Monday Jun 30, 2014

New Oracle Mobile Application Framework and Mobile Suite

About this picture.  Word was, the release date better hold or it was off to the crows nest with you! :) But seriously, that picture is not shopped, and the top of that mast is about 100 feet (over 30 meters for my metric friends). I took the shot from the 8th floor, and had to tilt  the camera up.  Yeah, that boat is a beast in both size and speed. It’s parked at the HQ pond. If you’re in the area, it’s worth the stop to check it out.

It's here! Oracle is introducing Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) and there are some goodies that you’ll be interested in including:

  • MAF is not only supported by Oracle JDeveloper, but for those of you Eclipse zealots, it’s now supported by Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse - the award winning, highly regarded Eclipse plugins, best know for the excellent support for Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, is now going mobile. Rejoice Eclipse users, you now have more choice!  
  • More professionally developed UI components. 80 to be more precise, and based on HTML5. Because why start from scratch when you don’t have to?  
  • Cordova plugins. That’s right, Cordova. You can benefit from the various plugins available for Cordova. You probably didn’t even know Cordova and a Java VM played so well. There you go.
  • Support for other JS libraries, like JQuery Mobile, you betcha.
  • Tight integration with Oracle Mobile Security Suite. After all, insecure apps are a non-starter, and Oracle Security Suite provides protection at the app level. More info here.

But wait, there’s more…Oracle Mobile Suite. Yes, MAF is a big component to Mobile Suite, but that’s getting update too! 

  • New version, Oracle Service Bus 12c, with improved support for REST/JSON services 
  • Unified design time support in Oracle JDeveloper
  • In-memory distributed caching 
  • A rich portfolio of existing adaptors for on-premises enterprise applications 


In a world where mobile is changing at an accelerated pace (some of my friends recently complained about yet another programming language (Swift) just after they got use to Objective-C)  isn’t it nice to be able to write secure, enterprise mobile apps with Java?

You can learn more about Oracle's mobile strategy at oracle.com/mobileFor real time news, follow us on twitter @oraclemobile. The full press release is here.

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c

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Oracle announced the availability of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, a major release that dramatically simplifies integration across today's larger application infrastructure spanning on-premises, cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

New in this release are enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Adapters for SaaS applications, which eliminate the complexity and security challenges associated with custom coded Web services integration. Mobile integration is also simplified with support for the REST/JSON standards as well as easy to use transformation tools to translate between traditional enterprise SOAP interactions and REST.

Oracle SOA Suite 12cOracle Managed File Transfer 12c was also released to enable secure file exchange and management with internal departments and external partners. Oracle Managed File Transfer, which is tightly integrated with Oracle SOA Suite 12c, protects against inadvertent access to unsecured files at every step in the end-to-end transfer of files.

Prior to the release of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, some existing Oracle SOA Suite customers and partners had the opportunity to test 12c and provide feedback. In these videos, customers and partners share why they are excited about the 12c release due to the enhancements in cloud integration, mobile integration, managed file transfer, templates to jumpstart integration, ease of use improvements and more.Video Images

After you have checked out the videos, register for the upcoming Oracle SOA Suite 12c webcast with Oracle Group Vice President Amit Zavery describing the highlights of Oracle SOA Suite 12c including the business benefits as well as leading a panel of integration experts from Dell, JDSU, and Keste on how they use Oracle SOA Suite to improve their business.   Next, view the brand new data sheets, white papers, podcasts and more.  Here is your guide:

New to Oracle SOA Suite:

Existing Oracle SOA Suite customer:

Clear your calendar to drink in all of the enhancements in this major update to Oracle SOA Suite:

Yes, there is a lot in this release!  Stay tuned for more Oracle SOA Suite 12c assets in future blogs including highlights from the 6 new Podcasts with Oracle SOA Suite Product Management.  In each of these podcasts, I interview Demed, Simone, Robert, Dave, and Vikas (2) on their respective areas within Oracle SOA Suite 12c for their insights into what's new and exciting.  An overview of this release is covered in the Oracle Press Release "Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c"

Oracle Launches BPM Suite 12c

Today, Oracle launched BPM Suite 12c to help businesses optimize and automate their business processes, but enable them to establish deeper connections that will drive ongoing engagement.  Oracle BPM Suite 12c, the industry’s most social, unified, and complete BPM solution, helps organizations plan and manage their entire business architecture.  With the new release, organizations are able to quickly adapt to rapidly changing business requirements, enhance time-to-value for new processes, and help their customers realize improvement and efficiency gains.

Oracle BPM Suite 12c includes improvements to the product’s Business Activity Monitoring and Business Architecture Modeling features and enhanced support for Adaptive Case Management and Oracle Process Accelerators.  For more information on all the new features and enhancements BPM Suite 12c has to offer, join us on August 6th @ 10 AM PT for the launch webcast.  For more information on registering for the launch webcast click here.  


Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Disruptive Innovation: Using Oracle Technology

Written By: Debra Lilley - ACE Director, Fusion Applications 

I love the term ‘disruptive technology’ – disruptive appeals to the rebel within me, but it actually refers to technology that changes what we do http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation

Mobile and social are two examples of disruptive technology, you may not think it but remember my first blog posting https://blogs.oracle.com/fusionmiddleware/entry/global_perspective_ace_director_from 6 years ago we didn’t even have these in the mainstream, and they have so changed the way we live and do business.

If you are looking to bring these new technologies to your enterprise, they have to be disruptive, don’t simply use Fusion Middleware to do what you have always been doing, there will be little or no business benefit.

When you implemented your existing applications you probably did a lot of process mapping and gap analysis with your processes against the application. When implementing Fusion Applications best practice is not to do that initially, look at what Oracle offers as a process and then see if it works for you. Unless it is a mission critical or so unique it is your business differentiator there is probably not much to change, and you will be amazed at how the technology allows you to work. A great example is reporting in Financials, today we typically have many reports and yet in Fusion there are very few ‘printed’ reports because you don’t need them, the specialized analytics gives you all the information you need at your fingertips.

And my favourite but very simple disruptive technology in Fusion Apps (which uses webcentre) is the simple way to interact with a person or customer every time you come across them in a transaction. A simple over the field exposes their name, a direct link to email, the ability to phone if you have VOIP, etc etc. Simple, yet changes the way we do business, disruptive technology.

Debra Lilley, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.  Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 

Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Got Cloud? Get Mobile Too!

Now here's a recipe - have some applications, sprinkle in a mix of cloud applications and then top it with mobile enabled applications and you have got yourself a digital enterprise! So long as your applications are "talking" to each other or are able to connect with user-friendly portals, sites or can be extended to mobile interfaces, you have got a winning recipe.

And the key ingredient in all of this - integration.

Take a cue from Ricoh Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd, a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems, and IT services. They have been implementing on a social, mobile, cloud strategy since 2010. Ricoh leveraged a SOA-based integration services layer across its entire enterprise to connect - Oracle and non-Oracle applications, front-end to back-end applications and on-premise to cloud applications. What's more, Ricoh is leveraging the same integration infrastructure to extend their Oracle EBS application to mobile devices too. Plus, the company has built a social collaboration forum that is integrated with their RightNow knowledge database to build an "ideation" platform that not only sparks innovative ideas but sometimes serves as the first line of troubleshooting support for its customers. 

And we have got it all on camera! Don't miss this one-on-one interview with Ricoh's CIO, Balaji Rangaswamy and a detailed architecture walk-through and discussion with an Oracle architect. Here's a sneak preview of what you are in store for.

Tuesday Jun 24, 2014

Save an Extra 200$ on OOW Registration !

Looking to get ahead of the pack when it comes to Oracle OpenWorld registration?  There is a social media sale coming to close tonight at 11:58 PM PT. Get an extra 200$ off registration with code DSJ4 -- this is on top of the 500$ early bird registration discount.  This comes out to a 700$ discount on registration fees !! Take advantage of this sale soon.  Don't miss out on this year's OpenWorld and be a part of Oracle's flagship event. 


Monday Jun 23, 2014

A Mobile-First Strategy and Beyond...

Did you watch Messi's goal? On your Mobile device or live? Okay so even I will admit, organizers of 2014 FIFA World Cup may not have had mobile FIRST on their priority list, yet, I am certain they had a Mobile-First strategy as a top priority.

Did you know the Mobile traffic, during the opening match at the World Cup2014 exceeded 1 million connections? So far 2014 FIFA World Cup appears to be the most high-tech football event ever, the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has seen more than one million mobile data communications and 135,000 mobile phone calls. Organizers are already expecting data traffic during the World Cup final next month will reach about 12.6 terabytes - so the organizers definitely had Mobile on their minds when planning out their events. 

Recently Oracle’s CIO, Mark Sunday had a candid discussion with Oracle Vice President of Mobile Strategy, Suhas Uliyar, around the trends, opportunities and challenges when it comes to enterprise mobility. “I encourage CIOs to develop a mobile-first strategy and then look beyond. Mobile apps set expectations for usability, appearance, and behavior… It is important to have a multichannel and multi-device strategy, “ Suhas explained. CIOs and IT have an opportunity to sit in the drivers seat in defining the corporate enterprise mobility strategy.

Companies and industries alike are going through what Suhas refers to as, “mobile transformations.” He continues, “Consuming data and being able to act upon events and alerts from these devices will become progressively more important. We are seeing a classic convergence of mobile, IoT, cloud, and big data analytics in healthcare.” Be sure to read more in this two part interview: CIO Drives Innovation: A Mobile-First Strategy  and Mobile and Internet of Things.

Now I hope you catch a bit of World Cup fever!! Stay connected to FIFA 2014 World Cup, perhaps download their much acclaimed Mobile App! And of course visit www.oracle.com/mobile!

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Oracle AppAdvantage: A Tale Of Mobile Phones and Toothbrushes

The word “Digital” is all the rage. But like most things in the world, the term means different things to different people. To customer facing enterprises, it means enabling customer interactions across multiple channels – online, mobile, social, et al. To others, it may mean leveraging technology to bring efficiency into a workplace – leveraging cloud, introducing BYOD for employees, building self-service portal, among other examples. Fore a few among us it means a painful reality that the world is changing and we must too!

To me, “Digital” means “Evolution”. I think it means having a modern, time-relevant perspective to meeting customers’ needs and solving business challenges. In my view, “Digital” is a call to action to leverage the latest technology or a combination of it to improving your bottom line – reducing time and cost overheads while building (and exploiting) new opportunities. Technology is no longer about automating IT tasks and processes, it is about delivering tangible value to the business ecosystem – its customers, partners, vendors and suppliers, and employees.

A small business can, for example, leverage social media marketing to do some effective but low-or even no-cost marketing. A manufacturing company can integrate their knowledge base with front end applications to enable self-support and troubleshooting, or perhaps build a collaboration forum for support solutions by peer customers. A high tech company can eliminate IT overhead by moving to cloud and perhaps use information security technology to secure end to end access. A credit card company can enable intuitive self service portal to enable customers and offer mobile alerts. “Digital” means taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by available technology.

And that’s what Oracle AppAdvantage is all about: leverage your existing investments in your business applications while allowing you to extend your capabilities, adopt new technology trends and enhance the value you provide to your ecosystem in a pace layered architecture.

And do you know why that matters in today’s world? Because we are living in a world where more people own a mobile phone than a toothbrush. (Source: Mobile Marketing of Asia and corroborated since)

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

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The Oracle Innovation Awards honor organizations using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value. Top customers will be hosted at OpenWorld 2014 , where you can mingle with Oracle executives, network with your peers and be featured in Oracle publications.  Oracle will honor winners at an Oscars-style awards ceremony that you won't want to miss.  The first step -- turn in your nominations -- only 24 hours left! 

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Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Standards Corner: IETF Revisits HTTP/1.1

HTTP has been one of the most successful IETF specifications aside from the Internet itself. When it was created in 1999, the authors of HTTP had no idea how big and how widely used it would be.  For many years the focus was on the evolving world-wide-web and HTML. The web itself went through many transformations with the introduction of Ajax and then HTML5 by the W3C.  Meanwhile, non-browser use of HTTP has been steadily growing especially with the exploding popularity of smart devices, the Internet of Things, and in particular RESTful APIs.

Last week, the IETF officially did away with RFC2616, the main specification document that defined HTTP/1.1. RFC2616 has been broken up into 6 specifications, RFC7230 through 7235.


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Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

Oracle Identity Manager Custom Event Handler

In an Identity Management system, any action performed by a user or system is called an operation. Examples of operations are creating users, modifying roles, and creating password policies. The process of any Oracle Identity Manager operation that goes through a predefined set of stages and executes some business logic in each stage is called an orchestration. The type of object that is changed by the orchestration is called an orchestration target. 

Orchestration is divided into predefined steps called stages. Every operation moves through these stages until it reaches finalization. Orchestration has the following stages:

  • Validation: Stage to perform validation on the orchestration, such as validity of orchestration parameters. Orchestration parameter is the data that is required to carry out the orchestration operation.
  • Preprocess: Stage to perform orchestration parameter manipulations or get approvals or perform Segregation of Duties (SoD) checks.
  • Action: Stage in which the action takes place.
  • Audit: Stage in which the auditing of operation is performed.
  • Postprocess: Stage in which consequent operations related to the current operation takes place. Examples of consequent operations are auto role membership and policy evaluation on a user creation.
  • Finalization: Last stage in the process to perform any clean up.

Oracle Identity Manager allows you to implement Service Provider Interfaces (SPIs) to customize the functionality of orchestration operations. Only customization of preprocess, postprocess, validation, and finalization stages of an operation in an entity orchestration is supported.

In my example, i will explain user enable operation. For example, we may want to change user's end-date when user's status change to enable.

1-) Develop custom event handler Java code.

For our example, I will use Postprocess stage therefore our class must be extended from oracle.iam.platform.kernel.spi.PostProcessHandler.

public class RoleUserEventManagement
  implements PostProcessHandler
{
private RoleUserEventProcessors roleUserEventProcessor;

  private RoleUserEventProcessors getRoleUserEventProcessor()
  {
    if (this.roleUserEventProcessor == null) {
      this.roleUserEventProcessor = new RoleUserEventProcessors();
    }

    return this.roleUserEventProcessor;
  }

  public void initialize(HashMap<String, String> arg0)
  {
  }

  public boolean cancel(long arg0, long arg1, AbstractGenericOrchestration arg2)
  {
    return false;
  }

  public void compensate(long arg0, long arg1, AbstractGenericOrchestration arg2)
  {
  }

  public EventResult execute(long processId, long eventId, Orchestration orchestration)
  {
    Utils.logger.error("[RoleUserEventManagement][execute] : Starting.");

    EventResult eventResult = new EventResult();
    String type = orchestration.getTarget().getType();
    Utils.logger.error("[RoleUserEventManagement][execute] type : " + type);

    if ("RoleUser".equalsIgnoreCase(type)) {
      try {
String operation = orchestration.getOperation();
             User user = getUserManager().getUser(processId, orchestration);
              if (UserManagerConstants.Operations.ENABLE.name().equalsIgnoreCase(operation)) {
                    updateUserEnddate(user);
               }

      } catch (Exception e) {
        eventResult.setFailureReason(e);
      }
    }

    return eventResult;
  }

  public BulkEventResult execute(long arg0, long arg1, BulkOrchestration arg2)
  {
    return null;
  }
}

2-) Create a jar.

Create a jar with custom event handler Java class. Jar must be include the following JAR files in the class path to compile a custom class:

From the OIM_ORACLE_HOME/server/platform/ directory:
  • iam-platform-kernel.jar
  • iam-platform-utils.jar
  • iam-platform-context.jar
  • iam-plaftorm-authz-service.jar
From the OIM_ORACLE_HOME/designconsole/lib/ directory:
  • oimclient.jar
  • xlAPI.jar

3-)  Define a XML file.

<?xml version = '1.0' encoding = 'UTF-8'?>
<xl-ddm-data version="2.0.1.0" user="XELSYSADM" database="jdbc:oracle:thin:@trkist01-odb-01:1521/MIDM" exported-date="1354621487559" description="RoleUserEventManagement">
     <eventhandlers repo-type="MDS" name="RoleUserEventManagement" mds-path="/db" mds-file="RoleUserEventManagement.xml">
          <completeXml>
               <eventhandlers xmlns="http://www.oracle.com/schema/oim/platform/kernel" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.oracle.com/schema/oim/platform/kernel orchestration-handlers.xsd">
                    <action-handler orch-target="oracle.iam.platform.kernel.vo.EntityOrchestration" class="com.mypackage.oim.plugins.events.RoleUserEventManagement" entity-type="RoleUser" operation="CREATE" name="RoleUserEventManagement" stage="postprocess" sync="TRUE" order="FIRST" />
               </eventhandlers>
          </completeXml>
     </eventhandlers>
</xl-ddm-data>

4-)  Create a plug-in zip file

  a.Define a plug-in XML.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<oimplugins xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <plugins pluginpoint="oracle.iam.platform.kernel.spi.EventHandler">
         <plugin pluginclass="com.mypackage.oim.plugins.events.RoleUserEventManagement" version="1.0" name="RoleUserEventManagement"/>
     </plugins>
</oimplugins>

b.Package the plug-in XML and the JAR file that contains the custom class or classes into a plug-in ZIP file.

5-) Copy zip file to OIM_HOME/server/plugins directory.
6-) Register plug-in ZIP file.

You can use the Plugin Registration Utility for registering and unregistering plug-ins. The utility uses the following files:

  • pluginregistration.xml
  • ant.properties
These files are located in the OIM_HOME/plugin_utility/ directory.

Before using the utility, perform the following:

  1. Set the values for WLS_HOME and OIM_HOME in ant.properties.
  2. For example:

    WLS_HOME =.../middleware/wlserver_10.3

    OIM_HOME =..../middleware/Oracle_IDM1/server

    In addition, set the path for MW_HOME in the ant.properties file.

  3. Build the wlfullclient.jar in Oracle WebLogic server:
      1. Change directories to WLS_HOME/server/lib.
  4. Run the following command:
java -jar ../../../modules/com.bea.core.jarbuilder_1.3.0.0.jar

To register a plug-in:

  1. Execute the ant target "register":
  2. ant -f  pluginregistration.xml register
  3. This will prompt for the Oracle Identity Manager username and password along with the server information and the location of the plugin zip file. Enter the complete path of the zip file location.

About me:

Mustafa Kaya is a Senior Consultant in Oracle Fusion Middleware Team, living in Istanbul. Before coming to Oracle, he worked in teams developing web applications and backend services at a telco company. He is a Java technology enthusiast, software engineer and addicted to learn new technologies,develop new ideas.

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Monday Jun 16, 2014

"AppFast" Design

Posting on behalf of Martin Jarvis, Senior Director, Fusion Middleware Market Development

It’s been said many times, but I’ll say it again, designing for mobile is different. A conversation we often have with customers is scope their apps to best meet their end user’s needs.  

Unlike their desktop and web counter parts, the best mobile apps are designed to do one thing and to do it well. You don’t have one mobile app for ERP and one for CRM, instead you have specific individual apps for specific tasks. For example, you might have an app for submitting timesheets, an app for submitting expenses and another app for manager approvals. This approach is sometimes known as “micro-apps”. Although they are separate apps, it’s very likely they will integrate to the same back end system and utilize the same authentication and authorizations schemes. This micro app approach to app design has benefits and implications for the whole development organization.

The most significant benefit is that the development complexity is reduced which can also significantly reduce development timescales. It’s not uncommon to hear our customers say they have developed and deployed the first version of their app in a matter of weeks.  This means the end user organization will start  enjoying the business benefits of the app faster than even, which I like to call “AppFast!"

With over-the-air updates through public or enterprise app stores, functionality can be enhanced and rolled out very quickly. Mobile development teams can employ an iterative develop approach, delivering new functionality early and often.  This further increases the business value of mobile delivered to the end user organization.  

The key to getting this micro-app approach to work AppFast is to employ a robust integration and security platform. Since the apps will likely be integrated to the same back end systems, it is vital that a common set of services are defined and utilized by all apps.  Without this development teams will spend too many cycles re-developing integration code, resulting in complexity and unnecessary duplication. 

To go AppFast, think micro apps built on top of a common mobile platform.   

Friday Jun 13, 2014

IT Insourcing: The New Normal

Written By: Rick Beers, Senior Director - Product Managmeent, Oracle Fusion Middleware

I was doing a little research last week on some of Oracle’s customers who best exemplify the architecture of AppAdvantage and stumbled upon something unexpected when I checked up on Melbourne, Australia’s Yarra Valley Water. They have recently begun insourcing IT, bringing previously outsourced IT services back in house, as explained by last year’s itnews article entitled “Insourcing, the New Black”. Reading it got some creative juices flowing.

The trend towards IT insourcing (or ‘back-sourcing’, as it is also known) has been widely reported over the past two years. Much of the analysis has been anecdotal and tied to high profile examples such as General Motors (‘GM will slash IT Outsourcing’) and Delta Airlines (‘Delta Airlines to Take Control of its Data Systems). IT spend is notoriously difficult to track consistently so short term trends are unreliable, but there is clearly something going on that is beginning to reverse a 25 year trend.

IT outsourcing virtually exploded during the mid-late 1990’s, the result of the industry-wide success in standardizing business processes and business data and the ERP systems driving them. Until that time, IT outsourcing was largely limited to hardware and infrastructure within a hosting model. With the broad adoption of ERP, business process and data standardization, both real and perceived, produced the business case necessary for platform-wide outsourcing to succeed. As ERP matured and began to commoditize during the 2000’s, the trend accelerated. Lately the trend lines flattened and by some measures have actually begun to reverse. Deloitte recently published an extensive analysis of this developing trend (From Bangalore to Boston, the trend of bringing IT back in-house’). 

And it is certainly part of a broader trend of operational insourcing over the past 4 years, led by high profile cases such as Starbucks, Caterpillar and GE. Most often cited as core reasons for the shift are (1) the need to get closer to the customer, (2) the pace of business change and (3) escalating wages in countries such as India and China as their economies mature. But the more I think about it, the more it appears that something else may be driving IT insourcing; something more impactful. The underreported driver of IT insourcing may very well be the role that enterprise technology is playing in what might be the beginning of a disruptive cycle in the traditional IT outsourcing model.

IT is becoming a strategic capability again after a 20 year cycle of commoditization and cost cutting. The Big 4 of Innovation, Social, Mobile, Cloud and Big Data, are elevating IT to a leadership role in the development of enterprise strategy rather than in just implementing a strategy already established. IT operational skills, particularly those of enterprise, process and technology architecture, are becoming core strategic assets that belong in house.

Enterprise technology is disintermediating away from the ERP centric models of the past 25 years to a hybrid of ERP and Best of Breed, interoperating in real time thanks to maturing Integration and Identity Management capabilities. Layered enterprise systems frameworks, such as Oracle’s AppAdvantage below right, are allowing enterprises to decouple processes that should be agile, such as Talent Management t from those that should be standardized (such as core HR). This in turn allows outsourcing to accommodate standardized processes (aka ERP) while keeping control of technologies and agile processes in house. 


Finally, the Cloud itself is a type of IT outsourcing. With the emergence of Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service to add to the maturing SaaS market, IT organizations can effectively outsource parts of their operation while retaining control of how they are architected and operated. This is probably the most disruptive of all forces driving IT insourcing and it will continue to accelerate, perhaps exponentially.

To be sure, IT outsourcing is not going away, rather it is evolving away from al all-in, platform model to one designed to accommodate a variety of business models, providing CIO’s levers to pull in influencing and executing their enterprise strategy. Above all else are the 2 C’s most valued by IT leaders: Control and Choice. Such leaders can finally be bound by the requirements of the enterprise, not by restrictive technologies.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

CSC Enables IT Transformation for a Large Public Sector Health Agency with Middleware

CSC is a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions. The company helps its clients achieve strong returns on their technology investments through its best-in-class industry solutions, domain expertise, and global scale. So, when CSC was tasked with an IT modernization project, the IT services leader relied on Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions to build a next-generation, service-oriented architecture environment to this large public-sector healthcare agency’s several thousand facilities.

Catch this fantastic success story of how they enabled a secure, service-oriented architecture environment and a robust platform with interoperability and scalability that supports thousands of hospitals, and with the capacity to support 800,000 provider organizations and process millions of files during peak periods.

Learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware can help your organization. 

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

Oracle Unveils Breakthrough Technology: Database In-Memory

Missed Larry Ellison's big announcement yesterday? Oracle announced the Database In-Memory for Oracle Database12c  which  transparently extends the power of the database to enable organizations to discover business insights in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance. Here's why this is important  - this new breakthrough technology enables enterprises to get faster answers to business questions ultimately leading to faster business action. Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge in-memory performance without the need to restrict functionality or accept compromises, complexity and risk. For more information on Oracle Database In-Memory go to http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2215795

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