Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Steve Daheb - Innovate Faster, Spend Less, and Connect People with the Right Information

Taken from Q&A Interview with Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle that was published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition

The cloud is disrupting how businesses operate, and changing the way people work and access information. Whether you’re just beginning your journey to cloud computing or you’ve adopted it throughout your business, the platform that supports your strategy deserves thoughtful consideration. Oracle Senior Vice President, PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb talks about the pivotal role platform as a service (PaaS) has in helping businesses innovate faster, spend less, and connect people with the right information.

Q. How can customers rationalize their existing on-premises investments with newer cloud investments?
A. Achieving digital transformation is not a question of choosing between cloud and on-premises offerings. The foundation of all information technology is managing information. It’s about mobilizing, securing, and visualizing information. It’s about sharing the information that fuels our applications, and it’s about connecting people and businesses to information. That’s what Oracle has always done better than anybody else. As Larry Ellison says, “Don’t assemble the information, take advantage of it.”

Today, Oracle technology is allowing people to easily collect, access, and share information, and connect their applications with the information that is the lifeblood of those applications. Oracle Cloud solutions coexist with your current investments and allow you to extend their functionality to the cloud.

Q. What is the significance of the hybrid cloud?
A. An information strategy needs to span both on-premises and cloud-based environments because information lives in both places. Information flows through all things, all applications, all devices, and you have to be able to address all of these together. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to tackle both sides, like a bridge, and allows you to go back and forth between your legacy and future on-premises investments with the cloud. It also allows you to migrate workloads between on premises and the cloud to suit business needs and to not be limited by what technology dictates. It’s a strategy that gives you choice, whether that choice is a private cloud, software as a service (SaaS), or any combination that suits your specific business and industry needs.

Oracle’s integrated portfolio of cloud platform services delivers complete capabilities for application development, integration, content sharing and collaboration, business analytics, mobile technology, enterprise management, and data management. Only Oracle offers this full technology continuum that can enable customers regardless of where they might be on their journey to the cloud.

Q. Mobile is a key trend and many organizations have made significant strides in mobile operations. How do Oracle’s solutions aid with SaaS mobile extensions, rapid application development, and mobile innovation?
A. Mobile innovation is really part of the overall conversation about getting users the information they need, in the context in which they need it. For that to work, you need to manage mobility from a centralized platform that gives mobile developers easy access to everything they need, including services such as user management, offline data, push notification, and storage. You also need a way to cut application development time and ensure consistency. Again, the platform is the key to success. Built-in components such as rapid application development kits and UX templates enable easy mobile extensions for applications.

Q. How do Oracle Cloud solutions offer specific benefits to app developers, IT architects, and line-of-business users?
A. In order to have a platform that meets the needs of all of your stakeholders, you’ve got to understand who the stakeholders are, and speak their language.

For corporate IT and DBAs, it’s about having the same database technology on premises and in the cloud. It’s about speed of provisioning, ease of administration, and ease of ongoing maintenance.

For developers it’s about building rich, high-performance apps. It’s about mobilizing the apps in the back end to support that, and giving them familiar tools to build robust, engaging, and secure apps.

For architects it’s about sandboxing and development testing and managing cloud offerings, on-premises offerings, and mobile technology together.

For line-of-business (LOB) managers, it’s about the information—how can business users easily access and consume information within the context of their business process using innovative tools such as visual analytics, regardless of where they are?

And for business analysts, it’s about giving them information that is connected across disparate sources along with the tools they need to shorten the time it takes to build analytics dashboards, helping them uncover patterns faster, and enabling them to collaborate on that analysis with LOB stakeholders.

Q. What is unique about Oracle’s value proposition?
A. Oracle’s approach is about building an information platform upon which you can run your business; one that spans infrastructure, services, databases, and applications. A hybrid cloud strategy enables you to address both cloud and on-premises needs and allows you to go back and forth, protecting both your legacy and your future technology investments. As a result, you can choose any combination of deployment model based on your business needs. Only Oracle offers the choice of both public and private cloud services. And unlike its competitors, Oracle gives its customers the flexibility to change their deployment model from private to public, or perhaps to bring a public cloud application back in-house.

Come to Oracle OpenWorld 2015 to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform. Read the Focus On session listings and descriptions to learn more about key sessions:

Can’t attend? Follow Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook, watch keynote and session highlights on demand, and visit today to watch a demo or to sign up for a trial.

Also, don’t miss the global Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow series of events. Attend an event to explore a range of industry-leading cloud solutions suited to the specific needs of your job role, and discover why Oracle is the leading cloud company.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

On PaaS, Mobile Security, Cloud Content Sharing: April Newsletter is Out

The April edition of the Fusion Middleware newsletter is now out. This edition is all about Digital Transformation. Find out how Platform as a Service (PaaS) is driving the digital revolution and get access to the latest IDC report on the PaaS market, business drivers, benefits and more. As personal and work boundaries blur in the digital age, organizations are getting increasingly concerned about security. The challenges is more acute with trends like Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)and even Bring Your Own Applications (BYOA). How do you open your company without incurring the security risks? Find out how Mobile Security can help protect your IP, your brand reputation while still enabling a digital trend. And, we continue our ongoing series of Cloud Computing use cases. In this edition, we take a closer look at cloud content sharing and collaboration. Oracle Documents Cloud Service (OracleDOCS)  is an enterprise grade solution that not only offers the intuitive features of cloud file sync and share but to support the various use cases drives a PaaS for SaaS solution allowing you to unlock your company potential. be sure to give it a read to understand how enterprises today are leveraging OracleDOCS.

The newsletter comes complete with news, recent press announcements, information about upcoming events both regional and online, latest market and product materials, and more so don't miss it. And we recommend you subscribe to the newsletter today.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

PaaS Use Case Series Part 1: Using Java Cloud Service

In case you missed it, we have recently started a series on our bi-monthly Middleware Newsletter where we have started to discuss in detail the use cases we are seeing for our Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. We kicked off the series in our January edition by taking a look at use cases for Java Cloud Service. Here is the feature in case you missed it or needed a refresher.

Use Cases: Oracle Java Cloud Service—The Most Advanced, Complete Platform as a Service for Your Apps

Cloud computing—software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service—is an undisputed game-changer in the corporate world. But with so many different cloud options, it can be complicated to align them with possible real-world scenarios. In a new series of articles, the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter will present use cases that illustrate how various aspects of cloud computing work within a business setting. We'll start with a look at Oracle Java Cloud Service. 

Use Case 1: Accelerate Application Development
"One of the underlying business drivers behind digital transformation is the increasing need to produce targeted applications at a rapid rate," says Oracle's Vice President of product management Mike Lehmann. "Instead of apps that run for 10 years, companies want apps that run for a month, or the duration of a marketing campaign." 

Oracle Java Cloud Service satisfies this need for speed with fast, effective development and a testing environment that lets developers rapidly develop and operationalize Java apps with cloud-based testing and quality assurance, built-in high-availability options, and rapid change management. 

Full integration with Oracle Developer Cloud Service further strengthens its value by providing an integrated enterprise Java development toolset. "You can build a development environment in Oracle Developer Cloud Service and it will be completely integrated with Oracle Java Cloud Service," says Lehmann. This enables developers to provision and use capacity on demand. He cites one organization that needs apps set up to coincide with weekly events spanning a season. "The idea of having an instantly available Java infrastructure that lets them build in days, if not minutes, is hugely valuable." 

Use Case 2: Move to Cloud to Gain Operational Efficiency
The need to cut IT complexity is highlighted in IT operations' ongoing quest to cut costs by simplifying the management of the application lifecycle. Take, for example, a use case involving one organization's need to manage a large installation of Oracle WebLogic servers, a complex environment where maintenance patches and security updates must be administered consistently. With Oracle Java Cloud Service, instant patching and backup and restore are built in. "It can be as simple as one click of a button," says Lehmann. "It's attractive for customers that want to simplify maintenance of their existing environment." 

Use Case 3: Run Java Workloads in the Cloud with Minimal Risk
In this scenario, Oracle Java Cloud Service's preintegrated stack of cloud services simplifies architectural complexities while also helping companies easily extend existing IT investments into the cloud via the same platform used on premises. For example, one enterprise with an Oracle WebLogic server was able to run departmental workloads in the cloud without any interruption to the users. "It's an identical environment, but with a dramatically simplified architecture around it," says Lehmann.

Attend one of Oracle's signature cloud events to get more details and learn about real-world scenarios, customer successes, and the future of cloud computing. The Cloud Platform Online Forum slated for January 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. PT features presentations from IDC Program Vice President for SaaS and Cloud Services Robert P. Mahowald and Oracle's Vice President of Product Marketing for Technology Software Rex Wang. And be sure to look for an Oracle CloudWorld event coming to a city near you. Reimagine your business in one day with tracks that focus on marketing, human resources, sales, customer service, back-office, development, customer experience, the public sector, and other special topics.

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Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Is Your IT Private PaaS Ready? Take This 10-minute Assessment to Find Out

by Ruma Sanyal, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle

By the end of 2015, end-user spending on cloud services is expected to exceed $180 billion[1]. The shift toward cloud is undeniable, as is the need for hybrid cloud. Driven by legal, political, security, control, historical, cultural [add more reasons here] needs, organizations will continue to run some of their applications inside their firewall (in addition to running many of their applications on a public cloud), which will ultimately drive the need to create a private cloud infrastructure.

From the extensive insights we’ve compiled as leaders from our product and consulting teams have engaged with customers architecting their cloud infrastructure, we have developed an assessment for you to determine your IT organization’s private PaaS readiness. The tool comes with a 4-tiered dashboard based on the cloud adoption & maturity levels we’ve seen from hundreds of our customers, ranging from “preliminary” to “strategic.” Your organization’s current readiness rating is coupled with specific action items to help you reach the “strategic” level.

Take 10 minutes now to begin your private PaaS journey. Once you go through this assessment, you will receive a comprehensive 12-page report describing your PaaS adoption vis-a-vi your business strategy, governance, organization, integration and more. Not only that, we will compare your maturity with those of your peers, hundreds of whom have already taken the assessment, and include that comparison data in the report so you have a benchmark of your PaaS adoption readiness. Don’t get left behind. Take the assessment now!

[1] Gartner:

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.

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Partner Column – The Journey to PaaS, Part Two

by Debra Lilley, ACE Director,  VP, Certus Cloud Services

I was looking back at my first partner column and realised I jumped straight into PaaS 4 SaaS – the ability to extend Cloud applications with PaaS, and actually didn’t make the point we can extend any application with PaaS including our existing on-premise investments with Oracle E Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel etc.

What we have learnt over the years is that customization of the base application should be avoided.  So many of us have had difficult or even impossible upgrades because of what we have done in our applications and have therefore learnt this the hard way. However that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t extend our applications, (perhaps the topic of another posting and I need you, the readers, to let me know if that is a good idea).

If every organisation used the same set of applications for both front and back office there would be no differentiation from a technical approach but in reality, that is what all organisations need - a differentiation from their competitors. It may be as simple as storing additional data, or an additional process. So there is balance to be sought between staying standard and as is and what adds value. What Cloud applications have taught us is to create these extensions separately and then execute from your standard applications. 

How do you do this? Well, in simple, non technical terms you probably want a 3 step process:

1. Extract data from main application.

2. Your extension.

3. Return or load data back into main application.

Here is a very simple example:

1.  You take a single person record from your main application, and getting data out is the easiest part, use an existing API or simply extract in a suitable format using your analytics tools.

2. Your extension use case could be to populate a small application for a special initiative. 

3. Then, you return to the main application and mark the record (e.g. A descriptive flexfield in Oracle E-Business Suite to say they are part of the initiative). This stage is the trickiest. If there is an existing API in your application to update the object it is straight forward. Otherwise it depends on the tools and flexibility of that specific application.

This third part of the process, may dictate that you don’t go back into the main application. So, in this example, you still have the power of the extension but no marker in the original. Your use case may not need that anyway.

Equally you may not need the first step, if you are using your extension to collect data, especially additional fields which you can hold in the application but the system doesn’t give you the flexibility to validate or ease of entry online, you may use an extension to capture, validate and process this data and use a standard API to load it.

This last example made me think of a conversation I had with an ACE Director about 7 or 8 years ago about Application Express (APEX) and Oracle E Business Suite. He was looking to see if there was a need for APEX here and every use case he suggested people were doing with customisations quite happily. Now there is a real move towards extending with APEX and I recommend this white paper

What PaaS gives us is development tools in the cloud. The same advantages as for SaaS - no infrastructure, pay as you go, and predictable on-going costs. PaaS gives SaaS customers the ability to extend their functionality with the same benefits as with their applications but equally on premise application customers could build their extensions in the cloud if they wanted to, although I accept there could be less of a driver. But something else I didn’t make clear last month is that PaaS is not just about extending your application with code, it is also about other middleware components as well. 

The Oracle Business Intelligence offerings have had a barrier of entry around the commissioning of the infrastructure and platform build, so adopting them as PaaS may make a lot of sense. Similarly there are other applications you can use with your existing investment which again make so much sense to adopt in the Cloud like Planning and Budgeting. 

Take a look at Oracle’s Cloud offerings portal; it is very easy to navigate and understand. The Applications and Platform tabs are worth a browse just to see what Oracle have made available this way.

Next month I’ll talk more about the Rapid Development Kit I mentioned last month.

Editor's Note: And don't miss Oracle Cloud Online Forum taking place today, Wednesday, January 28 starting at 10 am Pacific, to get more details. Register now.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

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

Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Middleware Newsletter on 2015 Tech Trends, Cloud Strategy and PaaS Use Cases

If you are in the North East belt in the US, we hope you are staying warm and are relatively unaffected by the blizzard.

Whether you are at home or mobile, in case you haven't seen it yet, the January edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter is now out. Top stories include an interview with Oracle Senior Vice President, Amit Zavery as he discusses evolving 2015 top trends driving digital transformation in business across the globe, coverage of our recent CloudWorld events and key messages that outline Oracle's cloud strategy and the commitment and investment going in it, and a deeper look at real world Platform-as-a-Service business use cases.

Find out if the trends discussed align with what you are tackling in your company today and learn more about Oracle's SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and DBaaS strategy and how you can apply PaaS offerings in your business today. In this edition, we have specifically tackled Java Cloud Service use cases but this will be a recurring series as we look at Java and other Cloud Service offerings and how organizations are deploying these to realize business benefits.

As always, the newsletter has current news, events, collateral, industry reports, training and developer news so be sure to take a look and subscribe to the newsletter.

Monday Jan 26, 2015

Cloud Online Forum is Live on January 28 - Don't Miss It!

by Eric Jacobsen, Sr. Product Marketing Director, Java Cloud Service

Is your company asking you to rapidly and securely deploy and manage new business applications in the cloud?  Do you need to build a proven, innovative, collaborative, and integrated Platform as a Service?

If so, today is your lucky day!  Oracle is hosting a Cloud Platform Online Forum on Wednesday, January 28 where you can attend live online sessions and hear what IDC Research, innovative clients, and Oracle’s leading experts have to say about Platform as a Service and cloud.  Whether you are a Java or or mobile developer, an Architect, an IT operations manager, or a Business user,  there is a session for you! 

Follow this link to register for this insightful Cloud Platform Online Forum. REGISTER TODAY!

We will kick off the Forum on January 28 at 10AM PST with Robert P. Mahwold, IDC Research Program Vice President as he leads a “Cloud Platform Market Outlook” discussion with Rex Wang, Oracle Vice President.  

They will provide useful tips and solid strategies you can consider as you drive your cloud platform initiatives.  They will discuss how to decide whether public, private or hybrid cloud is best and how your organization might approach moving to the cloud.  You’ll hear IDC and Oracle best practices to developing a roadmap that will get you on your way to cloud computing.  Join us for this inspiring session.

The Middleware General Session begins at 11:15AM PST and we’ll be taking your questions live through the online chat.  7-Eleven's, Greg Haertling, Chief Enterprise Architect and Sr. Director of Software Development will you how 7 Eleven “Accelerated their Digital Transformation with Oracle’s Platform as a Service.”  He will be joined by Oracle’s Siddhartha Agarwal, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy. 

They will discuss how Platform as a Service is driving efficiencies for development, operations and LOB, including highly scalable and cost efficient development & testing in the cloud, delivery of enterprise class cloud & mobile apps, rapid integration of cloud & on-premise investments, and seamless workload portability between on-premises & cloud.

Afterward, you can watch these additional Middleware Sessions in the following tracks:

  • Application Developer Track: Build, Test, Extend Cloud Applications
    • Java App Performance at the Speed of Cloud: Hot Tips for Successful Cloud Development
    • Jazz Up Your SaaS with Oracle PaaS Solutions
    • Mobile Development in the Cloud
  • Middleware IT Operations Track: Integrate, Secure, Manage your Cloud
    • Simplify SaaS and On-premises Integration
    • Extend Your Identity Management Services to the Cloud
    • Top Tips for Managing Your Application PaaS
  • Business User Track: Connect, Collaborate & Analyze in the Cloud
    • Next-Gen Enterprise Content Management in the Cloud
    • Rapid Business Process Automation in the Cloud
    • Unlocking the Power of Business Analytics in Oracle Cloud

You can find the agenda for these sessions here.

There will also be a Database General Session and Database Cloud Platform sessions that you can attend as well.

I hope to see you online for this exciting Oracle Cloud Platform Online Forum.  Don’t forget to REGISTER so you can discover the right strategies for your organization's journey to the cloud!

Friday Jan 23, 2015

ACE Director on Clearing the ConFusion – Oracle Cloud Applications

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director, EMEA

As I typed that title I cringed. I have been an advocate for Oracle’s development of Next Generation Applications from the day they announced Fusion, and I hated the term quickly coined by pessimists of 'Fusion – Confusion'. But now as Oracle drops the name Fusion, for its applications, I feel there really is some confusion, so I am going to use this post to clarify to this community.

Why am I writing this post for this blog? Well the problem is Oracle knows it has renamed the products, but their customers don’t. If you are attending COLLABORATE in April the stream is called Fusion Applications, and if it wasn’t the number of attendees would be very small, but more and more you need to recognise the Cloud brand. The components of Cloud that Oracle developed in their technology (okay, Fusion applications), are 100% written on Oracle Fusion Middleware, that hasn’t gone anywhere and continues to be developed, and it is the use of these Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that Oracle AppAdvantage is all about - extending the capabilities of "Fusion" Applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware. My starting position and reason I became involved with this AppAdvantage initiative is that there is no better shop window for what Oracle Fusion Middleware can do than the applications that Oracle has developed itself.

I did try an explanation on my own blog after Oracle Open World but this time I will be more succinct.

FACT : All Fusion Applications are now Cloud Applications.

Each pillar is now renamed Oracle …. Cloud , so Fusion Financials is now part of Oracle ERP Cloud, within each pillar there are the separate offerings which are normally desecrate process areas and with discrete pricing.

FACT : Not all  Cloud Applications started Life as Fusion Applications.

As part of their Cloud journey, Oracle has acquired some native cloud-delivered applications, such as Taleo and RightNow. The plan, being executed is that these products are being unified, i.e. integrated with other offerings, where possible being delivered on the same technology stack and being given the same User Experience as Oracle’s home grown offerings. 

RightNow has for some time been known as Oracle Service Cloud  and the recruiting module from Taleo as Oracle Recruiting Cloud

FACT: Cloud Applications don’t have to be SaaS

Software as a Service is the deployment of an application in a cloud environment. Oracle, or a third party in some cases, hosts the application and look after not only the infrastructure but the patching and security, and in turn you pay a subscription to use charge.

Most of these same applications could be deployed on-premise with you being responsible for all the above and with the more traditional upfront licence costs. 

Oracle have called the products Cloud because they are available and are being deployed as such more and more that way.

FACT : Oracle are trying to make it easy for you to find this all in one place.

This is a great place to start: The Applications tab goes through the offerings and you can find the PaaS offerings to extend and strengthen your SaaS.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

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

Friday Jan 16, 2015

Tackling SaaS Integration, Multi-Channel Experience and Integrated Systems

Running a digital business or moving towards it? Building a cloud strategy or busy implementing it? Have mobile on your mind? Well, Oracle Fusion Middleware is the cloud platform to support your digital business. Coming out of Oracle OpenWorld, I found there were a few key themes you could bundle some of our customers' questions in. So, I sat down with product and domain experts to better understand some of the more common use cases we have started to hear around digital businesses and cloud.

SaaS to On-Premise Integration: While most organizations have adopted a cloud strategy - public, private or hybrid, a recent survey shows that 81% of those organizations agree that it is important for the applications to be fully integrated with each other and other software to reap the full benefits of cloud. And over 40% believe that cloud poses a security risk to their information and infrastructure. From a development standpoint, an integration platform rather than point to point integration ensures lowest TCO, less maintenance and upgrade costs, more scalability and flexibility for an organization. The same integration platform that supports your on-premise infrastructure supports your SaaS model too and ensures better integration between SaaS and On-Premise applications. Catch this brief webcast and demo to see how Oracle enables simplified SaaS to On-Premise integration.

Multi-Channel Enablement: Whether you are a B2B or a B2C, your customers, partners and even your employees have come to expect a seamless, consistent multi-channel experience. They need to be able to get the information they need on desktop or phone,  via web or mobile securely, anytime and anywhere. How do you enable this digital experience across multiple channels without adding to your development costs? How do you ensure security across these channels? And most of all, how do you give them a user experience that will have them coming back to you? Catch this demo webcast to learn how.

Platform Optimization: Integrated systems are all the rage today. You can't move through tech news without bumping into the term "integrated systems". But what is the value of one? If your hardware and software are optimized to support your middleware and your applications, there are  clear advantages to that - high performance, high reliability and availability, lower operational expenses (OpEx) and better efficiency. But then does deployment get tricky? How are private cloud environments supported? This webcast, complete with a demo, answers those questions and more.

Have more questions? Let's keep the conversation going. Send us your comments and we will get the product experts to answer those for you.

Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

IT Leaders Discuss Their Business Goals and Technology Solutions

Happy New Year! Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you.

One of the biggest highlights for us in 2014 was getting an opportunity to visit and spend some time with the IT Leaders of successful organizations around the world. The objective of each of these documentaries was to understand the business imperatives of such organizations, get insights from the IT Leaders on how they align their IT objectives with the company's business goals and how they measure the impact of their IT & business investments on their customers, vendor ecosystem, the company's employees and of course, the company's bottom line. And we then have technology experts walk us through the technical implementations that has made all that possible.

Based on their business imperatives, organizations had taken different paths and driven diverse IT roadmaps to deliver business success. Northumbrian Water in the UK enabled mobility for its remote workforce to drive 24 X 7 operations. Pella, a major windows and doors manufacturer in the USA built a contextual web experience for its online visitors while creating a self-service portal for its sales and dealers network and an online appointment scheduling tool to deliver a unique and superior digital experience. Grupo Farmacos, a major medical supplies distributor in Mexico has set up an optimized IT infrastructure that is suited to each of its four different business units, one dealing with high transaction volume, other requiring 24 X 7 availability and the other requiring high level of reliability with high performance for health needs. Ricoh Americas, an IT services and office equipment company, is delivering on its "Anytime, Anywhere" promise to its customers by allowing them to scan their products and either troubleshoot issues themselves or easily log those while in the backend, the seamless cloud to on-premise integration delivers the desired results. And Siram, an energy distribution company in Italy has automated its RFP process to deliver efficiency, bring transparency and drive cost control with automated business process management.

We were incredibly fortunate to have gotten some time with the executives of such elite companies and to be able to share their stories with you. For your convenience, we have made all these documentaries available in one place, that can be played on-demand. Hope you enjoy and benefit from these as we have enjoyed pulling these together.

Happy 2015!

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

'Tis The Season To Look at Middleware Highlights From 2014

2014 was all this and so much more. For a complete listing you can visit, Oracle newsroom or subscribe to our bi-monthly Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter. We thank you for engaging with us - listening to us and talking to us. Wishing you and yours a very Happy 2015. Looking forward to an even more fulfilling 2015 with all of you.

Peace and joy to the world.

Wednesday Dec 24, 2014

Partner Column: It's All About the Cloud

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

If you attended Oracle Open World, the talk was all about Cloud. Now Oracle have published their Q2 figures and analysts are talking about Oracle’s Cloud strategy being the reason behind the increase in share prices.

So do we really understand Cloud? When the term first came up, every session on cloud was about ‘what is cloud’, thankfully we have moved beyond that. Each vendor has there own subtly different definition but to me it is a disruptive technology that changes the way we consume the IT, not worrying about the infrastructure, and paying for it by use. At a recent Oracle event I heard an even better way of explaining this. Cloud is about having access to software, not owning it.

But do we really understand Cloud? Oracle’s cloud is actually a lot of different moving parts and different components. How do you visualise this? I found this video Cloud Periodic Table: Chemistry of Cloud Computing and it is a fantastic way to understand and see what is in Oracle’s Cloud.

If you look at there is a comprehensive list of announced cloud modules, some of which are ‘coming soon’. I need to use at least two of these in my day job, Process and Integration Cloud, and need to learn quickly.

I spoke in July about how I find communities the best way to learn. Partners need to learn first, they are the ones who role out this technology to end users. I talked about the Partner SOA community run by Jurgen Kress and I have to give him credit for the video information, it was in his last newsletter. Every year this community holds a Community Forum where they update and teach, two days of presentations and two days of hands on workshops, and this year they have a dedicated AppAdvantage track.

Why is Cloud important to AppAdvantage? Well its very simple - cloud means you can adopt middleware quickly, with fixed costs and get a return on your investment much quicker, which ultimately is what we all want. Better, Quicker, Cheaper. With Cloud availability the components of Oracle Fusion Middleware will be adopted on a much steeper curve. You don’t need to necessarily move your applications to get value from your investments. 

If you are a partner I hope you are doing the same as me, and if you are an end user, talk to your implementation partner and make sure they are keeping you up to date with the exciting, fast moving world of Oracle Cloud.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

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

Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

REDISA Drives Sustainability Industry in South Africa

This is a story that needs to be told and re-told.

The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) is a non-profit organization driving to develop a sustainable South African tire recycling industry to manage responsibly and fiscally the full lifecycle of tires. From creating jobs to driving a viable and environmentally sustainable industry for waste management, REDISA has delivered tremendous social and economic value to the region.

From adoption of could and mobile to leveraging GPS technology and more, REDISA is also a gold standard for use of technology to driving value. Recently, REDISA was awarded the 2014 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. The award recognizes the innovative use of Oracle technology to address the global sustainability challenge. And the use of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications to power their initiative makes this  a wonderful Oracle AppAdvantage story. We hope to bring you a lot more on REDISA over the next few months but for now, here's a brief video interview of REDISA executives on using Oracle technology to drive the organization.

Sunday Nov 23, 2014

Multi-channel Service Delivery Demo

Customers today constantly engage with companies across multiple channels. Companies need to be able to engage, sell to, and service customers across all channels: the web, in a store, over the phone, via a mobile device or through social channels. This demo showcases how customers can be quickly and efficiently serviced across multiple communication channels or touch points such as a mobile phone, tablet or a desktop over a secure infrastructure.