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!

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.

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Amway Enables Optimized Integrations with Oracle SOA Suite

At the core of Amway's global integration infrastructure is Oracle SOA Suite. By applying key performance tuning configurations, Amway is able to achieve double-digit millisecond latencies under maximum load. Leveraging the Oracle Exalogic platform enables the company to achieve even more optimization, enabling the introduction of other tool-sets such as Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Business Activity Monitoring for true end-to-end integration support. In this presentation, Amway shares specific recommendations for maximizing performance of this entire SOA infrastructure. 

Integration between numerous disparate systems across Amway's global affiliates posed several exciting challenges. Join us in this session to understand how Amway delivered on every one of the following:

  • Extreme performance requirements (sub millisecond response times, peak load handling)
  • 100% high availability
  • Stringent security and compliance requirements
  • Multi-lingual and character set challenges 
  • Zero downtime while addressing all the issues above 

Amway

Here are the details of the session at Open World, we look forward to meeting you! 

Title: Enabling Optimized Integrations at Amway with Oracle SOA Suite [CON 5730]

Speakers Include: Munish Dogra, Manager IT - Application Development, Amway 

Date: Monday, Sep 23

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:15PM

Location: Moscone West - 2020

 More on Next Generation Service Integration with Oracle SOA on Exalogic

Ascension Improves Patient Experience with Next-Generation Healthcare Integration

Ascension Health is working to meet its next generation healthcare integration platform requirements for its 26 health ministries (hospitals), using Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration. At the Oracle Open World 2013 session, Ascension will cover the key architecture, ROI, best practices, and lessons learned from Ascension's first pilot implementation and focus on underlying technologies that make all this happen.

Ascension's challenges with existing environment:

  • Disparate hardware and operating systems that cause challenges for support and maintenance
  • Disparate applications that cause development, governance, support and contractual headaches
  • No central IT focus for integration services
  • Inability to cost effectively meet regulatory requirements
Ascension Pilot

Join us to understand how Oracle helped Ascension address these issues and move beyond to deliver on the future.

Title: Improving Patient Experience with Next Generation Healthcare Integration  [CON 5878]

Speakers Include: Kevin Mattingly - Integration Engineer, Ascension Health

                               Steve Schenks - Integration Architect, Ascension Health 

Date: Wednesday Sep 25

Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Location: St. Francis - Elizabethan A/B

Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Emdeon Migrates for an Engineered Systems Advantage

Have you considered moving to a SOA engineered systems platform? if you are looking to better your performance, lower maintenance costs, and speed your time to market this one is for you. In this session, Emdeon shares its migration approach, lessons learned, and benefits of deploying its enterprise transformation initiative with the help of the Emdeon Innovation Center. Come and learn with us from Emdeon's experience moving to Oracle SOA on Oracle Exalogic for an engineered systems advantage,

Emdeon is a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions in the US healthcare system. Learn about the business and technology drivers behind its decision to migrate. 

Emdeon Platform

You’ll also hear how Emdeon leveraged Oracle Migration Factory to deliver migration planning, architecture best practices, and dedicated migration experts to drive continued innovation and support rapid growth.

To attend this session at Oracle Open World 2013:

Title: Migrating to Oracle SOA and Oracle Engineered Systems: Tips from Emdeon [CON 6625]

Speakers Include: William Muir, Senior VP of IT, Emdeon

Date: Monday, September 23

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan I

For more case studies, white papers, and other SOA on Exalogic resources for engineered systems: Next Generation Service Integration Platform

Canon Delivers Fast Data with Oracle Event Processing

Canon has made Fast Data a reality with processing a large variety, high volume and velocity of events from multiple devices across geographic boundaries. Canon is surging forth on their strategy for an Internet of Things, thanks to an approach that has focused on extreme availability, reliability, and scalability from their IT infrastructure in order to handle remote maintenance services for Multi Function Printers (MFP).

In this session at Oracle Open World 2013, Canon discusses the benefits of running Oracle SOA on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata engineered systems. The session highlights the extreme scale and performance the platform delivers for transactional SOA and Fast Data. It also illustrates best practices that work in real-life.

Canon

To attend the session at Oracle Open World 2013:

Title: Oracle Exalogic: Delivering Extreme Performance for SOA, Healthcare, and Fast Data [CON 9294]

Date: Wednesday, Sep 25th

Time: 1:15pm - 2:15pm 

Location: Moscone South - 308 

Can't wait to attend the session? Here are some resources that may help:

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Take Your Applications Mobile with SOA (Customer Panel)

Mobile enablement of enterprise systems is a fast-growing trend. Users expect to access the same applications as from their desktops and target new revenue streams. What infrastructure needs to be deployed to make that a reality? Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus are key parts of the equation. They can expose legacy systems over protocols such as REST and can handle security mediation. In addition, Oracle API Management is a new offering that drives adoption of business assets for mobile consumption. In this panel, you will learn how customers have built mobile access to their existing SOA infrastructure and the most critical requirements you need to plan for.

Come hear customers and long-time Oracle SOA experts discuss their success with mobile enablement of their enterprises. Ricoh Americas talks about how mobile enablement has kick-started their Machine to Machine strategy.

Ricoh Americas

Agilent discusses how six mobile applications were delivered on an aggressive timeline spanning many different functional areas across different technologies. 
Agilent

 ECS delves into how the City of Denver seamlessly added mobility to their citizens to file 311 requests right when and where needed.

Denver City 311

Here are details of the discussion at Oracle Open World so you can bring your questions to our panelists:

Title: Take Your Applications Mobile with SOA (Customer Panel) [CON8714]

Date: Monday Sep 23

Time: 4:45PM - 5:45 PM

Location: Moscone West

Thursday May 30, 2013

NEW - Oracle Business Rules Self-Study Course

A new self study course (Using Oracle Business Rules in BPEL) was recently posted to the Oracle Learning Library. This self-study course runs about 40 minutes. You can access it, at no charge, here.

This course leverages the vocabulary and concepts from the Introduction to Oracle Business Rules self-study as it discusses the configuration of the Oracle Business Rules service component, and the calling of the configured component from a BPEL process. It's a follow-on to the Introduction to Oracle Business Rules self-study. 

Let us know what you think!

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Embedded Oracle Event Processing makes Internet of Things a Reality

Just imagine equipping all objects in the world with a lightweight yet powerful complex event processing engine. It takes us a bit closer into that fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence, where machines can talk intelligently to each other. It makes it possible for inanimate objects to gain the power of discrimination, filtering and correlating Fast Data: large volumes of varied data, arriving at high velocity from different sources. A fork that helps you lose weight, luggage that texts you on being lost and why, a car that can drive itself; these futuristic and impractical sounding projects become more of a reality. It transforms the Internet of Things from science fiction to reality.

Java is fast-gaining as the preferred platform for embedded devices as it evolves into a more lightweight, yet high-performing language of choice, that maintains ease-of-use. Oracle Event Processing that runs on embedded Java brings practicality to projects that were merely a whimsy previously, bringing us closer to designing an M2M platform for a connected world.

Come hear how Oracle Event Processing can transform your M2M strategy into a reality at the Mobile World Congress.

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Oracle SOA Suite 11g Developer's Cookbook has been published

We are very pleased to announce that Antony Reynolds and Matt Wright, who have already published a number of books on SOA Suite, just released their Oracle SOA Suite 11g Developer's Cookbook.

The book is 346 pages and $59.99 but there is currently an introductory price on the Packt Web Site that includes Print and eBook for $59.99.

Book Cover

The chapters of the book are:

  • Chapter 1: Building an SOA Suite Cluster
  • Chapter 2: Using the Metadata Service to Share XML Artifacts
  • Chapter 3: Working with Transactions
  • Chapter 4: Mapping Data
  • Chapter 5: Composite Messaging Patterns
  • Chapter 6: OSB Messaging Patterns
  • Chapter 7: Integrating OSB with JSON
  • Chapter 8: Compressed File Adapter Patterns
  • Chapter 9: Integrating Java with SOA Suite
  • Chapter 10: Securing Composites and Calling Secure Web Services
  • Chapter 11: Configuring the Identity Service
  • Chapter 12: Configuring OSB to Use Foreign JMS Queues
  • Chapter 13: Monitoring and Management

Congratulations Antony and Matt!

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