Monday Jun 22, 2015

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

Integrate

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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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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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

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 Sep 18, 2014

Big News: Oracle iPaaS Cloud Integration OpenWorld Sessions

Pulling back the curtain

You may have heard rumors about Oracle introducing an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) offering.  I am pleased to share two sessions added to the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 agenda on the Oracle Integration Cloud Service including a Hands-on Lab and a dedicated “Introducing Oracle Integration Cloud Service: iPaaS on Oracle Cloud” session.

The Oracle Integration Cloud Service dramatically simplifies cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premises integration.   Learn about native connectivity to Oracle SaaS applications and new ease of use features for third-party application integration including prebuilt maps, flows and much more. 

After these sessions have pulled back the curtains on the Oracle Integration Cloud Service, look to this blog site for some of coolest features yet to be announced.

The two sessions are:

as well as an Oracle Integration Cloud Service demo pod in Moscone South

For more information about Oracle integration & SOA sessions, take a look at the Focus On document for integration.

I hope you are as excited as we are.  If you still need convincing, please come to these sessions to learn more.

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