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.

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Simplifying Mobile with Integration

Abstract from the Paper:

"Selecting the Right Approach for Mobile Integration
As you ponder your organization’s mobile integration strategy, start by asking what you want to offer
to customers and how much control you want to have over mobile application development. For
example, do you have reliable in­house resources or do you rely on third parties? Depending on your
specific IT culture, skills, resources, and time constraints, your organization will most likely gravitate to
one of the approaches presented in this paper.
The first three approaches represent “bottom­up” development by starting from the underlying
 enterprise IT layer:
 
•  Mobile Service Enablement – Development organizations that wish to control the entire user
experience, from the enterprise applications all the way to the mobile front­end, often favor this
approach.
•  API Management – Application Programming Interface (API) Management enables organizations to
selectively externalize their IT assets via standard interfaces made available to mobile application
developers.
•  Mobile Backend as a Service (MBAAS) – This method involves abstracting all common mobile functionality into the cloud, which frees up resources to focus on mobile front­end development and
the associated business models for mobile applications."

To access the paper: Simplifying Mobile Integration

For more datasheets, customer stories, and other resources access the Mobile Integration Resource Kit.

Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

Using PDBs with FMW

Plugging in Your FMW Repository

Power strip

The new pluggable database feature of Oracle Database 12c is incredibly useful for quickly spinning up new FMW repositories.  PDBs are now supported with FMW 12.1.3 (See Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.1.3) Interoperability and Compatibility).  This allows you to run the Repository Configuration Assistant once, install the schemas you need, and then clone the database to get as many instances of the repository as you need with minimal effort on your part.  For example I recently was building a new image for some workshops.  I decided I probably wanted several different domains for different labs.  So I installed the schemas I needed in to a pluggable database using the RCU.  I then created a clone of my Pluggable Database (PDB) which I then used in a domain.  When I needed a new domain, I cloned the original PDB again and away I went.

How to Do It

  1. Create a Pluggable Database or use an existing one.
  2. Run the Repository Configuration Utility to create the schemas you need.  For the rest of this blog we will assume the prefix used was DEV.
  3. Clone the database by executing the following command (documented here)
    CREATE PLUGGABLE DATABASE soa3 from soa1;
  4. For convenience you may want to add the new instance to your TNS Names file.  This simplifies step 6.
  5. Start the Database
    STARTUP PLUGGABLE DATABASE soa3;
  6. Switch to PDB
    CONNECT dev_stb/welcome1@soa3
  7. Updated COMPONENT_SCHEMA_INFO table to refer to new database instance.
    UPDATE component_schema_info SET DB_SERVICE='SOA3.VBOX';
  8. If you want to auto-start the new PDB then from the CDB execute the command (only available from DB version 12.1.0.2)
    ALTER PLUGGABLE DATABASE soa3 SAVE STATE;

Explanations

The <PREFIX>_STB holds the credentials and connection details of all the schemas created in a given database with that prefix.  These details include the service name as well as host and port details of the listener.  Because each PDB has a unique name unless we change the service name we will still be pointing to the schemas in the original PDB, hence the need to update the DB_SERVICE column with the new PDB service name.

Benefits

So why is this useful.  A number of benefits spring to mind;

  • Easy to create additional dev/test/uat environments, especially helpful if other components also need to create schemas as not all applications use the <prefix> to keep multiple instances in the same database separate.
  • Easy to clone a production environment to allow testing in a copy of the production schemas without impacting the production environment.
  • Provides excellent isolation between environments over above having different prefixes.
  • Reduces time taken to run the RCU.
  • A helpful adjunct to the copy/paste commands provided by FMW for software and domain configurations, making it possible to clone entire environments very quickly.

Hope you find my first post as a member of the SOA Suite Product Management Team helpful.

Antony

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

Reliving Oracle Open World 2014

The most exciting Oracle Open World conference to date, has me revelling in being a part of a ginormous, efficient, and intelligent Oracle army that is breaking shackles and helping organizations move onwards to the next frontier of innovation. An unbridled Larry Ellison in his new role as CTO showed hands-on demos to move on-prem to the cloud. Roadmap sessions revealed far more than powerpoint decks with exciting live demos of new technology with Integration Cloud Service, Mobile Cloud Service, API Management, and business driven event management for Fast Data. Outstanding customer and partner presentations, had a packed audience of more than 60,000 people sitting on the edge of their seats, grasping the immensity and reality of cloud, mobile, and the internet of things.

Oracle seems committed to the Cloud more than ever and it seems a matter of when rather than if a customer will move to the cloud. And across the board the repeat message that resonated was that moving to the cloud was going to be possible with a few pushes of a button rather than hiring experts and rewriting code. Some highlights of the Service Integration sessions at Oracle Open World 2014:

  •  72 total sessions for Oracle SOA Suite, including both Oracle-led, and external submissions across Cloud, Mobile, Fast Data, Internet of Things, and B2B.
  •  Unprecedented number of customers and partners speaking in our sessions: including Canon Imaging Systems, Ricoh Americas, Larsen and Toubro, Engineers Australia, Bristlecone, Ascension Health, Farmers Insurance, JDSU, Keste, Agilent, KPMG, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, LA County Department of Health, and many more. 
  • 10 live product demos; 7 hands-on labs, including Cloud, Fast Data, Managed File Transfer and several more.
  • Cloud and Mobile had spotlight this year with extensive coverage over all other solution areas including Managed File Transfer, B2B, Fast Data, and Internet of Things.

Here are some previous posts that summarize the sessions that were covered on Oracle SOA Suite this year:

Overall Oracle Open World 2014 was a mindblowing event with outstanding teamwork and exceptional delivery on every front from the customer, partner and employee base of the organization. I am personally very grateful to have been part of this amazing show. You can watch the Oracle SOA Focus On for uploads of speaker decks. And continue to learn more about Oracle SOA Suite here: oracle.com/soa

Monday Oct 06, 2014

API Integration Trends in the Enterprise

API Integration is attracting considerable interest from enterprise architects and is a hot topic at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this past week. SearchSOA caught up with Oracle on how API integration trends are affecting the enterprise and recently published an interview.

Here is an excerpt: "The best API management solutions cover a range of functionality across mobile, cloud and on-premises situations and handle a variety of integration needs including SOAP, REST, B2B and managed file transfer. Other differentiators are: 

  • An integrated solution which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud.
  • A mobile-first mindset when it comes to designing APIs for mobile developers, including mobile application-specific infrastructure to speed time to market for new apps. 
  •  Enterprise-grade tools for building secure APIs for critical back-end services.
  • Comprehensive tools for collecting the APIs which should be exposed to developers. These tools should support a range of governance processes, ideally customizable, but should not introduce heavy process overload that can reduce time to market. 
  •  Effective tools for developers to find, test and track their own use of these APIs."

To read the rest of the interview: Examine API Integration Trends in the Enterprise

And to find out more on Oracle's solution: Oracle API Management

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

SOA Suite 12c upgrade updates

This article provides two pieces of information for upgrade of soa suite.

The recommendation for free table space space for upgrade is atleast 25% free space for soa. 

The recommendation for free temp space for upgrade is atleast 800MB free temp space for soa.

If you want to upgrade a large number of jdeveloper projects in bulk without opening them one by one in jdeveloper, use jdeveloper tool ojmigrate installed in the 12c oracle home. 

ojmigrate [option]... file...|@file

Parameters (required)

file Workspace to migrate.

@file File with workspaces to migrate (one filename per line)

Options

-ade Connect to currnt ade view

-dry Dry run. Skips calling migrators

-failFast Stop migrating after first failure

-generateDefaults Don't migrate let. Let migrator helpers to generate files containing dafults for migration options. It will usually be migration.prperties file alongside the .jws file.

For more information on upgrade best practices, look here.

Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OpenWorld panel: Expert Insights into Faster Oracle SOA Suite Project Delivery

Oracle OpenWorld is starting today and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about one of our not to be missed panels. We thought long and hard about the ideal combination of speakers for a session whose focus is around sharing unique insights into successful and fast delivery of Oracle SOA Suite projects. After tossing a few ideas around with my colleague Bruce Tierney, Director of Product Marketing, who will be the moderator on Thursday, we decided that our partners, who gain their experience with a number of customers throughout many years, are uniquely positioned for what we had in mind.

Let me quickly introduce them to you:

Guido Schmutz works for the Oracle Platinum Partner Trivadis. He has been working in the IT for more than 25 years with a long-time experience as developer, coach, trainer, and architect. Currently, he is focusing on the design and implementation of SOA and BPM projects using the Oracle SOA stack. Another area of interest are Big Data and Fast Data solutions, and how to combine these emerging technologies in a modern information and software architecture. Guido is an Oracle ACE director for Fusion Middleware and SOA and a regular speaker at international conferences. He is also co-author of the books "Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook", "Do more with SOA Integration: Best of Packt" and "Service-Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint".

Dan Reynebeau has been working in the IT industry for over 25 years, much of which was focused on complex and high volume enterprise systems development and integration based on IBM and Oracle technology platforms.  Dan has spent the majority of the past 10 years leading large scale implementations based on the Oracle Fusion Middleware and SOA platform. Dan is currently a partner at Flexagon, a software company focused on Oracle Fusion Middleware services and software automation products.  Flexagon recently announced its breakthrough Application Release Automation tool called FlexDeploy, where Dan has been an architect and engineer from product inception.

Peter Ebell is a lead developer and technical architect at AMIS Services in the Netherlands, a consultancy firm specialized in Oracle technology. Prior to joining AMIS in 2006, he worked for 9 years at Oracle as a custom development consultant, starting with Forms/Designer and quickly moving to Java/ADF. In 2004, he switched his attention to BPEL and the SOA Suite when he got involved with one of the largest implementations of the SOA Suite in the Netherlands, at the Rabobank. Since then, he has specialized in all aspects of SOA development, implementing solutions based on the Oracle SOA product stack at dozens of companies across all industries. 

Here are some samples of what you will learn during the panel: 

Everybody knows that IT projects are always under pressure to meet deadlines and go live as soon as possible - and SOA projects are no different. However, SOA is an architecture where its main "value added" lies in the future, because, if done right, it yields a decoupled IT landscape with a high potential for re-use and agility.

Therefore, even with the first SOA project a company undertakes, one should focus on speed of delivery in the long term. And that shifts the question from "how can our developers write code faster" to a much broader question: "how can we design, develop, test, deploy and monitor software better and faster, while maximizing the long term benefits that SOA promises".

First Peter will address some best practices, common pitfalls and focus areas across the entire spectrum of developing and releasing SOA applications, from the broader perspective. 

Then Dan will discuss how to future proof SOA Suite through changes to people, process and technology and how to enable organizations to develop maintainable and high quality products through role responsibilities, best practices and better utilization of SOA Suite features. 

Last, but not least, Guido will highlight that the architecture and choosing the right technology is key for the implementation of a successful SOA project. He will present the different functionalities/properties provided by the SOA Suite core components (BPEL, Mediator, Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing) and show which of these functionalities are supported out-of-the-box by the different components and where they are overlapping. The presentation will end with positioning Fusion Middleware and SOA in an Enterprise Architecture. 

You can find the abstract for this and other integration sessions in the Focus on SOA document.  

Mark your calendars for the session below.  

Expert Insights into Faster Oracle SOA Suite Project Delivery

Peter Ebell, AMIS Holding B.V.
Dan Reynebeau, Principal Architect, Flexagon
Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager, Trivadis AG

Simone Geib, Director Product Management, Oracle
Bruce Tierney, Director of Product Marketing, 

Thursday, 10/02, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM, Moscone South - 236 CON6255 

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Accelerate Healthcare Integration at Oracle Open World 2014

Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration is an integrated solution built on top of Oracle SOA Suite framework. It provides core healthcare integration capabilities while laying a strong foundation for the future. It supports all major Healthcare standards –HL7, HIPAA, NCPDP. It delivers enterprise-class reliability & scalability as it is built on OracleWebLogic Server. This standards-based product has an XSLT-based mapper and supports services with WSDL, SOAP, HTTP, XML. It includes zero-install, browser-based monitoring, and management dashboards.


Join us for customer led expert sessions Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration. We have Ascension Health, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Intermountain Healthcare, speaking on their implementation in the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014:

Accelerate Healthcare Integration with Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration[CON7759]
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Jay Jenkins, Manager of Data Integration, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Steve Lobach, Principal Software Developer, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Steve Schenks, Integration Architect, Ascension Health
Suresh Sharma, Product Strategy Director, Oracle

Healthcare Modernization with Oracle SOA Suite[CON8008]
Kevin Mattingly, Integration Engineer, Ascension Health
Steve Schenks, Integration Architect, Ascension Health
Sean Keane, Director, Healthcare Interoperability, Oracle
Suresh Sharma, Product Strategy Director, Oracle

Ascension Health is in the process of adopting its next-generation healthcare integration platform requirements for its 25 Health Ministries (systems), using Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration. This session covers Ascension Health’s adoption process, its experiences, the architecture, the ROI, best practices, and lessons learned and focuses on the underlying technologies that make all this happen.

In addition to read white papers, datasheets, customer stories, and more, download our resource kit: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

What's New With Fast Data at Oracle Open World 2014?

Oracle Event Processing has a rich and exciting roadmap when it comes to making it business user friendly. Join us at Oracle Open World 2014 to explore the new business user functionality, best practices and usage patterns with Oracle Event Processing that can take your Fast Data delivery better integrated with your business. In addition Oracle SOA Event Delivery Network tightly integrates with the Oracle Event Processing platform in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, with out of the box adapters, enabling a whole new world of time-based real-time pattern analysis capabilities. You can find out more in the session on this next generation event deliver network as well as in the hands on lab on Oracle Event Processing. Customers Canon and Trivadis AG also discuss their implementation of Fast Data. To access all sessions related to Fast Data: Focus On Fast Data.

Fast Data: Business-User-Friendly Tooling, Best Practices, and Usage Patterns [CON7793]
Greg Ryan, Senior Director Marketing, Canon Information & Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Strategies and solutions for integrating real-time event streams with big data infrastructures have recently become more complete but are complex to build and use. This session reveals the latest Oracle Event Processing business-user-friendly tooling experience with Stream Explorer to excite and simplify your fast data solution creation experiences. It also showcases new self-learning predictive capabilities; intuitive distributed event-driven architectures based on Oracle Coherence; and integration with the very latest big data technologies, such as Flume, Hive, and HBase.

Fast Data: A Customer’s Journey to Delivering a Compelling Real-Time Solution [CON8453]
Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager, Trivadis AG
Rui Pereira, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
This session showcases a fast data customer's evolutionary and innovative steps to implement a real-world event-processing, situational-awareness-based solution. It articulates its real business values and highlights the elegant and intricate architecture that combines strategic real-time technologies such as Oracle Event Processing, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle Endeca, and Oracle Coherence in a way that will empower new customers to evaluate and successfully implement similar solutions themselves.

Next-Generation SOA Event Delivery Network (EDN) Empowered by Fast Data [BOF9272]
Simone Geib, Director Product Management, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
The Oracle SOA EDN tightly integrates with the Oracle Event Processing platform, with “out of the box” adapters enabling a whole new world of time based real-time pattern analysis capabilities. This session showcases these capabilities and best practices for implementations and highlights event consumption/production outside of SOA with the ability to associate dedicated queues for any generated event.

How Fast Data Is Turned into Fast Information and Timely Action [CON3752]
Lucas Jellema - Solution Architect, AMIS Holding B.V.
Fast data is big data, continuously streaming in, from which information is to be learned in (near) real time. This session demonstrates how Oracle Event Processing is used to analyze live streams of data to find patterns, deviations, and aggregates. The findings are reported in the form of business events that are pushed in live dashboards to Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, which also evaluates business rules on the business events and takes action when required. Examples to be demonstrated in this session include car sensors, website traffic, Twitter feeds, and bank run detection. Oracle SOA Suite 12c, WebSockets, Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) active data visualization tools components, and JMS are used to process, forward, and act.

Hands-on Fast Data Development with Oracle Event Processing 12c [HOL9396]
Peter Belknap, Director, Product Management, Oracle
Sandeep Bishnoi, Technical Lead, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle
Bing Song, Senior Manager, Oracle
Prabhu Thukkaram, Director, Product Development, Oracle
Lloyd Williams, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Robin J. Smith, Product Management/Strategy Director - Oracle Event Processing, Oracle

Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded, has become a core piece in delivering the Internet of Things. In the following IoT sessions take a look at this aspect of OEP.

 

All Fast Data related sessions can be accessed here: Fast Data Focus On


Monday Sep 15, 2014

Simplify Mobile Integration at Oracle Open World 2014

Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers an integrated development environment for mobile enablement using Oracle Service Bus. In this resource kit you can find datasheets, customer stories, podcasts, case studies, and more and discover the right enterprise strategy for your mobile: Oracle Mobile Integration Resource Kit

In addition, the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014 will help you interact with experts on Mobile Integration and take your enterprise strategy to the next level.

 General Session: Enable Apps for the Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond [GEN8238]
Amit Zavery, GVP, FMW Product Management, Oracle
Ed Zou, VP, Product Management, Fusion Middleware, Oracle
With the emergence of cloud computing, mobile, and digital media, organizations now have the opportunity to innovate their business and engage with customers like never before. In this general session, you will learn how Oracle AppAdvantage provides the framework that easily extends Oracle Applications—including Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle Fusion Applications; and Oracle’s PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel product families—to embrace this digital opportunity, all enabled by Oracle Fusion Middleware. You’ll hear how Oracle Applications customers are deploying multichannel experiences for their customers, innovating on their PaaS infrastructure, and integrating on-premises and cloud apps to modernize the IT platforms and leap ahead of the competition.

 General Session: Time for You to Rethink Mobile? Oracle Mobile Strategy and Roadmap [GEN6975]
Kylie Morris, Head of Creative Development & Customer Experience, Qantas Airways Limited
Peter Robertson, CEO, Intelligent Pathways
Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy & Product Management, Oracle
Among today’s enterprises, 87 percent have a formal mobility strategy at the enterprise or unit level, yet 7 in 10 are struggling to keep pace with new mobile devices and systems. Every organization has some level of tactical mobile implementation, yet the cost associated with spending on mobile devices is expected to grow 54 percent over the next two years. So what next? How should enterprises approach mobility? In this session, hear from Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy about how enterprises are transforming their digital business with a mobile-first strategy: bringing together clients, context, content, and the cloud. In this session, learn how the Oracle Mobile Platform can help you rethink mobility and define your enterprise mobile strategy.

 Enhance Your Mobile Experience with Oracle’s Mobile Apps and Oracle Mobile Platform [CON7806]
Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director, Oracle
Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President General Manager JD Edwards, Oracle
Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy & Product Management, Oracle
Across Oracle Applications, Oracle is delivering out-of-the-box mobile apps built on a consistent and common set of tools. Enterprises are adopting these mobile apps to extend and enhance their unique business processes. With Oracle, enterprises of all sizes are transforming their workforce, customer, and partner experiences by adopting a mobile-first strategy. Learn how Oracle can help you simplify enterprise mobility by leveraging these same tools to extend your enterprise applications and using the same skills to build new mobile apps across your enterprise. In this session, Oracle’s VP of Mobile Strategy shares Oracle’s mobile strategy and roadmap and discusses how it can be used to help you rethink mobility to transform your business.

 Mobile-Enabling Your Enterprise with Oracle Service Bus [CON7640]
Mala Ramakrishnan, Director Service Integration, Oracle
Srikant Subramaniam, Director, Product Management, Oraclle
Robert Wunderlich, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle
Mobile devices offer many new ways for business users to interact with enterprise systems. Attend this session to see how Oracle SOA Suite enables mobile device integration without your having to customize your enterprise back-end systems.

 Accelerate Enterprise Mobility with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service [CON7024]
Deb Ayers, Product Strategy Director, Oracle
Kaj Van de loo, VP SOA Development, Oracle
Enterprise mobility initiatives need a modern mobile platform to be successful. Come to this session to learn how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will empower your developers, business, and IT to rapidly deliver enterprise-grade mobile apps to market. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service can secure, expose, and manage enterprise-level APIs and provide built-in mobile services with analytics for greater insight into your mobile strategy. You can focus on fulfilling your business needs while Oracle Mobile Cloud Service does the heavy lifting. The session includes a demo of how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service accelerates enterprise mobility.

 Integrating Mobile Applications in the Cloud Through Oracle SOA Suite [CON5564]
Rathina Sabapathi Dhandapani, Principal Architect, Cognizant
Shalini Jain, Functional and Technical Lead, Delivery, Agilent
Enterprise support for mobile applications pivots around the ability of the integration layer to provide seamless connectivity. The challenges are manifold if such mobile applications are hosted in the public cloud. Attend this session to hear about the factors that influence a cloud-hosted mobile application integration initiative. Interact during a case study walk-through that highlights outbound interaction between an internal ERP system and a hosted mobile application through Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus.

Cloud Integration Strategy and Framework with Mobile and Middleware Technologies [CON2550]
Kunal Khashu, Senior Associate, KPMG LLP
Chris Lynch, Director, KPMG LLP
Integration is top-of-mind for organizations moving their HCM and ERP applications to the cloud. This session discusses the imperatives for successful integration with other cloud and on-premises systems and demonstrates how mobile technologies and Oracle middleware are being deployed to solve integration challenges at some of the largest Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud customers. Some or all of the KPMG services described are not permissible for KPMG audit clients and affiliates.

Don’t Rewrite, Reuse! Architecture for Mobile Enablement [CON2571]
Jeff Davies, Sr. Principal Product Mgr, Oracle
This presentation goes over how Oracle Mobile Suite makes it possible for customers to mobile-enable their legacy systems without having to rewrite them. The session focuses on Oracle Service Bus best practices and how, with minimal effort, customers can mobile-enable their legacy systems with JSON/REST service interfaces.

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

Taking Enterprise File Exchange to the Next Level with Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c


Managed File Transfer(MFT) is a popular method for simplifying business-to-business communication scenarios, especially within industries that are moving away from legacy electronic data interchange systems. With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle recently announced Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c. You can now access all resources related to Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c over here: Learn How to Fully Integrate Your File Transfer Solution This resource kit includes white papers, datasheets, podcasts from our experts, customer stories, and more.

In addition, the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2014 will help you take a deep dive into MFT:

 Processing Large Files with Oracle Managed File Transfer and Oracle SOA Suite [CON7826]

            Presenters: Pandurang Ranjalkar, Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited & Dave Berry, Senior Manager, Oracle 

Abstract: Files are as prevalent in today’s enterprise integration solutions as they have ever been. Using event patterns that require no polling, files can be delivered with pass-by-reference, which minimizes the memory footprint in your integration processes. This session explores various use cases for solving the age-old problem of processing large files, including using standard Oracle Managed File Transfer compression to reduce the upload time for the end user; using Oracle Managed File Transfer to pass a directory to an Oracle SOA Suite application to process files individually; and, finally, using an Oracle SOA Suite application to debatch very large files delivered from Oracle Managed File Transfer.

Cloud File Delivery with Oracle Managed File Transfer [CON7976]

           Presenters: Dave Berry, Senior Manager, Oracle & Ed Macosky, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle

Abstract: Organizations transferring files in a hybrid mode from on-premises to the cloud require special tooling to deliver files securely and reliably. Oracle Managed File Transfer supports cloud endpoint protocols, encryption, and user access, leveraging the Oracle WebLogic Oracle Platform Security Services security layer instead of the more typical operating system security model. This gives administrators the flexibility to define users, groups, and roles that match their security needs. In addition, new Oracle Managed File Transfer cloud endpoints extend the reach of the cloud to cloud integrations. This session and demo illustrate these Oracle Managed File Transfer cloud use cases.

To find more related SOA sessions at Oracle Open World, access Oracle SOA Suite Focus-On

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Ovum Lauds Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Differentiates Cloud and Mobile Integration

Ovum has recently published a paper on Oracle SOA Suite and lays out differentiation.  According to the paper, with the latest release of Oracle SOA  Suite, Oracle has again proved that it can swiftly respond to customer requirements while ensuring continuity in product strategy to offer a unified platform for a wide range of integration requirements. Here is an excerpt from the paper:

Oracle SOA Suite 12c has introduced several new features and capabilities that resonate with the current integration priorities of enterprises, especially cloud and mobile integration. What differentiates Oracle SOA Suite 12c from competing platforms is its emphasis on simplifying the process involved in the development, testing, and execution of integration flows connecting a wide range of applications. 

This developer-centric approach is evident in the simple approach offered by the Oracle Cloud Adapter software development kit (SDK) for the development of new adapters to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Furthermore, Oracle Cloud Adapters handle several inherent intricacies of SaaS integration, such as session management, data mapping, and specific security requirements to help reduce development efforts and costs. The developer-centric approach is also evident in the developer tooling enhancements introduced as part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c release. 

Another noteworthy feature is the integration between Oracle MFT and Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle B2B 12c, which provides support for complex orchestration use cases, such as the extension of enterprise applications to B2B e-commerce and cloud integration scenarios. 

Key messages 

 Oracle has further refined its approach to cloud and mobile integration. 

 Developer productivity is a key theme for Oracle SOA Suite 12c. 

 Oracle MFT strengthens the overall value proposition of Oracle’s integration middleware stack. 

 To read the rest of the paper download today: A Unified Platform for On-Premise, B2B, Cloud, and Mobile


Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Rethink Your IT at Oracle Open World 2014 - Focus On SOA

The single most important thing you can do for your IT roadmap this year is attend Oracle Open World 2014. And to make the best use of your time while at Open World, plan ahead! You can tailor your agenda based on the Oracle SOA Focus On. This will give you a golden opportunity to nail your IT strategy - you can network with experts, get your hands dirty exploring the new Oracle SOA Suite 12c, and understand how to capitalize on every new wave of innovation: mobile, cloud, social, big data, fast data, and internet of things.  

Here are some sessions that are on my radar at this Open World 2014:

A Modern Business Demands a Modern Cloud Platform [GEN8589] - by Thomas Kurian

Service Integration Product Strategy: Oracle SOA Suite 12c, the Cloud, and API Management [CON7736]

Introducing Oracle Integration Cloud Service: iPaaS on Oracle Cloud [CON8010]

Mobile-Enabling Your Enterprise with Oracle Service Bus [CON7640]

Time for you to Rethink Mobile? [GEN6975]

From the Horse's Mouth: The Present and Future of Oracle PaaS and IaaS [GEN8589]

Customer Panel: Oracle SOA Suite Cloud Integration [CON8011]

Jazz up your Saas with #1 Paas [CON8489]

Enable Apps for Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond [GEN8238]

Oracle Service Bus on Oracle Cloud [CON7824]

User Group Forum: Deep Dive: A SOA Application, End to End [UGF9207]

This is one conference you don't want to miss. The weather will be gorgeous, the sessions loaded with information to help you succeed, and you get to network with the brightest minds in the valley. Get your comfortable shoes on, and head over to San Francisco. Register today! Oracle Open World 2014 Registration and Focus On SOA.


Monday Aug 11, 2014

Oracle Is a Leader in the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites

Oracle is a leader in the Gartner 2014 “Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites” report. This report is an essential reference for following key trends and understanding what to consider when evaluating on-premises application integration suites.

In the report, Gartner makes the statement that," There are two macro trends and drivers, Nexus of Forces and digital business, which will increase use of on-premises application integration suite offerings.” And specifically defines Digital Business as, “…the creation of new business designs by blurring the digital and physical worlds. It promises to usher in an unprecedented convergence of people, business and things that disrupts existing business models — even those born of the Internet, e-business and digital marketing eras. By 2020, more than 7 billion people and businesses, and at least 35 billion devices, will be connected to the Internet. With people, businesses and things communicating, transacting and even negotiating with one another, a new world comes into being — the world of digital business. Businesses that succeed in this new and disruptive world will be the ones that can capture the combined power of people, businesses and things by picturing how new value is created. To capture that power, IT will be required to encompass endpoints that are in the IoT.”

Oracle continues to capitalize on the Nexus of Forces and Digital Business trends by innovating and lead with its on-premise and cloud integration offerings—here are some of the reasons why:

    • Oracle recently announced Oracle SOA Suite 12c which simplifies Cloud, Mobile and On-Premise Integration. In addition, it delivers an industry leading solution for Internet of Things while continuing to deliver on B2B and Application Integration.

    • Oracle SOA suite seamlessly integrates and connects across the entire IT ecosystem on a single, unified, platform.

    • Oracle SOA Suite achieves faster time to market and increased productivity with lowered TCO, reduces integration complexity and efficiently manages business and technology change.

Download the report now

About the Magic Quadrant: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

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

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

Here is an excerpt from the paper:

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

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

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

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

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