Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Ricoh Americas Delivers on Anytime, Anywhere Promise with Cloud and On-Premise Integration

 Cloud.  On-Premise.  Mobile.  Integration.  Not just buzz words in the IT industry, but real ways that organizations are deploying and implementing software in the enterprise to drive business value.  Join us on this webcast with the CIO of Ricoh Americas Corporation - Balaji Rangaswamy to hear how they are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware.  In this webcast you will learn how Ricoh provided value-added mobile services to their customers and how they developed a services-oriented integration architecture designed to be flexible and drive innovation.  To register for this webcast click on the link below.

Webcast: Ricoh Differentiatest Business with Unified Cloud and On-Premises Business Integration

Date: April 29, 2014

Time: 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Friday Apr 11, 2014

Self Service and the Digital Revolution

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

Gartner’s ‘Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO Agenda’ is now available on our AppAdvantage home page. It’s a very insightful look into what’s driving IT Leadership in 2014 and for the second consecutive year it explores the dynamic of two separate yet complimentary goals for CIO’s: Renovating the core of IT and exploiting new (digital) technology and trends.

Gartner: February 2014, Taming the Digital Dragon: The 2014 CIO  Agenda 

Yes, the digital revolution has arrived to enterprise IT and has matured beyond hope and hype. It’s now reality and will drive a competitive advantage for those that embrace it and the reverse for those that do not. That much is certain.

On the other hand, this revolution heralds the end of the client server era after a 30 year run and today’s single instance ERP-centric architectures will need to evolve. To be sure, ERP is still, and will continue to be the dominant transactional platform within an enterprise, either on premise or cloud based. However, too many enterprises are burdened with heavily customized and overly rigid ERP architectures that simply cannot adapt sufficiently on their own. Gartner’s view of Postmodern ERP captures this need perfectly. 

To be sure, the tandem goals of modernization and digitization rely upon one another for success, but how can this be accomplished? Too many organizations are stuck in a holding pattern and don’t need to be. In fact, this has been explored previously in these blogs and is an underpinning of Oracle AppAdvantage, a layered Framework that offers the opportunity to modernize while delivering new digital capabilities. Good in theory perhaps, but how about in practice. What is an example of ways in which an enterprise can ‘re-imagine the core’ while simultaneously exploiting new digital technologies? Something with demonstrable business results and measurable ROI?

For that, look no further than self service, either B2B or B2C. But this isn’t the self service of even 5 years ago, which was still typically limited to those processes and data that were resident within a single application such as ERP. Self Service today, fueled by proven SOA technologies, deliver an automated, managed and fully informed digital experience resulting in significant cost savings as well as the increased customer awareness and satisfaction that comes from a true 360 degree view of the enterprise. With full security and process management. And, of course, mobile enabled. Access Anytime, from Anywhere, by Anyone. The Reference model below provides a blueprint for enterprise-wide self service. Once in place and delivering solid ROI in its own right, enterprises can then leverage the reusable technologies and skills that were created to expand their digital revolution. 

For more information on getting started with the AppAdvantage Framework visit our website (here). For a detailed look at Self Service at work watch our 30 minute documentary Pella Revolutionizes the Digital Experience for Customers, Partners and Employees.

Friday Mar 21, 2014

AppAdvantage Webcast Series Rolls On with Mobility and Oracle Applications

Missed our first kickoff Oracle AppAdvantage webcast?  Not a problem -- tune in to the next webcast now available - all about how to innovate and extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. IT needs a consistent way to meet requests to develop new mobile applications quickly and make existing applications, mobile applications.  Oracle AppAdvantage is a program powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that helps customers strengthen their investments in Oracle Applications. An important part of this program is Oracle Mobile Platform, an integrated set of technologies that enables enterprises to rapidly build, deploy, secure, and integrate mobile applications with Oracle Applications and third-party applications for any device and any data source.  Transforming existing applications (JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, EBS or non Oracle ones) into mobile applications helps take investments further and makes them more accessible anywhere and at anytime.  Register for this webcast and learn how you can Innovate and Extend Oracle Applications to Mobile. 


Thursday Mar 20, 2014

In the News: CFO as a Technology Evangelist?

What comes to mind when you hear the word CFO?  Historically, CFOs have often been thought of as individuals who deeply involved in battling costs, economic volatility and economic complexity in their company.  However, there is a shift underway in the role of the CFO.  Oracle and Accenture co-sponsored a global study with Longitude Research entitled, "Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology" which involved 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and line of business executives from organizations around the world across multiple industries.  In a nutshell, the conclusion is that the modern CFO is not just battling The Street, grappling with internal organizational challenges but is also a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of digital and cloud technologies for the finance function.  Don't take this the wrong way -- there is still a gap between ambition and reality.  However, finance departments are recognizing the need for cloud capabilities to do a better job of budgeting, planning and forecasting.  To read more about this interesting study and its findings click here

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) Your Thing?

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Why are we hearing so much about it nowadays? What does IoT mean for an enterprise like mine? Does it impact my IT infrastructure? Should I be invested in it or at least learn more about it? Is it for real or are we talking about a future technology? What does Oracle have to do with IoT.

We know some of you have questions like these in mind. Our February edition of the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter ran a feature that explores some of these questions. If you haven't already, do take a look at the feature. We hope that this is a start of a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you - questions, critique, feedback, your opinion(s), your observations and more; we'll take it. And if you haven't already, do subscribe to the newsletter.


Friday Feb 28, 2014

NEW: Launching the AppAdvantage Solution Webcast Series

We're excited to be rolling out a brand new webcast series focused on solutions around Oracle AppAdvantage. This series is designed to help you learn more about how companies are leveraging Oracle AppAdvantage to grow their businesses and reinvent the way they interact with their employees, customers and partners.  The first webcast in the series is an overview of Oracle AppAdvantage and a great way to get yourself introduced to this new Fusion Middleware based solution.  Takeaways from this webcast are hear how AppAdvantage can set your business apart from the competition by integrating your enterprise applications with best-of-breed applications and services, whether on-premise or in the cloud.  Let's not forget that we're in the midst of a mobile era and AppAdvantage drives business innovation by connecting people, information and applications anytime and anywhere.  To register for this webcast click here

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Join us @Mobile World Congress 2014!

... "Creating What’s Next?"


Flights to Barcelona were full, the airports were bustling, weeks leading up to this weekend, everyone was planning and prepping for the largest mobile event in the year. Over the course of the next four days, 24-27 February 2014, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona will host one of the world’s biggest mobile events. It is no wonder that Oracle, the #1 technology leader is also here in full force, ready to show off our capabilities across Mobile Platform and Mobile Security, Internet of Things, Communications, and much more. At this event Oracle will be speaking to customers, partners, press and analysts about many things including, Oracle’s Mobile Strategy.

I arrived this evening and before I left the airport I noticed at least 10 diferent kiosks for registration – all you needed was your ID and QR code, and there were teams of people excited to network and learn about the trends in their industry. As the mobile industry continues to diversify, how will the roles of the traditional and emerging members evolve and with what impact?  In 2014, the Mobile World Congress Conference will examine the present and debate the future of this industry with in-depth analysis of the trends that are shaping it. From the Exhibition Hall to the Keynotes and in-depth sessions, there will be a lot to learn!

I am eager to  meet with customers, partners, and learn as much as I can over this next week - and I will be sure to  share with you on  "what's coming next". Come join us at Mobile World Congress 2014 (Oracle Booth 3B20 (Hall 3)and learn more about Oracle Mobile @www.oracle.com/mobile

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Ignite the Bookworm Inside: Fusion Middleware

Looking to brush up on Oracle Fusion Middleware, but aren't quite sure where to start?  Check out the Oracle Press for all that's written and published on Fusion Middleware. Oracle Press has numerous titles ranging from Java, to enterprise architecture to deployment strategies and design patterns.  Not only are there books, but take a look at videos from Oracle's technical experts.  Check it out - here's the link to Oracle Press for Fusion Middleware.

 

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Oracle CloudWorld: The Recap

There was a buzz in the air at Oracle CloudWorld in San Francisco last week at the Westin on Market Street.  It was a great opportunity to hear Oracle's strategy for the Cloud across Applications such as ERP, HCM, Eloqua and other as well as Oracle's strategy for Mobile.  There was something for everyone with a floor dedicated to demos and numerous sessions for all interested.  CloudWorld in San Francisco is just one of several locations worldwide where this event is being held.  CloudWorld is slated to take place in Melbourne, Moscow, Beijing and Chicago - so if you missed last week, not to worry, it's coming to a city near you!

CEO, Larry Ellison delivered an energizing keynote in the afternoon to a packed audience.  He focused on Oracle's investment in HCM and why it sees this is an important initiative and one that requires additional staff resources and greater innovation in order for us to maintain our leadership position in the market.  Following his keynote, there was a good amount of time set aside for Q & A from the audience.  Among the many sessions, the one not to be missed was delivered by Ray Wang, Principal atConstellation Research. He had a very well attended session that covered what a sales cloud-related product should entail (feature, function and address which business needs) . 

Still want to attend CloudWorld?  To register for a CloudWorld near you, click here.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

The Next Frontier: Oracle Mobile

  

Oracle Cloudworld was a rousing success supported by insightful keynotes, hands-on-demos, real world case studies and not to mention ample opportunities to network and make new connections.  The Mobile keynote preceded CEO, Larry Ellison's much awaited keynote and the audience was all ears to hear Oracle's story around this hot space.  Rimi Bewtra, Senior Director-Product Marketing, Mobile and Fusion  Middleware explained Oracle's mobile strategy as having two aspects to it: enabling people to build their own applications or leverge Oracle's mobile applications, all supported by a robust Mobile Platform with Mobile Security.   Oracle Mobile Solution is a complete offering with a choice of out-of-the-box mobile applications or a mobile platform that allows you the flexibility to develop your own mobile applications wrapped around mobile security. Oracle Mobile Solutions has three primary components: Mobile Applications, Mobile Platform and Mobile Security. Mobile Platform provides a common technology framework for building, integrating, securing and managing mobile applications on any device. 

The next frontier for mobile is about much  more, it is about the internet of things and mobile coming together and creating the Connected Enterprise. For more information on Oracle's Mobile offerings click here.

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Intuit Makes Learning Easy - Fusion Middleware Style

Intuit has always focused on improving the lives of more than 50 million people with its flagship products and services such as QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax.  Continuing with their focus on helping people take charge of the finances, they were looking to deploy a SaaS based solution, specifically a learning platform geared toward accounting professionals. They chose Oracle for assistance with ensuring that the platform can support a large number of users, provide 24/7 availability, scale effectively and deliver a seamless user experience.  In addition, Intuit wanted to be able to deliver courses on a single system via any device - PC, laptop or tablet. 

Intuit was able to train 132,000 customers and awarded 21,000 certifications in fiscal year 2013 and set even more ambitious goals for the next fiscal year.  They laid the foundation to expand their learning offerings on a worldwide scale.  This customer success focuses on enablement and improving the user experience,  but the business drivers for Oracle AppAdvantage can be any of the following: building security across all applications, providing a centralized and standardized identity management, single sign-on across desktop, mobile, social for apps or reducing IT overhead and helpdesk calls by providing online self-service. For more information on this customer success click here.

Monday Jan 20, 2014

In the News: Verizon and Oracle Partner for Better Cloud Access with Fusion Middleware

It's exciting to hear that Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Oracle have partnered to allow customers to use Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database on Verizon cloud infrastructure.  Customers can bring their own Oracle licenses to the Verizon cloud platform or buy Verizon cloud services which include Oracle licenses.  What's even more interesting is that with Fusion Middleware on Verizon Cloud, customers can leverage existing assets and pay only for what they need versus having to purchase perpetual licenses.  It's win-win for all parties, more cost effective deployments and taking on-premise software into the cloud. Click here to read all about this new partnership.

Friday Jan 17, 2014

SOA Corner: Oracle Introduces Cloud Adapter to Simplify Salesforce.com Integration

A game changer addition to Oracle…” is how Matt Wright, CTO of Rubicon Red put itMatt Wright

If you have been asking yourself:

“Do I need another integration toolkit separate from my existing platform just for cloud integration?” or “Should I use the limited functionality integration tools within each cloud application I need to integrate?...Won’t that lead to a complex mess of disparate and overlapping integration?” 

If so, take a look at Oracle Cloud Adapters. This release significantly simplifies integration of Salesforce.com and lets companies more easily get a complete and unified view of customer and back-end data spanning cloud and on-premises applications using Oracle SOA Suite and the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com. Check out this Oracle Media Network Video (screenshot on the right) of Matt Wright, Maulik Shah, Technical Lead for Brocade Communications, and Badhri Rajagopalan, Practice Director SOA Integration with Bluenog.

Salesforce.com Integration

To address the questions posed above, this release illustrates Oracle’s integration strategy. Instead of companies having to deploy a cloud integration platform focused on cloud applications and then having a separate integration platform for existing applications, Oracle SOA Suite provides a single solution for integrating applications regardless of deployment location (public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises). This approach is designed to simplify integration and lower total cost of ownership in contrast to managing multiple disparate integration platforms and/or app-embedded integration toolkits, most of which use proprietary languages.

Although Oracle SOA Suite customers have been showcasing their cloud integration success stories for years at Oracle OpenWorld, this release eliminates many of the manual steps, automates session management tasks, and significantly simplifies security. Oracle SOA Suite customers already familiar with Oracle Application Adapters will see that the Oracle Cloud Adapters use the same wizard-based approach to provide visibility into the Salesforce.com business objects directly from within Oracle SOA Suite to simplify integration.

Customers using Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, etc. already have simplified integration since Oracle SOA Suite components are integrated or embedded into these applications. Combined with the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, customers of both Oracle and Salesforce.com applications will have seamless integration spanning applications across the cloud and on-premises.

To learn more about simplifying integration, check out the Oracle white paper “Simplifying Cloud Integration

To download the Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com, go to Oracle Technical Network for Oracle Integration Adapters

and join us for the Webcast "Simplify Integration with Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com"

Register for Webcast

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Business Value vs. ROI

Author: Rick Beers


Rick Beers is Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware. Prior to joining Oracle, Rick held a variety of executive operational positions at Corning, Inc. and Bausch & Lomb.

With a professional background that includes senior management positions in manufacturing, supply chain and information technology, Rick brings a unique set of experiences to cover the impact that technology can have on business models, processes and organizations. Rick will be hosting the IT Leader Editorial on a regular basis.

I still remember a conversation that changed the way I looked at enterprise systems as if it occurred last week, even though it was 17 years ago.

I was on the balcony of a convention style resort in Phoenix during an annual conference held by a large manufacturing technology research organization. I had recently been given responsibility for the supply chain technology portion of a global ERP program and was at the conference to learn more of an emerging (and at the time heavily hyped) technology known as Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS). Systems such as PeopleSoft’s newly acquired Red Pepper and SAP’s APO were promising to replace the manual processes at the core of existing supply chain planning systems with automated modeling, detection and response technology. I was easily convinced. It was sexy, compelling and carried with it ROI’s in excess of 30%.

While at the conference I was pulled aside after dinner by a marketing executive at the research organization after he heard me in a panel discussion extolling the promise of APS. Out on the balcony, over a glass of wine, he advised “Be careful. Just because you have a system to tell you what to do doesn’t mean that you should do it, or even can in the first place. Your legacy manufacturing equipment and business processes must change to keep pace with the shorter run lengths and more frequent changeovers that the system will require.” This one piece of advice opened my eyes to three dynamics that have stayed with me ever since, and have guided my recent work with Oracle on AppAdvantage:

  1. That enterprise technology alone is rarely a determinant of value; rather it is the business value that technology enables.

  2. That enterprise technology rarely achieves its potential unless it is harmonized with its business surroundings: people, processes and physical assets.

  3. That the ROI of enterprise technology itself cannot be calculated because it is an enabler of a business outcome, not the outcome itself.

It’s the last one that was the most profound and is an issue still today. Our industry (providers, partners and practitioners) is still in search of quantifiable ROI from enterprise technology. It’s like the search for the Holy Grail: a worthy mission that cannot succeed because its basic premise is flawed.

Instead we should focus on business value. In effect, a contract with business leadership that identifies the outcomes that a technology project will be measured upon and the steps necessary to deliver them. This has five key components:

  • The Project itself described in terms of the business outcome rather that the specific systems involved. This creates a culture of business ownership and the identification of business owners.

  • An agreement on the measurable outcomes that have clear line of sight to the project.

  • An agreement by business owners of the processes that need to change and the investments required in skills and physical assets that the technology will require.

  • Line of sight metrics for both the delivery of the technology and the agreed upon business outcomes.

  • Clear accountability for those outcomes.

Oracle AppAdvantage, and the layered framework that it comprises, has been developed around the delivery of Business Value as opposed to more traditional technology ROI. In particular, its seven Entry Points are designed to facilitate Business Value discussions between IT leaders and Lines of Business leadership. Its visual similarity to a compass is deliberate; it provides directional guidance based upon desired business outcomes.

During February and March we will be conducting Oracle AppAdvantage Executive Roundtables in Asia, the Americas and Europe that will prompt such dialogue amongst the audience. I will discuss these in my blog next month.

Wednesday Jan 01, 2014

Experiencing the Benefits of Fusion Middleware - Agilent Technologies Feels the Boost

Agilent Technologies Inc., is a leading electronic and bio-analytical measurement company. Through its four lines of business—chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics and genomics, and electronic measurement— Agilent focuses on innovation.  They test more than half of the world's 1.13 billion cell phones and help companies analyze disease causes and develop new treatments.

Focused on innovation and precision, Agilent Technologies relied on App Advantage for Fusion Middleware to reduce IT costs, accelerte time-to-value as well as a 60% jump in customer satisfaction with the portal experience.  Additionally, they were able to provision a new employee for IT access in 20 minutes versus five days.  Finally, Agilent saved more than $1 million annually in integration-related costs by reducing the time needed to build interfaces by replacing TIBCO with Oracle SOA Suite. 

Specifically, the Fusion Middleware components implemented as part of their App Advantage strategy included: Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Access and Identity Management and Oracle WebCenter Portal.  With these middleware technologies, Agilent is creating a single view of customers and went live with its MyAgilent portal and saw several key gains in the first six months.  Users could log in at a single time and access all portal applications, services as well as enable customers to order parts and track order status. This was just the beginning for Agilent, whether it be establishing a mobile strategy, setting up single sign-on and user provisioning, deploying an application server environment or creating robust J2EE based business applications. 

To read more about how Agilent Technologies leveraged Fusion Middleware App Advantage click here and learn more about how Agilent Technologies experienced the power of middleware. 

Happy New Year and here's to a 2014 full of customer successes!

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