Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: BPM is Hotter Than Ever

Originally Posted on Oracle BPM Blog

Author: Ajay Khanna, Director, Oracle

This year Oracle OpenWorld was bigger than ever. Oracle BPM team designed more than 20 best practices and customer sessions, set-up six demo booths and had many hands on labs available to the attendees. For those who were unable to come to Oracle OpenWorld (or missed some sessions), I want to share some ideas, messages, and takeaways from several BPM sessions that ran at this event. Processes are the key differentiators for most of the organizations. Processes provide a competitive edge, efficiencies and desired customer experience to make an organization successful.

To make our customers successful and help them deliver the right customer experience to their end-customers, Oracle is making a significant investment in enhancing the Oracle BPM Suite and adding pre-built solutions called Process Accelerators. Some of these significant enhancements were discussed by Oracle’s Executive Vice President Thomas Kurian in General Session : Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Thomas was joined by Gangadhar Konduri , VP Product Management who showcased some of the cool features like web based Process Composer and Mobile workspaces. We have the entire session recorded for you, you can replay it on-demand.

Another subject of significant interest at OpenWorld was Adaptive Case Management. Oracle Open World Session: Managing Knowledge Worker Processes discussed the key aspects of ACM, its capabilities and how it allows users to manage unstructured Processes.

Oracle Process Accelerators provide quick time-to-solution with production grade, best-practices process solution that is ready to deploy. Details of that session can be read in the blog “Oracle Open World Redux: A Manifesto for Adaptable yet Out-Of-the-Box BPM Business Solutions

Then there were many sessions discussing methodology and best practices to create process based solutions. Some of these sessions are recapped in articles below:

Open World Session: Ensure BPM Success with the Right Methodology

OpenWorld Session: Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite: Development Best Practices

Achieving Business Visibility

Oracle OpenWorld Session: 5 Easy Ways to Modernize Applications with BPM

This OpenWorld we saw many Oracle BPM customers taking the stage and discussing how they achieved business excellence with BPM. Links below will give you a quick overview of these sessions and stories that they shared.

Process with a Purpose – Sicredi wins Fusion Middleware Excellence Award

Oracle Open World: The Path to Process Excellence: Notes from the Trenches

San Joaquin County: The Path to Process Excellence

Alliance Data Creates Smart Process for Capital Expenditure Request

It is always exciting to hear from customers and learn directly from the BPM practitioners. These sessions provided all an opportunity to interact with experts who have traveled the road and have been successful in delivering phenomenal business results by using Oracle BPM to manage, control and optimize their business processes.

Even if you missed this year’s OpenWorld, you can discover all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, and OTN Developer Day – Oracle Business Process Management Suite, and other simplifying integration events at the following site (link)

Sunday Oct 13, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 - Highlights from Oracle Cloud Application Foundation with WebLogic, Coherence, and more….

Originally Published on  Cloud Application Foundation Blog

Author: Ruma Sanyal, Director, Oracle

Interest in Cloud and Mobility drove significant focus on Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld . In case you missed it, here is a recap:

Oracle WebLogic Server received significant limelight in Executive Vice President Thoman Kurian’s keynote -- The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service. Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Java as a Service provides full control of dedicated Oracle WebLogic Server clusters, supports any Java application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

In the classic roadmap session by CAF vice president of product management Mike Lehmann, Mike focused on the recent 12.1.2 release. The session provided insights into how Oracle is evolving this infrastructure to be the next-generation application foundation for its customers to build on in a private cloud setting, Oracle's vision, product plans, and roadmap for this server infrastructure, and how it will be used in the rapidly maturing cloud infrastructure space. We hope the presentation helped you make key decisions about running your enterprise applications on Oracle's enterprise Java server foundation.

Oracle Coherence provided a many sessions at OpenWorld, focused around improving the customer experience with real-time data processing and application scalability to meet mobile and cloud demands. Many customers were excited to learn that Coherence can now update the data cache in real-time, delivering on the expectations of instantaneous updates. All sessions were well-attended, with several customers noting that the 12c release of Coherence was helping them solve strategic problems for both their organization and their own customers.

Developers, Mobile and Cloud!

Chris Tonas kicked off exciting development trends in his General Session “Emerging Trends in Application Development” which covered Oracle’s perspective in addressing the development opportunities in mobile and cloud environments. Mobile continues to be a dominant topic and Chris discussed real-world applications built with Oracle ADF Mobile, a Java based hybrid-mobile framework that helps Java developers build hybrid-mobile apps for iOS and Android from one code base. Java’s mantra to write once, deploy to many – lives on in the mobile arena!

Furthering Oracle’s focus on mobile and cloud computing trends, Chris introduced Oracle Mobile Cloud Services, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) that helps mobile app developers readily create more powerful, sophisticated applications that tap into enterprise backend services and simplify enterprise mobile connectivity. Learn more.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can watch all the keynotes and general sessions here. In addition, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, the OTN Virtual Developer Day – Harnessing WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, and other Cloud Application Foundation events at following site (link)

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.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

News on Mobile You May Have Missed During Oracle OpenWorld

While we were at Oracle OpenWorld, we made some significant announcements. In case you missed it, last week Oracle announced Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. Part of Oracle Cloud, the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service leverages Oracle’s Mobile Platform that enables enterprises to rapidly build and secure any application for any device to any data source whether it’s custom, a packaged application or a cloud service.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service reduces the complexities and cost of application development, streamlines and secures access across mobile devices and platforms and offers a unified user experience thereby reducing operational costs and maximizing business value for organizations.

For more information, do read the press release and visit our Mobile page on

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

Fusion Middleware at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Gazette – Thursday, Sep 26

Highlights from Yesterday

From customer panels for SOA, BPM, WebCenter and Exalogic to a step-by-step on how to build mobile applications for Oracle E-Business Suite Applications to how Oracle Fusion Middleware extends and enhances value for Oracle CX and HCM applications, yesterday was a great showcase of Oracle AppAdvantage use cases and success stories.

Top Five Picks for Today

We recommend you make your way to these sessions today:

CON9284: Five Easy Steps for Modernizing Business Applications with BPM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moscone West 2014

CON8868: Cloud-Based Services with Oracle Enterprise Data Quality Applications
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moscone West 2020

CON8252: Best Practices for Maintaining Oracle Fusion Middleware
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moscone West – 2014

CON5989: Oracle WebLogic Server System Administration: Top 10 Fundamental Concepts
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moscone West 2014

CON8826: Incur Zero Capital Investment by Leveraging Identity Management as a Service
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.|
Moscone West 2018

Customer Spotlight

CON8836: Leveraging the Cloud to Simplify Your Identity Management Implementation
Thursday, Sep 26, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moscone West– 2018

SaskTel is a leading telecommunications company in Canada. Join this session as they discuss the key considerations for a hosted private cloud deployment of Oracle applications integrated with the Oracle Identity Management suite to provide self-service account provisioning and federated single sign-on (SSO) for their internal and external users.

Partner Spotlight

Catch our partner, Cap Gemini in one of our key sessions discussing how leading retailers have reshaped the customer experience by delivering a dazzling and differentiated customer experience with Oracle technology like oracle SOA Suite.

CON9134: Keep Them Coming Back: Leveraging the Power of Oracle’s Complete Customer Experience for Retail
Thursday, Sep 26, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Moscone West– 3000

Test your Fusion Middleware IQ

We thank you for participating in the fusion Middleware trivia. Here are the correct responses to yesterday’s trivia:

1 - A, 2 – D, 3 - B

Thank you for your participation at Oracle OpenWorld. We hope to see you next year!

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Following Larry’s Cloud Keynote – Oracle’s MWaaS, Public, Private Strategy Session

How do I leverage Oracle’s Middleware-as-a-Service offerings? What is the “as-a-Service” strategy? When do I use Oracle Public vs. Private Cloud or a combination of the two? Following Larry’s keynote on Tuesday Sept 24th get the answers to these questions and more. After a 30-minute break, head over to the Red curtain3:45 PM General Session titled “Oracle Fusion Middleware: Designed to Power Your Cloud Strategy” to hear Senior Director of Product Management Sandeep Banerjie and Oracle VP/Architect Mark Nelson give an introduction of Oracle MWaaS as well as an in-depth look into Oracle Public Cloud and Oracle Private Cloud.

Included in the session are demonstrations of Oracle Public Cloud as well as Oracle Private Cloud showcasing Engineered Systems, next generation IaaS management from the Nimbula acquisition, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.


Hope to see you on Tuesday September 24th at 3:45 at Moscone West – 3024. 

For more information on Oracle Cloud and MWaaS sessions, see the Middleware Cloud Computing and MWaaS, see the Middleware Cloud Computing Focus On listing.

Inside the OOW Session: Redefine Human Capital Management…with the Right Business Innovation Platform?

Author: Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director, Oracle

Enterprises of all sizes are recognizing that Human Capital Management needs to align organization’s people strategy as well as their company’s overall values and goals.  Ensuring that the full employee lifecycle of each of employee (from hire to retire) is aligned with the strategic goals of the business is a critical challenge – but this is exactly where right technology investments can help. Oracle Applications together with Oracle Fusion Middleware is helping businesses increase productivity and growth by developing and engaging employees and effectively managing their performance.

In this session I have invited one of Oracle Fusion Middleware’s most demanding customers – Peoplesoft! No kidding … for Oracle Fusion Middleware our most demanding customers sit in the buildings across from my office … they are the development and strategy teams for Oracle Applications. My colleague and customer, Peoplesoft Product Strategy Director, David Bain will join me to discuss key areas where Peoplesoft has been able to embrace Oracle Fusion Middleware to enhance and extend its capabilities.

Session: Oracle AppAdvantage: Orchestrate HCM Processes and Drive HR Efficiencies [CON9343]
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Moscone West - 2014

David and I will have an open dialog and discuss the benefits and challenges, demonstrate key capabilities, and showcase successes across Mobility, Security, Integration and much more ….

For more details on this and other sessions that explore how Fusion Middleware can enhance and extend the value of Oracle Applications download the Focus On Oracle AppAdvantage document.

Monday Sep 09, 2013

Breaking News: Thomas Kurian to Keynote the Oracle Fusion Middleware General Session

Author: Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director, Oracle

Oracle Executive Vice President, Thomas Kurian, to Keynote the Oracle Fusion Middleware General Session [GEN9600]

                                                                                                                                                   Session: GEN9600  General Session: Accelerate Business Innovation with Oracle Fusion Middleware
Date: Monday, Sept 23, 2013
Time: 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Location: Moscone North – Hall D

Oracle Fusion Middleware is the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud. Innovative businesses today are utilizing new platform technologies to transform their enterprise—embracing social networking, mobile, cloud, big data, and fast data technologies. The convergence of these technologies opens the door for business innovation—changing how customers interact, employees collaborate, and IT and business work together to define their enterprise technology strategies that accelerate business innovation. This general session reveals Oracle’s latest innovations across the next-generation Oracle Fusion Middleware platform and illustrates how customers are achieving their business innovation goals with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

For more details on this and other primary Fusion Middleware sessions, download the Focus on Best of Fusion Middleware document.

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Faster Trip to Innovation with Simplified Data Integration: Sabre Holdings Case Study

Author: Irem Radzik, Director of Product Marketing, Data Integration, Oracle

In today’s fast-paced, competitive environment, IT teams are under pressure to deliver technology solutions for many critical business initiatives as fast as possible. When the focus is on speed, it can be easy to continue to use old style, point-to-point custom scripts that grow organically to the point where they are unmanageable and too costly to maintain. As data volumes, data sources, and end users grow, uncoordinated data integration efforts create significant inefficiencies for both IT and business users. In addition to losing IT productivity due to maintaining spaghetti architecture, data integrity becomes a concern as well. Errors caused by inconsistent, data and manual data entry can prove very costly for companies and disrupt business activities.

Many industry leaders recognize now that data should be moved in an automated and reliable manner across all platforms to have one version of the truth. By simplifying their data integration architecture and standardizing on a centralized approach, IT teams now accelerate time to market. Especially, using a centralized, shared-service approach brings agility, increases IT productivity, and frees up resources for innovation.

One such industry leader that simplified its data integration architecture is Sabre Holdings. Sabre Holdings provides distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry, and is a winner of Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware in 2011 in the data integration category. I had the pleasure to host Sabre Holdings on a public webcast and discuss their data integration best practices for data warehousing. In this webcast Sabre’s Amjad Saeed, presented how the company reduced complexity by consolidating systems and standardizing development on Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate for its global data warehouse development team. With Oracle’s complete real-time data integration solution, Sabre also streamlined support and maintenance operations, achieved real-time view in the execution of the integration processes, and can manage the data warehouse and business intelligence solution performance on demand. By reducing complexity and leveraging timely market insights, the company was able to decrease time to market by 40%.

You can now listen to the webcast on demand: Sabre Holdings Case Study: Accelerating Innovation using Oracle Data Integration

I invite you to hear directly from Sabre how to use advanced data integration capabilities to enable accelerated innovation. To learn more about Oracle’s data integration offering you can download our free resources.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Oracle Is #1 Modern Middleware Again

"Modern middleware" refers to open, standards-based application infrastructures that don’t require legacy mainframe links.  Oracle is the leader in market share for the foundational components of modern middleware including (but not limited to) application servers, SOA-based integration, service governance, and identity management. While there are many definitions of "middleware" in the industry, some of which include closed mainframe-based systems, Oracle Fusion Middleware provides an open, standards-based platform with best-of-breed components that give users choices.

Once again, oracle takes the top spot (#1 vendor!) in the Application Server category. Part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebLogic Server is core to Oracle Cloud Application Foundation offering high performance and extreme scalability, dramatically simplifying deployment and management, and accelerating time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform.

Oracle is as a leader in analysts evaluations for application infrastructure. Oracle’s leadership position is based on the assessment of Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products, with the foundational technology being Oracle SOA Suite. Oracle SOA Suite simplifies application integration by providing a unified experience to integrate across cloud, on-premise, and business-to-business. Tight integration between Oracle Fusion Middleware components including Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle WebLogic Suite and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, as well as with Java and other business applications means an integrated, proven and feature-rich platform for application infrastructure for organizations.

Oracle is also positioned as a leader in analyst evaluations for Identity Management. These reports further confirm that organizations recognize benefits of an integrated approach that Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies offer. Oracle Identity Management offers integrated set of solutions to manage and audit the complete user identity lifecycle and secure the users’ online experience across any device – within or outside the company firewall.

For more information visit us on Oracle Fusion Middleware and tune into Fusion Middleware radio.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Recapping a Busy Week for Oracle Exalogic

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

This week has been full of Oracle Exalogic information. On Tuesday, we had our screencast, “Running Applications on Oracle Exalogic” (you can catch the replay below. 

On Thursday, we published our latest white paper, “Getting the Most Out of Your Applications with Oracle Exalogic” (download here).

As an applications platform, Exalogic offers a critical piece of the middleware puzzle. And to address today’s business imperatives, you may be interested in many of the other pieces that Oracle Fusion Middleware offers. You can find all the videos and assets for The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud screencast program here.

Download the paper. Happy reading!

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Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Getting the Most Out of Your Applications with Oracle Exalogic

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

We hoped you enjoyed our recent screencast, “Running Application on Oracle Exalogic”, and got a fresh perspective on moving applications to the cloud without having to build the entire application platform yourself. In case you missed the screencast, you can catch the replay here

While it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s sometimes interesting to read a thousand words, too (or even 3,000). You can now download our new Exalogic white paper, where you can read:

  • How Exalogic can help you improve customer satisfaction, get to market faster, improve operational efficiency, and reduce IT cost and complexity
  • How Exalogic integrates hardware, software, networking and storage so you don’t need to integrate them yourself
  • How to deliver applications with the performance and ease of use that customers and business users demand, while simplifying deployment and administration

Download the paper. Happy reading!

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Monday Apr 01, 2013

The Building Blocks of Your Cloud

Exalogic Product Marketing Team Blog

In all the excitement about cloud computing, it’s easy to overlook a little practical matter: you still need actual hardware, software, networking and storage components to make it work.

So while the cloud frees end users from having to build and manage their own computing infrastructure, someone else (whether internally or at an external service provider) has to do it for them. And that someone will face the age-old questions of which hardware and software components to buy, how to integrate and manage them, and how to support the applications that users are running. And this now comes with the added requirement to support the cloud, social and mobile capabilities needed by today’s users.

This week’s installment in The New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud, discusses the best platform to run your applications in this new era. Oracle Exalogic gives you a pre-integrated and certified hardware and software solution, with all the cloud capabilities already built in.
Ayalla Goldschmidt, Director, Product Marketing discusses how Exalogic supports key IT and helps you seize business opportunities faster, lower business risk, and lower the cost and complexity of doing business.

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Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Simplifying Integration Screencast – Wrap-Up

Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

We hope you found the 8-minute screencast  useful. We covered a lot of topics in a short amount of time and led into the in-depth “Oracle Cloud Integration – A Comprehensive Solution” white paper. If you haven't watched our screencast, please take a moment to watch now.

As this weeks focus on Simplifying Integration as part of the New Business Imperative online event series wraps up, we hope you came away with some new insights into how to take your integration strategy from the relative simplicity of yesterday to the significantly more demanding integration requirements of today:

For more information the entire New Business Imperative: Social, Mobile, Cloud series, please visit this link for replays and future screencasts in this series.

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Monday Mar 25, 2013

Simplifying Integration in the Enterprise and in the Cloud

Integration Product Marketing Team Blog

We know you’re busy so this short 8 minute screencast vignette gets right to the point to give you a better understanding of what to be aware of as you simplify your integration strategy. 

As your integration strategically planned or does it evolve in an ad-hoc “accidental architecture”.  Get a better understanding of how integration complexity grows, how to avoid complexity and what Oracle is doing to simplify integration for cloud and on-premise integration.

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