Monday Nov 16, 2015

Simplify Your Path to APIs and Integration

Well, now that the World Series of Poker is over* we can now look forward to Gartner AADI in Las Vegas, Dec 1-3, where we'll be showing off Mobile, IoT, ICS and other Oracle Platform Cloud services.

Oracle's own Sr. Vice President, Amit Zavery, will be hosting the Oracle session as described below.

Oracle: Simplify Your Path to APIs and Integration - Whether you want to implement a cloud or IoT architecture, or mobile-enable your systems, or move to a microservices architecture, APIs and integration are at the heart of these initiatives. We invite you to hear insights into how to leverage Oracle Cloud services with a clear API and integration strategy. Join us to learn how you can take your business to the next-level as a connected enterprise.

And if your'e going, please stop by the booth where we'll be talking Oracle Mobile, IoT, Integration Cloud Service as well as my latest bad beat at the table. :)

* Congrats to Joe McKeehen, all of 25 years old and now over $7M wealthier, who went to the final table as the chip leader and never gave it up. Also congrats to Neil Blumenfield, who came in 3rd to represent Silicon Valley.

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Monday Aug 10, 2015

Oracle Mobile & PaaS @ Gartner Catalyst, San Diego

Even by Silicon Valley standards, the weather down here in San Diego is always amazing. If you're fortunate to be here attending Gartner Catalyst, and thinking about your cloud & mobile strategy, you should attend Oracle's presentation noted below, presented by Oracle VP, Siddartha Agarwal on Tues, Aug 11 @ 10:05AM, Seaport A, Second Level. 

And during the break around noon, stop by our booth where you can learn more about Oracle's lasted offering where cloud meets mobile, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Accelerate Your Digital Transformation with Oracle Mobile & Platform as a Service

Siddartha Agarwal on Tues, Aug 11 @ 10:05AM, Seaport A, Second Level.  

By year-end 2015, half the world’s population will have a powerful computer in their pockets - their mobile phone. To engage with these always-on consumers, organizations must deliver efficiencies that include scalable development & deployment, fast delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps with seamless integration and rapid workload portability of cloud & on premise investments. Start your digital journey with the Oracle Cloud Platform and achieve eye-popping results in record time.

Sunday Jul 19, 2015

Mobile App Integration Trends

By Ian Wallis, Director Mobile PaaS Business Development, Oracle EMEA 

The first half of 2015 has seen big advances in mobile app, development, integration and mobile enterprise IT and these culminated for me at the Gartner AADI conference we took part in towards the end of May (see photo above).  

There was a lot of talk about how IT is becoming a toxic brand inside the enterprise, holding back innovation and blocking progress in initiatives desperately needed by the business. Almost 40% of IT spend is now being decided on by teams outside of IT and according to Gartner this will rise to 50% by 2017.

We need to transform IT into an enabler rather than a blocker of change. This means layering IT with systems of innovation, which are fluid, adaptable and innovative on top of the core systems, which need to be safe and steady. These systems of innovation should allow the organization to take risk without jeopardising the core systems.

So when considering a mobile app integration strategy, two new considerations play out for CIOs and IT organizations:

  • Executing Two Speed IT, which is part solid and part fluid delivery, referred to by Gartner as Bimodal IT and is key to allowing IT to work at business speed.
  • Enabling DevOps, which is integral to allowing for a rapid innovation cycle, working at pace, embracing failure, but failing fast and iterating quickly.

Enterprises also need to evolve away from trying to enforce Mobile Device Management (MDM) through to managing Digital Risk. Given the low adoption of MDM of between 25% and 50%, enterprises need to start to trust the untrustworthy, as we move to more usage on personal mobile devices and “things”.

Businesses also need to expect unintended consequences as mobile throws up unexpected outcomes and need to be aware of amplification given the huge reach of mobile and social.

Businesses should look to surround themselves with digital assets and remove the physical constraints of doing business. This includes tapping in to Business Moments, where transient opportunities can be exploited dynamically. To do this we see more demand for Micro apps, where one app does one thing really well, most likely on a watch or mobile phone.

To support these business moments via micro apps, there are a number of key trends impacting how we use mobile app platforms. Richard Marshall outlined the following shifts happening in mobile application development:

  • Growth of open source tools (e.g. node.js, Angular)
  • Cross compilation tools delivering native binaries (e.g. Xamarin)
  • Big suites evolving (e.g. Oracle, MSFT, IBM…)
  • Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) tools emerging

It is very reassuring to see that Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service aligns closely with these trends:

  1. Oracle’s embrace of open source tools such as Node.js, Ionic, Angular, Knockout, Cordova and other tools
  2. Oracle’s recent partnership with Xamarin and Oracle’s own Mobile Application Framework providing cross compilation tools
  3. The evolution of Mobile Cloud Service as part of a much broader Platform as a Service offering, supporting big Digital initiatives
  4. The incredible speed of implementation of mobile apps using the combination of tools mentioned above as well upcoming Mobile Cloud Service releases further adding to RMAD capability in the Oracle PaaS platform
All in all these are very exciting times for us at Oracle. For more information on Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service, click here.

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Oracle at Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit

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

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

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

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

Here are the Top 3 Reasons you should attend:

1. Face-to-Face Meetings with Oracle Experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

b. Client Whiteboard sessions with Product experts.

c. Private after hours sessions are available upon request

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

Conference Logistics


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

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

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

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 Dec 06, 2013

Exclusive Online Event: Oracle Mobile Strategy Update

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Oracle Mobile Platform enables organizations to develop, deploy, integrate, secure, and manage enterprise mobility. In this online event, you will hear directly from featured analyst firm Gartner about the current mobile trends and challenges. Oracle Mobile executives will also outline Oracle’s overall mobile strategy, and discuss how Oracle Mobile Platform leverages current platform investments to simplify enterprise mobility.

Join us for this exclusive event to learn more about:

  • Oracle’s complete mobile solution and strategy
  • Current enterprise mobility challenges and opportunities, as presented by featured analyst firm Gartner
  • How Oracle is addressing mobility challenges and simplifying enterprise mobility with Oracle Mobile Platform

By leveraging the right mobile technologies, IT has an opportunity to work with line-of-business leaders to establish cross-channel mobile strategy for the enterprise.

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Friday Oct 25, 2013

Global Perspective: Oracle AppAdvantage Does its Stage Debut in the UK

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 is a follow-up from last month’s Global Perspective note from a well known ACE Director based in EMEA.

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

My first contribution to this blog was before Oracle Open World and I was quite excited about where this initiative would take me in my understanding of the value of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Rimi Bewtra from the Oracle AppAdvantage team came as promised to the Oracle ACE Director briefings and explained what this initiative was all about and I then asked the directors to take part in the new survey. The story was really well received and then at the SOA advisory board that many of these ACE Directors already take part in there was a further discussion on how this initiative will help customers understand the benefits of adoption.

A few days later Rick Beers launched the program at a lunch of invited customer executives which included one from Pella who talked about their projects (a quick recap on that here). I wasn’t able to stay for the whole event but what really interested me was that these executives who understood the technology but where looking for how they could use them to drive their businesses.

Lots of ideas were bubbling up in my head about how we can use this in user groups to help our members, and the timing was fantastic as just three weeks later we had UKOUG_Apps13, our flagship Applications conference in the UK. We had independently working with Oracle marketing in the UK on an initiative called Apps Transformation to help our members look beyond just the application they use today. We have had a Fusion community page but felt the options open are now much wider than Fusion Applications, there are acquired applications, social, mobility and of course the underlying technology, Oracle Fusion Middleware. I was really pleased to be allowed to give the Oracle AppAdvantage story as a session in our conference and we are planning a special Apps Transformation event in March where I hope the Oracle AppAdvantage team will take part and we will have the results of the survey to discuss.

But, life also came full circle for me. In my first post, I talked about Andrew Sutherland and his original theory that Oracle Fusion Middleware adoption had technical drivers. Well, Andrew was a speaker at our event and he gave a potted, tech-talk free update on Oracle Open World. Andrew talked about the Prevailing Technology Winds, and what is driving this today and he talked about that in the past it was the move from simply automating processes (ERP etc), through the altering of those processes (SOA) and onto consolidation. The next drivers are around the need to predict, both faster and more accurately; how to better exploit the information that we have available. He went on to talk about The Nexus of Forces: Social, Mobile, Cloud and Information – harnessing these forces of change with Oracle technology. Gartner really likes this concept and if you want to know more you can get their paper here.

All this has made me think, and I hope it will make you too. Technology can help us drive our businesses better and understanding your needs can be the first step on your journey, which was the theme of our event in the UK. I spoke to a number of the delegates and I hope to share some of their stories in later posts.

If you have a story to share, the survey is at:

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, Fujitsu Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Debra has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Leader and then Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts

Editor’s Note: Debra has kindly agreed to share her musings and experience in a monthly column on the Fusion Middleware blog so do stay tuned…


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