Friday Oct 31, 2014

Cloud Application Foundation Rocks OpenWorld

Author: Jens Eckels, Princial, Technology Product Marketing, Oracle
Halloween is upon us, so of course we're all wearing orange, carving pumpkins and planning our evenings to either go trick or treating with the kids, stay home and hand out candy or leave town and avoid the neighborhood crowds like a Halloween Grinch. We're also busying ourselves in the aftermath of OpenWorld 2014, where WebLogic, Coherence and other CAF products had a lot for show-and-tell. So, here are some useful links, topics and recaps just for you.

All treats, no tricks.
And maybe a few bad Halloween puns for good measure.
This year, OpenWorld understandably had a cloud emphasis, and the sessions for WebLogic and Coherence were no exception. We explored how you could keep cloud migrations from "goblin" up your IT budget (sorry for that groaner) as you look at moving from on-premise to the cloud. We looked at some of the advantages of using Coherence in tandem with WebLogic as a strategic in-memory data grid, "witch" allows you to process data in real time and offload back-end services. We held developer sessions on how open technologies like Chef and Puppet are helping you provision your infrastructure. And of course, sessions on Java Cloud Service itself that provides an easy way to move your workloads from on-premise into the public cloud (it's not as "terrifying" as you might think).

No one likes hunting all over for information, so we'll help you be a lazy "bones" by provding you some links here. Boo-ckle your seat belts and enjoy the ride through the internet - if you have the "guts."
Editor's note: I am very, very sorry for suggesting we use Halloween jokes. I didn't foresee they would be so awful. Maybe I should have read my horror-scope. Please click the links anyway.

Keynotes and General Sessions
Slideshare Presentations











We had a great time at OOW 2014, and we're looking forward to seeing in 2015 to keep you on top of your game.

Have a boo-tiful, safe and exciting Halloween and beyond!

Save the date for OpenWorld 2015:
October 25 - 29, 2015

Email me when registration for OpenWorld and JavaOne opens






Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Developer Recap: Fusion Middleware at OpenWorld 2014

Author: Jens Eckels, Principal, Technology Product Marketing

Oracle OpenWorld is over, but there's still plenty to consume! Much of the developer attention was focused on JavaOne down the road, but that doesn't mean we forgot about you! Here's a brief recap of the goings-on, some sessions you may have missed, and some useful links. Hopefully, you can take a few minutes and get all caught up.
Sessions and Keynotes
Just for you, we had a ton of OOW sessions focused on developing for Fusion Middleware. These didn't just focus on Oracle products, but also how using popular tools and frameworks can help you achieve your goals faster. These sessions focused on everything from mobile development to DevOps, with a specific focus on - you guessed it - cloud. Some useful links:

OpenWorld Keynote and Session Rewinds
JavaOne Keynotes
OpenWorld General Sessions

Yeah, yeah, yeah (you might be heard to say).
Those are all big-picture things that don't affect me on a daily basis (you might think).
You're difficult to please, aren't you? Ok, then. Let us try something else...

If you're still assuming OpenWorld isn't right for you as a developer, check out some of the sessions we completed in 2014, and we can hopefully change your mind for OpenWorld 2015.

   • A Guide to Team Development in the Cloud with Oracle Developer Cloud Service
   • Innovating in the Core: Development with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
   • Next-Generation Oracle WebLogic Server Provisioning: Puppet, Chef, and More
   • Developing Oracle Fusion Middleware Applications in the Cloud
   • Amplify Service Integration Developer Productivity with Oracle SOA Suite 12c

And of course much more. These five examples are a sampling meant to make you hungry for more.
Kind of like good chips and salsa before your tacos arrive.

Events and Free Beer
Still not convinced we care? Well, we do. And we had several appreciation events to show you. We even handed out a lot of, er, libations, to prove it. If you didn't come to OpenWorld 204, you missed out on:

   • OTN parties that take over Howard Street
   • Live bands, including some local favorites
   • The OTN Lounge, where you could send a Tweet, and it gave you beer. Really.
   • Big-picture sessions about mobile and cloud, and how they're changing, well, everything

We had a great time with you at OOW 2014, and we're looking forward to even more developer events in 2015 to keep you on top of your game.

Save the date for OpenWorld 2015:
October 25 - 29, 2015

Email me when registration for OpenWorld and JavaOne opens






Friday Sep 05, 2014

Developer Friday: Sessions To Watch For at OpenWorld 2014

Author: Jens Eckels, Principal, Technology Product Marketing

OpenWorld is coming fast! But, with much of the developer attention focused on JavaOne down the road, what is an OpenWorld attendee focused on development to do? We're glad you asked, as we've got plenty for you to consume - it's not ALL about Java code, after all. You're worrying about interoperability, integration with popular technologies, cloud deployments and much more.
Sessions
Just for you, we have a ton of OOW sessions focused on developing for Fusion Middleware. These don't just focus on Oracle products, but also how using popluar OSS tools and frameworks can help you acheive your goals faster.

A Guide to Team Development in the Cloud with Oracle Developer Cloud Service [CON5031]
Wednesday, October 1, 12:45pm, Moscone South 270
Whether you are working on the web, mobile devices, the cloud, on-premises, or a combination, a software development platform as a service (PaaS) can transform the way your applications are built and deployed. The new Oracle Developer Cloud Service PaaS is focused on simplifying and accelerating the entire Java application lifecycle (including Oracle Application Development Framework [Oracle ADF]), making it easier and faster than ever to build, run, and manage your applications. In this session, you’ll see how to go from project creation to task management/resolution and true team collaboration with code review, build, and deployment—along with multichannel access to services—through web-based/mobile solutions.

Innovating in the Core: Development with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c [CON7840]
Tuesday, September 30, 5pm, Moscone South 270
Developing applications that can interact efficiently with mobile and HTML clients has become a major focus of many development organizations. This session reviews the latest capabilities of Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 for building the REST, WebSocket, and server-sent-event services required by modern client applications. The presentation covers new APIs, such as JAX-RS 2.0, WebSocket 1.0 API for Java, Java API for JSON Programming 1.0, and JPA 2.1; new WebSocket emulation capability; and Project Avatar, for creating JavaScript-based services and clients. It also highlights the out-of-the-box development experience, the advances in support for working with Maven environments, and IDE integration and support. Oracle WebLogic developers and architects should attend.

Next-Generation Oracle WebLogic Server Provisioning: Puppet, Chef, and More [CON7894]
Wednesday, October 1, 12:45pm, Moscone South 304
There is an explosion of interest in how to apply proven tools to automate provisioning of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Fusion Middleware products. This session features a panel of experts discussing real-world use of tools such as Puppet and Chef to automate Oracle WebLogic Server provisioning and shorten time to market, improve quality, increase efficiencies, and drive down costs. Learn practical approaches to innovating provisioning in your environment.

Developing Oracle Fusion Middleware Applications in the Cloud [CON3575]
Wednesday, October 1, 3:30pm, Moscone South 302
Industry surveys show that the use of cloud platforms can reduce overall development time by up to 20 percent, with some respondents experiencing more than 30 percent time savings. This is largely due to the cloud platform’s ability to streamline the development process, including the ability to quickly get the development assets online. In this session, you will learn how to self-provision Oracle Fusion Middleware development and testing environments to the cloud as well as automatically build, deploy, and configure your applications to the cloud. The session’s presenters provision an Oracle SOA environment to the cloud and deploy and configure your Oracle SOA composites to the cloud, all in less than 45 minutes.

Amplify Service Integration Developer Productivity with Oracle SOA Suite 12c [CON7598]
Thursday, October 2, 1:15pm, Moscone South 236
Discover new, richer capabilities for developer productivity in various components of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. Hear how the entire cycle of integration development and testing can be accomplished and accelerated with new features in Oracle JDeveloper. This session presents a host of new features for developers, architects, and testers, such as an integrated server, templates, a SOA debugger, and mappers. The presentation also showcases Oracle Service Bus capabilities in Oracle JDeveloper.


Of course, this is just a small sampling, with many more sessions available on the OpenWorld site.

We'll look forward to seeing you there, and stay tuned for details on developer events (free, as in beer) for you to enjoy!

Sunday Nov 03, 2013

Registration Now Open: Virtual Developer Day, North America, APAC & Europe

Is your organization looking at developing Web or Mobile application based upon the Oracle platform?  Oracle is offering a virtual event for Developer Leads, Managers and Architects to learn more about developing Web, Mobile and beyond based on Oracle applications. This event will provide sessions that range from introductory overviews to technical deep dives covering Oracle's strategic framework for developing multi-channel enterprise applications for the Oracle platforms. Multiple tracks cover every interest and every level and include live online Q&A chats with Oracle's technical staff.

For registration and information on Vortual Developer Day: Oracle ADF Development, please follow the link HERE

Sign up for one of the following events below:

Americas - Tuesday - November 19th / 9am to 1pm PDT / 12pm to 4pm EDT / 1pm to 5pm BRT

APAC - Thursday - November 21st / 10am - 1:30pm IST (India) / 12:30pm - 4pm SGT (Singapore) / 3:30pm -7pm AESDT

EMEA - Tuesday - November 26th / 9am - 1pm GMT / 1pm - 5pm GST / 2:30pm -6:30pm IST

And for those interested in Cloud Application Foundation, including Weblogic and Coherence, don't forget to sign up for the following events:

Americas - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 9 am - 1 pm PDT/ 12 pm - 4 pm EDT/ 1 pm - 5 pm BRT

EMEA - December 3, 2013 - 9 a, - 1 pm GMT/ 1pm - 5pm GST/ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm IST

The event will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms.

Sunday Oct 13, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - Highlights from Oracle Cloud Application Foundation with WebLogic, Coherence, and more….

Originally Published on  Cloud Application Foundation Blog

Author: Ruma Sanyal, Director, Oracle

Interest in Cloud and Mobility drove significant focus on Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld . In case you missed it, here is a recap:

Oracle WebLogic Server received significant limelight in Executive Vice President Thoman Kurian’s keynote -- The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service. Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Java as a Service provides full control of dedicated Oracle WebLogic Server clusters, supports any Java application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

In the classic roadmap session by CAF vice president of product management Mike Lehmann, Mike focused on the recent 12.1.2 release. The session provided insights into how Oracle is evolving this infrastructure to be the next-generation application foundation for its customers to build on in a private cloud setting, Oracle's vision, product plans, and roadmap for this server infrastructure, and how it will be used in the rapidly maturing cloud infrastructure space. We hope the presentation helped you make key decisions about running your enterprise applications on Oracle's enterprise Java server foundation.

Oracle Coherence provided a many sessions at OpenWorld, focused around improving the customer experience with real-time data processing and application scalability to meet mobile and cloud demands. Many customers were excited to learn that Coherence can now update the data cache in real-time, delivering on the expectations of instantaneous updates. All sessions were well-attended, with several customers noting that the 12c release of Coherence was helping them solve strategic problems for both their organization and their own customers.

Developers, Mobile and Cloud!

Chris Tonas kicked off exciting development trends in his General Session “Emerging Trends in Application Development” which covered Oracle’s perspective in addressing the development opportunities in mobile and cloud environments. Mobile continues to be a dominant topic and Chris discussed real-world applications built with Oracle ADF Mobile, a Java based hybrid-mobile framework that helps Java developers build hybrid-mobile apps for iOS and Android from one code base. Java’s mantra to write once, deploy to many – lives on in the mobile arena!

Furthering Oracle’s focus on mobile and cloud computing trends, Chris introduced Oracle Mobile Cloud Services, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) that helps mobile app developers readily create more powerful, sophisticated applications that tap into enterprise backend services and simplify enterprise mobile connectivity. Learn more.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can watch all the keynotes and general sessions here. In addition, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, the OTN Virtual Developer Day – Harnessing WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, and other Cloud Application Foundation events at following site (link)

Tuesday Jul 30, 2013

What Are you Doing on July 31st?

Me? I am tuning into the Cloud Application Foundation virtual launch event at 10 am Pacific on July 31st.

Following the announcement of availability of Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) 12c on July 11, we have heard from customers like Gemalto (video), TURKCELL (blog post) and CERN (video) that were instrumental in shaping the product roadmap for CAF in discussions in Customer Advisory Boards for Weblogic and Coherence.

The launch event promises to give you a 360-degree view of the recent launch. Complete with panel discussions with industry thought leaders and customers, briefings with product management executives and product deep-dives with experts and demonstrations of the latest releases of Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Developer Tools, the launch event will cover all you need to know to get started with CAF12c.

The line-up of speakers include:

  • Ajay Patel, vice president of product management for Oracle Cloud Application Foundation and Exalogic
  • Cameron Purdy, vice president of development at Oracle
  • Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management for Cloud Application Foundation

The event will also feature industry experts, Frank Munz and Simon Haslam sharing their perspectives.

Are you registered yet? If not, click here for registration and more information.

Monday Jul 15, 2013

It’s Here – Cloud Application Foundation 12c!

Last week, Oracle announced the availability of Cloud Application Foundation 12c, the latest release of the #1 Application Foundation across enterprise and cloud environments.

For more information, please join Oracle, along with partners and customers for the Cloud Application Foundation launch webcast on July 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation is an integrated, flexible, best-of-breed middleware platform that enables organizations to deliver next generation applications with native cloud management optimized for high performance, reliability, availability and lower TCO. Built on standards-based technologies, it brings together key industry-leading technologies: Oracle WebLogic Server for Java EE; Oracle Coherence In-Memory Data Grid; Oracle Tuxedo for C/C++/COBOL; Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder; and Oracle Traffic Director for load balancing capabilities.

The latest release of Oracle Cloud Application Foundation includes Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Coherence 12.1.2.

Oracle is also announcing 12c updates to its framework and developer tools product portfolio, including, Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, which provide an integrated development platform for Oracle Cloud Application Foundation. For more information, see related press release.

Helpful Resources:

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Blog
Oracle WebLogic Server Blog
Oracle Coherence Blog
Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF Blog
Oracle Enterprise Manager Blog

Wednesday Dec 12, 2012

Nike Achieves Scalability and Performance with Oracle Coherence & Exadata

Today, we are featuring a customer interview with with Nicole Otto, Senior Director, Consumer Digital Tech at Nike who talks about how they achieved scalability and performance with Oracle Coherence and Oracle Exadata. 

 

Additional Information

Thursday Oct 04, 2012

Recap: Oracle Fusion Middleware Strategies Driving Business Innovation

Hasan Rizvi, Executive Vice President of Oracle Fusion Middleware & Java took the stage on Tuesday to discuss how Oracle Fusion Middleware helps enable business innovation. Through a series of product demos and customer showcases, Hassan demonstrated how Oracle Fusion Middleware is a complete platform to harness the latest technological innovations (cloud, mobile, social and Fast Data) throughout the application lifecycle.

Fig 1: Oracle Fusion Middleware is the foundation of business innovation

This Session included 4 demonstrations to illustrate these strategies:

1. Build and deploy native mobile applications using Oracle ADF Mobile
2. Empower business user to model processes, design user interface and have rich mobile experience for process interaction using Oracle BPM Suite PS6.
3. Create collaborative user experience and integrate social sign-on using Oracle WebCenter Portal, Oracle WebCenter Content, Oracle Social Network & Oracle Identity Management 11g R2
4. Deploy and manage business applications on Oracle Exalogic
Nike, LA Department of Water & Power and Nintendo joined Hasan on stage to share how their organizations are leveraging Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable business innovation.

Managing Performance in the Wrld of Social and Mobile

How do you provide predictable scalability and performance for an application that monitors active lifestyle of 8 million users on a daily basis? Nike’s answer is Oracle Coherence, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Exadata.

Fig 2: Oracle Coherence enabled data grid improves performance of Nike+ Digital Sports Platform

Nicole Otto, Sr. Director of Consumer Digital Technology discussed the vision of the Nike+ platform, a platform which represents a shift for NIKE from a  "product"  to  a "product +" experience.  There are currently nearly 8 million users in the Nike+ system who are using digitally-enabled Nike+ devices.  Once data from the Nike+ device is transmitted to Nike+ application, users access the Nike+ website or via the Nike mobile applicatoin, seeing metrics around their daily active lifestyle and even engage in socially compelling experiences to compare, compete or collaborate their data with their friends. Nike expects the number of users to grow significantly this year which will drive an explosion of data and potential new experiences.

To deal with this challenge, Nike envisioned building a shared platform that would drive a consumer-centric model for the company. Nike built this new platform using Oracle Coherence and Oracle Exadata. Using Coherence, Nike built a data grid tier as a distributed cache, thereby provide low-latency access to most recent and relevant data to consumers. Nicole discussed how Nike+ Digital Sports Platform is unique in the way that it utilizes the Coherence Grid.  Nike takes advantage of Coherence as a traditional cache using both cache-aside and cache-through patterns.  This new tier has enabled Nike to create a horizontally scalable distributed event-driven processing architecture. Current data grid volume is approximately 150,000 request per minute with about 40 million objects at any given time on the grid.

Improving Customer Experience Across Multiple Channels

Customer experience is on top of every CIO's mind. Customer Experience needs to be consistent and secure across multiple devices consumers may use.  This is the challenge Matt Lampe, CIO of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) was faced with. Despite being the largest utilities company in the country, LADWP had been relying on a 38 year old customer information system for serving its customers. Their prior system  had been unable to keep up with growing customer demands.

Last year, LADWP embarked on a journey to improve customer experience for 1.6million LA DWP customers using Oracle WebCenter platform.

Figure 3: Multi channel & Multi lingual LADWP.com built using Oracle WebCenter & Oracle Identity Management platform


Matt shed light on his efforts to drive customer self-service across 3 dimensions – new website, new IVR platform and new bill payment service. LADWP has built a new portal to increase customer self-service while reducing the transactions via IVR. LADWP's website is powered Oracle WebCenter Portal and is accessible by desktop and mobile devices. By leveraging Oracle WebCenter, LADWP eliminated the need to build, format, and maintain individual mobile applications or websites for different devices. Their entire content is managed using Oracle WebCenter Content and secured using Oracle Identity Management. This new portal automated their paper based processes to web based workflows for customers. This includes automation of Self Service implemented through My Account -  like Bill Pay, Payment History, Bill History and Usage Analysis. LADWP's solution went live in April 2012.

Matt indicated that LADWP's Self-Service Portal has greatly improved customer satisfaction.  In a JD Power Associates website satisfaction survey, results indicate rankings have climbed by 25+ points, marking a remarkable increase in user experience.

Bolstering Performance and Simplifying Manageability of Business Applications

Ingvar Petursson, Senior Vice Preisdent of IT at Nintendo America joined Hasan on-stage to discuss their choice of Exalogic. Nintendo had significant new requirements coming their way for business systems, both internal and external, in the years to come, especially with new products like the WiiU on the horizon this holiday season. Nintendo needed a platform that could give them performance, availability and ease of management as they deploy business systems.

Ingvar selected Engineered Systems for two reasons:

1. High performance 
2. Ease of management

Figure 4: Nintendo relies on Oracle Exalogic to run ATG eCommerce, Oracle e-Business Suite and several business applications

Nintendo made a decision to run their business applications (ATG eCommerce, E-Business Suite) and several Fusion Middleware components on the Exalogic platform. What impressed Ingvar was the "stress” testing results during evaluation. Oracle Exalogic could handle their 3-year load estimates for many functions, which was better than Nintendo expected without any hardware expansion.

Faster Processing of Big Data

Middleware plays an increasingly important role in Big Data. Last year, we announced at OpenWorld the introduction of Oracle Data Integrator for Hadoop and Oracle Loader for Hadoop which helps in the ability to move, transform, load data to and from Big Data Appliance to Exadata.  This year, we’ve added new capabilities to find, filter, and focus data using Oracle Event Processing. This product can natively integrate with Big Data Appliance or runs standalone.

Hasan briefly discussed how NTT Docomo, largest mobile operator in Japan, leverages Oracle Event Processing & Oracle Coherence to process mobile data (from 13 million smartphone users) at a speed of 700K events per second before feeding it Hadoop for distributed processing of big data.


Figure 5: Mobile traffic data processing at NTT Docomo with Oracle Event Processing & Oracle Coherence

 

 

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

40 Reasons Oracle Out-Performs IBM in Middleware

Overall, compared to IBM, Oracle offers the most complete, integrated, open, and best-of-breed middleware solution. These advantages help Oracle customers simplify complexity, lower TCO, and improve efficiencies.

These claims are based on real data compiled across several product categories in Application Servers, SOA, BPM, Data Integration, Identity Management, and User Interaction. I’ve cited a few of them below from studies we’ve put together as well as couple of external ones.

All of this information is available to you at your fingertips by going to our website at www.oracle.com/goto/OracleOutperformsIBM

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