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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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:
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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.


Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is Now Available

Written by Madhu Nair

Preparing Complex Data For Use

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

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

Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts

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

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

Differentiators

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

It brings recommendation driven user experience

It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and

It has extensive automation capabilities.

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

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service is Now Available

Written by: Tom Angelucci 


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


The 3 Core Elements of IoT Cloud

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

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

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


IoT Cloud Key Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


IoT Cloud Key Benefits

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

5 Ways an Integrated Cloud Platform Gives You a Competitive Edge


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


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

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

Read the full article here.


Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Driving Innovation with Oracle PaaS

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

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

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



Thursday Dec 10, 2015

SuiteBox looks to Oracle to power global collaboration roll-out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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