Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: Registration is here for Ricoh Americas webcast

If you  haven't registered already -- then go ahead and register for this customer-led webcast with Ricoh and hear how Oracle AppAdvantage powered by Fusion Middleware is more than just a solution a but a strategy for maximizing your application investment. In this webcast you will learn how Ricoh provided value-added mobile services to their customers and how they developed a services-oriented integration architecture designed to be flexible and drive innovation.  To register for this webcast click on the link below.

Webcast: Ricoh Differentiatest Business with Unified Cloud and On-Premises Business Integration

Date: April 29, 2014

Time: 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

April 2014 FMW Proactive Patches Released

The following Fusion Middleware Productive patches were released April 15, 2014. You can get more information from here.

Bundle Patches :

Bundle patches are collections of controlled, well tested critical bug fixes for a specific product  which may include security contents and occasionally minor enhancements. These are cumulative in nature meaning the latest bundle patch in a particular series includes the contents of the previous bundle patches released.  A suite bundle patch is an aggregation of multiple product  bundle patches that are part of a product suite.

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11.1.1.7.140415 bundle patch
  • Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (ODSEE) 11.1.1.7.1 bundle patch.
  • Oracle GlassFish Server (OGFS) 2.1.1.23 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Identity Analytics 11.1.1.5.7 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Sun Role Manager (SRM) 5.0.3.3 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Identity Management Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.1 consisting of 
    • Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) 11.1.1.7.1 bundle patch
    • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.1.7.1 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Identity Management Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.2.1.3 consisting of 
    • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.2.1.3 bundle patch.
    • Oracle Adaptive Access Manager (OAAM) 11.1.2.1.2 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Identity Management Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.2.2.1 consisting of 
    • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.2.2.1 bundle patch.
  • Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) 11.1.2.1.6 bundle patch
  • Oracle OpenSSO Policy Agents 3.0.0.4 bundle patch.
  • Oracle SOA Suite (SOA) 11.1.1.7.3 bundle patch
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal (WCP) 11.1.1.8.3 bundle patch

Patch Set Updates (PSU)

Patch Set Updates (PSU)  are collections of well controlled, well tested critical bug fixes for a specific product  that have been proven in customer environments. PSUs  may include security contents but no  enhancements are included. These are cumulative in nature meaning the latest PSU  in a particular series includes the contents of the previous PSUs  released.  

  • Oracle Exalogic 2.0.3.0.6 (X3-2, X2-2) and 2.0.6.1.1 (X4-2) Physical Linux x86-64 PSUs.
  • Oracle Exalogic 2.0.4.0.6 (X3-2, X2-2) and 2.0.6.1.1 (X4-2) Physical Solaris x86-64 PSUs
  • Oracle Exalogic 2.0.6.0.1 (X3-2, X2-2)  and 2.0.6.1.1 (X4-2) Virtual PSUs.
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.6.0.8 , 12.1.1.0.7 and 12.1.2.0.1 PSUs. 
Critical Patch Update (CPU) :

The Critical Patch Update program is Oracle's quarterly release of security fixes. 

The following additional patches were released as part of Oracle's Critical Patch Update program:

  • Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11.1.1.5.0.
  • Oracle Container for Java (OC4J) 10.1.3.5. 
  • Oracle Data Integrator Data Quality 11.1.1.3.0
  • Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.2.2 (Formerly Latitude)
  • Oracle Event Processing 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle OpenSSO Server 8.0.2.0.
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.0.2.0

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Ricoh Americas Delivers on Anytime, Anywhere Promise with Cloud and On-Premise Integration

 Cloud.  On-Premise.  Mobile.  Integration.  Not just buzz words in the IT industry, but real ways that organizations are deploying and implementing software in the enterprise to drive business value.  Join us on this webcast with the CIO of Ricoh Americas Corporation - Balaji Rangaswamy to hear how they are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware.  In this webcast you will learn how Ricoh provided value-added mobile services to their customers and how they developed a services-oriented integration architecture designed to be flexible and drive innovation.  To register for this webcast click on the link below.

Webcast: Ricoh Differentiatest Business with Unified Cloud and On-Premises Business Integration

Date: April 29, 2014

Time: 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Friday Apr 11, 2014

Self Service and the Digital Revolution

Written By: Rick Beers - Senior Director, Product Management - Oracle Fusion Middleware 

Gartner’s ‘Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda’ is now available on our AppAdvantage home page. It’s a very insightful look into what’s driving IT Leadership in 2014 and for the second consecutive year it explores the dynamic of two separate yet complimentary goals for CIO’s: Renovating the core of IT and exploiting new (digital) technology and trends.

Gartner: February 2014, Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO  Agenda 

Yes, the digital revolution has arrived to enterprise IT and has matured beyond hope and hype. It’s now reality and will drive a competitive advantage for those that embrace it and the reverse for those that do not. That much is certain.

On the other hand, this revolution heralds the end of the client server era after a 30 year run and today’s single instance ERP-centric architectures will need to evolve. To be sure, ERP is still, and will continue to be the dominant transactional platform within an enterprise, either on premise or cloud based. However, too many enterprises are burdened with heavily customized and overly rigid ERP architectures that simply cannot adapt sufficiently on their own. Gartner’s view of Postmodern ERP captures this need perfectly. 

To be sure, the tandem goals of modernization and digitization rely upon one another for success, but how can this be accomplished? Too many organizations are stuck in a holding pattern and don’t need to be. In fact, this has been explored previously in these blogs and is an underpinning of Oracle AppAdvantage, a layered Framework that offers the opportunity to modernize while delivering new digital capabilities. Good in theory perhaps, but how about in practice. What is an example of ways in which an enterprise can ‘re-imagine the core’ while simultaneously exploiting new digital technologies? Something with demonstrable business results and measurable ROI?

For that, look no further than self service, either B2B or B2C. But this isn’t the self service of even 5 years ago, which was still typically limited to those processes and data that were resident within a single application such as ERP. Self Service today, fueled by proven SOA technologies, deliver an automated, managed and fully informed digital experience resulting in significant cost savings as well as the increased customer awareness and satisfaction that comes from a true 360 degree view of the enterprise. With full security and process management. And, of course, mobile enabled. Access Anytime, from Anywhere, by Anyone. The Reference model below provides a blueprint for enterprise-wide self service. Once in place and delivering solid ROI in its own right, enterprises can then leverage the reusable technologies and skills that were created to expand their digital revolution. 

For more information on getting started with the AppAdvantage Framework visit our website (here). For a detailed look at Self Service at work watch our 30 minute documentary Pella Revolutionizes the Digital Experience for Customers, Partners and Employees.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

It's All Systems Go: Fusion Middleware @ COLLABORATE14 Next Week

 Air travel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Hotel reservations confirmed - CHECK.  Powerpoint presentation ready for COLLABORATE14 - CHECK.  Now, all you need to do is plan which sessions you don't want to miss.  The Fusion Middleware team is out in full force at this year's COLLABORATE and we want to make it easy for you to come, attend, learn and network at sessions.  Below is a short list of sessions you won't want  to miss and hear Edward Zou, Vice-President, Product Management speak about Oracle AppAdvantage, Mobility and Fusion Middleware's future objectives: 

  • AppAdvantage: Business Advantage through Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The session will discuss how Oracle EBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards and Siebel customers are extending and enhancing their existing investments in applications with SOA, BPM, IDM, WebCenter, DI, Exa solutions and Mobile Platform technologies to achieve business results.

  • Build Mobile Apps, Extend Fusion Apps and Integrate Cloud Apps with Fusion Middleware - Tuesday, April 8 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The focus of the session will be a discussion on where we are investing in Oracle Fusion Middleware. We’ll also be discussing the cloud, particularly how to leverage your current and planned investments in Oracle database, applications or other middleware technologies.

  • Simplify Enterprise Mobility: Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile - Tuesday, April 8 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Read up on Edward Zou's interview with IOUG's Dan McDonnel, right here, and learn what's coming up at the show and how AppAdvantage and Enteprise Mobility are key Middleware objectives you should know about. 

We have even more sessions at the show across other lines of Fusion Middleware that you shouldn't miss - here's a listing: 

  • Real World Cloud and On-Premise ERP Integration Simplified with Oracle SOA Suite - April 9 from 1:00-2:00 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Reducing Data Center Cost and Complexity with Oracle Exalogic - April 11 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 3 San Polo 3403
  • ADF Mobile with Oracle Java Cloud - April 9 from 12:15-12:45 PM, Level 3 Murano 3206
  • Oracle Exalogic Security Best Practices and PCI Compliance - April 8 from 8:30-9:30 AM, Level 1 Galileo 1005

Have a great week at COLLABORATE14 - See you at the show!

Friday Mar 21, 2014

AppAdvantage Webcast Series Rolls On with Mobility and Oracle Applications

Missed our first kickoff Oracle AppAdvantage webcast?  Not a problem -- tune in to the next webcast now available - all about how to innovate and extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. IT needs a consistent way to meet requests to develop new mobile applications quickly and make existing applications, mobile applications.  Oracle AppAdvantage is a program powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that helps customers strengthen their investments in Oracle Applications. An important part of this program is Oracle Mobile Platform, an integrated set of technologies that enables enterprises to rapidly build, deploy, secure, and integrate mobile applications with Oracle Applications and third-party applications for any device and any data source.  Transforming existing applications (JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, EBS or non Oracle ones) into mobile applications helps take investments further and makes them more accessible anywhere and at anytime.  Register for this webcast and learn how you can Innovate and Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. 


Thursday Mar 20, 2014

In the News: CFO as a Technology Evangelist?

What comes to mind when you hear the word CFO?  Historically, CFOs have often been thought of as individuals who deeply involved in battling costs, economic volatility and economic complexity in their company.  However, there is a shift underway in the role of the CFO.  Oracle and Accenture co-sponsored a global study with Longitude Research entitled, "Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology" which involved 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and line of business executives from organizations around the world across multiple industries.  In a nutshell, the conclusion is that the modern CFO is not just battling The Street, grappling with internal organizational challenges but is also a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of digital and cloud technologies for the finance function.  Don't take this the wrong way -- there is still a gap between ambition and reality.  However, finance departments are recognizing the need for cloud capabilities to do a better job of budgeting, planning and forecasting.  To read more about this interesting study and its findings click here

Friday Feb 28, 2014

NEW: Launching the AppAdvantage Solution Webcast Series

We're excited to be rolling out a brand new webcast series focused on solutions around Oracle AppAdvantage. This series is designed to help you learn more about how companies are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage to grow their businesses and reinvent the way they interact with their employees, customers and partners.  The first webcast in the series is an overview of Oracle AppAdvantage and a great way to get yourself introduced to this new Fusion Middleware based solution.  Takeaways from this webcast are hear how AppAdvantage can set your business apart from the competition by integrating your enterprise applications with best-of-breed applications and services, whether on-premise or in the cloud.  Let's not forget that we're in the midst of a mobile era and AppAdvantage drives business innovation by connecting people, information and applications anytime and anywhere.  To register for this webcast click here

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Ignite the Bookworm Inside: Fusion Middleware

Looking to brush up on Oracle Fusion Middleware, but aren't quite sure where to start?  Check out the Oracle Press for all that's written and published on Fusion Middleware. Oracle Press has numerous titles ranging from Java, to enterprise architecture to deployment strategies and design patterns.  Not only are there books, but take a look at videos from Oracle's technical experts.  Check it out - here's the link to Oracle Press for Fusion Middleware.

 

Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Oracle AppAdvantage for Digital Experience: Delivering Consistent Multichannel Experiences

Author: Lance Shaw, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle

The way that your organization delivers information has become an increasingly important aspect of how you engage with customers, partners and employees. It also reflects significantly on your corporate brand and how you are viewed in the marketplace. Oracle AppAdvantage is Oracle's approach to maximizing the value of Oracle Applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware as it helps you leverage your existing investments while standardizing on core enterprise applications. Naturally, most organizations rely on multiple business systems to process, track, coordinate and deliver vital information to customers, partners and employees. Each user expects a personal experience, but those experiences will vary according to their roles and personas.

The method and style by which information is delivered is commonly called the Digital Experience. To keep your customers engaged and satisfied, the Digital Experience must be consistent across web and mobile delivery channels, with content presented appropriately within each context.

We have all seen when a company fails at delivering a quality web experience. Information delivered to a customer or employee varies depending whether it is accessed from a tablet device or a browser. Visual branding and the “look and feel” vary widely or sometimes the information is just wrong as it is not being delivered from a central system. Customers, business partner and employees all expect a better experience.

In order to provide this type of consistent and integrated online experience, organizations using Oracle Applications must be able to integrate web content management systems with enterprise systems of record and securely deliver this information in a contextual and self-service fashion. A complete Digital Experience can’t be disconnected from these critical enterprise applications.

Oracle AppAdvantage is a program powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that helps customers strengthen their investments in Oracle Applications and integrate new technology without adding to the applications’ development lifecycles. Customers that use Oracle E-Business Suite or Oracle’s PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, or Siebel solutions—as well as any of Oracle’s industry solutions or other Oracle Applications—can fulfill customer expectations with Oracle AppAdvantage solutions for Digital Experience.

Ultimately, the success of the Digital Experience depends upon the quality and quantity of information available from enterprise applications and the ease with which it can be accessed and utilized. The middleware solutions in the Oracle AppAdvantage program enable Oracle Applications customers to deliver a seamless Digital Experience that maintains the corporate “look and feel” of your brand while targeting individuals based on their current context and preferences.

To learn more about the power of Oracle AppAdvantage for Digital Experience, watch the upcoming webcast where a leading doors and windows manufacturer, Pella discusses how they are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage for Digital Experience to empower their customers, dealers as well as their sales network and are fueling continuous improvement, in turn.

Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leader Series: Pella Revolutionizes Digital Experience for Customers, Partners and Employees

Wednesday, February 12 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.

Register Today.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Oracle CloudWorld: The Recap

There was a buzz in the air at Oracle CloudWorld in San Francisco last week at the Westin on Market Street.  It was a great opportunity to hear Oracle's strategy for the Cloud across Applications such as ERP, HCM, Eloqua and other as well as Oracle's strategy for Mobile.  There was something for everyone with a floor dedicated to demos and numerous sessions for all interested.  CloudWorld in San Francisco is just one of several locations worldwide where this event is being held.  CloudWorld is slated to take place in Melbourne, Moscow, Beijing and Chicago - so if you missed last week, not to worry, it's coming to a city near you!

CEO, Larry Ellison delivered an energizing keynote in the afternoon to a packed audience.  He focused on Oracle's investment in HCM and why it sees this is an important initiative and one that requires additional staff resources and greater innovation in order for us to maintain our leadership position in the market.  Following his keynote, there was a good amount of time set aside for Q & A from the audience.  Among the many sessions, the one not to be missed was delivered by Ray Wang, Principal atConstellation Research. He had a very well attended session that covered what a sales cloud-related product should entail (feature, function and address which business needs) . 

Still want to attend CloudWorld?  To register for a CloudWorld near you, click here.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

The Next Frontier: Oracle Mobile

  

Oracle Cloudworld was a rousing success supported by insightful keynotes, hands-on-demos, real world case studies and not to mention ample opportunities to network and make new connections.  The Mobile keynote preceded CEO, Larry Ellison's much awaited keynote and the audience was all ears to hear Oracle's story around this hot space.  Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director-Product Marketing, Mobile and Fusion  Middleware explained Oracle's mobile strategy as having two aspects to it: enabling people to build their own applications or leverge Oracle's mobile applications, all supported by a robust Mobile Platform with Mobile Security.   Oracle Mobile Solution is a complete offering with a choice of out-of-the-box mobile applications or a mobile platform that allows you the flexibility to develop your own mobile applications wrapped around mobile security. Oracle Mobile Solutions has three primary components: Mobile Applications, Mobile Platform and Mobile Security. Mobile Platform provides a common technology framework for building, integrating, securing and managing mobile applications on any device. 

The next frontier for mobile is about much  more, it is about the internet of things and mobile coming together and creating the Connected Enterprise. For more information on Oracle's Mobile offerings click here.

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Intuit Makes Learning Easy - Fusion Middleware Style

Intuit has always focused on improving the lives of more than 50 million people with its flagship products and services such as QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax.  Continuing with their focus on helping people take charge of the finances, they were looking to deploy a SaaS based solution, specifically a learning platform geared toward accounting professionals. They chose Oracle for assistance with ensuring that the platform can support a large number of users, provide 24/7 availability, scale effectively and deliver a seamless user experience.  In addition, Intuit wanted to be able to deliver courses on a single system via any device - PC, laptop or tablet. 

Intuit was able to train 132,000 customers and awarded 21,000 certifications in fiscal year 2013 and set even more ambitious goals for the next fiscal year.  They laid the foundation to expand their learning offerings on a worldwide scale.  This customer success focuses on enablement and improving the user experience,  but the business drivers for Oracle AppAdvantage can be any of the following: building security across all applications, providing a centralized and standardized identity management, single sign-on across desktop, mobile, social for apps or reducing IT overhead and helpdesk calls by providing online self-service. For more information on this customer success click here.

Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leader Documentary Webcast on Pella

Oracle AppAdvantage is not about products; it is about business use cases. At Oracle we have the unique opportunity to see and understand how organizations - big and small, global and regional - use Oracle Applications and how they look to extend and enhance the value of their existing investments in Oracle Applications. As ACE Director, Debra Lilley had mentioned in her post last week, much like traffic and roads, it is okay to ask for directions while navigating applications. Oracle AppAdvantage is that strategic approach to using Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Applications or other industry applications whereby organizations can extend their technology investments to fuel innovation and meet strategic business objectives.

The Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leader program has been put together to showcase organizations and their successful technology roadmaps driving innovation for the future while enabling business success today. As  part of this program, you will see Oracle's executives sit down with IT Leaders of organizations around the world to discuss the business, cultural, organizational and financial impact of the use of technology, and of the application of Oracle AppAdvantage, to drive innovation and build industry differentiation. These in-depth, on-site interviews will detail the business rationale, the road to planning, design & ultimately success as well as the IT Leader's vision for the future. We will get insights into the industry, we will explore touch points between business and IT collaboration, and more. Oracle Enterprise Architects and technical experts will be called in to walk us through the logical reference model so we understand the technology that is fueling the success. We will explore the cross-industry applications of technology. And, we will host a live Q&A session so that YOUR questions are answered by the experts.

We kick-off the IT Leader program with Pella - a well known doors and windows manufacturer in North America. Tune in Wednesday, February 12 at 10 am PT/ 1pm ET to see and hear from the IT Leaders at Pella as they describe how they are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage to reinvent the way they interact with employees, customers, and business partners. Find out how technology is enabling continuous improvement throughout the manufacturing and sales cycles at Pella. Register for this complimentary webcast and get your questions answered live by the experts. Rick Beers, our host of the regular IT Leaders Editorial column, will be the host of this documentary webcast with Pella.

Pella Revolutionizes the Digital Experience for Customers, Partners and Employees

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

Register Now


Monday Jan 20, 2014

In the News: Verizon and Oracle Partner for Better Cloud Access with Fusion Middleware

It's exciting to hear that Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Oracle have partnered to allow customers to use Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database on Verizon cloud infrastructure.  Customers can bring their own Oracle licenses to the Verizon cloud platform or buy Verizon cloud services which include Oracle licenses.  What's even more interesting is that with Fusion Middleware on Verizon Cloud, customers can leverage existing assets and pay only for what they need versus having to purchase perpetual licenses.  It's win-win for all parties, more cost effective deployments and taking on-premise software into the cloud. Click here to read all about this new partnership.

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