Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

PaaS Use Case Series Part 1: Using Java Cloud Service

In case you missed it, we have recently started a series on our bi-monthly Middleware Newsletter where we have started to discuss in detail the use cases we are seeing for our Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. We kicked off the series in our January edition by taking a look at use cases for Java Cloud Service. Here is the feature in case you missed it or needed a refresher.

Use Cases: Oracle Java Cloud Service—The Most Advanced, Complete Platform as a Service for Your Apps

Cloud computing—software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service—is an undisputed game-changer in the corporate world. But with so many different cloud options, it can be complicated to align them with possible real-world scenarios. In a new series of articles, the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter will present use cases that illustrate how various aspects of cloud computing work within a business setting. We'll start with a look at Oracle Java Cloud Service. 

Use Case 1: Accelerate Application Development
"One of the underlying business drivers behind digital transformation is the increasing need to produce targeted applications at a rapid rate," says Oracle's Vice President of product management Mike Lehmann. "Instead of apps that run for 10 years, companies want apps that run for a month, or the duration of a marketing campaign." 

Oracle Java Cloud Service satisfies this need for speed with fast, effective development and a testing environment that lets developers rapidly develop and operationalize Java apps with cloud-based testing and quality assurance, built-in high-availability options, and rapid change management. 

Full integration with Oracle Developer Cloud Service further strengthens its value by providing an integrated enterprise Java development toolset. "You can build a development environment in Oracle Developer Cloud Service and it will be completely integrated with Oracle Java Cloud Service," says Lehmann. This enables developers to provision and use capacity on demand. He cites one organization that needs apps set up to coincide with weekly events spanning a season. "The idea of having an instantly available Java infrastructure that lets them build in days, if not minutes, is hugely valuable." 

Use Case 2: Move to Cloud to Gain Operational Efficiency
The need to cut IT complexity is highlighted in IT operations' ongoing quest to cut costs by simplifying the management of the application lifecycle. Take, for example, a use case involving one organization's need to manage a large installation of Oracle WebLogic servers, a complex environment where maintenance patches and security updates must be administered consistently. With Oracle Java Cloud Service, instant patching and backup and restore are built in. "It can be as simple as one click of a button," says Lehmann. "It's attractive for customers that want to simplify maintenance of their existing environment." 

Use Case 3: Run Java Workloads in the Cloud with Minimal Risk
In this scenario, Oracle Java Cloud Service's preintegrated stack of cloud services simplifies architectural complexities while also helping companies easily extend existing IT investments into the cloud via the same platform used on premises. For example, one enterprise with an Oracle WebLogic server was able to run departmental workloads in the cloud without any interruption to the users. "It's an identical environment, but with a dramatically simplified architecture around it," says Lehmann.

Attend one of Oracle's signature cloud events to get more details and learn about real-world scenarios, customer successes, and the future of cloud computing. The Cloud Platform Online Forum slated for January 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. PT features presentations from IDC Program Vice President for SaaS and Cloud Services Robert P. Mahowald and Oracle's Vice President of Product Marketing for Technology Software Rex Wang. And be sure to look for an Oracle CloudWorld event coming to a city near you. Reimagine your business in one day with tracks that focus on marketing, human resources, sales, customer service, back-office, development, customer experience, the public sector, and other special topics.

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Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Is Your IT Private PaaS Ready? Take This 10-minute Assessment to Find Out

by Ruma Sanyal, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle

By the end of 2015, end-user spending on cloud services is expected to exceed $180 billion[1]. The shift toward cloud is undeniable, as is the need for hybrid cloud. Driven by legal, political, security, control, historical, cultural [add more reasons here] needs, organizations will continue to run some of their applications inside their firewall (in addition to running many of their applications on a public cloud), which will ultimately drive the need to create a private cloud infrastructure.

From the extensive insights we’ve compiled as leaders from our product and consulting teams have engaged with customers architecting their cloud infrastructure, we have developed an assessment for you to determine your IT organization’s private PaaS readiness. The tool comes with a 4-tiered dashboard based on the cloud adoption & maturity levels we’ve seen from hundreds of our customers, ranging from “preliminary” to “strategic.” Your organization’s current readiness rating is coupled with specific action items to help you reach the “strategic” level.

Take 10 minutes now to begin your private PaaS journey. Once you go through this assessment, you will receive a comprehensive 12-page report describing your PaaS adoption vis-a-vi your business strategy, governance, organization, integration and more. Not only that, we will compare your maturity with those of your peers, hundreds of whom have already taken the assessment, and include that comparison data in the report so you have a benchmark of your PaaS adoption readiness. Don’t get left behind. Take the assessment now!


[1] Gartner: http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/gartner-tells-outsourcers-embrace-cloud-or-die/d/d-id/1110991

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Oracle SVP on Top Tech Trends in 2015

Originally Published in Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter, January Edition

Oracle's Senior Vice President of Integration Products Amit Zavery spends a lot of time talking to both customers and developers, and that gives him a bird's-eye view of evolving trends driving digital transformation at companies worldwide. We recently had the opportunity to get his take on the top technology trends to look out for in 2015. Here is what he had to say.

Q: Almost every organization is in some stage of the journey to becoming a digital business. What do you think is the top trend in tech adoption for companies undergoing a digital transformation?
A: Regardless of whether it's a B2B or B2C company, the general trend I see is that businesses are trying to use data more efficiently. For example, they want to use real-time data to drive better decision-making and informed interactions with customers. This involves a huge volume of information and requires integration across various applications, systems, devices, processes, users, etc.

Integration is not a new trend, but the conversation is a little different now as the amount of disparate information silos has ballooned, particularly with software as a service (SaaS)–based apps. Early SaaS deployments were often not centralized. Departments generally bought and implemented SaaS-based apps in silos, simply because they were looking for function-specific usage. However, now they want to connect these apps with back-end processes and business requirements to better connect with the customer. A significant aspect of integration is how well you can automate certain business processes to support it.

Q: It sounds as though you are talking about more than just technical integration—correct?
A: Absolutely. Digital transformation has changed our understanding of integration. Integration is no longer just about tying together cloud apps and on-premises apps, but rather all the different customer touchpoints that make up a digital business. You need to know how to use the latest information to interact with customers in an experiential manner. Being a digital business means connecting these different pieces together in a way that makes sense, and is also standardized, fast, and scalable.

All this has led to integration being one of the biggest trends, as different heterogeneous systems need standardized integration—not just for apps, but for devices, users, identities of users, and different business processes.

Q: Where do you see mobile technology heading in 2015?
A: We've been talking about the convergence of the big four technologies—social, mobile, cloud, and information for years. The reality is that these technologies are maturing and being adopted at different rates. For mobile technology, adoption is undoubtedly well-along in terms of mobile-based devices and apps to interact with enterprise systems. Workers are now using mobile devices as the medium of choice, so it is critical that apps on the back end can deliver to mobile-based platforms. An associated trend is to modernize legacy apps for the mobile platform, as well as take newer technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and make them part of the mobile ecosystem. For this to happen, you need a platform that makes it easy to convert and converge both new and old technologies into the mobile ecosystem.

Q: Speaking of platforms, where do you see platform as a service (PaaS) falling on the tech adoption curve?
A: I think that mobile technology and big data initiatives are further along in the maturity cycle, but that next year will be particularly big for PaaS and IoT. There are several reasons why. First, the maturity cycle is much faster now, and these technologies have evolved to the point that enterprise interest is piqued. Second, PaaS plays into the integration trend that I think will be huge next year. Companies want to run integrated applications as well as build system management apps in the cloud, and will need a standards-based infrastructure to support it. And finally, as companies move applications to the cloud or add cloud-based instances of on-premises apps, they need a platform that extends their ability to use technology that they are already familiar with. I think this adds up to critical mass for PaaS adoption.

Learn more about technology trends for this year and the future. Register now for a free Oracle Day event near you and find out how you can make digital disruption an opportunity for innovation.

Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Middleware Newsletter on 2015 Tech Trends, Cloud Strategy and PaaS Use Cases

If you are in the North East belt in the US, we hope you are staying warm and are relatively unaffected by the blizzard.

Whether you are at home or mobile, in case you haven't seen it yet, the January edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter is now out. Top stories include an interview with Oracle Senior Vice President, Amit Zavery as he discusses evolving 2015 top trends driving digital transformation in business across the globe, coverage of our recent CloudWorld events and key messages that outline Oracle's cloud strategy and the commitment and investment going in it, and a deeper look at real world Platform-as-a-Service business use cases.

Find out if the trends discussed align with what you are tackling in your company today and learn more about Oracle's SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and DBaaS strategy and how you can apply PaaS offerings in your business today. In this edition, we have specifically tackled Java Cloud Service use cases but this will be a recurring series as we look at Java and other Cloud Service offerings and how organizations are deploying these to realize business benefits.

As always, the newsletter has current news, events, collateral, industry reports, training and developer news so be sure to take a look and subscribe to the newsletter.


Monday Jan 26, 2015

Cloud Online Forum is Live on January 28 - Don't Miss It!

by Eric Jacobsen, Sr. Product Marketing Director, Java Cloud Service

Is your company asking you to rapidly and securely deploy and manage new business applications in the cloud?  Do you need to build a proven, innovative, collaborative, and integrated Platform as a Service?

If so, today is your lucky day!  Oracle is hosting a Cloud Platform Online Forum on Wednesday, January 28 where you can attend live online sessions and hear what IDC Research, innovative clients, and Oracle’s leading experts have to say about Platform as a Service and cloud.  Whether you are a Java or or mobile developer, an Architect, an IT operations manager, or a Business user,  there is a session for you! 

Follow this link to register for this insightful Cloud Platform Online Forum. REGISTER TODAY!

We will kick off the Forum on January 28 at 10AM PST with Robert P. Mahwold, IDC Research Program Vice President as he leads a “Cloud Platform Market Outlook” discussion with Rex Wang, Oracle Vice President.  

They will provide useful tips and solid strategies you can consider as you drive your cloud platform initiatives.  They will discuss how to decide whether public, private or hybrid cloud is best and how your organization might approach moving to the cloud.  You’ll hear IDC and Oracle best practices to developing a roadmap that will get you on your way to cloud computing.  Join us for this inspiring session.

The Middleware General Session begins at 11:15AM PST and we’ll be taking your questions live through the online chat.  7-Eleven's, Greg Haertling, Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. Director of Software Development will you how 7 Eleven “Accelerated their Digital Transformation with Oracle’s Platform as a Service.”  He will be joined by Oracle’s Siddhartha Agarwal, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy. 

They will discuss how Platform as a Service is driving efficiencies for development, operations and LOB, including highly scalable and cost efficient development & testing in the cloud, delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps, rapid integration of cloud & on-premise investments, and seamless workload portability between on-premises & cloud.

Afterward, you can watch these additional Middleware Sessions in the following tracks:

  • Application Developer Track: Build, Test, Extend Cloud Applications
    • Java App Performance at the Speed of Cloud: Hot Tips for Successful Cloud Development
    • Jazz Up Your SaaS with Oracle PaaS Solutions
    • Mobile Development in the Cloud
  • Middleware IT Operations Track: Integrate, Secure, Manage your Cloud
    • Simplify SaaS and On-premises Integration
    • Extend Your Identity Management Services to the Cloud
    • Top Tips for Managing Your Application PaaS
  • Business User Track: Connect, Collaborate & Analyze in the Cloud
    • Next-Gen Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud
    • Rapid Business Process Automation in the Cloud
    • Unlocking the Power of Business Analytics in Oracle Cloud

You can find the agenda for these sessions here.

There will also be a Database General Session and Database Cloud Platform sessions that you can attend as well.

I hope to see you online for this exciting Oracle Cloud Platform Online Forum.  Don’t forget to REGISTER so you can discover the right strategies for your organization's journey to the cloud!

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Upcoming Mobile Events

Hello Mobile Fans!  Two upcoming Oracle sponsored mobile events you don't want to miss!

Cloud Platform Online Forum. It's on - Jan 28. It's all good but don't miss Shay Shmeltzer go over and demo the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (The GA release is coming soon!) It's that whole bringing mobile development to the cloud, mobile backend as a service, and making everyone's lives better. Check it out!

For my European friends or anyone going to Mobile World Congress, stop by the Oracle booth and we can continue our conversant on all things mobile including: Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile Security Suite, Oracle Mobile Application Framework and our growing library of mobile applications.

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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 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  

Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

Partner Column: The Journey to PaaS, Part One

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

I have been writing a monthly column on this blog discussing AppAdvantage and totally random thoughts but now I am going to add to that a monthly update on the road to PaaS.

As customers adopt SaaS (Software as a Service) either as a replacement system or to co-exist with their existing applications they are looking for ways to extend them to add additional value to their investment with extensions.  The design principles of Fusion mean this is possible without the old problems of customisations, but Cloud means you can’t get to the development layer of your applications, so how do you extend?

PaaS, Platform as a Service gives you and your partners the development layer needed, and allows the extensions to be hosted and sold just like SaaS and use the same integrations utilised for coexistence. 

The first step is to understand PaaS, and what is available today.

For simple extensions that have a set process and simple integration you can use the Java Cloud Service and APEX in the Database Cloud Service

Ultimately every extension you create should look and feel like Fusion,  the same user experience (UX) Oracle has delivered. So this means you need to use the same tools. This means Oracle SOA Suite for both configuration for different needs as well as integration.

Where do you start? Well again, Oracle can help. The UX team have developed the Rapid Development Kit and you should consider using this as a blueprint.

This is an exciting journey and one I hope you will follow with me.

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 Oct 24, 2014

Recap of the Data Integration Track at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Data Integration track at OpenWorld 2014 contained important product announcements, many content-rich presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on-labs around big data analytics, data governance, and cloud.

On Monday, Jeff Pollock, VP of Product Management for Oracle Data Integration presented the session "Unlocking Big Data Silos in the Cloud", where he gave an overview of Oracle’s data integration offering and explained several best practices and architectural approaches to implement a full or partial cloud solutions. He presented real life example such as the UK Conservatory using Oracle Data Integration in the cloud. Following Jeff's session came product feature updates for Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate. Our PM team demonstrated that in addition to integrating the products tightly and expanding products’ heterogeneous capabilities, there are several key features supporting cloud environments and big data analytics solutions. Customer testimonials from various well known brands like DIRECTV, Canon and LinkedIn further demonstrated Oracle’s success in the data integration market.