Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Oracle Mounts Challenge to AWS in Massive IT Industry Shakeup

In an exclusive interview, Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle Corp, details Oracle’s cloud strategy and how it’s mounting an aggressive challenge to public cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce and Workday, while its enterprise competitors such as EMC and SAP scramble for survival in a cloud-centric world.

Read the full article in the most recent edition of Forbes and watch this video to get more information

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Sutton Tools Speeds Time to Market with Oracle Cloud Platform

Sutton Tools is an Australian manufacturer of high-quality power tool accessories and cutting tools for a variety of specialized industrial applications. With over 20,000 skus in its product catalog, Sutton Tools needed help with getting data out of their back end systems so it could be used to improve business processes and customer engagement.

Hear how Sutton Tools moved away from email and spreadsheets by using the integrated PaaS offerings available with Oracle Cloud Platform


Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Three Ways the Cloud Turbocharges Business Innovation

Inside the Innovation Machine
—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow. "Our process is very simple: the slowest 10 percent of clicks we send as defects, or bugs, to development to make those clicks faster," says Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president for applications development. That precise feedback—click-stroke granularity, not just user interviews and recollections—is one of three big reasons that the innovation cycle for cloud software is measured in months, not three or four years as with the on-premises software model.

A second reason for the cloud's speedy innovation cycle is faster implementation; when a software as a service (SaaS) supplier puts out a new version, users have access to those new features instantly. Last, companies can add their own features to SaaS apps, using cloud-based integration and development, without complicated customizations that often prevented businesses from upgrading on-premises software at all. SaaS provides other benefits such as lower costs, but speed of innovation is easily the most important, Miranda contends.

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Monday Feb 22, 2016

Oracle’s Mobile Ecosystem Helps Customers Innovate & Accelerate their Digital Transformations

Partners Embrace Open Agnostic Architecture of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Oracle today announced an expanded Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) member ecosystem for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, part of Oracle Cloud Platform. Through co-development, joint go-to-market and other partner initiatives, Oracle and its mobile partner ecosystem provide customers with the choice, flexibility and complete solutions that enable faster delivery of better and more engaging mobile apps. The latest partners to collaborate with Oracle include AirWatch (VMware), AuraPlayer, MobileIron, RapidValue, Sencha, Sofbang, and Syniverse.

Today, mobile users expect increased productivity, efficiency, simplicity and excellent customer service. Yet, delivering enterprise mobility is complex, with more than 80 percent of an organization’s time being spent on development, integration, security and maintenance of mobile apps. In defining an enterprise mobile strategy, organizations are looking at best of breed technologies in these key areas. With Oracle and its mobile partner ecosystem, organizations can quickly deliver innovative new services and securely connect, analyze, and integrate real-time data, at scale, between connected devices and enterprise systems.

“Oracle has clearly moved to the forefront of enterprise mobile platform providers,” said Sri Ramanathan, group vice president Mobile, Oracle. “In this increasingly mobile only world, Oracle is focused on delivering both task-specific, out-of-the-box enterprise mobile apps and providing a complete and open platform that allows enterprises to quickly build and deliver better, smarter mobile apps. Our focus has been to simplify enterprise mobility and now together with our mobile partner ecosystem, we are simplifying how customers build and deploy innovative mobile solutions.”

Oracle has been delivering enterprise mobile applications for more than four years and continues to help customers and partners bring mobility to the enterprise with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is an open and agnostic cloud offering that simplifies and secures the process of connecting mobile applications to enterprise systems and other cloud services. It allows developers to use the application development framework of their choice, or existing investment in third-party solutions, and securely connect to backend data sources, enabling them to create engaging mobile experiences in a simple, intuitive manner.


“To transform business processes, enterprise mobile apps must be secure without sacrificing user experience,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president of mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. “VMware AirWatch EMM combined with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service delivers just that – a streamlined development and deployment process that enables our customers to change the way employees work with intuitive and insightful apps, built on the AirWatch foundation of strong management and security.”


“We are delighted to work with Oracle as part of the marketplace for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling us to serve a broader enterprise customer segment,” said Dave Murashige, general manager, Enterprise and Intelligence Solutions, Syniverse. “Working together, Syniverse and Oracle are committed to simplifying enterprise mobility.”

Examples of mobile enterprise solutions that leverage Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Oracle’s Booth: 3B20 in Hall 3 and in Samsung’s Booth: 6A30 in Hall 6.


New Mobile Partner Collaborations

AirWatch (VMWare). Enterprise Mobility Management enables organizations to easily deploy, configure, secure, manage and support smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices across multiple mobile platforms and operating systems. The VMware AirWatch platform includes industry-leading mobile device, email, identity, application, content and browser management solutions.

Oracle’s collaboration with AirWatch helps customers ensure apps built and integrated using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service are automatically secured with AirWatch.


AuraPlayer
's unique solution “wraps” existing Oracle Forms / Oracle E-Business Suite systems as Web Services within hours, without writing a single line of code, while production systems remain untouched.

The inclusion of AuraPlayer in the mobile ecosystem allows customers to leverage their existing investments through API's that directly plugin to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, without the need to migrate or redevelop back-office applications. This provides a quick, low-risk way to kick start a legacy to mobile strategy. 


MobileIron
provides a secure foundation for enterprises to transform into mobile first organizations. The MobileIron platform secures data at rest in mobile operating systems and applications, as well as data-in-motion as it moves between corporate networks, endpoints and data repositories.

Oracle’s collaboration with MobileIron enables customers to easily deploy applications built in Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, and helps ensure endpoints accessing Oracle Applications are compliant and that the data used by Oracle mobile apps is kept secure. 


RapidValue
enables digital transformation for enterprises. eQuipMe is an Enterprise Mobility Suite comprising 200+ pre-built modules, built-in connectors and 30+ pre-built fully-customizable mobile solutions.

These solutions are developed using Oracle Mobile Application Framework. The platform leverages Oracle Mobile Cloud Service for quicker integration, offline capabilities, and storage, and helps improve staff productivity, streamlines workflow, fastens decision making, and reduces cost for enterprises, by automating the process and providing data access to users in real time.


Sencha
provides a leading MVC/MVVM-based JavaScript framework and testing solution, Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Test, for designing, developing and testing cross-platform mobile web applications. Sencha Ext JS leverages hardware acceleration techniques to provide high-performance UI components for mobile devices. Sencha Test enables developers and test automation engineers to create unit and end-to-end functional tests and execute them on multiple browsers simultaneously, which helps improve product quality and developer efficiency.

The collaboration with Sencha provides developers the choice of using Sencha frameworks and tools for building and testing cross platform HTML5 mobile apps and consuming enterprise services from Oracle Mobile Cloud Service.


Sofbang
is focused on Business Process Application Extensions, Enterprise Mobility Solutions and cloud-simplified, hybrid, private, PaaS & SaaS solutions. Key Oracle integrated cloud solutions include License & Subscription and Contracts Management, Mobile On-boarding (EE, Contractor, Customer), Mobile Service Request Management, Mobile Workforce Management, Funds Mgmt, Project Mgmt and WO Asset Mgmt.

Sofbang was the proud recipient of an Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year for Mobility.


Syniverse
makes mobile work by developing solutions to help brands enhance and enrich user experiences while enabling business processes that increase engagement and build greater brand loyalty.

As an ecosystem partner, Syniverse helps brands with innovative messaging solutions integrated with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enabling these brands to reach mobile users in real time through mobile messaging, anytime, anywhere.

Get the latest information on Oracle Mobile at: www.oracle.com/mobile

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more about Oracle Partner Network visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

Webcast Replay, Q&A: Driving Innovation with Cloud Self Service and Engagement

Thank you to all who joined us last Wednesday on our live webcast: Driving Innovation with Cloud Self-Service and Engagement; we appreciate your interest and the Q&A that followed. For those who missed it or who would like to watch it again, we now have the on-demand replay available for the webcast here.

On the webcast, our Cloud executive, David Le Strat discussed the key market trends that are driving the transformation in IT's responsibilities and line of business users' engagement. He then went on to discuss some common use cases for collaboration, business automation and self service, and community engagement that we are seeing in the market today and how Oracle Cloud Content and Process solutions address these evolving needs. The value proposition becomes incredibly powerful for Oracle Applications and Oracle SaaS customers as Oracle Cloud Content and Process extends these and other applications' collaboration, self-service and sites communications capabilities. Do give the webcast a watch and you may find use cases that hit close to home.

We also wanted to capture some of the most asked questions and our experts' responses here. But please do follow up with us and comment here if you have additional questions or feedback. We always look forward to hearing from you.

Q. Do you see these solutions being used by IT or by business users? I am in marketing and am wondering how "user-friendly" these solutions are.

A. Cloud solutions are specifically designed to be LoB/user friendly with drag and drop interfaces, easy navigation and template based building. The solutions are also mobile-optimized for anytime, anywhere, any device use and consumption. So, all the convenience you see and experience in your consumer world has now been brought to extend your enterprise content and process collaboration and sites building capabilities. Do try out the free trial at cloud.oracle.com/documents  to experience the ease and intuitiveness first hand. Your IT counterparts will be pleased to have an enterprise-grade, standards-based, pluggable, secure and fully auditable solutions in place that minimize IT reliance and you will be pleasantly surprised at the convenience, ease of use and on-boarding.

Q. Does Oracle Documents Cloud work with your WebCenter Content Management?

A. Yes. To avoid information silos, Oracle Documents Cloud Service integrates with your source of record, your existing content management system like Oracle WebCenter Content so that the content you have access to and you share is in sync with your source of record. We recommend you look at IDC paper on Hybrid Content Management that addresses this very point.

Q. To confirm, the idea with Sites Cloud is to build interactive sites?

A. Yes. Oracle Sites Cloud Service enables users to build microsites and community sites that brings together people, content, processes and even conversations. Integration with Oracle Documents Cloud ensures that content is being leveraged from Oracle Documents Cloud content repository. Processes can be kicked-off, tracked, worked on via integration with Oracle Process Cloud from within Sites and conversations can be easily embedded again as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Do check out https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/cloud-sites  for more information.

Q. Is Documents Presenter available as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service or is this a separate application to be purchased?

A. The Presenter app is available as part of Oracle Documents Cloud Service. The Presenter app allows you to curate relevant content available in Oracle Documents Cloud Service, and present it in visually appealing format right off your iPad. You can view a short video on Presenter here.

Q. Will Cloud Documents be integrated with Oracle SaaS Apps to facilitate the collaboration in the Cloud?

A. Yes. It is integrated with Oracle SaaS apps like Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud and we will continue to extend such integration capabilities. Oracle SaaS and Application customers will find great synergies and ease in leveraging Oracle Cloud Content and Process with their existing investments.

Q. Can we view some demos of the solution for marketing or sales?

A. Yes, very much so. Please reach out to your Oracle account rep or connect with us via Comments here on this blog and we would be happy to go through each of these use cases with you in detail or any that is more closely related to your specific needs. Thank you for your interest.


Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service - Citizen Developers Rejoice

Written by Shay Shmeltzer 

We are happy to introduce Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service - the newest member of Oracle’s Cloud Development Platform.

Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service (or ABCS for short) provides an easy way to create and host web applications. Aimed at users who aren’t professional software developers, ABCS delivers an intuitive and visual development experience with no-coding required for application development. 

Application Development Simplified

With ABCS users visually design web applications through a WYSWYIG page editor dragging and dropping UI components onto pages, and connecting these UI components to data objects. These data objects can be created on the fly as an integral part of the interface development. Users can create applications with multiple pages, multiple related data objects, and rich UIs.

When an application is ready to be tested, users can stage it and provide access to other users to test the application through their browsers. When testing is completed, a simple press of a button will publish a production instance of the application. ABCS can also handle propagating subsequent updates to the application. Applications are accessible through the browser on any device, and can be secured and protected if needed.

Oracle SaaS Application Enrichment

While ABCS can be used to develop stand-alone apps, a unique capability it offers is the ability to extend Oracle SaaS applications such as the Oracle Sales Cloud. 

ABCS provides a built-in service catalog that simplifies mashing data from Oracle SaaS with the user’s own custom data objects to create applications that enrich Oracle SaaS functionality. In addition, ABCS applications can leverage the same look and feel used by Oracle SaaS apps. ABCS handles security and single-sign-on across Oracle SaaS and ABCS apps automatically. With its ease of development, Oracle ABCS is a key component in Oracle’s PaaS offering for Oracle SaaS customers.

Superior Technology

Oracle ABCS relies on the power of the latest industry standard and Oracle’s technology to create cutting edge apps. The rich UI is based on Oracle JET - Oracle’s JavaScript Extension Toolkit. Data objects are stored in an Oracle database instance in the cloud. Communication between the UI and the data objects and external services is base on REST/JSON - for light load and fast performance.

Users who are familiar with JavaScript coding, will be able to inject code snippets into their application to create even more advanced functionality.

Summary

With its unique combination of visual driven development and powerful underlying technology, Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service makes development and publishing of cloud apps a breeze.

Need more info...watch this video and visit the Application Builder home page at: https://cloud.oracle.com/ApplicationBuilder


Monday Feb 15, 2016

Don't Miss: Live Webcast TOMORROW on Cloud Content Use Cases

You are invited! Don't miss Oracle Cloud executive, David Le Strat on this live webcast as he discusses real world use cases of how Oracle Cloud Content and Process solutions are driving IT innovation, business agility and business user empowerment by extending an organization's capabilities around collaboration and engagement, self-service and business automation. Register today and learn how your organization can drive multiple use cases from the same solution set.

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WEBCAST Driving IT Innovation with Cloud Self-Service and Engagement
Re-defining IT’s role in Line of Business user empowerment

With 90% of IT budget still being spent on “Keeping the Lights On”, over 40% of organizations are now seeing lines of businesses taking on IT projects. Shadow IT projects, however, mean– additional integration, security and maintenance overheads and, service response lag times.

Join this webcast to learn how IT can leverage cloud to empower lines of business users, drive business agility and still maintain security and integrity. You will hear about:
  • Oracle’s holistic approach to collaboration, self-service and engagement
  • Demonstration of real life use of cloud solution for business user empowerment
  • Customer success stories and usage patterns
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Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Next-Generation IT Operations Delivered By Oracle Management Cloud

Written by Tim Mooney

Achieving DevOps Agility and Operations Excellence

Operations is faced with competing forces; supporting the highest levels of customer satisfaction or lose customers, and at the same time managing the modern-day pace of application rollout.  Now, with Oracle Management Cloud, operations teams can get a real-time end-to-end view of their applications all the way through to the infrastructure.  And because it’s in the cloud, DevOps can also view how their applications are running.  Not only that, line of business leaders and analysts can also see a clear view into the applications that support their business, all simultaneously.

Traditionally, different groups in Ops (apps, database, systems, storage) have used niche tools and kept their own data private, leading to fragmented operational data.  Resolving issues becomes a major war room task where dozens of IT specialists lock themselves in a room for hours to figure out the source of the problem. Not only is this slow and highly undesirable for agile organizations, each tool often comes with a lengthy learning curve as well as set up and configuration requirements all making troubleshooting and management labor intensive and time-consuming.

Now, with Oracle Management Cloud (OMC), there is a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions offered as part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, these new services enable a real-time, collaborative environment where development can view the performance of their services in concert with Operations managing production.   Additionally, it’s easy and low-touch to get started.  Just point to the apps and logs of interest, and with machine learning, the norms are determined and troubles highlighted.  And it’s all managed in the cloud, so you don’t have to.

Run Ops Like a Business

Oracle Management Cloud does not require complex and manual processes for monitoring applications, nor do you need teams of IT staff to troubleshoot problems or make decisions.  Instead, OMC offers proactive management, rapid trouble-shooting, and the ability to run Ops like a business.  It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments running Oracle and non-Oracle software, across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services.  Built on a horizontally scalable platform with high throughput big data processing, it provides real-time analysis and deep insights across technical and business events.

The three newly available services include Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service, Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service, and Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service.

  • Oracle Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix issues with today’s mobile and web applications rapidly, via deep visibility into your application performance from the end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs.
  • Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from your on-premises and cloud applications and infrastructure - enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions.
  • Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis.
IDEXX Laboratories, a global leader in diagnostics and IT solutions for animal health and water and dairy testing, discusses how Oracle Management Cloud enables them to easily extract relevant information to diagnose issues across multiple tiers.

For more details about Oracle Management Cloud Services visit our homepage here or contact your Oracle representative for a demonstration on how Oracle Management Cloud can improve your IT  Operations.

Thursday Feb 04, 2016

Becoming a Cloud Leader

All Development and Testing in the Cloud

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

In the past, application development and testing has been a safe way for IT shops to try out cloud platforms and infrastructure. Just give developers a corporate credit card and some time to tinker. But the gains from cloud-based application development and testing—cost savings, faster results, better code—are so compelling that it is set to become the dominant way dev/test gets done. Such a shift could soon create a US$150 billion global opportunity for IT, as 100 percent of dev/test migrates to the cloud.

That's the case Oracle CEO Mark Hurd made in a recent interview with SiliconANGLE's John Furrier. By avoiding the IT labor cost to set up dev/test environments, the capital investments such as data centers, and the delays associated with traditional on-premises dev/test, Hurd sees that IT can achieve a clear-cut ROI from moving dev/test to the cloud—"an intellectual layup," he said.

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Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

Are You Ready to Jump into the Cloud?

The cloud is hot! Are you taking advantage of it yet?

If you are one of the many organizations that haven't yet made the move to the cloud, don't fear. Oracle can help.

Oracle released a 'Public PaaS for Dummies' ebook with the information you need to better understand Platform as a Service and its benefits. This ebook covers the most popular PaaS use cases, how PaaS can help developers, IT and line of business, as well as 5 best practices for PaaS success.

Download it today to understand why Oracle PaaS is the right choice for your organization!

Friday Jan 29, 2016

CERN: New Weblogic 12cR2 with Multitenancy to Drive Major Cost Savings

Artur Wiecek, Head of Infrastructure and Middleware Services Database Group, CERN IT Department discusses how CERN will leverage the new Oracle WebLogic 12cR2 capabilities.

CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web and home to the world’s largest scientific instrument, The Large Hadron Collider. CERN has used Oracle Technologies for many years to provide a strategic platform to deploy business critical applications and services.

CERN uses the Weblogic Server to develop applications for human resources, financials, project management for document handling and engineering applications. They are looking to leverage the new 12cR2 capabilities like: multitenancy to drive major consolidation, microcontainer architecture to capture the benefit of microservices, and RESTful services to integrate with CERN applications.

Weblogic Server 12cR2 introduces a new approach to managing the applications…multitenancy. Artur explains that it’s a way to host many applications within the same Java Container. Weblogic Server 12cR2 will allow CERN to package all existing applications into a smaller number of servers resulting in the cost savings. Additionally, CERN will now have the hardware available to respond to many more projects…the major advantage that CERN will gain from this new release.

The new Weblogic release introduced the concept of partitions or micro-containers as a way to limit the resources used per each application. This key feature allows CERN to manage many more applications using the same Java Virtual Machine.

Weblogic 12cR2 also introduces a whole new and full range of management possibilities for CERN. It introduces RESTFUL services as a way to manage the configuration of the Weblogic Server. It allows CERN to integrate with any computer language using any system. It also allows them to integrate Weblogic Infrastructure with CERN services in a much easier and efficient way.

The new version of Weblogic with microcontainers changes the perspective of how CERN sees Weblogic Server. The microcontainer concept is perfect for new software architectures like microservices. Artur explains that he is excited about the resource isolation features because they really allow CERN to specify limits on resource usage per partition…ultimately saving CERN money.

Watch this video and hear Artur explain the benefits in his own words.

Monday Jan 25, 2016

New York MTA, Mobile + Cloud

Given the recent weather, made me consider how important it is for critical government services to embrace modern tech like mobilizing their workforce to help them be more efficient, and provide richer data in a timely manner.  They had an Oracle Forms based environment that worked fine for the office. So what'd they do? Rewrite? Start from scratch? That could prove expensive (not with my tax dollars!)  and take longer than desired (need it now).  Any of this sound familiar? 

They worked smarter - not harder.  Instead they turned to Oracle, Samsung and Oracle partner AuraPlayer.  Together, with some clever mobile technology, and a foundation with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, they are mobilizing their systems in record time. How'd you like them apples?  You can read the whole story here at Forbes.

For the latest and greatest, follow @OracleMobile 

Friday Jan 22, 2016

Oracle’s Integrated Cloud Platform Shines Brightly for Ventureforth

Oracle partner Ventureforth recently leveraged Oracle Cloud Platform to rapidly build and deploy a new maintenance scheduling application – vWork Scheduler  – which they are making available to customers as a SaaS offering with no upfront investment for services, hardware or software.

vWork Scheduler is an enterprise-class Java application which resides in the Oracle Public Cloud and interfaces with the customer’s on premise Oracle E-Business Suite Enterprise Asset Management (Oracle eAM) solution over a secure connection. By utilizing the Oracle Cloud Platform – including Oracle Database Cloud and Java Cloud services - Ventureforth customers can quickly bring an enterprise-class workforce scheduling tool into their operation while slashing IT costs and accelerating time-to-value.  

York Water selected vWork Scheduler to optimize resources and help manage work orders as part of their Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (eAM) solution.  Simplicity and a low barrier for entry - from both a price and technology perspective – along with a very short time to benefit made the decision easy.

To find out more about how York Water is getting value from vWork Scheduler, attend their 'A PaaS to the Cloud: vWork Scheduler' session at the Modern Supply Chain Experience event in San Jose, CA Jan 25-26, 2016. 

For more info about vWork Scheduler, Ventureforth's maintenance scheduling SaaS application, see their listing in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.


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.


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