Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Oracle ADF Mobile Video Series: End-to-End Mobile Application Development Experience

Today's video demonstrates how to create an ADF Mobile application and deploy to a device, all within 10 minutes! We will show you the key aspects of how to quickly and declaratively create an on-device mobile application and get it running on an actual device.

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Monday Nov 26, 2012

Get a A Little Smarter . . .

Author, Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Fusion Middleware


This month I had a chance to gain some valuable insights on Oracle’s latest product innovations and customer successes after my conversation with Vice President of Product Management of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Amit Zavery.  In this 10 minute podcast, Amit was able to quickly outline a few of Oracle recent major announcements including:

·         Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud – our flagship engineered system for running business applications – provides extreme performance, reliability and scalability while delivering lower total cost of ownership, reduced risk, higher user productivity and one-stop support.

·         Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile, is a HTML5 and Java-based framework that enables developers to easily build, deploy, and extend enterprise hybrid mobile applications across multiple mobile operating systems, including iOS and Android, from a single code base.

And did you know Oracle has 125,000 Fusion Middleware customers? Amit shared a few of his favorite customer success stories and gave me latest view from the leading Industry Analysts. If you have 10 minutes, you too can get a little smarter … take a listen and let’s catch up soon.

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Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

Oracle ADF Mobile Video Series: Overview

Many of you have asked for some information around Oracle ADF Mobile which announced availability on October 22nd. Today's video is a quick 3 minute overview of what ADFMobile brings to the mobile application developer community.  Next Wednesday's video will show our enthusiastic developers how to create an ADF Mobile application and deploying to a device.


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Monday Nov 19, 2012

Data Center Modernization: Harness the power of Oracle Exalogic and Exadata with PeopleSoft

Author: Latha Krishnaswamy, Senior Manager, Exalogic Product Management


Allegis Group - a Hanover, MD-based global staffing company is the largest privately held staffing company in the United States with more than 10,000 internal employees and 90,000 contract employees. Allegis Group is a $6+ billion company, offering a full range of specialized staffing and recruiting solutions to clients in a wide range of industries.


The company processes about 133,000 paychecks per week, every week of the year. With 300 offices around the world and the hefty task of managing HR and payroll, the PeopleSoft system at Allegis  is a mission-critical application. The firm is in the midst of a data center modernization initiative. Part of that project meant moving the company's PeopleSoft applications (Financials and HR Modules as well as Custom Time & Expense module) to a converged infrastructure.  


The company ran a proof of concept with four different converged architectures before deciding upon Exadata and Exalogic as the platform of choice.


Performance combined with High availability for running mission-critical payroll processes drove this decision.  During the testing on Exadata and Exalogic Allegis applied a particular (11-F) tax update in production environment. What job ran for roughly six hours completed in less than 1.5 hours. With additional tuning the second run of the Tax update 11-F reduced to 33 minutes - a 90% improvement!



Not only that, the move will help the company save money on middleware by consolidating use of Oracle licensing in a single platform.



With a modern data center powered by Exalogic and Exadata to run mission-critical PeopleSoft HR and Financial Applications, Allegis is positioned to manage business growth and improve employee productivity. PeopleSoft applications run on engineered systems platform minimizing hardware and software integration risks.

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Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

Oracle Fusion Middleware gives you Choice and Portability for Public and Private Cloud

Author: Margaret Lee, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware

Cloud Computing allows customers to quickly develop and deploy applications in a shared environment.  The environment can span across hardward (IaaS), foundation layer software (PaaS), and end-user software (SaaS). Cloud Computing provides compelling benefits in terms of business agility and IT cost savings.  However, with complex, existing heterogeneous architectures, and concerns for security and manageability, enterprises are challenged to define their Cloud strategy.  For most enterprises, the solution is a hybrid of private and public cloud.  Fusion Middleware supports customers’ Cloud requirements through choice and portability.

  • Fusion Middleware supports a variety of cloud development and deployment models:  Oracle [Public] Cloud; customer private cloud; hybrid of these two, and traditional dedicated, on-premise model
  • Customers can develop applications in any of these models and deployed in another, providing the flexibility and portability they need

Oracle Cloud is a public cloud offering.  Within Oracle Cloud, Fusion Middleware provides two key offerings include the Developer cloud service and Java cloud deployment service.

Developer Cloud Service

  • Simplify Development: Automated provisioned environment; pre-configured and integrated; web-based administration
  • Deploy Automatically: Fully integrated with Oracle Cloud for Java deployment; workflow ensures build & test
  • Collaborate & Manage: Fits any size team; integrated team source repository; continuous integration; task/defect tracking
  • Integrated with all major IDEs: Oracle JDeveloper; NetBeans; Eclipse

Java Cloud Service

Java Cloud service provides flexible Java deployment environment for departmental applications and development, staging, QA, training, and demo environments.  It also supports customizations deployments for SaaS-based Fusion Applications customers.  Some key features of Java Cloud Service include:

  • WebLogic Server on Exalogic, secure, highly available infrastructure
  • Database Service & IDE Integration
  • Open, Standard-based
  • Deploy Web Apps, Web Services, REST Services
  • Fully managed and supported by Oracle

For more information, please visit Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cloud Java Service and Oracle Cloud Developer Service.

If your enterprise prefers a private cloud, for reasons such as security, control, manageability, and complex integration that prevent your applications from being deployed on a public cloud, Fusion Middleware also provide you with the products and tools you need.  Sometimes called Private PaaS, private clouds have their predecessors in shared-services arrangements many large companies have been building in the past decade.  The difference, however, are in the scope of the services, and depth of their capabilities.  In terms of vertical stack depth, private clouds not only provide hardware and software infrastructure to run your applications, they also provide services such as integration and security, that your applications need.  Horizontally, private clouds provide monitoring, management, lifecycle, and charge back capabilities out-of-box that shared-services platforms did not have before.

Oracle Fusion Middleware includes the complete stack of hardware and software for you to build private clouds:

  • SOA suite and BPM suite to support systems integration and process flow between applications deployed on your private cloud and the rest of your organization
  • Identity and Access Management suite to provide security, provisioning, and access services for applications deployed on your private cloud
  • WebLogic Server to run your applications
  • Enterprise Manager's Cloud Management pack to monitor, manage, upgrade applications running on your private cloud
  • Exalogic or optimized Oracle-Sun hardware to build out your private cloud

The most important key differentiator for Oracle's cloud solutions is portability, between private and public clouds.  This is unique to Oracle because portability requires the vendor to have product depth and breadth in both public cloud services and private cloud product offerings.  Most public cloud vendors cannot provide the infrastructure and tools customers need to build their own private clouds.  In reverse, traditional software tools vendors typically do not have the product and expertise breadth to build out and offer a public cloud.  Oracle can.  It is important for customers that the products and technologies  Oracle uses to build its public is the same set that it sells to customers for them to build private clouds.  Fundamentally, that enables skills reuse,  as well as application portability.

For more information on Oracle PaaS offerings, please visit Oracle's product information page.


Monday Nov 12, 2012

Oracle Fusion Newsletter - November Edition

The November Edition of the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter is now available. We have some exciting content in this bi-monthly newsletter, covering a range of topics including: Data Integration, Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle ADF Mobile. Wondering what's new in Oracle Fusion Middleware? Read all about it in the latest issue available here. 

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Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle

Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle (AFPO) helps clients accelerate deployments on Oracle Fusion Middleware. Version 5 is the latest version and added exciting new capabilities including: integration with Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile and Oracle WebCenter. For more information, visit Accenture's Website.

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Monday Nov 05, 2012

CIO's Corner: Achieving a Balance

Author: Rick Beers Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware

All too often, a CIO is unfairly characterized as either technology-focused or business-focused; as more concerned with either infrastructure performance or business excellence. It seems to me that this completely misses the point. I have long thought that a CIO has probably the most complex C-level position in an enterprise, one that requires an artful balance among four entirely different constituencies, often with competing values and needs. How a CIO balances these is the single largest determinant of success.

I was reminded of this while reading the excellent interview of Mark Hurd by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo in a recent issue of USATODAY (Bartiromo: Oracle's Hurd is in tech sweet spot). The interview covers topics such as Big Data, Leadership and Oracle’s growth strategy. But the topic that really got my interest, and reminded me of the need for balance, was on IT spending trends, in which Mark Hurd observed, “…budgets are tight. What most of our customers have today is both an austerity plan to save money and at the same time a plan to reapply that money to innovation. There isn't a customer we have that doesn't have an austerity plan and an innovation plan.” In an era of economic uncertainty, and an accelerating pace of business change, this is probably the toughest balance a CIO must achieve.

Yet for far too many IT organizations, operating costs consume over 75% of their budgets, leaving precious little for innovation and investment in business-critical technology programs. I have found that many CIO’s are trapped by their enterprise systems platforms, which were originally architected for Standardization, Compliance and tightly integrated linear Workflows. Yes, these traits are still required for specific reasons and cannot be compromised. But they are no longer enough.

New demands are emerging: the explosion in the volume and diversity of Data, the Consumerization of IT, the rise of Social Media, and the need for continual Business Process Reengineering. These were simply not the design criteria for Enterprise 1.0 and attempting to leverage them with current systems platforms results in an escalation in complexity and a resulting increase in operating costs for many IT organizations. This is the cost vs investment trap and what most constrains CIO’s from achieving the balance they need.

But there is a way out of this trap. Enterprise 2.0 represents an entirely new enterprise systems architecture, one that is ‘Business-Centric’ rather than ‘ERP Centric’, which defined the architecture of Enterprise 1.0. Oracle’s best in class suite of Fusion Middleware Products enables a layered approach to enterprise systems architectures that provides the balance that an enterprise needs.

The most exciting part of all this? The bottom two layers are focused upon reducing costs and the upper two layers provide business value and innovation. Finally, the Balance a CIO needs. 

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