Thursday Dec 19, 2013

Oracle SOA Black Belt Cheat Sheets (Free Download of the Year!)

'Tis the season of giving, so for this last post of the year, I am pleased to make available some of our most requested cheat sheets used internally and by various implementation partners world wide. These cheat sheets were created as part of the Oracle SOA Black Belt training sessions - advanced hands-on workshops that are available only to experienced Oracle SOA practitioners to gain deeper insight into the workings of the engine, enabling them to architect scalable solutions. If you have gone through this workshop, or have been working with the BPEL engine, I hope you will find this as a handy resource.

In case you are curious about this "black belt" workshop, here is a day-by-day blog written by one of our attendees.

And if you are wondering, yes, in some locations, we actually do hand out physical black belts - thanks to J├╝rgen Kress' SOA Community. Follow the tweets for more pictures.

Click on the link to download each. In case of any errors or if you would like to see more such collateral, please do provide feedback.

Weblogic Server Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

BPEL Service Engine Internals Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Diagnostics Cheat Sheet (pdf) -- Thanks to Shawn Bailey for this one!

Happy Holidays and see you in the next year!

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Oracle's Mobile Strategy Revealed

Mobile is on the mind of every business. However, enabling existing business applications on handhelds can be very challenging. Unless the right platform and strategy is chosen, mobile-enablement could become the next IT nightmare. Or worse, it could result in low adoption of the business application on mobile channels, failing to deliver on those promised new and golden revenue opportunities.

Rather than approach your mobile strategy as building a one-off mobile front-end to a few business applications, how about your approach be to have a mobile-front as part of the solution for every business application in the organization? Considering the ubiquity of high-speed mobile connection, this is the only logical approach. One of the greatest issues to be addressed when considering mobile is form factor: leveraging an existing busy front-end on mobile is guaranteed to reduce the chances of success of the mobile-app. Also the issue of writing a mobile app once and having it run on different mobile handhelds, is something that needs to be considered upfront. A point of consideration while building out your mobile strategy is the kind of application that should be provided - native to the mobile device, web-based or hybrid? What about connection of the mobile front to the back-end on-premise as well as cloud hosted solutions? What does it take to design the mobile applications so that they can change independent of the back-end? Security is another large issue that needs to be addressed when considering mobile. And lastly, the scale of interaction and the unknown user can be provide very different challenges from traditional interactions with on-premise enterprise applications.

Mobile is all about innovation - it is not about taking the same enterprise business application and simply exposing it on handhelds. Rather it is about exciting and new solutions that can provide value-add to the consumer in ways unimaginable without the mobility. This is the chance at tremendous business opportunity. Contextual awareness brings a new flavor to traditional enterprise applications. In addition, mobile applications have other applications not available in traditional enterprise solutions, such as a mobile camera or GPS, when leveraged right, these can turn the user experience on its head.

In this webinar below Anne Thomas Manes from Gartner does a fabulous effort at highlighting all the main issues when considering your new mobile strategy. Oracle, in addition, has revealed a comprehensive offering to simplify enterprise mobility. The highlight of the presentation are the demonstrations of mobile enabling enterprise applications by Chris Tonas, VP of Mobility and Development Tools and Suhas Uliyar, VP of Mobile Strategy. You can access this webinar here today: Oracle Mobile Update: Simplifying Enterprise Mobility

Simplifying Enterprise Mobility

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Debunking Myths at Cloud Expo 2013

One of the advantages of living and working in the Bay Area as a tech-lover, is being steeped in high-tech to the brim, with easy access to  good quality conferences. One such was Cloud Expo 2013 that I had the fortune to attend earlier this Fall. The size of the conference was a stark contrast to the Oracle Open World conference that I was recuperating from hosting. But the quality of the keynote speakers was exceptional and the content was extremely engaging. It gave me an opportunity to examine what has happened in the world of cloud from the time of inception over a decade ago.

Several companies have been going the way of the cloud long before the term was even coined. It typically starts with consolidation and realizing gain with a shared infrastructure within the organization. Cloud adoption seems a continuum rather than one jump from the world of silo-ed on-premise hosting to a private or public cloud. And it seems to be the case that organizations will never really transition completely to a full cloud infrastructure, rather pick and choose based on need. This makes the integration challenge more relevant than ever before.

It was also interesting to observe the consistent message across vendors that private cloud seems to have picked up and surpassed public cloud in terms of adoption. Public cloud seems to be filled with specialized vendors who want to gain on solving common problems really well, which has created a whole new integration challenge for consumers who want to capitalize on the best-of-breed offerings across different public clouds while still continuing to host on-premise and even leveraging private cloud in addition. And though it seemed that cloud would be omnipresent with everything going the way of utilities such as electricity and water, where people don't want to know the source and just leverage the resource, we are not quite there with it. 

Rex Wang, VP of Product Marketing at Oracle who leads the Cloud marketing initiative put forth an excellent presentation that debunked a lot of myths surrounding cloud that helped enhance understanding of the trends in the space. You can watch the video here: Ten Myths of Cloud Computing You can also read more on his presentation and access it here: Download

Debunking Cloud Myths

As for addressing the need to have a seamless integration across different public and private cloud offerings that include integration with on-premise applications, you can look to Oracle SOA Suite. Learn more on Oracle's offering to help with the integration challenges in this new game changing model of business operations with Cloud Integration Solution

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