Sunday Feb 09, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite Customer Schneider National CIO on Oracle cio2cio

Schneider National CIO Judy Lemke talks with Oracle CIO Mark Sunday about the challenges Schneider National faced and how thecio2cio company overcame them through a business-wide transformation.  In 2007, Schneider National changed every process they had as part of project "Quest" to transform 20 year-old custom developed and integrated applications to "Future Proof" the infrastructure.

Ms. Lemke also describes the difference between a vendor and a partner and how Oracle played an important role in their successful transformation.

The video can be accessed here and the complete Schneider National Customer Transformation story is available as a detailed white paper at this link. Here is a quick summary of the background and key take-aways that highlight the unified difference in Oracle’s approach to integration:Judy Lemke

Prior to the Transformation

  • Complex applications and data environment at Schneider
  • Expensive and time-consuming to maintain and evolve application integration
  • Multiple order entry systems, multiple rating engines, several sources of customer information, no “single version of the truth”
  • Launched a 5-year business transformation program – “Quest”

Objectives

  • Rationalize, simplify, and modernize enterprise IT applications and infrastructure
  • Create a modular, flexible, expandable and scalable IT architecture for long-term strategic growth
  • Core tenets: Common development environment, common runtime environment, and common management environment to standardize processes and tools

Results

  • Consolidated to a single core set of unified tools, providing a consistent programming model for developers
  • Lower development and maintenance costs
  • Over 200 application integrations
  • Introduced re-usable enterprise web services such as TranportationOrder, Claims, Shipment, Account, AccountProfile, Location, Driver, Supplier and more.
  • Real time tuning of data flow using 40 business rules
  • Proven scalability to over 20 million messages per day
  • Oracle B2B for EDI, part of Oracle SOA Suite, with over 900 trading partners and over 100 types of B2B documents

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Oracle Introduces Cloud Adapter to Simplify Salesforce.com Integration

A game changer addition to Oracle…” is how Matt Wright, CTO of Rubicon Red put itMatt Wright

If you have been asking yourself:

“Do I need another integration toolkit separate from my existing platform just for cloud integration?” or “Should I use the limited functionality integration tools within each cloud application I need to integrate?...Won’t that lead to a complex mess of disparate and overlapping integration?” 

If so, take a look at Oracle Cloud Adapters. This release significantly simplifies integration of Salesforce.com and lets companies more easily get a complete and unified view of customer and back-end data spanning cloud and on-premises applications using Oracle SOA Suite and the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com. Check out this Oracle Media Network Video (screenshot on the right) of Matt Wright, Maulik Shah, Technical Lead for Brocade Communications, and Badhri Rajagopalan, Practice Director SOA Integration with Bluenog.

Salesforce.com Integration

To address the questions posed above, this release illustrates Oracle’s integration strategy. Instead of companies having to deploy a cloud integration platform focused on cloud applications and then having a separate integration platform for existing applications, Oracle SOA Suite provides a single solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment location (public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises). This approach is designed to simplify integration and lower total cost of ownership in contrast to managing multiple disparate integration platforms and/or app-embedded integration toolkits, most of which use proprietary languages.

Although Oracle SOA Suite customers have been showcasing their cloud integration success stories for years at Oracle OpenWorld, this release eliminates many of the manual steps, automates session management tasks, and significantly simplifies security. Oracle SOA Suite customers already familiar with Oracle Application Adapters will see that the Oracle Cloud Adapters use the same wizard-based approach to provide visibility into the Salesforce.com business objects directly from within Oracle SOA Suite to simplify integration.

Customers using Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, etc. already have simplified integration since Oracle SOA Suite components are integrated or embedded into these applications. Combined with the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, customers of both Oracle and Salesforce.com applications will have seamless integration spanning applications across the cloud and on-premises.

To learn more about simplifying integration, check out the Oracle white paper “Simplifying Cloud Integration

To download the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, go to Oracle Technical Network for Oracle Integration Adapters

and join us for the Webcast "Simplify Integration with Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com"

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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

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!

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration

Are you an Oracle application customer wondering:

“How do I avoid a nightmare of complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D., May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy”

The image below shows a visual description of the challenge of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Disparate Toolkits Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of deployment location. As shown in the image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across all applications.

Unified Cloud Integration

In addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate Oracle applications.


  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle Fusion Applications already include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion Applications & Oracle SOA Suite – Instead of one policy management implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform, Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages, performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly simplified. Furthermore, changing policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration – Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration platform that will eventually require some form of integration with your enterprise integration platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application enablement with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite's enterprise service bus, known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever comes next with this unified approach to integration.
For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

Transitioning from TIBCO to Oracle SOA - Part 1

At the last Oracle OpenWorld, EA (Electronic Arts) presented "Winning at Digital: Build the World's Best Digital Playground, with fun for EVERYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE."  To achieve their required level of scalability for over 220 million registered users, EA transitioned from TIBCO middleware into an Oracle Fusion Middleware platform based on Oracle SOA Suite 11g.  As shown in the left-to-right project timeline below, their transition successfully went live on May 21 2012 in 30 countries and 14 languages across North America, Europe, and Asia:

Project Meridian at EA

The previous implementation (shown in the middle) used a combination of file uploads, SQL scripts, TIBCO and according to EA resulted in a platform that was not scalable to meet their future requirements.

The current Oracle Fusion Middleware implementation (indicated on the right side of the image above) now handles the following transaction volumes, business process, formats and message sizes:

Volume CharacteristicsPrior to their transition from a collection of disparate platforms and tools, regions of EA would sometimes independently update or change applications without synchronizing with other geographies which seriously impacted the enterprise.  The standardization on Oracle SOA Suite addressed this issue and also met their current and future scalability requirements.

In the Profit Magazine cover story, EA describes their transition to a "Future-Proof" solution to support their 30% growth in digital revenue, led by direct-to-consumer channels.  The article describes how "in the spring of 2011, EA management engaged Oracle staff to design and build the iHub, EA’s data integration solution, based on Oracle Fusion Middleware. The joint team reviewed the mission, desired outcomes, and target key performance indicators (KPIs) of the project. Then they reverse-engineered those outcomes to come up with a project plan. Meanwhile, millions of transactions kept rolling in daily, so there was urgency behind the initiative."Profit Magazine-EA

“Generally, when you’re on a project, it takes three months to build a team, set everything up, and start delivering these integration services,” Deepak Advani, VP of enterprise services says. “We basically took two weeks to set the project up, and we were delivering in four weeks. We were adjusting and building as we went.”

This blog focusing on Oracle SOA Suite scalability is a first in a series of upcoming blogs on "Transitioning to Oracle SOA Suite".  Stay tuned for more updates on how and why customers are migrating to Oracle SOA Suite.

To assess your scalability and other aspects of your integration platform, take the SOA Assessment by Oracle or for some cool gaming pictures, click on the image below:

FIFA Soccer Image


Monday Apr 15, 2013

Tax Day - Intuit's SaaS Based on Oracle SOA Suite

Have you ever wondered how Intuit manages their portion of the over 140M US tax filers and integrates the information with CRM, billing, and over 30 other applications?Intuit Logo

Check out this video of Intuit Integration Architect Jeff Kester describing how Intuit’s Software-as-a-Service is made possible by Oracle SOA Suite including his key comments on:

Intuit Video

  • Lower IT costs
  • Improved customer experience
  • Seamless application upgrades
  • Frictionless application integration
  • Deployment automation
  • Common data model
  • End to end orchestration
  • 360-degree view of the customer
  • Flexibility and agility
  • Improved cross-sell and up-sell

For more on integrating SaaS applications with on-premise applications, check out the white paper "Cloud Integration – A Comprehensive Solution"

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 (11.1.1.7.0) for healthcare integration

Oracle announces SOA Suite 11g R1 (11.1.1.7.0) for healthcare integration. It can be downloaded from SOA Suite for healthcare integration OTN download page. Some of main highlight for this healthcare release includes:

  • Ease of Installation: The user installation experience is simplified by introducing an automated healthcare post-install script. User need to install standard SOA Suite 11g R1(11.1.1.7.0) and then a post install script need to be invoked to enable all healthcare components.
  • Performance Optimization and Interface Sequencing: This release brings lot of performance enhancement by introducing additional knobs to tweak Engine, database and composite layer to achieve better throughput and response time . An additional sequencing option called Interface Sequencing is added which provides better throughput and scalability by reducing database interaction and sequencing check points. This is additional option on top of Component level sequencing.
  • UI Enhancements:

System Dashboards has been added for global view of status of healthcare system. It list all endpoints with their status, protocol details along with message count and queue count associated with endpoints. It provides additional system level data like most active endpoint, recent error trends etc.

The original dashboard is also enhanced to provide Compact Dashboard view to provide endpoint color coding status as small icons, for healthcare systems which have large set of endpoints.

The user provisioning for different roles to view payload etc can now be done through UI.

  • Web Services Support : This release provides web services support to exchange web-services (both for SOAP 1.0 and 1.1) based messages between endpoints. A new protocol ‘WS-HTTP’ is added in endpoint configurations in UI. The user can post SOAP message in Sync or Async Mode based upon configuration in the Endpoint.  All the OWSM policies available in Enterprise Manager are supported.

This release also provide additional document support for National Council for Prescription Drug Program ( NCPDP) and  Interchange level acknowledgement ( TA1) support for HIPAA 5010 use cases.

Check out  SOA Suite for healthcare integration (11.1.1.7.0) User Guide for more details.

 

Friday Mar 15, 2013

New SOA Suite 11g Database Performance Tuning White Paper

We're pleased to announce a new SOA Suite 11g Database Performance Tuning White Paper.

This Fusion Middleware 11g white paper discusses performance optimizations in the SOA database to derive maximum value from your implementation.

These recommendations are for SOA 11g running under Oracle database release 11.1.0.1 and above. The SOA database can be hosted in a non- RAC configuration and RAC configuration.

It’s available on one of the SOA Suite OTN Advanced pages or directly HERE.

Enjoy!

Saturday Jan 26, 2013

Making Enterprises More Human: Removing the Complexity in Event Processing


Human beings have a very unique differentiation compared to all other living creatures. It is the power to discriminate, giving them freedom of choice. This is possible because humans minds are sophisticated and high performing event processing engines, constantly optimizing for survival and gain, while functioning in extremely complex scenarios.

Man creates an optimal environment for himself to thrive, by filtering and correlating a high volume of events from very disparate sources, across time and boundaries. In fact all types of events are incorporated as feedback through all senses, constantly gauging, judging, filtering and correlating events. For example consider what you do every morning: turn on the news for traffic re-routing to gauge if you will make it on time to a meeting, sanity-check your gas tank to know far you can go, stop to grab a bite when you see a coffee drive-through. And all this while driving, which in itself requires processing events arriving from other automobiles on the road, traffic conditions and regulations. Humans are designed to continuously filter, correlate and process events in real-time.

The one technology that is so unique in adding this human quality of discrimination to inanimate software and hardware systems, is referred to commonly as "Complex Event Processing". To the uninitiated, the term "Complex" can sound like the technology is difficult, when really it inidicates that the event processing can happen in very complex scenarios, much like humans. In fact, a good event processing solution would remove the complexity and interpret accurate meaning in seemingly unconnected events.

Event processing can add the power of discrimination, providing intelligence and a dynamic responsiveness to everything it pairs with. Added to Business Process Management (BPM), Event Processing can make business processes very responsive and dynamic, even capable of handling unexpected exceptions. Added to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Event Processing can be a powerful ally in building a responsive IT infrastructure. Added to data integration, Event Processing can provide the capacity to discriminate against streams and volume of different kinds of data. The possibilities on what technologies Event Processing can be paired with are really limitless. When you want to think dynamic and add an edge to any technology solution, you want a good event processing engine added to your solution. 

Oracle Event Processing (OEP) is exactly this power of discrimination that can be added to any solution to result in extremely intelligent systems that respond in real-time. Keep your eyes peeled to hear about our new initiatives with OEP across our fusion middleware product lines in our upcoming release.

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Oracle Open World 2012 SOA Presentations now available on OTN

Oracle Open World 2012 has been over for a bit more than a week now and we're catching up with post-OOW tasks while still marvelling over what I remember as the best Open World yet. We had a steady traffic at our demo pods, all hands on labs were fully booked (stay tuned for those labs), sessions were very well visited and we met innumerable customers for discussions, feedback and Q&A.

If you missed any of the sessions or want to share the information with your colleagues, you can go to the Oracle Open World website and search for the respective presentation.

To make it easier for you to find the SOA sessions, we posted all SOA presentations which were delivered or moderated by Oracle SOA Product Management on the Oracle Technology Network.

Enjoy!

Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Healthcare Integration Session Highlights Challenges & Solutions

In today’s session co-presented by Steve Schenks, Integration Architect from Ascension Health and Oracle’s Sundar Shenbagam and Suresh Sharma (apparently your initials must be SS to present during this session), interesting insights in many different areas including Steve’s descriptions of the challenges with their previous environment:

Challenges prior to SOA

Disparate hardware and software is an issue common across healthcare and most other industries…Larry Ellison spoke on this topic during Sundays’ keynote address.

Anticipated features from SOA

In the last part of session, Suresh is planning to go over some of the best practices and lesson learned to implement successful healthcare applications and will discuss the different options to model Sequencing (FIF0) use cases (one of most common use cases in the provider market).

The session was “Implementing Successful Healthcare Applications with Oracle SOA Suite” – Session # CON8546. For more information about this session, please contact Senior Principal Product Manager Suresh Sharma

Saturday Sep 29, 2012

OOW 2012 Tuesday: Hands-On Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite 11g

This year's 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: HOL9989
Session Title: Hands-On Introduction to Integration and Oracle SOA Suite 11g
Venue / Room: Marriott Marquis - Salon 3/4
Date and Time: 10/2/12, 11:45 - 12:45

Friday Sep 28, 2012

Oracle Integration Adapters at Oracle Openworld 2012!

Oracle Open world 2012 is just a weekend away and we are looking forward to showcase Oracle Integration Adapters at our Demo booth at  the Moscone Center. 

Come visit us!

Watch some live demos on how you can use our suite of Adapters to integrate and extend your Enterprise Applications! This is your opportunity to meet with our Engineering team, share with us your Integration use-cases and challenges, and hear from us on our Roadmap.

The Oracle Integration Adapters booth is located at the Fusion Middleware Demopod area  from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

See you next week!


How to Integrate Cloud Applications with Oracle SOA Suite

Having seen a preview of the slides of this upcoming Oracle OpenWorld session on Tuesday Oct 2nd at 11:45 at Moscone West 3003, I'm definitely looking forward to this deep-dive view into cloud integration.  Oracle's Senior Director of Product Management Rajesh Raheja will cover what's involved with cloud integration and provide technical solutions for how to integrate with Oracle cloud applications such as Oracle Fusion, RightNow as well as third party applications like Salesforce.

Here is a screenshot from the draft presentation:

SaaS Session Slide

Also presenting will be a Geeta Pyne, Director of Middleware for BMC to discuss how they have used Oracle SOA Suite for Cloud Integration.

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