Sunday Dec 07, 2014

Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle


December 17, 2014 - Mark your calendars to get an update on Oracle's mobile strategy: Rethink Mobile: Beyond Mobile First with Oracle. We will be available to answer your questions via live chats. The Oracle guest lineup includes: Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Laurent Pacalin, Group Vice President, Product Management, Jeanne Lowell, Vice President, E-Business Suite, and Rimi Bewtra, Sr. Director of Product Marketing.

And if you happen to be at Gartner AADI this week (Las Vegas!) stop by and say hello.  I'll give you a mobile tour at no extra charge and perhaps some free poker lessons. ;-) 

Here's a great trailer for the main event you do not want to miss.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

Middleware Strategy Recap, New Cloud Services, And More

The November edition of Oracle Fusion Middleware is now out. This post Oracle OpenWorld 2014 issue spotlights Oracle Executive Vice president, Thomas Kurian's middleware keynote where he outlined the company's strategy and middleware roadmap. His session also featured some key announcements and discussed new innovations in Oracle Fusion Middleware products spanning the areas of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), Identity Management, Content Management and Sites, Data Integration, Java and Developer tools, Application Infrastructure and more. If you missed the OpenWorld keynote or are looking to catch up on all the latest in Oracle Fusion Middleware, don't miss this feature.

And offering more details on some of the new cloud services that were announced in Thomas Kurian's keynote, the additional news features include overviews of Document Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service and Integration Cloud Service.

As always, the newsletter has a great compilation of latest news announcements, new product and industry materials, upcoming events and webcasts (including the just released on-demand replay of the Northumbrian Water mobility webcast), training sessions and more. So, don't miss the latest edition of the newsletter. And to make sure you don't miss a beat in the happenings, we recommend you subscribe to the complimentary newsletter. Happy reading!

Monday Oct 13, 2014

iOS 8 and Mac 10.9.5

Cross posting for Joe Huang, Oracle Mobile Application Framework Product Team 

Hi, everyone:

As everyone probably already known,  Apple iOS 8 and iPhone 6/6+ were released with great fanfare, delivering a number of new features.  In the past, in general the upgraded phones will continue to run existing applications without any issues.  Furthermore, testing against beta versions of the iOS are typically provides accurate feedback on the compatibility between MAF and new iOS.  However, unfortunately, this was not the case with iOS 8, as there were some late breaking changing that were introduced only with the GA version of iOS 8 that were sent to all devices as updates.  On the Mac itself, application upload check to the Apple AppStore has also changed.  Furthermore, Mac 10.9.5 introduced changes in the certificate format, which necessitates further changes and workarounds.  Let's look at each one of them more closely:

iOS 8 Support and Impact of Apple AppStore Upload Verification Change

If you are running MAF 2.0.1, you are covered.  MAF 2.0.1 has been fully certified against iOS 8.  What you will notice, however, is that you may be prompted for allowing "Notifications" when you run the MAF application.  This typically shows up during feature navigation.  This "Notification" refers to the framework ability to be able to, for example, set badging numbering on the application icon.  In older versions of iOS, this permission was automatically granted to the application.  In iOS 8, users would be explicitly prompted to allow this.  The user may pick "Yes" or "No", and in any case the application should behave as expected.  This only showed up in the released version of iOS 8 so it's a late breaking change, but nevertheless it is an expected behavior.  In future versions, investigations are underway to see if it's possible to allow developers to more finely control the display of these dialog boxes.  

MAF 2.0.1 also addressed a couple of changes Apple introduced when verifying IPA files during the upload process to the iTunes Connect Portal.  The Application Loader program in Xcode now perform some extra checks, and MAF 2.0.1 contains the changes that fully comply with these changes. 

If you have developed MAF 2.0.0 - MAF 2.0.0 was tested against iOS 8 and we found its behavior to be consistent with MAF 2.0.1 when running iOS 8 devices.  Nevertheless, we strongly recommend moving to 2.0.1 as soon as possible, since it contains the latest bug fixes.  Furthermore MAF 2.0.0 does not contain the changes necessitated by the changes in the AppStore upload process referenced above.  This is detailed in this Blog Article.

For applications built using ADF Mobile, we discovered a critical issue when running on iOS 8 - for which we have already delivered a patch.  This issue impacts programmatic feature navigations and login screen navigation - so if you invoke feature navigation programmatically or simply enabled security/login, then you will see application "hang" during navigation to the next feature.  It also appears to impact display of custom SpringBoard.  To download and apply the patch addressing this hanging issue, please follow the instructions in Oracle Support Document 1929990.1 (ADF Mobile Application Feature Navigation and Login Hanging While Running on iOS8 Devices)

In general, however, please consider moving from ADF Mobile to Mobile Application Framework.  Mobile Application Framework contains a number of major enhancements such as new IDE support, and will be the focus of new features going forward.

Mac OSX 10.9.5 Certificate Changes and Workarounds

Mac OSX 10.9.5 (as well as the upcoming Yosemite release) introduced a new certificate format (Version 2).  The technical details for Version 2 certificates are outside the scope of this article, but this Apple Technical Note does provide a little background.  However, this change does impact MAF developers who have upgraded their Mac to 10.9.5 - the updates can be fairly silent so many of you may have upgraded without knowing it.  After upgrading the Mac to 10.9.5, when you try to deploy a MAF application to an IPA file, the deployment will appear to fail, and the last line of the deployment log will state "...resource envelop is obsolete".  This issue will be addressed in a patch for MAF 2.0.1 coming shortly.  In the meantime, there are two possible workarounds:


  • Check to see if there is an IPA file in the "<Application Workspace Directory>/deploy/profile/Destination_Root/Oracle_ADFmc_Container_Application/device" directory.  If there is, try to install this IPA file instead and see if that works.  

If this file is not available or does not install, then try the following workarounds using Xcode 5.1.x:

1. Deploy from JDeveloper to "Distribution Package"

2. Open Oracle_ADFmc_Container_Template.xcodeproj located in MyApp/deploy/iOS1/temporary_xcode_project


-> This will launch Xcode

3. In Xcode select Product > Destination and select "iOS Device"

4. In Xcode select Product > Archive

->This will create an archive file and will automatically launch Organizer 

open to the Archives tab with the archive selected

5. In Organizer select Distribute...

6. Select Save for Enterprise or Ad Hoc Deployment and hit Next

7. Select your provisioning profile, which will most likely be defaulted and hit Export

8. Specify the name and location for the IPA file -> This will create a signed IPA file for deployment or distribution

Mobile technologies are ever-changing, but Oracle is committed to work as fast as possible to support our customers by delivering these changes either as a new release or as patches.  Stay tuned on this blog site for any news of future versions and major patches.


Oracle Mobile Application Framework Product Team

To get real time mobile news, follow us @OracleMobile 

Monday Oct 06, 2014

Mobile Highlights from OOW14

Another successful Oracle OpenWorld! We saw drones cruising over Howard St. as well as the America’s Cup trophy and championship sailboat, plus the concert Wednesday night had some great weather. We dialed in the weather. Tthere’s an app for that,  I think it’s called Oracle ExaWeather Control Center  and it's built on Oracle MAF ;-)   There were a myriad of mobile sessions and hands-on-labs as mobile at Oracle continues into into high gear.  Some highlights included:

Oracle Alta User Interface

Used by Oracle’s cloud applications, cloud services and available for customer-developed applications, new UI design principles deliver elegant user interfaces and experiences for web and mobile applications. Quote from the audience: "We were thinking of starting to rewrite our front end in AngularJS, but this new Alta skin looks awesome!”

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)- Simplify enterprise connectivity, any app, any data, any data - secure. The demos were great and the hands on labs were packed. Mobile + Cloud = Rethink Mobile

Preview of Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX) - a cloud-based offering that brings mobile application development capabilities to professionals with no previous software development experience. With Mobile Application Accelerator, program managers, power users, and business professionals can develop mobile applications quickly and visually through their web browser.

Voila! Enhanced Oracle Mobile Application Framework + Oracle Mobile Security Suite. To simplify secure mobile application development, Oracle is deepening the integration between Oracle Mobile Application Framework and Oracle Mobile Security Suite as part of the mobile application lifecycle management process. This integrated approach makes it easier for developers to create a seamless user experience, without compromising security.

Are you developing with Eclipse?  These two were announced prior to OpenWorld, and worth repeating - a new version of Oracle Mobile Application Framework development is now available on the latest update of Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse!

And as with the continued adoption and use of Oracle Mobile Application Framework throughout Oracle and its customers, there are 14 New mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite!

Need to go hands on with mobile?  Mobile Application Framework Challenge - The Oracle Mobile Application Challenge invites developers to demonstrate how the Oracle Mobile Application Framework can be used to create and/or extend an enterprise application through mobile technology and then deploy that application to a handheld device. 

If you weren’t able to make some of these great sessions, don’t worry.  Oracle Technology Network is sponsoring a Virtual Technology Summit covering mobile topics and more. 

Phew! More mobile? Go to and then follow us on Twitter @OracleMobile

Monday Sep 22, 2014

The Mobile Top 10 List

What do Suhas Uliyar and David Letterman have in common? Well, besides their off camera witty banter, they both share the good use of a top 10 list. I love a good top 10 list! While Dave has few equals in terms of comedy, Suhas has him covered in terms of a mobile top 10 list entitled: Rethinking Mobile - Ten Trends in Enterprise Strategy and Development. Enjoy!

Going to Oracle OpenWorld?  You can catch Suhas and many others mobile experts there.  Check out the Focus on Mobile listing.

P.S. Don't forget to follow us @OracleMobile or for dedicated mobile blogging

Saturday Sep 06, 2014

Cordova Calendar Plugin and Oracle Mobile Application Framework

Did you know that the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) used Cordova to get access to native device services? That’s right. Cordova is pretty much the belle of the ball in terms of the goto technology for providing native devices access. Oracle MAF extends further by bringing in Java, the most popular enterprise programming language, to the mobile arena. You build mobile apps with Java and HTML5.

Cordova is great because of its plugin architecture, and Oracle’s own Chris Muir just posted a detailed blog on how to integrate the Cordova “Calendar” plugin for iOS, with Oracle MAF. The plugin allows your MAF application to create, update and delete entries in the mobile device’s calendar. Chris created a detailed post on his experience locate here.

BTW, are you planning to go to Oracle OpenWorld this year? Then checkout all the focus on mobile offerings

To stay on top of the latest in Oracle mobile offerings, follow us @OracleMobile or subscribe to our mobile blog here.

Monday Jul 28, 2014

RESTify your Backends for Mobile Access

Recently Oracle released the new Oracle SOA Suite 12.1.3.

One of the key areas of interest for mobile developers is the all new Oracle Service Bus 12.1.3.

One thing that will make many of the mobile developers who are using Oracle's tool to develop mobile apps is that the service bus design time experience has been integrated into the all new JDeveloper 12.1.3. So now you have a single tool that allows you to build mobile back-ends as well as mobile front-ends.

In addition new features further simplify creating REST interfaces for your existing APIs. Check out some of the cool new REST capabilities in this video


Thursday Jul 10, 2014

OpenWorld Update: Content Catalog NOW LIVE!

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

Content Catalog available at:

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

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

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

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

 For more information on Oracle Fusion Midddleware go to

Thursday Jul 03, 2014

Register for OpenWorld 2014: Early Bird Pricing Still Available

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

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Oracle Employee Ryan Pitts Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor

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

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

 Check out the press release regarding this very special achievement.  

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Oracle Launches BPM Suite 12c

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

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

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Disruptive Innovation: Using Oracle Technology

Written By: Debra Lilley - ACE Director, Fusion Applications 

I love the term ‘disruptive technology’ – disruptive appeals to the rebel within me, but it actually refers to technology that changes what we do

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

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

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

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

Debra Lilley, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.  Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 

Tuesday Jun 24, 2014

Save an Extra 200$ on OOW Registration !

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

Friday Jun 13, 2014

IT Insourcing: The New Normal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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