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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Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Taking Java to the Cloud: Build Apps Quickly with the Tools You Know and Love

The cloud’s transformative power is built on the allure of simplification, from provisioning to application development to application deployment. However, cashing in on that allure should not require a huge overhaul in the way that developers work. 

Oracle Java Cloud Service is designed as a foundational, subscription-based platform-as-a-service offering that lets Oracle customers easily move Java EE applications to the cloud, while also providing integration to crucial elements such as mobile and database services. From a development perspective, you can think of Oracle Java Cloud Service as a Java EE container in the cloud—and not as a new proprietary container in the cloud. This means that you can use it in exactly the same way as an on-premises Java EE environment and deploy your enterprise Java applications on an Oracle Java Cloud Service instance as-is.

New Oracle Cloud Services
Two new cloud services for developers are being released soon, Java Standard Edition (Java SE) and Node.js.

For those working in Java SE, Oracle Java SE Cloud Service enables quick deployment of Java SE 7 or Java SE 8 applications, along with any required libraries or frameworks, on a cloud platform that scales as needed and supports the same tools as those that are used for on-premises development.

For those working with Node.js, Oracle Node Cloud Service supports the increasing need to build interactive, real-time web applications by helping developers rapidly deploy JavaScript applications on an infrastructure that is complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management. Like all the Oracle Cloud Platform offerings, it is dynamically scalable and highly available.

Use the Tools You Know and Love
You don’t need any specific development tool or software development kit to develop applications for Oracle Java Cloud Service. In fact, you can continue to develop your Java EE applications as you have with your on-premises applications. Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which is included as an entitlement when you subscribe to Oracle Java Cloud Service, gives you a development sandbox in the cloud with a Git-based repository and continuous integration capabilities. Also included are application lifecycle management capabilities such as bug tracking, wikis, and team development capabilities.

Deploy Cloud Services in Support of DevOps
Oracle’s cloud services can also be deployed in support of DevOps, for helping developers and IT operations work together to add new features quickly without impacting infrastructure stability or performance. DevOps requires both cultural and technical change to work—collaborative discussion supported by integrated technologies such as shared version control and configuration management. One way to bake DevOps into the process is through Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which is included with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Java SE Cloud Service. A hosted development platform built for team collaboration, it provides centralized version management and collaboration tools, along with task tracking and code reviews. When tied into Oracle Java Cloud Service infrastructure management and Oracle Enterprise Manager’s monitoring and analysis capabilities, the result is an environment that supports the entire application lifecycle while reducing costs and increasing business value.

Learn more about Oracle Java Cloud Service and other Oracle Cloud Platform services and sign up for a free 30-day trial.

And if you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld 2015, be sure to check out the sessions described in these Focus On docs to learn more about Oracle’s wide array of application development tools and frameworks designed for developer productivity:

This content is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Mobilize Enterprise Applications using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

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.

Follow@OracleMobile 


Monday Oct 12, 2015

OpenWorld Mobile Showcase

OpenWorld Mobile Showcase

If you’re coming to OpenWorld, make sure you stop by the Mobile Showcase in Moscone South. 

Samsung is the lead sponsor for the showcase. This year the showcase is a blend of mobile partners and Oracle teams representing their mobile solutions.  

Samsung will be bringing showcasing their mobile solutions and additionally will be showing off their latest mobile devices in the Mobile Showcase lounge.  Stop by, charge up your device and check out the latest phones and tablets from Samsung.  I’m still holding out hope they decide to bring their Gear VR headsets, but since they don’t launch until November, it doesn’t look like they’re likely to steal their own thunder. Oh,well, they will still be showing off some beautiful hardware to checkout.



Other partners include:

Xamarin: They’ll be demoing their build, test, monitoring tools for building native apps for various mobile platforms including iOS and Android. These are 100% native apps with the performance and native experience you’d expect from a native app.  Plus, checkout their demo building mobile apps connecting to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) with the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service.  If you’re a C# developer, you’ve pretty much have a great tool for enterprise mobility.

If you’re a mobile HTML5 developer, you should be interested in checking out Sencha, which has a large and established HTML5 community building cross platform apps on their hybrid-mobile framework.

Who else? We’ve got Nokia, AuraPlayer, Sofbang, AirWatch, Syniverse and more.   In addition to the demo kiosk, there will be theatre sessions showing longer, more in-depth demos throughout the day.

Oracle will be showing off Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile App Framework, Oracle Mobile Security Suite, mobile development with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, mobile applications and more. 

It’s going to be a great showcase that you won’t want to miss.


Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Edition of WebCenter, BPM Newsletter Out

The OpenWorld edition of Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) newsletter is now out. Take a look to get more information on the exclusive Customer Reception we are hosting in San Francisco on Monday, October 25th; the must-attend sessions for you to hear from Oracle executives, subject matter experts, customers and partners to know the latest strategy, vision and roadmaps for both our on-premises and cloud solutions; the latest news features, product collateral, industry insights, and learn more about upcoming events and activities.

If you are in the area and have not registered for Oracle OpenWorld, you can still attend our Customer Reception so do RSVP today. And don't forget to add your favorite Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM and Oracle Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions to your My Schedule that is now live on Oracle OpenWorld website.

Not attending Oracle OpenWorld this year? No worries, this newsletter still has plenty of information for you to know the very latest happening in Oracle WebCenter, BPM and Cloud Collaboration world. Happy reading!


Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Available!

 Oracle is announcing the availability of the SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service in the North America and European based data centers.  SOA Cloud and API Manager Cloud work in tandem with Integration Cloud Service to provide the broadest and most complete iPaaS in the cloud.  Here are some of the business drivers that Oracle is meeting with the availability of SOA Cloud Service:
  • Ability for IT to respond more quickly to new business requirements
  • Lower IT run costs by moving integration workloads to the cloud
  • Start new projects immediately by provisioning new Development and Test environments in the cloud in minutes
  • Developers can innovate instead of spending time building infrastructure

Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are the platform for speed an innovation.  Here are some of the features of this new platform :

  • Quick provisioning of the SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environment of the size and shape specified by the customer
  • Full access to the platform: Linux root access, EM Fusion Middleware Control console, Service Bus Console, WebLogic Console, etc..
  • Single click patching - patch on your schedule and with a single click
  • Single click scale out - add another VM and managed server with the click of a button
  • Built in backup/recovery - Oracle Storage Cloud Service is used for long term storage of backups
  • Metered subscription pricing - only pay for the number of OCPUs (Oracle CPU, which equals an Intel Core) that you use

Here are some of the reasons that so many Oracle SOA Suite customers have been looking forward to having the SOA Cloud Service:

Faster Time to Market

Developers can innovate and immediately start work on new projects because it is so simple and straightforward to create new environments.  Currently, Developers spend too much time either 1) waiting for a new environment to be available so that they can begin work or 2) build new environments or help Administrators build new environments so that they can finally get started on their development and testing activities.  With SOA Cloud Service, a new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises.

Portability

Your SOA 12c projects can be deployed to your on premises SOA environments or to the SOA Cloud.  The bits are the same.  This gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward.  If requirements change, it is easy to re-deploy the same code to another environment.  This portability means that you can be more flexible and agile, to meet your business requirements as they change.

Easy Administration

Quick and automated provisioning along with built in features like backups, patching and scale out (with more features coming soon) allows Administrators to focus on value added tasks, instead of spending their time on mundane tasks like backups or patching.  The automation of the cloud enables Administrators to innovate and provide more support to the development teams and production support teams with their extra time.  Here are some high level steps that are performed automatically in SOA Cloud and API Cloud, which would have to be done manually otherwise and usually take multiple months to complete :

  • Procure hardware
  • Network setup
  • Storage allocated and linked
  • OS Installed and configured
  • Install all required software: Java, WebLogic, SOA, and API Manager
  • Run RCU to create the database schemas needed by SOA or API Manager
  • Configure the domain for a SOA, Service Bus, or API Manager domain type

Quotes

“Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need,” said Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix.  “It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.”

“With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend,” said Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst, middleware at Ovum.  “Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.” 

 Where to find more information

Visit http://cloud.oracle.com/SOA  to find out more information. 

You can also read the press release regarding this announcement here: Press Release.

Product Overview Video


Monday Oct 05, 2015

National Pharma Going Mobile with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

National Pharmacies of Australia, really gets the cloud and mobile. As a members-driven healthcare organization, they understand the value and flexibility that a cloud based offering can bring to their members and customers, which is why they chose Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Java Cloud Services to build and scale their mobile strategy and gain a competitive advantage. At the end of the day though - it's all about the customer.

“We sat down and said, ‘Forget about all the technology in our three-year plan, and let’s think about our consumers and what they are going to want to do" 

Ryan Klose, general manager of technology and innovation at National Pharmacies

Read the full story at Forbes.com

Are you planning to go to Oracle OpenWorld 2015? Be sure to checkout Oracle's latest mobile roadmap, discussions, products and demos here.

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Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Focus on Digital Experience, Cloud Collaboration, Content and Business Process Management

Each year at OOW, we drive the best and most innovative sessions for our attendees. This year is no different. With over 30 speaking sessions reflecting strategy and perspectives from our executives, technology experts, customers, partners, user groups and industry thought leaders; 10 live product demos; and 7 hands-on-labs devoted to Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) and our Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions, we are excited to showcase our product innovations, customer successes and vision at OOW 2015.

This Year’s Highlights:

  • Over 30 sessions featuring customers and partners like Lincoln Financial Group, the Sherwin Williams Company, Nextel, South California Gas Company, TekStream Solutions, Capgemini, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mythics and many more
  • A Meet the Experts session on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on “Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services”
  • 7 live product demo stations; 6 hands-on labs sessions, including Cloud labs focusing on Documents Cloud, Process Cloud and offering sneak previews of upcoming cloud services.
  • Innovation Awards ceremony with winners and representation from Digital Experience, BPM, Documents Cloud Service and Process Cloud Service

Must Attend Sessions:

Don’t miss the Strategy and Vision sessions for the overall portfolio and each of the respective solution and cloud technologies. We invite all customers to attend these not-to-be-missed sessions that can help organizations plan their roadmaps. Attendees will also get an opportunity to hear from customer organizations on implementation successes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Digital Experience and Collaboration Roadmap—Oracle WebCenter, BPM, and Cloud Services [CON9207]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Documents Cloud Service—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9183]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Process Cloud Service and the Oracle BPM Suite—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9181]
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Sites Strategy and Vision [CON9191]
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm | Moscone West—2024

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oracle WebCenter Portal Strategy and Vision [CON9187]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Sites Cloud Service: Rapid Building of Mobile-First Digital Experiences [CON9199]
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Content and Other Oracle WebCenter Solutions: Vision and Strategy [CON9182]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services [MTE10051]
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm | Moscone South—301

There are many more sessions highlighting customer successes, partner discussions, persona and/or industry based discussions, Cloud/PaaS lessons, live product demonstrations and Hands-On-Labs (HOL) sessions so do bookmark the following links for a complete listing:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Note that My Schedule is live for Oracle OpenWorld now. Customer and partner attendees can use My Schedule to plan and optimize time during the conferences by building personalized conference schedule beforehand. We recommend adding the sessions mentioned above and the others of interest from the Focus On documents.

WebCenter & BPM Auxiliary Events at OOW:

In addition to regularly scheduled programs of sessions, hands-on labs and demos, we have planned additional events for our customers and partners to actively engage with the Oracle and partner teams, and network with their peers. These auxiliary events include:

· Customer Appreciation Reception – Monday 10/26 – 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Invite and RSVP | OOW Registration NOT Required)

· Innovation Awards Ceremony (CON10374) – Tuesday 10/27– 4:00pm - 5:30pm, YBCA Theater (OOW Registration Required)

· Oracle Appreciation Event at OOW 15 with Elton John, featuring Beck – Wednesday 10/28 – 6:30 pm – 12:00 am (Event Information)

Your Conference on Mobile:

Attendees with Apple iOS or Android devices can access Oracle conference information via the Oracle OpenWorld mobile app (available mid-October). Download the app from the Apple iTunes store or Google Play, and get news and updates, access your schedule and the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog, explore interactive maps, find exhibitors and sponsors, and discover social channels.

Social Media Communications:

We will be highlighting our key session on Oracle WebCenter blog periodically. In addition, please use the following hashtags to discuss OOW on your channels and follow along on @OracleWebCenter and @OracleBPM

#OOW15 | #OracleDOCS | #OraclePCS | #OracleSCS | #WebCenter | #OracleBPM | #OraclePaaS

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Customer Appreciation Event and bookmark:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Looking forward to a great #OOW15 together!

Monday Sep 28, 2015

Standards Corner: The IETF Publishes SCIM V2

Last Friday, the IETF published SCIM v2 as RFC7643 (SCIM Core Schema) and RFC7644 (SCIM Protocol) as well as SCIM’s Use Cases as RFC7642. As editor I want to pass along my thanks to my co-authors:  Morteza Ansari, Kelly Grizzle, Chuck Mortimore, and Erik Wahlstrom and to Kepend Li, editor of the SCIM use case document (RFC7642). I also want to thank the members and the chairs of the SCIM WG as well as the many developers over the past few years who provided valuable feedback to the specifications.

For those that aren’t already familiar with SCIM, it is a new RESTful HTTP protocol that promises to make provisioning and management of User accounts in applications and cloud providers dramatically easier. Instead of older more complex protocols like LDAP and X.500, or writing many different proprietary connectors, developers can now depend on an easy to implement RESTful protocol.

SCIM V1 began as an Open Web Foundation initiative in 2010 by Salesforce, PingIdentity, Sailpoint, UnboundID, and Nexus Technology as a way to provision users to cloud service providers. Kelly Grizzle of Sailpoint, one of the original SCIM spec co-authors and co-author for SCIMv2, put it this way in his CIS2014 presentation: "SCIM, Why It’s More Important and More Simple, Than you Think":

"SCIM was founded about [five] years ago at [CIS] in 2010. We needed a identity management protocol. A standard potocol. There’s a bunch of different protocols out there and we wanted a standard one….In May 2011, we really kicked off work under Open Web Foundation. A loose standards body to get a spec launched and off the ground. In Dec 2011, we came out with a 1.0 spec."

While SCIM v1 was a great start, there was more work to do. For example, it was not clear how implementers could define new attributes and extend SCIM.  Could SCIM be used for any identity information and not just Users? What is the schema model? How should clients and service providers negotiate the inevitable difference in the attributes they need and use about users? Did service providers have to accept data exactly as provided? If a client asked a service provider to delete a user resource, was the service provider obligated to do so? If a user is deleted and they come back, can they regain their old profile?  What should happen when a client tries to update a read-only attribute? SCIM V2 addresses all of these issues.

SCIM V2's low-friction approach makes provisioning easy to implement and use. At the recent Cloud Identity Summit last summer, Ian Glazer of Salesforce spoke about how the new Identity standards, including SCIM, are about to have their TCP/IP moment in history:

"Standards for federated single sign-on and attribute distribution are especially strong. Historically user provisioning has not been great but it is about to get much better with SCIM 2.0. Authorization, in the form of XACML and its related profiles, is robust and capable and its adoption curve ought to be bending upwards." 

Here is a summary of some of the new features of SCIM V2:

1. SCIMv2 Has an Extensible, Robust Schema Model

It is fitting that Ian Glazer’s talk, was titled is Identity having its TCP/IP moment. As TCP/IP became a major influence in the design of SCIM v2. By that I mean the working group, in its desire to keep things “simple”, adopted a “robust” philosophy first proposed by Jon Postel in the development of TCP/IP

"TCP implementations should follow a general principle of robustness: be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others."

For SCIM, rather then designing a schema system that throws errors for every non-conformance (for example as is done with XML Schema), the working group decided to have a flexible set of processing rules defined by a set of attribute characteristics. SCIM service providers are free to ignore what they do not understand or do not care about. A SCIM request fails only when something is known to be wrong. In another example, a SCIM request that attempts to update an attribute that the service provider has declared as readOnly may still succeed since the attribute modification is simply ignored. This may seem trivial, but it allows for clients to do simple things like use HTTP “GET” to retrieve a resource and then perform an HTTP “PUT” to put the resource back after changing one or more attributes. Rather then rejecting the request, the SCIM service provider simply picks out what changes are relevant and processes the request.

For more information on robust schema, see my post: A Robust Schema Model for SCIM

2. Focus on JSON      

Support for XML was dropped early in the process. This was in part due to the declining interest inXML. But I think this also enabled a change in philosophy about schema enforcement (see #1) and the desire to keep SCIM simple. 

3. Resource Types

SCIM V2 now allows service providers to offer new resources beyond just Users and Groups.  To define this, SCIM V2 has a new endpoint called “/ResourceTypes” listing the types of resources that are supported by a service provider. Each SCIM ResourceType defines the main SCIM “schema” uri, any extension schemas (e.g. like an enterprise user), and the actual endpoint where the resource is located.  For example, the resource type for “User” is defined:

{
    "schemas": ["urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:ResourceType"],
    "id": "User",
    "name": "User",
    "endpoint": "/Users",
    "description": "User Account",
    "schema": "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:core:2.0:User",
    "schemaExtensions": [
    {
       "schema":
         "urn:ietf:params:scim:schemas:extension:enterprise:2.0:User",
       "required": true
    }
}

Resource types make it possible to define new objects and clarifies how SCIM schema can be extended in the future. Of course, while service providers are free to invent their own, the SCIM WG may specify new schemas and resource types for new resources where interoperability is needed.

 4. New PATCH Method

SCIM has a new PATCH command that is now based on RFC6902 known as “JSON Patch” by Paul Bryan and Mark Nottingham.  In the SCIM version, a new filter syntax (which is the same as a SCIM query filer) may be used to select specific records of multi-valued complex attributes. This gives clients the ability to update specific sub-attribues of attributes like “addresses” (e.g. update a street name). It also improves modification of large multi-value attributes like group “members”.

5. Clarifications on Authentication and Security

Many reading the SCIMv1 specification wondered how SCIM does a “bind” operation (coming from LDAP). The specification now clarifies that SCIM is just a normal HTTP service and as such, uses all of the HTTP standard authentication schemes including OAuth. While SCIM doesn’t itself do “authentication”, SCIM servers may be used by authentication systems to retrieve credential information and match password values as part of authentication service architecture.

6. Search

One ongoing concern that some adopters had with SCIMv1.1 was that supported searching only via HTTP GET. Since SCIM’s primary objective is the provisioning of personal information, it was concerning to expose personal information in URLs as part of a GET request. Section 9.4 of HTTP RFC7231 tells more about the story:

9.4. Disclosure of Sensitive Information in URIs

URIs are intended to be shared, not secured, even when they identify secure resources. URIs are often shown on displays, added to templates when a page is printed, and stored in a variety of unprotected bookmark lists. It is therefore unwise to include information within a URI that is sensitive, personally identifiable, or a risk to disclose. Authors of services ought to avoid GET-based forms for the submission of sensitive data because that data will be placed in the request-target. Many existing servers, proxies, and user agents log or display the request-target in places where it might be visible to third parties. Such services ought to use POST-based form submission instead. Since the Referer header field tells a target site about the context that resulted in a request, it has the potential to reveal information about the user's immediate browsing history and any personal information that might be found in the referring resource's URI. Limitations on the Referer header field are described in 
   Section 5.5.2 to address some of its security considerations.  

To address this concern, SCIM v2 supports searching by using the HTTP POST method and a  “/.search” at the end of a SCIM URI to indicate the client is performing a search request instead of creating a new resource. Further, because a “/.search” can be applied anywhere, SCIM can now support a search request against a specific resource type endpoint (e.g. /Users), or the entire server (from the root). 

For more information about SCIM, see the SCIM web page where you'll find an overview, a list of implementations and links to the specifications.  

Samsung is in the house!

When it comes to making a presence, Samsung knows how to go big. In addition a sizable dedicated booth presence, we're excited to announce that Samsung will be the lead sponsor for the Oracle Mobile Showcase in Moscone South!


Welcome Samsung!  We're looking forward to checking out all the cool mobile phones and tablets - and dare I wonder, will they also bring their recently announced Gear VR (virtual reality headset recently announced, using Oculus software ala Facebook)?  I know it's not out until November, but given how close we are, maybe some early models perhaps?  OpenWorld is an ideal techie community and offers up a perfect audience.

A quick link for mobile - check out the Focus on Mobile list which will help guide you to some key mobile related sessions and events at Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

Follow us @OracleMobile

Monday Sep 21, 2015

Oracle Mobile@Oracle OpenWorld 2015

About a month to go and we're set for another ginormous event - Oracle OpenWorld 2015!

At the center of the tech universe is mobile of course. I mean, what else is transforming our lives more than mobile? What is the one thing you can't leave home without? The first thing you look at in the morning? Do you still use an old fashioned alarm clock to wake you up? Do you check the news, stocks, email, weather, traffic in when you wake up? The last thing you look at in the evening? Did you know the mobile screen has overtaken television? 

We've got a lot of Mobile going on at OpenWorld 2015.  In particular, a few highlights from our Focus on Mobile page

You may notice that last one is with Benedict Evans from Andreessen Horowitz. (Andreessen as in Marc Andreessen, the Mozilla, Netscape, World Wide Web - yeah, that guy).  Benedict is a partner with Andreessen Horowitz covering mobile tech in particular. I've been following the A16Z podcasts and his ideas are pretty insightful. Check out Benedict's Mobile Eating the World presentation and his recent blog asserting that the smartphone is the new sun

Anywhoo - lot's interesting mobile sessions, labs and expert meetings going on.  Definitely checkout the Focus on Mobile and Mobile Central pages.  Oh, and stop by the Mobile Showcase at Moscone South to see mobile demos from Oracle and Partners.

Follow us @OracleMobile

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Launch Webcast: Oracle Process Cloud Service

Article originally written by Mala Ramakrishnan 

Did you miss the Oracle Process Cloud Service launch webcast? Join this webcast so you too can understand the value we can bring to your business with line of business empowerment.

Now you can hear from the experts on Oracle Process Cloud Service. Join us to listen to customer stories, see the product and consider the pros and cons of running process automation on the cloud.

Check out the replay now available On Demand: Oracle Cloud Platform Webcast Series

You Are Invited to Oracle WebCenter, BPM Cocktail Reception

Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM Customer Appreciation Reception

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Oracle WebCenter & Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) partners Bezzotech, Fishbowl Solutions, Redstone Content Solutions, Sofbang, Tata Consultancy Services, TekStream & VassIT invite you to a private cocktail reception at one of the Bay Area's premier primary destinations for live music & entertainment. Please join us and other Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM customers for heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at this exclusive reception.

Don't miss the opportunity to talk with fellow customers and executives from Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM Product Management, Product Marketing, and Oracle's premier Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM partners. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

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Monday Sep 14, 2015

Cloud And Mobile Services Help Robo Silicon Enter New Market And Crush It

There's a great article on how Cloud and Mobile are helping to transform regular brick/mortar industries to become more efficient in serving their customers.  Specific excerpt relating to Oracle Mobile Cloud Services: 

To sustain its first-mover advantage, Robo Silicon also implemented Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which lets the company’s tablet-equipped salespeople access customer information, enter orders, and manage approvals—all while working in the field.

“We can now analyze lead quality, rep productivity, and deal-conversion rates for each rep by territory and customer segment,” says CFO Ganesh Kamath.

 You can read the full article at Forbes.

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Friday Sep 11, 2015

Zamil Industrial "All In" for Oracle Cloud

Oracle Java Cloud Service capabilities include a full-featured Oracle WebLogic Server 12c or Oracle WebLogic Server 11g instance that integrates with Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Optional capabilities include clustering of application server instances, clustering of databases, in-memory database functionality, high availability, elastic load balancing, and fully managed services for backup, restore, patching, scaling, and server management.
This integrated family of cloud services makes perfect sense for a large, dispersed organization such as Zamil Industrial Investment Company, a global building and construction conglomerate with facilities in 55 countries. Zamil Industrial develops products ranging from transmission towers to climate control systems. The company has major IT divisions in Saudi Arabia and India.


“We want to establish one IT model for our entire business and consolidate IT investments as much as possible,” says Zamil Industrial CIO Zaki Sabbagh. To fulfill this goal, the company signed up for Oracle Database Cloud Service. Now its document management data resides in the cloud. “We have consolidated all document management data into one instance,” he says. “In addition, all network projects, e-mail, supplier management—any initiatives that impact more than two business units—are handled at the corporate level.”


After implementing one on-premises Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) instance across 13 global business units, Sabbagh turned his attention to moving business applications and data to the cloud. He used Oracle Java Cloud Service to create an application for sharing engineering documents and an information system for managing engineering projects.


“We started in 2013 with a five-year plan to move everything to the cloud except our ERP system,” he says. “As of now, we have more than 15 systems and environments—Oracle and non-Oracle—in the cloud. It was a very quick win for us. The savings have been excellent in terms of administration, backup, and systems management. We no longer need to license so much hardware and software, let alone bother with installing, patching, and configuring.”


More Data and Better Apps—Fast

Oracle Java Cloud Service is a central component of Zamil Industrial’s cloud infrastructure. The service makes it easy for workers at 13 different sites globally to exchange insights and share files.


For example, Zamil Steel, a subsidiary of Zamil Industrial, has engineering teams in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Vietnam. Previously, they used FTP to upload and download documents, with nominal communications and haphazard version control. Now they use a simple Java application to exchange their engineering documents. Files can be edited on premises and automatically backed up to the cloud. Zamil Industrial also purchased 20 TB of Oracle Cloud storage as a backup system.


“For each site, we migrated Oracle Database to Oracle Database Cloud Service with the help of Oracle SQL Developer,” Sabbagh says. “We did not need to modify anything in our databases in order to migrate to the cloud. We then migrated our web services from Oracle WebLogic Server to Oracle Java Cloud Service and had the same advantage—no need to apply changes to the existing code.”


Zamil Industrial plans to use Oracle Documents Cloud Service to make it even easier for employees to store and exchange their documents in the cloud. Sabbagh says this cloud service will give them one global repository, with high security and automated backups. The company also plans to use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service to generate analytical reports for display on handheld devices.
“No company can ignore the cloud anymore,” Sabbagh says. “It’s not an option. It’s a direction.

Snapshot

Zamil Industrial Investment Company

Headquarters: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Industry: Engineering and construction
Employees: More than 10,000
Revenue: US$1.46 billion in 2014
Oracle products and services: Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Java Cloud Service, cloud support service

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