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.

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Mobile and Application Integration at Collaborate14 This Week in Las Vegas

Thank you to Mala Narasimharajan for this Collaborate14 blog which includes events highlighting mobile and application integration using Oracle SOA Suite: 

 Air travel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Hotel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Powerpoint presentation ready for COLLABORATE14 - CHECK.  Now, all you need to do is plan which sessions you don't want to miss.  The Fusion Middleware team is out in full force at this year's COLLABORATE and we want to make it easy for you to come, attend, learn and network at sessions.  Below is a short list of sessions you won't want  to miss and hear Edward Zou, Vice-President, Product Management speak about Oracle AppAdvantage, Mobility and Fusion Middleware's future objectives: 

  • AppAdvantage: Business Advantage through Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The session will discuss how Oracle EBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards and Siebel customers are extending and enhancing their existing investments in applications with SOA, BPM, IDM, WebCenter, DI, Exa solutions and Mobile Platform technologies to achieve business results.

  • Build Mobile Apps, Extend Fusion Apps and Integrate Cloud Apps with Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The focus of the session will be a discussion on where we are investing in Oracle Fusion Middleware. We’ll also be discussing the cloud, particularly how to leverage your current and planned investments in Oracle database, applications or other middleware technologies.

  • Simplify Enterprise Mobility: Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile - Tuesday, April 8 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Read up on Edward Zou's interview with IOUG's Dan McDonnel, right here, and learn what's coming up at the show and how AppAdvantage and Enteprise Mobility are key Middleware objectives you should know about. 

We have even more sessions at the show across other lines of Fusion Middleware that you shouldn't miss - here's a listing: 

  • Real World Cloud and On-Premise ERP Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite - April 9 from 1:00-2:00 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Reducing Data Center Cost and Complexity with Oracle Exalogic - April 11 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 3 San Polo 3403
  • ADF Mobile with Oracle Java Cloud - April 9 from 12:15-12:45 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Oracle Exalogic Security Best Practices and PCI Compliance - April 8 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 1 Galileo 1005

Have a great week at COLLABORATE14 - See you at the show!

Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

Distributed Intelligence in IoT Deployments

The term Internet of Things or IoT brings to mind a futuristic H.G. Wells world where machines slowly begin to take over the world. Join Jai Suri, Director of Product Management for the Java Platform at Oracle as he delves into possibilities of this new reality with Demed L'her, VP of Product Management of Oracle SOA Suite. Dive into bridging the gap between devices and enterprise applications. Compare and contrast the differences in scale of data and transactions between the device and enterprise worlds. Join us in understanding the value of distributing processing power throughout the network and into the network edge as massive volumes of data are reduced with filtering and correlation to deliver on value, while optimizing network utilization.

Join Demed as he helps us understand use cases with the two versions of Oracle Event Processing which deliver on IoT – a datacenter version that runs on server class machines, and an embedded Java SE type low footprint device. In addition, geo-spatial capabilities in Oracle Event Processing lends a unique offering for location based geo-fencing that helps Oracle customers draw a pyramid map to detect when devices go in and out of zones.

Lastly, we discover how Oracle is helping reach a newer class of devices even lower than the one we currently operate on, as we capitalize on the new Java 8 launch.


Want to Learn More? 

Register NowOnline Forum for Internet of Things

Date: Thursday, April 24

What to expect: A global network of billions of devices sharing data is opening up unprecedented business opportunities. How well positioned is your company to take advantage of this seismic shift? Join Oracle, our partners and customers on Thursday, April 24 to learn how turn the Internet of Things into real business value. 

To find out more on event processing, visit us at Oracle Event Processing

And for Java 8 and the internet of things, visit us at Internet of Things and the Enterprise

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Emdeon Simplifies Healthcare with Oracle SOA on Exalogic

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

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

To find out more Engineered Systems Advantage: SOA & Exalogic 

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Call for Nominations: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2014

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

Categories include:

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

Process

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

Timeline

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

Criteria

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

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

Benefits

To Award Winners

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

To All Nominees

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

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

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

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

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do we need a SOA Developer Virtual Machine?

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

What can I use the VM for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

API Management as a solution to Mobile Enablement

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

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

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

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

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

· Delivers proven, trusted API management solutions

Figure: API Management Lifecycle – Reference Architecture

 Specifics on the components of the API Management architecture:

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

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

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

To find out more, visit us: Oracle API Management

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

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


Saturday Mar 01, 2014

Mobile Service Enablement with Oracle Service Bus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Integration for Airlines and Cargo Hubs

Thank you to Krishnaprem Bhatia, Product Manager for Oracle B2B Integration for this insightful blog post on the latest B2B integration trends for airlines and cargo hubs:

Market Trend

Many airlines today are using antiquated mainframe and proprietary systems for maintaining their Passenger Service Systems (PSS). These systems are  typically mainframe systems which are old and complex with a high cost of maintenance. Airlines want to modernize these systems and reduce their costs by consolidation of numerous point solutions and legacy applications.

The need to reduce complexity, bring down IT costs and increase their flexibility is driving airlines to outsource their PSS systems to vendors such as Amadeus. Although self development of these PSS systems can be done in-house by major airlines, it can be more expensive, less flexible, and less feature rich than the outsourcing option.
Plane at gate
As airlines outsource more of their PSS systems, they need to exchange business documents such as reservations and ticketing with the outsourced provider. They also need visibility and manageability into the data flowing from outsourced systems into their enterprises.This incoming passenger data also needs to be integrated back into their internal systems. For example, different documents received from the outsourced PSS systems need to be processed and stored so that they are available to other internal systems. This has to be done using standards-based technologies for compliance and interoperability, ensuring that performance and operations SLAs are met at the same time.

How does Oracle Service Integration fit in?

Oracle B2B allows airlines to connect with their outsourced PSS systems such as Amadeus using industry standards-based technologies. Airlines can exchange different document types (typically EDI variants, non XML formats) such as passenger reservations, updates to reservations, inventory management, departure control systems and ticketing. Oracle B2B provides the ability to exchange these documents, process them, validate them, and translate them into XML for further processing by downstream components.

Couple at terminal

Airlines typically exchange information with Amadeus using two modes. In the real-time (online) mode the messages are sent 'live' by the PSS systems on an ongoing basis as they occur. In the batch mode many messages are batched together and sent at a particular time. Oracle B2B provides support for both real-time and batch modes, providing critical functionality such as document translation, validation, de-batching for these documents. It also provides the communication mechanisms such as File, FTP and MQ for exchanging these messages with outsourced systems. All this is done using standards based technologies such as standard document and exchange protocols. Once B2B is done processing the messages, these are typically sent to adjacent components within Oracle SOA Suite for message enrichment and transformations. Messages can then be stored in an enterprise warehouse where this data can be used by other internal applications. The end to end scenarios typically have high performance SLAs in terms of throughput and end to end processing time.

The products typically deployed in such scenarios include Oracle B2B, Oracle SOA Suite BPEL Process Manager for data transformation and enrichment and Oracle Data Integrator for migrating processed data into enterprise data warehouses. Customers may also choose to deploy this over Exalogic and Exadata systems for performance reasons.

Some customer examples

There are many customers who are using Oracle SOA B2B as described above today including an asian airliner who went live with Oracle B2B in November 2013. Their goal was to replace their mainframe-based passenger service system with a state of the art process that interfaces with Amadeus. The business scenarios included real-time integration, batch, no-fly list checks, integration with Amadeus via MQ. The new solution was based on Oracle SOA Suite middleware on the Exalogic and Exadata platforms. The benefits for the airline by deploying the new platform include reduction in cost, increased flexibility and increased performance (2x  for batch processing, 32x for no-fly list)

Other similar customers include Sri Lankan Airlines who went live in Dec 2013 and All Nippon Airlines (ANA) planning to go live in 2014, along with others in the pipeline.

We also see that Oracle B2B is used to provide B2B SaaS services. This is becoming more common as more enterprises move towards cloud adoption in general. We already have customers in the retail sector such as SPS Commerce who have built their SaaS solutions using Oracle B2B, but today there are also customers in the travel segment who are providing SaaS based brokerage services. For example, Cargo Champs is providing a cloud solution for cargo management to more than 89 airlines worldwide. They are the biggest cargo broker cloud platform with airlines, frieght carriers, cargo hubs etc. With hundreds of different endpoints integrated using multiple data formats, they estimate to deploy 15,000 agreements and exchange 50 million messages over 7 data centers. Cargo Champs is using Oracle B2B for Custom, EDI and IATA documents exchanging messages over File, FTP and numerous other transport protocols. They are also using SOA Suite for message enrichment, business rules, transformations and routing.

There is a huge opportunity for the airline and cargo industry to improve their efficiency and agility as more and more airlines optimize their systems and move towards cloud adoption in general. Industry experts predict that there is going to be plenty of growth in this market for many years to come. For more information on Oracle B2B, see the following link

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration

Looking to capitalize on the mobile wave could mean many improvements from an existing business strategy. Today, everyone is constantly connected and wants to engage with businesses when and where they choose, whether on the web or via mobile or social channels. For customers and partners, mobility could mean improved user experience with value added services. Mobility increases productivity for employees with availability of timely information to make informed decisions as well as streamlining of business processes. It could reduce support costs and streamline customer support. Adding mobile channels can also result in innovation and new sources of revenue.


Solutions for Mobile Integration

There are several approaches to solutions for mobile integration of which we will consider two.

· Mobile Service Enablement Organizations looking to control the end-to-end user experience from the enterprise application all the way to the mobile front-end, pick this approach.

· API Management This solution allows organizations to expose existing business assets as application programming interfaces or APIs for consumption by external third parties.

There are two ways to developing an enterprise mobile strategy with SOA -- controlling the end-to-end integration experience from the enterprise to the hand held, or exposing enterprise assets through APIs for third parties to build out mobile solutions. Oracle SOA Suite has offerings for mobile-enablement and API management that address both strategies. An integral part of Oracle Mobile Platform, Oracle SOA Suite can address the myriad of mobile integration challenges, whether they reside on premise or in the Cloud.

Security, management, runtime enablement are all key aspects of service integration that serve as the solution for mobile service enablement. API Management on the other hand leverages service integration to manage APIs internally, but it involves a bit more to actually manage the APIs externally as assets that are available for consumption – it involves managing the external lifecycle of the APIs ensuring adoption and fostering a developer community among third parties.

In this three part blog series, we will delve into the details of Mobile Service Enablement and API Management so you can consider your strategy for enterprise mobile enablement. Meanwhile, you can explore more on the new Oracle Mobile Suite which can aid you with either strategy by visiting oracle.com/mobile. And here's where you can find more or Oracle SOA Suite: oracle.com/soa

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

NTT Communications delivers on predictive monitoring using Oracle Event Processing

NTT Communications Corporation selected the Oracle products to help improve the quality of its network services, increase predictive failure detection and maximize workload efficiency. To provide enhanced customer satisfaction levels, NTT was looking to enhance its network traffic monitoring abilities and also be able to perform advanced data analytics. But the previous system could not give what NTT was looking for and hence the change by the company.The new system is able to process 1.4 million packets per second through in-memory streaming, and as a result, it can provide not only predictive failure detection, but also early alerts for unusual network situations. Some actions have also been automated, resulting in greater efficiency and significant annual cost reductions. Oracle Event Processing on Oracle Exalogic Engineered Systems, meets NTT Communications Corporation’s extreme performance requirements and provides highly flexible network visualization in real time. You can read more about this in Oracle's press release on NTT Communications: 

NTT Communications Leverages Oracle’s Engineered Systems and In-Memory Products to Provide Customers with Real Time, Predictive Monitoring of Network Services

Also here is a recent InfoTech feature on NTT communications:

“As the leading telecommunication company in the world, we want to provide our customers with the best possible quality of service. By deploying Oracle Engineered Systems we wanted to not only improve our network services but also increase our ability to predict potential failures and maximize workload efficiency,” said Tetsuya Funabashi, Senior Vice President, NTT Communications Corporation. “We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the deployment happened. Because the Oracle Engineered Systems are designed to work together they are high performance, scalable and very efficient. Our new system also provides our customers with security according to inform their condition quickly. We’re tryingto create more new value and features to our customers with Oracle products.

To learn more visit us: 

Oracle Event Processing

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Fast Data Solutions

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

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Agilent Transforms IT with Oracle SOA Suite, Delivers on Mobile Strategy

Using Oracle SOA Suite, Agilent established a new service integration infrastructure that met all its performance requirements and replaced existing legacy infrastructure. This shaped and delivered Agilent's mobile strategy and helped in service standardization. One of the tangible outcomes with the centralized infrastructure was to help IT scale with acquisitions, delivering on a million dollars in run savings.

Scalable and highly available, the new and powerful centralized infrastructure helps ramp up new applications, including delivering a mobile solution without new technology add-ons. Agilent plans to continue to build capabilities, including leveraging SOA Governance - to increase standardization and reuse. Here is a presentation by Rajesh Gathwala, enterprise architect at Agilent Technologies further on this solution.

Agilent on Oracle SOA Suite

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

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Spend a Day in the Cloud at Oracle Cloud World

Cloud and mobile are breakthrough technologies which are helping companies innovate and differentiate. Gone are the traditional ways of managing, customizing, and extending business applications. With the change in technology trends, IT is viewed more as a strategic partner, and organizations are looking to focus more on a "customer-first" strategy than ever before. However, companies are still dealing with age old problems of getting IT and business to work together, making the IT infrastructure less rigid, and struggling to better align priorities across the enterprise. While cloud and mobile take-over solving traditional problems, customers aren't getting the right insight across their cloud, mobile and on-premise apps and 50% of these initiatives get abandoned due to the complexity of integration and fear of security compromises.

To understand how to bridge solving some of these traditional problems with an effective modernization of your business solution, you can start with the keynote address at the upcoming Oracle Cloud World. Here are five axioms that will be explored to lead business modernization all the way from start to success:

- Simplifying integration between on-premise and Cloud

- Connect and collaborate: Making your business applications more social 

- Improve time to insight:  Enable rapid business intelligence without IT overhead

- Extend for Mobile: Enable mobility with rich user experience

- Cloud Security: Reduce risk and meet cloud security service level agreements


Register for Oracle Cloud World today.

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