Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Available!

 Oracle is announcing the availability of the SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service in the North America and European based data centers.  SOA Cloud and API Manager Cloud work in tandem with Integration Cloud Service to provide the broadest and most complete iPaaS in the cloud.  Here are some of the business drivers that Oracle is meeting with the availability of SOA Cloud Service:
  • Ability for IT to respond more quickly to new business requirements
  • Lower IT run costs by moving integration workloads to the cloud
  • Start new projects immediately by provisioning new Development and Test environments in the cloud in minutes
  • Developers can innovate instead of spending time building infrastructure

Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are the platform for speed an innovation.  Here are some of the features of this new platform :

  • Quick provisioning of the SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environment of the size and shape specified by the customer
  • Full access to the platform: Linux root access, EM Fusion Middleware Control console, Service Bus Console, WebLogic Console, etc..
  • Single click patching - patch on your schedule and with a single click
  • Single click scale out - add another VM and managed server with the click of a button
  • Built in backup/recovery - Oracle Storage Cloud Service is used for long term storage of backups
  • Metered subscription pricing - only pay for the number of OCPUs (Oracle CPU, which equals an Intel Core) that you use

Here are some of the reasons that so many Oracle SOA Suite customers have been looking forward to having the SOA Cloud Service:

Faster Time to Market

Developers can innovate and immediately start work on new projects because it is so simple and straightforward to create new environments.  Currently, Developers spend too much time either 1) waiting for a new environment to be available so that they can begin work or 2) build new environments or help Administrators build new environments so that they can finally get started on their development and testing activities.  With SOA Cloud Service, a new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises.


Your SOA 12c projects can be deployed to your on premises SOA environments or to the SOA Cloud.  The bits are the same.  This gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward.  If requirements change, it is easy to re-deploy the same code to another environment.  This portability means that you can be more flexible and agile, to meet your business requirements as they change.

Easy Administration

Quick and automated provisioning along with built in features like backups, patching and scale out (with more features coming soon) allows Administrators to focus on value added tasks, instead of spending their time on mundane tasks like backups or patching.  The automation of the cloud enables Administrators to innovate and provide more support to the development teams and production support teams with their extra time.  Here are some high level steps that are performed automatically in SOA Cloud and API Cloud, which would have to be done manually otherwise and usually take multiple months to complete :

  • Procure hardware
  • Network setup
  • Storage allocated and linked
  • OS Installed and configured
  • Install all required software: Java, WebLogic, SOA, and API Manager
  • Run RCU to create the database schemas needed by SOA or API Manager
  • Configure the domain for a SOA, Service Bus, or API Manager domain type


“Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need,” said Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix.  “It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.”

“With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend,” said Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst, middleware at Ovum.  “Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.” 

 Where to find more information

Visit http://cloud.oracle.com/SOA  to find out more information. 

You can also read the press release regarding this announcement here: Press Release.

Product Overview Video

Sunday Mar 01, 2015

New! Establishing a Mobile Security Architecture

Excerpts from a recent publishing.

Beyond Brute Force: 3 User-Friendly Strategies for BYOD Security*

In 1825 a painter named Samuel Morse was visiting New York City to fulfill a portrait commission and received word that his wife—at home in Washington, D.C.—had fallen gravely ill. The following day, another messenger brought heartbreaking news: Morse’s wife had died from her illness. Morse rushed home as fast as nineteenth-century transit could carry him but arrived to find his wife already in her grave. This devastating series of events led Morse to dedicate the remainder of his life to finding a means of rapid communication over long distances—eventually leading to the creation of the single-line telegraph and Morse code.

In 2014 Morse’s tragic episode underscores some of the forces mobile workers are still facing today. We are working longer hours than previous generations, many of us at greater distances from those we love. Our smartphones bring us closer (expanding Morse’s vision) with the people we care about, being no more than a voice call, e-mail, text message, or Facebook wall post away. As a result, personal and work communications are intersecting, with 89 percent of employees today using personal mobile devices at work or using their work devices for personal applications.

The phenomenon of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work gives employees a kind of comfort Morse never knew, but it makes CIOs and CSOs uneasy, sparking concerns about protecting corporate data and preventing unauthorized access to internal systems. These fears are not unfounded: recent statistics show that cell phone theft has created a $US30 billion black-market economy. In San Francisco alone, 50 percent of all robberies are cell phone thefts. It is not a matter of if but when a personal device with your corporate data will fall into the wrong hands.

Download and read the rest here.

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Oracle at Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit

Author: Eric Jacobsen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Did you miss Oracle Open World?  If so, here is your chance to meet Oracle Product Experts and hear about some of the new Mobile and Platform as a Service announcements at Open World.  Oracle is a Platinum sponsor of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit this December 8 – 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. 

The Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit is the single most important presentation of Gartner insight across applications priorities each year, bringing together 40 Gartner analysts and hundreds of application professionals. Nearly 50 analyst sessions, plus a robust agenda of keynotes, tutorials, end–user case studies, workshops and analyst–user roundtables, deliver the insight you need to modernize, innovate and transform the business.  Over 1700 attendees are expected to attend this year’s conference titled “Innovate, Transform, Accelerate: Powering the Digital Future”

Find links to the latest Oracle videos and whitepapers that will be showcased at the Gartner Summit on the Oracle Gartner AADI Highlights website

Here are the Top 3 Reasons you should attend:

1. Face-to-Face Meetings with Oracle Experts

Get in front of Oracle Product Management and Marketing Experts in PaaS and Mobile!   If you would like to meet with an Oracle Product Expert, please use the Gartner Events Navigator tool or on-site Gartner concierge for more information on how to set up an attendee Face-to-Face meeting.  

2. Learn about Oracle’s latest “Platform as a Service” Offering

Hear Siddhartha Agarwal, Vice President of Product Development present “Accelerate Your Digital Transformation with Platform as a Service.”  The digital revolution demands a proven cloud backbone, driving 72% adoption of Platform as a Service in the next five years.  Customer efficiencies include scalable development &testing, delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps and rapid integration and seamless workload portability of cloud & on premise investments. Join us to get firsthand knowledge from an Oracle customer’s digital journey with The Oracle Cloud Platform and learn how they achieved eye-popping results in record time.

Tuesday, December 9th 9:30-10:15 AM, Octavious 16

As you find you way to innovation, don’t leave anything important behind. The first 100 attendees will have a 1 in 5 chance to win a Tile device—the smart companion for all the things you can’t stand to lose.

3. Stop by the Oracle booth for live demos of Oracle PaaS and Mobile capabilities for your clients’ Digital Transformation

a. Latest Cloud Service demos: Java Cloud Service, Database Cloud Service, Developer Cloud Service, Mobile Cloud Service

b. Client Whiteboard sessions with Product experts.

c. Private after hours sessions are available upon request

d. Didn’t find your fortune at the casino?  Come pick up your fortune cookie at the Oracle booth for an additional chance to win a Tile device. 

Conference Logistics


Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 1 866 227 5938
Caesars Palace

Special Gartner Hotel Room Rate
$169 USD (plus tax) for single or double occupancy. Plus an optional resort daily resort fee of $25 plus 12% tax.

To find out more about the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit click here.  To view the agenda click here.

Monday Nov 10, 2014

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

With the increasing popularity of software as a service (SaaS), there is a key imperative to quickly, efficiently, and easily integrate the newer SaaS applications with their existing on-premise counterparts. This has proven to be especially challenging as each SaaS vendor enforces its own mechanisms for security, message delivery, and other integration aspects. As a result, it is not entirely surprising that 1 in 2 companies has abandoned the use of a cloud app in the last 3 years due to integration problems.

As a result, the context for this session was: given these challenges and the sobering statistics, how can customers be better equipped to avoid the pitfalls and endemic problems associated with this integration scenario.

We described how Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a single set of tools to handle all of these integration challenges. With the release of SOA Suite 12c, it is now possible to unify the disparate requirements challenges of mobile, cloud, and IoT into a single integration platform.  Also, the new Cloud Adapters in SOA Suite 12c simplify the task of developing and securing connectivity and enable users to focus on building the business logic for the integration processes.

A successful integration strategy involves much more than simple connectivity. Once the backend applications have been connected, the next step is to implement an access management solution that will allow users to access these applications in a secure manner. Oracle Identity and Access Management provides a single, secure point of entry where the user’s identity can be verified and access to enterprise resources can be managed to provide consistent role management, SSO and governance to cross- application processes and transactions.

The first half of the session concluded with a demo that tied all these concepts together.  Using an incident management/service delivery scenario -- with multiple user personas to reflect a real world use case -- the demo showed how Oracle Fusion Middleware can enable reusable, secure and managed interoperability across Cloud (Oracle Service Cloud) and On Premise (Oracle E-Business Suite) applications.

This was followed by a case study from Ricoh Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems, and IT services.

As part of Ricoh’s business strategy to reinvent itself as primarily an IT services company, Ricoh modernized their IT architecture by first building a reusable integration services layers using Oracle SOA Suite. SaaS applications (Salesforce, Oracle Service Cloud) were then integrated with On Premises applications (E-Business Suite, Oracle Transportation Management) to deliver a cross-enterprise sales automation solution providing online pricing, configuration and delivery commitments.

The payoffs from this modernization were immediate and tangible:

  • Reduced time to market for new innovation by 50-70%
  • Achieved 35% mobility penetration rate within 10 months of launch

Additional details on Ricoh’s Flexible Integration Architecture are in this documentary

Next steps: 

Want to know more about how Oracle Fusion Middleware delivers faster time to SaaS integration? Please contact your Oracle representative in early 2015 to schedule a no-cost workshop where you will learn about recommended best-practices, reference architectures and pitfalls to avoid via hands-on exercises that will walk you through the entire design and development process.

Thursday Sep 15, 2011

The Demo Grounds at OpenWorld 2011: Focus on Oracle Fusion Middleware for Applications

What's a great way to wet your appetite for a new software product or solution and make you curious enough to want to know more? Sound familiar?  You guessed it right - D E M O S.  This year's OpenWorld has many more demos and we're ready to share them with you.  Fusion Middleware for Applications has nine demos ready to help you see the value they bring to any IT environment.  Get ready to learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware can be used to integrate, extend, rapidly configure, and secure your investments across all applications including ERP, CRM, SCM, as well as other application areas.

Demos - Fusion Middleware for Applications at Oracle OpenWorld 2011:

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware for Oracle Applications  (Moscone South, Right - SR-201) Learn more about how to take full advantage of Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate, secure, manage, and optimize your Oracle Applications.
  • Oracle GoldenGate Application Adapter: Beyond Database Integration (Moscone South, Right - SR-250)   Learn about the key features of Oracle GoldenGate Application Adapters, and see how it streamlines real-time integration with other products in the Oracle Fusion Middleware family.
  • Oracle GoldenGate 11g for Oracle Applications (Moscone South, Right - SR-249)   Improve database performance while enabling reporting with real-time data with Oracle GoldenGate. See the application upgrade and operational reporting solutions in action. Application Integration Simplified with SOA Governance (Mosone South, Right SR-227)  See service-based application integration in action with SOA governance tools such as Oracle Enterprise Repository and Oracle Service Registry.
  • Oracle Application Integration Architecture: Jump-Start Kit (Moscone South, Right SR - 242)  Learn about Oracle Application Integration Architecture and how it can help accelerate your integration projects. At this demo pod you get to see the content, methodologies, and tools that help jump-start integration projects while minimizing risk.
  • Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack (Moscone West -W-104)   Learn about Oracle Application Integration Architecture and how it can help accelerate your integration projects.
  • Oracle Application Integration Architecture Prebuilt Integrations (Moscone West - W - 149)  Learn about Oracle Application Integration Architecture and how it can help accelerate your integration projects. At this demo station we take a closer look at process integrations packs and direct integrations.
  • SOA-Based Integration for Oracle E-Business Suite (Moscone West - W - 147)   This demo highlights how Oracle E-Business Suite's integrated SOA gateway exposes out-of-the-box Web services and invokes and consume external Web services, as well as how the integration repository is extensible with custom integration interfaces.
  • Rich User Interface in Oracle Application Framework (Moscone West - W - 145)  Learn about the rich user interface enhancements in Oracle Application Framework that significantly improve end user productivity while working with Oracle E-Business Suite applications as well as how to build custom Oracle Application Development Framework applications for Oracle E-Business Suite.

Make your way to the Demo Grounds at the Moscone Center (South or West) and take a look at how Fusion Middleware powers the critical infrastructure for Applications.  See you at the big show. 


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