Monday Jan 06, 2014

Service Technology Magazine features Oracle's perspective on API Management

Happy 2014! The new year finds us in a unique position as our industry shapes and molds the rest of the world with innovation around mobile. Newly defined spaces such Application Programming Interface (API) Management are being created and solidified to match this innovation. API Management is shaping the multi-channel strategy of enterprises across organizational boundaries.

Service Technology Magazine featured Oracle's perspective on a comprehensive API management solution that helps organizations develop well-designed infrastructure that securely exposes APIs all the way to managing the front-end for adoption. The byline also touches on how organizations can outsource application enhancement by empowering developers through API adoption, as well as add a mobile front to applications to capture new revenue opportunities. Finally, the piece will examine how organizations can streamline business and IT objectives by managing the life-cycle of their APIs. To read the article: Unlock your IT with API Management.

To find an overview of Oracle's API Management offering, visit us: Oracle API Management Solutions

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

Oracle SOA Black Belt Cheat Sheets (Free Download of the Year!)

'Tis the season of giving, so for this last post of the year, I am pleased to make available some of our most requested cheat sheets used internally and by various implementation partners world wide. These cheat sheets were created as part of the Oracle SOA Black Belt training sessions - advanced hands-on workshops that are available only to experienced Oracle SOA practitioners to gain deeper insight into the workings of the engine, enabling them to architect scalable solutions. If you have gone through this workshop, or have been working with the BPEL engine, I hope you will find this as a handy resource.

In case you are curious about this "black belt" workshop, here is a day-by-day blog written by one of our attendees.

And if you are wondering, yes, in some locations, we actually do hand out physical black belts - thanks to Jürgen Kress' SOA Community. Follow the tweets for more pictures.

Click on the link to download each. In case of any errors or if you would like to see more such collateral, please do provide feedback.

Weblogic Server Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Essentials Cheat Sheet (pdf)

BPEL Service Engine Internals Cheat Sheet (pdf)

SOA Diagnostics Cheat Sheet (pdf) -- Thanks to Shawn Bailey for this one!

Happy Holidays and see you in the next year!

Monday Nov 04, 2013

7-Eleven Mobile App Powered by Oracle SOA Suite

When you slurp that Slurpee, do you ever think about the sub 100 millisecond processing of 20 million 7-Eleven digital transactions every day supported by Oracle SOA Suite?  Maybe next time.  Ronald

Check out this impressive video of Ronald Clanton, 7-Eleven's Digital Guest Experience Program Manager, describing how 7-Eleven provides a consistent view across all the end points of over 10,000 stores and their digital entities by using Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Exalogic.  Managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager, they were able to provision their "Rapid-Fire" Middleware as a Service (MWaaS) in only "10 minutes" and deliver on time and complete testing ahead of schedule.

MWaaSSo what are you waiting for?  Download your Slurpee App to get your free Pillsbury Cinnamon pastry and enjoy your contribution to the 20 million messages/day.   When you're done, take a picture of your tongue...red or blue?  Watch the video here:

Ronald with Phone

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Connecting Clinical and Administrative Processes: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

One of the biggest IT challenges facing today’s health care industry is the difficulty finding reliable, secure, and cost-effective ways to exchange information. Payers and providers need versatile platforms for enterprise-wide information sharing. Clinicians require accurate information to provide quality care to patients while administrators need integrated information for all facets of the business operation. Both sides of the organization must be able to access information from research and development systems, practice management systems, claims systems, financial systems, and many others. Externally, these organizations must share claims data, patient records, pharmaceutical data, lab reports, and diagnostic information among third party entities—all while complying with emerging standards for formatting, processing, and storing electronic health records (EHR).

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables developers to integrate many types of software applications, databases and computing platforms within a particular health network as well as with community, state, and national health information exchanges. The Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is designed to provide healthcare organizations with comprehensive integration capabilities within a unified middleware platform, as well as with healthcare libraries and templates for streamlining healthcare IT projects. It reduces the need for specialized skills and enforces an enterprise-wide view of critical healthcare data. 

SOA Healthcare

Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration is part of a comprehensive middleware environment designed to correlate data points, link applications, and comply with the myriad challenges of this highly regulated, data-intensive industry. Smoothing data interchange helps streamline every phase of the healthcare lifecycle—from initiation, eligibility, and enrollment to service delivery, program analysis, and reporting. Oracle’s mature middleware tools help providers to interface clinical and administrative systems as they share information, both internally among departments as well as externally with other providers and insurance carriers.

Here is a new white paper that details more about this offering: Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

SOA Summit - Oracle Session Replay

SOA Summit Banner

If you think you missed the most recent Integration Developer News (IDN) "SOA Summit" 2013...good news, you didn't. 

At least not the replay of the Oracle session titled:

Three Solutions
for
Simplifying Cloud/On-Premises Integration

As you will see in the reply below, this session introduces

Three common reasons for integration complexity:

  1. Disparate Toolkits
  2. Lack of API Management
  3. Rigid, Brittle Infrastructure

and then the

Three solutions to these challenges:

  1. Unify Cloud On-premises Integration
  2. Enable Multi-channel Development with API Management
  3. Plan for the Unexpected - Future Readiness

The last solution on future readiness describes how you can transition from being reactive to new trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), by modifying your integration strategy to enable business agility and how to recognize trends through Fast Data event processing ahead of your competition.

Oracle SOA Suite customer SFpark's (San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority) implementation with API Management is covered as shown in the screenshot to the right

SFparkThis case study covers the core areas of API Management for partners to build their own applications by leveraging parking availability and real-time pricing as well as mobile enablement of data integrated by SOA Suite underneath.  Download the free SFpark app from the Apple and Android app stores to check it out.

When looking into the future, the discussion starts with a historical look to better prepare for what comes next.   As shown in the image below, one of the next frontiers after mobile and cloud integration is a deeper level of direct "enterprise to customer" interaction.  Much of this relates to the Internet of Things.  Examples of IoT from the perspective of SOA and integration is also covered in the session. 

turkcell image

Looking into the Future







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For example, early adopter Turkcell and their tracking of mobile phone users as they move from point A to B to C is shown in the image the right.   As you look into more "smart services" such as Location-Based Services, how "future ready" is your application infrastructure? 

Check out the replay by clicking the video image below to learn about these three challenges and solution including how to "future ready" your application infrastructure:

SOA Summit Replay

Monday Oct 14, 2013

Celebrating the Winners for 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation

Oracle announces the winners of the most prestigious awards in Middleware, the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation at Oracle Open World every year. This year's winners in SOA & BPM  were selected for their innovation and it gives us great pleasure in acknowledging our heroes.

Here are the winners:

Telefonica Movistar Mexico

Telefonica Movistar Mexico has built a cutting edge Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) software platform using re-usable Web services built on top Oracle SOA Suite on Exalogic to integrate with legacy systems. They also leveraged Oracle SOA Suite for a new self-service mobile application, demonstrating their responsiveness to rapidly evolving business demands. The resulting solution helped Telefónica Movistar Mexico achieve a 20% annual ROI and a 40% reduction in Time to Market when compared with their other initiatives.

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (WER)

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals (WER) created a 360-degree experience for their customers leveraging e-commerce, mobile commerce, social networking, and cloud. Wyndham replaced heavyweight point-to-point integrations (based on another vendor’s technology) to legacy mainframe API’s with stateless Web services and orchestrations implemented with Oracle SOA Suite and hosted on Oracle Service Bus. The resulting solution powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware has helped WER achieve a 30% annual ROI, reduce time to market from 12 Months to 12 Weeks, and launch a mobile version of the site which now contributes more than 6% of the overall customer traffic.


Sicredi

Sicredi, a financial services cooperative based in Brazil. developed a corporate portal based on Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM), Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Siebel CRM, and Oracle Enterprise Repository, running on Oracle Exalogic. Approximately 15,000 Sicredi employees in more than 1,100 branches use this portal, approving loans in less than one day – a 3X reduction in processing time.

If you missed out on the action at Oracle Open World 2013, it's still not too late. Join us at an Oracle Day 2013 in a city right where you are: Welcome to Oracle Day 2013

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - Real-World Cloud Integration Session Highlights

Rajesh Raheja
It was a great week at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco. There are other blog posts that cover the overall themes, general SOA and Cloud sessions, so in this post, I would like to present my thoughts on two of my sessions focused on hybrid cloud integration.

The Monday evening Birds of a Feather session "Using Patterns to Simplify Integration of Cloud Services with On-Premises Applications" was a reminder of how important cloud integration was to real-world practitioners. We had 3/4 of the room filled with attendees at 7:15pm, with more than 80% actively engaged in cloud integration projects. What followed was a lively discussion around various topics of interest, which not only gave us great inputs from the product side, but also allowed attendees to learn from each other. The panel consisted of our product management and architecture team, including myself, Vikas Anand, Simone Geib, Ravi Sankaran; and also a last minute surprise entry by Dave Shaffer (Middleworks), who engaged the attendees with deep, probing questions.

Some insights from the attendees:
  • Number of Integrations: 5 or more cloud apps typically with a variety of SaaS apps including Cornerstone, E2Open, Eloqua, NetSuite, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle OnDemand, Salesforce.com, Servicenow. One customer had 19 different SaaS instances (one per country), and another had 30+ cloud based applications!
  • Business Processes: Sales and Marketing (Quote to Cash) and also ERP (Record to Report, Procure to Pay). Interestingly, while most used on-premises systems as "systems of record", in many cases, a a hybrid approach was preferred. Interesting implications for MDM and data governance in the days ahead.
  • Integration Styles: Most used all types of integration including real-time, bulk, batch and files. There was significant interest in Managed File Transfer (MFT) for monitoring file based interactions within the enterprise and to the cloud.
Challenges faced by the attendees in cloud integration:

  • Connectivity: Connection pooling, number of concurrent sessions, timeouts/limitations on usage of API callouts
  • Granularity: Too granular service operations
  • Reliability: Reliable message ordering and sequencing, reliability when cloud apps not available, handling retries automatically, traceability and audit in case of "lost" messages
  • Flexibility: Impact on API changes on point-to-point integration with cloud apps
  • Protocols: Plethora of protocols that don't necessarily simplify cloud integration: as one attendee put it ... "nowadays, everyone with an open HTTP port claims to be a cloud provider"

The session was a great lead-in for the Wed morning cloud integration session "Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite" with myself, Vikas Anand and Raghu Kadirvelu (from Bristlecone Inc.).

I covered the general challenges faced with cloud integration, followed by Vikas who introduced new cloud adapters that simplify some of those challenges. Raghu then gave a live demo of Salesforce.com to Oracle E-Business Suite Opportunity-to-Quote integration. A prominent SOA architect has put a detailed blog post on the session, and here is what he had to say.

Best SOA Presentation at OOW13!

The reason I mention his quote is not to encourage you to read that blog post (ok, maybe that IS one reason :), but to highlight the fact WHY the message resonated so well with the audience. As the Birds of a Feather session indicated, the cloud integration challenges are real, and pandemic. Customers are frustrated with SaaS application vendors treating the problem superficially, confusing "connectivity" with "integration",  and claiming victory with YouTube videos show casing "10 minutes to integrate with <your favorite SaaS app>".

cloud integration challenges

This session highlighted the real challenges, what it takes to solve them, and gave a live working demo of how we believe Oracle SOA Suite can help. Overall, it was a fantastic session and a great pleasure meeting many of you personally.

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

OpenWorld Session Presentation Available - B2B with British Telecom Case Study

OpenWorld Session Presentation Available

Oracle B2B with British Telecom Case Study

Download the presentation here: http://bit.ly/17g1wPM

Get an overview of Oracle B2B and see how British Telecom has implemented an Active-Active architecture across multiple data centers for extreme SLA and up-time requirements. 

 Does your business need to have guaranteed up time requirements and require immediate responses to service requests?  Then, you'll want to check this out!  See how Oracle SOA & B2B technologies have enabled British Telecom to meet their business goals.

Monday Oct 07, 2013

OpenWorld Recap - Oracle SOA Suite the Foundation for Cloud & Mobile

Oracle SOA Suite took center stage at the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 this year as a result of strong customer OOW Imageinterest in enabling mobile services and integrating with cloud applications. In case you missed it, here is a recap:

In the General Session: "Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware" by Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian and Vice President of Product Management for Oracle SOA Suite Demed L'Her @demed. Some cool cloud integration and mobile enablement capabilities were demonstrated.

Thomas Kurian and Service IntegrationThe urgency for companies to rapidly integrate with cloud and mobile have significantly increased interest in service-based integration.   As a result, there were 8 sessions focused on mobile integration with Oracle SOA Suite and 7 sessions covering cloud integration.   Topics ranged from high-level integration strategies down to deep dive architectural best practices, customer presentations on how they have integrated with Salesforce.com and other SaaS vendors with Oracle SOA Suite and more.  

Thomas Kurian and Demed L'Her

Here are a few session titles that provide insight into the cloud & mobile topics. You can look to download the presentations as well here:

Oracle SOA Suite Customer Panel: Unifying Cloud Applications with On-Premises Applications

Take Your Services Mobile with Oracle SOA Suite (Customer Panel)

BPM and SOA Are Going Mobile: An Architectural Perspective

Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile, SOA, Oracle Identity Management

Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite

And for those looking to roll up there sleeves, there were hand-on labs covering topics like:

Build Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle SOA Suite

RESTful APIs with Oracle Service Bus

Developing REST for On-Premises or the Cloud

Another topic receiving signification attention is renewed interest in Business to Business (B2B) with presentations by SPS Commerce which has integrated over 9,000 partners, Stryker medical technologies, and British Telecom (BT).  See the zoomed in portion of the BT architecture below showing how their B2B architecture is integrated into the core infrastructure:

BT B2B

We had a record number of customers presenting in the SOA Sessions including Ricoh Americas, Agilent, Amway, Emdeon, British Telecom, Garmin, Ascension, ER2, Canon, BMC Software, Electronic Arts, Cisco, Xerox, IEEE,  Telefonica Mexico, Nextel, CableVision, DirecTV, Ally Financial, Stryker, Northern Trust, Green Mountain Power, Land O'Lakes and several others represented by partners. Here is how you can access the details on each of these successes: Oracle Open World 2013 Presentations.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, and OTN Developer Day - Service Integration using Oracle SOA Suite, and other simplifying integration events at following site: Oracle Events.

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Oracle Open World 2013 Wednesday: Hands-On Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite

This year's Oracle SOA Suite hands on lab offers three different options, dependant on your level of expertise and interest.

If you're new to SOA Suite, you should pick option 1 and learn how to build a SOA composite from the ground up, including a BPEL process, adapters, business rules and human task. The end result will be a purchase order process to be deployed through JDeveloper and tested in Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control.

If you're already experienced in SOA Suite, lab option 2 walks you through setting up the components that will allow you to utilize continuous integration with your SOA Suite 11g development projects.

For those who want to learn more about security in the context of SOA Suite, option 3 shows you how to secure WebLogic services and SOA composites using Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM).

Hope to see you there!

Session ID: HOL10010
Session Title: Hands-on Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite
Venue / Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 12/13
Date and Time: 9/25/13, 15:30 - 16:30

Cloud Integration and AppAdvantage: Transform your Enterprise

The general session by Thomas Kurian, Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware was packed to the brim with Oracle's latest innovations across the next-generation Oracle Fusion Middleware platform and captured the audience with a demonstration of the latest Right-Now adapter and REST-ification of services.

RightNow

Another not-to-miss is Amit Zavery's general session: Transform the Enterprise: Optimize Applications Investment with Oracle Fusion Middleware. This session will help you understand Oracle AppAdvantage and how it provides incremental value to customers of Oracle applications - Oracle E-Business Suite; Oracle Fusion Applications; and Oracle's PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel product families - with Oracle Fusion Middleware. You will hear how customers are simplifying IT, differentiating themselves from competition, and innovating for the future. You will also see a demonstration of RightNow integration with EBusiness Suite for field service and a highlight of an Oracle Event Processing operational use case.

Title: Transform the Enterprise: Optimize Applications Investment with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Speakers Include: Amit Zavery, Group VP of Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware 

Customers Include: McAfee, World Fuel Services and University of Melbourne 

When: Tuesday, Sep 24, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Where: Moscone West - 2002/2004 

A related session Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite delves into cloud-based SaaS applications gaining acceptance in the enterprise and leading to new integration challenges. It addresses customers need to integrate with this new breed of applications, specifically to avoid data silos outside the boundaries of the data center, enforcing existing characteristics (such as SLAs) to ensure reliability, performance, and security. It highlights how Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Data Integration provide all the necessary integration capabilities for cloud applications and on-premise applications. This session includes a live salesforce integration demo for opportunity-to-order use case.

salesforce

Title: Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite

When: Wednesday, Sep 25 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Where: Moscone West - 2014

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Large Transaction Volume - Oracle SOA Suite Customer Panel

Ever wanted to hear how a company scales up to 120 million transactions per day? (yes, 120M in one day!)

Learn tips & tricks from DIRECTV, COMCAST, and SPS Commerce at the Oracle OpenWorld Customer Large Transaction Volume - Oracle SOA SuitePanel:

Processing Large Transaction Volumes with Oracle SOA Suite

Each customer will share goals, architectural diagrams, results, lessons learned, and next steps that will help you rapidly scale up your Oracle SOA Suite integration platform.

Join us at OpenWorld at 1:15 on Tuesday this week (Sep 24th 2013) at Moscone North - Room 130.  For more on OpenWorld sessions related to SOA & Integration, check out the Focus On SOA listing.

Sunday Sep 22, 2013

Oracle SOA Suite and Service Bus demo pods at Oracle Open World 2013

Come and visit us in the exhibition hall at Oracle Open World from Monday September 23rd till Wednesday September 25th. There you can meet our product managers and engineering team and see what SOA Suite and Service Bus are about and all the cool stuff you can do with it.

You'll have the unique opportunity to see upcoming exciting features, which will help with your integration needs.

Find us at Moscone South, Right - SR-217, SR-219.

And don't forget to check out the Focus on SOA document for an overview of all SOA and BPM sessions.

Saturday Sep 21, 2013

Unlock Your Enterprise IT Assets with Oracle API Management

Explore the emerging trend of capturing new revenue opportunities by unlocking valuable information and capabilities that have traditionally been hidden behind the corporate firewall. Application programming interface (API) management is a solution domain that focuses on helping organizations add new channels for accessing enterprise applications and externalizing existing IT assets.

Join us as Oracle reveals its API Management strategy and experience in this domain, discuss use cases, and identify supporting Oracle Fusion Middleware products that can be used in this context.

API Management

Title: Unlocking the Value of Your Enterprise IT Assets Through APIs [CON8696]

Speaker: Timothy Hall, VP of Product Management, Oracle

Date: Monday Sep 23, 12:15-1:15 PM

Location: Moscone West 2012 

To learn more visit us  at Oracle API Management.


Friday Sep 20, 2013

You are Invited! - Oracle Integration Adapters Demo Pod at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013

You are Invited to visit us at the Oracle Integration Adapters Demo Pod at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013. The DemoPod is located in Moscone South Exhibition Hall in the Middleware Area.(3245:Unified Connectivity Architecture: Oracle SOA Suite Adapters)

Introduce Your Customers to the Adapters PM and Engineering Team : Bring your customers by the Demo Pod for Adapters to meet the Adapters Product Management and Engineering team. We would love to meet them and find out how they are using our suite of Adapters, or how they might be able to use it in the future. We will be showcasing the following areas:

  1. Integrating with Cloud and On-Premise Applications (New Cloud/Application Adapters!)
  2. Legacy, CDC and Mainframe Integration
  3. Integrating with Files, Databases, and Messaging

We will have working Demos set up to show how you can leverage Oracle Adapters to overcome their Cloud, On-Premise and Legacy Integration challenges. We are looking for feedback on the capabilities of the adapter suite that their business requires so that we can plan to meet any future requirements as well. The Demo pod will be available during the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Conferences, at the Fusion Middleware Demo Pod area on Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

See you at San Francisco!

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