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 Apr 25, 2014

Fusion Middleware Newsletter is here!

 Hot off the presses - the April issue of the Fusion Middleware newsletter is now released.  Find out how to register for the new Ricoh webcast and hear how Oracle AppAdvantage can help tranform applcations to make them more modern, relevant and optimal.  Hear from our new Vice-President, Fusion Middleware Product Management and Strategy - Siddhartha Agarwal and what he sees is up and coming in middleware. Full of information you need to know at your fingertips.  All in the Fusion Middleware newsletter .


Thursday Apr 24, 2014

ACE Director Discusses How AppAdvantage Can Help Enterprises

Written By: Debra Lilley, ACE Director, Fusion Applications

I just got back from Collaborate 2014 where I spoke about AppAdvantage with Ed Zou, VP Product Management Oracle who is responsible for the AppAdvantage team. We gave a joint presentation explaining the thought process behind AppAdvantage and the renewed importance of looking at business challenges and how perhaps Fusion Middleware may help.

Our audience was small, something that I noticed in a of sessions at collaborate, perhaps there is simply just too much choice, but that aside those that did attend believed our content resonated with what they were seeing in their own organisations. In fact this is a topic that I’ve written about in my own blog about how I found the users attending collaborate to be at an exciting point in their own applications journey.

I talked about mobile amongst the other entry points into AppAdvantage. Again as I normally do I used the example of the Fusion expenses app and how that can be used not just with Fusion Applications but also other ERP systems. Ed expanded this with Oracle’s mobile strategy and explained that selecting the app that you want to write or commission is actually the simple part, it is more important and challenging to achieve the security and integration into your ERP systems. Ed gave the example of MYLA311 mobile app available to residents of the LA area. This mobile app looks really cool and it would be great if I could download it and show it when talking about mobile however the security recognises that I am not normally U.S.-based and does not allow me to do so.

So if Ed and I were able to engage our audience and discuss with them how the AppAdvantage concept can help them, which proves the value of the presentation, how do we get more people interested in the first place?

I saw a lot presentations where customers using E Business suite, PeopleSoft, JDE and Siebel were using Fusion Middleware for all sorts of solutions, so the problem is with the marketing of the concept not the idea.

As I write this posting today it is the last day of the Oracle Open World call for papers and I’m pleased to see that there is a stream dedicated to AppAdvantage, which means that hopefully there will be good content and a successful dedicated track for delegates to attend. The other thing at Oracle Open World is the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards which showcase customers who have gone down this route. My advice Oracle is to talk both about this track and these awards with more emphasis on the AppAdvantage name.

If your organisation has used Fusion Middleware to extend the reach of your ERP systems then submit your story for the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards not only for the opportunity to be showcased at Oracle Open World but it also comes with a free ticket.

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

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Oracle Mobile Platform Breakfast Seminar Series - Australia

Written By: Juliana Button, Director - Fusion Middleware 

With the escalating usage of smart phones, we are already seeing mobile phones replacing cameras, cash, maps, remote controls, boarding passes and more.  Smartphone and tablet sales continue to accelerate. IT has a clear opportunity to work with line-of-business leaders to establish enterprise, cross-channel mobile strategies

With keen interest in Mobility from the Australian market, we recently hosted Breakfast Seminars in Sydney and Melbourne with 60+ attendees in each location, to provide an update on the Oracle Mobile Platform, and showcase some of the mobile innovations from local Australian customers and partners.


With a highly engaged and interactive audience in both Sydney and Melbourne, Chris Muir, Senior Principal Mobile Product Manager at Oracle, and Ruben Garcia Mohedano, ‏Business Integration & Mobility Advisor at Oracle provided an excellent overview of the Oracle Mobile Platform – Keynote Presentation, addressing many questions on Mobile Security.

The Oracle Mobile Platform delivers one single platform for our customer’s multi channel needs, supporting any device, any application, any data and secured with the leading enterprise security solution. The mobile platform has all the components and tools required to build cross platform device-resident hybrid apps that share the same code base across mobile OS and form factors, tools to integrate with backend data and services, comply with existing enterprise security policies and extend for mobile specific security requirements and provide enterprise grade deployment. 


Oracle Gold Partner Colab Managing Director, James Stocks and Echo Entertainment Portfolio Manager Hospitality, Sarah Robinson discussed Cel+ Mobile implemented at Echo Entertainment.  Colab was tasked to mobilize key Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) processes and integrate third party applications through the provision of a single access point and enterprise mobility platform. Colab delivered the Cel+ Mobile application which provided key business processes via smartphones, tablets and desktop with seamless integration to their Virtual Roster application.

The key challenge faced at Echo was to architect a solution that allowed data and services from highly restricted and secured internal systems, that were currently available only to those connected within the corporate network, by either being onsite or connected through a VPN. Oracle WebLogic Server was utilized with a standards-based security approach. Web Services were written using the REST protocol to expose E-Business Suite functionality which provided the performance required for the mobile application. Oracle E-Business  Suite SDK for JAAS authentication was used to authenticate and authorize users. 

From an organizational perspective, there were varied technical capabilities across the organization. Many users did not have English as their first language, and many users could not access or did not have smart phones or tablets and were unfamiliar with the general concepts, navigation and the user interface. This demanded that the Cel+ Mobile user experience be highly intuitive with an easy to use interface that adopts common design patterns found in consumer applications. Additionally, Cel+ Mobile was rendered for desktop so that those users that did not have a smartphone or tablet could still access the system from a home computer.

Oracle ADF, with its MVC architecture, was the framework selected for the web-based application and this made the transition to ADF Mobile a seamless process where the experienced developers were able to reuse their existing Oracle ADF skills and apply them to Oracle ADF Mobile development. Check out the presentation or read the full case-study here.

Oracle Gold Partner Intelligent Pathways Founder and Lead Architect, Gary Crosby, discussed Jetstream, implemented as application system “RED” at Qantas. Jetstream is a mobile solution that enables rapid guest recognition, fast customer recovery and electronic operational reporting in the air.  Jetstream has three applications, Cabin, Forms and Ground, which connect to the Jetstream Ground Server.

Jetstream Cabin integrates with reservation and departure systems, as well as CRM, operations and crewing systems to bring current data into the cabin. Jetstream Cabin enables electronic capture of passenger and operations data in the air, and sends this back to ground systems on completion of the flight. Jetstream Forms enables users to gather and share data via an electronic form on a mobile device. Completed forms are submitted back to the airline for operational reporting. Jetstream Ground is a mobile application used by staff within the airport. It provides users with real time flight and passenger information at the kerb side, lounge, check-in and gate.

The solution uses Oracle SOA Suite to implement the Jetstream services, running on Oracle WebLogic Server, and empowers cabin crew to deliver seamless one-on-one customer service. Check out the presentation or watch one of the Qantas customer testimonial videos – YouTube | YouTube.

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Mark Your Calendars: Registration is here for Ricoh Americas webcast

If you  haven't registered already -- then go ahead and register for this customer-led webcast with Ricoh and hear how Oracle AppAdvantage powered by Fusion Middleware is more than just a solution a but a strategy for maximizing your application investment. 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

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data

Written By: Neela Chaudhari, Principal Product Marketing Director - Master Data Management & Fusion Middleware

The paradigm-changing potential benefits of big data can't be overstated—but big changes can deliver big risks as well. For example, exploding data volumes naturally create a corresponding increase in data correlations, but as leading experts warn, correlations should not be mistaken for causes.

To avoid drawing the wrong conclusions from big data, organizations first need a way to assemble reliable master data to analyze. Then they need a way to put those conclusions and that data to work operationally, in the systems that govern and facilitate their day-to-day operations.

Master data management (MDM) helps deliver insightful information in context to aid decision-making. It can be used to filter big data, isolating and identifying key entities and shrinking the dataset to a manageable size for parsing, tagging, and associating with operational system records. And it provides the key intersecting point that enables organizations to map big data results to operational systems that are built on relational databases and structured information.

Adopting master data management capabilities helps organizations create consolidated, consistent, and authoritative master data across the enterprise, enabling the distribution of master information to all operational and analytical applications, including those that contain customer, product, supplier, site, and financial information.

Oracle Master Data Management drives results by delivering the ability to cleanse, govern, and manage the quality and lifecycle of master data.

To learn more about the importance of MDM as an underlying technology that facilitates big data initiatives, read an in-depth Oracle C-Central article, "Masters of the Data: CIOs Tune into the Importance of Data Quality, Data Governance, and Master Data Management."

And don't miss the new Oracle MDM resource center. Visit today to download white papers, read customer stories, view videos, and learn more about the full range of features for ensuring data quality and mastering data in the key domains of customer, product, supplier, site and financial data.

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

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

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.

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