Thursday Dec 04, 2014

TUI Travel: 200% More Revenue with WebLogic and Coherence

TUI Travel is a leading provider of travel solutions, operating in 110 countries. They were faced with a challenge of scaling their solutions and providing data in real time to customers. Here's Facundo Rua, Head of Technology, on how WebLogic and Coherence 12c drastically increased their response times and revenue.

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

An all-Java mobile app for Safe Water Kenya

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than two million people--95 percent of whom are children--die from the consequences of a variety of water-borne illnesses every year. The Safe Water Team is a Michigan nonprofit committed to connecting organizations concerned with the growing dangers surrounding safe drinking water and sanitation issues around the world.

Safe Water Kenya (SWK) is required by its funding sources to document every Hydraid biosand filter installed (including homes, schools and health clinics) by completing a detailed survey form. Traditionally, this would be done using a clipboard and printed forms, a separate camera and a GPS device. This procedure is not only cumbersome to manage in the field, but requires double entry when the records are then transcribed into a computer when the installation team returns to the distribution office each day. This process is not only time-consuming, but also carries the risk of keystroke errors.

Solution Provided

Through the mobile application developed by mFrontiers [an Oracle partner], running on Oracle WebLogic Server and using the Oracle Database, SWK is now able to complete installation forms in a one-step procedure using a digital tablet. The Survey App allows the survey interviewer to answer all the questions onto this device offline, and using the same device, embed the photo, GPS coordinates and signature directly into the form. The saved survey forms that are collected into the Survey App each day are then uploaded to the server once the installation team returns to the office of the distribution center. Since there is no manual transcription of form data into a computer, the uploaded data is exactly as it was recorded in the field. This rapid reporting capability is a distinct advantage to SWK management in the U.S., and improves accountability to entities that are providing financial support to the organization.

For further details, read this Snapshot.

Find out more about Safe Water Kenya and Oracle partner mFrontiers.

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014

Seamless IT Management and Visibility for IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle WebLogic Server to gain visibility into its technology environment. With the insight provided, IDEXX has been able to identify the root cause of issues in its key systems significantly faster, enabling the company to redeploy resources to projects that enhance user experience and further company growth.

“Oracle Enterprise Manager is providing us with an end-to-end tool for our entire Oracle environment, providing valuable insight into all layers of our Java-based applications running on Oracle WebLogic Server,” said Tracy Graff, senior manager, IT, IDEXX Laboratories. “Since implementing Oracle Enterprise Manager, we have been able to streamline troubleshooting efforts and identify the root cause in minutes or hours instead of days, saving us a significant amount of time.”

Read the press release for further details. 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

But what about portability and migration?


Providing traditional RASP [Reliability, Availability, Scalability, and Performance] support is necessary but not enough for cloud success. According to about 80 percent of survey respondents, achieving unified, standards-based interoperability among public and private clouds—as well as traditional datacenters—is critical. This includes the ability to use the same standards and code base to deploy applications on either public or private clouds without the cost and delay of rewriting or retesting those applications.


With all the enthusiasm around public and private clouds, respondents are fully aware of areas of caution about migrating both applications and data to the cloud. The most important, cited by 78 percent for private cloud users and 76 percent for public cloud users, is migrating high-performance applications—or those with stringent security requirements—to either type of cloud. Other concerns include both public and private cloud not being able to support mission-critical applications, legal and regulatory requirements, security and isolation from other customers, vendor viability, vendor lock-in, integration cost and delays, and lack of reliable usage metrics.

For more insights into what the market and experts are considering on this topic, please read the ComputerWorld Survey Report.

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Traditional datacenter capabilities needed from public and private PaaS

Cloud technology has become mainstream with its promise of infinitely expandable and low cost “pay as you go” services. Referring back to my prior blog highlighting the the ComputerWorld cloud/PaaS survey report, almost 82% of the survey respondents expressed that they want the same mission-critical capabilities from cloud as they do from their existing in-house datacenters.

The top requirements for private PaaS environments include service level guarantees , disaster recovery, and management tools in addition to integration with applications still housed in the data center. Whereas, service-level guarantees and access control in the form of integrated identity management rank amongst the most important factors in public PaaS environments. If you would like to learn more about how your peers are approaching the adoption of public and private cloud PaaS environments, please read the ComputerWorld Survey Report.

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

WebLogic and Oracle Database Success Story: Russian Insurance Company Increases Application Scalability and Triples Data Volume

Объявление на русском языке
Alfastrakhovanie PLC
Moscow, Russia
Insurance Industry

Alfastrakhovanie PLC offers more than 100 insurance products and services through partner channels across Russia. With 400 branch offices located in all nine Russian time zones, Alfastrakhovanie serves 20 million private clients and 440,000 companies. In 2013, Russian rating agency Expert RA listed Alfastrakhovanie as one of the five leading Russian insurance companies by premiums and reinsurance, and gave the company's financial reliability the highest possible A++ rating.

Alfastrakhovanie faced the multiple challenges of ensuring fast access to customer information across 400 branch locations, ensure high availability of applications, and provide scalable services.

By utilizing Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic & Oracle Hyperion Panning, they met their performance goals by processing data volumes at triple their prior rate and provided their insurance agents with reliable, fast access to decision-making tools.

" The fast pace of our development and expansion in the Russian insurance market left no room for compromise when choosing a database management platform and supporting technology. Oracle technology enabled us to deal with data volumes that were increasing twofold to threefold per year with no adverse effect... Our growth would be impossible without that performance."

Alfastrakhovanie specifically utilized WebLogic Server to rapidly develop and deploy Java EE applications to enhance the company's applications portfolio, ensure application scalability, and reducing operating costs.

Learn more on the official announcement in English or Russian.

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Portic Barcelona uses WebLogic for Private PaaS, Achieves 32x Performance Improvement

Portic Barcelona S.A. (Portic) is a service provider used by the logistics community of the Port of Barcelona. Portic’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of the Port of Barcelona Logistics Community through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logistics agents and other customers.

Portic's goal was to establish a hardware-independent, cost-effective, centralized platform support and maintenance with a single, strategic supplier to reduce complexity and enable the group to focus on core services instead of IT systems. It used Oracle WebLogic Suite as a foundation for building an on-premise cloud across web servers, application servers, and databases—deploying databases and applications 12x faster, within minutes instead of hours.

“Oracle SuperCluster combined with Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle WebLogic Suite offered an integrated solution capable of consolidating and virtualizing the platform quickly and cost effectively—for a 5x better price/performance ratio than the other solutions we evaluated,” said Vinicio González, director de sistemas, Portic Barcelona.

Read the FULL STORY here.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

WebLogic Success Story in Brazil: Automated Project Workflow & Improved Monitoring of Trade Initiatives

Anúncio em Português
The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency
(Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos)

Brasilia, Brazil
Professional Services Industry

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) fosters the overseas competitiveness of Brazilian companies by promoting international trade-promotion initiatives, such as trade missions, targeted business-matching financing, as well as supporting Brazilian companies to participate in major international trade fairs.

They faced the multiple challenges of integrating their ERP system with Oracle Business Intelligence [BI], automation and transparency for business projects and tracability of project statuses to increase corporate efficiency.
By utilizing Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle ADF & Oracle WebLogic, they met their performance goals with availability now at 99.9%.

" having the ability to analyze management and enterprise data allows us to check the impact and result of each project and corporate action, and this has guided us in decision-making, significantly improving our results."

Apex-Brasil specifically utilized WebLogic Server as part of their solution to manage the project-management application’s development environments and to integrate business systems. This reduced their IT environment complexity and ensured easy integration of all components. By choosing this robust solution, Apex-Brasil was able to successfully implement a scalable architecture that ensured business continuity and high availability.

Learn more on the official announcement in English or Portugese.

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Customers Speak: Cloud Needs Guarantees, PaaS Growing Rapidly

Do you want to know what mission-critical capabilities the market is prioritizing for cloud platform as a service [PaaS]? Are you wondering what development language your peers are choosing for cloud?

A new survey of 300 IT executives conducted by ComputerWorld Strategic Marketing Services on Cloud adoption helps answer these questions and more. The report highlights:

  • The current state of cloud adoption in the marketplace
  • Key challenges to cloud PaaS adoption
  • The most critical cloud PaaS capabilities
  • User requirements the market prioritizes
Read this Computer World Survey Report to learn how your cloud plans stack against your peers’ and what your priorities should be.

Thursday Oct 16, 2014

What does a Telecom Services Provider have in common with a Travel Group?

Verizon Communications and TUI Travel are winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation for the Cloud Application Foundation category at this year's OpenWorld. They were honored at the Oscar-like ceremony held on Tuesday, Sept 30th. [You can find an overview of the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards Ceremony and the full list of winners across all 12 categories in the following blog post: And The Winners Are.... ].

Verizon's goal was to build a robust, high-availability solution that provides responses in less than 500 milliseconds while ensuring data integrity across multiple data centers. They wanted to create a common service layer and expose the in-memory grid as a service, which will allow other systems to leverage this platform and provide a better customer experience. The Verizon system now caches the entire customer base on Oracle Coherence grid (5 TB across multiple data centers) which reduces the load on the back-end Oracle Database by about 60 percent and improves the response time from 2.8 second to approx. 0.3 seconds. The Coherence grid-as-a-service enables customer information to be stored in one place and provides a 360-degree view of the customer from ordering to billing. 

The use case for TUI Travel, as expected, is very different. TUI's new transfer redesign project included a complete new set of functionalities to ensure that transfers during travel could be sold door to door or from any place to any place. In order to achieve this, a point in polygon algorithm is loaded in the Coherence Grid. This can detect if a given GPS point is inside the subset of polygons loaded into each Coherence grid node. Instead of refreshing (polling) the data from the database to Coherence, TUI Travel uses Golden Gate HotCache to push the changes to Coherence as soon as they happen. WebLogic 12c helps TUI to do side by side deployments and enables horizontal scaling. WebLogic also enabled TUI to reduce risks in the deployment and minimize total time for deployment.

Congratulations to Verizon and TUI Travel for winning this year's Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation in the Cloud Application Foundation category! 

Oracle Uses WebLogic, Database, Enterprise Manager to Strengthen Cloud Security and Optimize Performance

Oracle overall develops database and middleware software, application software, and hardware systems for their customers. But, we also eat our own "dog food" when it comes to the cloud, security and Big Data principles. As you learned at Open World 2014, we're focused on driving transformation in the cloud and bringing a unified platform to the market that will allow maximum flexibility, availability and choice. We can do that by leveraging the same products we sell (like WebLogic) but leveraging their strength in our own internal services.

For example, Oracle is enabling near-real-time analysis of its cloud systems’ behavior by various means, including Oracle WebLogic Server Diagnostic Framework, Oracle Enterprise Manager Monitoring Templates and corrective actions, and by collecting and analyzing hundreds of metrics and log files on a near-real-time basis.

Further, Oracle is using big data to improve cloud environment performance and ensure service-level-agreement compliance, which includes latency of less than one second. For example, it can now rapidly and effectively track and analyze how Java Virtual Machines in Oracle Public Cloud are using heap memory.

In these types of ways, by utilizing the products we already have, we're demonstrating a commitment to stability, ease of use, security and usefulness of the Oracle Cloud.

Maybe start out with a free trial of our WebLogic-in-the-cloud solution, Java Cloud Service. It's easy to try - Larry even gave a demo of it during one of his keynotes and noted how he was confident it would work in a live situation. And of course, it went off without a hitch.

More details on this topic can be found in a broader Oracle case study - on ourselves.

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Announcing WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 12.1.3 offers a complete solution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers highly available database and WebLogic services. The world's most popular database, Oracle Database and the industry's best application server, WebLogic Server have been combined in this industry-unique appliance to provide high availability and the simplicity of One-Button deployment. And to top it all off, it reduces IT cost with a unique capacity-on-demand software licensing model.

Here you can download the new version of WebLogic on ODA 12.1.3 which offers WebLogic templates for 11g  (10.3.6), 12c (12.1.2 and 12.1.3).

The following highlighted new features are included in this release:

  • Oracle Database 12c support on ODA integrated with WebLogic Server.
  • WebLogic on ODA provisioning tool now offers not only multi domain and multi cluster options in the wizard-driven templates, but also the single WebLogic instance provisioning.
  • Provides Coherence provisioning in the wizard-driven templates.
  • Much faster provisioning with new ‘snap’ feature
  • New licensing options include a 'pool' of WebLogic licenses with min/max range, that can be allocated to WebLogic, Oracle Traffic Director and other Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 on JDK 8

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 is now certified on Java SE 8. We started working on this about two years ago. It required changes both in product code and various 3rd party tools like ASM for bytecode manipulation and Eclipse Java Development Tools for compiling Java Server Pages (JSP). It’s supported on Windows, Linux, and Solaris 64-bit platforms with HotSpot JDK8 Update 20 or later. Gone are the days when you need to get MaxPermSize set correctly on the command line (it’s ignored by JDK8). This certification is specifically for WebLogic Server and does not include other Oracle software unless specifically stated.

I won’t list all of the new Java SE 8 features here (see for a list) but you can now use the popular features like Lambda expressions and default methods in your application code including JSP’s. See the example below for a simple servlet that makes use of Lambda expressions.

Java SE 8 has new API’s for JDBC 4.2 and is supported for WebLogic Server 12.1.3 running on Java SE 8 with a JDBC driver that supports JDBC 4.2. The Derby 10.10 driver that is shipped with WebLogic Server 12.1.3 has been tested with JDBC 4.2 (see for more information). WLS data source uses dynamic proxies so that API’s in the vendor interfaces show through to the application. The combination of dynamic proxies along with the new JDK8 default methods meant that no changes were necessary for WLS to support JDBC 4.2; all of work is done in the JVM and the vendor JDBC driver. I’ll write a separate blog with more information on JDBC 4.2.

One area that needs integration is the Java EE 7 Concurrency Features in JSR 236 and Java SE use of fork/join and the parallel streams features. At this time, WebLogic Server 12.1.3 does not support applications using fork/join and the parallel streams features so avoid using them when building WLS applications. The reason for this restriction is that the threads used by the fork/join thread pool will not be WebLogic Server managed threads. Any of the work performed in these threads may not be able to make use of WebLogic Server or Java EE facilities because the state of these threads, including security and transaction state, may not be created properly. Further, these threads will not be controlled by WebLogic Server Work Manager thread management facilities, possibly resulting in excessive thread usage.

There have been many enhancements in the area of security in JDK8. You might need to install the new Unlimited Strength Java(TM) Cryptography Extension Policy Files for the Java(TM) Platform, Standard Edition Runtime Environment 8. You can download the JCE Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files for JDK8 at

It’s likely that you will want to upgrade to the latest version of your favorite IDE if you want to make use of JDK8 features in your development. In general, I have found that many tools have already been revised for JDK8 support. The only thing I have found that isn’t updated yet is jarjar (it has an embedded copy of ASM 4, which doesn’t work with JDK8). Java 8 is available as an update for Eclipse Kepler and built into Eclipse Luna (4.4). Oracle ships “Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (”, also known as OEPE, that runs on Luna and support JDK 7 and 8 (see If you use Eclipse for development with Oracle products, you should give OEPE a try for “unparalleled development experience for Eclipse developers looking to leverage Oracle's Middleware, Mobile, Database and Cloud Platforms."

The “What’s New” document for WebLogic Server 12.1.3 has been updated with more information about JDK8 support (see So download the latest HotSpot SE 8 JVM and try out some new features. servlet:

import javax.servlet.annotation.WebServlet;
import javax.servlet.Servlet;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

name = "Calculator",
urlPatterns = "/calculator"
public class Calculator extends HttpServlet implements Servlet {
protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
doPost(request, response);

protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request,
HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
Integer number1 = Integer.valueOf(request.getParameter("number1"));
Integer number2 = Integer.valueOf(request.getParameter("number2"));
String operator = request.getParameter("operator");

Calculator myCalc = new Calculator();
IntegerMath multiplication = (num1, num2) -> num1 * num2;
IntegerMath division = (num1, num2) -> num1 / num2;
IntegerMath addition = (num1, num2) -> num1 + num2;
IntegerMath subtraction = (num1, num2) -> num1 - num2;

Integer result = 0;
switch(operator) {
request.setAttribute("result", result);
request.getRequestDispatcher("calculator.jsp").forward(request, response);

interface IntegerMath {
int operation(int number1, int number2);

public int operatorBinary(int number1, int number2, IntegerMath op) {
return op.operation(number1, number2);


<form id="calculator" action="calculator" method="post">
First number <input name="number1" type="text"/>
<select name="operator">
<option value="*"> * </option>
<option value="/"> / </option>
<option value="+"> + </option>
<option value="-"> - </option>
Second number <input name="number2" type="text"/>
<button type="submit"> Calculate </button>
<p> Result: <span id="result">${result}</span></p>

P.S. There are patches available on My Oracle Support for two bugs that you might need to download.


Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

JMS JDBC Store Performance on Oracle RAC

Much performance testing has been done in the area of JMS running on a JDBC store on an Oracle RAC Cluster. The goal of this article is to point to some existing documentation, point out a new, related feature in WLS 12.1.3, and summarize the various approaches.

First, let me point out suggestions in optimization of the Oracle database table that is used for the JMS backing store. The current JMS documentation proposes using a reverse index when enabling "I/O Multi-threading", which in turn is only recommended for heavy loads. If you have licensed the Oracle database partitioning option, you can use global hash partition indexes for the table. This cuts down the contention on the index, reduces waiting on the global cache buffer, and can significantly improve the response time of the application. Partitioning works well in all cases, some of which will not see significant improvements with a reverse index. See (this document also has some interesting comments about pool and cache size). A second recommendation is to use secure files to improve performance, make storage more efficient, and ease manageability. This is generally recommended to improve throughput with a JDBC store when message sizes are large and when network connections to the database are slow. See the details about secure files at Combining these together, the schema for the JMS backing store would look something like this:

        ID INT NOT NULL, 

The number of partitions should be a power of two to get similar sizes in the partitions. The recommended number of partitions will vary depending on the expected table/index growth and should be analyzed over time by a DBA and adjusted accordingly. See the “Oracle Database VLDB and Partitioning Guide” for other relevant parameters. Look at the custom DDL feature to use a custom JMS JDBC store table (see

These improvements work whether you are using Multi Data Source (MDS) or Active GridLink (AGL) running against a RAC Cluster.

A new trick was added to the performance arsenal in WLS JMS 12.1.3. As with any application that uses a database, there’s overhead in all round-trips from the application to the database. The JMS JDBC store code uses batching with databases that support it. Depending on the configured batch sizes (i.e., DeletesPerBatchMaximum and InsertsPerBatchMaximum) and the number of operations in the transaction, the transaction will consist of one or more round-trips for the batch execution(s) and a round-trip for the commit. The new configuration option OraclePiggybackCommitEnabled also piggy backs the commit on the batch operation for Oracle-only Thin driver. For small transactions, a single round-trip executes the batch and does the commit, cutting in half the number of round-trips.

Much work has been done looking at the overall performance for both MDS and AGL. Starting with the connection affinity enhancements in WLS 12.1.2, the performance of MDS configured with failover (as opposed to round-robin) and AGL is roughly the same. The MDS failover algorithm reserves all connections on one instance until it fails so that there is affinity of connections. Prior to WLS 12.1.2, MDS with failover has better performance than AGL because AGL does not have affinity of connections to a single instance. The use of AGL over MDS is recommended because it provides superior RAC support in many areas including management and failover (see for more details). However, AGL is only licensed for use with WebLogic Suite or Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS). Finally, the key to performance is not only the number of work threads (as one might expect) but the number of concurrent producers and consumers. For less than ten producers and consumers, use normal services on multiple RAC instances with the hash partitioned index and secure files for the LOB, as described above. For higher concurrency (over nine producers and consumers), it is more efficient to use a singleton database service. It should be configured with a preferred instance and failover instance for High Availability.

Optimization of the use of a WLS data source for a JMS JDBC store can significantly improve the performance of JMS throughput and the corresponding application. As with all performance investigations, you will need to test this with your own application and data.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Developing with Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 - Whitepaper and Video

Accompanying the release of Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 a whitepaper was published that describes the new developer oriented features that the product release contains. As this previous blog describes, it covers in some detail the new and updated Java EE APIs provided in the release:

  • Java API for WebSocket 1.0
  • Java API for JSON Processing 1.0
  • Java API for RESTful Web Services 2.0
  • Java Persistence API 2.1

It also discusses the general developer features of Oracle WebLogic Server, including the existing Java EE 6 support and some new additional capabilities such as the WebSocket Emulation library and a programming model for developing applications that use the ServerSent-Event feature of HTML5.

A video presentation covering all these new capabilities is also available on the YouTube/OracleWebLogic channel - describing the developer features of the product and how they offer support for building modern applications.

See it directly on YouTube @ Developing with Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3

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