Thursday Jul 10, 2014

OpenWorld Update: Content Catalog NOW LIVE!

The countdown has started and Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is just around the corner.  Now is the perfect time to scope out what sessions and Hands-on-Labs might be of interest to you and sessions you don't want to miss.  The Content Catalog on the OpenWorld 2014 is now live so you can search through hundreds of sessions to spot ones that may be of interest.  Stay tuned on the Fusion Middleware blog for continued OpenWorld information, including when you can actually build your schedule for the week and be ready for a great show. 

Content Catalog available at:  https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter is Now Out

The July edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is now out! The newsletter covers our latest news announcements, product and solution features, technical resources, upcoming events and more.

As you know, we have had a busy couple of months here in middleware. This edition of the newsletter covers our recent announcement of Oracle SOA Suite 12c and outlines the list of resources available to you for more information on the latest release. We have also had significant updates on the mobility front since our last feature on Oracle Mobile Platform in the December edition. Catch up on the very latest on Oracle Mobile Suite and Oracle Mobile Security Suite and learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware now offers a comprehensive solution for enterprise mobility.

Oracle Fusion Middleware is as much about products as it is about people behind those products. The July edition puts the spotlight on Suhas Uliyar, Vice President of Mobile Strategy and Product Management at Oracle. Find out about his team's charter, his mission and passions in life.

And  don't miss our compilations of news, events, latest technical resources, webcasts, and more.

We recommend you subscribe to the newsletter for your bi-monthly dose of all things middleware. 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Victorian State Revenue Office Turns to Fusion Middleware to Boost Delivery of Online Services and Streamline Business Processes

 Seeing our customers succeed is something we strive for constantly.  The State Revenue Office for the Victorian government has seen success with Oracle Fusion Middleware.  Collecting in excess of $11 billion in revenue, the State Revenue Office (SRO)  is the tax collection agency for the Victorian Government.   The SRO has deployed Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Exadata to increase system performance, improve delivery of online services as well as the customer experience.  Oracle BPM, Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Suite, have been used to automate what were previously manual back-end processes. Furthermore, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Fusion Middleware have also helped SRO in its high security environment, which is particularly critical with the advent of self-service, online business services.

Paul Duffer, CIO- Victorian State Revenue Office commented, "We’re extremely happy with what we have been able to achieve so far with Oracle Exadata and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Ultimately, our aim is to improve the level of service to both Victorian taxpayers and to the Victorian Government and this deployment is delivering on both fronts. "  

 For more information on Oracle Fusion Midddleware go to http://www.oracle.com/us/products/middleware/overview/index.html

Thursday Jul 03, 2014

Register for OpenWorld 2014: Early Bird Pricing Still Available

Have you registered for Oracle OpenWorld 2014? If not, it's certainly not too late, but you should take advantage of registration discounts.  Oracle's early bird pricing for the conference continues till July 18, 2014.  A full conference pass is $2,150 vs buying an all conference pass on site is $2,650. OpenWorld is a great opportunity to learn about the latest technology and network with other peers and attend sessions, Hands on Labs and General Sessions from Oracle executives.  See you the big show that's just around the corner.   

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Oracle Employee Ryan Pitts Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

 Oracle is proud to announce that one of its very own, Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant and current Oracle employee was awarded the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government for combat valor.  He will become the ninth living recipient of this prestigious award to honor his actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Former Staff Sergeant Pitts will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer during combat operations in Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.  He will be awarded next month at the White House. 

Here's what Oracle President, Mark Hurd expressed, “Today we recognize the distinguished service and outstanding integrity of former Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts as he receives our nation’s highest military honor.  He has demonstrated leadership, dedication and a commitment to excellence and we are proud to have him as an Oracle employee.

 Check out the press release regarding this very special achievement.  


Friday Jun 27, 2014

Oracle Launches BPM Suite 12c

Today, Oracle launched BPM Suite 12c to help businesses optimize and automate their business processes, but enable them to establish deeper connections that will drive ongoing engagement.  Oracle BPM Suite 12c, the industry’s most social, unified, and complete BPM solution, helps organizations plan and manage their entire business architecture.  With the new release, organizations are able to quickly adapt to rapidly changing business requirements, enhance time-to-value for new processes, and help their customers realize improvement and efficiency gains.

Oracle BPM Suite 12c includes improvements to the product’s Business Activity Monitoring and Business Architecture Modeling features and enhanced support for Adaptive Case Management and Oracle Process Accelerators.  For more information on all the new features and enhancements BPM Suite 12c has to offer, join us on August 6th @ 10 AM PT for the launch webcast.  For more information on registering for the launch webcast click here.  


Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Disruptive Innovation: Using Oracle Technology

Written By: Debra Lilley - ACE Director, Fusion Applications 

I love the term ‘disruptive technology’ – disruptive appeals to the rebel within me, but it actually refers to technology that changes what we do http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation

Mobile and social are two examples of disruptive technology, you may not think it but remember my first blog posting https://blogs.oracle.com/fusionmiddleware/entry/global_perspective_ace_director_from 6 years ago we didn’t even have these in the mainstream, and they have so changed the way we live and do business.

If you are looking to bring these new technologies to your enterprise, they have to be disruptive, don’t simply use Fusion Middleware to do what you have always been doing, there will be little or no business benefit.

When you implemented your existing applications you probably did a lot of process mapping and gap analysis with your processes against the application. When implementing Fusion Applications best practice is not to do that initially, look at what Oracle offers as a process and then see if it works for you. Unless it is a mission critical or so unique it is your business differentiator there is probably not much to change, and you will be amazed at how the technology allows you to work. A great example is reporting in Financials, today we typically have many reports and yet in Fusion there are very few ‘printed’ reports because you don’t need them, the specialized analytics gives you all the information you need at your fingertips.

And my favourite but very simple disruptive technology in Fusion Apps (which uses webcentre) is the simple way to interact with a person or customer every time you come across them in a transaction. A simple over the field exposes their name, a direct link to email, the ability to phone if you have VOIP, etc etc. Simple, yet changes the way we do business, disruptive technology.

Debra Lilley, 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 Jun 24, 2014

Save an Extra 200$ on OOW Registration !

Looking to get ahead of the pack when it comes to Oracle OpenWorld registration?  There is a social media sale coming to close tonight at 11:58 PM PT. Get an extra 200$ off registration with code DSJ4 -- this is on top of the 500$ early bird registration discount.  This comes out to a 700$ discount on registration fees !! Take advantage of this sale soon.  Don't miss out on this year's OpenWorld and be a part of Oracle's flagship event. 


Friday Jun 13, 2014

IT Insourcing: The New Normal

Written By: Rick Beers, Senior Director - Product Managmeent, Oracle Fusion Middleware

I was doing a little research last week on some of Oracle’s customers who best exemplify the architecture of AppAdvantage and stumbled upon something unexpected when I checked up on Melbourne, Australia’s Yarra Valley Water. They have recently begun insourcing IT, bringing previously outsourced IT services back in house, as explained by last year’s itnews article entitled “Insourcing, the New Black”. Reading it got some creative juices flowing.

The trend towards IT insourcing (or ‘back-sourcing’, as it is also known) has been widely reported over the past two years. Much of the analysis has been anecdotal and tied to high profile examples such as General Motors (‘GM will slash IT Outsourcing’) and Delta Airlines (‘Delta Airlines to Take Control of its Data Systems). IT spend is notoriously difficult to track consistently so short term trends are unreliable, but there is clearly something going on that is beginning to reverse a 25 year trend.

IT outsourcing virtually exploded during the mid-late 1990’s, the result of the industry-wide success in standardizing business processes and business data and the ERP systems driving them. Until that time, IT outsourcing was largely limited to hardware and infrastructure within a hosting model. With the broad adoption of ERP, business process and data standardization, both real and perceived, produced the business case necessary for platform-wide outsourcing to succeed. As ERP matured and began to commoditize during the 2000’s, the trend accelerated. Lately the trend lines flattened and by some measures have actually begun to reverse. Deloitte recently published an extensive analysis of this developing trend (From Bangalore to Boston, the trend of bringing IT back in-house’). 

And it is certainly part of a broader trend of operational insourcing over the past 4 years, led by high profile cases such as Starbucks, Caterpillar and GE. Most often cited as core reasons for the shift are (1) the need to get closer to the customer, (2) the pace of business change and (3) escalating wages in countries such as India and China as their economies mature. But the more I think about it, the more it appears that something else may be driving IT insourcing; something more impactful. The underreported driver of IT insourcing may very well be the role that enterprise technology is playing in what might be the beginning of a disruptive cycle in the traditional IT outsourcing model.

IT is becoming a strategic capability again after a 20 year cycle of commoditization and cost cutting. The Big 4 of Innovation, Social, Mobile, Cloud and Big Data, are elevating IT to a leadership role in the development of enterprise strategy rather than in just implementing a strategy already established. IT operational skills, particularly those of enterprise, process and technology architecture, are becoming core strategic assets that belong in house.

Enterprise technology is disintermediating away from the ERP centric models of the past 25 years to a hybrid of ERP and Best of Breed, interoperating in real time thanks to maturing Integration and Identity Management capabilities. Layered enterprise systems frameworks, such as Oracle’s AppAdvantage below right, are allowing enterprises to decouple processes that should be agile, such as Talent Management t from those that should be standardized (such as core HR). This in turn allows outsourcing to accommodate standardized processes (aka ERP) while keeping control of technologies and agile processes in house. 


Finally, the Cloud itself is a type of IT outsourcing. With the emergence of Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service to add to the maturing SaaS market, IT organizations can effectively outsource parts of their operation while retaining control of how they are architected and operated. This is probably the most disruptive of all forces driving IT insourcing and it will continue to accelerate, perhaps exponentially.

To be sure, IT outsourcing is not going away, rather it is evolving away from al all-in, platform model to one designed to accommodate a variety of business models, providing CIO’s levers to pull in influencing and executing their enterprise strategy. Above all else are the 2 C’s most valued by IT leaders: Control and Choice. Such leaders can finally be bound by the requirements of the enterprise, not by restrictive technologies.

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

Oracle Unveils Breakthrough Technology: Database In-Memory

Missed Larry Ellison's big announcement yesterday? Oracle announced the Database In-Memory for Oracle Database12c  which  transparently extends the power of the database to enable organizations to discover business insights in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance. Here's why this is important  - this new breakthrough technology enables enterprises to get faster answers to business questions ultimately leading to faster business action. Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge in-memory performance without the need to restrict functionality or accept compromises, complexity and risk. For more information on Oracle Database In-Memory go to http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2215795

Thursday May 29, 2014

Understanding the Value of SOA

Written By: Debra Lilley, ACE Director, Fusion Applications

Again I want to talk from my area of expertise of Fusion Applications and talk about their design fundamentals. If you look at the table below and start at the bottom Oracle have defined all of the business objects e.g. accounts, people, customers, invoices etc. used by Fusion Applications; each of these objects contain all of the information required and can be expanded if necessary.

 That Oracle have created for each of these business objects every action that is needed for the applications e.g. all the actions to create a new customer, checking to see if it exists, credit checking with D&B (Dun & Bradstreet < http://www.dnb.co.uk/> ) , creating the record, notifying those required etc. Each of these actions is a stand-alone web service. Again you can create a new actions or subscribe to an external provided web service e.g. the D&B check.

The diagram also shows that all of development of Fusion Applications is from their Fusion Middleware offerings.

Then the Intelligent Business Process is the order in which you run these actions, this is Service Orientated Architecture, SOA. Not only is SOA used to orchestrate actions within Fusion Applications it is also used in the integration of Fusion Applications with the rest of the Oracle stable of applications such as EBS, PeopleSoft, JDE and Siebel. The other applications are written with propriety development tools so how do they work with SOA? It’s a very simple answer, with the introduction of the Oracle SOA platform each process within these applications was made available to be called as a web service. I won’t go into technically how that is done but what’s known as a wrapper to allow each of them to act in this way was added.

Finally at the top of the diagram are the questions that each Fusion Application process must answer, and this is the ‘special’ sauce that makes them so good, the User Experience, but that is a topic for another day, or you can read about it in my blog http://debrasoracle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/going-on-record-about-fusion-apps-cloud.html or Oracle’s own UX blog https://blogs.oracle.com/usableapps/

The concept behind AppAdvantage is not new the idea that Oracle technology can add value to your Oracle applications investments is pretty fundamental. Nishit Rao who is in AppAdvantage team provided myself and other ACE Directors with demo kits so that we could demonstrate SOA running with the applications. The example I learnt to build was that of the EBS inventory open interface. The simple concept is that request records can be added to a table and an import run that creates these as transactions in inventory. What’s SOA allows you to do is to add to the table from any source and then run this process automatically whereas traditionally you had to run the process at regular intervals because you didn’t know if the table was empty or not. This may just sound like a different way of doing the same thing but if the process is critical for your business then the interval was very small and the process run potentially many times unnecessarily. Using SOA it only happened when necessary without any delay.

So in my post today I’ve talked about how SOA is used with Fusion Applications and in the linking with more traditional applications but that is only the tip of the iceberg of potential, your applications are just part of your IT systems and SOA can orchestrate your data across all of them; the beauty of open standards.

 Debra Lilley, 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 May 23, 2014

Experience the Excitement: Team USA 17 Trimaran Comes to Oracle HQ

We are excited at Oracle headquarters to see Team USA 17's Trimaran at our very own campus in Redwood Shores, CA.  This is the same boat that won the America's Cup in Valencia, Spain in 2010.  It's pretty thrilling  to see the actual boat, that won, come home to Oracle HQ.  Check out this video and see how the boat made its journey from to our corporate campus.  Click here to view this one-of-a-kind video. 

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Plug into the Internet of Things - Webinar

IoT impacts every business. Mobile and the Internet of Things will change the types of devices that connect into a company’s systems. These newly connected devices will produce new types of data. The Internet of Things helps a business gain efficiencies, harness intelligence from a wide range of equipment, improve operations and increase customer satisfaction. Hear how Oracle and its partners are leveraging the Internet of Things to produce real business value.  Register today for this webinar to learn more. View the promotional video at http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/3331878151001.

Friday May 09, 2014

BI and Decision Making

Written By: Rick Beers - Senior Director,  Fusion Middleware Product Management

If you think you know everything you need to know about Business Intelligence technologies and decision making, prepare to be a bit unsettled. I am, and it didn’t take much to get me there.

Most recently, paper in the CIO Journal section of the WSJ entitled ‘Inner Workings of the Executive Mind’ explored the psychology of executive decision making, drawing from recent advancements in neuroimaging, in which scientists map the brain’s processing of tasks ranging from the tactical to the most strategic. What they found reinforces what most of us have believed for quite some time: there is a science to ‘gut feel’. Quoting from the paper: “…most of us assume that when we try to solve problems, we're drawing on the logical parts of our brains. But, in fact, great strategists seem to draw on the emotional and intuitive parts of their brain much more”.

These findings are similar to views expressed by economist/psychologist Daniel Kahneman in 2011's 'Thinking, Fast and Slow', which explored decision making patterns and, specifically, that the mind intuits first, then narrows choices, then decides based upon facts. Or, that facts are often used to evaluate the outcomes of intuition rather than at the start of an objective decision making process.

While many could dismiss such things as academic and not relevant in the practical world, they are in fact disruptive in many ways. Think business intelligence systems and processes that we all interact more each day. They are structured to drive increasing amounts of information at decision makers, under the belief that 'more, faster' is better. But the mind wants context and landscape first around which to logically (or emotionally!) develop and evaluate options around which to position data.

Is it perhaps possible that Big, Fast, or Real time data could actually lead to increasingly poorer decisions as our intuitive qualities are circumvented?

Consider last year’s Accenture publication ‘Analytics in Action: Breakthroughs and Barriers on the Journey to ROI’, which provides results and analysis following a survey of Analytics Practitioners. On page 6 in the section entitled ‘Data Driven Insights’ is the finding that “.…while more than six in ten users rate faster better decision making as a priority, only one in four habitually rely on data as a source of inspiration or basis for decision making.” While increasingly effective in measuring past results and predicting future events, BI’s ability to improve or even change the way decisions are made is still elusive.

But things are beginning to change in a big way. In memory computing, and the outcome of information tied to business processes and within a situational or role-based context will finally deliver upon the dream of fact-based decision making. 

 Business Intelligence technologies, and the management processes that utilize them, have been evolving since the earliest such systems in the 1970’s. The chart to the left proposes that BI Evolution from a business perspective has progressed through three levels:

· Level 1: Reactive

· Level 2: Predictive

· Level 3: Intuitive

It’s important to note that this evolution does not imply that the singular ideal is the ‘Intuitive’ level. Each level is needed for different reasons. The degree to which depends upon the organization and the purpose. Very few would argue, for example, that intuition has a role in Performance and Operational Reporting.

Translating that innovation into true business value will require us to increasingly focus on the business perspective. Many will say that BI still feels too much like an IT Project. For it to go to the next level, where a true transformation occurs in the decision making process (Level 4?), business needs to be truly engaged as equal partners. We’re getting there to be sure, but my gut says we’ve still got a way to go.

Thursday May 01, 2014

It's Nominations Time: 2014 Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards

In an economy increasingly marked by the need for speed, companies know they cannot afford to wait on innovative ideas. “These days, time-to-market is critical for innovation projects,” says Amit Zavery, Group Vice-President, Product Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java. “You want to be able to add new features and functionality very quickly and go live.”

Oracle Excellence Awards 2014 banner

Forward-looking companies are doing just that with innovative use of Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies to boost business value. “We see customers apply Oracle Fusion Middleware to reduce costs, create competitive advantages, move quickly to address market opportunities, and improve financial and operational decision-making. We’re particularly proud to be able to honor some of those customers with the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards that are part of the Oracle Excellence Awards program,” says Amit.

Nominations for the 2014 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards are now open. Customers, employees, and partners may submit separate nomination forms for multiple categories. The 2014 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards categories are (subject to change)

Winners receive a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco, California, from September 28 to October 2, 2014. The deadline to submit all nominations is 5 p.m. PT on June 20, 2014.  So get those nominations in fast!

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