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: 


Saturday Mar 01, 2014

Mobile Service Enablement with Oracle Service Bus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Integration for Airlines and Cargo Hubs

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

Market Trend

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

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

How does Oracle Service Integration fit in?

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

Couple at terminal

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

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

Some customer examples

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

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

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

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

Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration

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


Solutions for Mobile Integration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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