Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

A Brave New Integration World - Value Proposition of Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Oracle SOA Suite 12c  provides a whole gamut of solutions in extremely complex technical areas. In order to understand the value proposition in each of these solution areas, I recently authored a white paper from the perspective of the customer. Several customers have been showcased in this paper, including JDSU, Agilent, Turkcell, Canon, Ricoh, and Schneider International.

Here is an excerpt from the paper:

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a strategy for connecting business processes and exchanging information via loosely coupled software components. SOA is well entrenched in the IT landscape and SOA principles have become widely adopted as a foundation for enterprise applications. What began as a basic middleware technology for linking information systems has become a key enabler for many of today’s hottest technologies including cloud integration, mobile enablement, fast data and the Internet of Things, application integration, and B2B. SOA has also revolutionized how modern businesses operate by simplifying internal application-integration projects and external business-to-business (B2B) integration tasks. Creating application interfaces with standard, reusable software components makes it easier to accommodate business changes and to share information with business partners.

This paper examines these middleware trends and explains how Oracle SOA Suite can enable a service-oriented foundation for creating, modifying, and combining information from all types of software applications and intelligent devices. Using real world examples, it demonstrates how Oracle customers have solved a wide variety of data management challenges using SOA and related technologies from the Oracle Fusion Middleware family.

You can access the white paper here: A Brave New Integration World - A Unified Framework for Cloud, Mobile, Internet of Things, Application Integration, and B2B

You can also access the Oracle SOA Suite 12c launch webcast here to get the perspective of our experts: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Monday Jul 28, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Delivering on your Healthcare Imperatives

Leveraging the Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare integration allows connecting clinical and administrative processes. It delivers reliable, secure, and cost-effective ways to exchange information and provides payers and providers with a versatile platform for enterprise-wide information sharing. SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration provides the following:

  • Improves time to market and maximizes business agility with healthcare domain expertise inbuilt into your platform
  • Delivers on unparalleled performance and better visibility across the board on your healthcare systems
  • Lowers total cost of ownership with a unified healthcare integration framework

In order to stay abreast of new industry developments related to electronic medical records, health insurance exchanges, and fee-for-performance care models, health care organizations need to build, buy and integrate many types of software applications. Having a consistent SOA infrastructure helps  these organizations to leverage essential business processes so that these software applications can interact and exchange information in a consistent way. 

As the standards governing healthcare practices mature and the implementation of EHR systems becomes more ubiquitous, the benefits of having an interoperable infrastructure will become progressively more important. Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration provides essential capabilities required for doctors, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, and other entities by facilitating the sharing of information in a secure and standards-based way. 

To learn more,  leverage this new resource kit on SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration. It is a one stop for a deep understanding on the offering. It includes white papers, case studies, customer stories, and technical resources that help increase quality, efficiency and accountability of healthcare.

To learn more on what's new in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, join us at the live webcast on Wednesday, July 30 at 10am. To find out more: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c.


Friday Jul 25, 2014

What's New in SOA Suite 12c - Unified Interface for Service Bus and Event Processing

This second in a blog series on "What's New in SOA Suite 12c" focuses on another new feature of this major release of

What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c White Paper

 Oracle SOA Suite.   In Oracle SOA Suite 11g, the user interface was unified across most of the components with the exception of Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing.   When I talk to existing customers and Oracle technical specialists, I hear a wide range of responses when asked "What is your favorite feature of Oracle SOA Suite 12c".  Cloud and Mobile integration are at the top of the list, but one of the other common responses is "Oracle Service Bus" using the same JDeveloper interface as Oracle SOA Suite.  This major enhancement has been in the works for years and is now delivered in 12c to allow users to learn one interface for all the components of integration, simplifying integration and providing faster time to integrate, especially when projects span many components of integration.

Here is an excerpt from the "What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c" White Paper by Oracle's Simone Geib on the unified interface.  Download it now to learn about this and many other features:

A key differentiator of Oracle SOA Suite 11g relative to other integration platforms has always been the unified design interface across most of the components for Oracle SOA Suite. Oracle SOA Suite 12c takes this differentiator a big step forward by integrating the remaining major components for Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing, into a single unified experience. This feature simplifies integration by eliminating the need to train developers, administrators, architects and others on separate components for every aspect of integration, which lowers cost and provides a faster time to integrate.

The images below show the main component palette for Oracle SOA Suite which now includes "Service Bus" at the top as well as adapters for technology components, on-premise and cloud applications and other advanced features.  On the right, is the same JDeveloper drag and drop component palette showing the objects to be used for Oracle Event Processing.

Component palettes

To learn more about What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, download the What's New White Paper, check out the blog Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c and view the webcast for the launch of Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Focus-on Oracle SOA Suite at Oracle Open World 2014 - Register Before Aug 1 and Save!

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is just around the corner and this year we have an exciting lineup of speakers who will take your IT to the next level. Oracle SOA Suite with its latest 12c launch has more to offer in every aspect including Cloud, Mobile, Internet of Things and Fast Data. Attending OpenWorld 2014 will give you the golden opportunity to interact with experts and fully leverage Oracle SOA Suite 12c, taking your IT to a whole new level. To find the lineup of Oracle SOA Suite presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2014: Focus-on Oracle SOA Suite at Oracle OpenWorld.

Here are a few of the sessions you can expect this year on service integration:
General Session: Enable Apps for Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond by Amit Zavery, GVP, FMW Product Management at Oracle

Cloud Integration Drives Increased Sales for JDSU

Cloud File Delivery with Oracle Managed File Transfer

Customer Panel: Oracle SOA Suite Cloud Integration

 Extreme SOA: Secure, Fast, Scalable, and Reliable - Delivered on Oracle Exalogic

 Fast Data: A Customer's Journey to Delivering a Compelling Real-Time Solution

Healthcare Modernization with Oracle SOA Suite

From the Horses' Mouth: The Present and Future of Oracle PaaS and IaaS

Integrating Mobile Applications in the Cloud through Oracle SOA Suite

Mobile Enabling your Enterprise with Oracle Service Bus

 And many, many more: Focus-on Oracle SOA Suite at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is from Sep 28-Oct 2. Register before August 1st and save! Register Today!

And while you wait for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, don't wait to find out what's new in Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Join us at the live webcast on Wednesday, July 30 at 10am to find out more: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

What's New in SOA Suite 12c - Rapid Installation

By now, you have probably read about the biggest release of Oracle SOA Suite in the last 5 years...Oracle SOA Suite 12c with major enhancements in the areas of Cloud Integration, Mobile Integration and more.What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c White Paper  This "What's New in SOA Suite 12c" blog focuses on one of the many other new features that developers will be thrilled to experience, the rapid installation feature.  Tired of spending an entire afternoon installing Oracle SOA Suite 11g?  Then switch to Oracle SOA Suite 12c and the rapid installation for development is completed in less than 30 minutes.

Here is an excerpt from the "What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c" White Paper by Oracle's Simone Geib.  Download it now to learn about this and many other features:

Crucial first steps in every SOA development cycle are the installation and configuration of a SOA development environment, including the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the SOA run-time and infrastructure database. For pre-12c versions of Oracle SOA Suite, these steps were challenging, starting with the download of several components and a complicated install and configuration process.

With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, this process has been dramatically simplified with the introduction of the new Quick Start installer. The download consists of a single file that can be obtained from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). The user only needs to answer a few questions, such as defining the location for Oracle Home, and the installation usually completes in less than 30 minutes as shown in the image to the below.

Installation of Oracle SOA Suite 12c

The Quick Start install provides the foundation for a single user development environment, which includes all Oracle SOA Suite core components - Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Human Workflow, Oracle Business Rules, Oracle Mediator, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Technology Adapters, Oracle Enterprise Scheduler, SOA Spring Component and Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control. In addition, Oracle JDeveloper is installed with all SOA IDE extensions and an integrated WebLogic Server.

Download the White Paper here and register for the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Webcast for more information

Exclusive Live Event to Explore Oracle 12c: The Modern Platform for the Modern Business


Modern organizations require applications to seamlessly extend, integrate, and embrace new business imperatives—including social, mobile, cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT). With these market leading technologies, our customers have been able to out think and out perform their competition with greater agility and operational efficiency, while providing better visibility and improved customer experience.

Join us for this special event to get a deeper look at game changing solutions that provide organizations with the flexibility to support integration roadmap strategies and transform complex application integration. Register today for a free event near you.

For more than three-and-a-half decades, Oracle has defined software innovation. In today's always-on world, organizations require applications to seamlessly extend, integrate, and embrace new business initiatives. Join us for this special event to get an in-depth look at game-changing solutions that provide organizations with the flexibility to support integration roadmap strategies; transform complex application strategies; accelerate your business, and create a real-time enterprise.

Here is a sampling of the schedule:

Fusion Middleware Track

Keynote: Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c: Modern Platform for the Modern Business
Competing in an increasingly dynamic and global economy, organizations need to focus on achieving market leadership, keep up with changing consumer demands and transforming their enterprises. With new emerging technology trends, enterprises are often left with little room for innovation. Imagine having the blueprint outlining how to take advantage of your existing IT investments in addition to embracing new industry leading technologies. Oracle offers a complete, open, and best of breed middleware solution that helps reduce complexity, simplify IT infrastructure, differentiate from the competition and innovate for the future.


Session 1: Introducing SOA 12c: Simplify Integration to Mobile and Cloud
Reducing integration complexity while adding the new integration channels of mobile, cloud, and Internet of Things may seem like conflicting goals. Integrating each of these channels requires specialized technology. Attend this session to learn how Oracle SOA Suite 12c was designed to accommodate these unique requirements in a single, easy-to-use integration platform. With common components, user interfaces, and management tools, Oracle SOA Suite 12c simplifies integration to give companies the application foundation they need to innovate and succeed.

Session 2: Introducing BPM 12c: Business-Driven. Complete. Best Practice.
Business processes are at the heart of what makes or breaks a business and what differentiates you from the competition. Business processes that deliver operational efficiency, business visibility, excellent customer experience, and agility give the enterprise an edge over the competition. Having a unified Business Process ensures faster time-to-value, business-IT collaboration and reduced total cost of ownership. With Oracle's BPM 12c Launch you can successfully manage these processes while establishing the architecture to support fast data and mobility platforms.


Session 3: Cloud Integration and Navigating the Hybrid Cloud Landscape
Integration of cloud applications with on-premises applications in the modern hybrid cloud landscape may seem challenging now that your integration infrastructure is reaching outside corporate firewalls. Attend this session to hear about cloud integration challenges and how Oracle has simplified integration in the hybrid cloud landscape through a combination of new SOA 12c capabilities, Oracle Cloud Adapters, Data Integration 12c, and more.


Session 4: Private MWaaS Cloud: Complete Application Development and Deployment Environment
Building a private cloud has never been easier than with the Oracle's Application Platform as a Service (APaaS) WebLogic Server release 12c and Oracle Cloud Management Pack for Oracle Fusion Middleware. This session will guide you through the lifecycle of creating, deploying, and managing Oracle's APaaS from an administrator, operator, and developer point of view. Whether your priority is self-service, cloud operations, elasticity, or lifecycle at cloud scale, this session will highlight what Oracle APaaS offerings are available today and will preview what is coming for Oracle WebLogic Server for Private Clouds.


Session 5: Innovate with the Platform Connecting People, Processes and Information
Innovate! Or be left behind. Technology is advancing so fast today, that if you fail to embrace the advances and utilize it to empower your customers, employees and partners, you risk falling behind your competition. Attend this session and learn how Oracle WebCenter and Business Process Management (BPM) are helping businesses innovate by connecting people with the information they need in the context of the business process at hand.

To be a part of the action, find a city near you and register today. 

Here are the dates for the locations in North America. Click here for AsiaPac and Latin America





Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

What's New in Oracle Event Processing 12c?

Event processing is an integral part of an Internet of Things platform. As massive amounts of data streams from sensing devices, it’s important to derive an understanding of what data is important and what’s not. Oracle Event Processing (OEP) delivers real-time analysis of high-velocity data. It is a complete solution for building IoT applications to filter, correlate and process events in real time so that downstream applications are driven by true, real-time intelligence. OEP filters out noise (such as data ticks without any change in values) and helps identify critical conditions before this data is actually relayed to the back-end. Built on industry standards including SQL, Java, and OSGI, it provides an open architecture for processing complex events.

Oracle Event Processing, part of Oracle SOA Suite, can handle up to a million messages per second at extremely low latencies when running on Oracle engineered systems, making it the ideal solution to perform real-time filtering, geo-location, and pattern matching on the massive streams of data generated by IoT "smart" devices.

Oracle SOA Suite 12c more tightly integrates the OEP platform with Oracle Service Bus and the Oracle SOA Suite Event Delivery Network (EDN). Oracle SOA Suite 12c takes the differentiation of having a unified interface a big step forward by integrating across all major components for Oracle SOA Suite, including Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing, into a single unified experience. This feature simplifies integration by eliminating the need to train developers, administrators, architects and others on separate components for every aspect of integration, which lowers cost and provides a faster time to integrate. 

With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, OEP has been integrated into JDeveloper, providing a visually impressive component palette to create your applications by simply dragging and dropping the required artifacts onto the canvas. With each event node dropped, wizard driven prompting is shown to ensure that the correct and required parameters are quickly defined. Another major new feature is the Event Delivery Network (EDN) event adapter nodes, which provide that tight integration at runtime to Oracle SOA Suite composites and all other SOA components supporting the EDN. 

Using the resource components window view, the Oracle Event Processing runtime server and application status can be easily reviewed and manipulated effectively. 


Figure: Oracle Event Processing 12c – New for 12c, a unified JDeveloper Interface for all SOA integration types, including the design of real-time event flows via the Continuous Query Language.

Visit us at our website to learn more Oracle Event Processing.

Join us at the live webcast on Wednesday, July 30 at 10am to find out more: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

40+ Oracle SOA Customers in One Location

More than ever before, technology is key to building differentiation. Leveraging new technology trends and innovations is vital for companies to remain competitive. However it can also result in a hodge-podge of technologies and quickly become a maintenance nightmare for IT. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) or Service Integration has revolutionized how modern businesses can address this by simplifying IT even while enabling innovation and modernization. 

SOA principles have become widely adopted as a foundation for enterprise applications. What began as a basic middleware technology for linking loosely coupled software components has become a key enabler for many of today’s hottest technologies including cloud integration, mobile enablement, application integration, Business to Business (B2B), fast data and the internet of things. In addition the engineered systems advantage for Oracle SOA Suite enables faster time to market and lowered total cost of ownership.

Today thousands of organizations across the world are using SOA to help drive innovations, while improving real-time performance and driving down IT costs. In this booklet we’ve compiled recent case studies across a range of industries including names like Agilent Technologies, Pickles Auction, Fluid-e, Schneider National, Sascar, and Turk Telecom.

You can download the compilation of more than 40 customer stories here: SOA Customer Reference Booklet

Demed L’Her,
Oracle, VP Product Management for Oracle Service Integration Products

Join us at the live webcast on Wednesday, July 30 at 10am to find out more: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Live Webcast: Dell, JDSU, and Keste Validate Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Launch Webcast: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PDT
Register Now: Oracle SOA Suite 12c Launch Webcast


Simplify Cloud and Mobile Integration

Want to learn ho to simplify integration for your cloud, mobile, and internet of things? Attend this online launch 
event to get the latest update on major new enhancements in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, including new Cloud Integration
support, mobile service enablement, and productivity enhancements. Hear success stories directly from Oracle
customers Dell, JDSU, and Keste and why they are excited about using Oracle SOA Suite 12c to simplify and
differentiate their business.

Join the webcast and learn:

  • How to unify integration across Cloud, Mobile, and the Internet of Things
  • The buiness value of breaking down the divide between cloud applications and on-premises systems
  • Best practices for mobile enablement within your existing IT environment 


For latest resources on the latest Oracle SOA Suite 12c download the Oracle SOA Resource Kit. Here you will find newwhite papers, datasheets, customer testimonials, as well as a podcast series that highlights the new features in this launch.

Monday Jul 07, 2014

Mobile Integration using Oracle Service Bus 12c

Oracle Service Bus 12c enables enterprises to deliver on mobile as an extension of the integration platform.  Developers can create REST/JSON APIs and simplify the process of creating customizable applications from reusable components.  Oracle Service Bus 12c makes it easy to extend on-premise and cloud applications to the mobile channel.

The Oracle Mobile Suite utilizes standard technologies and tools to expose many data formats for exchange data and functions with any mobile application and includes Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Mobile Application Framework. Oracle Service Bus supports all types of connections between applications on mobile devices and back end business systems including the popular REST/JSON.

Using Service Bus, organizations can shield front-end mobile applications from changes that might occur in the backend. They can also shield mobile developers from often intricate and complex details of underlying implementations of back-end applications, such as legacy protocols. In addition, Service Bus can simplify and reduce the information exposed by API interfaces to ensure both optimization of bandwidth and greater control on information shared with mobile users. 

Oracle Service Bus is a part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. It introduces a REST binding within JDeveloper to simplify mobile enablement by exposing traditional SOAP services, Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), JCA adapters connecting backend applications or just about any other underlying implementation through REST/JSON. The REST binding is available for SOA composites and Oracle Service Bus services and allows the configuration of REST interactions as exposed service or proxy service. It also allows the invocation of externally available REST services. 

To learn more on Oracle Service Bus 12c for Mobile Integration: 

Datasheet for Mobile Integration using Oracle Service Bus 12c

Screencast on Mobile Enablement with SOA by Suhash Uliyar, VP of Mobile Strategy at Oracle 

Customer Stories:

Agilent Delivers on Mobile Strategy with Oracle SOA

Ricoh Differentiates Business with Mobile Enablement

Blog Series on Simplifying Mobile Integration with SOA:

1. Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration

2. Mobile Service Enablement with Oracle Service Bus

3. API Management as a Solution to Mobile Enablement

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