are:

  • Chapter 1: Building an SOA Suite Cluster
  • Chapter 2: Using the Metadata Service to Share XML Artifacts
  • Chapter 3: Working with Transactions
  • Chapter 4: Mapping Data
  • Chapter 5: Composite Messaging Patterns
  • Chapter 6: OSB Messaging Patterns
  • Chapter 7: Integrating OSB with JSON
  • Chapter 8: Compressed File Adapter Patterns
  • Chapter 9: Integrating Java with SOA Suite
  • Chapter 10: Securing Composites and Calling Secure Web Services
  • Chapter 11: Configuring the Identity Service
  • Chapter 12: Configuring OSB to Use Foreign JMS Queues
  • Chapter 13: Monitoring and Management

Congratulations Antony and Matt!


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