Thursday Nov 06, 2014

OOW Recap: Industrial Innovation with IoT, enabled by Oracle Fusion Middleware and JD Edwards

With each Open World we continue to see incredible innovations carried out by our customers and partners. One theme that has gained a lot of traction this year is Internet of Things (IoT). Today we will take a closer look at a session that covered a live IoT story at one of our customers, co-presented with our customer, partner, and product teams. We will look at Oracle’s IoT platform and how Fusion Middleware bridges the gap between device data and enterprise applications.

IoT drives industrial innovations but also presents various challenges. For example, the lack of standardization and the lack of integration prohibit a lot of businesses from benefiting from this industrial trend. Oracle has a complete IoT platform that answers to those challenges in the following ways:
Standardized Java platform to develop & deploy applications across devices and applications
Scalable analytics with Big Data, event processing and Business Intelligence
Integrate processes between people, applications and devices 
Enable security, compliance and data protection across devices and enterprise data center

Middleware especially provides key functionalities such as real-time analysis (through our Fast Data offering), integration (delivered by SOA and BPM), security (through our Identity Management stack), and monitoring (through our WebCenter products and Mobile Application Framework)

Let us take a closer look at our customer, Superior Industries, who presented in this Open World session. Superior implemented an automatic equipment tracking and JDE process automation solution with an Oracle Gold Partner, EmeraldCube Solutions. A Minnesota manufacturing company selling material-handling equipment, Superior Industries is a JDE customer that faced a particular problem: they had no automated way to track machine usage and maintenance. Their manual tracking using paper, vocal communication, and manual work orders produced a number of issues: lack of accuracy, consistency, reliability and scalability. Machines were often either over-maintained or under-maintained.  

superior old trackingsample of a hand-written maintenance schedule that could easily get lost

emerald sensor

To address these problems, Superior reached out to EmeraldCube, an Oracle partner who provides an IoT solution including sensor technology and a Java-embedded platform for JDE users. Their EmeraldSensor was used to track Superior’s equipment utilization and cycles via electric current monitoring; when machines need maintenance, the platform automatically creates work orders in JDE through the Assets & Maintenance module.

Superior benefits from this implementation in numerous ways. 

Safety: Machines maintained based on actual usage equal safer equipment and fewer injuries
Liability: Hard data reflecting actual usage allows Superior to legally prove that maintenance follows manufacturers recommendations
Maintenance: Technicians only do preventive maintenance when needed thus recovering some lost opportunity costs
Trends: Visibility into usage patterns and how they correlate with production. Allows plant managers to detect if machines are over/under utilized

The projected savings amount to over $80,000/year in labor costs alone, and over $100,000/year in maintenance costs.

The session concludes with a demo from Oracle’s Fusion Middleware product management team, showing a facility monitoring scenario that happens to closely resemble the use case from Superior. Equipment temperature data is monitored and analyzed by Java-embedded gateways, which perform first level of processing. Alerts are sent to the Fusion Middleware enterprise back end to go through a second level of event processing. Business processes are driven by these alerts. When a work order needs to be created, Fusion Middleware also performs that automatically through JDE EnterpriseOne’s asset management API. Meanwhile, user interactions are performed in an Oracle MAF application, where business rules on the gateway can also be updated. Because the gateway is smart, it can open up APIs and understand commands coming from outside. The demo flow can be explained in the following chart.
demo flow

The demo architecture reviews an end-to-end view of how the different Oracle technologies work together to deliver the solution. We will release a viewlet of this demo very soon and you will find it on this blog.


This session proves that IoT is no longer a catchphrase. Oracle customers are already benefiting and innovating from this revolution, and Oracle has a complete IoT platform with best-in-class technology in every level, from Java-embedded devices and gateways to middleware and applications – engineered to work together. 

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Jump Start Your Digital Strategy at Oracle OpenWorld

GEN8238: Enable Applications for the Cloud, Mobile and Beyond
Tuesday, September 30, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Moscone West 3018

Mark the session in your schedule builder today.

At Oracle OpenWorld next week, Oracle Group Vice President will be discussing how to get your applications infrastructure ready to tackle digital disruption. Digital is all the buzz this year and our customer organizations are building digital strategies. Here, we bring to you a recent interview with Oracle's Group Vice President, Amit Zavery to provide additional context to his AppAdvantage Keynote session at Oracle OpenWorld.

As published in September edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter. Subscribe today.

Twenty five percent of businesses will lose competitive ranking by 2017 as a result of digital business incompetence. Digital disruption has changed customer expectations of business-to-business and business-to-consumer enterprises. Organizations are using the cloud and mobile and social technologies to drive innovation and outsell their competition.

Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter sat down with Amit Zavery, group vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware, to get details on how digital business is influencing Oracle's middleware portfolio and learn about customers' key business drivers for adapting to digital business.

Q: In the wake of the digital revolution, what are some of the strategic goals for Oracle Fusion Middleware?
A: The customers we've talked to are going through the process of modernizing their infrastructure to get the most out of cloud computing and mobile initiatives, so we have invested heavily and added a lot of functionality around cloud computing, mobile technology, and engineered systems, particularly around big data and fast data, the Internet of Things, Oracle AppAdvantage for Oracle Applications customers, and digital business.

With this in mind, our most recent product releases in Oracle Fusion Middleware have been architected to help our customers modernize their IT architectures—not only to allow them to build, extend, and deploy mobile applications more quickly, but also to enable them to more easily deliver information across different digital channels.

Q: What are the top three areas of focus for Oracle Fusion Middleware when it comes to mobile innovation?
A: Mobile technology continues to be top-of-mind for consumers and enterprises, and middleware is a big part of a successful mobility implementation. Our customers are deep into building and deploying mobile applications. The big goal here is to simplify enterprise mobility and enable our customers to build, integrate, secure, and deploy mobile applications across multiple operating systems and form factors without having to update each application whenever something changes on the mobile side. In a recent global survey published by CIO Strategic Marketing Services and Triangle Publishing Services, IT leaders cited that more than 70 percent of their time is spent on integration, security, quality assurance testing, and design work.

In an ongoing effort to simplify enterprise mobility, Oracle Mobile Suite has brought together Oracle's mobile application framework and integration capabilities into one packaged solution. Many vendors offer siloed products or different technologies for mobile versus cloud versus the on-premises systems that customers then have to tie together themselves. Oracle provides end-to-end development, deployment, and security for mobile applications that leverage the same industry-leading business innovation platform—Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Oracle is continuing to deepen its mobile offerings. For example, last year it acquired mobile containerization technology through the Bitzer Mobile acquisition, which is now integrated and offered as part of Oracle Mobile Security Suite. Today, Oracle's mobile security solution contains core components that support mobile application management, access management, and security.

Q: Cloud computing is also huge for many companies. Can you tell us about Oracle's vision to help CIOs with integration and platform optimization?
A: The big challenge we are seeing here is how to integrate cloud-based applications with on-premises applications. The integration functionality that Oracle SOA Suite 12c offers helps integrate applications, business processes, and information flow across on-premises and cloud services, whether it's Oracle applications and services, third-party cloud services, or third-party applications. As an aside, it is the same integration infrastructure you will leverage for mobile too.

Additionally, our middleware is available itself as a platform as a service, either as a public or private cloud. You can even run both—and you don't have to rewrite a single line of code. Oracle is the only company that can provide such transportability and flexibility between public and private cloud deployments.

Oracle's cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings help enterprise IT and independent software vendor developers rapidly build and deploy rich applications or extend Oracle Cloud software-as-a-service apps using an enterprise-grade cloud platform based on the industry's #1 database and application server.

Q: Another aspect of the cloud lies in companies' ability to leverage middleware components as a hosted service. What can you tell us about new middleware-as-a-service capabilities from Oracle?
A: What we hear is all about the need for speed—companies really want to get their applications out quickly. PaaS offerings such as Oracle Java Cloud Service let you spin up an instance in less than five minutes, while full-blown application-server-as-a-service offerings extend that with full administration and control. Expect to hear more from Oracle on cloud services over the next few months and at Oracle OpenWorld.

Want to learn more about the role of Oracle Fusion Middleware in enabling digital business? Register today for Oracle OpenWorld, taking place in San Francisco, California from September 28 to October 2, 2014. Read the Focus On documents to get full details about Oracle Fusion Middleware keynotes, sessions, demos, and more.

Looking for more information about Oracle product strategy? Be sure to check out the Oracle Day global event series coming to a city near you.

This content is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

Monday Jun 23, 2014

A Mobile-First Strategy and Beyond...

Did you watch Messi's goal? On your Mobile device or live? Okay so even I will admit, organizers of 2014 FIFA World Cup may not have had mobile FIRST on their priority list, yet, I am certain they had a Mobile-First strategy as a top priority.

Did you know the Mobile traffic, during the opening match at the World Cup2014 exceeded 1 million connections? So far 2014 FIFA World Cup appears to be the most high-tech football event ever, the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has seen more than one million mobile data communications and 135,000 mobile phone calls. Organizers are already expecting data traffic during the World Cup final next month will reach about 12.6 terabytes - so the organizers definitely had Mobile on their minds when planning out their events. 

Recently Oracle’s CIO, Mark Sunday had a candid discussion with Oracle Vice President of Mobile Strategy, Suhas Uliyar, around the trends, opportunities and challenges when it comes to enterprise mobility. “I encourage CIOs to develop a mobile-first strategy and then look beyond. Mobile apps set expectations for usability, appearance, and behavior… It is important to have a multichannel and multi-device strategy, “ Suhas explained. CIOs and IT have an opportunity to sit in the drivers seat in defining the corporate enterprise mobility strategy.

Companies and industries alike are going through what Suhas refers to as, “mobile transformations.” He continues, “Consuming data and being able to act upon events and alerts from these devices will become progressively more important. We are seeing a classic convergence of mobile, IoT, cloud, and big data analytics in healthcare.” Be sure to read more in this two part interview: CIO Drives Innovation: A Mobile-First Strategy  and Mobile and Internet of Things.

Now I hope you catch a bit of World Cup fever!! Stay connected to FIFA 2014 World Cup, perhaps download their much acclaimed Mobile App! And of course visit www.oracle.com/mobile!

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Standards Corner: Maturing REST Specifications and the Internet of Things

Last week was the IETF's 89th meeting in London. Phil Hunt summarizes news relating to RESTful services (OAuth, JOSE, JSON, SCIM) and new work beginning at the IETF on an authorization standard for the Internet of Things.[Read More]
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