Friday Mar 28, 2014

Emdeon Simplifies Healthcare with Oracle SOA on Exalogic

Emdeon is a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers and patients in the U.S. healthcare system. Emdeon's offerings integrate and automate key business and administrative functions of its payer and provider customers throughout the patient encounter. In the following testimonial watch Bill Muir, SVP Business Management Platform Services at Emdeon discuss how their implementation on Oracle SOA Suite Engineered Systems helped them with the following:

  • Lowered total cost of ownership with a unified management framework across the infrastructure
  • Delivered on unparalleled performance on services and applications
  • Improved time to market and maximized business agility by minimizing set up and maintenance

To find out more Engineered Systems Advantage: SOA & Exalogic 

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Call for Nominations: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2014

Are your customers using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value? If so, submit a nomination today for the 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation as their Oracle Sales Partner or encourage them to submit their own nomination. These highly coveted awards honor customers and their partners for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. Customer Winners receive a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco (September 28-October 2) and will be honored during a special event at OpenWorld.  Award Winners become great references as well!

Categories include:

  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Business Process Management
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Data Integration
  • Oracle Development Tools and Framework
  • Big Data and Business Analytics

Process

  • To be considered for this award, complete or have your clients complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation SOA nomination form and send to: Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com
  • Please complete this form with as much detail as possible.
  • Nominations that do not have the solution area identified and the disclaimer on the last page cannot be considered for award
  • Submit completed form and any relevant supporting documents to the email address above.
  • IMPORTANT: Include category and company name in your email subject line, for example:
    • SOA_CompanyName_InnovationAwards2014” when submitting your nomination.
  • Oracle may contact you to collect additional details, if necessary.
  • Winners will be notified in mid-August.

Timeline

The deadline to submit all nominations is 5pm Pacific on June 20, 2014.

Criteria

An ideal nomination should highlight criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Innovative and visionary use of SOA Suite 11g
    • Originality of architecture
    • Uniqueness of business use case
  • Level of impact such as ROI or other measurable business benefit
  • Solution in or close to production
  • Solution includes one or more of the following:
    • Cloud integration
    • Mobile enablement
    • Fusion Applications integration
    • B2B projects, especially replacement of legacy solutions (Sterling, Gentran, etc.)
    • Processing and integration of events from devices (Internet of Things)
  • Usage of complementary technologies such as Data Integration, BPM, Business Intelligence…

Benefits

To Award Winners

  • An Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation trophy
  • One free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2014
  • Priority consideration for placement in Profit magazine, Oracle Magazine, or other Oracle publications & press releases
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own Website and/or press release

To All Nominees

  • Consideration for participating in OpenWorld 2014 panels and speaking opportunities
  • Consideration for featured Customer Success Story on Oracle.com
  • Consideration for placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine
  • Consideration for placement in an Oracle press release or Oracle Fusion Middleware podcast
For additional information, go HERE.

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Zero to SOA in Minutes! Announcing the SOA/BPM 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance

I am pleased to announce the availability of Oracle's SOA/BPM/OSB 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance. This VirtualBox virtual machine is meant for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not certified, nor licensed for any production use. It is our most comprehensive virtual machine to date, with the following Oracle products installed, configured and functionally integrated within the appliance:
  •     Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 (64-bit)
  •     Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2
  •     Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.0 (includes Service Bus)
  •     Oracle Event Processing 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7.1
  •     Oracle Webcenter Content (Enterprise Content Management) 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle Webcenter Suite 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle Webcenter Portal 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle JRockit
  •     Java SE Development Kit

Refer to the README document for full details on the appliance features, installation guide, memory configurations, URLs, credentials and other recommended software.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do we need a SOA Developer Virtual Machine?

Virtual Machines (VM) play an important role in increasing developer productivity; saving hours, if not days, of provisioning effort in standing up a fully functional, configured Fusion Middleware platform for testing and evaluation. Think of it as your very own Platform as a Service (PaaS) on your laptop/desktop!

What can I use the VM for?

A developer VM can prove useful for a variety of reasons: quick internal demos, proof of concepts, testing etc. For those new to Oracle SOA or BPM Suite, it can serve as a powerful tool to learn these technologies, which is why it is very popular for developer learning and training sessions. In fact, the VM includes pre-configured lab artifacts - "PO Processing" and "Sales Quote" - that are used in Oracle instructor-led training sessions and in the "Getting Started" books on Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPM Suite.  

What benefits does the VM provide beyond simply installing the Oracle SOA Suite?

For enterprise development, installation of Oracle SOA Suite (or any single piece of software for that matter) is only a fraction of the overall effort needed to build an end-to-end configured development environment. Typical effort in standing up an integrated software stack on a "bare-metal" would involve the following provisioning tasks:

  • Create base image: Install supported version of the Linux OS e.g. Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, EC2 AMIs etc.
  • Setup base image: Security policies, firewalls, port forwarding rules, hard drive partitions on block storage
  • Install pre-requisite software: Java, Database
  • Install Fusion Middleware: SOA Suite, BPM Suite, Web Center and any other modules, run RCU with correct schema names and passwords
  • Setup Fusion Middleware: WLS domain with correct templates needed for SOA+BPM+BAM+Service Bus+WebCenter
  • Configure Modules: Association between BPM and WebCenter Content/Portal with the correct security setup 
  • Install additional tools/software: JDeveloper IDE, extensions
  • Optimize the environment: WLS console properties, front-end host, external listen address etc. for your network topology
  • Create accounts: Seed demo user accounts with email addresses (or other user accounts)

While you can always automate the above-mentioned steps, having a pre-provisioned DevOps style machine image can help you reduce development costs. It can get you from zero to a fully working SOA environment in minutes, on any developer's laptop. The benefits go beyond simply time to provision, it allows you to do more with less resources. For example, the VM allows developers to quickly switch between multiple running instances, each testing a new feature or version without the need for additional hardware.

We sincerely hope you enjoy using this VM and would love to hear your feedback!

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Responding in Real-Time with Big Data

For an organization to respond in real-time it needs to acquire or develop systems that can respond in real-time. Such systems need to be able to rapidly determine that a response is required and determine also what the appropriate and relevant response should be—they need to decide when and how to act. These kinds of decision-making systems are known as Decision Management Systems. To ensure that a response is delivered in real-time, more event-centric Decision Management Systems are required

High-volume, high-speed front-line decisions must increasingly be made in real-time with big data and analytics that are actionable and operational. Oracle Event Processing and Oracle Real Time Decisions are core components of a solution that allows organizations to detect rapidly changing situations from massive volumes of high velocity data to make optimal, real-time business decisions.

Come to this webcast to hear James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions, discuss his latest research on why real-time responses must detect, analyze and act with greater automation.

Here is a white paper on this topic by James Taylor: Transform your business with Big Data (white paper)

For more information: Oracle Event Processing and Oracle Real Time Decisions

You can also watch the webcast recording over here: Oracle Real Time Responses with Big Data


Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

API Management as a solution to Mobile Enablement

API Management is an innovative approach to mobile enablement that is seeing a lot of adoption in recent times. With API Management, organizations expose existing IT assets and services as Application Programming Interfaces or APIs, which can be leveraged by third parties. This allows tapping into innovation by mobile application developers external to the organization and capturing new revenue opportunities. It allows for differentiated customer service as third parties may conglomerate disparate APIs from different vendors to provide innovative solutions that would not be possible otherwise. 

Oracle API Management is a unique in its offering that it encompasses management of both the internal and external life-cycles of the APIs. It offers the following:

· Provides complete API life-cycle management, including definition, creation, security, monitoring, and management of APIs

· Enables developers to REST-ify existing and new services for API exposure

· Provides opportunities to grow and enrich developer communities with pre-built, customizable portals

· Delivers proven, trusted API management solutions

Figure: API Management Lifecycle – Reference Architecture

 Specifics on the components of the API Management architecture:

 1. API Portal External developer portal, sits on top of API repository & API gateway 
  •  Self-service registration, on-boarding 
  • API "market place"
  • API documentation, forums, blogs, "support"
  • API key delivery
  • API testing tools
  • Visualization of runtime usage metrics/monitoring
  • Bill presentment/contract agreement
 2. Oracle API Gateway Exposes APIs to the external world
  • API Key generation/validation
  • Access enforcement
  • Rate Limiting / Client Throttling
  • Response caching
    API virtualization in the DMZ
  • Security token & protocol mediation
  • Firewalling, method/parameter white listing
  • API aggregation & mash-up
  • API usage measurement & reporting
3. Oracle Enterprise Repository

  • Back office API Catalog
  •  Content prep environment
  • API service dependency analysis
  • API lifecycle management 

4. Oracle Service Bus
  • Access enforcement
  • Routing, mediation, service throttling, response caching, versioning - abstracts backend services
  • Rich connectivity  
  • Heavy duty payload transformations
  • API virtualization, protocol & security translation for internal apps

To find out more, visit us: Oracle API Management

To learn more about Oracle Mobile Suite to help you with your mobile strategy, visit us at oracle.com/mobile 

This is the third post in the Mobile Integration blog series. Here are the other two: 


Saturday Mar 01, 2014

Mobile Service Enablement with Oracle Service Bus

Mobile service enablement is an extension of SOA for mobile channels. It virtualizes new and existing services and delivers mobile applications. The underlying infrastructure when designed for reuse and extensibility can be easily leveraged for mobile channels. It involves exposing existing business assets as services through a mediation layer such as Oracle Service Bus and building out a mobile front-end using Oracle ADF Mobile. Enterprise Manager and SOA Management Pack can be leveraged to manage the services just the way they would for any other channel, ensuring performance and availability. This approach allows leveraging existing infrastructure for developing on a mobile channel. It helps create new channels using existing SOA infrastructure. REST-enablement of services is done in a matter of minutes as it is built into the service virtualization and mediation layer.

Figure: Mobile Service Enablement using Oracle Service Bus - for service virtualization and mediation

This is a quick and time-tested way to enable mobile as one of several channels as part of expanding your business. We have several Oracle SOA Suite customers who have taken this approach and succeeded with it. Here are a  few:

Agilent transforms IT with Oracle SOA Suite and delivers on Mobile Strategy 

Ricoh Americas and City of Denver take their applications mobile with Oracle SOA Suite

To learn  more about Oracle Mobile Suite which can aid with this strategy visit us at oracle.com/mobile

This is the second in part of a three part blog series on Mobile Integration. Here is the first: Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration

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