Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Edition of WebCenter, BPM Newsletter Out

The OpenWorld edition of Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) newsletter is now out. Take a look to get more information on the exclusive Customer Reception we are hosting in San Francisco on Monday, October 25th; the must-attend sessions for you to hear from Oracle executives, subject matter experts, customers and partners to know the latest strategy, vision and roadmaps for both our on-premises and cloud solutions; the latest news features, product collateral, industry insights, and learn more about upcoming events and activities.

If you are in the area and have not registered for Oracle OpenWorld, you can still attend our Customer Reception so do RSVP today. And don't forget to add your favorite Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM and Oracle Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions to your My Schedule that is now live on Oracle OpenWorld website.

Not attending Oracle OpenWorld this year? No worries, this newsletter still has plenty of information for you to know the very latest happening in Oracle WebCenter, BPM and Cloud Collaboration world. Happy reading!

Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Available!

 Oracle is announcing the availability of the SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service in the North America and European based data centers.  SOA Cloud and API Manager Cloud work in tandem with Integration Cloud Service to provide the broadest and most complete iPaaS in the cloud.  Here are some of the business drivers that Oracle is meeting with the availability of SOA Cloud Service:
  • Ability for IT to respond more quickly to new business requirements
  • Lower IT run costs by moving integration workloads to the cloud
  • Start new projects immediately by provisioning new Development and Test environments in the cloud in minutes
  • Developers can innovate instead of spending time building infrastructure

Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are the platform for speed an innovation.  Here are some of the features of this new platform :

  • Quick provisioning of the SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environment of the size and shape specified by the customer
  • Full access to the platform: Linux root access, EM Fusion Middleware Control console, Service Bus Console, WebLogic Console, etc..
  • Single click patching - patch on your schedule and with a single click
  • Single click scale out - add another VM and managed server with the click of a button
  • Built in backup/recovery - Oracle Storage Cloud Service is used for long term storage of backups
  • Metered subscription pricing - only pay for the number of OCPUs (Oracle CPU, which equals an Intel Core) that you use

Here are some of the reasons that so many Oracle SOA Suite customers have been looking forward to having the SOA Cloud Service:

Faster Time to Market

Developers can innovate and immediately start work on new projects because it is so simple and straightforward to create new environments.  Currently, Developers spend too much time either 1) waiting for a new environment to be available so that they can begin work or 2) build new environments or help Administrators build new environments so that they can finally get started on their development and testing activities.  With SOA Cloud Service, a new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises.


Your SOA 12c projects can be deployed to your on premises SOA environments or to the SOA Cloud.  The bits are the same.  This gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward.  If requirements change, it is easy to re-deploy the same code to another environment.  This portability means that you can be more flexible and agile, to meet your business requirements as they change.

Easy Administration

Quick and automated provisioning along with built in features like backups, patching and scale out (with more features coming soon) allows Administrators to focus on value added tasks, instead of spending their time on mundane tasks like backups or patching.  The automation of the cloud enables Administrators to innovate and provide more support to the development teams and production support teams with their extra time.  Here are some high level steps that are performed automatically in SOA Cloud and API Cloud, which would have to be done manually otherwise and usually take multiple months to complete :

  • Procure hardware
  • Network setup
  • Storage allocated and linked
  • OS Installed and configured
  • Install all required software: Java, WebLogic, SOA, and API Manager
  • Run RCU to create the database schemas needed by SOA or API Manager
  • Configure the domain for a SOA, Service Bus, or API Manager domain type


“Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need,” said Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix.  “It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.”

“With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend,” said Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst, middleware at Ovum.  “Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.” 

 Where to find more information

Visit  to find out more information. 

You can also read the press release regarding this announcement here: Press Release.

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Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Focus on Digital Experience, Cloud Collaboration, Content and Business Process Management

Each year at OOW, we drive the best and most innovative sessions for our attendees. This year is no different. With over 30 speaking sessions reflecting strategy and perspectives from our executives, technology experts, customers, partners, user groups and industry thought leaders; 10 live product demos; and 7 hands-on-labs devoted to Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) and our Cloud Content and Collaboration solutions, we are excited to showcase our product innovations, customer successes and vision at OOW 2015.

This Year’s Highlights:

  • Over 30 sessions featuring customers and partners like Lincoln Financial Group, the Sherwin Williams Company, Nextel, South California Gas Company, TekStream Solutions, Capgemini, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mythics and many more
  • A Meet the Experts session on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on “Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services”
  • 7 live product demo stations; 6 hands-on labs sessions, including Cloud labs focusing on Documents Cloud, Process Cloud and offering sneak previews of upcoming cloud services.
  • Innovation Awards ceremony with winners and representation from Digital Experience, BPM, Documents Cloud Service and Process Cloud Service

Must Attend Sessions:

Don’t miss the Strategy and Vision sessions for the overall portfolio and each of the respective solution and cloud technologies. We invite all customers to attend these not-to-be-missed sessions that can help organizations plan their roadmaps. Attendees will also get an opportunity to hear from customer organizations on implementation successes.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Digital Experience and Collaboration Roadmap—Oracle WebCenter, BPM, and Cloud Services [CON9207]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Documents Cloud Service—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9183]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Process Cloud Service and the Oracle BPM Suite—Vision, Strategy, and Roadmap [CON9181]
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Sites Strategy and Vision [CON9191]
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm | Moscone West—2024

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Oracle WebCenter Portal Strategy and Vision [CON9187]
11:00 am - 11:45 am | Moscone West—2024

Oracle Sites Cloud Service: Rapid Building of Mobile-First Digital Experiences [CON9199]
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle WebCenter Content and Other Oracle WebCenter Solutions: Vision and Strategy [CON9182]
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm | Moscone West—2024

Oracle’s Digital Experience Strategy: Oracle WebCenter, Oracle BPM, and Oracle Cloud Services [MTE10051]
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm | Moscone South—301

There are many more sessions highlighting customer successes, partner discussions, persona and/or industry based discussions, Cloud/PaaS lessons, live product demonstrations and Hands-On-Labs (HOL) sessions so do bookmark the following links for a complete listing:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Note that My Schedule is live for Oracle OpenWorld now. Customer and partner attendees can use My Schedule to plan and optimize time during the conferences by building personalized conference schedule beforehand. We recommend adding the sessions mentioned above and the others of interest from the Focus On documents.

WebCenter & BPM Auxiliary Events at OOW:

In addition to regularly scheduled programs of sessions, hands-on labs and demos, we have planned additional events for our customers and partners to actively engage with the Oracle and partner teams, and network with their peers. These auxiliary events include:

· Customer Appreciation Reception – Monday 10/26 – 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Invite and RSVP | OOW Registration NOT Required)

· Innovation Awards Ceremony (CON10374) – Tuesday 10/27– 4:00pm - 5:30pm, YBCA Theater (OOW Registration Required)

· Oracle Appreciation Event at OOW 15 with Elton John, featuring Beck – Wednesday 10/28 – 6:30 pm – 12:00 am (Event Information)

Your Conference on Mobile:

Attendees with Apple iOS or Android devices can access Oracle conference information via the Oracle OpenWorld mobile app (available mid-October). Download the app from the Apple iTunes store or Google Play, and get news and updates, access your schedule and the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog, explore interactive maps, find exhibitors and sponsors, and discover social channels.

Social Media Communications:

We will be highlighting our key session on Oracle WebCenter blog periodically. In addition, please use the following hashtags to discuss OOW on your channels and follow along on @OracleWebCenter and @OracleBPM

#OOW15 | #OracleDOCS | #OraclePCS | #OracleSCS | #WebCenter | #OracleBPM | #OraclePaaS

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Customer Appreciation Event and bookmark:

Focus on: Digital Experience, Content and Business Process Management

Focus on: Content and Collaboration in the Cloud

Looking forward to a great #OOW15 together!

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Launch Webcast: Oracle Process Cloud Service

Article originally written by Mala Ramakrishnan 

Did you miss the Oracle Process Cloud Service launch webcast? Join this webcast so you too can understand the value we can bring to your business with line of business empowerment.

Now you can hear from the experts on Oracle Process Cloud Service. Join us to listen to customer stories, see the product and consider the pros and cons of running process automation on the cloud.

Check out the replay now available On Demand: Oracle Cloud Platform Webcast Series

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Oracle WebCenter & Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) partners Bezzotech, Fishbowl Solutions, Redstone Content Solutions, Sofbang, Tata Consultancy Services, TekStream & VassIT invite you to a private cocktail reception at one of the Bay Area's premier primary destinations for live music & entertainment. Please join us and other Oracle WebCenter & Oracle BPM customers for heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at this exclusive reception.

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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Monday Sep 14, 2015

Cloud And Mobile Services Help Robo Silicon Enter New Market And Crush It

There's a great article on how Cloud and Mobile are helping to transform regular brick/mortar industries to become more efficient in serving their customers.  Specific excerpt relating to Oracle Mobile Cloud Services: 

To sustain its first-mover advantage, Robo Silicon also implemented Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, which lets the company’s tablet-equipped salespeople access customer information, enter orders, and manage approvals—all while working in the field.

“We can now analyze lead quality, rep productivity, and deal-conversion rates for each rep by territory and customer segment,” says CFO Ganesh Kamath.

 You can read the full article at Forbes.

 For the latest Oracle Mobile news, follow us @OracleMobile

Friday Sep 11, 2015

Zamil Industrial "All In" for Oracle Cloud

Oracle Java Cloud Service capabilities include a full-featured Oracle WebLogic Server 12c or Oracle WebLogic Server 11g instance that integrates with Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Optional capabilities include clustering of application server instances, clustering of databases, in-memory database functionality, high availability, elastic load balancing, and fully managed services for backup, restore, patching, scaling, and server management.
This integrated family of cloud services makes perfect sense for a large, dispersed organization such as Zamil Industrial Investment Company, a global building and construction conglomerate with facilities in 55 countries. Zamil Industrial develops products ranging from transmission towers to climate control systems. The company has major IT divisions in Saudi Arabia and India.

“We want to establish one IT model for our entire business and consolidate IT investments as much as possible,” says Zamil Industrial CIO Zaki Sabbagh. To fulfill this goal, the company signed up for Oracle Database Cloud Service. Now its document management data resides in the cloud. “We have consolidated all document management data into one instance,” he says. “In addition, all network projects, e-mail, supplier management—any initiatives that impact more than two business units—are handled at the corporate level.”

After implementing one on-premises Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) instance across 13 global business units, Sabbagh turned his attention to moving business applications and data to the cloud. He used Oracle Java Cloud Service to create an application for sharing engineering documents and an information system for managing engineering projects.

“We started in 2013 with a five-year plan to move everything to the cloud except our ERP system,” he says. “As of now, we have more than 15 systems and environments—Oracle and non-Oracle—in the cloud. It was a very quick win for us. The savings have been excellent in terms of administration, backup, and systems management. We no longer need to license so much hardware and software, let alone bother with installing, patching, and configuring.”

More Data and Better Apps—Fast

Oracle Java Cloud Service is a central component of Zamil Industrial’s cloud infrastructure. The service makes it easy for workers at 13 different sites globally to exchange insights and share files.

For example, Zamil Steel, a subsidiary of Zamil Industrial, has engineering teams in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Vietnam. Previously, they used FTP to upload and download documents, with nominal communications and haphazard version control. Now they use a simple Java application to exchange their engineering documents. Files can be edited on premises and automatically backed up to the cloud. Zamil Industrial also purchased 20 TB of Oracle Cloud storage as a backup system.

“For each site, we migrated Oracle Database to Oracle Database Cloud Service with the help of Oracle SQL Developer,” Sabbagh says. “We did not need to modify anything in our databases in order to migrate to the cloud. We then migrated our web services from Oracle WebLogic Server to Oracle Java Cloud Service and had the same advantage—no need to apply changes to the existing code.”

Zamil Industrial plans to use Oracle Documents Cloud Service to make it even easier for employees to store and exchange their documents in the cloud. Sabbagh says this cloud service will give them one global repository, with high security and automated backups. The company also plans to use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service to generate analytical reports for display on handheld devices.
“No company can ignore the cloud anymore,” Sabbagh says. “It’s not an option. It’s a direction.


Zamil Industrial Investment Company

Headquarters: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Industry: Engineering and construction
Employees: More than 10,000
Revenue: US$1.46 billion in 2014
Oracle products and services: Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Java Cloud Service, cloud support service

Monday Aug 31, 2015

New Features : Oracle Mobile Security Suite Integration in Oracle MAF 2.1.3

Originally posted by Kundan Vyas-Oracle


MAF 2.1.3 provides a tighter integration with Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) integration offers capabilities like, Android Containerization, Data Leak Protection, Data Encryption, Application Tunneling, Container Authentication and Single Sign-On. Features like Containerization, Data Leak Protection and Data Encryption are already supported on iOS from previous MAF releases.

New Features

1. Support for Android Containerization

Mobile app containerization allows customers to add a standardized security layer to native mobile apps. 

The containerization process is simple, and developers do not need to change a line of code. MAF developers just need to deploy the application to OMSS, in JDeveloper or Eclipse. During the deployment, the app is first compiled and an unsigned version of the app is generated that is intended to be signed with an enterprise distribution certificate for distribution within the company. After deployment, a wrapped APK file is generated which is signed with the signing certificates which are configured in the MAF JDeveloper / Eclipse Preferences, in the Android platform section.

Enable OMSS deployment in JDeveloper 

Enable OMSS deployment in Eclipse 

2. Data Leak Protection on Android

Once a MAF app is containerized with OMSS, IT administrators can apply various data leak protection policies and restrict how and if users can share data within the app

  • Email allowed can restrict the ability to send email from an app.

  • Instant Message allowed can restrict the ability to send Instant Message from an app.

  • Video chat allowed restricts the ability to share information via services such as FaceTime.

  • Social Share allowed restricts the ability to share information via services such as Facebook or Twitter.

  • Print allowed restricts the ability of the user to print.

  • Restrict file sharing restricts the ability of the user to share files outside the secure enterprise workspace.

  • Restrict copy/paste allows copy/paste inside the secure container, containerized apps or between containerized apps, but not to apps outside the secure enterprise workspace.

  • Redirects to container allowed prevents any app outside the Mobile Security Container workspace from redirecting a URL into the container.

  • Save to media gallery allowed prevents images, videos and audio files from being saved to media gallery and photo stores.

  • Save to local contacts allowed prevents contacts inside secure enterprise workspace apps from being saved down to native device contacts app.

  • Redirects from container allowed prevents any vApp from the Mobile Security Container workspace or containerized app from redirecting a URL outside the Mobile Security Container workspace or containerized app.

3. Data Encryption on Android

OMSS Containerization provides the ability to encrypt the data stored offline within MAF android applications. Starting with 2.1.3 this functionality is available for MAF applications as well. Encrypted data storage includes application data, including files, databases, application cache, and user preferences. Developers can use MAF encryption with OMSS containerization without having to worry about double encryption. Within a containerized application, MAF frameworks delegates encryption to the container this ensures that there are no code changes needed based on whether an app is Containerized or not. 

4. Application Tunneling

MAF 2.1.3 release provides support for application tunneling through Oracle Mobile Security Suite on both Android & iOS. Application tunneling provides a secure way to access the corporate resources behind the firewall, within a mobile client, without the need of device level VPN. Tunneling functionality allows administrators to intercept, and manage, all the requests coming from a specific MAF application. Administrators can configure the requests coming from a specific URL to go through a proxy on MSAS server. They can also either completely block the requests, or redirect the requests directly to the internet.You can find more details on how to configure application tunneling in the Web Settings section of Administrative Console Guide for Oracle Mobile Security Suite.

5. Container Authentication & Single Sign-On

When Web SSO authentication type is used in MAF apps with Oracle Access Manager and Oracle WebGate used in the back-end for authentication, the end user is not challenged for credentials in the application after Container authentication. The user identity from the Container is propagated to the App and the back-end services. SSO across multiple apps in the Container is also supported, i.e. user can login once to the Container and access all the apps in the Container with out additional authentication challenges. 


Here is a quick demo which shows all three features (Android Containerization, Data Leak Protection, and File Encryption) 

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Oracle Integrates Mobile Security into Identity and Access Management Platform

Crossposting from Greg Jensen's original post here

Oracle released a Press Release announcing the availability of Identity Management 11gR2 PS3 (Patchset 3). This update to the IDM 11gR2 solution brings forth some groundbreaking new capabilities for our customers to enable organizations to realize success in the areas of new digital business and unifying identities across applications. This greatly simplifies the on-boarding of new users, applications and services such as mobile and cloud.  

Some of the new aspects of the PS3 update include a new "Business Friendly" user interface which provides a single console view of your provisioning, approval workflows, entitlement management, and more.

The update also introduces new capabilities around mobile security with the expansion of Oracle's Mobile Security offering to include Enterprise Mobility Management. This is achieved through the inclusion of Mobile Device Management capabilities as well as a consolidated policy management framework for simplified provisioning of devices, applications and access.

New materials that have been created to help you evaluate this new update include:

Stay tuned to the Oracle Identity Management product page for the latest information on how Oracle is able to solve today's business challenges, and stay on top of the latest information with Oracle's Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Sunday Jul 19, 2015

Mobile App Integration Trends

By Ian Wallis, Director Mobile PaaS Business Development, Oracle EMEA 

The first half of 2015 has seen big advances in mobile app, development, integration and mobile enterprise IT and these culminated for me at the Gartner AADI conference we took part in towards the end of May (see photo above).  

There was a lot of talk about how IT is becoming a toxic brand inside the enterprise, holding back innovation and blocking progress in initiatives desperately needed by the business. Almost 40% of IT spend is now being decided on by teams outside of IT and according to Gartner this will rise to 50% by 2017.

We need to transform IT into an enabler rather than a blocker of change. This means layering IT with systems of innovation, which are fluid, adaptable and innovative on top of the core systems, which need to be safe and steady. These systems of innovation should allow the organization to take risk without jeopardising the core systems.

So when considering a mobile app integration strategy, two new considerations play out for CIOs and IT organizations:

  • Executing Two Speed IT, which is part solid and part fluid delivery, referred to by Gartner as Bimodal IT and is key to allowing IT to work at business speed.
  • Enabling DevOps, which is integral to allowing for a rapid innovation cycle, working at pace, embracing failure, but failing fast and iterating quickly.

Enterprises also need to evolve away from trying to enforce Mobile Device Management (MDM) through to managing Digital Risk. Given the low adoption of MDM of between 25% and 50%, enterprises need to start to trust the untrustworthy, as we move to more usage on personal mobile devices and “things”.

Businesses also need to expect unintended consequences as mobile throws up unexpected outcomes and need to be aware of amplification given the huge reach of mobile and social.

Businesses should look to surround themselves with digital assets and remove the physical constraints of doing business. This includes tapping in to Business Moments, where transient opportunities can be exploited dynamically. To do this we see more demand for Micro apps, where one app does one thing really well, most likely on a watch or mobile phone.

To support these business moments via micro apps, there are a number of key trends impacting how we use mobile app platforms. Richard Marshall outlined the following shifts happening in mobile application development:

  • Growth of open source tools (e.g. node.js, Angular)
  • Cross compilation tools delivering native binaries (e.g. Xamarin)
  • Big suites evolving (e.g. Oracle, MSFT, IBM…)
  • Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) tools emerging

It is very reassuring to see that Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service aligns closely with these trends:

  1. Oracle’s embrace of open source tools such as Node.js, Ionic, Angular, Knockout, Cordova and other tools
  2. Oracle’s recent partnership with Xamarin and Oracle’s own Mobile Application Framework providing cross compilation tools
  3. The evolution of Mobile Cloud Service as part of a much broader Platform as a Service offering, supporting big Digital initiatives
  4. The incredible speed of implementation of mobile apps using the combination of tools mentioned above as well upcoming Mobile Cloud Service releases further adding to RMAD capability in the Oracle PaaS platform
All in all these are very exciting times for us at Oracle. For more information on Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Service, click here.

Friday Apr 24, 2015

Test Drive Oracle’s Application Platform as a Service Solution

By Yoav Eilat-Oracle on Apr 22, 2015

We've just launched a new set of workshops in several U.S. cities: Oracle Platform as a Service for Application Development.

It’s another opportunity to test drive new Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities, but it goes far beyond Enterprise Manager. This time we focus on Java development and testing in the private and public cloud, and the cloud operations needed to support them.

So bring your laptop, connect to our live environment and try it for yourself!

The day begins with an overview of APaaS benefits and the architectural choices for building your enterprise private or public cloud (or both). You then use step-by-step workbooks that guide you through creating an application platform / middleware cloud environment. The event is perfect for application developers, IT managers and anyone developing, testing and deploying Java applications.

The time is evenly split between private and public cloud labs. These are the workbooks we’ll go through:

· Middleware as a Service

· SOA as a Service

· Fusion Middleware Provisioning

· Creating and Exploring Java Cloud Service

· Building and Deploying an Application with Java Cloud Service

· Managing Java Cloud Service Operations

Looks interesting? Register for an event near you.

Monday Feb 23, 2015

Enabling Mobile Application Management with Secure Enterprise Single Sign On


Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) addresses BYOD challenges by isolating corporate from personal data on consumers’ personal mobile devices without needing to lockdown the entire device. Using a technique called containerization; the Oracle Mobile Security Suite creates a Secure Workspace (SWS) in which corporate applications,email and data are stored. Only authenticated users can access the secure workspace to run applications and access data and only applications provisioned or approved by corporate IT can be installed and executed from within this secure workspace. If the device is lost or stolen, corporate IT can remotely wipe the secure workspace without affecting any personal data.

The OMSS Secure Workspace (SWS) leverages OAM infrastructure for secure authentication (or even strong authentication/risk based access in the upcoming PS3 release) and seamless single sign on to corporate resources for all containerized apps. In this blog post I'll describe how the OAM Mobile & Social (M&S) OAuth Service allows OAM to provide secure authentication and enterprise single sign on to Oracle's Mobile Secure Workspace (SWS) .

How it Works

In order for the Mobile Security Access Server (MSAS) to authenticate users against Oracle Access Manager and retrieve Oracle Access Manager and OAuth tokens for integrated single sign on, the Mobile Security Access Server (MSAS) is registered as an OAuth Client with the M&S OAuth Service. In the current PS2 release we support the Confidential Client OAuth flow only; however in the upcoming PS3 release we will support Dynamic Client Registration as well.

Confidential Client Flow - In this flow MSAS is the OAuth 2.0 Confidential Client and M&S is the OAuth Server as well as the Resource Server. MSAS uses the clientid and secret entered in the container as confidential credentials for this flow. The confidential client first obtains an JWT User Token (referred to as User Identity Assertion) using this clientid, secret and the userid and password entered by the user in the secure workspace. The confidential client then obtains an OAuth2.0 Access Token using a standard OAuth 2.0 JWT user assertion flow on behalf of the resource owner. The OAM Tokens to access 11g or 10g protected resources are then obtained using the extension OAM Credential grant type using this JWT User Token. MSAS stores the encrypted JWT UT and the OAM MT (corresponds to an OAM_ID cookie for OAM protected web resources) in an STOKEN which is returned to the secure workspace app. This allows an authenticated secure workspace app user to single sign on to OAM protected resources with the OAM MT in the STOKEN and to any OAM OAuth REST interface using the JWT UT in the STOKEN.

Dynamic Client Registration - In this authentication model, a workspace is dynamically registered with M&S through MSAS and the workspace itself obtains the JWT Client Token after successful workspace registration. Compare this to the Confidential Client Flow flow above where the workspace app uses the client credential of MSAS. The registration of the workspace basically involves app and device profile attributes to be automatically sent to the M&S OAuth Server which creates a JWT Client token based on the unique "fingerprint" specific to the app and the device of the workspace app. The rest of the flow is similar where the workspace app itself is the OAuth Client (mobile OAuth client) and M&S is the OAuth Server as well as the Resource Server. In this flow we support step up authentication (using KBA or OTP) and device context based fine grained authorization during both user authentication to the workspace app and subsequent single sign on to corporate resources from any of the containerized apps. This is now possible because M&S uses its built-in integration with OAAM (using the Security Handler Plugin) to perform risk analysis based on the device and app context now available in this authentication.

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:

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Mastering DevOps with Oracle

by Jens Eckels, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle

DevOps continues to be a strong buzzword in IT, but oftentimes there's a bit of confusion on what it means. It's certainly important, but how can you get started and change your culture to adapt to this new amalgamated approach to development?

As you'd expect coming from us, we believe we have a very comprehensive set of products and tools to help you achieve your goals. See the below Slideshare for details.

A lengthier presentation that covers broader topics and Oracle product sets is available here.

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!


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