Monday Sep 28, 2015

The Wait is Over: SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Here

Today we announced the availability of Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service with a press release. These services are part of Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration and complement Oracle Integration Cloud Service to provide a complete and robust integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) in the cloud.

Oracle SOA Cloud Service is a comprehensive suite of integration services that enable users to quickly integrate on-premises and cloud applications with capabilities including enterprise service bus and orchestration; while B2B, Managed File Transfer, business activity monitoring, scheduling service and event processing features are coming soon.   Oracle API Manager Cloud Service enables developers to create new custom APIs and expose them to internal or external consumers in a secure way to help develop innovative offerings for end users. 

The new cloud services target developers’ diverse requirements and accelerate innovation with features such as:
  • Rapid provisioning for SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environments, based on the size and requirements specified by the customer. A new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises.
  • Simplified management with single click patching, single click scale out, built-in backup/recovery
  • Access to comprehensive capabilities of SOA 12c and deployment portability to support hybrid integration

Hybrid integration is a popular approach to integration projects as it gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward. Ovum’s senior analyst for middleware Saurabh Sharma says “With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend.  Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.”

Oracle Integration Cloud Service customer Calix also shares our excitement. Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix says: “Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need. It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.”

You can learn more about Oracle SOA Cloud and Oracle API Manager Cloud services by visiting our Web site and reading additional blog posts.

Thursday Sep 10, 2015

Build Better, More Engaging Mobile Apps with Oracle and Xamarin

Enterprise mobility is booming. Gartner forecasts that by the end of 2017 market demand for enterprise mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them. To help its customers meet the demand, Oracle has partnered with Xamarin, a hugely popular mobile development platform, to allow joint customers to build fully native, cloud-connected apps quickly. Now, enterprises can build high-performance apps for all platforms using Xamarin, and integrate to back-end systems with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service.

In a recent webcast, “Go Native Fast with Xamarin,” Rimi Bewtra, Oracle’s senior director of product marketing, and Nat Friedman, CEO and cofounder of Xamarin, explored the enterprise mobile market and how the partnership positions customers for success. Here are the highlights:   

Bewtra: What’s the best way to approach enterprise mobile challenges?

Friedman: Given all the complexity inherent to mobile development, a company’s competitive advantage lies in reaching, engaging, and retaining more mobile users. This starts and ends with a great, native user experience. 

For that to happen, enterprise apps need three things. First, a consumer-grade front end. We’ve found that 60 percent of all mobile users abandon apps that don’t load in three seconds, and 43 percent will never return. That needs to be driven by an enterprise-grade back end that mobilizes enterprise data safely and securely. And a mobile development lifecycle to build, test, and monitor apps efficiently enough to accelerate time to market and ensure app adoption. 

Image of Rimi and Nat in conversation

See this conversation and many other informative speakers on the Cloud Platform webcast series

Bewtra: What trends are you seeing with your customers in their approach to addressing demand for mobile apps?

Friedman: It’s challenging—you have a highly fragmented mobile market, a huge developer shortage, and new frameworks for building mobile apps. That’s where Xamarin and Oracle come in. Oracle’s mobile strategy with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is about allowing developers to build their mobile apps on any app development platform. As the leading cross-platform mobile app development solution for C# developers, we want to make it fast and easy for our customers to build high-quality, high-performance apps. Our strategic partnership means that developers easily connect their fully native Xamarin apps to Mobile Cloud Service to power their apps’ back end. 

Bewtra: Tell us more about Xamarin.

Friedman: We’re taking tens of thousands of companies mobile with our development platform that turns 6 million C# developers into native iOS and Android developers. With Xamarin, our customers build 100 percent native iOS, Android, and Windows apps from a single shared C# codebase—which accelerates time to market. Customers, employees, and vendors expect a fluid UI and fast load times, and Xamarin allows enterprises to bring these innovative mobile experiences to life with fully native mobile apps that work on any device. Our customers use mobile to drive business goals with customer loyalty apps, to enable home energy efficiency, to improve in-flight operations by allowing flight crews to accept ApplePay for purchases, and even to help the hearing impaired better engage with the world around them.  

Bewtra: What does the Xamarin and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service integration allow joint customers to do?

Friedman: Our partnership combines Oracle’s leadership in enterprise integrations, security, and analytics with Xamarin’s success in mobile app development, delivering a complete end-to-end solution. Xamarin provides the consumer-grade front end that lets you develop fully native apps in all three ways: native UI, native performance, and access to all device-specific APIs. With the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enterprises then easily connect to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service on the back end. With the SDK, enterprises include MCS like push, authentication, storage, enterprise endpoints, CRM, ERP, diagnostics, and analytics with a few lines of additional code. As a result, enterprises are positioned to transform their businesses quickly and scale for the future—and that’s what we’re here to do.  

Bewtra: Why partner with Oracle? What’s most compelling about the Oracle Mobile platform?

Friedman: Oracle is laser-focused on apps, shifting from its huge on-premises footprint to the cloud. In fact, we’ve seen how agile Oracle’s cloud is firsthand—we started this relationship in early March and now, within a couple of months, we already have complete end-to-end integrated solution and demo apps. 

On top of that, both Xamarin and Oracle are hyper-focused on solving business problems and creating new opportunities through mobile. We also share a mutual focus on UX: Developers love using Xamarin and, with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service persona-based workflow, it’s easy for developers to be productive immediately. 

The bottom line is, we want to empower each of our customers with everything they need to build their next 100-plus apps—their mobile strategy—and, together, Xamarin and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service make this possible. 

Wednesday Sep 09, 2015

Arcor Talks About the Business Benefits they Achieved by Leveraging Oracle Hardware, Software and Managed Cloud Services in Two New Videos

Two new videos have been published highlighting Arcor’s success with Oracle hardware, software and Managed Cloud Services.   With Oracle software, running on Oracle Engineered Systems, managed by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Arcor has gotten closer to their customers, focused on their business instead of IT and reduced their total cost of ownership.

Take a few minutes to listen and watch!

Arcor Transforms Operations with Oracle Cloud Services -  Renata Fontana, VP for IT Services, explains how Arcor has improved business responsiveness and performance while reducing total cost of ownership.

Grupo Arcor Improves Demand Management with Oracle - With Oracle Demantra and Oracle Cloud Services Arcor has improved demand visibility, plant capacity utilization, and customer service to meet a demanding international market.

Tuesday Sep 01, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico uses Oracle Cloud Technology to Streamline 26 Companies

Benjamin Hernandez, CIO of Grupo Aeroméxico, a corporation comprised of 26 companies including Aeroméxico (Mexico’s largest airline), Aeroméxico Connect (a regional carrier), Aeroméxico Servicios (ground handling), Aeroméxico Cargo, and Aeroméxico Capacitación (training center), discusses how the Oracle E-Business Suite, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services has helped the company transform its business to support its expansion and growth. 

"It was a good option to use Oracle Managed Cloud Services, because it reduced the risk. It also reduced complexity and the time it took to implement our new ERP system."

  - Benjamin Hernandez, CIO, Grupo Aeroméxico

Read the Profit magazine article for details!

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customer TMEIC Corporation Supports Global Operations with Improved Engineering Project Visibility

 TMEIC Corporation designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems for industrial applications, serving the metals, oil and gas, mining, material handling, and renewable energy industries, as well as utilities and other industrial markets. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, TMEIC Corporation is a group company of Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, with its headquarters in Tokyo and operations in the United States, Japan, India, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China among other countries.

 TMEIC needed an ERP system that met the needs of their engineering focused, project-based company and they needed a CRM system that could support their global sales organization. They also wanted to cut their IT costs and focus their internal IT resources on strategic initiatives.

“We found it very difficult to gain visibility into all aspects of our projects—including scheduling, expenses, and staff time—across the company. We also needed timely access to essential information from applications across the enterprise. Oracle E-Business Suite, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, enabled us to consolidate our disparate systems and improve business performance.”

 -  John Slaski, director, information technology, TMEIC Corporation

Read the success story.

Monday Jun 29, 2015

Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Wrap-Up

Last Monday, Oracle held a live event at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, announcing the addition of 24 new platform and infrastructure services to the Oracle Cloud. The launch event was headlined by none other than Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. I was lucky enough to attend in person and thought I’d share some of the highlights of the day.

The day got off to an early start with a full lineup of executive interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and streamed live from theCube. Interviewees included a number of Oracle executives, Oracle Cloud Platform customers, and IDC analyst Carl Olofson. I thought the interviews were insightful and I really like John’s conversational interview style.  If you’re interested in hearing different industry perspectives on PaaS, it’s worth checking out the replays of the interviews here.

The live in-person portion of the event went off in front of a packed house in Oracle’s Conference Center. The room was filled with hundreds of customers, partners, and members of the press and analyst communities. For those who weren’t able to attend in person, the entire event was streamed live to a global audience of thousands.  Larry’s presentation provided a quick recap of Oracle’s SaaS business as well as a high-level view of the 24 new platform and infrastructure services being added to Oracle Cloud. Following Larry was Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle, who drilled down into more detail on the new services and included some very cool demos of the new Dedicated Compute, Exadata, and Mobile cloud services.  Lastly, Steve Daheb, SVP of PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups, hosted a panel discussion with key executives from Avaya, JDSU, Accenture, and Pharmavite who talked about how Oracle Cloud Platform is helping them drive business innovation and technology leadership. The entire event was recorded and each segment is now available to view on-demand. If you don’t have time to watch a replay of the entire event, you can watch this short highlight video of Larry’s keynote.

My key takeaway from Monday’s launch was that Oracle continues to be all-in with respect to the cloud. Oracle is expanding its already broad and integrated cloud platform and has plugged the few remaining gaps with services like Mobile, Integration, and Process. Now, Oracle is starting to differentiate itself by raising the bar with platform services based on engineered systems like Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance to enable performance, scale, and reliability never seen before in a public cloud. It’s ambitious and impressive, and based on initial reactions from customers, press, and analysts, it's going to significantly increase the possibilities of PaaS in the enterprise.

For a more comprehensive rundown of Monday’s announcements, check out the press release.  And of course, for more information about the Oracle Cloud Platform itself, just go to  

Lastly, if you want to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform, I encourage you to register for the upcoming live Oracle Cloud Platform webcast series which starts in July.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Now Launching Oracle Process Cloud Service

Announcing Oracle Process Cloud Service
-       Empowering Business Users with Process Automation

Oracle Process Cloud Service equips your line of business to deliver on digital automation of process applications - independent of IT. In a zero-code, cloud based infrastructure, Oracle Process Cloud Service empowers the business user to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs. This takes business empowerment to a new level of automation and efficiency.

Join us in Making History

We are excited Larry Ellison will be breaking ground with Oracle Process Cloud Service on Monday June 22. Join us online or on the web – we have an exciting lineup of customers, hands on demos, product experts and more.

[Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link
[Event |Webcast] Jun 22 Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)

How to Learn More on Oracle Process Cloud Service?

[BPM-CON Webcast] Rapid Process Automation on the Cloud (link
[Solution Brief] A New Approach to Digital Transformation (link)
[Datasheet]  Productive Work Management in the Cloud (link)
[Video] Introducing Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver at Market Speed (link)
[eBook] Rapidly Design, Automate and Manage Processes on the Cloud (link)
[Video] Technical dive into Process Cloud Service (link)

Testimonials: PCS Customers and Partners in Action 

[Video] Land O Lakes Extends SaaS with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Flextronics Speeds up BPM with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Avio Empowers Business with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] eProseed Digitizes with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Sofbang Extends SOA with with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Hitachi Manages Contracts with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)


[Analyst Report] Ovum: Oracle Brings Process to the Cloud (link)
[Byline] Forbes: What IT Pros Must do to Survive, Thrive Amid Rapid Change (link)


[Event |Webcast] Jun 19  Oracle Public Cloud: Platform as a Service (link)
[Event |Webcast] Jun 22  Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)
[Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link)
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Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customers in the News

Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite

 Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and services. The company has five segments: specialty minerals, refractories, performance materials, construction technologies, and energy services.

Minerals Technologies acquired AMCOL International Corporation and thus needed to integrate the IT Systems of the two companies.  Other challenges were to provide visibility into the financial, manufacturing and logistics data globally while simultaneously reducing IT complexity.

"Oracle is a true partner and is the best in the business. With Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Oracle Managed Cloud Services, we have insight into every aspect of our business and can truly focus on leveraging the value of the technology across our global processes, instead of managing the technology itself. We have better system performance and availability with our Oracle software, running on Oracle hardware, being run by Oracle experts.”

 - Khem Balkaran, CIO, Minerals Technologies Inc.

Read the success story

Hampden Bank - the First New Private Bank to Open in the United Kingdom in 30 Years

Hampden Bank is in the news!   Hampden & Co. is a new private bank in the United Kingdom and they have selected Oracle FLEXCUBE, a solution for online banking, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  Articles from  The Scotsman  and the Financial Times are two examples of recent publications about this exciting new bank.

Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Bimbo Group Optimizes Baked Goods Distribution Costs and Cuts Daily Transport Scheduling Time in Half

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimbo produces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies, across more than 100 brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Oroweat, Arnold, Brownberry, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Barcel, Entenmann’s, Fargo, and many others.

Bimbo operates a distribution network with over 52,000 routes and more than 2.2 million points of sale located in 19 countries.  

The company needed to lower their distribution costs to increase their profits.  They also needed visibility into their broad transportation network.  Bimbo did not want to allocate their resources to running and maintaining these new systems, they wanted to focus on other strategic initiatives.

"Bimbo has relied on Oracle technology for many years. Oracle Transportation Management is a leader in the transport management sector, and Oracle's expertise in providing these solutions was a key factor in our decision.  With Oracle Managed Cloud Services,  we secured the appropriate level of management and support for the solution, which allowed us to focus more resources on strategic priorities.”

  - Francisco Javier Puente Ruiz, system logistics manager, Bimbo SA de CV. 

Read the success story

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Archer Daniels Midland, Oracle Managed Cloud Customer, Wins Oracle Excellence Award

Marty Schoenthaler, the CIO of Archer Daniels Midland Company, was presented with Oracle's CIO of the Year/North America 2014 Oracle Excellence Award. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) launched a transformational project called 1ADM in January, 2014. The company-wide initiative is about enabling business transformation through technology. Part of the project is JD Edwards, Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle technology running on Engineered Systems - all run and maintained by Oracle Managed Cloud Services. For more information read the Oracle Magazine article.

Monday May 18, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico Approves Purchases in Seconds Instead of Months while Improving Control; Consolidates Financial Data 40% Faster with Managed Cloud Solution

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs. 

Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace disparate financial and human resources (HR) systems across its various entities to gain better visibility into group and individual entity performance and improve operational efficiency with more informed decisions.  The company implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite, along with Hyperion Financial Management and achieved great results, for example, enabling it to create a consolidated balance sheet for all group companies in three days instead of five days.

Grupo Aeroméxico has had great success deploying the systems in the cloud.

"Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us the best hardware infrastructure and world-class application management. We selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to support the solutions, since this guarantees scalability, high availability, and effortless maintenance."

-Benjamín Hernández Sepúlveda, Corporate Director of Technological Development, Grupo Aeroméxico

Read the success story

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Opera Software Closes their Financial Books Nearly 3x Faster and Ensures Scalability and High Availability with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Opera Software plans to use Oracle Financials to enable its accounting and financial teams to improve financial analysis and reporting and accelerate internal monthly and quarterly close cycles, so the process is completed in just 4 days instead of 11 days.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides Opera with unlimited IT scalability, high-availability and optimum applications administration to support business growth.

Read more here.

Monday Apr 20, 2015

Shelf Drilling Optimizes Jackup Rig Operations Globally Thanks to Innovative Mix of Cloud Solutions

Shelf Drilling Ltd. deployed Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to optimize supply chain and maintenance processes across its fleet of 38 jackup rigs.   Read more here.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

The Call for Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is Now Open!

Attention Managed Cloud Services Customers!  The call for proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is now open.  Share your ideas, experience and success with Oracle Managed Cloud Services by presenting at a conference session!  

 If your proposal is selected, you will receive a complimentary pass to the conference. 

Submit your proposal here.  

Monday Mar 30, 2015

What is PaaS? And Why Should HR Care?

By Mike Vilimek


Oracle recently announced the availability of a new type of Cloud offering called PaaS. It stands for Platform-as-a-Service, and allows customers to develop, run and manage web applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. Sounds very “techy”. Why should HR care about PaaS?

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