Monday Aug 17, 2015

Native WebLogic Monitoring WLSDM


clip_image002WLSDM is an enterprise “WebLogic console extension” which enables monitoring for WebLogic JMX MBean metrics and all the WebLogic domain assets (Health, Servers, Applications, Data Sources, JMS… etc.). It is very easy to create alarm and notification definitions by using WLSDM metric browser. WLSDM can store any WebLogic metric values historically and also can generate graphical reports.

Key features

 Deploy just in minutes with zero configuration: Agentless monitoring

 Configure WebLogic domain monitoring by using WLSDM setup wizard

 Responsive user interface: Creating unlimited dasbhoards and charts

 Responsive HEALTH dashboard page for WebLogic domain assets

 Robust alarm generation infrastructure (Parametric alarm counter support)

 Fancy and responsive ALERT and CLEAR emails (HTML)

 Customize email templates according to your organization. Localize (language) and customize HTML emails’ content, subject, header… etc.

 Get CLEAR emails and notifications when problem disappears

 Monitor applications' response times

 Monitor WebLogic logs by using WLSDM log inspector

 Store WebLogic JMX metric values historically and generate reports

 Thread dump viewer and analyzer

 Generate JVM thread dump, heap dump, Java Flight Recorder (JFR), WLDF Diagnostic Image when a defined case occurs

For details and download please visit the website here.

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Sunday Aug 16, 2015

Accessing DMS Metrics via MBeans in Fusion Middleware 12c by Markus Lohn

clip_image002DMS means Oracle Dynamic Monitoring Service and it is an integral part of Fusion Middleware to collect performance data. Every Oracle Fusion Middleware component uses DMS for this important task. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a comprehend view about performance data for WebLogic Server and any other Fusion Middleware components, like SOA Suite etc, based on DMS. The performance data from DMS can also be retrieved by a standard JMX interface through MBeans. A possible use case can be the automation of performance tests and reporting. The performance data can be retrieved to generated reports about a rest run. It is also possible to integrate DMS in your own application with an available Java API. But this will be shown in another blog post.

This blog post will explain how to access the DMS MBeans to get access to performance data. As example the performance metrics for SOA Suite composite’s will be used. But first two possibilities will be introduced to display performance data from DMS. This helps to identify the right DMS metrics for the corresponding use case.

DMS Spy Servlet

DMS Spy is a simple graphical interface to display DMS metrics. It gives an overview about all available DMS metrics currently available. Use the following URL to access DMS Spy Servlet Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Aug 15, 2015

Java Cloud Service: Scheduling – Cron4j by Jani Rautiainen

clip_image002The Java Cloud Service (JCS) provides a platform to develop and deploy business applications in the cloud. In Fusion Applications Cloud deployments customers do not have the option to deploy custom applications developed with JDeveloper to ensure the integrity and supportability of the hosted application service. Instead the custom applications can be deployed to the JCS and integrated to the Fusion Application Cloud instance.

This series of articles will go through the features of JCS, provide end-to-end examples on how to develop and deploy applications on JCS and how to integrate them with the Fusion Applications instance.
Previous articles covered ADF web application; next we cover options to implement scheduling in JCS. Sometimes there are requirements for the ability to schedule large transactions to run at a future time or automate the running of an application based on a defined schedule. In Fusion Applications these types of requirements are met with Oracle Enterprise Scheduler (ESS), unfortunately ESS is not available in JCS.
In previous article we covered Timer and Worker API, Timer Service and Quartz, this article covers popular scheduler library Cron4j.

Pre-requisites

Access to Cloud instance

In order to deploy the application access to a JCS instance is needed, a free trial JCS instance can be obtained from Oracle Cloud site. To register you will need a credit card even if the credit card will not be charged. To register simply click "Try it" and choose the "Java" option. The confirmation email will contain the connection details. See this video for example of the registration.

Once the request is processed you will be assigned 2 service instances; Java and Database. Applications deployed to the JCS must use Oracle Database Cloud Service as their underlying database. So when JCS instance is created a database instance is associated with it using a JDBC data source.

The cloud services can be monitored and managed through the web UI. For details refer to Getting Started with Oracle Cloud.

JDeveloper

JDeveloper contains Cloud specific features related to e.g. connection and deployment. To use these features download the JDeveloper from JDeveloper download site by clicking the “Download JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.1 for ADF deployment on Oracle Cloud” link, this version of JDeveloper will have the JCS integration features that will be used in this article. For versions that do not include the Cloud integration features the Oracle Java Cloud Service SDK or the JCS Java Console can be used for deployment. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Aug 14, 2015

WebLogic: Past, Present and Future by Michel Schildmeijer

clip_image002Oracle WebLogic is for quite some years the key platform for Enterprise Java Applications. Through its long history of development and building, it has become the most complete, mature and stable application server platform, ready to serve old technology but more than ready for the coming new technologies which are following up each other in a speed that no one would ever thought of. This article will give you an overview of how WebLogic started, how it became the platform as it now is, and what to expect in the future. Enjoy reading!

WebLogic: Ancient History

If you browse on the internet and enter “weblogic” (Myself, I prefer, as a WebLogic geek, always to type its original Camel Case written name WebLogic) you will find some Wikipedia pages with a timeline and history about the versions that has passed, up to the latest versions ( if the Wikipedia pages are updated).

But how did it all begin? I was eager to hear it in person from one of the founders of WebLogic back in 1995, before the BEA era, Laurie Pitman.

Four young people, Carl Resnikoff, Paul Ambrose, Bob Pasker, and Laurie Pitman, became friends and colleagues about the time of the first release of Java in 1995. They all had a Master Degree in various areas of expertise, and they had come together kind of serendipitously, interested in building some web tools exclusively in Java for the emerging Internet web application market. They found many things to like about each other, some overlap in our interests, but also a lot of well-placed differences which made a partnership particularly interesting. They made it formal in January 1996 by incorporating. Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Aug 13, 2015

Sneak Peek at What’s Next for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud by Alexandra Huff

clip_image001Last week the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud product management team hosted 19 companies who run on Exalogic in Santa Clara, California to get a sneak preview of the upcoming release of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS).
A total of 26 people from seven countries attended the Exalogic Beta, and all were unanimously impressed by what they saw and experienced. The PM team provided three days of hands-on-labs, in which participants learned about the powerful new features being incorporated into this release, coming later this calendar year.

All of the hands-on labs were completed on time with 100% success. Nineteen customers (19 IaaS tenants) created almost 100 VMs successfully as part of the JCS and IaaS operations and application deployment labs, and all of the IaaS VM CRUD operations were performed by 19 customers in parallel with 100% success.
“The hands-on labs are what proved that your strategy is "real" and is being executed," reported one attendee, while another remarked, "The biggest benefit we can see is the new Exalogic management user interface which will be available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager application. The fact that we will be able to change the shape (RAM, CPUs, network configuration) of the virtual servers without having to recreate them is priceless!”
Four partner companies and 15 customer companies attended the beta, providing valuable insight and feedback to engineering and product management, and are now eagerly awaiting the new release. "We like the new option to run and manage virtual server backups. We are very impressed with the new API code and the OEM UI development," said one participant, while another customer added, "we believe that the Oracle teams paid attention to us customers and they will take our comments and suggestions seriously, so they are included in coming releases." Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

Want to become trained in JCS, MCS ICS, PCS, and IoT? Only for partners hands-on training August 25th – 28th 2015 San Francisco

clip_image002We are pleased to invite your organization’s technical team members to our upcoming NA Partner Technical Forum for PaaS.

Come to Redwood Shores, CA to get 4 days of technical information and hands-on training on the current and upcoming Oracle Cloud PaaS offerings, including:

· Java Cloud Services, Developer Cloud, Messaging and Coherence

· Integration Cloud Services, SOA Cloud Services, SOA Suite and Adapter SDK

· Mobile Cloud Services and Mobile Suite

· Docs and WebCenter

· IoT Cloud Services

· Process Cloud Services and BPM

· Data Integration

· Security

Please share this notice with your Technical team member to follow a 2-step registration process:

Step 1- <Register here> to reserve your seat at the Partner Technical Forum lectures August 25th and 28th

Step 2- Register for an specific PaaS Workshop from the list below by clicking on the link. Seats are limited, please register early. OPN credentials are required.

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Monday Aug 10, 2015

Welcome to the Nordic ACE Director Tour 2015

clip_image002 Each year, the Oracle user groups of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden gather some of the best independent Oracle experts for a tour of the Nordic countries. This year, the tour dates are: Finland, Tuesday, September 15th Copenhagen, Wednesday, September 16th Oslo, Thursday, September 17th Stockholm, Friday, September 18th For details please visit the registration page here. WebLogic Partner Community For regular information become a member in the WebLogic Partner Community please visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners/goto/wls-emea ( OPN account required). If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center. Blog Twitter LinkedIn Forum Wiki Technorati Tags: Nordic ACE Tour,ACE,WebLogic,WebLogic Community,Oracle,OPN,Jürgen Kress

Sunday Aug 09, 2015

Alternative Cloud Models for Partners

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Summary: Did you know that Oracle actually offers four different application cloud models? Use your cloud model choice to differentiate from your competition by providing a unique value proposition your competitors are not selling.
Take Action: Watch this short video then schedule a cloud model choice workshop and learn how to optimize model features and deliver a solution with greater value.

Oracle has cloud model options where partners can market end of term perpetual license rights, products not on the Oracle Cloud price list, hybrid op-ex/cap-ex structures, a “bring your own license” solution, or spread the partners upfront services costs over the solution term even while the partner recovers these fees upfront.  Take advantage of these features now to win more business.

Watch the video: Alternative and Hybrid Cloud Model Choice for Partners

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Saturday Aug 08, 2015

Finance private cloud solutions at your customers

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Create Competitive Advantage with Financing

Summary: Midsize accounts are often the most price sensitive customers, and software financing is the best sales tool for increasing solution affordability and removing closing obstacles related to budgetary, accounting treatment or internal approval issues.
Take Action: Create competitive advantage with software financing and leasing by selling a pricing and payment structure that differentiates your solution. As a best practice, proactively offer a financing proposal and create a competitive trap.

Partner can use financing to:

  • match solution cost to project deployment and ROI stream
  • create an operating expense solution
  • change an account’s internal approval path
  • spread the partner’s implementation fees

For more information click here

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Friday Aug 07, 2015

The Wisdom of the PaaS Crowd by Monica Metha

clip_image002IT leaders reveal best practices for a successful PaaS implementation.

Research firm IDC forecasts that the global public PaaS market is expected to grow to more than $14 billion in 2017. What do customers want when it comes to the cloud? How does PaaS fulfill those needs? What types of PaaS offerings will do the job?

Reimagine your business with Oracle Cloud software

“When moving to the cloud, people are no longer only looking for software as a service or infrastructure as a service,” says Mike Lehmann, Oracle’s vice president of product management. “They’re thinking of bringing over application platforms and workloads to gain some of the same benefits for the application layer—standardization, faster deployment, automation with more flexible capital expenditure approaches, and seamless integration.”

Oracle recently participated in a survey asking more than 300 IT leaders and practitioners in companies worldwide about their use of PaaS. The respondents’ answers revealed five best practices from companies that found success with PaaS. We took a deeper look at the results with Lehmann, and gained some insights into the wisdom of the crowd. In this case, what are companies that have adopted an effective PaaS solution achieving?

1 Faster, More Efficient Development Cycles

To deploy a new application on premises, IT has to procure, install, and configure hardware, a database, an application server, and a development environment. “It takes some customers weeks or even months to work through the mechanics of hardware procurement and setup, and to install everything they need before they even start writing one line of code for their custom application or deploying a prebuilt application,” says Lehmann.

With a comprehensive PaaS solution, months can be shrunk to an hour. “I don’t want to say it’s magic, but to some degree that’s what’s happening,” says Lehmann. “We’re taking out a layer that is very process-bound and bureaucratic on premises and making it on demand and completely automated. And that’s what the Oracle cloud gives you—an out-of-the-box, standardized environment where you can start building the application or deploying the application or data in an hour.”

A US financial services company that Lehmann worked with had a very large on-premises data center running Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database. The marketing, finance, and sales departments all had a need for custom apps that would take one to two months to build. However, their data center admins informed them it would be 8 to 12 weeks before they could have the physical environment to build the apps.

“When they saw what we were doing in the Oracle cloud, they said, ‘You mean I can start deploying my promotional campaign in your cloud in an hour? That’s incredible,’” says Lehmann. “Time to value and the ability to quickly deliver campaign-type activities was a huge deciding factor for them to move to PaaS.”

2 Capacity on Demand

A large sports and marketing organization in Europe needed to deliver different social media campaigns to its audiences. Its customer demand was high during the active sports season, and very low at other times of the year. Procuring and maintaining on-premises infrastructure and software with such fluctuations would have been costly and time-consuming. But “one of the beauties in terms of the cloud is this ability to have capacity on demand,” says Lehmann. “We’re giving you the infrastructure, platform, and software out of the box in the cloud, with service-level guarantees, so you no longer have to worry about maintaining it as your business demand changes.”

Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Key take-aways from the Oracle PaaS Cloud announcements – Integrate, Accelerate, Lead by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002Monday June 22nd was the launch date for Oracle for 24 (and more) Cloud Services. June is traditionally an important month for Oracle when it comes to product launches and important announcements. This year is the same in that respect. The announcements came in a many-hour live webcast including a 45 minute presentation by Oracle CTO Larry Ellison (see videos from Oracle Cloud Platform Launch). I have harvested some of the most relevant slides from this presentation – that capture the essence from his announcements (or at least the things that stood out to me).

See some other relevant resources regarding these announcements:

Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Cloud Platform launch 2015 on-demand

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Missed the #Oracle PaaS launch event? Watch the presentations here on-demand

For further details please get our partner cloud kits: Integration Cloud Service and Process Cloud Service. Please do use our sales kits for Hybrid Application Servers and Mobile Applications to develop cloud consulting service offerings. For Oracle gold partners we also offer PaaS Demo Accounts (to access this links you need to be a WebLogic Community member).

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Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Additional new material WebLogic Community

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Monday Aug 03, 2015

Responsive UI Support in ADF 12.1.3 by Andrejus Baranovskis

clip_image002Responsive UI is a big deal nowadays, when enterprise applications should run on different platforms and devices. Often customers prefer to render simpler functionality screens for mobile devices and give full data entry access only when accessing through regular Web browser on the computer. ADF provides support for this, you can implement responsive UI designs relatively easy, check informative blog post from Shay Shmeltzer - ADF Faces Responsive Design - 12.1.3 Update.
I would suggest to think about responsive UI design from the start, it very much depends on functionality your application offers. It is good idea to start from the template and define facets for various layouts. But this is not only about layouts, you may prefer to render editable forms on large screens and on mobile devices to show only charts for quick overview. I'm going to demonstrate, how you could switch between different regions in ADF UI, depending on current resolution. Download sample application here - ADFResponsiveUIApp.zip.
This is how it works, I'm using iPad simulator, but same would be true for the regular browser display on smaller screen resolutions. Web page displays region with editable columns in horizontal view and same page displays different region with read-only list in vertical view:

Similar to Shay's sample, there is a template implemented with two facets (each for different layout): Read the complete article here.

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