Friday Jul 25, 2014

What's New in SOA Suite 12c - Unified Interface for Service Bus and Event Processing

This second in a blog series on "What's New in SOA Suite 12c" focuses on another new feature of this major release of

What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c White Paper

 Oracle SOA Suite.   In Oracle SOA Suite 11g, the user interface was unified across most of the components with the exception of Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing.   When I talk to existing customers and Oracle technical specialists, I hear a wide range of responses when asked "What is your favorite feature of Oracle SOA Suite 12c".  Cloud and Mobile integration are at the top of the list, but one of the other common responses is "Oracle Service Bus" using the same JDeveloper interface as Oracle SOA Suite.  This major enhancement has been in the works for years and is now delivered in 12c to allow users to learn one interface for all the components of integration, simplifying integration and providing faster time to integrate, especially when projects span many components of integration.

Here is an excerpt from the "What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c" White Paper by Oracle's Simone Geib on the unified interface.  Download it now to learn about this and many other features:

A key differentiator of Oracle SOA Suite 11g relative to other integration platforms has always been the unified design interface across most of the components for Oracle SOA Suite. Oracle SOA Suite 12c takes this differentiator a big step forward by integrating the remaining major components for Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing, into a single unified experience. This feature simplifies integration by eliminating the need to train developers, administrators, architects and others on separate components for every aspect of integration, which lowers cost and provides a faster time to integrate.

The images below show the main component palette for Oracle SOA Suite which now includes "Service Bus" at the top as well as adapters for technology components, on-premise and cloud applications and other advanced features.  On the right, is the same JDeveloper drag and drop component palette showing the objects to be used for Oracle Event Processing.

Component palettes

To learn more about What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, download the What's New White Paper, check out the blog Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c and view the webcast for the launch of Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

What's New in SOA Suite 12c - Rapid Installation

By now, you have probably read about the biggest release of Oracle SOA Suite in the last 5 years...Oracle SOA Suite 12c with major enhancements in the areas of Cloud Integration, Mobile Integration and more.What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c White Paper  This "What's New in SOA Suite 12c" blog focuses on one of the many other new features that developers will be thrilled to experience, the rapid installation feature.  Tired of spending an entire afternoon installing Oracle SOA Suite 11g?  Then switch to Oracle SOA Suite 12c and the rapid installation for development is completed in less than 30 minutes.

Here is an excerpt from the "What's New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c" White Paper by Oracle's Simone Geib.  Download it now to learn about this and many other features:

Crucial first steps in every SOA development cycle are the installation and configuration of a SOA development environment, including the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the SOA run-time and infrastructure database. For pre-12c versions of Oracle SOA Suite, these steps were challenging, starting with the download of several components and a complicated install and configuration process.

With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, this process has been dramatically simplified with the introduction of the new Quick Start installer. The download consists of a single file that can be obtained from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). The user only needs to answer a few questions, such as defining the location for Oracle Home, and the installation usually completes in less than 30 minutes as shown in the image to the below.

Installation of Oracle SOA Suite 12c

The Quick Start install provides the foundation for a single user development environment, which includes all Oracle SOA Suite core components - Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Human Workflow, Oracle Business Rules, Oracle Mediator, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Technology Adapters, Oracle Enterprise Scheduler, SOA Spring Component and Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control. In addition, Oracle JDeveloper is installed with all SOA IDE extensions and an integrated WebLogic Server.

Download the White Paper here and register for the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Webcast for more information

Monday Jun 30, 2014

Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud - Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c

Summary from the White Paper "Managing Files for the Hybrid Cloud"

Fully integrated file transfer solutions are a core requirement in the new and hybrid world of cloud and on-premise enterprises. Organizations still make heavy use of files utilizing bulk, batch, and real-time updates for application integration. As cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) is introduced in the IT landscape, file integrations simply increase in both size and volume. The general approach for on-premises and partner file integrations using Managed File Transfer (MFT) is similar to other IT infrastructure integration: Plan, Scope and Deliver incrementally. 

For most organizations, MFT is not new but rather there is a need to put together a single enterprise wide file transfer solution that scales to partners and the cloud. Changes in security and compliance requirements are driving IT organizations to replace aging or custom script based file transfer technologies. Encryption such as PGP and Secure FTP servers are still the norm, but they must utilize existing Identity Management to define users, groups and roles for remote access. Finally, the need to integrate MFT with existing integration tooling such as Oracle SOA Suite cannot be overstated. Since MFT typically does not support document transformations and other complex orchestration use cases, it is critical for MFT to act as a file gateway when used in tandem with the existing integration platform.


Figure 1: End to End Secure FTP to File Use Case

File processing has matured a lot in the recent years. Even though real-time processing is dominant in many integration patterns, files are still the bread and butter for many industries while integrating back-end enterprise systems. Cloud integrations are expected to increase the demand for file-based integrations even more. Built- in functionality for security, encryption, and global visibility have long been core MFT requirements. But as this paper has illustrated, an easy to use MFT solution that integrates with existing technologies, is an invaluable tool for solving complex problems such as partner EDI transactions, processing very large files or securing the enterprise. 

Learn More and Download the White Paper: Oracle Managed File Transfer

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c

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Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, a major release that dramatically simplifies integration across today's larger application infrastructure spanning on-premises, cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

New in this release are enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Adapters for SaaS applications, which eliminate the complexity and security challenges associated with custom coded Web services integration. Mobile integration is also simplified with support for the REST/JSON standards as well as easy to use transformation tools to translate between traditional enterprise SOAP interactions and REST.

Oracle SOA Suite 12cOracle Managed File Transfer 12c was also released to enable secure file exchange and management with internal departments and external partners. Oracle Managed File Transfer, which is tightly integrated with Oracle SOA Suite 12c, protects against inadvertent access to unsecured files at every step in the end-to-end transfer of files.

Prior to the release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, some existing Oracle SOA Suite customers and partners had the opportunity to test 12c and provide feedback. In these videos, customers and partners share why they are excited about the 12c release due to the enhancements in cloud integration, mobile integration, managed file transfer, templates to jumpstart integration, ease of use improvements and more.Video Images

After you have checked out the videos, register for the upcoming Oracle SOA Suite 12c webcast with Oracle Group Vice President Amit Zavery describing the highlights of Oracle SOA Suite 12c including the business benefits as well as leading a panel of integration experts from Dell, JDSU, and Keste on how they use Oracle SOA Suite to improve their business.   Next, view the brand new data sheets, white papers, podcasts and more.  Here is your guide:

New to Oracle SOA Suite:

Existing Oracle SOA Suite customer:

Clear your calendar to drink in all of the enhancements in this major update to Oracle SOA Suite:

Yes, there is a lot in this release!  Stay tuned for more Oracle SOA Suite 12c assets in future blogs including highlights from the 6 new Podcasts with Oracle SOA Suite Product Management.  In each of these podcasts, I interview Demed, Simone, Robert, Dave, and Vikas (2) on their respective areas within Oracle SOA Suite 12c for their insights into what's new and exciting.  An overview of this release is covered in the Oracle Press Release "Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c"

New Features in 12c Montage

Thursday May 22, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite - Highlighted Consumer Goods Customer References

If your business is Consumer Goods and you're looking to better integrate your systems and business partners, check out this first of a series of "Oracle SOA Suite - Industry Focus" covering a few Consumer Goods customer references.  These customersOracle SOA Suite Consumer Goods Customers have much in common including the objective of integrating business operations, financials, inventory management, warehouse, and procurement.

From a technology perspective, you will see how these companies have integrated with cloud applications, and enabled mobile access to Oracle applications.  Here is a list with links to customer case studies, customer snapshots, videos, Oracle Magazine articles and more: 

Jurlique deployed Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Application Development Framework to automate online ordering processes and support rapid growth in its skincare business.

For more information on Oracle SOA Suite customer references, go to www.oracle.com/customers and filter on Middleware/Oracle SOA Suite

For more information on Cloud Integration, check out the "Simplifying Cloud Integration" white paper. 

Monday May 19, 2014

TechDemocracy on Oracle HealthCare Integration

Being able to exchange data among internal applications as well as with external partners and government agencies has always been a difficult task. Lacking a comprehensive integration strategy, many organizations find themselves creating new or customized solutions for each new business challenge. This splintered approach invariably leads to a heterogeneous environment that is difficult to manage and costly to operate—which is why a large percentage of IT budgets are spent on interoperability-related projects. 

In the healthcare arena, one of the reasons for these difficulties stems from increasingly stringent regulations. Federal data initiatives arising from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Public Health Information Network (PHIN), and the National Health Information Network (NHIN) all dictate how data must be formatted, archived and exchanged throughout its lifecycle. The Medicare Modernization Act and the Medicare Information Technology Architecture (MMA and MITA), Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) initiatives, Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and continually evolving FDA safety laws also influence the way organizations in this dynamic industry must exchange data—adding additional confusion and complexity for health care organizations.

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.

In this screencast, Anant Kadiyala, VP of Technology Services from TechDemocracy helps us understand the challenges underlying the healthcare industry and how Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration is positioned to help organizations succeed in this space. 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. This level of automation makes it easier to respond to citizens, to meet federal requirements, and to adhere to popular industry standards.

Wednesday May 14, 2014

How Garmin Navigates Integration with Oracle SOA Suite - Webcast

Watch Anand Natarajan from Garmin in this latest Oracle SOA Customer Insights Webcast cover everything from Garmin's pre-SOA SuiteGarmin Logo challenges including seamless integration with Oracle E-Business Suite, CRM, and acquisition readiness all the way through to the benefits they received in achieving a centralized and simplified integration solution.  In the webcast, you will see Garmin's reference architecture (see image below), integration across customer information, product information, order management, shipping, inventory, and more as well as example BPEL process Garmin Productsdiagrams that are used as a common visual collaboration tool by both business and IT personnel within Garmin.

Garmin achieves over 10 million messages/day, has over 200 Web service endpoints,  12 million Web service calls/day and has over 75 internal and external applications consuming their services.

Garmin Reference Architecture

If you use Garmin devices for running, cycling, or other forms of navigation, check out this 30 minute webcast (link) to learn how Garmin connects you with their business in "Garmin Makes the Right Turn with SOA to Integrate CRM and Oracle E-Business Suite".


Monday May 12, 2014

SOA's Role in Simplifying Mobile Enablement

For many years web browsers and desktop computers were the primary way to access information from enterprise applications. As mobile devices have proliferated, applications are no longer tied to the desktop. Users want to use their smartphones and tablets to access corporate data and business apps, anytime, anywhere. Many IT departments are having a hard time accommodating these mobile interfaces while preserving hard-won enterprise standards. Rather than continuing to develop applications first for the desktop and then making tactical mobile development choices, IT leaders want a consistent architecture that considers all channels. In this screencast, Suhas Uliyar who heads the mobile strategy at Oracle speaks about how customers can bridge this gap to take their existing and new enterprise applications mobile. He introduces Oracle Mobile Suite and SOA's role in this product offering.


To learn more about Oracle Mobile Suite: www.oracle.com/mobile

And you can find out more about Service Integration and Oracle SOA Suite here: www.oracle.com/soa

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: 


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