Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Oracle GoldenGate AppAdvantage in Action at Land O’Lakes, Smuckers, and Veolia Water

On Tuesday at OpenWorld we had the honor to host a panel with GoldenGate customers: Land O’Lakes, Smuckers, and Veolia Water. Besides giving us yummy nutrition and healthy water, these companies have another aspect in common. They all use GoldenGate to boost their ERP application.

Veoila Water’s Pierre Kerrinckx came from their HQ in France for this panel and spoke to us about the database migration project for their JD Edwards ERP system. Using GoldenGate Veolia was able to migrate from Oracle Database 10gR2 on Aix 5.3 Oracle 10g R2 to Oracle Database Aix 7.1 Oracle 11g R2 and did so with only 2 hours of interruption to JD Edwards end users. Pierre mentioned, the other benefit of GoldenGate was the ability to switch back to the old environment if needed.

Land O’Lakes’ Mark Kohls talked about their use of GoldenGate for their JD Edwards ERP system supporting the Purina business line. Land O’Lakes had to migrate enterprise-wide JDE Xe ERP system to new database and application server platform with minimal downtime to the business. While their goal was to have less than 8 hours of downtime, with GoldenGate they limited downtime to 30 minutes.

Both Veolia and Land O’Lakes used GoldenGate in an Active-Passive fashion, meaning that the new environment was not used simultaneously with the old one, and the users migrated all at once. GoldenGate provides Active-Active migration model too, if the company prefers to do a phased migration and truly zero downtime.

Smuckers's Neal Indermuhle had a different story to share. He talked about operational reporting for their critical Oracle E-Business Suite and how using Oracle GoldenGate helped the company to achieve the near real-time data they need in making critical business decisions. Neil shared that the replication latency averages less than 10 seconds and Oracle GoldenGate Veridata is leveraged to validate synchronization.

I would like to thank Pierre, Mark, and Neal for sharing their best practices, and taking tough questions from the audience. If you would like to learn more about Oracle GoldenGate’s solutions for JD Edwards, E-Business Suite and other key Oracle Applications please check out our new resource center with recorded video presentations and detailed white papers.

Before I get ready for another full day at OpenWorld tomorrow I would like to leave you with the key GoldenGate sessions we have lined up for Wednesday:

Best Practices for Integrating Oracle GoldenGate with Oracle Active Data Guard (CON8500)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:15AM-11:15AM PT
Moscone South – 104

Powering Solutions for Oracle Applications with Oracle GoldenGate (CON8897)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:45AM-12:45PM PT
Moscone West – 2024

Integrated Apply for Oracle Database: Scalable Replication with Oracle GoldenGate (CON8198)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:00PM-6:00PM PT
Moscone North – 131

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Upgrading Oracle Siebel CRM Application Without Downtime

Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software helps organizations differentiate their businesses to achieve top- and bottom-line growth. Siebel CRM delivers comprehensive solutions that are tailored to more than 20 different industries. As Siebel CRM implementations have evolved into mission critical, operational business processes that must operate 24/7, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the downtime typically required to perform an in-place upgrade. Without these upgrades, businesses loose out on critical new features and functionality.


With Oracle GoldenGate, customers don’t have to choose between upgrades and outages. Oracle GoldenGate allows Siebel CRM customers to perform upgrades with zero downtime. Now Siebel customers can always take advantages of the latest innovations in customer relationship management without having to worry about potential lost revenue due to downtime.


Oracle GoldenGate provides three different deployment models for Siebel CRM zero downtime upgrades that are designed to meet differing customer requirements. These range from a basic unidirectional model, which is designed to work out-of-the-box, to the most sophisticated active-active model for phased migrations.


If you have mission-critical Siebel CRM implementations I recommend that you watch the screencast below to learn how you can begin taking advantage of all the latest Siebel enhancements without having any downtime.

This screencast is also available on Oracle Media Network and Oracle's YouTube channel. For even more details I recommend reading the whitepaper Upgrading Siebel CRM with Zero Downtime .

Friday Jan 11, 2013

Customer Spotlight:Raymond James

Back in October we announced that Raymond James is a winner of 2012 Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards in the Data Integration category. As I mentioned on this site before, Raymond James used Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate in an integrated solution for its operational data store that supports the application services across the enterprise. By using Oracle's real-time data integration solution from heterogeneous systems into a centralized ODS, the team achieved higher application performance, reduced complexity and cost, and up to 50 percent faster time to market. 

I had a pleasure meeting the team, Ryan Fornett, Tim Garrod, and Michael Wells, from Raymond James at Oracle OpenWorld 2012. In addition to hearing from them during their presentations, we had a chance to record interviews with Tim and Ryan while at OpenWorld. You can find the links to their videos below:

 Yesterday, with their permission we posted a detailed blog on the FMW blog site about their implementation:

Data Integration Customer Spotlight: Raymond James Financial

I highly recommend reading it to see Oracle Data Integration products in action.

Many thanks to Ryan, Tim, and Mike for sharing the details of their innovative solution with us.


Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Untangle Your Business with Oracle's Unified Data Integration and SOA

Who ever said enterprise integration - services, application or data was easy?  All the more reason, a combination approach consisting of application and data integration technologies is critical to integration success.  Combining Oracle Data Integrator and SOA Suite provides best-in-class technologies that work together in a unified manner.  ODI provides complex data integration, bulk data movement and data transformation for the underlying data, while SOA Suite links multiple,individual services to build a business process.  Tune into out webcast on April 24th 10 AM PT and hear how Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle SOA Suite together, are integral to a successful integration strategy.  Learn about ways to:

  • Improve productivity through unified and standards-based design time tooling
  • Lower TCO by optimizing business processes to run faster and more efficiently
  • Simplify deployment and management on a single runtime platform architecture, built for reliability and elasticity


Register now at http://bit.ly/I2bzuV

Untangle your business with unified communications

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Recap: Accomplish Application Integration with Ease Using Oracle Data Integration

The 2011 Oracle OpenWorld conference has come to a close and it was a great one indeed.  Awe-inspiring sessions, packed to full capacity HOLs and tremendous buzz and interest at the Data Integration demo pods.  In case you missed it, there was a very interesting session on Thursday morning that covered application integration with a twist.  The twist is that the session covered use cases for Oracle Data Integration as it pertained to achieving application integration. 

Here's a run down the uses cases that were covered.  

The five uses cases of application integation include: Bulk Data Processing for Application Migrations/Upgrades (Oracle Data Integrator), Zero Downtime Migrations/Upgrades (Oracle GoldenGate), Query Offloading (Oracle GoldenGate), SOA-Based Bulk Data Movement (SOA, ODI), and SOA-Based Bulk Data Transformation (SOA, ODI) .

  • Bulk Data Processing for Application Migrations/Upgrades: Oracle Data Integrator is used to perform data layer integration and move large volumes of data in bulk and execute data transformations. This scenario is for pure data integration with no process or services level integration involved. 
  • Zero Downtime Migrations/Upgrades: Many organziations are often looking to upgrade to the most recent version of their particular application, however these upgrade processes typically require downtime, which can disrupt business operations.  Oracle GoldenGate removes the need to make invasive changes to the source and target systems by seamlessly moving data in real-time, and phased upgrades can be implemented in a dramatically reduced timeframe. 
  • Query Offloading: Oracle GoldenGate enables real-time reporting off of a lower cost sytem by keeping a reporting database in sync with the original OLTP system. GoldenGate can move only the data that is required for the purpose of reporting, and heterogeneity assures the use of low cost systems that offload query execution from OLTP systems. 
  • SOA-based Bulk Data Movement and Transformation: SOA and Oracle Data Integrator work together to accomplish application integration, with each product focused on what they do best.  ODI is used for the "heavy data lifting and transformations" and is invoked by Oracle BPEL Process Manager or Oracle Service Bus.  Upon completing the data transformations, ODI sends back a response to Oracle BPEL PM and Oracle Service Bus which in turns completes the process level integration.  In addition, Oracle SOA Suite and ODI share the same design-time environment in JDeveloper.  The benefits of this use case for application integration include: reduced cost of building and maintaining separate integration services and data integrator provides a unified, logical view of the data and enables bulk database/data warehouse loading versus event-by-event loading. 

Application Integration is completely addressed when BOTH process-level and data integration are tackled together.  Proceeding with one integration over another solves only a portion of the problem and covers only a part of the application architecture.  Data is integral to applications as much as exposing application components for integration.  As a result, the combination of both data integration and process integration can integrate any resource, whether a web service, data persisted in the database, data in a flat file, business logic in a C application or transactions on a mainframe system. 

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