Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX)

You know, I was tempted to refer to the Mad Max, Fury Road (great movie btw) but figured that today, I'm going to color within the lines. :)  

Oracle MAX.  You probably want (or are being asked) more and more of your apps to be mobile - but there's a backlog and you're stuck somewhere in the queue. :(

Meanwhile, you're tethered to your desktop/laptop or having to deal with a less than optimal mobile experience as you navigate your website on a tiny mobile screen.  

What if, for the majority of the cases (80/20 rule) you could build some straight forward apps that look great, get the job done, quickly and easily, no coding required. Simple drag and drop. Use proven designs.  Tap into preconfigured data/app sources.  Drag, drop, connect, build, deploy and done.  What wizardry is this you say?   I'm glad you asked. 

Checkout the Oracle MAX webinar, hosted by Oracle's own Denis Tyrell, and see for yourself. 

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ADNOC Distribution Lowers Cost with Oracle Cloud Platform

ADNOC Distribution is a petroleum and gasoline distributor in the United Arab Emirates operating 360+ retail service stations throughout the country.

ADNOC needed a cloud solution that would keep their IT costs low and provide the flexibility to provision new applications quickly. The IT department was receiving weekly requests for creating and provisioning new environments in order to introduce new functionality and test new applications. Building these environments was time consuming and becoming very costly. ADNOC looked at their situation and decided that a key business requirement moving forward was first to speed up deployment and provisioning of the applications. Secondly, they wanted to achieve their total cost of ownership goals while also seamlessly cloning and provisioning cloud environments mirroring what they had on-premise.

ADNOC first adopted the Oracle Cloud Platform including Oracle Database Cloud Service in order to achieve their business requirements. They wanted to offload all of testing and development to the cloud in order to free up production systems for only production workloads. By doing so, they released their most important infrastructure asset, Oracle Engineered Systems, to continue to perform their production workloads for the millions of transactions they processed every day.

They also adopted Oracle Java Cloud Service which gives them the ability to connect development and testing of Java EE applications in the cloud with the Oracle Database Cloud Service. This gives their developers the feel of conducting development and testing just like it was performed on-premise.

This cloud environment contributed significantly to their IT strategy to build development and test environments with less cost and with less administration. As an added bonus, they also got automatic patching and upgrades completely managed by Oracle further reducing administration time and cost. The project had several benefits that enriched their total OPEX and CAPEX savings, which in turn contributed to their total return on investment.

Learn more about how Oracle Database Cloud Service and Java Cloud Service benefited ADNOC by watching this video.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is Now Available

Written by Madhu Nair

Preparing Complex Data For Use

Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDPCS) flips that equation. Minimizing the data preparation time helps unlock the value of complex data quickly. However, data preparation is not just a series of sorting, prepping and standardization operations. When done right, it is a crucial step to enrich data. To unearth insights and prepare a data enrichment pipeline that can then be operationalized to deliver higher quality and vastly insightful data to downstream applications.

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is part of the comprehensive Cloud Platform for Big Data that Oracle announced during Open World.

Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts

BDPCS utilizes a non technical, web based interface to guide the data preparation effort. This is keeping in view that data preparation should not be dependent on technical skills but business expertise. This brings data science closer to the business experts, data analysts and data scientists. Natural Language Processing based algorithms surfaces recommendations that can be then applied as business and enrichment rules to the data set. These recommendations are presented as "plain english" texts that can then be modified and updated.

Build on Apache Spark, Big Data Preparation Cloud Service also includes a responsive visual element that profiles the data sets for even further analysis and standardizations. Using Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, experts can now pull data, mash them up, enrich the data and publish it quickly. This allows them to iterate through many analysis that generally take weeks or sometime months to co ordinate with the IT and technology teams.


Data preparation and data wrangling is attracting a lot of investment as Data Science enters the next stage of refinement. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service brings certain critical elements that puts it ahead of its competition.

It brings recommendation driven user experience

It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and

It has extensive automation capabilities.

For more details about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Services visit our homepage here.

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service is Now Available

Written by: Tom Angelucci 

The Oracle IoT Cloud Service is a secure and scalable platform to help organizations quickly build and deploy IoT applications. This new offering allows customers to gain new data-driven insights and drive actions from IoT by connecting, analyzing and integrating device data into business processes and applications like remote equipment monitoring and asset tracking.

The 3 Core Elements of IoT Cloud

Connect - Using IoT Cloud Service, users can collect data from any device in any market—reliably and securely. It abstracts away the technical challenges of connecting to devices/gateways and accelerates your time to market with an open, secure, and scalable platform.

Analyze - Gathering IoT data is pointless if customers can’t get value from it. IoT Cloud Service performs real-time analytics and enables big data and predictive analytics to deliver the enriched enterprise data that enables you to identify new services and improve customer satisfaction.

Integrate - IoT Cloud Service extends enterprise applications using open interfaces and pre-integrations with Oracle’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS), software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise applications to reduce total cost of ownership for IoT data-enriched applications and processes.

IoT Cloud Key Features

Device Virtualization – IoT Cloud Service exposes every connected device as a set of resources. This abstracts any complexity associated with device connectivity and standardizes the integration of devices with the enterprise.

Flexible Topology - Devices can connect to the Oracle IoT Cloud Service using different types of network topologies – using client library, gateway software or

directly using REST API. This offers customers flexibility to integrate their devices with IoT Cloud Service.

Stream processing – IoT Cloud Service performs real time analysis of incoming data streams with event aggregation, filtering and correlation. With a business friendly interface, customers can quickly identify key events and exceptions at real-time.

Event Store – Analyzed data streams can be sent to integrated cloud services or enterprise applications for further processing and driving business workflows. Customers can query and visualize massive amounts of data with integrated Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service support and enable Big Data Analysis.

Enterprise Integration –IoT Cloud Service enables API based integration with Oracle enterprise applications such as E-Business Suite, JD Edwards Enterprise One, Oracle Transportation Management, Oracle Service Cloud as well as PaaS services like Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Integration Cloud Service

Command & Control – Users can send messages to devices from enterprise & mobile applications, independent of device connectivity. Enterprise applications can also use the Oracle IoT Cloud Service REST API to issue commands and make queries to devices, providing customized, intelligent orchestration for business.

IoT Cloud Key Benefits

Faster Time to Market - Extend manufacturing processes & logistics operations by leveraging connected devices

Real-Time Insight - Optimize asset tracking by analyzing and acting on in-flight IoT data

Integrated - Drive predictive maintenance using pre-built integrations with applications, analytics & mobile services

Secure & Scalable - Enterprise-grade platform for mission critical IoT Applications

For more information on this new service visit us at cloud.oracle.com/iot

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

5 Ways an Integrated Cloud Platform Gives You a Competitive Edge

The buzz over Platform as a Service (PaaS) is loud—and will only get louder. According to research company IDC, the market for PaaS solutions will increase by 30 percent annually to reach $14 billion by 2017. PaaS has quickly evolved into a standard for building agile, low-cost IT infrastructures, and if you are in IT, that’s cause for excitement.

After years of running applications on on-premises middleware, who wouldn’t want to use the cloud to do the job faster, cheaper, and better? Moreover, you can now devote those suddenly available IT resources to projects that add business value rather than just keeping the lights on.

Although PaaS is an IT project, the smart money lies in evaluating its business value. You need to look at your company’s strategic goals and make sure that you implement the best option to support those targets. In the digital economy, platform matters, and you must deploy the PaaS capabilities that are best suited to your company’s digital endeavors. Here are five ways an integrated cloud platform will give your company a competitive edge.

Read the full article here.

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Driving Innovation with Oracle PaaS

 “Cloud computing frees up our technology team to focus on innovations rather than spending so much time maintaining infrastructure, installing applications, and all the related issues of managing on-premises information systems...”

- Hani A. El Dabet, head of system development at Dhaman

Read how insurance group Dhaman is integrating multiple Oracle Cloud Platform services - including Database Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service, and Documents Cloud Service - to innovate faster, boost productivity, and lower IT costs.

Thursday Dec 10, 2015

SuiteBox looks to Oracle to power global collaboration roll-out

Originally Published ZDNet, 15 October 2015, Rob O'Neill

New Zealand video and collaboration software developer uses Oracle Cloud Platform to deliver global scale and integration.

 Video and collaboration software developer, SuiteBox, is using Oracle's cloud services to target demanding enterprise customers, especially in the financial services sector.  New Zealand-based SuiteBox's software combines virtual meetings with document collaboration, including the video authentication of virtual signatures for documents such as contracts.  SuiteBox is targeting financial advisers, who can use the software to meet clients face-to-face and to build better relationships and loyalty, while also saving those interactions to provide an audit trail for regulatory compliance.  The system, which is currently being piloted at large companies and banks in Australia, is built to be embeddable within corporate CRM systems. During a session, documents can be pulled from the CRM, worked on collaboratively, signed off and returned.  It's not like a Skype call, SuiteBox founder Craig Meek said.

The company's financial services target market is very particular about security and data storage and Oracle's services help meet those needs as well as boosting integration.  "Our strategy is to embed video into as many third-party systems as we can," Meek said. "So it could be a Salesforce, we have Sugar already but it could be Oracle CRM.  He added, "But the app has to be able to know which system you are coming from. The whole authentication and redirection of users is very complex and that's where Oracle comes in -- their ability to manage hundreds of authentication points."

Meek said the Oracle Java Cloud Service was an intuitive integration platform with point-and-click web-based design features, a library of adapters, intelligent mapping capabilities and a dashboard for managing and monitoring integrations.

The SuiteBox software was initially targeted at the iPad for the best quality of video and audio, but the company soon realised it would need to be cross-platform.  The open source WebRTC project delivered that capability through APIs that supported high quality real-time communications in the browser, Meek said. SuiteBox's core services and API layer are exposed from the Oracle cloud and these coordinate both the establishment of WebRTC streaming and archiving to AWS Buckets.  SuiteBox's systems run in three separate Java Cloud Services (JCS) instances for development, acceptance testing, and production. The JCS container links to Oracle Database Cloud Services and provides the Traffic Director (OTD) and the compute layer on clustered Oracle WebLogic servers.  "We run Oracle SOA suite and Oracle Service Bus on the Weblogic server to provide the SuiteBox services," Meek said. "Each cloud environment has a different operating structure to manage variable and fixed SaaS and PaaS costs."

Robert Gosling, managing director for Oracle New Zealand, said Oracle has been completing and rounding out its cloud offering.  "The whole intention is to have all the products we have today on premise available either on premise or on cloud. By the time we go to OpenWorld, we will be about 90 percent complete."  Gosling added, "That means the customer has a lot of choice about what they run on premise or on cloud and they can take existing applications and move them into the cloud and at some point they could choose to move them back on premise because it's the same code base."

 Read more about SuiteBox on this ZDNet article, SuiteBox looks to Oracle to power global collaboration roll-out.

Friday Dec 04, 2015

Launching Oracle Sites Cloud Service

Originally published in Oracle WebCenter blog

We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners through intuitive assembly of content, applications, and processes to build rich community and marketing sites.

Rapidly assemble rich digital experiences for marketing sites, communities, and other business needs using themes, components, and applications.

Collaborate with internal and external teams in creating content, building sites, and coordinating site updates.

View, manage, and administer all of your community and marketing microsites in one console.

Integrate third-party applications and create new custom themes to meet specific business needs.

Ready to Learn More on Oracle Sites Cloud Service?

          · [White Paper] The Linchpin of Your Digital Engagement Platform (link)
   · [Datasheet] Digital Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)
   · [Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver Sites and Communities (link)
   · [eBook] Rapidly Develop Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link
   · [Video] Introducing Oracle Sites Cloud Service (link)
   · [Website] Oracle Sites Cloud Service Website (link)

          Oracle Sites Cloud Service is available as an option under Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Limited use is included at no-charge with Oracle Documents Cloud Service. To get started, visit us at cloud.oracle.com/cloud-sites

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service is Now Available

Originally posted by Jernej Kaše on Nov 26, 2015

Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS)  is now available!  This new Oracle PaaS offering enables business users to go from raw data to actionable business insights in just a few minutes.

Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) is a new Oracle Cloud Platform Business Analytics service that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, self-service data discovery, visual storytelling, as well as mobile consumption and authoring capabilities.  With DVCS, any user can blend and visually analyze data from all relevant sources in just a few clicks, and quickly uncover and share hidden patterns and actionable insights. All of this can be done without the need for expert IT resources, resulting in faster time to value and significant increases in ROI.

DVCS is further differentiated by its compatibility and integration with the full breadth of Oracle’s analytics offerings. Oracle’s consistent technology approach ensures continuity of experience and portability across its entire analytics portfolio – in the cloud and on-premise – making it simpler for customers to adopt the environment of their choice and scale as their needs evolve.

Highlights Include:

1.      Stunningly Visual:  The same data visualization capabilities are now available across DVCS, BI Cloud Service, and BI 12c, offering a rich consumer-style experience in every environment.  Seeing data is as easy as dragging attributes onto the screen, with the best visualizations displayed automatically, and no modeling or upfront configuration required.  Related data is automatically connected, so highlighting data in one visual highlights correlated data in every other visual, immediately showing patterns and revealing new insights.  All of this is part of a unified user experience that includes powerful search, guided navigation, and sophisticated filtering, creating a dynamic and richly contextual environment that makes it easy to find and share insights. 

2.      Self-service Data Loading and Blending:  Easy, automatic data blending allows users to combine data from a variety of sources -- Oracle and other SaaS applications, on-premise systems, external sources and personal files. Loading data is as simple as browsing to a file and clicking to see a preview.  DVCS automatically identifies attributes as part of the upload process and presents them in the guided navigation, so users can begin analyzing right away.  Blending data is also a point-and-click process that includes automatically inferring connections between data sets, which are displayed in an easy interface so people can see how data is related and add or change connections as necessary. 

3.     Visual Storytelling:  It’s easy to capture insights as visual stories, saving story points (snapshots of the analytic moment-in-time) and adding comments to highlight key points and discoveries.  Stories are live and can be securely shared with anyone in the organization with permission; co-workers can click a link and be brought into the story, build upon it, and share it in turn, enabling the rapid, dynamic collaboration that drives improved decision-making and faster action.    

4.      Instant Mobile:  Analytics are automatically mobile, offering full access and authoring from any device.  An adaptive design means the user experience adjusts for tablets and phones, making it equally intuitive in every environment to search, navigate, drill, filter, add new data, create new visualizations, and more.

5.      Sophisticated Analysis: Visual analytics masks complexity, enabling very sophisticated data exploration by simply clicking to apply filters and drill, and dragging and dropping to create compelling dashboards.  DVCS takes analysis even further with an easy Expression Builder for creating custom filters and calculations visually, which allows people to quickly extend and enrich their data.

See some of the DVCS capabilities in this presentation by Larry Ellison @ Oracle OpenWorld:

Visit Oracle's Cloud Platform for Business Analytics for more info about DVCS and other BI cloud services.

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

Integration On-Premises and in the Cloud: Recap of Oracle OpenWorld 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015, integration was yet again a popular track for many attendees. It is not surprising at all, especially considering that number 2 challenge in cloud adoption is interoperability and integration, following security concerns. We heard this sentiment loud and clear in last Spring’s survey with Oracle users. You can read more about that survey report here

As we have shown in press announcements leading to OpenWorld and during OpenWorld, Oracle is making strong investments that is changing this technology space. Thus, the Integration track at OpenWorld had in-depth coverage not only for SOA Suite 12c’s new release but also Oracle’s integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offering. I would like to highlight a few of them here for you.

First one to note is “Oracle Integration Strategy: Cloud, Mobile, Events, and API Management [CON8056]” session delivered by Vikas Anand, who leads the product management for Integration & SOA. In his session Vikas talked about the 3 key strategic components of Oracle’s Integration offering: API Management, Streaming Analytics, and Core Integration. Vikas talked about Oracle’s investment in and new capabilities for API management, which he followed with a demo of the new cloud service Oracle API Manager Cloud. You can see Vikas's presentation here: CON8056: Oracle Integration Strategy: Cloud, Mobile, Events, and API Management

For those that are considering cloud-based integration solutions, Cloud Integration Best Practices—Customer Panel [CON6373] was the right place to be. With Bruce Tierney from the Oracle Integration product marketing team leading the panel discussion, Calix, Land O’Lakes, Avaya talked about how they addressed cloud integration challenges and what types of benefits they have seen using Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS). My favorite quote from this panel was when Ravi Gade from Calix shared that "ICS delivered 6 times faster integration compared to their traditional integration tools". And with ICS they have been able to consolidate multiple integration vendors down to just Oracle. Land O’Lakes’ Scott Nieman shared that they also enjoy "50% faster time to market" due to simplified integration with ICS. Avaya’s Swamy Kuppuswamy mentioned that ICS helped Avaya to "migrate thousands of partner users to Oracle Sales Cloud while keeping legacy system running for CRM functionality". ICS’s real-time synchronization between legacy system and Oracle Sales Cloud made this migration seamless for end users. You can review this session's slides here: CON6373: Cloud Integration Best Practices—Customer Panel

Another popular session on cloud integration was the customer panel focusing on Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Hybrid Integration [CON6377]. In this panel, Oracle Integration customers Sherwin Williams, Hub Group, GE Corporate, and Emerson Climate Technologies talked about cloud-based integration and what impressed them most about Oracle SOA Cloud Service. A clear agreement was around rapid provisioning. Sherwin Williams said SOA Cloud Service provides the ability “to reduce provisioning turnaround times by over 500%”. Customers also mentioned that center of gravity for integration changes dynamically in their business environment. Oracle’s on-premises SOA Suite and new SOA Cloud Service allow them to easily adopt. For slides of this session please check out: CON6377: Oracle SOA Suite Cloud Service and Hybrid Integration—Customer Panel

If you missed any of the Oracle OpenWorld 2015’s Integration sessions I invite you to review their presentations here. You will learn the latest and greatest on Oracle's integration offering.

Stay tuned for more news from the Integration team and new content on our iPaaS offerings.

Monday Nov 23, 2015

Tips and Tricks for Oracle PaaS Customers

Over 2,500 organizations around the world are using Oracle Cloud Platform for business needs including application development, business analytics, content and process management, data management, integration, mobile, and IT management.

If you are one of these organizations, you should check out our sister blog Oracle Cloud for Developers. It covers our growing portfolio of PaaS services with lots of best practices and tips and tricks for leveraging these services to help your business be more flexible and innovative.  Some recent posts include:

Monday Nov 16, 2015

Simplify Your Path to APIs and Integration

Well, now that the World Series of Poker is over* we can now look forward to Gartner AADI in Las Vegas, Dec 1-3, where we'll be showing off Mobile, IoT, ICS and other Oracle Platform Cloud services.

Oracle's own Sr. Vice President, Amit Zavery, will be hosting the Oracle session as described below.

Oracle: Simplify Your Path to APIs and Integration - Whether you want to implement a cloud or IoT architecture, or mobile-enable your systems, or move to a microservices architecture, APIs and integration are at the heart of these initiatives. We invite you to hear insights into how to leverage Oracle Cloud services with a clear API and integration strategy. Join us to learn how you can take your business to the next-level as a connected enterprise.

And if your'e going, please stop by the booth where we'll be talking Oracle Mobile, IoT, Integration Cloud Service as well as my latest bad beat at the table. :)

* Congrats to Joe McKeehen, all of 25 years old and now over $7M wealthier, who went to the final table as the chip leader and never gave it up. Also congrats to Neil Blumenfield, who came in 3rd to represent Silicon Valley.

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Friday Nov 13, 2015

Burger King Brazil Saves $5 Million Using Oracle Cloud Platform Services

“Burger King Brazil was able to save $5 million in penalties by deploying Oracle Cloud Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service, which enabled us to meet regulatory compliance deadlines in an unbelievably short timeframe. We delivered the entire project in less than three days, resulting in 50 percent savings, as well as decreased our IT costs by 60 percent. Now, we’re looking to use additional Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Documents Cloud Service and Oracle Integration Cloud Service, to implement a hybrid cloud strategy to connect our on-premise systems with our cloud applications.”

- Marcelo Oliveira, head of IT, Burger King Brazil 

Read about how Burger King and other companies are leveraging Oracle’s comprehensive, integrated portfolio of PaaS services

Monday Nov 09, 2015

Mobile: The Heart of Your Digital Transformation

By 2020 over 80% of the world’s population will own a smartphone. As an enterprise, are you ready to embrace this digital revolution? Digital transformations are happening all around us; some are disrupting entire industries, others are impacting their enterprises and all are revolutionizing how we engage with customers, partners and employees.

Hear Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director of Mobile, IoT and Digital Product Marketing at Oracle discuss in detail how:
  • Companies are leveraging mobile technology and making their own digital transformation
  • You can develop a complete, end-to-end enterprise mobile strategy
  • To increase your mobile ROI and drive improved personal engagements

Register now


Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Live Webcast: 3 Ways to Drive Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility

Suffering from post #OOW15blues or missed last week's conference? We have got a live webcast just for you. Here is your chance to catch Oracle executive, David Le Strat and one of our customers, Mythics as they discuss use cases for Oracle cloud collaboration and engagement solutions. Don't miss hearing first-hand on how a processes-intense company such as Mythics streamlined business automation and is leveraging Oracle's holistic cloud engagement solution to solve one of their biggest business challenges in house.

Register today at: tinyurl.com/CollabWebcast

WEBCAST: Three Ways to Power Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility

Oracle Corporation
WEBCAST: Three Ways to Power Digital Workplace Collaboration and Mobility
Cloud Engagement beyond Simple File Sharing

A recent study showed that over a year, organizations with enterprise social collaboration saw a 96% improvement in customer response times. 96%! And with the mobile workforce reaching 1.3 billion this year, it is no wonder that organizations are looking differently at user engagement today.

Join this webcast to find out how Oracle is addressing the critical need for social- and mobile-enabled cloud engagement, and hear directly from Mythics on how the company is leveraging Oracle Cloud Services to drive workplace collaboration, streamline contracts management and accelerate business value. Learn how your organization can drive speed to market and improve mobility and productivity for Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations and Customer Experience.

You will learn about:
  • Oracle's strategy, vision and comprehensive solution to address the market need
  • Mythics' business automation and collaboration use cases and cloud strategy
  • A roadmap to driving business innovation, mobility and productivity with cloud engagement

Register Now for this webcast.

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