Thursday Jun 26, 2014

WebLogic Server, Coherence, Development Tools 12.1.3 Released

We're proud to announce the release of Cloud Application Foundation [CAF] 12.1.3 as part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 release. This includes updates to Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence and Oracle development tooling, all released in tandem for maximum efficiency and ease of adoption.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c continues to provide maximum choice of deployment options for the industry's leading application infrastructure platform, and introduces new support and integration with the broader Fusion Middleware 12c stack. WebLogic Server continues to offer a rich support of deployment choices through upgraded support for conventional on-premise systems and increased performance with Engineered Systems (such as Oracle Exalogic). Public cloud deployment options are also available, including the Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud providers such as Amazon, Windows Azure and others. These choices provide out-of-the-box compatibility with the world's most popular platforms, and allow for easy migration between these options as desired.
The WebLogic Server 12.1.3 release contains new features that extends its leadership in the application infrastructure marketplace, by making developers more productive, improving application performance and availability, and expanding options for cloud management and operations. Developers will see increasing support for Java EE 7 technologies, such as WebSockets, JAX-RS 2.0, JPA 2.1, and the Java API for JSON Processing, and also value-added capabilities like Server-Sent Events and unique WebSocket emulation capability. High availability and performance improvements include improvements to Database 12c integration support, transaction processing optimizations and multi-data center configuration guidance, and new performance optimizations for Exalogic systems. Manageability enhancements include improvements to dynamic clusters through whole server migration support, expanded support for REST-based management of WLS configurations, and new application and configuration management support in Oracle Fusion Middleware Control. Finally, WebLogic Server 12.1.3 is the foundation of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 release, which adds Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Business Process Management, and other Fusion Middleware products to the 12c family of products that is supported on and integrated with WebLogic Server 12c.
Download Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 here

The Oracle Coherence 12.1.3 update focuses on ease of integration with existing systems, developer enhancements and overall performance and functionality improvements. Specifically for developers, Coherence now provides support for the recently-approved JSR-107 (JCache) specification and Memcached clients to increase customer integration points and provide even more standards-based solutions. Further, Coherence now includes a JVisual VM Plugin, allowing more choices to manage and monitor the lifecycles of Coherence applications.
Focusing on Coherence's performance and functions, the 12.1.3 release delivers more performance when running on Oracle Exalogic, and includes new features such asynchronous 'EntryProcessors' and improvements to index creation. Elastic Data improvements make it easier than ever to create multi-terabyte data grids, and forward compatibility means that newer clients are now capable of connecting to older-versioned Coherence clusters.
Download Oracle Coherence 12.1.3 here (also available as part of the WebLogic Suite download)
Aligning with the CAF (and overall Oracle Fusion Middleware) 12.1.3 release, Oracle development tools - including Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle ADF and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse - have focused on providing support for the newest CAF product versions, as well as providing richer mobile development capabilities.
Focusing on open standards and enhancements, Oracle tools for 12.1.3 include extended Maven functionality, an enriched REST development experience, JPA and EJB development upgrades and coding features from the recently-released JDK 8. All tools support the Cloud Application Foundation (and broader Fusion Middleware) 12.1.3 releases.
>> Visit the Oracle Development Tools page here

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Top Five Best Practices for your Application PaaS

Did you miss it? Last week, Oracle was the platinum sponsor for the 14th Cloud Expo. Ayalla Goldschmidt, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Platform, presented the ‘Top Five Best Practices for Your Application PaaS’ highlighting successful application PaaS use cases. Based on data from a recent Computerworld survey of 300 IT organizations, many businesses are in the process of developing a PaaS architecture and infrastructure requirements for their cloud-based application PaaS. Ayalla's session focused on the type of workloads customers should consider starting with, characteristics for successful cloud deployments, and more. Find out how your peers are planning for this new computing model and what the top five best practices are. Access Ayalla’s session content here.

Friday Apr 18, 2014

Want a Free Pass to Oracle Open World?

Why pay for the pass, when you can join us on our dime?

The call for nominations for the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards is open, and winners will join Oracle as special guests at Open World and be recognized by Oracle for their innovative use of Oracle products. If you use WebLogic, Coherence or Tuxedo and you've been able to realize exceptional business value, we want to hear from you!

To submit a nomination, please visit the nominations site and click the link for "Cloud Application Foundation."

We hope to see you at Open World, and look forward to recognizing your innovative utilization of Oracle products!

*Winners receive a free pass to Open World 2014. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. The 2014 awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28-October 2) in San Francisco. Customers may submit separate nominations forms for multiple categories.

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Calling all Cloud Application Foundation Innovators

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. The Oracle Excellence Awards honor organizations using Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products to deliver unique business value. If you consider yourself a pioneer in using WebLogic, Coherence, and/or Tuxedo, using these products in innovative ways to achieve significant business/technical value, submit your nomination for the 2014 Excellence Awards by Friday, June 20th, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld (September 28-October 2, 2014) in San Francisco, California. Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World, get a chance to dialogue with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Publications. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. For additional details, go here.

Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Fast Data in Action

      A demonstration of how Fusion Middleware can be used to build an architecture based on Oracle Event Processor, Coherence and Oracle Database for customers that have a requirement for a mixture of real-time processing, near-time analysis and long running batch analysis of the same or a similar data set. This use-case is certainly common in Financial Services where customers need to process market and financial data in real-time as well as analyse long-term trends in large data sets. This architecture will also be applicable to any industry where the customer has requirements for analysing data at different frequencies and volumes.

     For example:
       • Financial Services -- Real-time Market and Financial data
       • Commercial Banking -- Customer Experience
       • Retail -- Real-time point of sale analysis
       • Telecommunications -- Real-time billing analysis
       • Oil and Gas -- Drilling (upstream) analysis
       • Energy -- Smart metering
       • Logistics -- Vehicle location analysis

In January 2014 we recorded a webcast for Fast Data. Please see it here.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

NTT Communications Leverages Engineered Systems, WebLogic and Coherence for Real-Time Data Monitoring

NTT Communications and Oracle recently announced that NTT has successfully deployed a real-time network monitoring system based on Oracle’s Engineered Systems, as well as Oracle Coherence and Oracle Event Processing. NTT utilizes Oracle WebLogic Server at the core of its real-time data processing strategy.

The new system is able to process 1.4 million packets per second through in-memory streaming, and as a result, it can provide not only predictive failure detection, but also early alerts for unusual network situations. Some actions have also been automated, resulting in greater efficiency and significant annual cost reductions.
From NTT executives:
"As the leading telecommunication company in the world, we want to provide our customers with the best possible quality of service. By deploying Oracle Engineered Systems we wanted to not only improve our network services but also increase our ability to predict potential failures and maximize workload efficiency," said Tetsuya Funabashi, Senior Vice President, NTT Communications Corporation. "We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the deployment happened. Because the Oracle Engineered Systems are designed to work together they are high performance, scalable and very efficient. Our new system also provides our customers with security according to inform their condition quickly. We're trying to create more new value and features to our customers with Oracle products."

NTT Communications was recognized at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2013 as one of the winners of the 2013 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards.

Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Customer & Industry Expert Podcasts highlight WebLogic and Coherence 12.1.2 Releases

With the new year, we bring you something exciting!

Two podcasts, one from our customer Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) which higlights WebLogic 12.1.2 benefits such as Coherence Integration and Maven Support. Matt Rosen, Director of Application Development at OOCL, discusses the HotCache feature allowing database changes to be propagated to objects in the Coherence cache, Maven support for developer productivity, and increased operational efficiency with unified installation, configuration, and patching. Listen to Matt for further details.

In our other podcast, industry experts Simon Haslam and Frank Munz review Oracle's WebLogic and Coherence 12.1.2 release. Frank Munz is the author of several books on middleware and cloud computing and is excited about Cloud features such Dynamic Clustering and JMS management while Simon Haslam, an Oracle Fusion Middleware specialist and ACE Director, highlights WebLogic Database integration and native cloud management. Listen to Simon and Frank here.

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

QCon: A practitioner-driven conference for Developers

QCon [] started yesterday with the 3-day conference from Monday thru Wednesday, followed by 2 days of tutorials on Thursday and Friday. The conference features over 100 speakers in 6 concurrent tracks daily covering the most timely and innovative topics driving the evolution of enterprise software development today. Oracle and its Cloud Application Foundation products are well represented at this event. Yesterday, Joe Huang, responsible for outbound product management of Oracle's Mobile Application Development Framework (ADF Mobile), discussed hybrid mobile development with Java & HTML5 for iOS and Android. If you missed Joe’s session you can download the presentation from here. Michael Kovacs will be talking tomorrow about how to keep your application data highly available. Michael works with Oracle customers in a pre-sales role to help them understand when and how to use Oracle's technology to solve their business problems. His focus is on Java and technologies like WebLogic and Coherence. His session details can be found here. Lastly, we believe in having fun. So don’t miss the Oracle hospitality reception today at the Hyatt Atrium. See you there!


Thursday Nov 07, 2013

Your Cinnamon Roll & Morning Coffee: Powered by Oracle Enterprise Manager

Truth be told, as I was getting my morning coffee today, I was pondering the recent election results more than Oracle [there, I said it]. But then an email from Glen Hawkins from the Enterprise Management team hit my Inbox and I started viewing this video. It was about the world’s largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, focusing on creating the best Digital Guest Experience (DGE) for their customers. Turns out that Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) powers 7-Eleven’s DGE Middleware Platform as a Service solution that consists of Oracle SOA Suite, Exalogic, and Exadata. “We need to present a consistent view of 7-Eleven across all our endpoints: 10,000 stores & various digital entities like our websites and apps”, said Ronald Clanton, the DGE Program Director for 7-Eleven. As 7-Eleven was rolling out a loyalty program with mobile support across multiple geos, it had many complex business & technical requirements, including supporting a wide variety of different apps, 10M guests in NA alone, ability to support high speed transactions, and very aggressive timelines. A key requirement was shortening the cycle for provisioning new environments. Whereas with other vendors this would take a few weeks, Oracle consulting showed them how with OEM provisioning new environments would take half a day, which was quite impressive. 7-Eleven has started to roll out this new program and are delighted to report that some provisioning cycles are as low as 10 minutes which includes provisioning the full Oracle SOA suite, Exalogic and more. They are delighted with OEM’s reporting capabilities and customization thereof. Watch the video to see for yourself.

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Spotlight on an ACE: Edwin Biemond

Edwin Biemond is an active member of the ACE community, having worked with Oracle's development tooling and database technologies since 1997. Since then, Edwin has become an expert in many of Oracle's middleware technologies as well, including WebLogic and SOA. In fact, Edwin has become so prolfic that he was named the Java Developer of the Year in 2009.

Edwin hails from the Netherlands, where he is an architect at the company Amis, and is also a co-author of the OSB Development Cookbook. He's a proven expert in ADF, JSF, messaging (Edifact / ebXML), Enterprise Service Bus, web services and tuning of application servers and databases.
Recently, Edwin posted a blog on the road map of WebLogic 12c, going over salient features and what the future looks like for Fusion Middleware and the Application Server areas - it's well worth a read, so give it a look. A snippet:
WebLogic 12.1.3 will be the first version for many FMW 12c products like Oracle SOA Suite 12c and probably come in one big jar. 12.1.3 & 12.1.4 will add extra features and improvements to Elastic JMS & Dynamic Clusters. Elastic JMS in 12.1.3 will support Server Migration so you can’t lose any JMS messages. In 12.1.4, Dynamic Clusters will have support for auto-scaling based on thresholds based on user-defined metrics. WebLogic 12.1.4 will also have an API to control the Dynamic Clusters, this way we can easily program when to stop, start or remove nodes from a dynamic cluster.

Further, Edwin is hosting a session on getting your FMW environment up and running in less than 10 minutes using popular tooling to configure and manage the many FMW components you have in your technology stack.

Register now for this virtual developer day to see more.

We thank Edwin for his commitment to being an ACE, his work on his blog, his social media publishing and his overall commitment to helping other technologists be even more successful with Oracle products.

Follow Edwin on his blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or read his ACE Profile

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Customer Highlight: NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile operator in Japan, and serves over 13 million smartphone customers. Due to their growing data processing and scalability needs, they turned to Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation products for an integral soultion.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, we first showcased NTT DOCOMO as a customer who was utilizing Oracle Coherence to process mobile data at a rate of 700,000 events per second (and then using Hadoop for distributed processing of big data). Overall, this Led to a 50% cost reduction due to the ultra-high velocity traffic processing of their customers' events.

Recently, on October 7th, 2013, Oracle and NTT DOCOMO were proud to again announce a partnership around another key component of Oracle CAF: WebLogic Server. WebLogic was recently deployed as the application platform of choice to run DOCOMO's mission-critical data system ALADIN, which connects nationwide shops and information centers. ALADIN, which also utilizes Oracle Database and Oracle Tuxedo, is based on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has allowed the company to operate smoothly while minimizing additional development and modification associated with the migration of application server products.

We look forward to continuing to partner with NTT DOCOMO, and are proud that Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products are providing the mission-critical solutions - at scale - that DOCOMO requires.

Want to learn more about how CAF products are working in the real world?
Join us for a FREE Virtual Developer Day on November 5th from 9am-1pm Pacific Time!

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Free Virtual Developer Day: WebLogic and Coherence November 5

We're excited to announce an upcoming FREE virtual developer day focused on WebLogic and Coherence.

This exciting day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle. And of course, we'll conclude with some hands-on labs that ensure this isn't all a bunch of made-up stuff - get your hands dirty in the code!

November 5, 2013
9am PT/12pm ET

We're offering two tracks for your attendance, though of course you're free to attend any session you wish. The first will be for pure developers with sessions around developing for WebLogic with HTML5, processing live events, and looking at development tooling. The second is for developers who are involved in the building and management processes as part of the application life cycle. These sessions focus on using Maven for builds, using Chef and Puppet and more.

We look forward to seeing you there, and don't forget to invite a friend!

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

OpenWorld Recap - Oracle Cloud Application Foundation with WebLogic, Coherence, and more….

Interest in Cloud and Mobility drove significant focus on Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld . In case you missed it, here is a recap:

Oracle WebLogic Server received significant limelight in Executive Vice President Thoman Kurian’s keynote -- The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service. Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Java as a Service provides full control of dedicated Oracle WebLogic Server clusters, supports any Java application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

In the classic roadmap session by CAF vice president of product management Mike Lehmann, Mike focused on the recent 12.1.2 release. The session provided insights into how Oracle is evolving this infrastructure to be the next-generation application foundation for its customers to build on in a private cloud setting, Oracle's vision, product plans, and roadmap for this server infrastructure, and how it will be used in the rapidly maturing cloud infrastructure space. We hope the presentation helped you make key decisions about running your enterprise applications on Oracle's enterprise Java server foundation.

Oracle Coherence provided a many sessions at OpenWorld, focused around improving the customer experience with real-time data processing and application scalability to meet mobile and cloud demands. Many customers were excited to learn that Coherence can now update the data cache in real-time, delivering on the expectations of instantaneous updates. All sessions were well-attended, with several customers noting that the 12c release of Coherence was helping them solve strategic problems for both their organization and their own customers.

Developers, Mobile and Cloud!

Chris Tonas kicked off exciting development trends in his General Session “Emerging Trends in Application Development” which covered Oracle’s perspective in addressing the development opportunities in mobile and cloud environments. Mobile continues to be a dominant topic and Chris discussed real-world applications built with Oracle ADF Mobile, a Java based hybrid-mobile framework that helps Java developers build hybrid-mobile apps for iOS and Android from one code base. Java’s mantra to write once, deploy to many – lives on in the mobile arena!

Furthering Oracle’s focus on mobile and cloud computing trends, Chris introduced Oracle Mobile Cloud Services, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) that helps mobile app developers readily create more powerful, sophisticated applications that tap into enterprise backend services and simplify enterprise mobile connectivity. Learn more.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can watch all the keynotes and general sessions here. In addition, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, the OTN Virtual Developer Day – Harnessing WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, and other Cloud Application Foundation events at following site (link)

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Meet the Cloud Application Foundation Innovators

Among the information-packed and exciting sessions you will experience if you are coming to Oracle OpenWorld next week, here is one you will not want to miss. In this session on Oracle's most impressive innovators in Cloud Application Foundation, you will hear some fascinating stories from diverse customers and partners.

For example:

  • Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is revamping an ERP system for an industry in which margin is everything, and choosing the right platform is vital to success
  • Hewlett-Packard has one of the largest WebLogic Server deployments in the world - take a closer look inside
  • Deltek offers a very successful OEM solution built on WebLogic Server, with successful production deployments on WebLogic 12.1.1
  • Amadeus will tell us about their infrastructure challenges and solutions in one of IT's most highly demanding industries - online reservation systems
You can hear about these in OpenWorld Session CON8882, on Tuesday, September 24, noon-1:00 pm, Moscone South 304.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Multiple Cloud App Foundation Customers Under One Roof, Live!

As we approach this year’s Oracle OpenWorld, I wanted to highlight one of the primary customer appreciation events. Each year the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards are given to Oracle customers for their cutting-edge solutions. Winners were selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.


Join us for this year’s Oracle Excellence Award session to meet with the winners and hear their stories. We are convinced that you will be impressed by the quality and diversity of stories as you listen to multiple customers presenting their unique usage of Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions and deriving tremendous value out of it. I am personally very excited to see the innovation from our customers and can’t wait to hear the innovation stories shared at this year’s event.   


Last year the Cloud Application Foundation customers receiving this award presented two very unique stories. One was from Hotelbeds, an accommodation wholesaler servicing over 50,000 hotels across 183 countries, using Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence to help fuel sustained company growth. Hotelbeds sells 16 million hotel room nights per year and has experienced consistent double-digit growth over the past decade. As the company continued to expand, it realized that its current IT infrastructure environment, which had been comprised of various open source application servers, like Tomcat and Resin, had become too complex, disparate and costly to manage and its middle-tier database cache could no longer scale to serve the company’s busiest seasons. After undergoing a rigorous evaluation process that included analyzing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Oracle WebLogic Server versus open source application servers, Hotelbeds decided to migrate its entire applications ecosystem to Oracle WebLogic Server. By consolidating onto Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds was able to reduce cost and risk and increase efforts to streamline their data center. Additionally, Hotelbeds opted to replace its existing open source caching systems MemCached and EHCache with Oracle Coherence. In transactional tests prior to implementation, Oracle Coherence significantly out-performed Hotelbeds’ previous caching system in terms of performance, scalability and reliability. By consolidating its application server environment with Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds anticipates it will reduce its operating costs by nearly 25 percent and also eliminate the risk of running their business critical applications on unsupported platforms. For more on this story, view this customer video.

The other story from Nike, a globally recognized brand, discussed how the Nike Plus Digital Sports Platform utilizes Coherence Grid in unique ways. Nike takes advantage of Coherence as a traditional cache using both cache-aside and cache-through patterns. It has developed a horizontally scalable, distributed, event processing architecture which ensures accuracy and consistency of cached data compared to pull model. This has resulted in faster consumer experience as it uses partitioning & underlying node affinity to schedule & execute 100s of 1000s of jobs across grid. The architecture is meant to scale reliably upto over 8M users and expected to double this year. For more on this story, hear from Nicole Otto, Nike’s Sr. Director of Consumer Digital Technology group.



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