Friday Mar 29, 2013

Oracle SOA at Cloud Connect 2013

Cloud Connect

Visit the Oracle booth #608 at Cloud Connect next week (April 3 and April 4) to learn about how you can use Oracle SOA Suite to provide a comprehensive cloud integration solution. Looking forward to see you there!

Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Push Fast Data to the Edge

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded, a smaller footprint version of Oracle Event Processing (OEP) tailored for deployment on gateways. This can change the game plan for your organization’s responsiveness by harnessing Fast Data.

With an increase in the number of mobile devices and the ubiquity of high speed connectivity, we are entering an era where organizations can change their game plan with responsiveness. There is an explosion of data generated by mobile devices – not just cell phones, but large volumes of data coming from implementations such as industrial and building control, e-health, smart grid and home automation that need support for edge devices like wireless modules for Machine to Machine communication (M2M) and environmental sensors. However to be responsive, this large volume of high velocity data from varied sources has to be converted to actionable insight. In addition this data loses relevance with time. Fast Data is taking meaningful action on this large volume of data as it gets generated.

Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded allows embedding OEP on gateways. This allows embedding intelligence to filter and correlate the data as it occurs, as close to the devices as possible. Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded will provide companies the ability to handle massive volume and growth of data coming from edge devices by processing data closer to the source.

In addition to this capacity to embed a lightweight event processing engine on gateways, OEP provides flexible deployment options: standalone, integrated as part of the Oracle SOA stack as well as on embedded devices. This gives you a versatile, high performing event processing engine that can be deployed just about anywhere to process fast data.

To learn more visit us at Oracle Event Processing and to understand more on Fast Data watch our webcast: Fast Data Solutions

Press Release: Oracle Event Processing (OEP) for Oracle Java Embedded

Monday Mar 25, 2013

How Oracle SOA Suite Simplifies Integration

You are 8 minutes away from having a better understanding of the following three topics. Watch this brief webcast titled “Simplifying Integration in the Enterprise and Cloud” to learn:Got 8 Minutes?

  • How integration complexity will increase
...unless you avoid the accidental cloud architecture
  • The 4 main aspects of Oracle SOA Suite
... and how the Oracle Service Bus, B2B, cloud integration and more fit into the Oracle SOA Suite
  • What OnStar said about their Oracle SOA Suite benefits
...including how they integrated Facebook

Below are a couple of screenshots.  Enjoy the webcast

Oracle SOA Suite Service Virtualization

This week is “Integration” week as part of the five month “New Business Imperative” Webcast Series.  Watch the webcast then stay tuned for more about Oracle's cloud integration solution.

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Community Management: The Next Wave of SOA Governance and API Management

While SOA Governance, as a discipline, has been around for a number of years, not every company that embarks on the adoption of SOA has decided to embrace it. In some cases, the runtime management of service is implemented, but not the design-time aspects. Now, with the introduction of Cloud Computing and the proliferation of mobile devices, the “new” discipline of API Management is surfacing. This session explores why API Management has emerged, its relationship with SOA governance, and why both of these disciplines will ultimately take a page from the business-to-business world and evolve into a new discipline called “Community Management”.

Tim Hall, VP of Oracle Product Management discusses, compares and contrasts SOA Governance and API Management, explaining why he believes they will evolve into a new discipline called “Community Management”.

InfoQ Webcast Image

You can access the video HERE or download the slides HERE

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

OOW 2013 speakers: maximize your selection chances

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is approaching fast and the call for papers is now open: (note that it will close on April 12th). Each year the event is growing larger and the paper selection process is becoming more and more competitive: many great submissions but only so many slots to fill! In the end this is for the better as this just raises the overall quality of the conference. It also means that you should pay extra attention when submitting your papers to ensure they get the attention they deserve.

Here are some tips to maximize your chances of selection:

  • We want to hear the voice of customers and end users above anything
    (i.e. if you are an Oracle partner or employee, try to co-present with a customer or at least secure their approval to use their name and specifics)
  • Focus on a specific problem or project and don't try to cover it all
    (vague and high-level abstracts with an endless laundry list of integrated systems tend to be eliminated first)
  • Provide specific details of the customer implementation
    (attendees want to learn something that will help them, not just listen to another fluffy marketing pitch. Integrated specific apps? Make sure to mention them.)
  • Provide concrete ROI metrics or other concrete measurement of the impact of the project (productivity, business, etc.)
  • Cover either a widespread problem or an innovative one with clear business impact
    (i.e. a clever rocket science project that dealt with an unusual project could make an interesting blog entry but probably not a great OOW session)
  • Touch upon one of the following topics that attract a lot of attention these days: 
    • Mobile enablement 
    • Fusion Applications integration 
    • Cloud integration
    • Deployment of SOA in virtualized environments (OVM)
    • B2B projects, especially replacement of legacy solutions (Sterling, Gentran, etc.)
    • Fast Data for innovative marketing or customer experience solutions

Hopefully this guidance will be useful. Feel free to comment and ask for more details.

I'm looking forward to your submissions and to seeing you in San Francisco in September!

Tuesday Mar 19, 2013

SOA Summit - Oracle Session Now on YouTube

Learn about Oracle's strategy for simplifying integration and developing a more responsive enterprise even while you expand your integration support to include cloud and mobile.  Recently uploaded to YouTube, this session highlights the commonly overlooked aspects of cloud integration to give you a more comprehensive view of the many aspects of cloud integration beyond basic connectivity.  

Also included are product screenshots, a complete diagram of the components of Oracle SOA Suite and the associated management components as well as customer case studies.

Is Cloud Integration just a Web service? Oracle SOA Suite

Join the channel to stay connected with future video postings.  To watch the Oracle session, click on the video image link above.

Friday Mar 15, 2013

New SOA Suite 11g Database Performance Tuning White Paper

We're pleased to announce a new SOA Suite 11g Database Performance Tuning White Paper.

This Fusion Middleware 11g white paper discusses performance optimizations in the SOA database to derive maximum value from your implementation.

These recommendations are for SOA 11g running under Oracle database release and above. The SOA database can be hosted in a non- RAC configuration and RAC configuration.

It’s available on one of the SOA Suite OTN Advanced pages or directly HERE.


Thursday Mar 14, 2013

How Cisco Integrates Cloud & On-premise Apps with Oracle SOA Suite

Have you ever wondered how some big companies are able to rapidly acquire and merge applications?  Take a look at this webcast by Cisco’s Senior IT Manager Paras Jain. Shortly after the WebEx acquisition 5 years ago, Cisco consolidated to Webcast Slide #1a single unified customer experience for online ordering of cloud and on-premise collaboration applications. Within 6 months, Cisco achieved break-even on their Oracle SOA Suite integration investment, eliminated duplicate order data entry and significantly improved their service level agreements (SLAs).

In the webcast, Paras dives into their SaaS IT System Architecture to describe how Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus are used for mediation, security, and monitoring as part of their subscription lifecycle management, partner ordering, quote & order, taxation and more as shown in the image below:

Cisco-WebEx SaaS IT System Architecture

Also covered are before and after slides of the order fulfillment process showing how Cisco simplifies and streamlines integration of cloud and on-premise applications and the associated processes. 

View this webcast and more from the Oracle SOA & BPM Customer Insights Webcast Series - LINK

Friday Mar 08, 2013

How to Describe SOA to Your Grandparents

QuoteAs the saying goes, there is no better way to be sure you truly understanding a technology than to be able to explain it so your grandparents understand it…OK, I’ve never heard it before either but it sure sounds true. And if you are even somewhat involved in SOA, the chances are good that someday, you will be asked to explain the value of SOA to a high-level business manager or senior project manager or maybe even the CEO of your company. So rather than mumbling something about “loosely coupled” or “service reuse” or “enterprise service bus” and then following it with “uhmmm, no… not the kind of bus you ride in”, I came across this video from someone named DERELCARO who does a brilliant job at starting with the technical definition of SOA, then immediately breaking it down into a plain English description of SOA.  Its a little dated but that doesn't seem to matter:

Who knows, maybe someday in the future, you will need to explain to your grandkids that SOA was the precursor to the ability to wirelessly download micro thought services (MTS) into your local temporal lobe receivers (LTLR) for real time assembly and orchestrated service thinking (RTAAOST)…yes, they run out of 3 letter acronyms in the future.

Once you’ve seen the video and are ready for a little more, check out this SOA eBook in the Customers Words .  It's a good next step. Enjoy!

Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

The SOA Mandate

I recall attending a Gartner integration conference in 2003, ten years after Gartner’s Alexander Pasik introduced the term SOA. Attendees were still voicing skepticism with comments like “SOA is just a new term for <insert unrelated re-use technology name here>” or “is this just another fad I can wait out?” Since this introduction, there has been a gradual but steady growth in the acceptance of service-based integration over the last decade as a strategy to increase agility and time-to-market but not as a mandate. SOA Mandate Image

A tipping point has finally occurred as a result of two recent trends, elevating the importance of SOA into a mandate for enterprise adoption for a large swath of medium to large size companies. The convergence of these two simultaneous trends are, for the first time, aggressively pushing SOA above the mandate threshold:

  1. Mobile Services are Different– At the most recent Gartner AADI event, the pre-event attendee survey indicated for the first time in several years that interest in “mobile enablement” jumped ahead of cloud which dropped to #2. During the keynote session, Gartner suggested a reason for mobile rising above cloud was due to companies having the option to slow down cloud adoption. For smartphone access, no such delay options exists. Customers have smartphones in their hands today and expect to interact with their accounts in an optimized mobile interface…simply put, smartphones have put urgency into mobile services. As Oracle SOA Suite customers have presented (Oracle OpenWorld 2012), mobile demands “mobile-sized” services that are different from existing service calls designed to support large amounts of data for large screen sizes over transmission rates that are far more reliable than intermittently limited mobile networks. The stronger the need for multiple types of service calls, the stronger the driver for getting serious about SOA
  2. Cloud Creating a More Disparate Infrastructure – In years past, most of the applications were on-premise and installed by the internal IT department, giving IT a stronger upfront role in the selection of the application and placing some priority on how well this application will integrate with the existing infrastructure. Now that more applications are cloud based, lines-of-business are able to select, and “deploy” new SaaS applications into production (initially uncoupled from existing enterprise applications) and therefore delay IT participation. Since every new cloud application vendor has its own specifications and techniques that it mandates for integration with their product, the relative uniformity of yesterdays purely on-premise infrastructure is rapidly disappearing. When IT gets involved for integration of the SaaS app with the existing infrastructure a full-featured integration platform supporting what is known as “any-to-any” transformation is a proven method to future-proof the infrastructure to support the next SaaS application. This point was highlighted by Oracle SOA Suite customer Geeta Pyne during the Oracle session at Gartner AADI and mentioned in a prior blog post.

What’s different about these two trends is a sense of urgency. In contrast to the classic drivers for SOA such as the need to enable businesses to roll out services faster, lower costs, and lower risk that were frequently addressed slowly, mobile service enablement and integrating disparate cloud applications can’t wait. As early adopters of SOA are proving out, having a service infrastructure in place allowed for rapid support of mobile services and integration of disparate cloud applications into the enterprises.

We are certainly well past the point of questioning the value of SOA. Instead…more and more enterprise companies are deciding SOA is a mandate for them to be able to deliver mobile services faster and support any new cloud application that joins the application infrastructure and maybe most importantly, gives them the flexibility to support a third trend when it arrives.

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