Friday Apr 19, 2013

NEW - Oracle Human Workflow (HWF) Self-Study Course

A new self study course (Introduction to Human Workflow) was recently posted to the Oracle Learning Library. This self-study course runs about 20 minutes. You can access it, at no charge, here.

It is intended for those new to Human Workflow, who seek an understanding of the core vocabulary and concepts. It is intended to provide a foundation for understanding what Human Workflow can do, and how to best use it. 

This self-study is intended to be the first of a series on Human Workflow.

Let us know what you think! 

Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Oracle #1 in Modern Middleware Again

As described in Michelle Kimihira's Oracle Fusion Middleware blog post, Oracle is #1 in Modern Middleware again with "the foundational technology being Oracle SOA Suite".  "Modern middleware" refers to open, standards-based application infrastructures that don’t require legacy mainframe links.  Oracle is the leader in market share for the foundational components of modern middleware including (but not limited to) application Oracle #1servers, SOA-based integration, service governance, and identity management. While there are many definitions of "middleware" in the industry, some of which include closed mainframe-based systems, Oracle Fusion Middleware provides an open, standards-based platform with best-of-breed components that give users choices.

For more on her post, go to the Oracle Fusion Middleware blog

Monday Apr 15, 2013

Tax Day - Intuit's SaaS Based on Oracle SOA Suite

Have you ever wondered how Intuit manages their portion of the over 140M US tax filers and integrates the information with CRM, billing, and over 30 other applications?Intuit Logo

Check out this video of Intuit Integration Architect Jeff Kester describing how Intuit’s Software-as-a-Service is made possible by Oracle SOA Suite including his key comments on:

Intuit Video

  • Lower IT costs
  • Improved customer experience
  • Seamless application upgrades
  • Frictionless application integration
  • Deployment automation
  • Common data model
  • End to end orchestration
  • 360-degree view of the customer
  • Flexibility and agility
  • Improved cross-sell and up-sell

For more on integrating SaaS applications with on-premise applications, check out the white paper "Cloud Integration – A Comprehensive Solution"

Call for Nominations: Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2013

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. Jointly sponsored by Oracle, OAUG, QUEST, ODTUG, IOUG, AUSOUG and UKOUG, the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation honor organizations using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value. This year, the awards will recognize customers across 8 distinct categories:

  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture & Business Process Management
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Data Integration
  • Oracle Application Development Framework and Fusion Development
  • Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)

If you consider yourself a pioneer using these solutions in innovative ways to achieve significant business value, submit your nomination for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation by Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco, California.

Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World 2013, get a chance to mingle with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Publications.

To submit your nominations, please follow the following steps:

  1. Download and complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards nomination form for SOA/BPM with as much detail as possible. Please do not leave any information blank.
  2. Submit completed form and any relevant supporting documents to Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com.
    • Email subject: <Category_CompanyName_InnovationAwards2013> when submitting your nomination.
    • Name all supporting documents with “companyname_solutionname_filename.xyz”

To maximize your selection chances, please have a look to this blog article.

For additional details, go HERE.

Friday Apr 12, 2013

Cutting Edge versus Just Average? Your SOA, Got BPM?

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has completely transformed IT from the time it was introduced well over a decade ago. Organizations have been re-plumbing their infrastructure for reusability, efficiency and gain and succeeding with it. Best practices have emerged and people and technology have matured. We have gotten better at delivering on a stable platform for delivering on mission critical applications and services.

Yet, there is this one secret that sets some SOA customers apart from the others. These companies grow and revolutionize their business and not just transform their IT infrastructure. The differences seem subtle for an untrained eye examining these organizations externally. And from within the company, it’s a bit like an ant sitting on an elephant, hard to differentiate between the IT trunk and business tail.

What is it that some organizations do differently that makes them succeed beyond SOA?

These organizations pull in business people more and more to weigh into their IT decisions. They wrench understanding process over services. They don’t settle easily when bridging business metrics and IT performance. They anguish over business requirements not translating seamlessly and quickly into IT. IT is not just an enabler but a pillar that revolutionizes their business. Okay, I’ll give it to you. These organizations layer Business Process Management (BPM) on top of their SOA.

Think about lifeblood business processes in your own organizations. If you are Fedex, this would be shipping and handling. If you are Stanford Hospital, this would be patient case-management: from on-boarding through discharge and follow-up care. If you are Wells Fargo, this would be loan origination. Now think about how your SOA ties into your business process. Can you decouple your business processes from your SOA so that the two can transform and change independent of each other? Can you forecast success metrics for your business process, make the changes across the board and then look back over different periods of time to see if you are on track? Are your critical business processes entrenched in the minds of few experts in your organization or does everyone from the receptionist to your enterprise architect to your CEO understand what they can do to revolutionize it?

Business Process Management is a superset of SOA. It’s the process of getting your business to articulate business value and metrics and have it implemented in IT without any loss in translation. It’s the act of extracting the business process from the minds of experts and IT applications in your organization and valuing them as assets for performance and gain. BPM is stepping outside your SOA and moving your organization to the next level of innovation.

Oracle is accelerating BPM across industries with the latest launch. Join us to understand how BPM can give your organization a cutting edge over your SOA.

BPM Webcast

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Latest Release of Oracle SOA Suite - 11.1.1.7

Follow Juergen Kress on the SOA & BPM Partner Community blog.  Here is his recent blog highlighting the large number of new usability, performance, flexibility and other features in Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7:

Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 PS6

 as well as his drill down blogs on Oracle Service Bus 11.1.1.7 enhancements and more:

Oracle Service Bus 11.1.1.7

Download Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) site for Oracle SOA Suite

NEW - Oracle Rules Self-Study Course

A new self-study course (Introduction to Oracle Business Rules) was recently posted to the Oracle Learning Library. This self-study course runs about 20 minutes. You can access the self-study, at no charge, here.

It is intended for those new to Oracle Business Rules, who seek an understanding of the core vocabulary and concepts. It presents the elements of the Oracle Business Rules dictionary and explains the basics of the Oracle Business Rules Engine.

We will be posting a similarly focused Human Workflow (HWF) self-study in a few weeks.

Let us know what you think! 

Video Demo: Hybrid Cloud Integrations using Oracle SOA Suite

The blog post "Cloud Integration in Minutes" - True or False? highlighted the challenges faced by integration projects, beyond just simple web service connectivity. However, as stated in that article, it is possible to implement SaaS API "connectivity" in minutes, and this post is going to show you how! We will go through a step-by-step approach using Oracle SOA Suite 11g, and integrate with the Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service as an example, demonstrating the ease with which you can incorporate cloud applications in your overall enterprise integration architecture, today.

You may be hearing a lot about cloud connectivity, with "adapters" sprouting up everywhere and wondering - what's the big deal with cloud APIs? Isn't a SaaS API simply a REST/SOAP based web service call?

Yes and No! Web services standards are one of the key characteristics of cloud connectivity, however the implementations differ vastly. To use an analogy, the term "democracy" is broadly considered as a form of government wherein citizens have an equal say in decisions that affect their daily lives, however, its implementation varies vastly across countries from "direct democracy" to "representative democracy" (see Wikipedia).

Similarly, SaaS APIs are built on some key characteristics at the technical level, however the functional implementations varies drastically across vendors. As seen in the diagram below, even if every SaaS API only ever used established technical standards (on the left), the combination and configuration of those standards can result in functional API implementations (on the right) that don't seem to have anything in common.

 

For example, one vendor may choose to implement their SaaS APIs using REST/JSON and OAuth, whereas another may use SOAP/XML and WS-Security - an example of combination choices. Even if both used SOAP/XML, the object schemas can be different - both syntactically and semantically, for example, the definition of a "Customer" will differ in B2B and B2C scenarios. In addition, the vendors may use different WSDL types (strong vs loose typed), different customization approaches (generated vs flex fields), or how authentication credentials are sent (SOAP header vs body), or message interaction patterns (synchronous vs delayed asynchronous response), or API styles (Java code or SQL syntax), or how the ETL patterns are implemented (one file per object vs multiple zipped files).

In short, the software industry has good technical standards (and a lot of them!), but lacks functional standards for semantic interoperability across vendor APIs. Multiply this by the number of technical protocols and clients, and you can see why functional standards are the real source of complexity in ANY integration project - SaaS or on-premise; and is the reason I consider claims of "integration in minutes" as being naive at best.

The 23 minute video below walks you step-by-step in integrating with a SaaS API, showing how Oracle SOA Suite 11g is flexible enough to adapt to any combination of the technical standards above, making it an ideal choice for hybrid cloud integrations. For more examples of hybrid cloud integrations, download this white paper.

If you are familiar with Oracle WebLogic Server certificate setups, skip the video above in the future and go to this abridged 11 minute version. If you like this video and would like to see more tips like this or have any questions, we would like to hear from you in the comments below. Special thanks to the Oracle SOA Suite integration architecture team, especially Ravindran Sankaran and Narayana Pedapudi, for help with the demo implementation.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Rise of the Mobile Machines - Oracle Reveals Strategy on Internet of Things

With the explosion of connected devices and the ubiquity of high speed wireless connectivity, Internet of Things takes on a new relevance. Machine to Machine (M2M) communication can change your game of operations and create opportunities for new services and revenue streams. Oracle’s platform for M2M called Device to Data Center (D2D) helps support the needs of the enterprise to leverage this new opportunity by gathering actionable insight from devices and respond right at the network edge.  The platform leverages multiple Oracle products to deliver a complete solution, including Oracle Event Processing (OEP)  on Oracle Java Embedded to make intelligent, real-time decisions while managing massive amounts of machine data on the fly.

Fast Data - delivering on real-time responsiveness with business insight, on large volumes of high velocity data from varied sources becomes a reality with Device to Data Center. Oracle's strategy to deliver on  Device to Data Center is revealed in the following webcast by Peter Utzschneider, VP of Product Management of Java. 

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 (11.1.1.7.0) for healthcare integration

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 (11.1.1.7.0) for healthcare integration. It can be downloaded from SOA Suite for healthcare integration OTN download page. Some of main highlight for this healthcare release includes:

  • Ease of Installation: The user installation experience is simplified by introducing an automated healthcare post-install script. User need to install standard SOA Suite 11g R1(11.1.1.7.0) and then a post install script need to be invoked to enable all healthcare components.
  • Performance Optimization and Interface Sequencing: This release brings lot of performance enhancement by introducing additional knobs to tweak Engine, database and composite layer to achieve better throughput and response time . An additional sequencing option called Interface Sequencing is added which provides better throughput and scalability by reducing database interaction and sequencing check points. This is additional option on top of Component level sequencing.
  • UI Enhancements:

System Dashboards has been added for global view of status of healthcare system. It list all endpoints with their status, protocol details along with message count and queue count associated with endpoints. It provides additional system level data like most active endpoint, recent error trends etc.

The original dashboard is also enhanced to provide Compact Dashboard view to provide endpoint color coding status as small icons, for healthcare systems which have large set of endpoints.

The user provisioning for different roles to view payload etc can now be done through UI.

  • Web Services Support : This release provides web services support to exchange web-services (both for SOAP 1.0 and 1.1) based messages between endpoints. A new protocol ‘WS-HTTP’ is added in endpoint configurations in UI. The user can post SOAP message in Sync or Async Mode based upon configuration in the Endpoint.  All the OWSM policies available in Enterprise Manager are supported.

This release also provide additional document support for National Council for Prescription Drug Program ( NCPDP) and  Interchange level acknowledgement ( TA1) support for HIPAA 5010 use cases.

Check out  SOA Suite for healthcare integration (11.1.1.7.0) User Guide for more details.

 

Monday Apr 01, 2013

Oracle Announces Facebook Windshield Integration

Hey all you dedicated Facebook users! Can’t put down Facebook while you’re driving? We have the solution for you. Stay connected with your friends even while driving with Oracle’s newly released “Facebook Windshield”.

Oracle Facebook Windshield Heads-up Display


Combining automotive hardware and integration software, the Facebook Windshield is an Engineered System that keeps your focus on Facebook so you are not wasting so much time dealing with common driving annoyances such as paying attention to traffic lights and watching for stop signs.

Empirical studies have shown that 60% of the time, drivers are moving in a straight direction. So why not put those fingers to better use by staying connected with your friends using the heads-up display windshield keyboard. And when you need to turn the wheel, put one of those knees to work. They’re not doing anything and they’re horrible at typing.

Feedback from the testing program was very positive in the age 16-17 category.  Below are a few quotes from the category:

  • “dude…you gotta check this thing out”
  • “I think people who worry more about driving details than Facebook just don’t get it.”
  • “They really thought this thing through…after my traffic incident and after my airbag deflated, it let me finish my post. This is awesome”

Some concerns from the age 18+ categories however focused mostly on safety. These concerns were emphatically put to rest, much to the satisfaction of the beta testers with the following assurance from Oracle product management: “I can say with 75% confidence that all concerns in the 4 areas of enjoyment, collaboration, entertainment, and safety will be addressed prior to delivery of Facebook Windshield.”

To learn more about Oracle Facebook Windshield, see the following LINK

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