Thursday May 30, 2013

NEW - Oracle Business Rules Self-Study Course

A new self study course (Using Oracle Business Rules in BPEL) was recently posted to the Oracle Learning Library. This self-study course runs about 40 minutes. You can access it, at no charge, here.

This course leverages the vocabulary and concepts from the Introduction to Oracle Business Rules self-study as it discusses the configuration of the Oracle Business Rules service component, and the calling of the configured component from a BPEL process. It's a follow-on to the Introduction to Oracle Business Rules self-study. 

Let us know what you think!

Thursday May 23, 2013

Take the SOA Assessment Challenge!

Is your SOA-based integration leading or lagging your competition?

Are you stuck with too much point-to-point application integration and not enough SOA-based integration?

Find out how your company ranks relative to your competition.

Spider Chart Assessment Graphic

Simply answer the 16-question SOA Assessment to receive your customized 12-page report that ranks your answers relative to others in your industry.

Assessment Main Screen

Based on guidance from Oracle Architects, the SOA Assessment covers the 8 domains listed in the table below.

8 Domains

Your customized report provides “Actions to Consider” and “Potential Business Impact” for each domain. Access the SOA Assessment (link) to receive your report.

Hope you find it useful!

Note: Once a minimum threshold of assessment participants has been reached for your industry, such as Financial Services, the report will provide a targeted comparison with peers only from your industry.  Until that threshold is reached, your answers will be compared with all assessment participants.

Friday May 10, 2013

The Difference Between Oracle and IBM Integration

Oracle and IBM are the only two Integration Platform vendors in the Leadership quadrant of all three Gartner Schneider White PaperMagic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure related to service integration (SOA). You may wonder “what’s the difference between Oracle and IBM integration offerings?” …they both provide application connectivity, have an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), event processing, process orchestration, business rules, management, governance and more. There are however several key differentiators between Oracle and IBM integration often referenced by industry analysts and end users that strongly impact complexity and total cost of ownership.

What sparked the creation of this blog was a customer case study on Schneider National, which transitioned from IBM Sterling Gentran B2B, IBM InterChange Server, and IBM MQ Series to Oracle SOA Suite and other Oracle Fusion Middleware. The case study highlights:

one of the key differentiators of Oracle integration over IBM integration…a unified approach to middleware to simplify integration and lower cost.

Much has been written on the IBM side of the unified discussion including cautions by industry analysts referring to the significant amount of ongoing professional services to support and deploy the collection of often overlapping IBM components. One example of the overlapping components is described on IBM’s website (page has since been removed but similar content is referenced on this site) which gives the 27 considerations to decipher when deciding when to use which of the 3 IBM ESBs for each different ESB-related scenario. For Oracle, there is one consideration...if you want application infrastructure agility, then the solution is all built into one Oracle Service Bus.

The complete Schneider National Customer Transformation story is available for download. Here is a quick summary of the background and key take-aways that highlight the unified difference in Oracle’s approach to integration:

Prior to the Transformation

  • Complex applications and data environment at Schneider
  • Expensive and time-consuming to maintain and evolve application integration
  • Multiple order entry systems, multiple rating engines, several sources of customer information, no “single version of the truth”
  • Launched a 5-year business transformation program – “Quest”


  • Rationalize, simplify, and modernize enterprise IT applications and infrastructure
  • Create a modular, flexible, expandable and scalable IT architecture for long-term strategic growth
  • Core tenets: Common development environment, common runtime environment, and common management environment to standardize processes and tools


  • Consolidated to a single core set of unified tools, providing a consistent programming model for developers
  • Lower development and maintenance costs
  • Over 200 application integrations
  • Introduced re-usable enterprise web services such as TranportationOrder, Claims, Shipment, Account, AccountProfile, Location, Driver, Supplier and more.
  • Real time tuning of data flow using 40 business rules
  • Proven scalability to over 20 million messages per day
  • Oracle B2B for EDI, part of Oracle SOA Suite, with over 900 trading partners and over 100 types of B2B documents

The end result for Schneider’s use of Oracle SOA Suite and all the major components of Oracle Fusion Middleware is a simplified solution for applications design, development, and maintenance, lower costs, improved productivity providing scalability, performance, and reliability to “power it’s growth in the next decade”

Schneider Stack Diagram

Image from the White Paper showing Schneider National's Application Infrastructure

Download the Schneider National Case Study

Friday May 03, 2013

Oracle SOA and BPM at JavaOne 2013 India

JavaOne 8-9 May 2013 Hyderabad

Sessions include: 

Hands-On Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite 11g

Wednesday, May 8, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Flexi 1 HOL Room - Develop

Building Next-Generation Applications with Oracle Business Process Management Suite

Wednesday, May 8, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM - Hall 2

Oracle SOA Suite: the Most Capable Tool for Every Possible Integration Challenge

Thursday, May 9, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM - Hall 2

...and more sessions on Oracle Event Processing too. Hope to see you there!

Thursday May 02, 2013

Integrate and Mobilize - Oracle Magazine Article

Check out the Service Integration and BPM article on "Integrate and Mobilize" in the new issue of Oracle Magazine.  CoverGreat snapshots on Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPM Suite customers San Joaquin County, California and Teva North America, subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Topics include why Teva chose Oracle SOA Suite over IBM, how San Joaquin County is saving $20,000 annually, plans for cloud adoption, and much more.  Oracle's vice president of product management Tim Hall discuss 3 primary ways customers are realizing the power of SOA. 

Integrate and Mobilize


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