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.

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

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

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

Extensibility.
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

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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.

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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

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Friday Oct 23, 2015

Just in Time - Top Sessions: Oracle Cloud Platform at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Originally published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition earlier this month.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 takes place October 25 through 29, 2015, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. This year, Oracle OpenWorld includes the Oracle Cloud Platform track, with dozens of sessions presented by Oracle experts to get you up to speed on the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions for your business, IT infrastructure, and development needs. No matter what cutting-edge technology you’re interested in, you’ll come away from Oracle OpenWorld with the connections, information, and knowledge that you need to support your journey to the cloud.

Must-See Sessions
A complete list of sessions and activities devoted to cloud topics is available on the Oracle OpenWorld website, and the teams involved have nominated the following as must-see sessions dedicated to Oracle Cloud Platform.

  • General Session: Mobile—the Heart of Digital Transformation (GEN10178)
    By the end of 2015, half the world’s population will have a powerful computer in its pocket—the mobile phone. Studies reveal the mobile app market is now influencing more than US$500 billion in sales and daring to be an even bigger revolution than the internet. Digital leaders have quickly realized that mobile, if used effectively, can change the game in their industry. The key to success is having a comprehensive, secure, flexible, and open mobile strategy that drives mobile ROI. Mobile is the primary screen and at the core of any digital strategy—in this session, gain insights and learn how you can develop an end-to-end enterprise mobile strategy, increase your mobile ROI, and build your competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform—Transform Your Tomorrow (GEN5878)
    Today, Oracle’s cloud technology is disrupting the status quo with modern techniques for application development, data management, collaboration, big data and analytics, mobile, and integration in the cloud. Oracle Senior Vice President of the PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb and Oracle Senior Principal Product Marketing Director Sandra Cheevers show you how Oracle Cloud Platform enables developers, IT professionals, and line-of-business (LOB) users to innovate faster, improve time to market, and gain a competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware: Accelerating Digital Transformation (GEN10761)
    Today’s unprecedented digital transformation is driving the need for a new IT platform—one that is comprehensive, integrated, and helps organizations develop modern applications in the cloud. Oracle Executive Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware Development Inderjeet Singh presents details about new capabilities in Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware for mobile and web experience management, the Internet of Things, application programming interface management, big data enrichment, cloud computing, and on-premises portability.

  • Enterprise Mobility—the High, the Low, and Everything in Between (CON10170)
    Surveys reveal that consumers prefer to consume digital media through their mobile devices—mobile is the primary screen. Could it be that the television industry now needs a mobile-first strategy? We are living in a time when mobile technology is impacting every aspect of our lives—it is clear that we cannot live without it. In this session, hear from industry leaders as they share their experiences from the trenches. Gain insight as you hear the best practices from mobile development through to delivery of mobile apps.

  • Maximize the Value of Your SaaS Investments with Oracle Cloud Platform (CON8826)
    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption is exploding. With Oracle Cloud, companies get not only the most comprehensive customer experience, ERP, HCM, and SCM functionality in the cloud but also the industry’s most innovative cloud platform with which to extend and integrate their applications. Oracle Senior Vice President of Integration Products Amit Zavery shows you how your peers are realizing the full power of SaaS.

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators (CON10374)
    The Oracle Excellence Awards Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation recognizes customers across solutions, solution areas, and development efforts including Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, service-oriented architecture, business process management, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Data Integration, Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle Fusion Applications development, and business analytics (Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management, and Oracle Exalytics). Attend this session to learn how leading Oracle customers are transforming their organizations with Oracle Fusion Middleware technology.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform to Empower LOB to Innovate in the Cloud Without IT Involvement (CON9864)
    The roles of the CIO and IT are rapidly evolving to enable LOB users to adopt cloud solutions directly, while ensuring that the solutions are fully integrated with the rest of the enterprise without compromising business and IT standards. Join this session, led by Oracle Vice President of Product Management and Strategy Siddhartha Agarwal and Oracle Director of Product Management Jon Huang, to learn how Oracle Cloud Platform empowers LOB users to build web and mobile mashups, compose and monitor custom workflows, securely sync and share files, and get rich insights with business analytics—and how it can happen in the cloud without IT involvement while still ensuring proper enterprise governance and compliance.

In addition to the key sessions described above, Oracle OpenWorld attendees should plan to visit the Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Showcase and the Mobile Showcase, located in Moscone South, to see demonstrations of different Oracle Cloud Platform services.

Sessions quickly fill to capacity—learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Can’t attend? Follow Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook, watch keynote and session highlights on demand, and visit cloud.oracle.com today to watch a demo or to sign up for a trial.

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Steve Daheb - Innovate Faster, Spend Less, and Connect People with the Right Information

Taken from Q&A Interview with Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle that was published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition

The cloud is disrupting how businesses operate, and changing the way people work and access information. Whether you’re just beginning your journey to cloud computing or you’ve adopted it throughout your business, the platform that supports your strategy deserves thoughtful consideration. Oracle Senior Vice President, PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb talks about the pivotal role platform as a service (PaaS) has in helping businesses innovate faster, spend less, and connect people with the right information.

Q. How can customers rationalize their existing on-premises investments with newer cloud investments?
A. Achieving digital transformation is not a question of choosing between cloud and on-premises offerings. The foundation of all information technology is managing information. It’s about mobilizing, securing, and visualizing information. It’s about sharing the information that fuels our applications, and it’s about connecting people and businesses to information. That’s what Oracle has always done better than anybody else. As Larry Ellison says, “Don’t assemble the information, take advantage of it.”

Today, Oracle technology is allowing people to easily collect, access, and share information, and connect their applications with the information that is the lifeblood of those applications. Oracle Cloud solutions coexist with your current investments and allow you to extend their functionality to the cloud.

Q. What is the significance of the hybrid cloud?
A. An information strategy needs to span both on-premises and cloud-based environments because information lives in both places. Information flows through all things, all applications, all devices, and you have to be able to address all of these together. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to tackle both sides, like a bridge, and allows you to go back and forth between your legacy and future on-premises investments with the cloud. It also allows you to migrate workloads between on premises and the cloud to suit business needs and to not be limited by what technology dictates. It’s a strategy that gives you choice, whether that choice is a private cloud, software as a service (SaaS), or any combination that suits your specific business and industry needs.

Oracle’s integrated portfolio of cloud platform services delivers complete capabilities for application development, integration, content sharing and collaboration, business analytics, mobile technology, enterprise management, and data management. Only Oracle offers this full technology continuum that can enable customers regardless of where they might be on their journey to the cloud.

Q. Mobile is a key trend and many organizations have made significant strides in mobile operations. How do Oracle’s solutions aid with SaaS mobile extensions, rapid application development, and mobile innovation?
A. Mobile innovation is really part of the overall conversation about getting users the information they need, in the context in which they need it. For that to work, you need to manage mobility from a centralized platform that gives mobile developers easy access to everything they need, including services such as user management, offline data, push notification, and storage. You also need a way to cut application development time and ensure consistency. Again, the platform is the key to success. Built-in components such as rapid application development kits and UX templates enable easy mobile extensions for applications.

Q. How do Oracle Cloud solutions offer specific benefits to app developers, IT architects, and line-of-business users?
A. In order to have a platform that meets the needs of all of your stakeholders, you’ve got to understand who the stakeholders are, and speak their language.

For corporate IT and DBAs, it’s about having the same database technology on premises and in the cloud. It’s about speed of provisioning, ease of administration, and ease of ongoing maintenance.

For developers it’s about building rich, high-performance apps. It’s about mobilizing the apps in the back end to support that, and giving them familiar tools to build robust, engaging, and secure apps.

For architects it’s about sandboxing and development testing and managing cloud offerings, on-premises offerings, and mobile technology together.

For line-of-business (LOB) managers, it’s about the information—how can business users easily access and consume information within the context of their business process using innovative tools such as visual analytics, regardless of where they are?

And for business analysts, it’s about giving them information that is connected across disparate sources along with the tools they need to shorten the time it takes to build analytics dashboards, helping them uncover patterns faster, and enabling them to collaborate on that analysis with LOB stakeholders.

Q. What is unique about Oracle’s value proposition?
A. Oracle’s approach is about building an information platform upon which you can run your business; one that spans infrastructure, services, databases, and applications. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to address both cloud and on-premises needs and allows you to go back and forth, protecting both your legacy and your future technology investments. As a result, you can choose any combination of deployment model based on your business needs. Only Oracle offers the choice of both public and private cloud services. And unlike its competitors, Oracle gives its customers the flexibility to change their deployment model from private to public, or perhaps to bring a public cloud application back in-house.

Come to Oracle OpenWorld 2015 to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform. Read the Focus On session listings and descriptions to learn more about key sessions:

Can’t attend? Follow Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook, watch keynote and session highlights on demand, and visit cloud.oracle.com today to watch a demo or to sign up for a trial.

Also, don’t miss the global Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow series of events. Attend an event to explore a range of industry-leading cloud solutions suited to the specific needs of your job role, and discover why Oracle is the leading cloud company.

Monday Oct 19, 2015

Mobilize Enterprise Applications using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service at OpenWorld

Enterprise mobility can transform businesses by providing new channels for end user interaction, leading to dramatic process improvements and faster decision-making. But most enterprise services are built for content-heavy, bandwidth-rich web applications, not mobile ones. Wiring up services to mobile apps and managing the accompanying infrastructure (notifications and storage) is cumbersome.

In addition, enterprises building a portfolio of mobile apps face significant challenges: integrating with myriad back-end systems both on premises and with software-as-a-service (SaaS), dealing with multiple security policies across B2E and B2C apps, and increasing the velocity of mobile app delivery.

The cloud is a perfect match for mobile application needs. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service goes beyond simple mobile-first mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) solutions to provide a robust, enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure to achieve all this and more.

Attend these three sessions to hear more about how you can use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service to mobilize enterprise applications.

  • Mobilize Oracle E-Business Suite Using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service: Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone South—270
  • Extend SaaS Applications to Mobile Using Mobile Cloud Service: Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3020
  • Go Mobile with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3024

There's also a  hands-on workshop (Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Mendocino I/II) to learn how to build the next generation of enterprise mobile apps. Discover how back-end developers can easily collect and format information from their vast enterprise infrastructure -- on-premises packaged applications, cloud data, or custom applications -- and present it to mobile developers. 

For more information on other Mobile sessions at Open World 2015, refer to Mobile Central.

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