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:  https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html

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 http://www.oracle.com/us/products/middleware/overview/index.html

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation

Mobile and social are two examples of disruptive technology, you may not think it but remember my first blog posting https://blogs.oracle.com/fusionmiddleware/entry/global_perspective_ace_director_from 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.

Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

Oracle Unveils Breakthrough Technology: Database In-Memory

Missed Larry Ellison's big announcement yesterday? Oracle announced the Database In-Memory for Oracle Database12c  which  transparently extends the power of the database to enable organizations to discover business insights in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance. Here's why this is important  - this new breakthrough technology enables enterprises to get faster answers to business questions ultimately leading to faster business action. Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge in-memory performance without the need to restrict functionality or accept compromises, complexity and risk. For more information on Oracle Database In-Memory go to http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2215795

Thursday May 29, 2014

Understanding the Value of SOA

Written By: Debra Lilley, ACE Director, Fusion Applications

Again I want to talk from my area of expertise of Fusion Applications and talk about their design fundamentals. If you look at the table below and start at the bottom Oracle have defined all of the business objects e.g. accounts, people, customers, invoices etc. used by Fusion Applications; each of these objects contain all of the information required and can be expanded if necessary.

 That Oracle have created for each of these business objects every action that is needed for the applications e.g. all the actions to create a new customer, checking to see if it exists, credit checking with D&B (Dun & Bradstreet < http://www.dnb.co.uk/> ) , creating the record, notifying those required etc. Each of these actions is a stand-alone web service. Again you can create a new actions or subscribe to an external provided web service e.g. the D&B check.

The diagram also shows that all of development of Fusion Applications is from their Fusion Middleware offerings.

Then the Intelligent Business Process is the order in which you run these actions, this is Service Orientated Architecture, SOA. Not only is SOA used to orchestrate actions within Fusion Applications it is also used in the integration of Fusion Applications with the rest of the Oracle stable of applications such as EBS, PeopleSoft, JDE and Siebel. The other applications are written with propriety development tools so how do they work with SOA? It’s a very simple answer, with the introduction of the Oracle SOA platform each process within these applications was made available to be called as a web service. I won’t go into technically how that is done but what’s known as a wrapper to allow each of them to act in this way was added.

Finally at the top of the diagram are the questions that each Fusion Application process must answer, and this is the ‘special’ sauce that makes them so good, the User Experience, but that is a topic for another day, or you can read about it in my blog http://debrasoracle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/going-on-record-about-fusion-apps-cloud.html or Oracle’s own UX blog https://blogs.oracle.com/usableapps/

The concept behind AppAdvantage is not new the idea that Oracle technology can add value to your Oracle applications investments is pretty fundamental. Nishit Rao who is in AppAdvantage team provided myself and other ACE Directors with demo kits so that we could demonstrate SOA running with the applications. The example I learnt to build was that of the EBS inventory open interface. The simple concept is that request records can be added to a table and an import run that creates these as transactions in inventory. What’s SOA allows you to do is to add to the table from any source and then run this process automatically whereas traditionally you had to run the process at regular intervals because you didn’t know if the table was empty or not. This may just sound like a different way of doing the same thing but if the process is critical for your business then the interval was very small and the process run potentially many times unnecessarily. Using SOA it only happened when necessary without any delay.

So in my post today I’ve talked about how SOA is used with Fusion Applications and in the linking with more traditional applications but that is only the tip of the iceberg of potential, your applications are just part of your IT systems and SOA can orchestrate your data across all of them; the beauty of open standards.

 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

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

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