Monday Jul 28, 2014

RESTify your Backends for Mobile Access

Recently Oracle released the new Oracle SOA Suite 12.1.3.

One of the key areas of interest for mobile developers is the all new Oracle Service Bus 12.1.3.

One thing that will make many of the mobile developers who are using Oracle's tool to develop mobile apps is that the service bus design time experience has been integrated into the all new JDeveloper 12.1.3. So now you have a single tool that allows you to build mobile back-ends as well as mobile front-ends.

In addition new features further simplify creating REST interfaces for your existing APIs. Check out some of the cool new REST capabilities in this video

 


Friday Jul 25, 2014

Community Powers Oracle

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

Once you have decided on your initiative to drive value from Oracle Applications using Oracle Fusion middleware you need to think about the skills you need. Are you going to use a Systems Integrator, in house capability, or increasingly some form of cloud offering? Whichever you decide on you will still have a learning curve which is where I believe community is the answer. Not all learning has to be formal classroom led, look at the skills needed and select the formal training for the base skills, but for the areas you need an understanding of, and these won’t even be all be technical and then to learn more about the formal skills, I recommend community learning.

The Oracle Community is an enormous wealth of groups all offering their members a different angle on learning, through education, through sharing and through asking questions.

This blog, has the strapline, ‘Inside Oracle’s Middleware Community’ and is the sharing of knowledge from a wide range of contributors.

Oracle itself has Oracle Technology Network (OTN) which is a phenomenal resource. It is ‘the world's largest community of developers, admins, and architects using industry-standard technologies in combination with Oracle its articles, blogs and forums cover most of the technology’. Check out this infographic to appreciate the impact OTN has on the community.

OTN is also responsible for the ACE Program which I am so proud to be a part of, they recognise individuals who have demonstrated both technical proficiency and strong credentials as community enthusiasts and advocates. Most people in the ACE program present on their topics at User Groups and these are in my opinion the best place to learn, from people who have the knowledge, the passion and the experience.

I started my Oracle community life in my local usergroup UKOUG and love the opportunity to share my knowledge with others, and to learn. Just look at the agenda of usergroup events to see just how much opportunity there is to learn; for UKOUG we have just launched both our Technical and Applications agendas, take a look and see the wealth of content.

This year I attended both Collaborate and Kscope in the US. One of the downsides of being involved in the running of a usergroup is you don’t get the chance to attend any sessions (other than the ones you give), so I use these two conferences to do my learning. Collaborate covers the deeply technical mainly database side with IOUG, and then for this audience the Applications through Quest and OAUG. Kscope is run by ODTUG who cover development and middleware and the home of the technology this blog covers. Most countries have a usergroup and OTN through the ACE program helps great international speakers attend so be a part of the user group. In fact, usergroups have a community themselves, the IOUC, where they share and learn from each other. There is also User Group Sunday at Oracle Open World and along with both Oracle and non-Oracle speakers the whole event has almost 2,000 sessions.

And if you haven’t made that decision yet, user groups are a great place to see and hear what others have done with their Oracle investment.

Most of the great educators, ACEs, Speakers, Oracle Product Managers also blog, a quick Google search on your topic will show up the best, or check out the ACE register and subscribe to the ones that interest you.

And ever wondered where your partner learns? Well they too have communities, the Oracle Partner Network, OPN have them for different areas and the blueprint for the best of them is the SOA & BPM Community with over 5,000 members run by Jürgen Kress.

My final thought is about Cloud. It sounds like utopia, no need to worry about anything, and yes you may not need to worry about the technology, but it introduces new challenges - managing the cloud provider, new constraints and how to get the best from it? All questions that require a new community, for cloud users and in UKOUG, we will be launching this soon.

Community - no better place to start your Oracle AppAdvantage learning. 

About the Author:

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 Jul 23, 2014

Oracle APAC Alliances & Channels Platform Innovation Programs – Partners’ Immersion and PartnerCasts

Contributors: Kean Chye Lim, Li Chiun Sally Liong, Juliana Button

Edited on August 5 to reflect new dates for partnercasts

What’s new this FY15 (June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015) for Oracle Asia-Pacific (APAC) Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) & Technology (Tech) partners?

Within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Alliances & Channels team, the newly formed Platform Innovation Team is focused on working with partners around 3 key initiatives to help our customers as they undertake cloud and digital transformation strategies in the year ahead 

1. Mobility - to offer end-to-end mobile life cycle solution including secure Mobility Application Management (MAM).

2. Cloud Integrations and Oracle AppAdvantage - to leverage Oracle Fusion Middleware to extend and expand value from Oracle Applications

3. Infrastructure Refresh - to offer more than Database upgrade/migration; helping customers take the refresh opportunity to transform their infrastructure into innovative platform to better support ongoing business challenges.

EK Goh, who heads the Platform Innovation Team, is no stranger to our APAC partner community. He was the Senior Director, running the Channels, Programs and Readiness teams for Oracle Fusion Middleware across APAC.

What’s coming up this FY15 for OFM and Tech partners in APAC?

Oracle is committed to working with our partners to build and sustain our customers’ success with our middleware products in the region. Partners are being trained across APAC through July and will be ready to support customers in new and ongoing projects with Fusion Middleware 12c in the months ahead.


The 5-city APAC Partners’ Tour started in Sydney on 15th July, followed by Singapore on 18th July, Bangalore on 22nd July, Beijing on 25th July & Seoul on 29th July.  Partners interested in attending should contact your local Oracle contacts.

Training will also be available through a series of PartnerCasts. Here is the schedule:

  • PartnerCast: Cloud Integration & Oracle AppAdvantage 
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 11AM SGT
    In this session, we’ll address burning questions on our partners’ minds around how you can help your customers integrate cloud applications into their existing applications environments. The webcast will also highlight business opportunities for you, in helping your customers extend and enhance their existing application investments with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

  • PartnerCast: Mobility 
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 11AM SGT 
    Oracle Mobile Platform is the complete solution customers need for end-to-end enterprise mobility lifecycle management. Find out how Oracle’s overall mobile strategy addresses current and emerging mobile trends and challenges, and answers all your customers’ needs.

  • PartnerCast: Infrastructure Refresh
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 11AM SGT 
    Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things has change how company does it business. Oracle has been helping customers to refresh their infrastructure by modernising their infrastructure with IT as a Service capability that addresses business agility and data security. Learn how partners can participate and benefit in this journey with Oracle.

So do approach your local Oracle contacts for more information and to register for these events. We look forward to seeing many successful customer projects through our partners in the months ahead.

Monday Jul 21, 2014

Enterprise Mobility - Follow the Data

Author: Craig Mikus, Sr. Director, Enterprise Mobile Solutions

I always enjoy talking to customers about their enterprise mobile strategy.  Unfortunately, all too often, our conversations are about their short term plans to build one or two mobile apps, as opposed to considering a more comprehensive enterprise mobile strategy around one platform to develop, integrate, secure, manage and deploy hundreds of mobile applications. But that’s OK, most companies have to crawl before they can walk, and then walk before they run.

To start our mobile conversations, I usually like to understand the problem being solved, or on the flip side, how mobile applications will help their company innovate and create real competitive differentiation.   Regardless of our discussion entry points, I always end up talking about their backend data, and not just in terms of integration or security.  Enterprise mobility is not just about a vendor’s technology to develop, integrate, and secure mobile applications.  It’s also about their business processes and accessing or generating critical data from a mobile device.  In many cases, if you “follow the data”, you can uncover the root cause of why a company is really building mobile apps, and it may surprise everyone,  especially those who tasked to develop the mobile applications.   

For example, I was speaking with a customer recently that wanted to understand our mobile development products.   I asked why they were building mobile apps and they responded that they wanted a new way to interact with their customers.   After several more questions, it turns out the company really didn’t know their customers.  You see, this company wholesales their products to a big retailer, who in turn sells their products to the ultimate consumer.  The only way this company knows their ultimate customer is when the buyer responds to a support issue or they register the product for its warranty.  As it turns out, this company only knew about 20% of their actual customers.  To make matters worse, their back end systems (i.e. support and warranty systems) were not integrated so they didn’t have one master customer record, which caused massive data quality issues, especially when they tried to analyze their data. 

To solve these data quality issues, the business was determined to build a mobile application to allow customers to easily register their products and simultaneously build a master customer record.  With a single customer master saved, the company could feed the data into other transactional systems.  This knowledge would then help the business proactively interact with their customers by leveraging the new mobile apps to drive promotions, product updates, product feedback, customer loyalty programs, etc.   

Once everyone understood the primary driver of the mobile app, the company execs re-established the objectives of the mobile project and recruited differentfolks from within the company to be involved in this mobile project.  In the end, the company was able to align this mobile project to an overall company goal and just as important, everyone understood and shared the goal.

My lesson learned and advice to others when outlining an enterprise mobile strategy “Follow the data”.  The data willtypically uncover  opportunities, identify potential problems and root causes, help answer questions around integration and security, and expose what will really drive valued enterprise mobile solutions.

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Change the Game and Lead Your Industry with Oracle SOA Suite 12c

In just a few years, the strongest leader in every industry will have an underlying secret: an IT infrastructure that capitalizes on Cloud, Mobile, Social, Big Data, and the Internet of Things and delivers on business value. Am sure this news is not a big surprise, as these waves of innovation have been gripping every one of us. However the real challenge is in making this a reality – where organizations are able to continue on the commitment to delivering value in their individual fields while still capitalizing on these new waves of innovation in a massive way, and delivering new and improved business value and customer service.

This is a big ask of IT. Each of these waves of innovation could result in a hodge-podge of new technologies making IT reel with unprecedented complexity and interfering with the core business value of the company. What are some of the requirements of this new foundation for IT? Cloud-based applications need to be integrated seamlessly with on-premise applications and deliver efficiency and business agility, mobile as a new channel needs to deliver on business value at any place and at any time, social media demands need to be met with a new level of customer intimacy, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things provides explosive growth in contextual and real-time communication.

Oracle is poised in a very unique position with the recent major launch of Oracle SOA Suite 12c to be able to deliver in every one of these areas. The well integrated stack includes cloud integration, mobile enablement, application integration, B2B and fast data (including Internet of Things, Big Data and Social). The product stack is rich in functionality and provides a seamless experience from the front end design to the back end integration.

To learn more, download case studies, white papers, customer success stories, and more here: SOA Resource Kit

And join us at the upcoming live webcast to dive into what’s new and speak to our experts. Dell, JDSU and Keste will be joining us in validating Oracle SOA Suite 12c and discussing their case studies. The event is Wednesday, July 30th at 10am PDT.

Register today: Introducing Oracle SOA Suite 12c

Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Oracle Identity Manager Developing Custom Scheduled Tasks

Oracle Identity Manager contains a set of predefined tasks that can be scheduled as job runs. OIM also provides the capability of creating your own scheduled tasks. You can create scheduled tasks according to your requirements if none of the predefined scheduled tasks fit your needs.You can develop various scheduled task such as reconciliation, user expire date check and etc.

In this post, I will explain create a custom scheduled task for check user's expire date. This jobs send notification to user's manager two weeks before end date.

Steps for create new schedule tasks;

  1. Create schedule task java class.

This class extends from OIM API's oracle.iam.scheduler.vo.TaskSupport. And override execute method for processing logic based on your requirements.

public class ExpireCheckJob extends TaskSupport {

    public ExpireCheckJob() {

        super();

    }

    public void execute(HashMap hashMap) throws Exception{

        try{

             List<HashMap<String, String>> usrlist = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>();

             usrlist = getusersExpireToday();

             for (int i = 0; i < usrlist.size(); i++) {

                     User userDetails = usrlist.get(i);

                     sendNotificationToUserManager(user);

             }  

        }catch(Exception e){

            e.printStackTrace();

        }

    }

    public HashMap getAttributes() {

        return null;

    }

    public void setAttributes() {

    }

2.Create the plugin.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<oimplugins xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <plugins pluginpoint="oracle.iam.scheduler.vo.TaskSupport">
            <plugin pluginclass="com.oracle.oim.scheduledjobs.ExpireCheckJob" version="1.0" name="ExpireCheckJob"/>
     </plugins>
</oimplugins>

For example, you can configure a reconciliation run using a scheduled task that checks for new information on target systems periodically and replicates the data in Oracle Identity Manager.

 3.  Create a plugin.zip file which contains jar and plugin.xml

plugin/
lib/
PLUGIN.JAR

plugin.xml

4. Copy this zip file to OIM_HOME/server/plugins

5.  Copy jar file to OIM_HOME/server/ScheduleTask

6.  Configuring the schedule task xml file

This xml defines schedule task information.

<?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="1342018530943" description="ExpireCheckJob">
     <scheduledTask repo-type="MDS" name="ExpireCheckJob" mds-path="/db" mds-file="ExpireCheckJob.xml">
          <completeXml>
               <scheduledTasks xmlns="http://xmlns.oracle.com/oim/scheduler">
                    <task>
                         <name>ItAuthExpireCheckJob</name>
                         <class>com.oracle.oim.scheduledjobs.ExpireCheckJob</class>
                         <description>ExpireCheckJob</description>
                         <retry>1</retry>
                    </task>
               </scheduledTasks>
          </completeXml>
     </scheduledTask>
</xl-ddm-data>

Import the schedule task xml file via OIM Sysadmin console.

7.Create a new schedule task from OIM Sysadmin console.


First log in to Oracle Identity System Administration with the appropriate credentials.

1.In the left pane, under System Management, click Scheduler. The Advanced Administration is displayed with the Scheduler section in the System Management tab active. 

2. On the left pane, from the Actions menu, select Create. Alternatively, you can click the icon with the plus (+) sign beside the View list.

Job Name: Enter a name for the job.For our example : Expire Date Check

Task: Specify the name of the scheduled task that runs the job. For our example : ExpireDateCheckJob

* To search and specify a scheduled task:

1. Click the magnifying glass icon next to this field.

3. In the Search and Select : Scheduled Task dialog box, specify a search criterion for the scheduled task and click the icon next to Search field.A list of all scheduled tasks that meet the search criterion is displayed.

1. From this list, select the scheduled task that runs the job being created, and then click Confirm.


Start Date: Specify the date and time on which you want the job to run. To do this, select the date and time along with timezone from the date editor and click Ok. By default, the timezone is "(UTC-08:00) US Pacific Time".

Retries: Retry count is used to manage the job in case of failure. A job cannot execute more than its retry count if it fails consecutively. The job is disabled if it fails consecutively till its retry count is exhausted. The job must be enabled from the UI for further execution.

Schedule Type: Depending on the frequency at which you want the job to run, select one of the following schedule types:

Periodic: Select this option if you want the job to be run at a time that you specify, on a repeating basis. If you select this option, then you must enter an integer value in the Run every field under the Job Periodic Settings section and select one of the following values:

 - mins
                         - hrs
                         - days

Cron: Select this option if you want the job to be run at a particular interval on a recurring basis. For example, you can create a job that must run at 8:00 A.M. every Monday through Friday or at 1:30 A.M. every last Friday of the month.

* The recurrence of the job must be specified in the Cron Settings section. In the Recurring Interval field, you can select any of the following values:
- Daily
- Weekly
- Monthly on given dates
- Monthly on given weekdays
- Yearly
After selecting a value, you can enter an integer value in the Days between runs field.

Single: Select this option if the job is to be run only once at the specified start date and time.


  No pre-defined schedule: This option specifies that no schedule is attached to the job you are creating, and therefore, it is not triggered automatically. As a result, the only option to trigger the job is by clicking Save and Run Now.


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 Jul 14, 2014

New Oracle Mobile Platform Channel

There's a NEW video channel to learn about Oracle Mobile Platform. In case you're not familiar,  Oracle Mobile Platform covers:

Enterprise Mobility - Follow the Data

Author: Craig Mikus, Sr. Director, Enterprise Mobile Solutions

I always enjoy talking to customers about their enterprise mobile strategy.  Unfortunately, all too often, our conversations are about their short term plans to build one or two mobile apps, as opposed to considering a more comprehensive enterprise mobile strategy around one platform to develop, integrate, secure, manage and deploy hundreds of mobile applications. But that’s OK, most companies have to crawl before they can walk, and then walk before they run.

To start our mobile conversations, I usually like to understand the problem being solved, or on the flip side, how mobile applications will help their company innovate and create real competitive differentiation.   Regardless of our discussion entry points, I always end up talking about their backend data, and not just in terms of integration or security.  Enterprise mobility is not just about a vendor’s technology to develop, integrate, and secure mobile applications.  It’s also about their business processes and accessing or generating critical data from a mobile device.  In many cases, if you “follow the data”, you can uncover the root cause of why a company is really building mobile apps, and it may surprise everyone,  especially those who tasked to develop the mobile applications.   

For example, I was speaking with a customer recently that wanted to understand our mobile development products.   I asked why they were building mobile apps and they responded that they wanted a new way to interact with their customers.   After several more questions, it turns out the company really didn’t know their customers.  You see, this company wholesales their products to a big retailer, who in turn sells their products to the ultimate consumer.  The only way this company knows their ultimate customer is when the buyer responds to a support issue or they register the product for its warranty.  As it turns out, this company only knew about 20% of their actual customers.  To make matters worse, their back end systems (i.e. support and warranty systems) were not integrated so they didn’t have one master customer record, which caused massive data quality issues, especially when they tried to analyze their data. 

To solve these data quality issues, the business was determined to build a mobile application to allow customers to easily register their products and simultaneously build a master customer record.  With a single customer master saved, the company could feed the data into other transactional systems.  This knowledge would then help the business proactively interact with their customers by leveraging the new mobile apps to drive promotions, product updates, product feedback, customer loyalty programs, etc.   

Once everyone understood the primary driver of the mobile app, the company execs re-established the objectives of the mobile project and recruited differentfolks from within the company to be involved in this mobile project.  In the end, the company was able to align this mobile project to an overall company goal and just as important, everyone understood and shared the goal.

My lesson learned and advice to others when outlining an enterprise mobile strategy “Follow the data”.  The data willtypically uncover  opportunities, identify potential problems and root causes, help answer questions around integration and security, and expose what will really drive valued enterprise mobile solutions.

Thursday Jul 10, 2014

OpenWorld Update: Content Catalog NOW LIVE!

The countdown has started and Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is just around the corner.  Now is the perfect time to scope out what sessions and Hands-on-Labs might be of interest to you and sessions you don't want to miss.  The Content Catalog on the OpenWorld 2014 is now live so you can search through hundreds of sessions to spot ones that may be of interest.  Stay tuned on the Fusion Middleware blog for continued OpenWorld information, including when you can actually build your schedule for the week and be ready for a great show. 

Content Catalog available at:  https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter is Now Out

The July edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is now out! The newsletter covers our latest news announcements, product and solution features, technical resources, upcoming events and more.

As you know, we have had a busy couple of months here in middleware. This edition of the newsletter covers our recent announcement of Oracle SOA Suite 12c and outlines the list of resources available to you for more information on the latest release. We have also had significant updates on the mobility front since our last feature on Oracle Mobile Platform in the December edition. Catch up on the very latest on Oracle Mobile Suite and Oracle Mobile Security Suite and learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware now offers a comprehensive solution for enterprise mobility.

Oracle Fusion Middleware is as much about products as it is about people behind those products. The July edition puts the spotlight on Suhas Uliyar, Vice President of Mobile Strategy and Product Management at Oracle. Find out about his team's charter, his mission and passions in life.

And  don't miss our compilations of news, events, latest technical resources, webcasts, and more.

We recommend you subscribe to the newsletter for your bi-monthly dose of all things middleware. 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Victorian State Revenue Office Turns to Fusion Middleware to Boost Delivery of Online Services and Streamline Business Processes

 Seeing our customers succeed is something we strive for constantly.  The State Revenue Office for the Victorian government has seen success with Oracle Fusion Middleware.  Collecting in excess of $11 billion in revenue, the State Revenue Office (SRO)  is the tax collection agency for the Victorian Government.   The SRO has deployed Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Exadata to increase system performance, improve delivery of online services as well as the customer experience.  Oracle BPM, Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Suite, have been used to automate what were previously manual back-end processes. Furthermore, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Fusion Middleware have also helped SRO in its high security environment, which is particularly critical with the advent of self-service, online business services.

Paul Duffer, CIO- Victorian State Revenue Office commented, "We’re extremely happy with what we have been able to achieve so far with Oracle Exadata and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Ultimately, our aim is to improve the level of service to both Victorian taxpayers and to the Victorian Government and this deployment is delivering on both fronts. "  

 For more information on Oracle Fusion Midddleware go to http://www.oracle.com/us/products/middleware/overview/index.html

Monday Jul 07, 2014

Eclipse + Android + iOS = Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse

Reposting for Greg Stachnick, Sr. Product Manager

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12.1.3.1 adds new support for mobile application development using the new Oracle MAF framework. From within Eclipse, you can now develop hybrid mobile applications deploying to both iOS and Android devices. Some of the new features include:

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Design Time Support

  • New MAF Project Wizards help you get started with the correct project structure to start writing mobile applications
  • New MAF perspective configures your workspace with the most relevant Eclipse Views for mobile development
  • Android SDK and Apple XCode Configuration Wizards setup your Eclipse workspace to build and deploy your work to Android and iOS devices and simulators
  • AMX Tag Palette, Drag and Drop Patterns, and Smart Editors help you use and configure over 80 MAF components to develop your mobile applications
  • New Web Service Data Control simplifies binding mobile components to local and remote SOAP-based web services
  • Mobile Application descriptor editor provides a form based editor to assemble MAF applications, manage mobile security, configure Cordova plugins, and more
  • Mobile Feature descriptor editor provides a form based editor to create, manage, and reuse MAF features and more
  • Support for visual Task Flow creation, Bindings, and Data Controls in Mobile application development
  • MAF Feature and Application packaging for sharing and reuse of features across multiple mobile applications
  • AppXray dependency tracking and refactoring for MAF projects including AMX components, feature configurations, application configurations, bindings, task flows, and more
  • Deploy and Debug to Android & iOS Simulators or Devices directly from within your Eclipse workspace
  • Access Device and Simulator error logs of your running applications help debug runtime issues from within Eclipse

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Runtime

Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.0 is shipped with OEPE zip distributions and available for download through Eclipse Update. No need to download an external runtime as the framework is included with the development tools out of the box.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework Samples

Over a dozen complete Mobile examples applications are included with the MAF tools. These sample demonstrate examples and best practices for data visualization, binding to web services, using Cordova plugins to access device features, and more. See the MAF Example Applications under the standard Eclipse Examples wizard for list of samples and detailed descriptions.

Checkout OEPE OTN page for OEPE downloads, tutorials, and documentation or see the Mobile Application Framework portal for even more information including new training videos and samples.

To read the original post, click here.

For more information on Oracle's mobile products, go to: www.oracle.com/mobile.  You can follow Oracle's mobile blog at: blogs.oracle.com/mobile as well as twitter @oraclemobile

Thursday Jul 03, 2014

Register for OpenWorld 2014: Early Bird Pricing Still Available

Have you registered for Oracle OpenWorld 2014? If not, it's certainly not too late, but you should take advantage of registration discounts.  Oracle's early bird pricing for the conference continues till July 18, 2014.  A full conference pass is $2,150 vs buying an all conference pass on site is $2,650. OpenWorld is a great opportunity to learn about the latest technology and network with other peers and attend sessions, Hands on Labs and General Sessions from Oracle executives.  See you the big show that's just around the corner.   

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Oracle Employee Ryan Pitts Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

 Oracle is proud to announce that one of its very own, Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant and current Oracle employee was awarded the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government for combat valor.  He will become the ninth living recipient of this prestigious award to honor his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Former Staff Sergeant Pitts will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer during combat operations in Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.  He will be awarded next month at the White House. 

Here's what Oracle President, Mark Hurd expressed, “Today we recognize the distinguished service and outstanding integrity of former Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts as he receives our nation’s highest military honor.  He has demonstrated leadership, dedication and a commitment to excellence and we are proud to have him as an Oracle employee.

 Check out the press release regarding this very special achievement.  


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