Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

Cloud to On-Premise Connectivity Patterns

Rajesh RahejaDo you have a requirement to convert an Opportunity in Salesforce.com to an Order/Quote in Oracle E-Business Suite? Or maybe you want the creation of an Oracle RightNow Incident to trigger an on-premise Oracle E-Business Suite Service Request creation for RMA and Field Scheduling? If so, read on.

In a previous blog post, I discussed integrating TO cloud applications, however the use cases above are the reverse i.e. receiving data FROM cloud applications (SaaS) TO on-premise applications/databases that sit behind a firewall. Oracle SOA Suite is assumed to be on-premise with with Oracle Service Bus as the mediation and virtualization layerThe main considerations for the patterns are are security i.e. shielding enterprise resources; and scalability i.e. minimizing firewall latency. Let me use an analogy to help visualize the patterns: the on-premise system is your home - with your most valuable possessions - and the SaaS app is your favorite on-line store which regularly ships (inbound calls) various types of parcels/items (message types/service operations). You need the items at home (on-premise) but want to safe guard against misguided elements of society (internet threats) who may masquerade as postal workers and vandalize property (denial of service?). Let's look at the patterns.

Pattern: Pull from Cloud


The on-premise system polls from the SaaS apps and picks up the message instead of having it delivered. This may be done using Oracle RightNow Object Query Language or SOAP APIs. This is particularly suited for certain integration approaches wherein messages are trickling in, can be centralized and batched e.g. retrieving event notifications on an hourly schedule from the Oracle Messaging Service.

To compare this pattern with the home analogy, you are avoiding any deliveries to your home and instead go to the post office/UPS/Fedex store to pick up your parcel. Every time.

Pros: On-premise assets not exposed to the Internet, firewall issues avoided by only initiating outbound connections

Cons: Polling mechanisms may affect performance, may not satisfy near real-time requirements

Pattern: Open Firewall Ports

The on-premise system exposes the web services that needs to be invoked by the cloud application. This requires opening up firewall ports, routing calls to the appropriate internal services behind the firewall. Fusion Applications uses this pattern, and auto-provisions the services on the various virtual hosts to secure the topology. This works well for service integration, but may not suffice for large volume data integration.

Using the home analogy, you have now decided to receive parcels instead of going to the post office every time. A door mail slot cut out allows the postman can drop small parcels, but there is still concern about cutting new holes for larger packages.

Pros: optimal pattern for near real-time needs, simpler administration once the service is provisioned

Cons: Needs firewall ports to be opened up for new services, may not suffice for batch integration requiring direct database access

Pattern: Virtual Private Networking

The on-premise network is "extended" to the cloud (or an intermediary on-demand / managed service offering) using Virtual Private Networking (VPN) so that messages are delivered to the on-premise system in a trusted channel.

Using the home analogy, you entrust a set of keys with a neighbor or property manager who receives the packages, and then drops it inside your home.

Pros: Individual firewall ports don't need to be opened, more suited for high scalability needs, can support large volume data integration, easier management of one connection vs a multitude of open ports

Cons: VPN setup, specific hardware support, requires cloud provider to support virtual private computing

Pattern: Reverse Proxy / API Gateway

The on-premise system uses a reverse proxy "API gateway" software on the DMZ to receive messages. The reverse proxy can be implemented using various mechanisms e.g. Oracle API Gateway provides firewall and proxy services along with comprehensive security, auditing, throttling benefits. If a firewall already exists, then Oracle Service Bus or Oracle HTTP Server virtual hosts can provide reverse proxy implementations on the DMZ. Custom built implementations are also possible if specific functionality (such as message store-n-forward) is needed.

In the home analogy, this pattern sits in between cutting mail slots and handing over keys. Instead, you install (and maintain) a mailbox in your home premises outside your door. The post office delivers the parcels in your mailbox, from where you can securely retrieve it.

Pros: Very secure, very flexible

Cons: Introduces a new software component, needs DMZ deployment and management

Pattern: On-Premise Agent (Tunneling)

A light weight "agent" software sits behind the firewall and initiates the communication with the cloud, thereby avoiding firewall issues. It then maintains a bi-directional connection either with pull or push based approaches using (or abusing, depending on your viewpoint) the HTTP protocol. Programming protocols such as Comet, WebSockets, HTTP CONNECT, HTTP SSH Tunneling etc. are possible implementation options.

In the home analogy, a resident receives the parcel from the postal worker by opening the door, however you still take precautions with chain locks and package inspections.

Pros: Light weight software, IT doesn't need to setup anything

Cons: May bypass critical firewall checks e.g. virus scans, separate software download, proliferation of non-IT managed software

Conclusion

The patterns above are some of the most commonly encountered ones for cloud to on-premise integration. Selecting the right pattern for your project involves looking at your scalability needs, security restrictions, sync vs asynchronous implementation, near real-time vs batch expectations, cloud provider capabilities, budget, and more. In some cases, the basic "Pull from Cloud" may be acceptable, whereas in others, an extensive VPN topology may be well justified.

For more details on the Oracle cloud integration strategy, download this white paper.

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - Real-World Cloud Integration Session Highlights

Rajesh Raheja
It was a great week at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco. There are other blog posts that cover the overall themes, general SOA and Cloud sessions, so in this post, I would like to present my thoughts on two of my sessions focused on hybrid cloud integration.

The Monday evening Birds of a Feather session "Using Patterns to Simplify Integration of Cloud Services with On-Premises Applications" was a reminder of how important cloud integration was to real-world practitioners. We had 3/4 of the room filled with attendees at 7:15pm, with more than 80% actively engaged in cloud integration projects. What followed was a lively discussion around various topics of interest, which not only gave us great inputs from the product side, but also allowed attendees to learn from each other. The panel consisted of our product management and architecture team, including myself, Vikas Anand, Simone Geib, Ravi Sankaran; and also a last minute surprise entry by Dave Shaffer (Middleworks), who engaged the attendees with deep, probing questions.

Some insights from the attendees:
  • Number of Integrations: 5 or more cloud apps typically with a variety of SaaS apps including Cornerstone, E2Open, Eloqua, NetSuite, Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle OnDemand, Salesforce.com, Servicenow. One customer had 19 different SaaS instances (one per country), and another had 30+ cloud based applications!
  • Business Processes: Sales and Marketing (Quote to Cash) and also ERP (Record to Report, Procure to Pay). Interestingly, while most used on-premises systems as "systems of record", in many cases, a a hybrid approach was preferred. Interesting implications for MDM and data governance in the days ahead.
  • Integration Styles: Most used all types of integration including real-time, bulk, batch and files. There was significant interest in Managed File Transfer (MFT) for monitoring file based interactions within the enterprise and to the cloud.
Challenges faced by the attendees in cloud integration:

  • Connectivity: Connection pooling, number of concurrent sessions, timeouts/limitations on usage of API callouts
  • Granularity: Too granular service operations
  • Reliability: Reliable message ordering and sequencing, reliability when cloud apps not available, handling retries automatically, traceability and audit in case of "lost" messages
  • Flexibility: Impact on API changes on point-to-point integration with cloud apps
  • Protocols: Plethora of protocols that don't necessarily simplify cloud integration: as one attendee put it ... "nowadays, everyone with an open HTTP port claims to be a cloud provider"

The session was a great lead-in for the Wed morning cloud integration session "Real-World Cloud Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite" with myself, Vikas Anand and Raghu Kadirvelu (from Bristlecone Inc.).

I covered the general challenges faced with cloud integration, followed by Vikas who introduced new cloud adapters that simplify some of those challenges. Raghu then gave a live demo of Salesforce.com to Oracle E-Business Suite Opportunity-to-Quote integration. A prominent SOA architect has put a detailed blog post on the session, and here is what he had to say.

Best SOA Presentation at OOW13!

The reason I mention his quote is not to encourage you to read that blog post (ok, maybe that IS one reason :), but to highlight the fact WHY the message resonated so well with the audience. As the Birds of a Feather session indicated, the cloud integration challenges are real, and pandemic. Customers are frustrated with SaaS application vendors treating the problem superficially, confusing "connectivity" with "integration",  and claiming victory with YouTube videos show casing "10 minutes to integrate with <your favorite SaaS app>".

cloud integration challenges

This session highlighted the real challenges, what it takes to solve them, and gave a live working demo of how we believe Oracle SOA Suite can help. Overall, it was a fantastic session and a great pleasure meeting many of you personally.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Oracle Fusion Middleware at Oracle OpenWorld 2013: The View from Back Stage Before the Curtain Rises

Author: Claire Dessaux, Vice President, Oracle

As we are putting the final touches on our slides and demonstrations for next week I spent some time back stage with the speakers of the different Oracle Fusion Middleware General Sessions to get a sneak peek at what they are going to discuss in their respective presentation. 

Based on your interests and your questions to us, a lot of this content revolves around cloud computing, mobile computing, Internet of Things/M2M (Machine to Machine), big data/fast data, business-user empowerment, engineered systems, and on how Oracle Fusion Middleware uniquely provides an open, complete, and integrated platform that lets you innovate and keep pace with these new business requirements, while reducing costs.

We’ve made our content very actionable and educational, focusing on “How To’s” beyond simply restating the “marketing hype”.  For instance, you’ll learn how to extend Oracle E-Business Suite with mobile capabilities; how to integrate on-premise applications with cloud applications; how to empower business users to automate the management of their work lists; or how to extend your existing security infrastructure to support cloud applications and mobile applications.

And in addition to the Oracle experts presenting these sessions, you will also hear directly from users of Oracle Fusion Middleware who will be on stage with us to share some of their best practices and lessons learned.

Meanwhile, until next week, let’s go behind the curtain and explore five key Fusion Middleware General Sessions in more details:

1) Monday, Sep 23, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. – Marriott Marquis Salon 8

Emerging Trends in Application Development – The Oracle Perspective (GEN9618)

Oracle’s Mobile and Application Development Tools guru, Chris Tonas, will present an update on the evolution of our development tools offering in the context of mobile computing and cloud computing. Don’t miss this session to see some very cool demonstrations, including how to use Oracle ADF Mobile to build a mobile application that manages your Oracle OpenWorld 2013 schedule.

This session is co-presented with Colab Consulting Pty Ltd.

2) Monday, Sep 23, 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. – Moscone North Hall D

Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware (GEN9600)

Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development, will walk us through a day in the life of an Oracle Fusion Middleware user having to address the new requirements in application delivery around cloud computing, mobile computing, and business-user empowerment. Throughout this journey Thomas will examine the different product pillars under the Oracle Fusion Middleware family and what’s new in the next release of each component.

This session is co-presented with Agilent.

3) Tuesday, Sep 24, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Moscone South - 309

Simplify Mobile Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware (GEN8994)

Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a complete yet modular platform to support the full lifecycle of mobile applications. Suhas Uliyar and Ed Zou will detail the different aspects of this platform across the “develop, integrate, secure, and deploy/manage” cycle with demonstrations and customer examples on stage discussing their architecture.

This session is co-presented with Accenture, INFOTECH Bilism, and LA Department of Building & Safety.

4) Tuesday, Sep 24, Noon - 1:00 p.m. – Moscone West - 2002/2004

Transform the Enterprise – Optimize Applications Investment with Middleware (GEN9301)

This session is a “must-to-attend” for all Oracle Applications customers to understand how Oracle Fusion Middleware helps you leverage your existing investments to innovate, differentiate, and to simplify. More specifically, Amit Zavery, Group Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Management will showcase how to extend Oracle E-Business Suite with mobile capabilities; how to integrate Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle RightNow Cloud Service; and how to use Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM Suite to streamline a quote to order process. Amit will also present the latest benchmarks for Oracle Applications on Oracle Exalogic, along with an update on the roadmap for Oracle In-Memory Applications.

This session is co-presented with McAfee, Pella, University of Melbourne, and World Fuel Services.

5) Tuesday, Sep 24, 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Moscone West - 3024

Oracle Fusion Middleware – Designed to Power Your Cloud Strategy (GEN12064)

Two Oracle experts in Cloud Computing, Sandeep Banerjie and Mark Nelson, will examine the different options to easily deploy Oracle Fusion Middleware components “as a service”: either on-premise in private clouds (with or without Oracle Exalogic), or as IaaS, Managed IaaS, or PaaS in public clouds – including Oracle Cloud and third party clouds such as Microsoft Windows Azure. These different options will be illustrated by extensive demonstrations.

We hope to see you at these five sessions.

For more information on these sessions and other primary Fusion Middleware sessions, you can consult the Focus On documents available here.

Safe travels.

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Following Larry’s Cloud Keynote – Oracle’s MWaaS, Public, Private Strategy Session

How do I leverage Oracle’s Middleware-as-a-Service offerings? What is the “as-a-Service” strategy? When do I use Oracle Public vs. Private Cloud or a combination of the two? Following Larry’s keynote on Tuesday Sept 24th get the answers to these questions and more. After a 30-minute break, head over to the Red curtain3:45 PM General Session titled “Oracle Fusion Middleware: Designed to Power Your Cloud Strategy” to hear Senior Director of Product Management Sandeep Banerjie and Oracle VP/Architect Mark Nelson give an introduction of Oracle MWaaS as well as an in-depth look into Oracle Public Cloud and Oracle Private Cloud.

Included in the session are demonstrations of Oracle Public Cloud as well as Oracle Private Cloud showcasing Engineered Systems, next generation IaaS management from the Nimbula acquisition, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Demo

Hope to see you on Tuesday September 24th at 3:45 at Moscone West – 3024. 

For more information on Oracle Cloud and MWaaS sessions, see the Middleware Cloud Computing and MWaaS, see the Middleware Cloud Computing Focus On listing.

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Global Perspective: Oracle AppAdvantage at Work Down Under

Global Perspective is a monthly series that brings experiences, business needs and real-world use cases from regions across the globe. This month’s feature showcases real-world business stories from the APAC region.

Author: Juliana Button

We recently had the pleasure of Mohamad Afshar, Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Management and Rick Beers, Senior Director Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Management, join us in Australia for our inaugural Business Innovation Summit. This full-day thought leader’s event was attended by 50 business and IT leaders, and proved to be an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas and best practices around Oracle’s key mobile and cloud-based strategies for infrastructure modernisation and business transformation. The interactive agenda included joint customer/partner presentations, panel discussions and workshop exercises where attendees discussed Oracle AppAdvantage, Engineered Systems and Oracle Fusion Middleware and how these technologies provide a pathway to simplify IT complexity, support innovation and agility to reduce costs and deliver competitive differentiation in their organizations today.

Let’s take a look at how some of these Australian customers are using Oracle AppAdvantage today to deliver benefits in each of the three Oracle AppAdvantage layers.

Simplify IT by minimizing complexity, improving performance and lowering cost with secure and reliable systems across the entire Enterprise.

Yarra Valley Water (YVW) – YVW needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure to better support its Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing system and its plans for creating customer-facing Web portals. In mid-2012, the organization developed a private cloud infrastructure, based on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. The infrastructure includes a pair of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic engineered systems at YVW’s production and disaster recovery centers. By taking advantage of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic’s high performance and stability, YVW ensured its Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing applications can reach their full potential. It reduced application response times from up to 9 seconds to a subsecond, lowered average customer call times by 30 seconds, and cut the overnight batch processing time by 71%. It has also reduced the time required for development, testing, and production tasks by 30%. For more information you can read the full case study or watch one of the videos - Exalogic Boosts Performance / Streamlines Resources for YVW | YVW Streamlines IT Practices with Exalogic and Exadata | YVW Uses Oracle Identity and Access Management

Differentiate Layer: Move business specific processes and applications to the Differentiate Layer, thus creating greater business agility with process extensions and best of breed applications using standards-based re-usable integration, managed by cross- application process orchestration.

Jurlique – Jurlique has experienced significant growth in online sales in the U.S. When Jurlique’s products were featured on The Today Show in the U.S., the company received 16,000 orders in a 24-hour period, and it took more than one month to settle the orders. Jurlique quickly realized it needed to automate its online ordering process to cut down transaction processing time and deliver a better service to its customers. This involved integrating its online ordering application with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system to create a streamlined service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework. SOA has reduced the time it took to complete online product orders by at least 20%, and it accelerates delivery times from order to shipment by 50%.

More recently, Jurlique has extended its SOA footprint to (i) support real-time standards-based integration between its third-party warehouse management systems and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne manufacturing systems, (ii) integrate with third party credit card provider, (iii) implement mobile ordering , and (iv) deliver a business activity dashboard. OPN Platinum partner UXC Red Rock, delivered the SOA integration solution for Jurlique. For more information take a look at the Jurlique Presentation from the Business Innovation Summit, read the full case study or watch one of the videos - Jurlique Uses Oracle SOA Suite to Extend JD Edwards | Jurlique Streamlines Online Ordering with Oracle SOA Suite | Jurlique Streamlines Wholesale Order Process with Oracle ADF |

Engineers Australia – Engineers Australia needed to replace its aging legacy IT infrastructure, redefine its business processes, and develop new online and customer relationship management (CRM) functions to improve the services it provides to engineers. The organization’s system, which it calls eChartered, went live in November 2012. It provides new online self-service capabilities that improves the user experience for Engineers Australia members and replaces many cumbersome manual processes. In 2012, the organization implemented Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g and Oracle SOA Suite 11g, integrating with E-Business Suite and cloud-based Salesforce.com, running on Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g, to support its eChartered system.

Engineers Australia moved from paper-based to online processes, improved monitoring, management, and visibility of its chartered engineer processes, and ensured seamless integration for eChartered, thereby reducing the time and effort required to manage members’ enrollments, assessments, and registrations. It now completes the enrollment processes 90% faster, while staff can generate assessment reports in seconds rather than taking 45 minutes, as was the case previously. The organization also has cut the time to develop new system modules by three to four weeks. OPN Platinum partner UXC Red Rock, delivered the BPM solution for Engineers Australia. For more information take a look at the Engineers Australia Presentation from the Business Innovation Summit, read the full case study or watch one of the videos - Engineers Australia Recognises AppAdvantage | eChartered Built with Oracle BPM Suite and SOA Suite | Engineers Australia Transforms eChartered Process

Innovation Layer: Drive business innovation by connecting people, information, and applications anywhere, anytime.

Stryker South Pacific - Stryker South Pacific, a global organisation that provides a wide array of medical devices, needed to streamline its business critical manual ordering process for surgical kits. OPN Partner Intelligent Pathways, delivered a SOA-based mobile solution for Stryker South Pacific to enable surgery kit bookings to be captured in the field on laptop or mobile devices, with booking data automatically entered into JD Edwards EnterpriseOne via SOA-based business services with an automated approval process. The integrated mobile solution has improved customer service, reduced errors and improved the user experience. For more information take a look at the Stryker South Pacific Presentation from the Business Innovation Summit.

We hope you have found these Oracle AppAdvantage customer case studies insightful to help you on the journey to delivering Business-IT alignment and enhanced business value from Oracle Applications, in your own organizations. The Oracle AppAdvantage customer reference booklet available off oracle.com showcases additional business use cases and customer examples so do take a look at it. And, I look forward to hearing from you on which business case you best relate to.

About the Author:

Juliana Button is Director of Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware. Since 1992, Juliana has held various technical and management positions in Oracle Corporation based in Australia and at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores. Juliana's current responsibilities include supporting go-to-market initiatives for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle AppAdvantage, and working with customers and Partners across the globe.

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration

Are you an Oracle application customer wondering:

“How do I avoid a nightmare of complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D., May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy”

The image below shows a visual description of the challenge of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Disparate Toolkits

Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of deployment location. As shown in the image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across all applications.

Unfied Toolkits

In addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate Oracle applications.


  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle Fusion Applications already include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion Applications & Oracle SOA Suite – Instead of one policy management implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform, Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages, performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly simplified. Furthermore, changing policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration – Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration platform that will eventually require some form of integration with your enterprise integration platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application enablement with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite's enterprise service bus, known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever comes next with this unified approach to integration.

For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

In our screencast on Tuesday, we presented how to use data integration products to move to cloud computing successfully. If you missed the screencast you can watch it here.

In this screencast, we explained 3 key ways Oracle’s data integration products can support and enhance your cloud computing architecture. These solution areas are:

(1) Consolidation/migration to cloud without downtime and enabling highly available data infrastructure

(2) Providing data services for data-layer application integration as part of platform-as-a-service

(3) Real-time application data synchronization within private cloud, and between non-cloud and private cloud systems

In our white paper “Demystifying Data Integration for Cloud” we explain these solutions in more detail. The white paper goes into specific uses such as loading bulk data into cloud, and integrating data between on-premise systems and public cloud, as well as how to meet availability and performance related SLAs.

You can download this white paper here along with other assets describing our cloud oriented solutions.

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Monday Apr 08, 2013

Leveraging Data Integration for Successful Cloud Deployments

Data Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

Cloud adoption has been rising in recent years. According to our survey conducted with Oracle users, 38% of the respondents already have implemented a private cloud architecture. It is not surprising if you consider the benefits of cloud computing, ranging from agility and scalability to cost savings. Faced with today’s cost pressures and demand for innovation, companies choose to move to cloud architectures; private, public, or hybrid (consisting of both). And, you may be part of one of the many organizations that already started or plans to move to cloud.

The question we want to tackle is: what happens to your enterprise data when you move to a private or public cloud? In today’s screencast we will be discussing data integration technology’s critical role for cloud.

We invite you to view this screencast part of The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud series to learn more about choosing the right data integration technology for cloud computing, and how Oracle Data Integration products can make your cloud implementation a success.

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Friday Feb 15, 2013

Ready, Set, Go! Learn about “The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud”

And we’re off … over the next 5 months, you will learn about New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud and how you can help transform your enterprise, your industry.

On Tuesday, we had our screencast, “The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile Cloud” (you can catch the replay here).

Did you know?

80% of Fortune 500 executives say enterprise-wide collaboration is the key to success

By 2014, 90% of companies will support their applications on personal mobile devices

56% of surveyed executives believe the cloud will make their organizations more agile and competitive

For the next 5 months, we will be featuring a new topic each week, exploring the key trends that are impacting businesses today, You will gain new insights as to how Oracle Fusion Middleware can help transform your enterprise by taking advantage of today’s business imperatives.

For more information, download the latest white paper, “The Enterprise Imperatives: Social, Mobile, Cloud” (download here).

Join us next week, to learn more about creating a social business culture that engages employees, customers and partners with Oracle WebCenter.

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Thursday Feb 14, 2013

Learn More about Social, Mobile, Cloud in White Paper

Did you enjoy our first feature: “The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud.” If you missed the screencast, you can catch the replay here.

We have written a new white paper, “The Enterprise Imperatives: Social, Mobile, Cloud” to provide valuable insights as to how Oracle Fusion Middleware provides:

  • An engagement platform for their employees, customers, and partners
  • A mobile computing strategy that enables developers to easily and securely extend enterprise applications to mobile devices
  • Unified BPM that delivers faster time-to-value, reduces complexity and risk, and enables strategic advantage while delivering the tactical results enterprises need today.
  • Open, standards-based middleware technologies that let organizations create, modify, maintain and upgrade to next-generation applications easily.

Download the paper now and to learn more about how your enterprise can embrace social, mobile, cloud technologies and transform into the market leaders of tomorrow.

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Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

Introducing “The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud”

We are very excited to kick off our new social program called, The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud. For the next 5 months, we will discuss the key trends that are impacting businesses today and how Oracle Fusion Middleware is helping to transform enterprises by taking advantage of them. 

Watch our keynote this week, featuring Howard Beader, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Fusion Middleware, to learn:

  • About the impact of social, mobile, cloud technologies to your organization
  • How companies embracing these technologies are transforming their industries
  • How your organization can not only prepare, but embrace these technologies

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Thursday Feb 07, 2013

Ready to Launch!

Author: Howard Beader, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Technology Business Group

 

One of the coolest parts of my day here at Oracle is being able to watch the various marketing programs launch and run all over the world with you all consuming the content.  This only happens following months of effort designing the program, creating the content and then of course coordinating the various launch and execution activities.  Today’s post as you might imagine is focused on a new type program we are driving called “The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud” and this one is rather different than what you may have seen in the past from us. This program is running only through our social channels, so you won’t get an Evite, email or direct mail asking you to sign up for yet another Oracle Webcast. 

This program is also one that that will run over an almost 5-month period segmented with weekly topics that are highlighted by a video or screencast.  We are making available related additional content and of course there will be lots of social activity and promotions.  All of these videos are short and to the point, no more than 5-8 minutes in length.

So you may now be asking, why are we doing this via social, and not just running a set of webcasts or events or providing content for download from the Oracle website. Well, the answer really lies in the name of the program itself, New Business Imperative Social, Mobile and Cloud. The way we all work, the way we consume content and the way we access enterprise applications has significantly evolved over the past few years.   Think about how often we are now always online, whether it’s via the browser on our laptop or via the smartphone we all have with us at all hours of the day.  People, customers, employees all want to access and consume content the easiest way possible and this is relevant for both consumer and enterprise content.  If you look at some of the newest mobile apps that are making news today, apps like Vine where you can record 6 seconds of video to tell a story are gaining huge momentum and are driving eyeballs to check it out.   It provides a simple way for creative folks to tell a story. I believe that it’s this type of digital marketing that is going to drive significant value moving forward for both awareness and demand generation for organizations.  Now every story can’t be told in 6 seconds, but its the short focused content that is easily accessible and easily consumable that will drive the most viewers and hopefully will translate into the most value for the organization. 

I am hopeful that you all agree with our approach and enjoy the content. I hope the content is educational, relevant and interesting. Feel free to comment and engage with us across our social channels to tell us what you think!    

We will be kicking off the program here on the Fusion Middleware Blog next Tuesday and you can engage with us on Twitter (@OracleMiddle) or Facebook.

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Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Top 10 things I Learned this October

Last week, I attended the second largest IT conference. It was Gartner Symposium IT Expo held in Orlando, Florida. Earlier this month, I also had the opportunity to be part of the largest IT conference earlier in the month – Oracle Open World . Both were gatherings for senior IT professionals – CIOs, Senior IT  and Line of Business executives, and Developers. At both events, I learned a great deal about how companies are innovating and leveraging technology.  Here are my top 10 take-aways:

#10.  Everyone is talking about Social, Mobile and Cloud  - Whether listening to Gartner discuss The Nexus of Forces or listening to Oracle’s Executive Vice President Hasan Rizvi deliver Oracle Fusion Middleware General Session  -- everyone is talking about Social, Mobile Cloud, and Information – Gartner, Oracle, our customers, partners, -- everyone. 

 #9. SOA is NOT dead, it is more important than ever before – it is an imperative! 

#8. The big question around IT security is not “what will you do IF?” but “what will you do WHEN?”

#7. General Colin Powell is an IT guy! Aside from having served as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as the U.S. Secretary of State. Gen Colin Powell was an inspirational speaker at the Gartner Symposium and it was clear he understands IT and the powerful impact it has on our society and our youth today.

#6. Change will happen, we need to plan for it!

#5. When everything is connected and just works, we have harnessed the power of technology. Middleware is at the heart of social, mobile and cloud.

#4. Innovation is happening everywhere! Attending both IT events I was able to hear from companies of all sizes and across industries – including Tesco, Nike, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, International Speedway--  they all discussed how they are transforming their companies and their industries.

#3. “One size fits all” strategy does not work instead it alienates IT and business. The PACE Layered Application Strategy is a framework that allows IT to have that Nexus of Forces conversation with the business.

#2. To stay relevant, we need to hire the innovation workers, develop for that innovation layer.

#1. My smartphone is the most valuable tool I own! Everyday with it, I am able to communicate via phone, email, text with family, friends, colleagues. I am able to look up directions to my hotel, make reservations at restaurants, view my calendar, take pictures, record messages, check in for flights and so much more…. I can never leave home without it.

Look forward to catching up again soon!

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Saturday Mar 24, 2012

The Hunger Games for Aspiring IT Professionals

It seems that no one can escape the buzz around Hunger Games. And who could? Stephen King said it best in his review when he referred to the Collins’ novel as “a violent, jarring speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense and may also generate a fair amount of controversy”. So what’s the tie in for IT? Let’s leave the dystopia of District 12 and come back to today’s reality. This is the world of radical IT paradigm shifts that haven’t been seen since Java was introduced in 1995. Everything you learned in school is probably outdated as of Friday. And everything you learned on Friday will probably change when you get to work on Monday. Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/thp365

Nevertheless, we’re eager, we’re aspiring, we’re hungry to learn. While the challenges upon us may not rival the venomous bees (or ‘tracker jackers’) seen in this blockbuster, there are certainly obstacles to be found. In preparation, I leave you two pieces of advice - aside from avoiding werewolves…

Learn the Cloud

If you had asked me what to learn in 1995, I would have said, “Go learn Java”. But now my advice is “Go learn Java and then learn Cloud”. Cloud computing and Java go hand in hand. This is especially true for Oracle’s own Public Cloud which uses Java (via WebLogic 12c) as well as Oracle Database at its core foundation. Understanding the connotations of elasticity, scale, virtualization, and multi-tenancy, (to name just a few) requires a strong foundation in computer science and especially Java to get it right. Without Java, the Cloud is nothing more than a brittle application meagerly deployed on the internet.

Get Social and Actively Participate

And at all levels. Socializing your ideas internally is dreadfully important. And this means socializing and communicating your good ideas to lines of business, to architects, business analysts, developers, DBAs and Operations. But don’t forget to go external. Stay current by being on the lookout for blogs, tweets, webcasts, papers, podcasts and videos for your technology area. Be not just a subscriber but a participant in these channels as well. Attend industry and vendor sponsored events to learn from the experts – and seek out opportunities to stay connected with those that are smarter than you. You’ll gain more understanding if you participate actively. At the same time you’ll make friends (and allies) and you’ll be glad you did.

Tell help you get social and actively participate [while learning the Cloud] here are a couple of pointers for you:

Meanwhile, happy IT hunger games!

Monday Dec 26, 2011

Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter - November Edition

Haven't had a chance to check out the latest copy of the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter?  We have some exciting content in the Nov/Dec. edition, covering a range of topics starting with Big Data, Cloud and last but not least the Oracle Social Network.  That's just the beginning.  We've added new features to this edition including a Blogosphere section and a Featured Video for you to take a look at.  As always, customer wins, product announcements are part of this edition, but we've highlighted the recent Oracle Weblogic Server 12c launch (December 1st).  Wondering what's new in Oracle Fusion Middleware? Read all about it in the latest issue available at: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/h2fy11/100025522-index-oem-1369805.html

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