Monday Jun 22, 2015

Oracle Announces Integration Cloud Service, the Next-Generation Integration Platform in the Cloud

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 22, 2015 –  Oracle, the industry leader in applications and middleware, today officially launched a portfolio of Oracle Cloud Services including Integration Cloud Service (ICS), an innovative way to design and deliver integrations in the cloud. Larry Ellison, Chairman of the Board, and Thomas Kurian, President, unveiled the Oracle Cloud Platform Services to enable customers to integrate with next-generation cloud services, accelerate application development and deployment and transform customer businesses.

With the new Integration Cloud Service and its broad spectrum of on-premises SOA Suite product offerings, Oracle has delivered a comprehensive hybrid cloud platform and continues to establish thought leadership in enterprise cloud integration.

Oracle Integration Cloud Service is Oracle's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) . It provides a highly intuitive and simplified integration platform on the cloud with a point-and-click web based designer, comprehensive SaaS and on-premises connectivity portfolio with its library of adapters, intelligent mapping capabilities, and a rich dashboard for managing and monitoring integrations in one place.

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Monday May 18, 2015

Boost Sales Productivity and Lead Generation with Oracle Cloud Adapters for Sales Cloud and Eloqua

With the mission to drive sales results, and sell anywhere and anytime, many organizations are adopting Oracle Sales Cloud, a key component of Oracle Customer Experience Solution.  The deal velocity increases along with the productivity of the sales teams with modern selling tools using Oracle Sales Cloud.

Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter

For customers to confidently and conveniently convert more pipelines into error free quotes, and progress them into orders in the back office, as well as to collaborate more with other applications in the Customer Experience stack via rich set of integrations, Oracle Cloud Adapter for Oracle Sales Cloud is being introduced.

Oracle Cloud Adapters


Oracle Eloqua, Oracle's leading Cross-Channel Marketing Solution, enables marketers to plan and execute automated marketing campaigns.  Integration between Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud and any SaaS or on-premise CRM application is enabled by the new Oracle Cloud Adapter for Oracle Eloqua Cloud Service, driving faster progression of marketing leads to sales opportunities, and unified customer data management. 

These all new cloud adapters for SaaS applications - Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter and Oracle Eloqua Cloud Adapter provide rich and intuitive design time capabilities as well as run time efficiency.   Oracle is extending its Cloud to on-premise integration solution portfolio by releasing these cloud adapters on its premier integration platform Oracle SOA Suite 12c.

The Sales organizations will also benefit from their investment in the Oracle Sales Cloud application in various other integrated business processes by leveraging the Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter, such as:

  • Closed Loop Analysis for Marketing campaigns:  The integrated marketing with Eloqua for progression of leads can be extended to analysis of marketing campaigns and responses. 
  • Sales and Service co-ordination:  The customer information can shared across with service teams, as well as visibility to the service requests can be provided to the sales teams for better account management.
  • Lead to Order:  The leads/opportunities can be progressed to orders in the back office order management systems (viz. E-Business Suite, SAP).

 You can access the datasheets, documentation, and more information on this website.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

What is the Power of Cloud? (to the Business)

Of course many readers, technologists and businesses are acutely aware of the value prop of the cloud but what about the rest of the "majority" of people who don't? If you do a search on this topic, you will mostly get links to marketing materials that are fairly high level and full of the usual buzzwords with more links to lengthy case studies. As a business technology enabler, there needs to be a simpler message or elevator pitch that is easy to understand yet convincing. Ah, the simplicity or less is more approach rears it’s beautiful head once again. Below are some recipes to draw from for an elevator ride of any duration.

The Enterprise Cloud Reduces Business Outages Increasing Customer Satisfaction

Put simply and avoiding technical acronyms, can the business rely on 99.99+% availability from the cloud? Look no further than Netflix as an example because yes the cloud is certainly up to the task.

Immediate Availability Gives You a Your Competitive Edge (for now)

Back in the day, Dell drove industry change by assembling computers on demand reducing inventories and wrecking havoc on computer storefronts. Well the cloud equivalent is to be able to go to the cloud store, answer a few questions, enter your credit info and within 1 hour or less you are up and running.

A Right Sized Business Reduces Time, Headaches and Cost

You may wonder what this is? It takes many forms but to me you have to ask does the business get what it paid for? No more shelf ware and complicated upgrade processes. You need more capacity for certain business cycles, zoom it’s there. You need more storage, of course that is automated. You think Apple and other retailers have to turn on any switches to increase capacity? Maybe they do now but they shouldn’t.

Business Friendly User Interfaces Decreases Time to Market

Your thinking mobile and that is certainly true but it is much more than that. This is the type of disruptive technology that could put technologists like me out of work. Non-technical end users must be able to build and deploy apps that previously required a CS degree and many years of experience. Consider how Smart Data cloud initiatives are disrupting Big Data. Nate Silver, beware.

Build a Nimble Business by Thinking Small

The cloud is all about modularity, extensibility and continuous release cycles. A/B testing drives micro feature planning rendering the traditional roadmap virtually useless. In a fully optimized environment, features will show up before you even have a chance to request them. Social tools will drive this change more than traditional communication channels and you have to be on top of it because your competition sure is.

Focus on Business but Engage Developers and IT to Modernize

Remember, we are all in this new delicate cloud eco system together so it is best to engage all parties even as you try to do an end around them. Developers will be crucial allies in building a hybrid OnPrem cloud solution and IT will help you track outages on cloud systems just like they always have for internal systems.

Be Business Tech Savvy to Extend Your Brand

You may be asking yourself, how does this extend the brand? Think huge retailer with leading cloud PaaS market share. Make a point of understanding these new disruptive forces of nature. Understand how NodeJS and NPM drive modularity and manage dependencies that reduce business risk. Utilize GitHub to research and rate technologies that could impact and shorten your time to market. Don’t be passive, get a free developer account on Koding.com to experience a PaaS system and write a Hello app in 5 different languages. Use the force, do a lot of “What is XYZ” searches.

Summary

Transform your business but don’t forget to have some fun.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

ONE WEEK LEFT - SF 2015 Call for Proposals is LIVE!

Oracle Open World 2015 Proposals are due in ONE WEEK! This is your time to submit!


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Friday Apr 10, 2015

Jazz Up Your Oracle SaaS with the #1 PaaS - COLLABORATE 2015

Attending Collaborate 2015? DON'T MISS THIS SESSION -

Mon. April 13| 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Room Mandalay K

Software as a service (SaaS) is becoming the preferred deployment model for enterprise applications today. Oracle has the industry's broadest portfolio of SaaS applications that can be easily configured to meet your business requirements and, where necessary, can be customized and integrated with other on-premises and cloud applications. Attend this session to learn how Oracle platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) can extend and integrate your application investments, both on-premises and in the cloud. The session includes how-to demonstrations, use cases, and customer examples.

Understand how Oracle platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) can extend and integrate your application investments, both on-premises and in the cloud.

 Learn how Software as a service (SaaS) can benefit from using platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Why I'm Excited About Oracle Integration Cloud Service - New Video

Having worked with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) products for many years, I have come to the conclusion that,

in the early days, SOA was a solution looking for a problem.  

Businesses deployed standalone CRM, ERP, and other applications that were closed off from easy integration and had few if any small services that could be assembled as part of a composite application, thereby limiting the value of SOA.

Pre-integration Video LinkFast forward to today and “services“ are everywhere providing easy justification for SOA. If you want to deliver new offerings on your web site for your customers quickly, you don’t start from scratch. You leverage internal and external services (ex: GetCustomerRecord, GetCreditScore, etc.) and your project is already partially completed. That’s great progress but it took over 20 years for the concept of SOA (coined in 1994) to become the accepted standard in most medium-to-large enterprises.

Integration complexity

In contrast, Oracle Integration Cloud Service marks a dramatic shift in how we approach integration… equal to the shift from EAI to SOA but with one major difference. Instead of requiring a new learning curve on how to integrate with loosely coupled SOA, Oracle Integration Cloud Service goes in the opposite direction with a focus on ease of use. And instead of integration from scratch, its pre-integration; instead of your best guess, its crowdsourced recommendation ratings. In the past, it was a shame that the application developers who knew their respective CRM, ERP, service, marketing, etc. applications best didn’t embed the integrations themselves into the integration platforms. With Oracle Cloud Integration Service and the Oracle Cloud Adapters…that’s what happened.

And so I wrote the script for this video to graphically convey the ease of use and dramatic shift that Oracle Cloud is bringing to integration into a story of how Oracle Integration Cloud Service can connect a disconnected business.

It’s not very often that a solution to a long-standing problem is such a major shift in the right direction. It’s my belief this has happened with Oracle Integration Cloud Service.Built by Oracle

Watch the new video now to see for yourself.  I expect it will be 3 minutes of time well used. 

Link to video

Monday Nov 17, 2014

Enhance your Customer Experience with Oracle RightNow Cloud Adapter

Oracle RightNow Cloud, the eminent component of Oracle Service Cloud, makes it possible for organizations to better understand their customers, and quickly deliver apt answers through preferred service channels and devices. Whether your organization needs to deliver web customer service, enable a cross-channel contact center, or provide faster service in the field - Oracle RightNow Cloud makes it easy for customers to engage with your brands; your employees to serve customers; and your organization to adapt to changing business needs.

To fulfill more connections, more channels, and provide even greater flexibility of integration to better serve customers needs, Oracle Cloud Adapter for RightNow has been introduced on the market leading SOA Suite 12c platform.

Oracle Cloud Adapter for RightNow

The Oracle Cloud adapter for RightNow provides intuitive wizard based approach common to all Oracle Cloud Adapters. It eliminates the complexity of cloud integration by encapsulating session management, simplifying security, and pruning many manual steps. The graphical adapter provides highly declarative way to discover the RightNow objects and operations of choice, and build the integration. The RightNow Cloud Adapter lets you connect to other cloud and on-premise applications via Oracle SOA Suite 12c which supports over 200 integration adapters and technologies.

The time to market for service solutions spanning RightNow Cloud and on-premise applications (viz. E-Business Suite, Siebel, SAP), or other cloud applications will be significantly reduced by leveraging the RightNow Cloud Adapter. These solutions also expand the value of the applications to the organization. Some of the examples of complementary business solutions that will benefit from RightNow Cloud Adapter include:

  • Agent Dispatch for Field Service:  RightNow Cloud Agent interacts with a customer via phone, chat or email and leverages back office functionality to schedule and dispatch a technician.
  • Service interactions for Sales and Marketing: Share customer information with your marketing and sales automation applications, as well as enable your sales account management teams to view service incidents with products.
  • Agreement Renewals: Enable RightNow Cloud customers to renew agreements/contracts residing in a different application.
You can access the datasheetdocumentation, and more information about the RightNow Cloud Adapter on this website.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Oracle Cloud Adapter-Customer Insights Webcast: Advanstar

When your company tagline is "Connecting our Customers with Theirs", you can't afford to get integration wrong.   Watch this brief on-demand webcast now to learn why Advanstar chose Oracle integration including the new Oracle Cloud Adapters to replace their legacy integration solution to simplify IT and provide real time synchronization between cloud and on-premise applications.Advanstar Title Slide

As you may have seen at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, there has been tremendous interest in the new Oracle Cloud Adapters for simplifying the cloud to on-premises integration challenge.  In this webcast by Advanstar and OSI Consulting, you will learn how Advanstar used the "Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com" to connect their sales reps to Oracle E-Business Suite.  As described in the webcast, here were some of the challenges that drove them to the Oracle Solution:

Challenges Prior to the Oracle Solution:

  • Informatica batch integration using a cloud replication service was not acceptable
  • Lack of real-time integration
  • Data replication jobs ran into each other causing conflicts
  • High volume caused increased problems

Oracle Integration Solution Benefits:

  • Simplified cloud integration using the new Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com
  • Faster integration of future applications
  • Instant updates for sales reps - real time data synchronization

Advanstar Web PageOracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com Screenshot

Learn tips & tricks in the second half of this webcast from integration expert Hilal Khan from OSI Consulting who implemented the Oracle SOA Suite solution.  Hilal will walk you through the simple steps to select the cloud application (Salesforce.com in this case) business objects from within the Oracle SOA Suite cloud adapter as well as the value of the offline configuration to simplify development so you don't need to be connected with the SaaS application throughout your development.  Hilal will also describe the benefits of faster and easier troubleshooting, more time for testing, and quicker overall development.  

Start simplifying your cloud integration today by viewing this short 28 minute webcast now

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Oracle Cloud Adapters Expert Panel & More - OOW Recap

After a morning that kicked off with audience applause following the demo of the Oracle Cloud Integration Service iPaaS offering, a packed house during the Oracle Service Integration (SOA) Strategy session…the day of integration sessions continued.

Just about to implement the new Oracle Cloud Adapters and looking for expert insight?

Whether you are looking for an easier way to integrate cloud applications with your on-premise applications or maybe a partner looking to develop your own Oracle Cloud Adapter you can monetize…here are a few highlights from the Monday session:

Hilal Khan from OSI Consulting showed many images from the Oracle Cloud Adapter wizard including the image below highlighting the value of the “offline” mode that lets you build the integration without having to continually maintain a session with the SaaS application.   A significant ease-of-use feature that lets you build your integration much faster.  

Offline mode

Richard Holmes from Engineers Australia showcased a very comprehensive single slide view of their unified integration of Oracle middleware components including the Oracle Cloud Adapter that integrates Salesforce.com into their application infrastructure.  This infrastructure is what powers their MyPortal web site.  He then gave an impressive 5-minute demo showcasing the final end-user experience when using the Engineers Australia MyPortal. 

Engineers Australia

And finally, Raghu Kadirvelu from Bristlecone gave a thorough explanation of how the Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK works to let you build your own cloud adapters.  In the image below he described the flow of the Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK including the design time attributes in JDeveloper, the generation of the WSDL, the Cloud SDK runtime managing the session API, security API, transformation API, and the endpoint API.

Oracle Cloud Adapter SDK

If you have not heard of the Oracle Cloud Adapters, here is a quick synopsis:

Cloud integration was often a complex task involving many manual tasks including managing support for multiple previous versions of the application, session management, additional mapping tasks for transforming data between the cloud application and other applications and more. The new Oracle Cloud Adapters greatly simplify these manual steps and reduce maintenance costs by introducing a wizard-based standardized solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment in the cloud or on-premise.

UPDATE: The presentation from this session (direct link) is now uploaded.  You can search for other integration and SOA presentations on the OpenWorld portal or by accessing the Focus On SOA document.

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

OpenWorld Preview: Service Integration Strategy Session - Cloud, API Mgmt and More

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there is one headliner/must-see strategy session on Oracle SOA Suite/Service Integration.Session Image This year, the headliner integration session will cover some big topics including cloud integration, API Management, and much more.

I interviewed Director of Product Management for Oracle Service Integration Simone Geib who is co-presenting with Senior Director of Product Management Vikas Anand, to get a sneak peak at what is coming in this integration strategy session:

Bruce:

This appears to be the most exciting strategy session in the last 5 years.  Why is there so much interest?

Simone:

This is a very special year for the Oracle Service Integration team.  I don't think we have ever had so many new and game changing enhancements to talk about.  We will share our strategy around the main industry trends: API management, cloud, mobile, and IoT. We will also discuss the new upcoming SOA Suite features for our power users and also give insight into what we have planned specifically for business users.

Bruce:

You mentioned API management...can you give a preview on what will be covered?

Simone: 

API Management solutions are about delivering easy and managed access to enterprise API's across the Digital Enterprise - covering on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments and reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of IT. Businesses need tools that streamline API creation, collection, publication, discovery, registration and monitoring for mobile and on-premise applications.  We will discuss these topics during the session.

Bruce:

Definitely expanding well beyond traditional behind-the-firewall integration.  Good to hear this will be covered.  What about Cloud Integration in the areas of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and new Oracle Cloud Adapters?

Simone:

We will cover both of these areas.  Oracle's Cloud integration strategy is multi-faceted, from using existing on premise SOA deployments with our new cloud adapters, to being able to run SOA environments in the cloud, to new cloud-based iPaaS services with a simplified user experience for quick SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to on-premise application integration. Whatever the needs, Oracle's strategic direction for cloud integration has you covered. 

Bruce:

Good to hear.  Integration based in the cloud (iPaaS) or on-premise as well as support for the applications in the cloud or on-premise.  I see what you mean by fit your business requirements.  There has been a lot of buzz specifically in iPaaS, so looking forward to that.  So what about enhancements for existing customers?  What can you share for the "power" user of Oracle SOA Suite?

Simone:

Sure.  In response to what our customers are asking for, the plan is for an upcoming SOA Suite release to offer operational enhancements like smaller database footprint, agile patching of running composites, multi tenancy and more.  Details will be revealed during our session.

Bruce:

So plenty for the power IT user.  What about the business users.  What is available and underway for them?

Simone:

We will cover topics, new and futures, that target the business user.  Customers use SOA Suite to deploy critical integration processes and applications to run their business. With Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) and other analytics capabilities, you gain historical and real-time critical insight into the business using out of the box dashboards and reports. When certain patterns are detected and thresholds are reached, there is a need to easily configure automatic corrective action.  We will cover what joined SOA Suite in the 12c release and what is underway.

Bruce:

Looks like even deeper visibility into the business than what's available now.  And finally, how to integrate all of the data coming from Internet of Things (IoT) and other Fast Data sources.  Can you provide some background here?

Simone:

Absolutely.  We will discuss new developments related to managing and filtering the critical vs. non-critical information streaming from devices, social media, and more and how to integrate this with the rest of the infrastructure.  How do you detect instant business threats and how do you quickly identify business opportunities that otherwise might not have been detected by traditional threshold-based alerts?  Rather than implementing a disparate architecture, Oracle has put significant effort into unifying event processing into the same interface as the enterprise integration platform with the goal of simplifying integration instead of requiring customers to have another "integration platform" to manage.

Bruce:

Thank you Simone and looking forward to the session.  You'll have to talk fast to cover all of that in 45 minutes!

Please see the abstract for this and other integration sessions in the Focus on SOA document.  
For everyone attending, mark you calendars for the session below.   Hope to see you there.

Service Integration Product Strategy: Oracle SOA Suite 12c, the Cloud, and API Management

Vikas Anand, Senior Director, Business Integration Product Management, Oracle

Simone Geib, Director, Business Integration Product Management, Oracle

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Moscone South - 302            CON7736

Thursday May 22, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite - Highlighted Consumer Goods Customer References

If your business is Consumer Goods and you're looking to better integrate your systems and business partners, check out this first of a series of "Oracle SOA Suite - Industry Focus" covering a few Consumer Goods customer references.  These customersOracle SOA Suite Consumer Goods Customers have much in common including the objective of integrating business operations, financials, inventory management, warehouse, and procurement.

From a technology perspective, you will see how these companies have integrated with cloud applications, and enabled mobile access to Oracle applications.  Here is a list with links to customer case studies, customer snapshots, videos, Oracle Magazine articles and more: 

Jurlique deployed Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Application Development Framework to automate online ordering processes and support rapid growth in its skincare business.

For more information on Oracle SOA Suite customer references, go to www.oracle.com/customers and filter on Middleware/Oracle SOA Suite

For more information on Cloud Integration, check out the "Simplifying Cloud Integration" white paper. 

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Ricoh Differentiates Business with Unified Cloud and On-Premise Integration

Ricoh Americas Corporation specializes in office imaging equipment, production print solutions and is a global leader in information mobility for today's changing workforce. Ricoh is in a very unique position of being on the forefront of IT innovation. Their underlying IT infrastructure leverages service integration to deliver on a cutting-edge and comprehensive IT framework using Oracle SOA Suite. Ricoh seamlessly handles cloud and on-premise integration along with mobile enablement of their existing enterprise applications. 

Join us for this webcast and learn how Ricoh Americas Corporation straight from the CIO of Ricoh Americas, Balaji Rangaswamy. Shawn Crowley Fusion Middleware Specialist from Oracle, who worked on site at Ricoh Americas on the solution implementation, throws light on the details that sets Ricoh apart.

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!

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

"Drive-In Theater Webcast" Recap - Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com

I hope you were able to make it to the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com webcast.  In case you had car trouble, the replay and slides are available (link).  As you learned, the new Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com takes the complexity Drive-In Webcastout of integration by encapsulating session management, security and other tasks into the same intuitive wizard-based approach that has been so popular with our other adapters.  During the webcast, we started with a visual description of the challenges that can occur with a growth in disparate toolkits and then converged onto the Oracle solution for unifying cloud and on-premises integration with a single standards-based toolkit.   Then Vikas Anand gave a demo of Salesforce.com/E-Business Suite real time integration followed by a quick demo of how to set up the adapter.

We had over 150 questions and here are few selected questions and the answers:

Q: Will this work with Oracle SOA Suite 11g or is this an upcoming 12c feature?

A: The Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com is available today and works with SOA Suite 11g

Q: What adapters are coming in the future?

A: Check out the video from Oracle OpenWorld with Thomas Kurian and Demed L'Her available on Oracle Media Network (6:15)

Q: Does the adapter work with Oracle Service Bus and Oracle BPM Suite?

A: Yes, as of release 11.1.1.7

Q: Does the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com let you integrate to other cloud and on-premises applications?

A: Yes, the adapter connects Salesforce.com to Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle SOA Suite has over 200 integration adapters and other technologies to support integration to a wide range of cloud and on-premise applications

Q: Where can I find more detailed technical information?

A: Check out Oracle Technical Network (OTN) on Oracle Adapters for the documentation on the Oracle Cloud Adapters

Q: What is the price for the cloud adapter?

A: Download the public "Oracle Technology Global Price List" and search for "Cloud Adapters"

We hope you enjoyed the webcast, even though you would have needed to view it from your iPad on the dashboard of your car to experience it like the image but it's fun to think about alternate communication channels such as a drive-in.  Maybe next time.  Here is the link to the replay (link)

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Oracle Introduces Cloud Adapter to Simplify Salesforce.com Integration

A game changer addition to Oracle…” is how Matt Wright, CTO of Rubicon Red put itMatt Wright

If you have been asking yourself:

“Do I need another integration toolkit separate from my existing platform just for cloud integration?” or “Should I use the limited functionality integration tools within each cloud application I need to integrate?...Won’t that lead to a complex mess of disparate and overlapping integration?” 

If so, take a look at Oracle Cloud Adapters. This release significantly simplifies integration of Salesforce.com and lets companies more easily get a complete and unified view of customer and back-end data spanning cloud and on-premises applications using Oracle SOA Suite and the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com. Check out this Oracle Media Network Video (screenshot on the right) of Matt Wright, Maulik Shah, Technical Lead for Brocade Communications, and Badhri Rajagopalan, Practice Director SOA Integration with Bluenog.

Salesforce.com Integration

To address the questions posed above, this release illustrates Oracle’s integration strategy. Instead of companies having to deploy a cloud integration platform focused on cloud applications and then having a separate integration platform for existing applications, Oracle SOA Suite provides a single solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment location (public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises). This approach is designed to simplify integration and lower total cost of ownership in contrast to managing multiple disparate integration platforms and/or app-embedded integration toolkits, most of which use proprietary languages.

Although Oracle SOA Suite customers have been showcasing their cloud integration success stories for years at Oracle OpenWorld, this release eliminates many of the manual steps, automates session management tasks, and significantly simplifies security. Oracle SOA Suite customers already familiar with Oracle Application Adapters will see that the Oracle Cloud Adapters use the same wizard-based approach to provide visibility into the Salesforce.com business objects directly from within Oracle SOA Suite to simplify integration.

Customers using Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, etc. already have simplified integration since Oracle SOA Suite components are integrated or embedded into these applications. Combined with the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, customers of both Oracle and Salesforce.com applications will have seamless integration spanning applications across the cloud and on-premises.

To learn more about simplifying integration, check out the Oracle white paper “Simplifying Cloud Integration

To download the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, go to Oracle Technical Network for Oracle Integration Adapters

and join us for the Webcast "Simplify Integration with Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com"

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