Friday Jan 22, 2016

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level With Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

By Madhu Nair

Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDPCS) flips that equation. Minimizing the data preparation time helps unlock the value of complex data quickly. However, data preparation is not just a series of sorting, prepping and standardization operations. When done right, it is a crucial step to enrich data. To unearth insights and prepare a data enrichment pipeline that can then be operationalized to deliver higher quality and vastly insightful data to downstream applications.

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is part of the comprehensive Cloud Platform for Big Data that Oracle announced during Open World.

Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts

BDPCS utilizes a non technical, web based interface to guide the data preparation effort. This is keeping in view that data preparation should not be dependent on technical skills but business expertise. This brings data science closer to the business experts, data analysts and data scientists. Natural Language Processing based algorithms surfaces recommendations that can be then applied as business and enrichment rules to the data set. These recommendations are presented as "plain english" texts that can then be modified and updated.

Build on Apache Spark, Big Data Preparation Cloud Service also includes a responsive visual element that profiles the data sets for even further analysis and standardizations. Using Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, experts can now pull data, mash them up, enrich the data and publish it quickly. This allows them to iterate through many analysis that generally take weeks or sometime months to co ordinate with the IT and technology teams.

Differentiators

Data preparation and data wrangling is attracting a lot of investment as Data Science enters the next stage of refinement. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service brings certain critical elements that put it ahead of its competition.

It brings recommendation driven user experience

It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and

It has extensive automation capabilities.

We invite you attend our upcoming webcast to hear from Oracle executives and partner Blue Cloud Innovations and learn more about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service.  

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level with Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

Tuesday, January 26 9:30am PT/ 12:30pm ET

Join us next Tuesday to bring analytics and data science closer to everyone within your organization through easier data preparation.

Managed Cloud Integration Service – Essential for the Hybrid Cloud Model


Today, enterprises seek to do more than just save money with cloud technology —they also crave agility. Companies are looking beyond the goal of reducing capital expenses and operational expenses, and now seek to implement technologies that enable usage metrics, self-service offerings and automated provisioning without an accompanying surge in operational costs. Hybrid cloud deployments, leveraging a mix of both public and private cloud platforms offer this promise. But as enterprises try to create an integrated hybrid cloud environment, they face significant technical challenges.

Integration problems are causing companies to abandon cloud applications and are hurting their ability to innovate. Many times project deadlines are missed due to cloud integration problems.

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service (MCIS) eliminates many of the biggest barriers for enterprises that intend to adopt Oracle business applications in the public cloud. By offering pre-built integration templates and complete-lifecycle management for their cloud integration, Oracle MCIS can eliminate hours of non-strategic work for in-house IT organizations while dramatically increasing the reliability of their cloud integrations. Benefits include:

  • Pre-built integrations for rapid deployment with predictable cost and time frames
  • On-going management - patching, monitoring, break-fix, enhancements
  • Business transaction monitoring capability across clouds improve availability for integrations
  • Faster issue resolution and higher availability for cloud integrations
  • Location and platform flexibility - @ Oracle, @ customer, dedicated SOA, SOA PaaS, ICS PaaS

For more information, read the Accelerating the Transition to Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Whitepaper and visit www.oracle.com/cloud/managed-cloud

Thursday Jan 07, 2016

Bellevue University Leverages Cloud Solution to Improve Educational and Back-End System Functionality While Reducing Costs


Oracle Managed Cloud Services works with many education and research institutions, helping them get the most out of their Oracle investment and enabling them to focus on their strategic initiatives and leave the business of running Oracle to Oracle.  This is what Bellevue University in Nebraska has to say about Oracle Managed Cloud.

“Oracle Managed Cloud Services has become a valuable partner to Bellevue. They understand our processes and adjust to meet our needs. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is an extension of Bellevue’s IT team and this gives us insight and increased knowledge to best support the university.”  -  Doug Eipperle, associate vice president, enterprise IT application services, Bellevue University

Read the success story.

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Think Application Development is a Risky Business? Well Think Again

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000 

Risk has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of doing business. After all, it is only by taking risks that the greatest wins are made. But the nature of risk is changing. In the past, the pace of innovation and change was much slower than it is today. Major innovations in technology and business models would take months, if not years, to spread. This meant that cautious businesses could take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and only adopt new business tools and approaches to working once they had passed the test of time. On the other hand, adventurous businesses could risk all by adopting early. They gained much if the risk paid off, but when it didn’t these businesses stood to lose everything. 

Today, this model has been turned on its head. New services and even whole new companies are being launched every week, and what is revolutionary one month is passé the next. In our fast-moving digital world, the biggest risk for companies is doing nothing and watching their customers and market share flow to more agile competitors. It is surprising, therefore, that in a recent Oracle study of global enterprises, 33 percent of respondents state that their companies are risk averse when it comes to developing innovative business applications. With a further 24 percent of stating that they do not know just how risk averse their companies are, the real figure could be much higher.

Risk aversion and application development

These findings are concerning: in a world which favours the quickest and most inventive, many businesses are opting for a cautious approach towards what is a key mechanism for innovation – application development. When looking at the causes of risk aversion in this context, the study showed a variety of factors are at play. Chief amongst these are fears that the cost and time associated with application development is simply too high to risk failure, and a belief within businesses that they don’t have access to the right data insights to create innovative applications. Institutional risk aversion was also cited by a significant proportion of respondents.  

These are, in all fairness, perfectly good reasons to be risk averse. However, businesses today need to weigh up the risks associated with application development against the greater risk of failing to innovate. The modern business world is built on and fuelled by digital technology, both in terms of customer services and internal operations. Just as web and mobile applications are revolutionising how companies interact with and sell to customers, so too are they enhancing productivity and driving unheralded levels of efficiency through improved working practices. Companies that can continually innovate, enhance and scale these applications will become leaders in their fields. 

The good news is that technology is increasingly able to make application development a far less risky, costly and time-consuming process. In many cases, test and development environments are required for each new application instance, which may mean buying new infrastructure and software resources. Additionally, the technology involved can be complex and needs IT to project manage the development process. Given the already busy schedules of IT departments, such projects can be delayed further and it can take several months or longer for a new application to be designed and tested.

What if, after all that time and money, it turns out that the application does not meet expectations? In the light of this concern, it is easy to see why some businesses are risk averse.

Enabling low-risk innovation

The good news is that this no longer need be the case. Businesses have for some years now enjoyed the flexibility cloud computing has brought to ‘off-the-shelf’ applications. Software as a Service (SaaS) has created a whole new era in computing, enabling businesses to pay only for what they actually use, while accessing the latest versions of applications on the market each and every time. Many of the characteristics that made SaaS such a success are now promising to transform the way business applications are developed and extended internally within organisations. As such, Platform as a Service (PaaS) promises to reduce the risks associated with application development and thereby help enable further rapid innovation and change. 

With PaaS, businesses can get the resources and infrastructure they need for application development instantly as a service. This not only means the cost is moved from capital to operational expenditure, it also means that businesses can get the resources they need much more quickly, and that these resources will always be the best available at any given time. Moreover, cloud ‘hides’ much of the complexity involved, providing simple user interfaces that most people can use with minimal input from IT. As a result, the business department requiring the application can also lead on its development. 

Importantly, PaaS further helps businesses by smoothing the migration from on-premise to cloud systems. Over the next decade, , businesses’ on-premise systems will coexist with cloud systems, and applications will be developed and used in both environments. PaaS will be important as it optimises this coexistence. The best PaaS solutions let customers view cloud and on-premise as a single unified system., allowing businesses to get the most from their existing on-premise investments while losing none of the agility benefits on offer in the cloud. As such, PaaS is a great tool for managing risk.  

PaaS is therefore an enabler of the digital business; providing the means of testing applications and businesses models rapidly and at a dramatically lower cost, evaluating their worth and then either discarding them or implementing them. It provides cloud test environments that allow even the most cautious of businesses to start with small and targeted developments and thereby greatly reduce risk. It means businesses can innovate more, while worrying less. 


Friday Dec 04, 2015

Now Launching Oracle Sites Cloud Service

Originally posted on the Oracle WebCenter blog

We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners through intuitive assembly of content, applications, and processes to build rich community and marketing sites.

Engagement.
Rapidly assemble rich digital experiences for marketing sites, communities, and other business needs using themes, components, and applications.

Collaboration.
Collaborate with internal and external teams in creating content, building sites, and coordinating site updates.

Governance.
View, manage, and administer all of your community and marketing microsites in one console.

Extensibility.
Integrate third-party applications and create new custom themes to meet specific business needs.

Ready to Learn More on Oracle Sites Cloud Service?

          · [White Paper] The Linchpin of Your Digital Engagement Platform (link)
   · [Datasheet] Digital Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)
   · [Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver Sites and Communities (link)
   · [eBook] Rapidly Develop Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link
   · [Video] Introducing Oracle Sites Cloud Service (link)
   · [Website] Oracle Sites Cloud Service Website (link)

          Oracle Sites Cloud Service is available as an option under Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Limited use is included at no-charge with Oracle Documents Cloud Service. To get started, visit us at cloud.oracle.com/cloud-sites

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service is Now Available

At this year's Oracle OpenWorld, there was no shortage of new product announcements and updates. If you've been around Oracle long enough, it's something you just get accustomed to when it comes to Oracle's annual flagship conference. Sometimes it feels like you're drinking from a firehose! So with all of the activity and news that surrounds OpenWorld, it's not hard for any news item to get lost in the mix.

That's why in the post-OpenWorld calm, I like to revisit some of the key new product offerings that are worth learning more about. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) which we announced at OpenWorld and is now Generally Available (GA).

Oracle DVCS is a new Oracle Cloud PaaS offering that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, and self-service data discovery. It also provides mobile consumption and authoring capabilities. In just a few clicks, DVCS users can combine and visually analyze data from disparate data sources, and quickly reveal and share hidden patterns and actionable insights.  As a cloud service, DVCS provides these capabilities without heavy lifting by IT resources or upfront capital investment, resulting in faster time to value and greater ROI.


To get the full scoop on Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, check out Jernej Kaše's post on the Fusion Middleware Blog. And for more info about DVCS and other Oracle BI cloud services, visit Oracle Cloud Platform for Business Analytics.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

More PaaS News from OpenWorld '15

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of announcements made about new products and services. This year has been no different. If you saw Larry Ellison's keynote on Sunday, you heard Larry announce several exciting new cloud offerings which were summarized in this blog.

Fast forward to today and there's additional announcements being made about Oracle Cloud's platform and infrastructure services that further show Oracle's innovation and leadership in the cloud. Here is a list of the press release announcements made today:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 kicks off with major announcements in Larry Ellison keynote

Officially kicking off Oracle OpenWorld 2015, the keynote of Larry Ellison on Sunday evening was packed with annoucements.

In his analysis of the Cloud market of the last 16 years, he made it very clear that we're in the middle of a cloud transformation of each of the 3 layers of the cloud, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. He then introduced the 6 design goals of the Oracle Cloud:

  • Cost
  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Standards
  • Compatibility
  • Security

and elaborated extensively on each of those design goals.

For your convenience, we've storified all of the relevant tweets that were sent during his one hour presentation. As you can read in the Storify, he announced many new services and improvements:

For SaaS:

For PaaS

 Can you spot all of them? We will cover all of these new services in due time in more detail.

The video with highlights of the keynote can be found here

Sunday Oct 25, 2015

Check out "Managed Monday" at Oracle OpenWorld!

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th! 

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548)

Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between.

Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West—3010

Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549)

Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle

Industry solutions, next-generation architecture, cutting-edge engineering—join this session to hear about the very latest technologies and innovations taking place in Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Your cloud—managed by Oracle.

Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010

Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547]
Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Liz Rogers, Sr IT Director, Financial Applications, Veritas Technologies LLC

"How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile. 

Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services [CON8776]
Mayil Dharmarajan, Director Of Analytics, CHLA
Ritch Hartman, Director, IT, Office Depot
Michael Hutchinson, GVP, OMCS, Oracle
David Jankowski, Director of Development, Finance Enterprise Solutions, Intuit
Alen Oganesyan, I.S. Applications Executive, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more.

Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755]
Deepak Kallakuri, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
As the adoption of the cloud grows, customers have an increasing need for integrations between public cloud applications and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service delivers complete lifecycle management including configure and deploy, and management, monitoring, and reporting services for the cloud integration and platform. Join this session to learn how customers benefit from increased availability, help desk services, and greater security with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service investments in business transaction monitoring and identity management across the clouds and cloud automation platforms.
Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3014

Download the Managed Cloud FocusOn document

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th! 

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548)

Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between.

Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West—3010

Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549)

Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle

Industry solutions, next-generation architecture, cutting-edge engineering—join this session to hear about the very latest technologies and innovations taking place in Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Your cloud—managed by Oracle.

Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010

Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547]
Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Liz Rogers, Sr IT Director, Financial Applications, Veritas Technologies LLC

"How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile. 

Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services [CON8776]
Mayil Dharmarajan, Director Of Analytics, CHLA
Ritch Hartman, Director, IT, Office Depot
Michael Hutchinson, GVP, OMCS, Oracle
David Jankowski, Director of Development, Finance Enterprise Solutions, Intuit
Alen Oganesyan, I.S. Applications Executive, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more.

Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755]
Deepak Kallakuri, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
As the adoption of the cloud grows, customers have an increasing need for integrations between public cloud applications and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service delivers complete lifecycle management including configure and deploy, and management, monitoring, and reporting services for the cloud integration and platform. Join this session to learn how customers benefit from increased availability, help desk services, and greater security with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service investments in business transaction monitoring and identity management across the clouds and cloud automation platforms.
Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3014

Download the Managed Cloud FocusOn document

Thursday Oct 15, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Sneak Preview: Oracle’s Newest PaaS Offerings for IT Operations Management – Oracle Management Cloud

OpenWorld is always a very exciting time for Oracle and our customers, and every year we reveal some of our newest offerings.  We sat down with Prakash Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President of Oracle Management Cloud, to discuss this year’s conference.

Q:  Tell us about what’s happening this year at OpenWorld for Oracle Management Cloud?

PR:  This year, we have a rare and fantastic opportunity to introduce an entirely new category of systems management cloud services for Oracle customers – the Oracle Management Cloud.  Oracle Management Cloud is a suite of next-generation, integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions delivered as a service on Oracle Cloud. It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services.

Q:  Why will Oracle Management Cloud be so valuable to customers?

PR:  Customers today are struggling with the need to reduce time-to-market for new applications, even as those applications are getting more and more complex and distributed.  Whereas a new offering five years ago might have been supported by a monolithic, on-premises infrastructure, today that offering may be composed of half a dozen cloud services from several different providers.  Oracle Management Cloud was purpose-built to provide the new level of operational efficiency and visibility that these rapidly-changing environments require.  

Q:  What services will be available in the Oracle Management Cloud?

PR:  We will be offering three services out of the gate focused on some of the highest pain points for customers today.  Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast, via deep visibility into your application performance from end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs.  Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from applications and infrastructure – enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions.  And finally, Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling line-of-business executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis.

Q:  Where can customers go to learn about these new offerings?

PR:  The single best place to experience the power of these new offerings will be in the Oracle Management Cloud Launch General Session, which is titled GEN9778 - Oracle Management Cloud: Real-Time Monitoring, Log, & IT Operations Analytics and takes place on Tuesday, October 27 at 11AM in Moscone South Room 102. Oracle OpenWorld attendees should pre-register for the session as there is limited space and attendees will be receiving a gift from Oracle.  In addition to the General Session, there will be several dedicated track sessions, demonstration stations and hands-on labs throughout the remainder of the week.  It’s going to be a very exciting time.

Monday Oct 12, 2015

Bausch & Lomb India Achieves Operational Excellence, Ensures Business Continuity, and Reduces IT Costs with Managed Cloud

 "By using a flexible and cost-effective Oracle E-Business Suite Managed Cloud Services, we gained access to Oracle’s expertise and ensured best practices and governance across every layer of our technology portfolio. This enabled us to improve operating efficiency, ensure business continuity and reduce IT costs."

– Kavita Bijlani, Senior Manager, IT, Bausch & Lomb India

Read about the business benefits Bausch & Lomb achieved by leveraging Oracle software via Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Another Managed Cloud Services customer that has been in the news lately is Saxo Payments.  Oracle issued a press release about how Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services helps Saxo Payments break barriers to cross border training with a modern, secure operating platform. Read the press release!



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 http://cloud.oracle.com/SOA 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.

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