Saturday Aug 24, 2013

Focus On Service Oriented Architecture at Oracle Open World

We are revving up to receive you at Oracle Open World 2013. To start planning your days at the conference, here is the Focus On for Service Oriented Architecture. It gives you a preview of the sessions we will be hosting as well as guides you with a roadmap on sessions that may be most meaningful from the SOA perspective: SOA Focus-On at OOW 2013.

We have highlighted the most engaging sessions, demos, exhibits, and networking events and want to ensure you make the most of your time with us at the conference. In many sessions you will hear user experiences and get to interact with product experts who can help you take your SOA to the next level.

Here are some of the sessions we highly recommend:

Migrating to Oracle SOA and Oracle Engineered Systems: Tips from Emdeon

SOA Integration Best Practices: Customer Insights (Telefonica Mexico, Nextel, Cablevision Argentina)

What's new in Oracle SOA Suite

Take your Services Mobile with Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus (Agilent, Ricoh-USA)

Unifying Cloud Applications with On-Premise Applications (JDSU, IEEE, Xerox)

Oracle AppAdvantage: Optimize Cross-Channel Marketing with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Have you registered yet? You can, by clicking on the image below, we look forward to meeting you at the conference. 

OOW

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Transitioning from TIBCO to Oracle SOA - Part 2

Last months "Transitioning from TIBCO to Oracle SOA - Part 1" highlighting Electronic Arts (EA) was the first in a series of blogs on how and why customers have transitioned from TIBCO, IBM, Microsoft and other integration solutions to Oracle SOA Suite.

This blog focuses on how Eaton Corporation transitioned from TIBCO into a services-based integration solution using Oracle SOA Suite.   Their previous integration was based on a lot of point-to-point integrations with TIBCO as described in the Oracle SOA Customer Insights Webcast by Eaton Corporation and shown in the "Eaton's Legacy TIBCO Implementation" screenshot on the right:Legacy TIBCO Integrations

 In the webcast, Eaton states:

"What our goal is, we actually want to get away from TIBCO towards more of a SOA environment"

and describes how they have transitioned to a comprehensive integration solution based on re-usable services encompassing a broad range of applications.  The screenshot below, also from the webcast, illustrates their more recent integration implementation covering Distributed Order Management (DOO), integration to Oracle E-Business Suite, and SAP implementations in Austria and Germany.  Current integration implementation:

Modern Integration Infrastructure

View the entire Eaton webcast to hear about their lessons learned and to see a deep dive into their modern service integration solution architecture - Oracle SOA Customer Insights Webcast Series

Monday Aug 19, 2013

Integrating with Salesforce.com - Video Demo and Whitepaper

A few months ago, I posted a video demo showing how easy it is to integrate with cloud applications such as Oracle RightNow using Oracle SOA Suite 11g. The post got a tremendous response, and I got quite a few requests to show the same ease of integration with non-Oracle SaaS vendors e.g. Salesforce.com. Check out the following videos and whitepaper developed by one of our close partners, Bristlecone, to demonstrate this integration.

The first video shows the runtime Opportunity record synchronization between Salesforce.com and a custom application, a common integration use case with Salesforce.com to avoid errors and inefficiencies associated with dual-data entry. The second video demonstrates the design-time for this solution and shows nuances you need to be aware of in the SaaS world e.g. handling polymorphic operations in BPEL. The accompanying white paper goes into the technical details and provides step-by-step instructions to use these patterns in your projects. All the videos are also available in this YouTube playlist.

Video 1: Runtime synchronization

Video 2: Design-time experience

Whitepaper: Integrating with Salesforce.com with Oracle SOA Suite 11g (Bristlecone)

For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration

Are you an Oracle application customer wondering:

“How do I avoid a nightmare of complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D., May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy”

The image below shows a visual description of the challenge of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Disparate Toolkits Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of deployment location. As shown in the image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across all applications.

Unified Cloud Integration

In addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate Oracle applications.


  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle Fusion Applications already include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion Applications & Oracle SOA Suite – Instead of one policy management implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform, Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages, performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly simplified. Furthermore, changing policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration – Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration platform that will eventually require some form of integration with your enterprise integration platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application enablement with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite's enterprise service bus, known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever comes next with this unified approach to integration.
For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

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