Monday Feb 17, 2014

Show Me the (Mobile) Money!

Author: Carlos Chang, Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director

Have you sat through one too many slide presentations? Watched one too many technology videos?  And now you’re thinking to yourself – just show me a working app. Something I can play around with myself…something out in the wild and readily available.

To borrow a line from Jerry Maguire – "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

Enter BalaVenkataraman ... Chief Architect for Texas Industries(TXI), the largest supplier of cement in Texas, whom I had the pleasure to meet last December at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) Summit in Las Vegas. Bala led TXI’s efforts to help their customers track their cement shipments with real-time data and tools on their mobile devices by using Oracle ADF Mobile to build mobile applications for iOS and Android.

I saw Bala’s demo, who was the guest presenter for Suhas Uliyar’s (Oracle VP for Mobile Strategy) presentation discussing Oracle’s mobile strategy. Sure there were informative slides, and at the end of the day, Bala got to show off his company’s deployed mobile app that was available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. It was a live demonstration, using real, live data. The audience loved it!

As Bala noted, time was of the essence. The mobile apps were delivered to iOS and Android in a matter of weeks. And just as I learned from Bala, when you see those cement trucks on the road – they have to deliver within 90 minutes, or that load of cement goes bad – so they deliver on time – just like Bala did with ADF Mobile for TXI. ;-)

Where’s the money? Search Apple’s App Store or Google Play for “ReadyTrac”

You can read the full case study here. For other customer success stories, go here. To track Oracle’s latest mobile endeavors, start by bookmarking blogs.oracle.com/mobile and www.oracle.com/mobile.

Monday Feb 10, 2014

Mobile, Mobile and Mobile...it Just Gets Better!

Many of you already know about Oracle ADF Mobile and it’s ability to give Java developers the ability to develop mobile applications for the iOS and Android from one code base. (write once, deploy to many)

Guess what? It continues to get better with the latest support for the iOS 7 and Android native look and feel. (before/after screenshots below) That’s a nice bonus for those of you yearning for the latest and greatest look and feel. Your apps can now be freshened up and blend in with the your existing native applications on your device. You’re welcome! ;-)

To learn more, read Joe Huang’s full post on this topic, click here. To stay on top of Oracle’s latest news and mobile offering, I recommend you bookmark blogs.oracle.com/mobile.

Sunday Nov 03, 2013

Registration Now Open: Virtual Developer Day, North America, APAC & Europe

Is your organization looking at developing Web or Mobile application based upon the Oracle platform?  Oracle is offering a virtual event for Developer Leads, Managers and Architects to learn more about developing Web, Mobile and beyond based on Oracle applications. This event will provide sessions that range from introductory overviews to technical deep dives covering Oracle's strategic framework for developing multi-channel enterprise applications for the Oracle platforms. Multiple tracks cover every interest and every level and include live online Q&A chats with Oracle's technical staff.

For registration and information on Vortual Developer Day: Oracle ADF Development, please follow the link HERE

Sign up for one of the following events below:

Americas - Tuesday - November 19th / 9am to 1pm PDT / 12pm to 4pm EDT / 1pm to 5pm BRT

APAC - Thursday - November 21st / 10am - 1:30pm IST (India) / 12:30pm - 4pm SGT (Singapore) / 3:30pm -7pm AESDT

EMEA - Tuesday - November 26th / 9am - 1pm GMT / 1pm - 5pm GST / 2:30pm -6:30pm IST

And for those interested in Cloud Application Foundation, including Weblogic and Coherence, don't forget to sign up for the following events:

Americas - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 9 am - 1 pm PDT/ 12 pm - 4 pm EDT/ 1 pm - 5 pm BRT

EMEA - December 3, 2013 - 9 a, - 1 pm GMT/ 1pm - 5pm GST/ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm IST

The event will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms.

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Fusion Middleware Newsletter - October Edition is Now Out

From the latest Oracle Fusion Middleware product releases to the Oracle AppAdvantage use case on Cloud and On-Premise Integration to the very latest in Developer corner and more, the October edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is chock full of information.

Catch the latest edition to learn about the highlights in the latest releases for Oracle GoldenGate 12c and Oracle Data Integrator 12c; and Oracle WebCenter. While there, don’t miss the latest news and upcoming events for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Developers. Find out who we have in the Team Spotlight this edition and watch the latest customer success stories across the portfolio.

Did we miss anything? Would you like to hear more about a particular topic? Let us know. Simply drop us a comment and we’d be sure to discuss that in our next editorial meeting.

In the meantime, grab a coffee and enjoy the October edition of the newsletter.


Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Highlights for Oracle SOA Suite, the Foundation for Cloud and Mobile

Originally Published on Oracle SOA - Team Blog

Author: Bruce Tierney, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Oracle SOA Suite took center stage at the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 this year as a result of strong customer interest in enabling mobile services and integrating with cloud applications. In case you missed it, here is a recap:

In the General Session: "Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware" by Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian and Vice President of Product Management for Oracle SOA Suite Demed L'Her @demed. Some cool cloud integration and mobile enablement capabilities were demonstrated.

The urgency for companies to rapidly integrate with cloud and mobile have significantly increased interest in service-based integration.   As a result, there were 8 sessions focused on mobile integration with Oracle SOA Suite and 7 sessions covering cloud integration.   Topics ranged from high-level integration strategies down to deep dive architectural best practices, customer presentations on how they have integrated with Salesforce.com and other SaaS vendors with Oracle SOA Suite and more



Here are a few session titles that provide insight into the cloud & mobile topics. You can look to download the presentations as well here:

Oracle SOA Suite Customer Panel: Unifying Cloud Applications with On-Premises Applications

Take Your Services Mobile with Oracle SOA Suite (Customer Panel)

BPM and SOA Are Going Mobile: An Architectural Perspective

Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile, SOA, Oracle Identity Management

Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite

And for those looking to roll up there sleeves, there were hand-on labs covering topics like:

Build Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle SOA Suite

RESTful APIs with Oracle Service Bus

Developing REST for On-Premises or the Cloud

Another topic receiving signification attention is renewed interest in Business to Business (B2B) with presentations by SPS Commerce which has integrated over 9,000 partners, Stryker medical technologies, and British Telecom (BT).  See the zoomed in portion of the BT architecture below showing how their B2B architecture is integrated into the core infrastructure:


We had a record number of customers presenting in the SOA Sessions including Ricoh Americas, Agilent, Amway, Emdeon, British Telecom, Garmin, Ascension, ER2, Canon, BMC Software, Electronic Arts, Cisco, Xerox, IEEE,  Telefonica Mexico, Nextel, CableVision, DirecTV, Ally Financial, Stryker, Northern Trust, Green Mountain Power, Land O'Lakes and several others represented by partners. Here is how you can access the details on each of these successes: Oracle Open World 2013 Presentations.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, and OTN Developer Day - Service Integration using Oracle SOA Suite, and other simplifying integration events at following site: Oracle Events.

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Fusion Middleware General Session Highlights: Thomas Kurian Kicks-off FMW Discussion

Author: Claire Dessaux, Vice President, Oracle

Monday General Session – Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Key Take-Aways

Through a combination of demonstrations and slides, Thomas Kurian[1] and his engineering teams explained and demonstrated how Oracle Fusion Middleware delivers simplicity and innovation to address the requirements of modern application delivery, specifically in the context of mobile, cloud, and business user empowerment.

Application Development

Beyond the traditional MVC model for Web applications, Thomas highlighted Oracle ADF Mobile and Oracle JDeveloper to easily build mobile applications that run natively on cell phones & tablets, iOS & Android from the same code base. Oracle ADF Mobile also comes with a native container that includes local storage with encryption and access to device-specific features, such as camera, email, contacts, or location. For instance, attendees were able to see an example of an Oracle ADF Mobile application allowing users to take photos on an iPad and upload them to Oracle Document Cloud Service directly from the iPad.

From a back-end perspective, modern applications need to access data and services from all sorts of sources – including legacy systems, cloud applications, and heterogeneous data stores. In his session, Thomas demonstrated as an example how Oracle SOA Suite delivers new adapters to easily integrate on-premise applications with Cloud applications (such as with Oracle RightNow Cloud Services or Salesforce.com), using point-and-click actions.

WebCenter and Business Process Management

Two key areas of the Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio of specific interest to business users are Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management.

Oracle WebCenter provides a document infrastructure to consolidate and share documents of any kind, along with the ability to easily create intranet portals/composite applications and external Web sites on top of this infrastructure. Today’s session highlighted the new capabilities of Oracle WebCenter with regards to mobile support to be able to reuse existing business logic across multiple form factors; integration with Oracle Document Cloud Service to share and synchronize documents; and lastly an even simpler user interface to create portals and Web sites using drag-and-drop actions.

With regards to Oracle Business Process Management, Thomas referred to Oracle Business Process Accelerators that are pre-defined horizontal and industry-specific processes that business users can easily tailor to their specific needs using the browser-based Business Process Composer.

Identity Management

What about security and identity management? Do you need to create a new security infrastructure to manage and control access to your corporate applications through employees’ own devices? And do we need another security infrastructure for your cloud applications? Certainly not, this would result in complexity, extra costs, and potentially new gaps in security.

Instead, Oracle recommends extending your existing security infrastructure to cloud applications, to social applications, and to mobile applications/data/devices.

To make this possible, Thomas Kurian explained how Oracle delivers a unified solution to manage the user, the device, and the associated application entitlements.

Likewise, in the context of cloud applications, Thomas explained how the Oracle Identity Management solution allows corporations to manage roles and provision access to both cloud and on-premise applications from the same administration screen.

Application Foundation

So now how do we ensure that all these modern applications run on scalable and reliable infrastructures? This is where Oracle Cloud Application Foundation and Oracle Exalogic come to play.

Thomas Kurian highlighted some of the new capabilities added in Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.2) and Oracle Coherence 12c (12.1.2) to deliver the levels of scalability and reliability required by modern applications. One new feature worth noticing here is the Oracle Coherence GoldenGate HotCache. This new feature uses Oracle GoldenGate to automatically detect database changes and push these changes back to Oracle Coherence.

From an Oracle Exalogic perspective, Thomas Kurian explained how Oracle Exalogic provides an end-to-end elastic storage/compute/network infrastructure based on an OpenStack deployment model, thanks to the integration of Nimbula that Oracle acquired in March 2013.

To showcase the phenomenal market adoption of Oracle Exalogic and the performance benefits from running Oracle Applications on Oracle Exalogic, Thomas Kurian invited Caroline Tsou, Director of Marketing at Agilent on stage to talk about the business value that Agilent achieved with Oracle Exalogic. Agilent replaced a Microsoft .NET/SharePoint application with a new E-Commerce platform based on Oracle ATG and Oracle Endeca Information Discovery running on a virtualized Oracle Exalogic system in a record time of six months. The results? 100% uptime and 50% increase in RFQs[2].

You can see a replay of this session on demand at your convenience here.



[1] Thomas Kurian is Executive Vice President, Software Development at Oracle.

[2] Request For Quote

Monday Feb 04, 2013

ADF Customer Spotlight: Micros Systems, Inc.

Author: Dana Singleterry, Prinicipal Product Manager, Oracle Development Tools  

"Oracle ADF has allowed us to rapidly develop a rich and compelling  User Interface that is so intuitive to our hotel enterprise employees that very little training was required.” – Boro Petrovic, CTO, Micros Systems Inc.

MICROS Systems, Inc. is the leading provider for enterprise applications for the hospitality and retail industries worldwide. Over 370,000 MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 180 countries, and on all seven continents. In addition, MICROS provides property management systems, central reservation and customer information solutions for more than 30,000 hotels worldwide, as well as point-of-sale, loss prevention, and cross-channel functionality for more than 150,000 retail stores worldwide and 17,000 fuel and convenience stores. 

Beyond being the only full systems solutions provider for all market segments within the hospitality and specialty retail industries, MICROS is also the industry leader in providing cloud services in their data centers throughout the globe.  They have a global distribution and service network in place for major chains, regional chains, local independents, table service, and the quick services market. 

For over 15 years, MICROS,  an OPN Platinum partner has been working closely with Oracle, applying industry best practices in the development of their solutions. Their current application suite for the hospitality industry, OPERA 5, was built on Oracle Forms and the Oracle database running on Microsoft Windows. The next generation of this suite, OPERA 9, is being developed and released in modules that are now based on the newer Oracle Fusion Middleware (FMW) 11g technologies, Oracle Database 11g, and will run on Oracle Linux.

Their primary driver for change was a need for modernization of their legacy systems both from a User Interface (UI) and a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) perspective. MICROS leveraged Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) for providing a rich UI for their business processes that could be served up either through traditional methods or through mobile devices globally. From a SOA perspective, MICROS saw a need for agility based on dynamic business requirements and so leveraged Oracle’s SOA Suite to provide loosely-coupled services that could evolve without impact to other services.

MICROS had begun evolving their legacy system into a modern solution with a feature-rich, attractive, Oracle ADF-based UI that is loosely-coupled with services, which can be distributed via the cloud.

One of the biggest challenges for Micros was how to leverage their existing Oracle Forms-based solution while at the same time taking on the modernization effort. This was accomplished through the innovative use of Oracle FMW technologies. The MICROS R&D team created an architecture that leveraged the 1000+ man years invested in their Oracle Forms-based solution, which was already in widespread production use. Thus, their legacy system was not a throw-away but instead became an integration effort with the newer technologies provided by Oracle FMW including Oracle’s ADF.

Return on Investment (ROI) in migration of Oracle Forms applications to ADF applications comes from re-engineering business processes using new application features / functionality based on ADF Business Components, ADF Task Flows, and ADF Faces Rich Client Components that are more efficient and provide for rapid adoption by users due to rich experience and ease of use. MICROS is migrating Oracle Forms modules by business processes (i.e. Hotel Reservation Booking process; Guest Check-In / Check-Out process; etc.). Within one business process it is either an all-Forms solution or it is an all-ADF solution. Each process is launched independently from within the Oracle WebCenter Portal dashboard. Forms modules run in a separate window and are launched from a common WebCenter dashboard via menu items that are linked to the servlet.

 

Dashboard style layout with search functionality and customizations enabled. Allows agents to book rooms for their guests. 

One of the many unique characteristics of this solution is the innovative use of Oracle FMW to support an enterprise solution that supports all localizations (such as languages, local legal requirements, etc.) and can be deployed globally in the form of distributed services. Services that can be virtualized allowing customers the choice of different providers. This is accomplished in ADF through the use of resource-bundles for each supported locale. In addition to this, the rich set of ADF Faces components has been utilized to provide a very rich UI that is intuitive to use for the hotel employees and provides ADA compliance, internationalization, translation, mobility, as well as gesture touch on tablets for graph data visualization components and data grid scrolling all out-of-the-box functionality provided by ADF.

In terms of Business value to MICROS, this can be seen as follows:

Short Term:

  • Enhanced multi-channel user interface served up through traditional methods or mobile devices
  • Improved application performance when accessed over networks with higher latency
  • Enhanced business processes and flexibility
  • Reduced training time 

Long Term:

  • Improved agility through SOA
  • Improved development productivity

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Thursday Jan 24, 2013

Oracle ADF Mobile Demo for Developing Hybrid Mobile Applications

Interested in learning more about Oracle ADF? Watch this 3 minute demo to see the key benefits of Oracle ADF Mobile for developing hybrid mobile applications across multiple device platforms.

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