Wednesday Feb 11, 2015

Mobile World Congress: An Opportunity to Learn More About Oracle IoT Solutions

by Tom Angelucci, Senior Principal Product Director, Java and IoT Solutions, Oracle

Simplify and optimize how your enterprise realizes value from IoT data as part of your digital strategy.

This year, Oracle is showcasing a use case built upon the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service which allows your enterprise to gain business insights and drive action from IoT data. The Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service will enable your enterprise to deliver innovative new services faster with less risk by securely managing bi-directional, real-time IoT data at scale between connected devices and a wide spectrum of Oracle enterprise applications and technologies.

Oracle will demonstrate how a variety of intelligent edge devices can utilize the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service to integrate with, and provide IoT data for, a range of Oracle enterprise applications.  The demonstration will illustrate how to:

  • Realize the value of IoT data at rest and in-flight, with other data streams, to improve business decisions and actions using intelligent devices, event processing & data analytics.
  • Integrate devices with business processes and enterprise applications to ensure the right data is available to the right application at the right time, to enhance operational efficiency and deliver new value-added services.
  • Harness the business potential of IoT data with a standards-based cloud service that gathers and pre-processes device & application data & routes information to the correct back-end process & data store.

For more information, come and see us at MWC booth #3B20 or contact your Oracle Sales Representative for more information.

Here are a few reference links to get you started:

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

http://oracle.com/iot



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.

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.

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Inside the OOW Session CON8645: Industrial Innovation with the Internet of Things: JD Edwards and Oracle Fusion Middleware

By Harish Doddala, Senior Product Manager, Oracle

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT), excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020 representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009*. IoT product and services are estimated to generate incremental revenues exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services, in 2020. Advances enabled by the Internet of Things will drive interesting innovations, enable new revenue streams, improve operational efficiencies, and increase organizational flexibility and time to market.

However, the problem with traditional systems to enable such advancements is that they are largely proprietary and inflexible. They require specialized hardware, expensive network connectivity, and high system integration expenditure to build the machine information into an enterprise business process. They also lack the security, system management, and analytics capability that organizations require.

  1. Real-time Analysis: Device data streams will need to be analyzed in real-time to derive insights
  2. Integration: The device data will need to be integrated with enterprise applications for billing, revenue management
  3. Monitoring: It is also essential to provide a UI/UX for IoT to monitor incoming device streams and also send command signals back to the devices and actuators.
  4. Security: Managing identities of users, devices and applications is also a key component of IoT

This session focuses on how Oracle Fusion Middleware along with Oracle JD Edwards applications can provide a working Internet of Things platform which will revolutionize the industrial world. The session will introduce you to the Internet of Things architecture and illustrate how you can implement this exciting technology today to further enhance your organization’s business process. The session also includes a live demonstration of an IoT scenario with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle JD Edwards. You will also hear from a customer on an actual use-case.

Session details are as follows –

Industrial Innovation with the Internet of Things: JD Edwards and Oracle Fusion Middleware

Date: Wednesday, Oct 1,

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Location: Moscone West – 3018

Speakers: Gurbinder Bali - Director, Oracle | Gary Grieshaber - Senior Director, Product Strategy, Oracle | Ed Zou - VP, Product Management, Fusion Middleware, Oracle

Abstract: New ecosystems of connected machines have the potential to increase efficiency, minimize waste, and help the people operating them make smarter decisions. Customers benefit from accurate location-based inventory management, real-time condition-based maintenance, or improved quality management. This session discusses how Oracle’s JD Edwards product family can drive manufacturing innovation and efficiency with the Internet of Things. It covers the reference architecture and adoption patterns and demonstrates an Internet of Things scenario with JD Edwards and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Don’t miss this session if you are a JD Edwards customer.

* Source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2636073

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]

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) Your Thing?

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Why are we hearing so much about it nowadays? What does IoT mean for an enterprise like mine? Does it impact my IT infrastructure? Should I be invested in it or at least learn more about it? Is it for real or are we talking about a future technology? What does Oracle have to do with IoT.

We know some of you have questions like these in mind. Our February edition of the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter ran a feature that explores some of these questions. If you haven't already, do take a look at the feature. We hope that this is a start of a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you - questions, critique, feedback, your opinion(s), your observations and more; we'll take it. And if you haven't already, do subscribe to the newsletter.


Monday Feb 24, 2014

Join us @Mobile World Congress 2014!

... "Creating What’s Next?"


Flights to Barcelona were full, the airports were bustling, weeks leading up to this weekend, everyone was planning and prepping for the largest mobile event in the year. Over the course of the next four days, 24-27 February 2014, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona will host one of the world’s biggest mobile events. It is no wonder that Oracle, the #1 technology leader is also here in full force, ready to show off our capabilities across Mobile Platform and Mobile Security, Internet of Things, Communications, and much more. At this event Oracle will be speaking to customers, partners, press and analysts about many things including, Oracle’s Mobile Strategy.

I arrived this evening and before I left the airport I noticed at least 10 diferent kiosks for registration – all you needed was your ID and QR code, and there were teams of people excited to network and learn about the trends in their industry. As the mobile industry continues to diversify, how will the roles of the traditional and emerging members evolve and with what impact?  In 2014, the Mobile World Congress Conference will examine the present and debate the future of this industry with in-depth analysis of the trends that are shaping it. From the Exhibition Hall to the Keynotes and in-depth sessions, there will be a lot to learn!

I am eager to  meet with customers, partners, and learn as much as I can over this next week - and I will be sure to  share with you on  "what's coming next". Come join us at Mobile World Congress 2014 (Oracle Booth 3B20 (Hall 3)and learn more about Oracle Mobile @www.oracle.com/mobile

Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Manage the Internet of Things, Cloud Integration and Digital Experience

What do the Internet of Things, cloud integration with salesforce.com and Oracle AppAdvantage for Digital Experience have in common? Aside from the fact that these are all enabled by Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions, these are the topics we covered in the February edition of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter.

Yes, the Feb edition of the newsletter is now out. Catch an interview with our product expert on the Internet of Things, the market trends that are driving it, the solution requirements and how it may relate to your organization's business needs.

You may have recently caught our documentary webcast featuring Pella where the company's IT leaders discussed how they are revolutionizing the digital experience they are providing to their customers via Pella.com and to their dealers and sales network via the self-service portal, all enabled by Oracle AppAdvantage, or their use of Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies with Oracle E-Business Suite and other applications. The newsletter feature on Oracle AppAdvantage for Digital Experience discusses the technology science behind the success many organizations such as Pella are experiencing today.

And in case you missed our recent announcement on the availability of Oracle Cloud Adapters, catch up on this feature to learn how these adapters drastically simplify integration of on-premises and cloud applications and services, including Salesforce.com. For Oracle Applications customers, the premise of Oracle AppAdvantage for cloud and on-premise integration got further simplfied and seamless.

The newsletter offers updates on latest news, events, upcoming webcasts and the most up to date collateral, documentation and materials available so if you haven't subscribed to it yet, we recommend you do so today. Happy reading!


Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

Practical Training, Technology Dives Coming to a City Near You

Starting October 24th, we are bringing practical training to your doorstep - all at no cost to you! Yes, Oracle Day events are coming to a city near you shortly. The events will provide practical training and will showcase real customer examples that showcase how organizations are bringing innovation to bear. Spanning cloud, fusion middleware, and the engineered systems powering the modern datacenter, Oracle Day events will discuss how businesses can leverage disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile, social, analytics and big data, and the Internet of Things—a world of sensors that share data with each other and data centers to reveal previously unknown secrets. 

Join us at the Oracle Day event near you to hear stories of innovation in practice. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how the world is changing and how your organization can position itself to drive innovation.

For more information on the detailed agenda, tracks & training, visit the Oracle Day webpage and while there, be sure to register for an event near you. This is a global series so we hope you find an event near you and meet our experts, customers, partners and executives.

For now, we leave you with this brief video.



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