Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Meet the Data Integration Winners of 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation

Last Tuesday evening we had a special celebration at Oracle OpenWorld. In an Oscars-like ceremony we announced the winners of the 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation. You can find an overview of the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards Ceremony and the full list of winners across all 12 categories in the following blog post: And The Winners Are....

In this blog post I would like to introduce you the 2014 Fusion Middleware Innovation Award winners in the Data Integration category: NET Serviços and Griffith University.

NET Serviços is Latin America’s largest multi-service cable company and enjoyed a steep growth in its business. However the existing system architecture was not supporting this business growth, and the new product areas and business models they were expanding to.  Net Serviços team, led by Robin Michael Gray, built a single corporate real-time integration platform in a standards-based private cloud architecture with high level of maturity of standardization and architecture documentation. They implemented the private cloud environment on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic, and for enterprise-wide real-time integration they are using Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle SOA Suite. This platform enabled:

  • 60% reduction in development time
  • 50% reduction in management costs via native solutions for monitoring and error handling
  • 80% reduction in data quality problems via data validation as part of integration
  • Increased agility in identifying and fixing problems due to very innovative ODI data quality firewall and Oracle GoldenGate "error hospital" 

Griffith University is based in Australia, and is one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Bruce Callow, chief technology officer for Griffith University, and his team saw the opportunity to improve student experience and attract more enrollment by building a modern web and mobile interface. Griffith University deployed Oracle Data IntegratorOracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus with the help of their partner Integral to build a real-time data hub that supports key applications such as Oracle RightNow Service Cloud and allows a new web and mobile interface for students. The solution also reduced the load on the core Oracle PeopleSoft system during peak load windows. With this solution Griffith University:

• Achieved unified view of students by using Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle Service Bus

• Improved visibility on the state of demand for courses and to optimize enrollments and course scheduling in real time to best meet that demand

• Increased student satisfaction in enrollment process from 20% to 86%.

You can learn more about Griffith University's solution here: Griffith University Manages Enrollment Peaks 4x Faster—Boosts Student Satisfaction and Retention Rate

Congratulations to Net Serviços and Griffith University with their partner Integral for winning this year's Oracle Excellence Awards for usion Middleware Innovation in Data Integration category! 

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Zero Downtime Consolidation to Oracle Database 12c: Webcast Recap

As companies move to private cloud implementations to increase agility and reduce costs, and start their plans with consolidating their databases, a major question arises: how do we move our systems without causing major disruption to the business. At the end, the most important systems that need to move to this new architecture are the ones that cannot tolerate extensive downtime for any reason. In last week’s webcast “Zero Downtime Consolidation to Oracle Database 12c with Oracle GoldenGate 12c” we tackled this specific dilemma that IT organizations face. The webcast is now available on demand via the link above in case you missed it last week.

In the webcast, we started discussing the benefits companies achieve when they consolidate to a private database cloud, critical database capabilities to deliver database as a service, and a quick overview Oracle Database 12c features that enable private database clouds deployments. Nick Wagner, director of product management for Oracle Database High Availability, talked about the new Global Data Services feature in Oracle Database Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) as well. Global Data Services helps organizations to handle challenges involved with managing multiple database replicas across different sites. The product manages database replicas of Active Data Guard and Oracle GoldenGate products, and offers workload balancing to maximize performance as well as intelligent handling of outages using all available replicas. Nick also discussed the database features available for upgrading, migrating, and consolidating into Oracle Database 12c and when it makes sense to use Oracle GoldenGate for these efforts.

After Nick, Chai Pydimukkala from senior director of product management for GoldenGate discussed some of the key new features of Oracle GoldenGate 12c for Oracle Database and its expanding heterogeneity that supports consolidation from all major databases. Chai continued his presentation with GoldenGate’s solution architecture for zero downtime consolidation and explained how it minimizes risk with failback option as well as via the phased migration option by running old and new environments concurrently.

Chai also gave an example on how Oracle Active Data Guard customers can seamlessly use GoldenGate for a zero downtime migration without affecting their standby system for high ongoing high availability and disaster recoery. After customer examples we had a long Q&A section. For the full presentation and Q&A with the experts you can watch the on-demand version of the webcast via the following link.

Zero Downtime Consolidation to Oracle Database 12c with Oracle GoldenGate 12c

In the rest of this blog post, I provided  answers to some of the questions we could not take in the live event. 

1) Additional difference in features between GoldenGate 11g and 12c?

Please take a look at our previous blog posts below where we discussed many of the new features of GoldenGate 12c.

· Advanced Replication for The Masses – Oracle GoldenGate 12c for the Oracle Database.

· GoldenGate 12c - What is Coordinated Delivery?

· GoldenGate 12c - Coordinated Delivery Example

· Oracle GoldenGate 12c - Announcing Support for Microsoft and IBM

You can also listen to our podcast: Unveiling Oracle GoldenGate 12c

More comprehensive information can be found in the webcast replay  Introducing Oracle GoldenGate 12c: Extreme Performance Simplified or GoldenGate 12c resource kit.

2) Does GoldenGate have a term license that customer can purchase for migration purposes?

We do offer 1 year license that customer can be used for this purposes.

3) Is there a Oracle Tutorial on configuring and testing Zero downtime upgrade using GoldenGate?

Here is a high level outline/tutorial for the migration. It will require some knowledge of how to setup GoldenGate and configuration.

Oracle GoldenGate Best Practice: Oracle Migrations and Upgrades 9i and up

A more broad discussion of this topic can be found in the following white paper. Zero Downtime Database Upgrades using Oracle GoldenGate 12c

4) If the number of updates to the database is very high, does GoldenGate give some kind of compression to transfer the Trail Files and be up to date with the changes?

Oracle GoldenGate does provide support of compress of change data in the Trail File to better the transfer throughput from source to target with the usage of COMPRESS and COMPRESSTHRESHOLD. 

RMTHOST

{host_name | IP_address}

{, MGRPORT port | PORT port}

[, COMPRESS]

[, COMPRESSTHRESHOLD]

[, ENCRYPT algorithm [KEYNAME key_name]]

[, PARAMS collector_parameters]

[, STREAMING | NOSTREAMING]

[, TCPBUFSIZE bytes]

[, TCPFLUSHBYTES bytes]

[, TIMEOUT seconds]

COMPRESS

This option is valid for online or batch Capture processes and any Oracle GoldenGate initial-load method that uses Trails. Compresses outgoing blocks of records to reduce bandwidth requirements. Oracle GoldenGate decompresses the data before writing it to the Trail. COMPRESS typically results in compression ratios of at least 4:1 and sometimes better. However, compressing data can consume CPU resources.

COMPRESSTHRESHOLD

This option is valid for online or batch Capture processes and any Oracle GoldenGate initial-load method that uses trails. Sets the minimum block size for which compression is to occur. Valid values are from 0 and through 28000. The default is 1,000 bytes.

5) Can the Source system utilize 12C GoldenGate for DML/DDL capture and target system utilize GoldenGate 11g?

Yes.  You can replicate from a higher version of GoldenGate to a lower version using FORMAT RELEASE option. 

FORMAT RELEASE <major>.<minor>

In the on demand replay of the webcast you will find more questions answered by our product management experts. So make sure to watch the on demand webcast as well.

Tuesday May 06, 2014

No Way Out, But to Consolidate

IT teams receive pressures on multiple fronts: Business groups demand new application services delivered faster and continuous, high-quality IT service to support highly dynamic and competitive business operations. In the meanwhile IT teams are asked to reduce costs and improve ROI from existing systems in highly complex and siloed environments.

In the midst of this conundrum, the only way out for IT leadership is to consolidate and leverage cloud architecture. Especially consolidation at the database level and implementing a private database-as-a-service (DBaaS) environment is a transformative approach to delivering database functionality to end users in an agile, efficient, and scalable way.  It helps organizations improve resource utilization, and lower both capital and operational expenditures.

Oracle Database 12c is designed to support database consolidation with many new features for deploying shared database environment. The new multitenant architecture, simplified management capabilities, improvements to security and compliance, along with robust and flexible Maximum Availability Architecture, are only a few of the key differentiators.

While this all sounds good and logical for IT teams, when it comes to moving to a private database cloud, they face yet another major challenge: How do we move our critical systems to a new environment without interrupting our operations. In today’s 24/7 world, especially customer-facing systems cannot tolerate hours or days of downtime. For some of them, even few minutes of downtime can bring high costs to the business. As in each major project, risk involved with moving to a new system is a real deterrent factor too.

Oracle GoldenGate 12c offers the core capabilities to enable this major move to a database as a service environment. With its optimized support for Oracle Database 12c multitenant architecture and heterogeneous data replication capabilities, Oracle GoldenGate allows organizations to avoid business disruption while the systems are moving to a consolidated, DBaaS environment. In addition, Oracle GoldenGate offers a failback option to the old environment, or a phased migration option by running old and new systems simultaneously in active-active mode, to minimize risks. Oracle GoldenGate’s heterogeneity includes all major database vendors and operating systems including SQL Server, DB2 (LUW, z/Os, iSeries), Sybase ASE, HP NonStop and more. 

In our webcast Zero Downtime Consolidation to Oracle Database 12c with Oracle GoldenGate 12c on May 13th 10am PT we will present this solution with specific architecture examples and comparison to other database upgrade options.

Zero Downtime Consolidation to Oracle Database 12c with Oracle GoldenGate 12c

May 13th, 10am PT/ 1pm ET

If your organization needs to improve agility, increase innovation, and reduce costs, I invite you to join this webcast to learn how to remove the risk and business interruption barriers to move to an agile and cost-efficient private database cloud.

Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

On Premise and Cloud

Follow-on blog about five key data integration requirements topic, which focuses on data integration for cloud architectures. 

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Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Ameristar Wins with Oracle GoldenGate’s Heterogeneous Real-Time Data Integration

Today we announced a press release about another successful project with Oracle GoldenGate. This time at Ameristar. Ameristar is a casino gaming company and needed a single data integration solution to connect multiple heterogeneous systems to its Teradata data warehouse.

The project involves integration of Ameristar’s promotional and gaming data from 14 data sources across its 7 casino hotel properties in real time into a central Teradata data warehouse. The source systems include the Aristocrat gaming and MGT promotional management platforms running on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases.

As you can notice, there was no Oracle Database involved in this project, but Ameristar’s IT leadership knew that  GoldenGate’s strong heterogeneous and real-time data integration capabilities is the right technology for their data warehousing project. With GoldenGate Ameristar was able to reduce data latency to the enterprise data warehouse, and use this real-time customer information for marketing teams in improving overall customer experience. Ameristar customers receive more targeted and timely campaign offers, and the company has more up-to-date visibility into financial metrics of the company.

One other key benefit the company experienced with GoldenGate is in operational costs. The previous data capture solution Ameristar used was trigger based and required a lot of effort to manage. They needed dedicated IT staff to maintain it. With GoldenGate, the solution runs seamlessly without needing a fully-dedicated staff, giving the IT team at Ameristar more resources for their other IT projects.

If you want to learn more about GoldenGate and the latest features for Oracle Database and non-Oracle databases, please watch our on demand webcast about Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2.

Friday Oct 05, 2012

Hidden Gems: Accelerating Oracle Data Integrator with SOA, Groovy, SDK, and XML

On the last day of Oracle OpenWorld, we had a final advanced session on getting the most out of Oracle Data Integrator through the use of various advanced techniques.

The primary way to improve your ODI processes is to choose the optimal knowledge modules for your load and take advantage of the optimized tools of your database, such as OracleDataPump and similar mechanisms in other databases. Knowledge modules also allow you to customize tasks, allowing you to codify best practices that are consistently applied by all integration developers.

ODI SDK is another very powerful means to automate and speed up your integration development process. This allows you to automate Life Cycle Management, code comparison, repetitive code generation and change of your integration projects. The SDK is easily accessible through Java or scripting languages such as Groovy and Jython.

Finally, all Oracle Data Integration products provide services that can be integrated into a larger Service Oriented Architecture. This moved data integration from an isolated environment into an agile part of a larger business process environment. All Oracle data integration products can play a part in thisracle GoldenGate can integrate into business event streams by processing JMS queues or publishing new events based on database transactions.

  • Oracle GoldenGate can integrate into business event streams by processing JMS queues or publishing new events based on database transactions.
  • Oracle Data Integrator allows full control of its runtime sessions through web services, so that integration jobs can become part of business processes.
  • Oracle Data Service Integrator provides a data virtualization layer over your distributed sources, allowing unified reading and updating for heterogeneous data without replicating and moving data.
  • Oracle Enterprise Data Quality provides data quality services to cleanse and deduplicate your records through web services.

Monday Dec 20, 2010

Running ODI 11gR1 Standalone Agent as a Windows Service

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