Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

ACE Director on Choosing the Right User Group Conference

by Debra Lilley, ACE Director

The best way to decide if your applications can be enhanced a certain way with Oracle technology – Oracle AppAdvantage, is to see what other people are doing, and the best way to do that is go along to a user group event and have a look at several examples.

As spring arrives so does the conference season and how do you know which one is for you? The best thing is to join a local group where you can be part of an ongoing community, you can find which ones are available in your region by looking at the International Oracle User Group Community webpages.

If you are able to attend a major US conference this year and are not sure which one, then I would ask yourself what is the most value to your organisation? User groups are generally regional, product driven or industry.

If you are in Higher Education  for instance they have a number or global  but very specific conferences. If you are interested in HCM then perhaps the right conference is with OHUG in June. 

If you are still in the ‘getting ideas’ stage then I would recommend Collaborate, in April. Here you will see many application customers showcasing what they have done to extend their reach using Oracle. If you have decided on the tools you need and your projects are being planned then go to ODTUG’s KSCOPE in June where experts will teach you the best practice in all the different areas and share their tips and learning with you. I will be speaking about PaaS at both these events. Of course if you can wait till December I highly recommend a trip to UKOUG.

So many existing customers have done many innovative  things with Oracle technology to drive more business benefit from their applications. So, go see them, and hopefully it will inspire you.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, 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 Jan 28, 2015

Partner Column – The Journey to PaaS, Part Two

by Debra Lilley, ACE Director,  VP, Certus Cloud Services

I was looking back at my first partner column and realised I jumped straight into PaaS 4 SaaS – the ability to extend Cloud applications with PaaS, and actually didn’t make the point we can extend any application with PaaS including our existing on-premise investments with Oracle E Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel etc.

What we have learnt over the years is that customization of the base application should be avoided.  So many of us have had difficult or even impossible upgrades because of what we have done in our applications and have therefore learnt this the hard way. However that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t extend our applications, (perhaps the topic of another posting and I need you, the readers, to let me know if that is a good idea).

If every organisation used the same set of applications for both front and back office there would be no differentiation from a technical approach but in reality, that is what all organisations need - a differentiation from their competitors. It may be as simple as storing additional data, or an additional process. So there is balance to be sought between staying standard and as is and what adds value. What Cloud applications have taught us is to create these extensions separately and then execute from your standard applications. 

How do you do this? Well, in simple, non technical terms you probably want a 3 step process:

1. Extract data from main application.

2. Your extension.

3. Return or load data back into main application.

Here is a very simple example:

1.  You take a single person record from your main application, and getting data out is the easiest part, use an existing API or simply extract in a suitable format using your analytics tools.

2. Your extension use case could be to populate a small application for a special initiative. 

3. Then, you return to the main application and mark the record (e.g. A descriptive flexfield in Oracle E-Business Suite to say they are part of the initiative). This stage is the trickiest. If there is an existing API in your application to update the object it is straight forward. Otherwise it depends on the tools and flexibility of that specific application.

This third part of the process, may dictate that you don’t go back into the main application. So, in this example, you still have the power of the extension but no marker in the original. Your use case may not need that anyway.

Equally you may not need the first step, if you are using your extension to collect data, especially additional fields which you can hold in the application but the system doesn’t give you the flexibility to validate or ease of entry online, you may use an extension to capture, validate and process this data and use a standard API to load it.

This last example made me think of a conversation I had with an ACE Director about 7 or 8 years ago about Application Express (APEX) and Oracle E Business Suite. He was looking to see if there was a need for APEX here and every use case he suggested people were doing with customisations quite happily. Now there is a real move towards extending with APEX and I recommend this white paper

What PaaS gives us is development tools in the cloud. The same advantages as for SaaS - no infrastructure, pay as you go, and predictable on-going costs. PaaS gives SaaS customers the ability to extend their functionality with the same benefits as with their applications but equally on premise application customers could build their extensions in the cloud if they wanted to, although I accept there could be less of a driver. But something else I didn’t make clear last month is that PaaS is not just about extending your application with code, it is also about other middleware components as well. 

The Oracle Business Intelligence offerings have had a barrier of entry around the commissioning of the infrastructure and platform build, so adopting them as PaaS may make a lot of sense. Similarly there are other applications you can use with your existing investment which again make so much sense to adopt in the Cloud like Planning and Budgeting. 

Take a look at Oracle’s Cloud offerings portal; it is very easy to navigate and understand. The Applications and Platform tabs are worth a browse just to see what Oracle have made available this way.

Next month I’ll talk more about the Rapid Development Kit I mentioned last month.

Editor's Note: And don't miss Oracle Cloud Online Forum taking place today, Wednesday, January 28 starting at 10 am Pacific, to get more details. Register now.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, 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 

Friday Jan 16, 2015

Tackling SaaS Integration, Multi-Channel Experience and Integrated Systems

Running a digital business or moving towards it? Building a cloud strategy or busy implementing it? Have mobile on your mind? Well, Oracle Fusion Middleware is the cloud platform to support your digital business. Coming out of Oracle OpenWorld, I found there were a few key themes you could bundle some of our customers' questions in. So, I sat down with product and domain experts to better understand some of the more common use cases we have started to hear around digital businesses and cloud.

SaaS to On-Premise Integration: While most organizations have adopted a cloud strategy - public, private or hybrid, a recent survey shows that 81% of those organizations agree that it is important for the applications to be fully integrated with each other and other software to reap the full benefits of cloud. And over 40% believe that cloud poses a security risk to their information and infrastructure. From a development standpoint, an integration platform rather than point to point integration ensures lowest TCO, less maintenance and upgrade costs, more scalability and flexibility for an organization. The same integration platform that supports your on-premise infrastructure supports your SaaS model too and ensures better integration between SaaS and On-Premise applications. Catch this brief webcast and demo to see how Oracle enables simplified SaaS to On-Premise integration.

Multi-Channel Enablement: Whether you are a B2B or a B2C, your customers, partners and even your employees have come to expect a seamless, consistent multi-channel experience. They need to be able to get the information they need on desktop or phone,  via web or mobile securely, anytime and anywhere. How do you enable this digital experience across multiple channels without adding to your development costs? How do you ensure security across these channels? And most of all, how do you give them a user experience that will have them coming back to you? Catch this demo webcast to learn how.

Platform Optimization: Integrated systems are all the rage today. You can't move through tech news without bumping into the term "integrated systems". But what is the value of one? If your hardware and software are optimized to support your middleware and your applications, there are  clear advantages to that - high performance, high reliability and availability, lower operational expenses (OpEx) and better efficiency. But then does deployment get tricky? How are private cloud environments supported? This webcast, complete with a demo, answers those questions and more.

Have more questions? Let's keep the conversation going. Send us your comments and we will get the product experts to answer those for you.



Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

IT Leaders Discuss Their Business Goals and Technology Solutions

Happy New Year! Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you.

One of the biggest highlights for us in 2014 was getting an opportunity to visit and spend some time with the IT Leaders of successful organizations around the world. The objective of each of these documentaries was to understand the business imperatives of such organizations, get insights from the IT Leaders on how they align their IT objectives with the company's business goals and how they measure the impact of their IT & business investments on their customers, vendor ecosystem, the company's employees and of course, the company's bottom line. And we then have technology experts walk us through the technical implementations that has made all that possible.

Based on their business imperatives, organizations had taken different paths and driven diverse IT roadmaps to deliver business success. Northumbrian Water in the UK enabled mobility for its remote workforce to drive 24 X 7 operations. Pella, a major windows and doors manufacturer in the USA built a contextual web experience for its online visitors while creating a self-service portal for its sales and dealers network and an online appointment scheduling tool to deliver a unique and superior digital experience. Grupo Farmacos, a major medical supplies distributor in Mexico has set up an optimized IT infrastructure that is suited to each of its four different business units, one dealing with high transaction volume, other requiring 24 X 7 availability and the other requiring high level of reliability with high performance for health needs. Ricoh Americas, an IT services and office equipment company, is delivering on its "Anytime, Anywhere" promise to its customers by allowing them to scan their products and either troubleshoot issues themselves or easily log those while in the backend, the seamless cloud to on-premise integration delivers the desired results. And Siram, an energy distribution company in Italy has automated its RFP process to deliver efficiency, bring transparency and drive cost control with automated business process management.

We were incredibly fortunate to have gotten some time with the executives of such elite companies and to be able to share their stories with you. For your convenience, we have made all these documentaries available in one place, that can be played on-demand. Hope you enjoy and benefit from these as we have enjoyed pulling these together.

Happy 2015!

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

'Tis The Season To Look at Middleware Highlights From 2014

2014 was all this and so much more. For a complete listing you can visit oracle.com/middleware, Oracle newsroom or subscribe to our bi-monthly Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter. We thank you for engaging with us - listening to us and talking to us. Wishing you and yours a very Happy 2015. Looking forward to an even more fulfilling 2015 with all of you.

Peace and joy to the world.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2014

Partner Column: It's All About the Cloud

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

If you attended Oracle Open World, the talk was all about Cloud. Now Oracle have published their Q2 figures and analysts are talking about Oracle’s Cloud strategy being the reason behind the increase in share prices.

So do we really understand Cloud? When the term first came up, every session on cloud was about ‘what is cloud’, thankfully we have moved beyond that. Each vendor has there own subtly different definition but to me it is a disruptive technology that changes the way we consume the IT, not worrying about the infrastructure, and paying for it by use. At a recent Oracle event I heard an even better way of explaining this. Cloud is about having access to software, not owning it.

But do we really understand Cloud? Oracle’s cloud is actually a lot of different moving parts and different components. How do you visualise this? I found this video Cloud Periodic Table: Chemistry of Cloud Computing and it is a fantastic way to understand and see what is in Oracle’s Cloud.

If you look at Cloud.oracle.com there is a comprehensive list of announced cloud modules, some of which are ‘coming soon’. I need to use at least two of these in my day job, Process and Integration Cloud, and need to learn quickly.

I spoke in July about how I find communities the best way to learn. Partners need to learn first, they are the ones who role out this technology to end users. I talked about the Partner SOA community run by Jurgen Kress and I have to give him credit for the video information, it was in his last newsletter. Every year this community holds a Community Forum where they update and teach, two days of presentations and two days of hands on workshops, and this year they have a dedicated AppAdvantage track.

Why is Cloud important to AppAdvantage? Well its very simple - cloud means you can adopt middleware quickly, with fixed costs and get a return on your investment much quicker, which ultimately is what we all want. Better, Quicker, Cheaper. With Cloud availability the components of Oracle Fusion Middleware will be adopted on a much steeper curve. You don’t need to necessarily move your applications to get value from your investments. 

If you are a partner I hope you are doing the same as me, and if you are an end user, talk to your implementation partner and make sure they are keeping you up to date with the exciting, fast moving world of Oracle Cloud.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, 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  

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

ACE Director Tells Us to Speak to Each Other

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

Oracle Open World  (OOW) already seems a long time ago, but actually only a month and if like me you are still absorbing all the messages then the timing of this posting is just right.

Prior to OOW, the AppAdvantage team asked if I would join them in a panel session hosted by Rick Beers and of course, I said yes, really honoured to be included. Later Rick invited me to an executive luncheon being hosted by the team and it was great to hear real customers who had expanded their applications value with Oracle Fusion Middleware. 

During the customer discussion Bruce Callow from Griffith University in Australia, who I am pleased to have known for many years he is a great user group advocate, talked about some of their challenges which prompted me to speak up about something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

Business users will not get the benefits of technology, what AppAdvantage is all about, unless they can articulate their challenges to those in IT. Equally IT will not be able to service the needs of their customers if they can’t understand the business requirements. We have to talk to each other.

This is a concept I witnessed first hand in a university in Costa Rica, when a class half of technology students and the other business students sat separately and admitted that almost 4 years into university they didn’t know each other. I feel so passionate about this I chose this as my topic for an Oracle Technology Network Top Tip video.

Investment in technology is more and more coming from business, technologists must be able to talk their language and likewise if the Business don’t understand the technology and what it can do, they won’t buy it.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, 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  

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Highlights from OOW: Recap of Enabling Multichannel Access to Oracle Applications

Author: Harish Doddala, Senior Product Manager, Oracle Fusion Middleware

Customers today constantly engage with companies across multiple channels. They desire a simple, secure and a consistent experience, whether it is a bank they are interacting with, or a retail store they are ordering a product from, or a service and maintenance request they are creating. A recent survey showed that “74% of customers use 3 or more channels to engage with a business to discuss service issues”. Companies need to be able to engage, sell to, and service customers across all channels: the web, in a store, over the phone, via a mobile device or through social channels.

So where do you start? How can you devise a strategy to determine which services will be delivered to whom, employing which technologies and applications and onto what devices/channels? All this might seem a little ominous at first given that you need to think about delivering a consistent experience, integrating multiple applications and ensure that it is done securely. The session titled: “Bridging Mobile and Desktop: Enabling Multichannel Access to Oracle Applications” at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 helped address some of these questions which I’ll summarize in this post.

The session began with an overview of Oracle’s product portfolio to enable multi channel access. We recommend that you adopt a scenario driven approach to figure out which of these components might be applicable to your solution. You obviously may not need every single component, and will be able to leverage on some of your existing investments.

Mobile Suite and WebCenter Sites & Portals provide a unified portal for customers, partners and employees to engage with the enterprise. Oracle SOA Suite and BPM Suite helps you manage cross enterprise business processes for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. The Identity and Access Management layer provides consistent role management, SSO and governance to cross- application processes and transactions.

We presented a few compelling customer stories:

Pella:

Pella is a privately held window and door manufacturing company headquartered in Iowa. The company wanted to improve the digital experience for customers, dealers and employees and by that they wanted to provide a Self-Service portal for dealer/sales network so their sales team has current, accurate information to deliver a better customer experience and close more deals. Pella also wanted to improve the online experience for customers which include the online scheduling process for in-home consultations. By leveraging Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Middleware technologies, Pella was able to get a better handle on its customers’ online behavior and purchase patterns. It was also able to collate information about service levels, determine what is relevant to each buyer, assess which processes need to be improved, and feed that insight back into its sales, marketing and manufacturing cycles to enforce continuous improvement. Through a multichannel engagement platform, the company was able to achieve industry leading transformation in customer and dealer interaction.

City of LA:

Another customer that was mentioned was “City of LA”. City of LA Department of Water & Power and Dept of Building a Safety services provided its customers the ability to use their desktops, mobile phones or tablets to submit a service requesting the City’s most popular services, including graffiti removal, pothole repair, and bulky-item pickup. MyLA311 app lets customers pay their Los Angeles Water and Power Bill from their mobile devices. Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle ADF helped bring this solution together and provide multichannel access to City of LA’s customers.

Agilent Technologies

We also had a customer, Agilent Technologies, a spinoff of Hewlett Packard labs, join us at the session. Rajesh Gathwala, the architect of the solution, talked about how the company had to integrate multiple backend approval systems so its customers can use a single app to file approvals. He explained how the Oracle Service Bus helped achieve this integration across applications such as EBS for PO approvals, PeopleSoft for HR approvals and custom ADF for Points approvals. Thus a single set of services could be exposed for access across different channels such as smartphones or tablets running on any platform i.e iOS or Android. The overall infrastructure was secured using Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Internet Directory. This drastically improved productivity leading to faster approvals and increased ease of use across a secure multichannel environment.

The session ended with a live demo which showcased most of the Oracle products in Figure 1. The demo centered around a field service use-case and illustrates how a multichannel strategy can be adopted to enhance customer experience and help improve productivity.

I’ll talk about the demo in greater detail in a follow up post.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Don't Miss: Northumbrian Water to Discuss Their Mobile Application

Northumbrian Water Mobilizes E-Business Suite

Northumbrian Water Delivers Superior Customer Service with Mobile Enablement

Northumbrian Water provides water and sewage services to 2.7 million customers in northeastern England, and water services to another 1.8 million people in the southeastern region trading as Essex & Suffolk Water. The company's challenge? Enable an anytime, anywhere model for its remote workforce to minimize water service disruptions.

Join this live webcast for an in-depth look at how this leading UK water services company built its mobile operations. Learn what Northumbrian Water did to:
  • Improve service delivery and employee productivity by mobile-enabling its workforce
  • Extend the iProcurement application to mobile devices
  • Establish economies of scale with a scalable mobile development, integration, and deployment architecture to build business-relevant mobile applications
Register today for this webcast.

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10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
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James Robbins
Chief Information Officer, Northumbrian Water

David Sadler
Strategy and Development Manager, Northumbrian Water

Graham McMillan
Senior Director, Enterprise Architect, Oracle

Grant Ronald
Director of Product Management, Oracle Mobile Solutions, EMEA, Oracle
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Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Grupo Farmacos on Platform Optimization Documentary Webcast

How Grupo Farmacos Achieved Cost Control and Operational Efficiency

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

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Grupo Farmacos is the leading distributor of medical equipment and medicine in Mexico, and services customers across the public and private sectors. In order to support its diverse business operations, the company built a high-performance virtualized infrastructure in the cloud. Join this live webcast for an in-depth look at how Grupo Farmacos implemented Oracle’s engineered systems and middleware to:

  • Consolidate its architecture to control costs and improve IT efficiency
  • Support high-volume transactions and ensure high availability of critical Oracle applications
  • Leverage common, SOA-based integration architecture for Oracle and third-party applications

Note that the same registration link will host the on-demand webcast replay and a bonus implementation whitepaper. 

Speakers:

Alfredo Funes
Chief Information Officer
Grupo Farmacos
Elias Solomon
Corporate Vice President
Grupo Farmacos
Yoav Eilat
Director of Product Marketing
Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle

Alfredo Medina
Customer Service and Delivery Manager
Oracle Latin America, Oracle 

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Grupo Farmacos Cuts CapEx, OpEx with Platform Consolidation

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Grupo Farmacos is the leading distributor of medical equipment and medicine in Mexico, and services customers across the public and private sectors. In order to support its diverse business operations, the company built a high-performance virtualized infrastructure in the cloud.

Join this live webcast for an in-depth look at how Grupo Farmacos implemented Oracle’s engineered systems and middleware to:
  • Consolidate its architecture to control costs and improve IT efficiency
  • Support high-volume transactions and ensure high availability of critical Oracle applications
  • Leverage common, SOA-based integration architecture for Oracle and third-party applications
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Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Coming from OOW - Automating Financial Processes in PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite

At Oracle OpenWorld earlier this month, I had the opportunity to moderate a customer panel to discuss how to automate financial processes for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft in a scalable, efficient manner.

The panel was aimed at Application IT as well as Line of Business attendees who are looking to undertake similar implementations. With that in mind, our invitations to speaker panelists were rather deliberate. Not only did we have representation across industry and geography, our panelists' roles within their organizations were different enoguh to provide  both technical and business perspectives. For our panel, we had Michael Stevens who is the Financial Services Initiative Lead at Lend Lease Corporation based in Australia, Doris Wilson from National Express Corporation (NEC) who represented the Application IT side of the house on our panel and Michael LaPlante, Director of Business Process Improvement at National Academy of Sciences (NAS) based in Washington DC.

The business drivers for the three were industry centric. Lend Lease has offices all around the world and because of their business, they need to ensure expedient processing of supplier invoices. Different geographies for Lend Lease meant different invoice templates so it was important to find a solution to reconcile structured and unstructured data. The company went with Oracle WebCenter Capture to scan the invoices, WebCenter Forms recognition to reconcile structured and unstructured data from the invoices while storing the electronic content with WebCenter Content complete with data sync with Oracle E-Business Suite. To enable integration and smoother process management, the company has implemented Oracle SOA Suite. Michael is currently globe-trotting to take these regional implementations live, keeping in mind the regulatory nuances for each region.

Doris did confirm that the implementation request and the solution selection was directed by her finance team counterparts. But to ensure that the implementation was consistent with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and the rest of the applications infrastructure at NEC, Doris and her team got involved. The company needed to minimize paper invoices and automate invoice processing so they could free up their resources to do more meaningful work. The company uses Oracle E-Business Suite extensively for most of its operational needs. Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle SOA Suite were the obvious choices given the interoperability and proven integration. With the implementation, NEC was able to automate one of the most tedious processes in their company's finance operations, eliminating the need to even have handwritten signatures and GL account coding. The digital invoice images were then clipped to invoice in EBS making tracking and processing faster and relatively easy while giving visibility to AP liability dollars at month-end. And final resource investment count: 5.5!

NAS is not your typical organization with a not so typical vendor and customer model. True to its distinction, Michael LaPlante and team approached this project quite scientifically. A thorough analysis helped them select which financial processes when automated would provide the most (and near term) return on investment. Invoice processing won hands down. NAS implemented Oracle Webcenter and Oracle BPM Suite to automate invoice processing for PeopleSoft. The project took 13 months to implement with the company hitting the break-even point within 11 months, savings coming in the form of time investment of 8 full time employees! The biggest hurdle for them - change management. Once they got their users on the standardized approval process flow, it was relatively smooth sailing from there on. The ROI increases with every workflow process they now add after AP. Aside from savings in disk storage and offsite storage costs, the company is realizing significant efficiencies in searches, reporting and of course having better visibility. With that under their belt, the NAS team may be looking at tackling the HR processes next.

The three customers on the panel discussed leveraging middleware technologies to complement with EBS or PeopleSoft implementation to automate financial processes and extend the value of their existing investments. That's AppAdvantage; that's technology at work.

The panelists experiences were rather rich and the session provided valuable insights. Hope you found the summary useful as well. If you need more information and have follow up questions, do reach out to use and we will aim to get you answers as quickly as possible.


Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Wednesday @ OpenWorld: Customer Sessions and More

On Tuesday, accompanied by executives from customer organizations Ricoh Americas and The Sherwin Williams Company, Oracle Group Vice President Amit Zavery laid out the Oracle AppAdvantage framework to build a digital business.

Today we have a whole host of sessions for you to dive into the specifics of AppAdvantage and how customers are building their multi-channel, integration, IT optimization, application extensions and upgrade strategies using the pace layered framework of Oracle AppAdvantage.

Here’s a good sample of those sessions we have in store for you today:

Deliver Business Innovation while Reducing Upgrades’ Risk (with ACE Director, Debra Lilley)
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Moscone West 3018

Build Oracle Applications Private Clouds with Oracle VM Templates on Engineered Systems (featuring The Finish Line, Inc. and Accenture)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Moscone West 3018

Automate Financial Processes for PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite (featuring National Academy of Sciences, LendLease Corporation, National Express Corporation)
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Moscone West 3018

Industrial Innovation with the Internet of Things: JD Edwards and Oracle Fusion Middleware (featuring the Superior Industries)
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Moscone West 3018

Developing Oracle Fusion Middleware Applications in the Cloud (with Rubicon Red Pty Ltd)
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Moscone South 302

Best Practices for Integrating Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Fusion SaaS in the Cloud
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Moscone South 236

And our Hands-on-Lab session today is:

Rapidly Develop, Deploy, and Integrate Modern Applications with Oracle’s PaaS: See and Try It
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.. Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom III

For a comprehensive listing, keep Focus on Oracle AppAdvantage for Oracle Applications handy. And keep your tweets on. Use #AppAdvantage and engage with us @OracleMiddle

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Daily Gazette: Tuesday @ OpenWorld

Hope you did make it to yesterday’s Thomas Kurian’s Fusion Middleware keynote where he unveiled Oracle Fusion Middleware as the Cloud Platform for Digital Business with the launch of 6 new cloud services supported by Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Following up on Thomas’s keynote, here’s the don’t miss sessions for today:

Keynote: Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise - presented by Executive Vice President, Thomas Kurian
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Moscone North Hall D

GEN8238: Enable Applications for the Cloud, Mobile and Beyond
Tuesday, September 30, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Moscone West 3018

Be sure to mark the session in your schedule builder today.

And here are some other sessions that we’d recommend if your interest is in using middleware to enhance and extend the capabilities of your applications.

Jazz Up Your Oracle SaaS with the #1 PaaS
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Moscone West 3004/3006

Bridging Mobile and Desktop: Enabling Multichannel Access to Oracle Applications (featuring customers JDSU and Agilent Technologies)
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Moscone West 3018

Oracle WebLogic Server Management and Operations in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., Moscone West 3018

Zero Downtime for Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Exalogic (featuring customers Amway, GE Power and Water and the Sherwin Williams Company)
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Moscone South, 270

Here is a listing of our popular Hands-On-Lab sessions:

Build Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Mobile Platform
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II

Internet of Things with Oracle Fusion Middleware
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II

And don’t miss our red-carpet event showcasing award winners in all Fusion Middleware categories:

Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., YBCA Theater

And don’t forget to engage with us @OracleMiddle using #AppAdvantage, #FMW.

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Bringing Applications and Middleware Together

Just 2 more days to go for Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Are you ready? As you prepare your bags, make sure to have your schedule builder filled out too.

If you are dealing with applications and looking to renovate, modernize or  build extensions these are some of the sessions we recommend:

GEN8589: Oracle Fusion Middleware - Cloud Platform for Digital Business
Monday, September 29, 1:15 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis, Salon 7/8/9

Oracle Executive Vice President, Thomas Kurian will present the Oracle Fusion Middleware keynote discussing the current industry trends and Oracle’s product enhancements and capabilities to address current and future needs of its customers. Don’t miss the executive live on the big stage next week. Catch the latest product advancements and hear directly from customer executives to learn why Oracle Fusion Middleware continues to be a leader in middleware.

GEN8238: Enable Applications for the Cloud, Mobile and Beyond
Tuesday, September 30, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Moscone West 3018

Group Vice President, Amit Zavery discusses a roadmap to get more from your existing investment in applications. IT Leaders from Ricoh Americas and Sherwin Williams will share their IT modernization and business transformation success stories, from business imperatives to implementation strategies and solutions to success metrics.

And don’t miss the opportunity to hear from our customers, partners and experts to learn how you can leverage middleware technologies to extend and enhance your existing Oracle and other enterprise applications. Here is just a sample listing of what’s in store for you.

Session

Customer/Partner Participation

Monday, September 29, 2014


General Session: The Cloud Platform for Digital Business—Presented by Thomas Kurian

Simplify SaaS and On-Premises Integration by Using Oracle Fusion Middleware

Ricoh Americas Corporation


Mobilize Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Mobile Platform

Deloitte Consulting, LLP


Securing Oracle Applications and the Extended Enterprise with Identity Management

Sony Computer Entertainment America

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


General Session: Enable Apps for the Cloud, Mobile, and Beyond

Ricoh Americas Corporation, The Sherwin Williams Company


Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators

Multiple Customers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Deliver Business Innovation while Reducing Upgrades’ Risk

El Paso County, Colorado, Certus Solution Consulting Services Ltd

Automate Financial Processes for PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite

LendLease Corporation, National Academy of Sciences, National Express Corporation


Industrial Innovation with the Internet of Things: JD Edwards and Oracle Fusion Middleware

Superior Industries

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Achieving Zero Downtime During Oracle Applications Upgrades and System Migrations

Pythian Group, Symantec


Breaking Down Government Silos

Chicago Parks District, SofBang

For a complete listing of sessions, product demos, hands-on-labs sessions and more be sure to take a look at Focus on AppAdvantage for Oracle Applications today.

See you at Oracle OpenWorld next week?And we will keep the #AppAdvantage at #OOW14 conversation going on twitter @OracleMiddle and on this blog so stay tuned.

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