Monday Apr 29, 2013

V is for Velocity: A First Look at Fast Data

Oracle Fast Data Product Marketing Team

To understand fast data, one must first look at one of the most compelling new breakthroughs in data management: big data. Oracle believes that big data solutions address the challenge today’s businesses are facing when it comes to managing the increasing volume, velocity, variety of all data - not just data within the organization but also about the organization. Little has been talked about velocity [or real-time] when it comes to big data. Velocity is about the ability to process large volumes of data in real-time and make decisions in a more rapid fashion to create value from highly-perishable, high-volumes of data in business operations.

This is where fast data comes in. Fast data is a term that was coined recently by Ovum’s Tony Baer who wrote, “Fast data, the velocity side of big data, is not new, but technology price/performance trends are making fast data applications more widely available”. 

Fast data is a complimentary approach to big data for managing large quantities of “in-flight” data that helps organizations get a jump on those business-critical decisions. Fast data is the continuous access and processing of events and data in real-time for the purposes of gaining instant awareness and instant action.

Every business wants to be smarter about how they do business. Velocity is a critical component to achieving this end goal. By capturing data faster and moving it faster means being able to analyze it and act on it faster. Today more and more organizations are demanding the elimination of event-to-action latency as part of solving a business problem. In today’s fast paced world, data loses value at a faster rate and consequently the value you get from your data diminishes when you don’t tap into it soon enough.

The following are four key value drivers that we’re seeing from leveraging fast data solutions:

Building new services: Ability to process highly-dynamic data efficiently provides broader insight into customers and allows companies to offer differentiated services or products that were not possible before. For example, by collecting and analyzing real-time information and using geo-spatial technologies an organization can provide location based offers to their customers.

Improving customer experience: By leveraging the latest customer information-- including most recent contacts across all customer touch-points, support issues, and operational data— companies can offer real-time personalized service at every customer interaction. In addition to delivering great service when customers contact the company, innovative companies focus on preventing customer issues by predicting and proactively coming up with solutions before even customers notice the issue or contact the company.  For example, some telecommunication providers detect network issues in real time and if an outage is inevitable they contact the customers right away and inform when it will be fixed.

Increasing operational efficiencies: Ability to process highly-dynamic data in a rapid fashion brings advanced optimization opportunities across the business, such as in asset utilization, workforce management, or inventory management. For example, by analyzing RFID data in their warehouse in real time companies can automatically order the items that are in low supply instead of risking outages or storing more than needed.

Developing higher quality in operations: Fast data expands the breadth of data analysis and delivers great predictability and visibility which enable higher quality in business operations. For example, an airline can improve accuracy in luggage loading or, predict mechanical issues in advance and take necessary actions immediately to avoid major delays.

While the term Fast data might be new; it’s a set of mature ideas and technologies around the rapid processing of events and high volumes of data for improved analytical insights. It’s recently been impacted by the explosion in volume and variety of data [big data]; the ubiquitous nature of devices and internet of things, and ultimately the heightened expectations of customers. No longer do we see fast data in only financial stock exchanges or limited to Hadoop based deployments; but it’s becoming more and more pervasive across industries as companies are recognizing the need to run their businesses in real-time.

For more information, go to our Oracle Fast Data or follow us on twitter #OracleFastData

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Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Securing Your Cloud Experience the IRS way

Identity Management Product Marketing Team Blog

This week, we have focused our attention on how to secure cloud deployments since Security continues to be the biggest deterrent in adoption of cloud technology by enterprises. In fact, a recent OAUG user group survey, 62% of organizations reported concern over losing visibility and control over their data and overall cloud strategy due to proprietary technologies.

The key then is to:

  • Identify the top security challenges with the cloud deployment and address those,
  • Recognize that Security silos exacerbate the problem and not address it,
  • Standardize with an integrated security platform that is extensible enough to support your on-premise and cloud deployment and offers end-to-end auditing and reporting
Whether you are an enterprise looking to push applications in the cloud, host cloud services or build using cloud services, an IRS approach will allow you to enforce security, manage regulatory compliance and at the same time, reduce operational costs.

If you missed it, watch the screencast now.

You can also download this informative whitepaper to learn how you can unlock the potential opportunities that cloud offers without compromising your user and data security. And, get the complete middleware picture and see other screencasts from The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud, visit this page.

Oracle Identity Management is built on the platform approach to allow you to leverage proven identity solutions across your entire infrastructure. We leave you today with a video of SaskTel, a leading communications provider in Canada, on how the company is leveraging Oracle Identity Management in-house to reduce OpEx and is also offering secure cloud services to its customers scaling the solution across millions of users.

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Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

What is Your Cloud Security Forecast?

Identity Management Product Marketing Team Blog

It never rains, it pours! Are you cloud ready? 

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You don’t like losing control – that is human nature. In your personal life or professional – whether you are an IT architect, a manager, developer, a DBA or an executive, you never like losing control or not knowing a situation or an outcome. But a cloud deployment is exactly that – where you don’t have a 100% control over or insight into the security framework that govern your applications or data in the cloud.

The problem is further exacerbated with latency and fragmentation. If it is not the same security policies that govern your enterprise infrastructure and your cloud deployment, duplicating security policy data in multiple places will complicate policy enforcement. Fragmentation, in turn, creates latency where a change in the system is not detected or acted upon immediately making your cloud systems vulnerable. If, for example, your employee changes jobs, unless the HR system is immediately able to trigger a revocation alert/workflow across all the applications and systems – both in-house and in the cloud, you may have inadvertently allowed unauthorized (and potentially damaging) access to your applications and data.

Of course, then there is audit and compliance. If you are a financial institution your cloud has to provide reporting to address the BASEL 2 requirements or you will incur financial penalties. If your cloud hosts your General Ledger – your cloud has to provide Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) certification. If your customers are in Europe, your cloud has to comply with the European data privacy directive. How do organizations, such as yours, provide timely compliance reporting and remediation if you don’t have visibility or if recent actions aren’t immediately recorded. Fragmentation and latency, thus, impact audit and compliance reporting. Simply put, if you don’t know about it, you can’t accurately report on it.

So, if fragmentation and latency are the issues, a standardized platform must be the antidote! Having a complete, standardized security and identity management platform will allow you to enforce uniform security policies across all your resources – on-premise or hosted. A platform approach implies seamless integration within components thereby getting rid of security and identity silos. A platform approach implies interoperability so that the framework works for your complete heterogeneous infrastructure. A platform approach affords scalability- you can support thousands or millions of users across the myriad of resources. You can scale to what the new digital experience requires!

Thanks to Oracle’s large and advanced customer base, the company realized the rationale for the platform approach to Security and Identity Management early on. Oracle offers the industry’s first Identity Management platform that is proven to be extensible enough to support your internet scale.

Learn more about Oracle’s platform approach to Identity Management and how you can leverage Identity services at internet scale. Download the free whitepaper today.

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Monday Apr 22, 2013

Addressing the Top 5 Cloud Security Challenges

Identity Management Product Marketing Team Blog

As we talk to organizations around the world, it's clear that most consider "cloud" as the biggest opportunity today to reduce cost.  To any organization, cloud offers numerous advantages – business agility, reduced operational costs, scalability, improved performance and more. With cloud deployments ranging from private to hybrid to public, the scale of benefits vary but so do the risks.

Going up the cloud continuum from on-premise to private to hybrid and then public cloud, IT’s control and visibility into security policies decreases.

Private clouds give organizations greater control over security and data privacy, compliance, and also quality of service, since private clouds can manage network bandwidth and implement optimizations that public clouds don’t allow. But much like your enterprise, risks arise from privileged access and insider threats. In the public cloud, policies are managed by an outside 3rd party which is the cloud service provider. A shared environment in the public cloud also causes security and compliance concerns. A hybrid cloud, by its very definition, encapsulates both the benefits and the risks of both the private and public clouds.

As we move through the spectrum, security policies get more and more fragmented as we duplicate policy data in multiple places. Consequently, latency also increases and risk increases exponentially. Add to that the compliance and governance issues and it is no wonder that Security continues to be the #1 barrier in cloud adoption. In fact, according to the “Private Cloud Vision vs. Reality”, InformationWeek Report, 2012, 82% of organizations say security and data privacy concerns are one of the main reasons they are phasing out, or have decided to not use, public cloud.

So, where best to focus your efforts so as to leverage cloud without risking security? A recent CSO Online survey of Chief Security officers found that the top 5 security concerns for cloud were all related to mobile data access, regulatory compliance and managing access to the data and the applications i.e., Identity Management.

Organizations that move applications into the cloud have to bridge the gap between the enterprise and the cloud by providing standardized security framework around data security and application access. Take some time to watch this brief screencast and learn how you can manage security risks, address governance issues while unlocking the full potential of the cloud.

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Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Recapping a Busy Week for Oracle Master Data Management

MDM Product Marketing Team Blog

This week has been chock full of Oracle MDM information.If you missed our screencast, take a moment to watch now. You can also read  "Masters of Data" white paper here.

OracleMDM goes beyond just multi-domain to address data needs both internally and externally. It’s critical for any information integration or enterprise transformation. To learn more about Fusion Middleware, you will want to check out all our videos and assets around The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud screencast program here.

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Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Oracle Is #1 Modern Middleware Again

"Modern middleware" refers to open, standards-based application infrastructures that don’t require legacy mainframe links.  Oracle is the leader in market share for the foundational components of modern middleware including (but not limited to) application servers, SOA-based integration, service governance, and identity management. While there are many definitions of "middleware" in the industry, some of which include closed mainframe-based systems, Oracle Fusion Middleware provides an open, standards-based platform with best-of-breed components that give users choices.

Once again, oracle takes the top spot (#1 vendor!) in the Application Server category. Part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebLogic Server is core to Oracle Cloud Application Foundation offering high performance and extreme scalability, dramatically simplifying deployment and management, and accelerating time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform.

Oracle is as a leader in analysts evaluations for application infrastructure. Oracle’s leadership position is based on the assessment of Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products, with the foundational technology being Oracle SOA Suite. Oracle SOA Suite simplifies application integration by providing a unified experience to integrate across cloud, on-premise, and business-to-business. Tight integration between Oracle Fusion Middleware components including Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle WebLogic Suite and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, as well as with Java and other business applications means an integrated, proven and feature-rich platform for application infrastructure for organizations.

Oracle is also positioned as a leader in analyst evaluations for Identity Management. These reports further confirm that organizations recognize benefits of an integrated approach that Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies offer. Oracle Identity Management offers integrated set of solutions to manage and audit the complete user identity lifecycle and secure the users’ online experience across any device – within or outside the company firewall.

For more information visit us on Oracle Fusion Middleware and tune into Fusion Middleware radio.

Leveraging Master Data to the Max

MDM Product Marketing Team Blog

We hoped you enjoyed our recent screencast, “Master Your Data. Master the Enterprise”, and got to learn about how enterprises are bombarded by data both internally and externally and how Oracle MDM can help. In case you missed the screencast, you can catch the replay here.

You can now download our latest article from CRM Magazine about how CIOs are tuning in to MDM and Data Quality and read about:

  • How Master Data Management and Data Quality make a powerful combination for consolidated trusted data
  • How MDM is critical to creating a single view of the customer, product, supplier or site while identifying data relationships for better governance
  • How data quality is composed of key capabilities that combine to form an enterprise solution

Download the paper here.

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Monday Apr 15, 2013

Master Data Management Reaches Far and Wide in the Enterprise

MDM Product Marketing Team Blog

Mastering Data has never been easy. Here’s why it matters – it provides a process and clear path for consolidating relevant information across data domains. Multiple, inconsistent sources of data lead to embarrassing reports to management, inaccuracies in external reporting and poor decision-making based on low-quality data. Mastering data is key to getting a handle on the customer, product, supplier, partner and contact information which are all vital for customer management, new product introduction and daily business operations.

Tune into this screencast titled New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud Series and hear how Oracle MDM is an initiative that spans beyond IT and across multiple lines of business because mastering your data means mastering the enterprise.

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Thursday Apr 11, 2013

Tips and Best Practices: Using Data Integration for Cloud

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

In the past week, we discussed these key best practice tips and Oracle’s data integration offering for cloud and a white paper “Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud”. If you haven't watched the screencast, please take a moment now.

As cloud computing adoption rises, data integration for cloud environments has become a popular and important topic of discussion: How do you keep your cloud systems connected with your other enterprise systems? And how do you use data integration and replication solutions to enable successful cloud computing initiatives?  Here are a few best practices and tips to consider:

1)  Enable smooth and non-disruptive consolidation:  System consolidation is a necessary and key step to private cloud architectures.  But, it does not mean your mission-critical systems should experience downtime. You can leverage log-based, real-time data replication to consolidate your databases without database downtime. Bi-directional real-time data replication minimizes the risk with failback option.  You should also consider using a data integration solution with built-in data quality processes so you can ensure that high-quality data is consolidated into the cloud environment. Automation and tools with other use cases should be preferred over manual scripts for fast time to value.

2)  Enable continuous availability for data infrastructure: Whether you are choosing a public cloud vendor, or building your own private cloud environment, availability SLAs will be critical for success of the deployment. In addition to enabling continuous operations during the migration to cloud, you need to choose or build an environment that has minimal unplanned and planned downtime. Using reliable real-time data replication solutions, you can have a highly-available cloud computing infrastructure.

3) Integrate applications at data-layer: In a private cloud environment shared application services is a key requirement to enable agility and best use of resources. The same applies for data access and other key data manipulation requirements such as transformations and data quality. Your data integration solution should support your cloud environment with easy-to-deploy data services.

4) Connect non-cloud systems with private cloud: If you have been building your own private cloud, most likely you will not have all your systems in the cloud environment from day 1. For business operations you will need to share the data in your stand-alone enterprise systems with the new private cloud environment.  Real-time data integration can help enabling data sharing and distribution in a timely manner to support today’s fast-paced business processes and to achieve a complete and up-to-date view of operations.

5) Connect non-cloud systems with public cloud: If you are using, or plan to use, applications on public clouds, you may need to access the application data on public cloud for your business operations. This is critical not only for some of the business processes depending on this data on the cloud, but also have a complete view of your business for better decision making across the board. Using a flexible data integration platform that can also support integration with public cloud system can help you make the most out of your cloud deployment by enabling access to critical data wherever it is needed within the organization.

Oracle offers a complete, integrated, and open data integration platform that supports cloud environments with comprehensive capabilities such as real-time and bulk data movement, transformations, data services, data quality, data replication, and data federation. You can review these new resources to learn how you can build a strong data integration foundation for your cloud environment. Also, be sure to check out all the videos and assets for The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud series by visiting this link.

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Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

In our screencast on Tuesday, we presented how to use data integration products to move to cloud computing successfully. If you missed the screencast you can watch it here.

In this screencast, we explained 3 key ways Oracle’s data integration products can support and enhance your cloud computing architecture. These solution areas are:

(1) Consolidation/migration to cloud without downtime and enabling highly available data infrastructure

(2) Providing data services for data-layer application integration as part of platform-as-a-service

(3) Real-time application data synchronization within private cloud, and between non-cloud and private cloud systems

In our white paper “Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud” we explain these solutions in more detail. The white paper goes into specific uses such as loading bulk data into cloud, and integrating data between on-premise systems and public cloud, as well as how to meet availability and performance related SLAs.

You can download this white paper here along with other assets describing our cloud oriented solutions.

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Monday Apr 08, 2013

Leveraging Data Integration for Successful Cloud Deployments

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

Cloud adoption has been rising in recent years. According to our survey conducted with Oracle users, 38% of the respondents already have implemented a private cloud architecture. It is not surprising if you consider the benefits of cloud computing, ranging from agility and scalability to cost savings. Faced with today’s cost pressures and demand for innovation, companies choose to move to cloud architectures; private, public, or hybrid (consisting of both). And, you may be part of one of the many organizations that already started or plans to move to cloud.

The question we want to tackle is: what happens to your enterprise data when you move to a private or public cloud? In today’s screencast we will be discussing data integration technology’s critical role for cloud.

We invite you to view this screencast part of The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud series to learn more about choosing the right data integration technology for cloud computing, and how Oracle Data Integration products can make your cloud implementation a success.

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Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Recapping a Busy Week for Oracle Exalogic

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

This week has been full of Oracle Exalogic information. On Tuesday, we had our screencast, “Running Applications on Oracle Exalogic” (you can catch the replay below. 

On Thursday, we published our latest white paper, “Getting the Most Out of Your Applications with Oracle Exalogic” (download here).

As an applications platform, Exalogic offers a critical piece of the middleware puzzle. And to address today’s business imperatives, you may be interested in many of the other pieces that Oracle Fusion Middleware offers. You can find all the videos and assets for The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud screencast program here.

Download the paper. Happy reading!

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Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Getting the Most Out of Your Applications with Oracle Exalogic

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

We hoped you enjoyed our recent screencast, “Running Application on Oracle Exalogic”, and got a fresh perspective on moving applications to the cloud without having to build the entire application platform yourself. In case you missed the screencast, you can catch the replay here

While it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s sometimes interesting to read a thousand words, too (or even 3,000). You can now download our new Exalogic white paper, where you can read:

  • How Exalogic can help you improve customer satisfaction, get to market faster, improve operational efficiency, and reduce IT cost and complexity
  • How Exalogic integrates hardware, software, networking and storage so you don’t need to integrate them yourself
  • How to deliver applications with the performance and ease of use that customers and business users demand, while simplifying deployment and administration

Download the paper. Happy reading!

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Monday Apr 01, 2013

The Building Blocks of Your Cloud

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

In all the excitement about cloud computing, it’s easy to overlook a little practical matter: you still need actual hardware, software, networking and storage components to make it work.

So while the cloud frees end users from having to build and manage their own computing infrastructure, someone else (whether internally or at an external service provider) has to do it for them. And that someone will face the age-old questions of which hardware and software components to buy, how to integrate and manage them, and how to support the applications that users are running. And this now comes with the added requirement to support the cloud, social and mobile capabilities needed by today’s users.

This week’s installment in The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud, discusses the best platform to run your applications in this new era. Oracle Exalogic gives you a pre-integrated and certified hardware and software solution, with all the cloud capabilities already built in.
Ayalla Goldschmidt, Director, Product Marketing discusses how Exalogic supports key IT and helps you seize business opportunities faster, lower business risk, and lower the cost and complexity of doing business.

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