Author: Claire Dessaux, Vice President, Oracle
Monday General Session –
Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware
a combination of demonstrations and slides, Thomas Kurian
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
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.
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
Business Process Management
key areas of the Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio of specific interest to
business users are Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management.
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.
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.
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.
Oracle recommends extending your existing security infrastructure to cloud
applications, to social applications, and to mobile applications/data/devices.
make this possible, Thomas Kurian explained how Oracle delivers a unified
solution to manage the user, the device, and the associated application
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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