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.

Sunday Feb 09, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite Customer Schneider National CIO on Oracle cio2cio

Schneider National CIO Judy Lemke talks with Oracle CIO Mark Sunday about the challenges Schneider National faced and how thecio2cio company overcame them through a business-wide transformation.  In 2007, Schneider National changed every process they had as part of project "Quest" to transform 20 year-old custom developed and integrated applications to "Future Proof" the infrastructure.

Ms. Lemke also describes the difference between a vendor and a partner and how Oracle played an important role in their successful transformation.

The video can be accessed here and the complete Schneider National Customer Transformation story is available as a detailed white paper at this link. Here is a quick summary of the background and key take-aways that highlight the unified difference in Oracle’s approach to integration:Judy Lemke

Prior to the Transformation

  • Complex applications and data environment at Schneider
  • Expensive and time-consuming to maintain and evolve application integration
  • Multiple order entry systems, multiple rating engines, several sources of customer information, no “single version of the truth”
  • Launched a 5-year business transformation program – “Quest”

Objectives

  • Rationalize, simplify, and modernize enterprise IT applications and infrastructure
  • Create a modular, flexible, expandable and scalable IT architecture for long-term strategic growth
  • Core tenets: Common development environment, common runtime environment, and common management environment to standardize processes and tools

Results

  • Consolidated to a single core set of unified tools, providing a consistent programming model for developers
  • Lower development and maintenance costs
  • Over 200 application integrations
  • Introduced re-usable enterprise web services such as TranportationOrder, Claims, Shipment, Account, AccountProfile, Location, Driver, Supplier and more.
  • Real time tuning of data flow using 40 business rules
  • Proven scalability to over 20 million messages per day
  • Oracle B2B for EDI, part of Oracle SOA Suite, with over 900 trading partners and over 100 types of B2B documents

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"

Register for Webcast

Thursday Jul 25, 2013

SOA Governance Training - August 26th–30th 2013 - EMEA (Lisbon)

As a part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Summer Camps III for our Partners, we are delighted to offer a SOA Governance Hands-on training session delivered by Oracle SOA Governance Product Management.

SOA Governance Hands-on TrainingSOA Assets

The Oracle SOA Governance Session focuses on introducing you to the crucial discipline of managing your SOA/Integration projects using the Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER), based on SOA Governance principles.

Whether you are a Developer, an Architect or a Business Manager, OER has a lot to offer to help you make the most of your SOA initiatives – a Service Catalogue, Automated Publishing, Lifecycle Management, Policies and Reporting, to name a few. OER is a powerful and flexible tool that you can leverage to manage all aspects of SOA Governance – People, Processes and Tools.

What’s more – we will also talk about our popular OER Rapid Start 30-day program delivered exclusively by Oracle Partners or Oracle Consulting. OER Rapid Start is a 30-day program, delivered to many of our customers, to kick start their  SOA Governance initiative right from engaging the right stakeholders, defining lifecycles, publishing their services to tracking ROI on their SOA investments.

The session will be lab-based giving you hands-on experience on the most popular customer use cases with OER.

Trainer:

Yogesh Sontakke, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Additional trainings during the OFM Summer Camps III:

  • BPM: Adaptive Case Management & forms builder by Niall Commiskey
  • B2B & Adapters by Scott Haaland
  • Advanced SOA Suite by Geoffroy de Lamalle
All sessions will be given by our HQ Product Management and PTS  team. The sessions will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from August 26th to 30th 2013. Participation is limited to two people per company and training track. Registration will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please note the skill requirements, the pre-requisitions and follow up. For details, please visit the registration page.

Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

Transitioning from TIBCO to Oracle SOA - Part 1

At the last Oracle OpenWorld, EA (Electronic Arts) presented "Winning at Digital: Build the World's Best Digital Playground, with fun for EVERYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE."  To achieve their required level of scalability for over 220 million registered users, EA transitioned from TIBCO middleware into an Oracle Fusion Middleware platform based on Oracle SOA Suite 11g.  As shown in the left-to-right project timeline below, their transition successfully went live on May 21 2012 in 30 countries and 14 languages across North America, Europe, and Asia:

Project Meridian at EA

The previous implementation (shown in the middle) used a combination of file uploads, SQL scripts, TIBCO and according to EA resulted in a platform that was not scalable to meet their future requirements.

The current Oracle Fusion Middleware implementation (indicated on the right side of the image above) now handles the following transaction volumes, business process, formats and message sizes:

Volume CharacteristicsPrior to their transition from a collection of disparate platforms and tools, regions of EA would sometimes independently update or change applications without synchronizing with other geographies which seriously impacted the enterprise.  The standardization on Oracle SOA Suite addressed this issue and also met their current and future scalability requirements.

In the Profit Magazine cover story, EA describes their transition to a "Future-Proof" solution to support their 30% growth in digital revenue, led by direct-to-consumer channels.  The article describes how "in the spring of 2011, EA management engaged Oracle staff to design and build the iHub, EA’s data integration solution, based on Oracle Fusion Middleware. The joint team reviewed the mission, desired outcomes, and target key performance indicators (KPIs) of the project. Then they reverse-engineered those outcomes to come up with a project plan. Meanwhile, millions of transactions kept rolling in daily, so there was urgency behind the initiative."Profit Magazine-EA

“Generally, when you’re on a project, it takes three months to build a team, set everything up, and start delivering these integration services,” Deepak Advani, VP of enterprise services says. “We basically took two weeks to set the project up, and we were delivering in four weeks. We were adjusting and building as we went.”

This blog focusing on Oracle SOA Suite scalability is a first in a series of upcoming blogs on "Transitioning to Oracle SOA Suite".  Stay tuned for more updates on how and why customers are migrating to Oracle SOA Suite.

To assess your scalability and other aspects of your integration platform, take the SOA Assessment by Oracle or for some cool gaming pictures, click on the image below:

FIFA Soccer Image


Friday May 10, 2013

The Difference Between Oracle and IBM Integration

Oracle and IBM are the only two Integration Platform vendors in the Leadership quadrant of all three Gartner Schneider White PaperMagic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure related to service integration (SOA). You may wonder “what’s the difference between Oracle and IBM integration offerings?” …they both provide application connectivity, have an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), event processing, process orchestration, business rules, management, governance and more. There are however several key differentiators between Oracle and IBM integration often referenced by industry analysts and end users that strongly impact complexity and total cost of ownership.

What sparked the creation of this blog was a customer case study on Schneider National, which transitioned from IBM Sterling Gentran B2B, IBM InterChange Server, and IBM MQ Series to Oracle SOA Suite and other Oracle Fusion Middleware. The case study highlights:

one of the key differentiators of Oracle integration over IBM integration…a unified approach to middleware to simplify integration and lower cost.

Much has been written on the IBM side of the unified discussion including cautions by industry analysts referring to the significant amount of ongoing professional services to support and deploy the collection of often overlapping IBM components. One example of the overlapping components is described on IBM’s website (page has since been removed but similar content is referenced on this site) which gives the 27 considerations to decipher when deciding when to use which of the 3 IBM ESBs for each different ESB-related scenario. For Oracle, there is one consideration...if you want application infrastructure agility, then the solution is all built into one Oracle Service Bus.

The complete Schneider National Customer Transformation story is available for download. Here is a quick summary of the background and key take-aways that highlight the unified difference in Oracle’s approach to integration:

Prior to the Transformation

  • Complex applications and data environment at Schneider
  • Expensive and time-consuming to maintain and evolve application integration
  • Multiple order entry systems, multiple rating engines, several sources of customer information, no “single version of the truth”
  • Launched a 5-year business transformation program – “Quest”

Objectives

  • Rationalize, simplify, and modernize enterprise IT applications and infrastructure
  • Create a modular, flexible, expandable and scalable IT architecture for long-term strategic growth
  • Core tenets: Common development environment, common runtime environment, and common management environment to standardize processes and tools

Results

  • Consolidated to a single core set of unified tools, providing a consistent programming model for developers
  • Lower development and maintenance costs
  • Over 200 application integrations
  • Introduced re-usable enterprise web services such as TranportationOrder, Claims, Shipment, Account, AccountProfile, Location, Driver, Supplier and more.
  • Real time tuning of data flow using 40 business rules
  • Proven scalability to over 20 million messages per day
  • Oracle B2B for EDI, part of Oracle SOA Suite, with over 900 trading partners and over 100 types of B2B documents

The end result for Schneider’s use of Oracle SOA Suite and all the major components of Oracle Fusion Middleware is a simplified solution for applications design, development, and maintenance, lower costs, improved productivity providing scalability, performance, and reliability to “power it’s growth in the next decade”

Schneider Stack Diagram

Image from the White Paper showing Schneider National's Application Infrastructure

Download the Schneider National Case Study

Monday Apr 15, 2013

Tax Day - Intuit's SaaS Based on Oracle SOA Suite

Have you ever wondered how Intuit manages their portion of the over 140M US tax filers and integrates the information with CRM, billing, and over 30 other applications?Intuit Logo

Check out this video of Intuit Integration Architect Jeff Kester describing how Intuit’s Software-as-a-Service is made possible by Oracle SOA Suite including his key comments on:

Intuit Video

  • Lower IT costs
  • Improved customer experience
  • Seamless application upgrades
  • Frictionless application integration
  • Deployment automation
  • Common data model
  • End to end orchestration
  • 360-degree view of the customer
  • Flexibility and agility
  • Improved cross-sell and up-sell

For more on integrating SaaS applications with on-premise applications, check out the white paper "Cloud Integration – A Comprehensive Solution"

Call for Nominations: Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2013

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. Jointly sponsored by Oracle, OAUG, QUEST, ODTUG, IOUG, AUSOUG and UKOUG, the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation honor organizations using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value. This year, the awards will recognize customers across 8 distinct categories:

  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture & Business Process Management
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Data Integration
  • Oracle Application Development Framework and Fusion Development
  • Business Analytics (Oracle BI, Oracle EPM, and Oracle Exalytics)

If you consider yourself a pioneer using these solutions in innovative ways to achieve significant business value, submit your nomination for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation by Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (September 22-September 26) in San Francisco, California.

Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World 2013, get a chance to mingle with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Publications.

To submit your nominations, please follow the following steps:

  1. Download and complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards nomination form for SOA/BPM with as much detail as possible. Please do not leave any information blank.
  2. Submit completed form and any relevant supporting documents to Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com.
    • Email subject: <Category_CompanyName_InnovationAwards2013> when submitting your nomination.
    • Name all supporting documents with “companyname_solutionname_filename.xyz”

To maximize your selection chances, please have a look to this blog article.

For additional details, go HERE.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Rise of the Mobile Machines - Oracle Reveals Strategy on Internet of Things

With the explosion of connected devices and the ubiquity of high speed wireless connectivity, Internet of Things takes on a new relevance. Machine to Machine (M2M) communication can change your game of operations and create opportunities for new services and revenue streams. Oracle’s platform for M2M called Device to Data Center (D2D) helps support the needs of the enterprise to leverage this new opportunity by gathering actionable insight from devices and respond right at the network edge.  The platform leverages multiple Oracle products to deliver a complete solution, including Oracle Event Processing (OEP)  on Oracle Java Embedded to make intelligent, real-time decisions while managing massive amounts of machine data on the fly.

Fast Data - delivering on real-time responsiveness with business insight, on large volumes of high velocity data from varied sources becomes a reality with Device to Data Center. Oracle's strategy to deliver on  Device to Data Center is revealed in the following webcast by Peter Utzschneider, VP of Product Management of Java. 

Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Healthcare Integration Session Highlights Challenges & Solutions

In today’s session co-presented by Steve Schenks, Integration Architect from Ascension Health and Oracle’s Sundar Shenbagam and Suresh Sharma (apparently your initials must be SS to present during this session), interesting insights in many different areas including Steve’s descriptions of the challenges with their previous environment:

Challenges prior to SOA

Disparate hardware and software is an issue common across healthcare and most other industries…Larry Ellison spoke on this topic during Sundays’ keynote address.

Anticipated features from SOA

In the last part of session, Suresh is planning to go over some of the best practices and lesson learned to implement successful healthcare applications and will discuss the different options to model Sequencing (FIF0) use cases (one of most common use cases in the provider market).

The session was “Implementing Successful Healthcare Applications with Oracle SOA Suite” – Session # CON8546. For more information about this session, please contact Senior Principal Product Manager Suresh Sharma

Friday Sep 28, 2012

Cloud and On-Premises Applications Integration using Oracle Integration Adapters

See how Oracle Integration adapters will continue to provide connectivity and harness information from diverse enterprise applications and technologies—both on-premises and in the cloud on our Exclusive Openworld session - "CON8642 - Cloud and On-Premises Applications Integration, Using Oracle Integration Adapters ". The session will cover the trends and themes of Application Integration today, and describe how Oracle's suite of Adapters help you integrate and extend your Applications using a Service Oriented Architecture today and in the future.

Session Speakers

Vikas Anand - Director, Product Management

Ramkumar Menon - Senior Product Manager, SOA Suite

Stephen Mcritchie - SOA Suite Product Development

Schedule: Wednesday, Oct 3, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Moscone South - 310, San Francisco

Oracle Integration Adapters at Oracle Openworld 2012!

Oracle Open world 2012 is just a weekend away and we are looking forward to showcase Oracle Integration Adapters at our Demo booth at  the Moscone Center. 

Come visit us!

Watch some live demos on how you can use our suite of Adapters to integrate and extend your Enterprise Applications! This is your opportunity to meet with our Engineering team, share with us your Integration use-cases and challenges, and hear from us on our Roadmap.

The Oracle Integration Adapters booth is located at the Fusion Middleware Demopod area  from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

See you next week!


How to Integrate Cloud Applications with Oracle SOA Suite

Having seen a preview of the slides of this upcoming Oracle OpenWorld session on Tuesday Oct 2nd at 11:45 at Moscone West 3003, I'm definitely looking forward to this deep-dive view into cloud integration.  Oracle's Senior Director of Product Management Rajesh Raheja will cover what's involved with cloud integration and provide technical solutions for how to integrate with Oracle cloud applications such as Oracle Fusion, RightNow as well as third party applications like Salesforce.

Here is a screenshot from the draft presentation:

SaaS Session Slide

Also presenting will be a Geeta Pyne, Director of Middleware for BMC to discuss how they have used Oracle SOA Suite for Cloud Integration.

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Oracle SOA Suite, the Most Capable Tool for Every Possible Integration Challenge

session ID: CON8601 - when: Monday, Oct. 1, 10:45am-11:45am - where: Moscone South 102

"Oracle SOA Suite, the Most Capable Tool for Every Possible Integration Challenge" is the name of the session I will be delivering at Oracle OpenWorld this year. I'm usually going for more subdued titles but decided to remove the gloves this year, at the risk of sounding arrogant! While we have a number of worthy competitors in various areas of integration no one can really compete with the breadth and reliability of Oracle SOA Suite.


This session is primarily intended for people who are not yet familiar with Oracle SOA Suite (i.e. if you are an existing customer your time might be better spent at some of the other sessions we have on the topic).

I will provide an overview of Oracle SOA Suite, the customers using it and the types of challenges they are solving with it: from integrating Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, Siebel, PeopleSoft, RightNow, Taleo etc.) to third-party applications (did you know that over a third of our customers actually use us to integrate SAP?), mainframes and a variety of technologies. We will talk about some emerging trends and problems that our users are solving with the product: cloud integration, B2B consolidation and mobile-enablement. I will also briefly touch upon the exciting projects we are doing with Oracle Event Processing, in the domain of "Fast Data" and "Big Data".

Last but not least, I will be joined on stage by Venktesh Maudgalya, Director at Electronic Arts. Venktesh will bring his customer perspective and explain how EA leveraged Oracle SOA Suite to implement iHub, the massive integration hub that interconnects all their applications (E-BusinessSuite, Hyperion, Demantra, Peoplesoft, Salesforce.com, Kronos, Teradata, GXS etc.) and carries 3/4 of their revenue flows.

I just picked up my badge and will be kicking off the festivities tomorrow talking to partners in a pre-OOW briefing at the Oracle Headquarters - see you next week!

PS: if you're going to tweet about Oracle SOA Suite next week please make sure to use the #oraclesoa and #oow hashtags so that we can track and amplify your tweets!


Friday Sep 14, 2012

Experience the eBook – “Oracle SOA Suite – In the Customers’ Words”

Cover - Oracle SOA Suite

Flip through the new free 25-page eBook describing the objectives and benefits of SOA with embedded video snippets from Oracle SOA Suite customers describing their experiences.

Start with a quick overview in YouTube then follow the link provided within the video to access the eBook.

Hope you enjoy it!


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