Friday Oct 23, 2015

Just in Time - Top Sessions: Oracle Cloud Platform at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Originally published in Oracle Cloud Platform Newsletter, OOW Edition earlier this month.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 takes place October 25 through 29, 2015, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. This year, Oracle OpenWorld includes the Oracle Cloud Platform track, with dozens of sessions presented by Oracle experts to get you up to speed on the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud solutions for your business, IT infrastructure, and development needs. No matter what cutting-edge technology you’re interested in, you’ll come away from Oracle OpenWorld with the connections, information, and knowledge that you need to support your journey to the cloud.

Must-See Sessions
A complete list of sessions and activities devoted to cloud topics is available on the Oracle OpenWorld website, and the teams involved have nominated the following as must-see sessions dedicated to Oracle Cloud Platform.

  • General Session: Mobile—the Heart of Digital Transformation (GEN10178)
    By the end of 2015, half the world’s population will have a powerful computer in its pocket—the mobile phone. Studies reveal the mobile app market is now influencing more than US$500 billion in sales and daring to be an even bigger revolution than the internet. Digital leaders have quickly realized that mobile, if used effectively, can change the game in their industry. The key to success is having a comprehensive, secure, flexible, and open mobile strategy that drives mobile ROI. Mobile is the primary screen and at the core of any digital strategy—in this session, gain insights and learn how you can develop an end-to-end enterprise mobile strategy, increase your mobile ROI, and build your competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform—Transform Your Tomorrow (GEN5878)
    Today, Oracle’s cloud technology is disrupting the status quo with modern techniques for application development, data management, collaboration, big data and analytics, mobile, and integration in the cloud. Oracle Senior Vice President of the PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups Steve Daheb and Oracle Senior Principal Product Marketing Director Sandra Cheevers show you how Oracle Cloud Platform enables developers, IT professionals, and line-of-business (LOB) users to innovate faster, improve time to market, and gain a competitive advantage.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware: Accelerating Digital Transformation (GEN10761)
    Today’s unprecedented digital transformation is driving the need for a new IT platform—one that is comprehensive, integrated, and helps organizations develop modern applications in the cloud. Oracle Executive Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware Development Inderjeet Singh presents details about new capabilities in Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware for mobile and web experience management, the Internet of Things, application programming interface management, big data enrichment, cloud computing, and on-premises portability.

  • Enterprise Mobility—the High, the Low, and Everything in Between (CON10170)
    Surveys reveal that consumers prefer to consume digital media through their mobile devices—mobile is the primary screen. Could it be that the television industry now needs a mobile-first strategy? We are living in a time when mobile technology is impacting every aspect of our lives—it is clear that we cannot live without it. In this session, hear from industry leaders as they share their experiences from the trenches. Gain insight as you hear the best practices from mobile development through to delivery of mobile apps.

  • Maximize the Value of Your SaaS Investments with Oracle Cloud Platform (CON8826)
    Software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption is exploding. With Oracle Cloud, companies get not only the most comprehensive customer experience, ERP, HCM, and SCM functionality in the cloud but also the industry’s most innovative cloud platform with which to extend and integrate their applications. Oracle Senior Vice President of Integration Products Amit Zavery shows you how your peers are realizing the full power of SaaS.

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators (CON10374)
    The Oracle Excellence Awards Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation recognizes customers across solutions, solution areas, and development efforts including Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, service-oriented architecture, business process management, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Data Integration, Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle Fusion Applications development, and business analytics (Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management, and Oracle Exalytics). Attend this session to learn how leading Oracle customers are transforming their organizations with Oracle Fusion Middleware technology.

  • Oracle Cloud Platform to Empower LOB to Innovate in the Cloud Without IT Involvement (CON9864)
    The roles of the CIO and IT are rapidly evolving to enable LOB users to adopt cloud solutions directly, while ensuring that the solutions are fully integrated with the rest of the enterprise without compromising business and IT standards. Join this session, led by Oracle Vice President of Product Management and Strategy Siddhartha Agarwal and Oracle Director of Product Management Jon Huang, to learn how Oracle Cloud Platform empowers LOB users to build web and mobile mashups, compose and monitor custom workflows, securely sync and share files, and get rich insights with business analytics—and how it can happen in the cloud without IT involvement while still ensuring proper enterprise governance and compliance.

In addition to the key sessions described above, Oracle OpenWorld attendees should plan to visit the Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Showcase and the Mobile Showcase, located in Moscone South, to see demonstrations of different Oracle Cloud Platform services.

Sessions quickly fill to capacity—learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2015.

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.

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 Oct 14, 2015

Taking Java to the Cloud: Build Apps Quickly with the Tools You Know and Love

The cloud’s transformative power is built on the allure of simplification, from provisioning to application development to application deployment. However, cashing in on that allure should not require a huge overhaul in the way that developers work. 

Oracle Java Cloud Service is designed as a foundational, subscription-based platform-as-a-service offering that lets Oracle customers easily move Java EE applications to the cloud, while also providing integration to crucial elements such as mobile and database services. From a development perspective, you can think of Oracle Java Cloud Service as a Java EE container in the cloud—and not as a new proprietary container in the cloud. This means that you can use it in exactly the same way as an on-premises Java EE environment and deploy your enterprise Java applications on an Oracle Java Cloud Service instance as-is.

New Oracle Cloud Services
Two new cloud services for developers are being released soon, Java Standard Edition (Java SE) and Node.js.

For those working in Java SE, Oracle Java SE Cloud Service enables quick deployment of Java SE 7 or Java SE 8 applications, along with any required libraries or frameworks, on a cloud platform that scales as needed and supports the same tools as those that are used for on-premises development.

For those working with Node.js, Oracle Node Cloud Service supports the increasing need to build interactive, real-time web applications by helping developers rapidly deploy JavaScript applications on an infrastructure that is complete with cloud-based tooling for continuous integration and application management. Like all the Oracle Cloud Platform offerings, it is dynamically scalable and highly available.

Use the Tools You Know and Love
You don’t need any specific development tool or software development kit to develop applications for Oracle Java Cloud Service. In fact, you can continue to develop your Java EE applications as you have with your on-premises applications. Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which is included as an entitlement when you subscribe to Oracle Java Cloud Service, gives you a development sandbox in the cloud with a Git-based repository and continuous integration capabilities. Also included are application lifecycle management capabilities such as bug tracking, wikis, and team development capabilities.

Deploy Cloud Services in Support of DevOps
Oracle’s cloud services can also be deployed in support of DevOps, for helping developers and IT operations work together to add new features quickly without impacting infrastructure stability or performance. DevOps requires both cultural and technical change to work—collaborative discussion supported by integrated technologies such as shared version control and configuration management. One way to bake DevOps into the process is through Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which is included with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Java SE Cloud Service. A hosted development platform built for team collaboration, it provides centralized version management and collaboration tools, along with task tracking and code reviews. When tied into Oracle Java Cloud Service infrastructure management and Oracle Enterprise Manager’s monitoring and analysis capabilities, the result is an environment that supports the entire application lifecycle while reducing costs and increasing business value.

Learn more about Oracle Java Cloud Service and other Oracle Cloud Platform services and sign up for a free 30-day trial.

And if you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld 2015, be sure to check out the sessions described in these Focus On docs to learn more about Oracle’s wide array of application development tools and frameworks designed for developer productivity:

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Thursday Sep 17, 2015

You Are Invited to Oracle WebCenter, BPM Cocktail Reception

Oracle WebCenter and Oracle BPM Customer Appreciation Reception

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Don't miss the opportunity to talk with fellow customers and executives from Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM Product Management, Product Marketing, and Oracle's premier Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM partners. We look forward to seeing you at this event.

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