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!

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Standards Corner: Double-Blind Identity

For several years now, BC has been working on a new identity services project that would enable citizens to securely access government services online. For BC, there is clear motivation: reducing identity management and fraud costs in everything from drivers licenses to health insurance. Find out how BC takes a new approach to identity services using double-blind identity architecture.[Read More]

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Norway Post AS Boosts Customer Insight and Service with Fusion Middleware

Founded in 1647, the Norway Post AS manages mail distribution throughout Norway.  Originally owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport, in 2002 they changed its corporate structure due to deregulation.  The challenges they faced included streamlining operations and cost reduction including IT expenses for 5 customer service call centers due to shrinking revenues and a drop in mail volume, enable customer service representatives to effectively service incoming calls,gain insight into customer insight and behavior.  The last challenge involved ultimately creating or deploying a solution that could be scale as new companies are acquired.

 

The solution implemented consisted of Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Suite used to integrate Salesforce.com CRM system to on-premise call center applications, back-end systems that were used to manage customer lists, contact information as well as
a mail tracking solution. With Oracle SOA Suite, Norway Post was able to achieve a significant time and effort savings in addition to improved data quality as a result of integrated,back end systems automatically synchronized with other systems.

The customer's quote says it all, " “We chose the Oracle solution for cloud-integration middleware because of its high reliability and flexibility. We had used Oracle extensively for a long time, so it was also a matter of making the most of our investment in our Oracle-based strategic integration platform,” said Trond Guneriussen, Service manager, Internal integration, Norway Post AS.

For more information on Norway Post AS and how they saw tremendous value with Oracle SOA Suite and WebLogic Suite, visit here.

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

 


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 hosts the IT Leaders Editorial on a monthly basis.

 

 

 

My wife and I are finally making our move to Williamsburg Virginia, the center of the nations ‘Historic Triangle’ (Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown). Long a goal of ours, we’re absolutely thrilled to see this underway and one would think that on such an occasion the editor of The AppAdvantage Oracle.com site would give me a pass on my regular IT Leaders Editorial. No such luck.

I was stumped with all those fifes and drums playing in my head and considered going into hiding when while packing up my home office yesterday I came across a book I’d read about three years ago. It was sent to me by a friend during my short time in consulting and I still remember the impact it had on the way I view enterprise technologies, which carried over to work I was about to begin as I joined Oracle. That book is ‘Wrench in the System’ by Harold Hambrose (2009, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

With a tagline of ‘Why business software doesn’t work – and how to fix it’, the Wrench in the System explores the state of business software, its perceived inability to meet the needs of business, its unjustifiably high cost and complexity and its inability to unleash the creative needs of business users. By using Auto Industry lemon laws as hyperbole at the outset, Mr. Hambrose provides the foundation for the conclusions to be reached throughout the book. It’s an entertaining read and one cannot initially disagree with any of the points being made or solutions proposed. At least in the abstract.

But I ended the book with one word: ‘Why’. Why does the condition exist and why had it not yet been resolved, given the compelling reasoning throughout the book. One can argue that there are pretty bright people in the business software industry and its customers are not easily duped. So what’s going on here? 

 I participated in the ERP roll out era during the mid to late 1990’s, as part of teams that designed and deployed these systems. I still have the scars to prove it. Yes, we were deploying the rigid, tightly integrated, workflow driven, waterfall developed business software that is so often criticized today. But it was done for a purpose, a critically important one at the time that remains today. To grasp that fully we need to recall the state of business computing prior to ERP. 

By the early 1990's, the Client-Server era has been underway for 15 years. A vast improvement over the earlier generation mainframe technology, Client-Server, or if you will, distributed computing, allowed business applications running on multiple desktop PCs (clients) to access a database server over a network. This put business technology in the hands of business users and gave them the freedom to use that technology within their individual business processes.  But this desktop independence came with an unintended consequence. 

Departmental data began being created, stored and manipulated on the desktop without being passed to the central data server, and desktop applications grew to become disconnected process transaction systems. Lotus became the platform upon which Finance processes ran; and MRP managed the supply chain. Over time business organizations became increasingly siloed, processes became increasingly autonomous and data structures diverged to the point where consolidation became impossible. CFO’s became increasingly concerned that compliance to standards was becoming impossible and COO’s worried that business processes were becoming increasingly sub optimal. These were the wild wild west days of business computing.

Emerging to address this need was Enterprise Resource Planning (an evolution from Manufacturing Resource Planning). With its common data structures, rigid workflows, common business processes and tight integration across the enterprise, ERP retained the value delivered by distributed computing but within tightly bound structures. While some now see this as a basic set of flaws (as in Wrench in the System), it’s necessary to remind ourselves that the design was deliberate and the deployment stayed true to the needs at the time. And those needs remain. Quite frankly, Finance processes are rigid for a reason (think Sarbanes Oxley) and compliance to regulatory standards, whether legal or ethical, are reliant upon enterprise technology to control. ERP succeeded in accomplishing its goal.

But once again there was an unintended consequence. ERP’s rigidity was like oil and water to the agility required by the increasingly volatile marketplace. And far reaching innovations such as the Consumerization of IT, Cloud Computing and Mobility have put increasing strains on the rigid, tightly integrated protocols of ERP. Enterprise systems have been increasingly customized to attempt to meet those needs, at a high cost and complexity. In response, there has been an explosion in Business leaders purchasing software that meets their particular needs. This puts enterprise IT on a downward spiral that cannot be sustained.

In response to this need, Oracle has launched AppAdvantage, a unified view of applications, technologies and infrastructure  With its adaptable architecture that can flex with business requirements as they change over time - a hybrid of ERP, best of breed applications and services, interoperating in real time (either On Premise or in the Cloud). This truly represents the best of all worlds: the ability to standardize around common processes and data where necessary, to deliver the agility and openness that business requires for market leadership, while maintaining a secure and compliant enterprise platform.

 For more views on AppAdvantage, keep up with Debra Lilley’s posts. Debra, an ACE Director with 18 years of experience with Oracle Applications, is another veteran of ERP and offers terrific insights on all this from the business user’s point of view.

The moving van is here. Off to Williamsburg.

  

Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Going Mobile?...ORACLE is!

If you didn’t hear about it at Oracle Open World, if you didn’t read our Press Releases … if you didn’t see our homepage banner, OR EVEN IF YOU DID .... you definitely need to register for our Oracle Mobile Strategy Update - to get the latest on what Oracle's Mobile Strategy. Mobile is hot and it is here to stay … but today the complexity is no longer just about how to develop mobile apps, it is also about how to integrate, secure, deploy and manage with the backend systems.

In this video webcast, Gartner, leading industry analyst, will provide an overview of the current mobile landscape, the challenges and opportunities for enterprises, then our top Oracle executives will discuss how Oracle is simplifying enterprise mobility and demonstrate how you can easily develop, integrate, secure, deploy and manage .

Let’s chat  or tweet #OracleMobile during the webcast at Dec. 12, 2014 at 10:00AM (PT) and be sure to visit: www.oracle.com/mobile

Wednesday Nov 06, 2013

Hello With Oracle Identity Manager Architecture

Hi, my name is Mustafa! I'm a Senior Consultant in Fusion Middleware Team and living in Istanbul,Turkey. I worked many various Java based software development projects such as end-to-end web applications, CRM , Telco VAS and integration projects.I want to share my experiences and research about Fusion Middleware Products in this column.

Customer always wants best solution from software consultants or developers. Solution will be a code snippet or change complete architecture. We faced different requests according to the case of customer. In my posts i want to discuss Fusion Middleware Products Architecture or how can extend usability with apis or UI customization and more and I look forward to engaging with you on your experiences and thoughts on this. 

In my first post, i will be discussing Oracle Identity Manager architecture  and i plan to discuss Oracle Identity Manager 11g features in next posts.

Oracle Identity Manager System Architecture

Oracle Identity Governance includes Oracle Identity Manager,Oracle Identity Analytics and Oracle Privileged Account Manager. I will discuss Oracle Identity Manager architecture in this post. 

In basically, Oracle Identity Manager is a n-tier standard  Java EE application that is deployed on Oracle WebLogic Server and uses  a database . 

oracle identity manager architecture


Oracle Identity Manager presentation tier has three different screen and two different client. Identity Self Service and Identity System Administration are web-based thin client. Design Console is a Java Swing Client that communicates directly with the Business Service Tier.  Identity Self Service provides end-user operations and delegated administration features. System Administration provides system administration functions. And Design Console mostly use for development management operations such as  create and manage adapter and process form,notification , workflow desing, reconciliation rules etc.

Business service tier is implemented as an Enterprise JavaBeans(EJB) application. So you can extense Oracle Identity Manager capabilities. 
-The SMPL and EJB APIs allow develop custom plug-ins such as management roles or identities. 
-Identity Services allow use core business capabilites of Oracle Identity Manager such as The User provisioning or reconciliation service.
-Integration Services allow develop custom connectors or adapters for various deployment needs.
-Platform Services allow use Entitlement Servers, Scheduler or SOA composites.

The Middleware tier allows you using capabilites ADF Faces,SOA Suites, Scheduler, Entitlement Server and BI Publisher Reports. So OIM allows you to configure workflows uses Oracle SOA Suite or define authorization policies use with Oracle Entitlement Server. Also you can customization of OIM UI without need to write code and using ADF Business Editor  you can extend custom attributes to user,role,catalog and other objects.


Data tiers; Oracle Identity Manager is driven by data and metadata which provides flexibility and adaptability to Oracle Identity Manager functionlities. 
-Database has five schemas these are OIM,SOA,MDS,OPSS and OES. Oracle Identity Manager uses database to store runtime and configuration data. And all of entity, transactional and audit datas are stored in database.
-Metadata Store; customizations and personalizations are stored in file-based repository or database-based repository.And Oracle Identity Manager architecture,the metadata is in Oracle Identity Manager database to take advantage of some of the advanced performance and availability features that this mode provides.
-Identity Store; Oracle Identity Manager provides the ability to integrate an LDAP-based identity store into Oracle Identity Manager architecture. 

Oracle Identity Manager

Oracle Identity Manager uses the human workflow module of Oracle Service Oriented Architecture Suite. OIM connects to SOA using the T3 URL which is front-end URL for the SOA server.Oracle Identity Manager uses embedded Oracle Entitlement Server for authorization checks in OIM engine. 

Several Oracle Identity Manager modules use JMS queues. Each queue is processed by a separate Message Driven Bean (MDB), which is also part of the Oracle Identity Manager application. Message producers are also part of the Oracle Identity Manager application.

Oracle Identity Manager uses a scheduled jobs for some activities in the background.Some of scheduled jobs come with Out-Of-Box such as the disable users after the end date of the users or you can define your custom schedule jobs with Oracle Identity Manager APIs.

You can use Oracle BI Publisher for reporting Oracle Identity Manager transactions or audit data which are in database.

About me:

Mustafa Kaya is a Senior Consultant in Oracle Fusion Middleware Team, living in Istanbul. Before coming to Oracle, he worked in teams developing web applications and backend services at a telco company. He is a Java technology enthusiast, software engineer and addicted to learn new technologies,develop new ideas.

Follow Mustafa on Twitter,Connect on LinkedIn, and visit his site for Oracle Fusion Middleware related tips.

Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

Chalk Talk with John: How Does SOA Add Value to Your Enterprise?

In this episode of Chalk Talk with John we revisit our town of Middleware Fields from What Does User Experience Mean to You? to look at demystifying the business value of SOA.

Middleware fields is an extremely eco-conscious community and has been trying to setup a commuting program for their employees. Though a good idea, they soon run into challenges ensuring that people are able to use the commuting services easily.  Take a look below to see how SOA is like a transit pass for your enterprise and how it addresses common issues you may have with your enterprise systems.

About me:

Hi, I am John Brunswick, an Oracle Enterprise Architect. As an Oracle Enterprise Architect, I focus on the alignment of technical capabilities in support of business vision and objectives, as well as the overall business value of technology.  Before coming to Oracle, I was a Practice Manager within BEA System's Business Interaction Division consulting organization, orchestrating enterprise systems in support of line of business goals.

Follow me on Twitter and visit my site for Oracle Fusion Middleware related tips.

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Fusion Middleware Newsletter - October Edition is Now Out

From the latest Oracle Fusion Middleware product releases to the Oracle AppAdvantage use case on Cloud and On-Premise Integration to the very latest in Developer corner and more, the October edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is chock full of information.

Catch the latest edition to learn about the highlights in the latest releases for Oracle GoldenGate 12c and Oracle Data Integrator 12c; and Oracle WebCenter. While there, don’t miss the latest news and upcoming events for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Developers. Find out who we have in the Team Spotlight this edition and watch the latest customer success stories across the portfolio.

Did we miss anything? Would you like to hear more about a particular topic? Let us know. Simply drop us a comment and we’d be sure to discuss that in our next editorial meeting.

In the meantime, grab a coffee and enjoy the October edition of the newsletter.


Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Chalk Talk with John: What Does User Experience Mean to You?

Author: John Brunswick

The "Chalk Talk with John" series will explore the practical value of Middleware in the context of two fictional communities, shared through analogies aligned to enterprise technology.  This format offers business stakeholders and IT a common language for understanding the benefits of technology in support of their business initiatives, regardless of their current level of technical knowledge. I will endeavor to showcase an episode highlighting business use cases and how technology plays a role in business on a bi-weekly basis.

The debut episode highlights the benefits of user experience capabilities supplied by Portal technologies, by juxtaposing the communities of Middleware Fields and Codeaway Valley with regard to the time and effort their residents spend performing everyday tasks.  This comparison provides insight into the benefits of leveraging a common user experience foundation to support the tasks that our employees, customers and partners engage in on a daily basis with our organizations.

Take a look and let me know your thoughts!

About me:

Hi, I am John Brunswick, an Oracle Enterprise Architect. As an Oracle Enterprise Architect, I focus on the alignment of technical capabilities in support of business vision and objectives, as well as the overall business value of technology.  Before coming to Oracle, I was a Practice Manager within BEA System's Business Interaction Division consulting organization, orchestrating enterprise systems in support of line of business goals.

Connect with me on Twitter and visit my site for Oracle Fusion Middleware related tips.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Oracle Excellence Awards: Announcing Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation

Author: Neela Chaudhari & Michael Snow

Every year at OpenWorld, Oracle announces the winners to its most prestigious awards in Middleware, the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. This year, we’ll be announcing the winners and highlighting a few of their original implementations during this key session in the Middleware stream:

Excellence Awards Ceremony:

Oracle Fusion Middleware: Meet This Year’s Most Impressive Innovators
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Lam Research Theater

Monday, Sep 23, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

What kinds of customers win the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards? Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. The winners are selected by a panel of judges that score each entry across multiple different scoring categories. This year, the following categories included: Customers may submit nominations for multiple categories:

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation. Last year at OpenWorld 2012 we had standing room only in our session, so come early!  We had close to 30 winners that won the award, including companies like Nike, Qualcomm, Underwriter Labs, Mazda, University of Louisville and many others!

Did you miss your chance this year to nominate your company? Come join us in the awards session to get an edge in your next year’s submission and watch for the next opportunity for 2014 on our blog. There are other awards as part of Oracle’s Excellence awards program or subscribe to our regular Fusion Middleware newsletter to get the latest reminders.

Oracle OpenWorld Badges are required for admittance. Not attending Oracle OpenWorld but would like to attend the ceremony? If you live in the area or are an Oracle Partner with only an Expo pass – simply register via the RSVP link here or in the banner above and we will provide a complementary code for a Discovery Pass that will allow you to attend the Award Ceremony.

See you there!

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration

Are you an Oracle application customer wondering:

“How do I avoid a nightmare of complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D., May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy”

The image below shows a visual description of the challenge of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Disparate Toolkits

Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of deployment location. As shown in the image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across all applications.

Unfied Toolkits

In addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate Oracle applications.


  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle Fusion Applications already include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion Applications & Oracle SOA Suite – Instead of one policy management implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform, Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages, performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly simplified. Furthermore, changing policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration – Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration platform that will eventually require some form of integration with your enterprise integration platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application enablement with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite's enterprise service bus, known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever comes next with this unified approach to integration.

For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

A Goldmine of Information

In a recent conversation with a couple of IT architects, we got into the nitty-gritty of how middleware truly is the lynchpin for most platform modernization and business transformation stories. As we got discussing some of the use cases, I remember thinking how I wished I had my phone recorder on since the conversation would serve as good material for IT architects, implementation teams and managers. 

Well, here's the good news! If you haven't, I highly recommend checking out the Architects' Resources page. From technical whitepapers to architect FAQs, recent documentation on specific Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies, implementation gotchas, primer on implementation best practices, details on use cases, architectural considerations to architects' perspectives, this page is truly a wealth of information. Capturing the experiences, opinions and knowledge of the architect community, this is a portal that you may want to bookmark and check out often.

We will continue to keep you updated on the very latest news, activity, releases and information portals via this blog. So, please do keep sending us your feedback and let us know if there are specific topics that you'd like us to cover and that are of interest to you.

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Do you Trust Social, Mobile, Cloud?

Identity Management Product Marketing Team

The last decade or so there has been a complete transformation in the way we work or how we consume information. Work is no longer about geography, it is an activity. “Company resources” are not just servers and systems in your server room, these could be in a data center, in the cloud or even the employees’ smart phones, iPads, tablets and more. Users of these “company resources” could be employees with physical badges, vendors, partners or customers connecting through the social media channels as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Work can happen anywhere, via any device, through any network (intranet/social media channels/internet) leveraging company resources.

And why are organizations adapting this “work anywhere, anytime” model? The reasons are plenty - to improve efficiency, bring agility, build user productivity, offer seamless user experience to its customers or to simply establish a trust relationship with the customer. Social, Mobile and Cloud (SoMoClo) together is a business opportunity, a competitive advantage that organizations are seeking. And Security is the lynchpin in this new work order. Without a secure, seamless digital experience, it all falls apart.

With each new experience, the security risk increases. Each channel presents its own security points of failure. How can my company enable social trust as a means of connecting to customers & employees? How do I accommodate dynamic workgroups and teams of people around the globe that need to be part of my value chain? Is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) threatening the security of my digital and intellectual property? How can I securely connect mobile devices to my enterprise without compromising security? Are my applications secure enough to be cloud ready?

The security solution, thus, needs to scale and span across all the channels, encompass the growing breadth of both the “company resources” and the user population. The solution needs to provide the foundation (a platform) that feeds uniform security policies and extends identity context to the complete digital experience.

Naresh Persaud, Director, Security and Identity Management at Oracle, discusses the IT transformation driven by SoMoClo and underscores the need for a sound security solution. Catch this brief screencast on Securing the New Digital Experience to learn how the latest advances in Oracle Identity Management and Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions are fueling the transformation that is driving innovation in IT today.

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Thursday Feb 09, 2012

Oracle Named a Leader in both User Provisioning and Identity and Access Governance

Oracle Identity Management solutions were positioned in the Leaders quadrants, in the two recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant reports. This post is the first in a series of multi-part blog discussion, and over the course of next few weeks, we’d be covering details on what we believe make Oracle’s User Provisioning (Identity Administration) solution, Oracle Identity Manager and our Identity and Access Governance solution, Oracle Identity Analytics truly unique and industry leading.

Gartner published their first-ever Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Governance and Oracle is a leader.

Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management, Dec. 15, 2011. Doc ID#223606. Authors: Earl Perkins and Perry Carpenter. Page 3

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available by clicking on the note title. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any of warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Identity and Access Governance solutions offer business users identity analytics and reports to address governance, audit and compliance challenges. According to Gartner, leaders in Identity and Access Governance (IAG) are “composed of vendors that provide products with a good functional match to client requirements for establishing a governance system for access. These vendors have been successful in building an installed base and revenue stream within the IAG market, and have a relatively high viability rating (because of IAG revenue). Leaders also show evidence of superior vision and execution for anticipated requirements, as they relate to technology, methodology or means of delivery. Leaders typically have significant market share, strong revenue growth, and demonstrated early customer satisfaction with IAG capabilities and/or related service and support.”

Oracle Identity Analytics is an advanced Identity and Access Governance solution from Oracle offering rich analytics, prioritized risk scoring, business-friendly dashboards, and advanced compliance features that monitor, analyze, review, and govern user access to mitigate risk, build transparency and satisfy compliance mandates.

The key challenge we often hear organizations talk about is scaling the compliance processes. Performing access certifications across not a handful but 100s of applications requires not just an automated solution but a powerful (but business friendly) process engine solution powered by analytics to make sense of all the data. To make it a real world discussion rather than a theoretical one, join ING and Oracle on a live webcast:  Scaling Role Management and Access Certification to Thousands of Applications on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:00 AM PDT where ING discusses how they successfully tackled the scale challenge.

Close on its heels, Gartner also published its 2011 Magic Quadrant for User Provisioning and Oracle is a Leader.

Source: Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Administration/Provisioning, Dec. 22, 2011. ID# G00219354. Authors: Perry Carpenter and Earl Perkins. Page 4

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available by clicking on the note title. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any of warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Two things are clear with these reports. Organizations are looking at integrated, platform solutions to meet their audit and compliance needs. Platform approach is the only viable approach to close security and audit gaps, reduce TCO and derive the complete picture. And we believe with Oracle’s positioning in the leaders quadrant for both User Provisioning and Identity and Access Governance, organizations are assured that they are not only getting the complete solution but also best-in-class, backed by a strategic vision and strong executive commitment. Seamless integration with Oracle Identity Manager 11g makes Oracle Identity Analytics 11g industry's only access governance solution to offer an accurate closed-loop remediation solution with risk feedback calculated over a user’s lifecycle as actionable insight for certification reviews. To get customers’ perspectives on the implementation and results from the platform approach, we recommend you look at our monthly webcast series on the subject:

Customers Talk: Identity as a Platform.

If you are looking at user provisioning and/or compliance solutions, we suggest you start by downloading these analyst reports and our recently issued press release on the subject. For more information on Oracle’s platform approach to Identity Management and to learn more about our best-in-class Identity Management solutions, visit us at www.oracle.com/identity or contact us via our online communities: Facebook, Blog and Twitter.

You may also find the following resources helpful:

Ongoing Webcast Series: Customers Talks: Oracle Identity Management as a Platform

ISACA Webcast: Limiting Audit Exposure and Managing Risk with Metrics-Driven Identity Analytics

Customer stories: Tackling Compliance Challenges with Oracle Identity Analytics

What’s New in Oracle Identity Manager 11g

Monday Dec 26, 2011

Oracle Fusion Middleware Newsletter - November Edition

Haven't had a chance to check out the latest copy of the Oracle Fusion Middleware newsletter?  We have some exciting content in the Nov/Dec. edition, covering a range of topics starting with Big Data, Cloud and last but not least the Oracle Social Network.  That's just the beginning.  We've added new features to this edition including a Blogosphere section and a Featured Video for you to take a look at.  As always, customer wins, product announcements are part of this edition, but we've highlighted the recent Oracle Weblogic Server 12c launch (December 1st).  Wondering what's new in Oracle Fusion Middleware? Read all about it in the latest issue available at: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/h2fy11/100025522-index-oem-1369805.html

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