Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Sign up Today for User Feedback Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2012

You’re Invited to Sign Up for Oracle Usability Feedback Sessions

SIGN UP TODAY to get the most from your conference experience by participating in a usability feedback session where your expertise will help Oracle develop outstanding products and solutions. The Oracle User Experience team is conducting a Usability Evaluation on publishing and accessing Oracle Enterprise Repository content when building SOA projects in JDeveloper.

We are asking Developers and Architects who build or integrate applications using SOA Suite to take a look at the interaction between JDeveloper with the Enterprise Repository. 

We are looking for feedback on the interaction between JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Repository so that we may improve the User Interface in a future release.

The feedback sessions will be conducted during the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Conferences, at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Sessions will last 1 hour and will be held on Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

This event fills up quickly, and space is limited. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to gozel.aamoth@oracle.com with the following information:

  • Identification
    • Name: _________________________________
    • Company Name:  _________________________
    • Job Title:
    • Email:
    • Phone Number (work, mobile, include country code):
  • Which conference are you attending? _____Oracle OpenWorld _____JavaOne
  • Have you ever participated in usability activities with Oracle or any of its subsidiaries?
    • ____Yes; specify __________________________________________________
    • ____No
  • Are you currently using JDeveloper?
    • ____Yes ; specify version(s): _______________________________
    • ____No
  • How long have you used JDeveloper?
    • ____ Less than 1 year
    • ____ 1 - 2 years
    • ____ 3 - 4 years
    • ____ 4 + years
  • Are you currently using SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____Yes
    • ____No
  • How long have you used SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____ Less than 1 year
    • ____ 1 - 2 years
    • ____ 3 - 4 years
    • ____ 4 + years
  • How often do you use SOA features in JDeveloper?
    • ____ Daily
    • ____ 2 - 3 times a week
    • ____ Once a week 
    • ____ Once a month or less
  • Briefly describe the types of SOA tasks you use JDeveloper to perform:
    • _____________________________________
    • _____________________________________

Please list your availability If you know your availability; please let me know which day you would prefer to participate, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Limited sessions are available on each day, and each session lasts 1 hour.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.  It will help us match you to the best suited feedback session. Once we receive your email, we will contact you to set up a time and day for participation.

You'll find more information about our on-site lab on the VoX (Voice of User Experience) blog, and on our Events page at Usable Apps.

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

Using Cloud OER to Find Fusion Applications On-Premise Service Concrete WSDL URL

In his latest blog post, Rajesh Raheja explains how on-premise customers without a dedicated OER can find a concrete service WSDL URL for their specific environment using the cloud hosted OER instance. Please read here for more details.

Monday Aug 20, 2012

SOA Adoption and Architecture Fundamentals course is now generally available!

Numerous companies have begun a SOA initiative with the assumption that implementing web services is synonymous with employing a service-oriented architecture. They have gone on to discover various barriers to SOA success and have not seen the returns a successful SOA implementation can provide.  These companies lacked an understanding of SOA adoption and architecture fundamentals.  This course presents those fundamentals with an Enterprise Architect's view of Oracle's SOA Enterprise Technology strategy, to equip the student with skills for handling both business and IT concerns throughout the entire SOA life cycle, from both the program and the project perspectives.

This course takes the student far beyond the limited view of SOA as simply a collection of web services. Students learn how to assess an organization's SOA capabilities in eight separate business and technical domains, and how to analyze the gap between those capabilities and their SOA vision. From that maturity assessment, they learn steps to develop a multi-year SOA road map for an organization and a framework for SOA project selection. A deep-dive exploration of SOA Reference Architecture from the conceptual, logical, product mapping, and physical perspectives is presented before the course transitions its focus to the service engineering life cycle.

As the course introduces the service engineering life cycle, it stresses the importance of analysis, architecture, delivery and management. Lessons present criteria and techniques for service identification and discovery, and guidelines for consistent access to enterprise information. Requirements management is discussed, and the decomposition of functional requirements, business processes, applications and data requirements is presented. The identification, discovery, justification and validation of services is covered, and is followed by an exploration of service delivery. Additional course topics include a discussion of the principles of service-oriented integration, and the reasons and guidelines for establishing a SOA governance framework.

Learn to:

  • Assess an organization's SOA maturity
  • Identify and prioritize service candidates
  • Define a high level conceptual and logical architecture
  • Create an SOA road map for an organization
You can find more information HERE

Friday Aug 17, 2012

OpenWorld Preconference Training - Oracle SOA Suite, ADF, etc.

Additional Learning Opportunity at OpenWorld with Preconference Training

Finding time to squeeze training into your schedule is never easy so if you are headed to Oracle OpenWorld this year, you may want to consider attending Oracle University’s Preconference training event.  This is a one-day training event held on Sunday, September 30th from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Hilton or Hotel Nikko.  You can choose from several sessions that are delivered in an accelerated, seminar-style format.  Here are a few of the sessions that we’d recommend:

· Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administration

· Developing Secure Java Web Services

· How The Latest Java EE and SOA Help in Architecting and Designing Robust Enterprise Applications

· Oracle Fusion Applications: Security Fundamentals

· Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications with ADF I

· Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Administer Forms Services

· WebLogic Server Administration Essentials

· Developing Portable Java EE Applications with the Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 API and Java Persistence API 2.0

Get the details for each of these sessions here.  To register for the training, just add it to your Oracle OpenWorld pass from the conference registration pages.

Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2012 submissions - Only 2 weeks to go

You have less than 2 weeks left (July 17th) to submit Fusion Middleware Innovation Award nominations.

As a reminder, these awards honor customers for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Either a customer, their partner, or an Oracle representative can submit the nomination form on behalf of the customer.

Please visit oracle.com/corporate/awards/middleware for more details and nomination forms.

Our Service Integration (SOA) and BPM” category covers Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle BPM Suite, Oracle Event Processing, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle B2B Integration, Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA), Oracle Enterprise Repository...

To submit your nomination, the process is very simple:

Friday Jun 22, 2012

SOA Management in 3 minutes - Video explainer

Today’s CIOs and IT executives face challenges that take valuable time away from more strategic business objectives. They have to keep their systems running 24/7, manage increasingly complex applications, and more as part of their SOA environment.

Watch this quick 3 minute video explainer to learn how Oracle EM Management Pack Plus for SOA is engineered to deliver value right out of the box with a fully centralized management console - with a rich set of service and system level dashboards, administrators can view service levels for key business processes and SOA infrastructure components from a central location.

Watch the 3 minute video explainer

Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

Transform Your Application Integration with Best Practices from Oracle Customers

You want to transform your application integration into an environment based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA). You also want to utilize business process management (BPM) to improve efficiency, deliver business agility, lower total cost of ownership, and increase business visibility. And you want to hear directly from like-minded professionals who have made those types of transformations. Easy enough. Attend this Webcast series to learn from customers who have successfully integrated with Oracle SOA and BPM solutions.
Join us for this series and discover how to:

  • Use a single unified platform for all types of processes
  • Increase real-time process visibility
  • Improve efficiency of existing IT investments
  • Lower up-front costs and achieve faster time to market
  • Gain greater benefit from SOA with the addition of BPM

Here's the list of upcoming webcasts:

  • “Migrating to SOA at Choice Hotels” on Thurs., June 21, 2012 — 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
    • Hear how Choice Hotels successfully made the transition from a complex legacy environment into a SOA-based shared services infrastructure that accelerated time to market as the company implemented its event-driven Google API project.
  • “San Joaquin County—Optimizing Justice and Public Safety with Oracle BPM and Oracle SOA” on Thurs., July 26, 2012 — 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
    • Learn how San Joaquin County moved to a service-oriented architecture foundation and business process management platform to gain efficiency and greater visibility into mission-critical information for public safety.
  • “Streamlining Order to Cash with SOA at Eaton” on Thurs., August 23, 2012 — 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
    • Discover how Eaton transitioned from a legacy TIBCO infrastructure. Learn about the company’s reference architecture for a SOA-based Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration (DOO).
  • “Fast BPM Implementation with Fusion: Production in Five Months” on Thurs., September 13, 2012 — 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
    • Learn how Nets Denmark A/S implemented Oracle Unified Business Process Management Suite in just five months. The Webcast will cover the implementation from start to production, including integration with legacy systems.
  • “SOA Implementation at Farmers Insurance” on Thurs., October 18, 2012 — 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
    • Learn how Farmers Insurance Group lowered application infrastructure costs, reduced time to market, and introduced flexibility by transforming to a SOA-based infrastructure with SOA governance.

Register today!

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Bullet-proof your Cloud and SOA - CloudCon Webcast

Oracle sponsored the recently concluded CloudCon Virtualization online event.

Jyothi Swaroop, Product Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware - talked about the need to "bullet-proof" your Cloud and SOA in a couple of webcasts at the event.

Abstract:Cloud computing is changing how enterprises look at end-to-end IT operations. As cloud adoption soars, CIOs want to “bullet-proof the cloud” to ensure business-critical manageability and governance. Watch this webcast to learn how SOA Governance is being tuned for Cloud Governance, including security, policy compliance and even SLAs.

View the webcasts here


Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

Call for Nominations: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2012

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards. Jointly sponsored by Oracle, OAUG, QUEST, ODTUG, IOUG, AUSOUG and UKOUG, the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards honor organizations using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value. This year, the awards will recognize customers across eight distinct categories:
If you consider yourself a pioneer, using these solutions in innovative ways to achieve significant business value, submit your nomination for the 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards by Friday, July 17th, 2012, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco, California.   Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World 2012, get a chance to mingle with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Magazine.

For additional details, go here.

Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

Integrating with Oracle Fusion Applications: Discovering Integration Artifacts

Oracle Enterprise Repository serves as the core element to the Oracle SOA Governance solution.

An industry-leading metadata repository, Oracle Enterprise Repository provides a solid foundation for delivering governance throughout the service-oriented architecture (SOA) lifecycle by acting as the single source of truth for information surrounding SOA assets and their dependencies.

For Fusion Applications, the use of OER has been extended to include other integration asset types such as interface tables and other technical information such as data models, tables, views, lookups, profile options, et cetera. E-Business Suite users familiar with iRepository or eTRM will recognize the functionality in Fusion Applications OER.

Oracle Enterprise Repository for Fusion Applications provides a common catalog of technical information, searchable using many different mechanisms. Customers can locate technical information by the name, description or keyword of the information they are looking for. They can also search by the type of asset they are trying to locate and/or where the asset sits in the product taxonomy. They can also see the how the asset dances in the choreography of some illustrative co-existence scenarios. These scenarios are laid out as both functional flow diagrams as well as technical interaction diagrams.

Rajesh Raheja, software architect at Oracle, has recently posted an article on this topic: visibility and control are the key tenets to SOA governance, and the first step in integrating with Oracle Fusion Applications is to find out what are the integration options available. Oracle Enterprise Repository, an industry-leading metadata repository, provides this visibility.

You can find his full blog post here.

Friday Apr 06, 2012

Oracle Open World 2012 Call For Papers

At Oracle OpenWorld, more than a thousand people demonstrate their mastery and expertise by leading sessions on a vast array of Oracle technologies and products.
Now’s the time to submit your SOA Governance success story presentation abstract for review by the selection panel.
Don’t delay—submit your abstract now as the Call for Papers is open through next Monday,  April 9th.
The competition is strong: roughly 18% of entries are accepted each year from more than 3,000 submissions. Review panels are made up of experts both internal and external to Oracle. Successful submissions often (but not exclusively) focus on customer successes, how-tos, or technical topics.
What’s in it for you? Recognition, for one thing. Accepted sessions are publicized in the content catalog, which goes live in mid-June, and sessions given by external speakers often prove the most popular.
Plus, accepted speakers get a complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld with access to all sessions and networking events─that could save you up to $2,595!
For more information, please look here.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle Exaskeleton with Extreme Scale

Re-posting Bruce Tierney's original post - albeit a day late:

I reckon this is Oracle's most interesting launch this year. Enjoy!

The World’s First Human Scale Body Surface (HSBS) Designed to Toughen Spineless Wimps

April 1, 2012

  • Building on the success of Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exadata, and Oracle Exalytics, Oracle today announced the general availability of Oracle Exaskeleton, toughening up spineless wimps across the globe through the introduction of extreme scalability over the human body leveraging a revolutionary new technology called Human Scale Body Surface (HSBS).

  • First Customer Ship (FCS) was received by the little known and mostly unsuccessful superhero Awkwardman. After applying Oracle Exaskeleton with extreme scale, he has since rebranded himself as Aquaman. Said Aquaman, “I used to feel so helpless in my skin…now I feel like…well…a highly scaled Engineered System thanks to Oracle!”
  • Thousand of meek and mild individuals eagerly lined up outside Oracle Corporation’s Redwood Shores office to purchase the new Oracle Exaskeleton, with the hope of finally gaining the spine they never had. Unfortunately for the individuals, a bully was spotted allegedly kicking the sand covering the beaches of Redwood Shores into the still spineless Exaskeleton hopefuls.

Supporting Quotes

  • “Industry analysts are inquiring if Oracle Exaskeleton is a radical departure from Oracle’s traditional enterprise focus into new markets”, said Oracle representative Sabrina Twich, “Oracle has extensive expertise in unified backbone solutions for application infrastructures…this is simply a new port to the human body combining our Business Intelligence (BI) and RDBC (Remote Direct Brain Cell) technologies.”

  • “With this release of Oracle Exaskeleton, Oracle has redefined scalability. Software and hardware vendors had it all wrong” said the Director of Oracle Exaskeleton, “Scalability for hardware is like…um…you know…so scale-ful. No, wait…can I say that again? I didn’t get that right…Scalability is hardware-on-demand with public and private…hybrid clouds, no…<long pause>…Scalability for… nevermind, I don’t want to be in this stupid press release anyway”

Releases

  • An upcoming Oracle Exaskeleton service pack release will include a new datasheet with an extensive library of three-letter acronyms (TLAs) as well as the introduction of more four-letter acronyms (FLAs) since technologies vendors have used up almost all of the 17,576 TLA permutations (TLAPs).

About Oracle

  • Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. It would be an amazing coincidence if any of this is true in some secret Oracle lab, but I doubt it.

Trademarks

  • Really…you’re still reading this? Cool!
Aquaman - with Oracle Exaskeleton
Aquaman - First Customer Ship (FCS) - Oracle Exaskeleton

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

SOA Governance in the real world - Oracle customer Pacific Life tells us how

Listen to Lalit Ahuja from Pacific Life talk about how Oracle SOA Governance has increased visibility and control of their SOA infrastructure.

Monday Feb 13, 2012

Learning Oracle SOA Suite - available options

We regularly receive questions about available options for learning Oracle SOA Suite. This material by Demed L'Her & team is definitely worth a blog post.

In-person and online classes

The best option to learn about anything new is of course through an in-person class. Oracle University offers several learning paths for Oracle SOA Suite. The starting point for these classes was an internal training that our product management team put together to get Oracle employees ready for the 11g release. Our curriculum organization then took over, polished, formalized and fleshed out the course. It's quite amazing to see how things can take a life of their own and that literally thousands of people around the world have now gone through these classes!

There are 4 main learning paths identified:

  1. Architect
  2. Analyst
  3. Developer
  4. Administrator

These learning paths consist of various related classes (WebLogic, XML, etc.) and specific SOA classes:

  1. Essential Concepts
  2. Build Composite Applications
  3. Administration
  4. Design & Integrate Services

Head to the Oracle University page for Oracle SOA and BPM for more information on these learning paths and available classes. Classes are available around the world as you can see on the course catalog and schedule (http://education.oracle.com  > Course Schedule). Note that these classes are also available as online "Self-Study Courses" if you cannot travel for a reason or another and that Oracle University can also deliver on-premise classes (an interesting option when you want to train a whole team on the technology).

Books

Another thing I am quite proud of is the number of books available today on Oracle SOA Suite. As of this writing there is a dozen of books directly related to Oracle SOA Suite. When it comes to books I have to admit that I am somehow biased since I co-authored one of them. With this disclaimer in place, if you ask me what are the books I would recommend to a developer looking at learning Oracle SOA Suite I would say:

  1. "Getting Started with Oracle SOA Suite 11gR1 - A Hands-On Tutorial" is, as its name indicates, a technical introduction to SOA Suite. Its focus is on explaining, through a comprehensive tutorial, how the various components relate to each other and can be brought together to build a complete solution. 
  2. Once you understand what is available in SOA Suite you should acquire a more detailed and complete book. There are multiple options there such as Lucas Jellema's "SOA Suite 11g Handbook" or "Oracle SOA Suite 11gR1 Developer's Guide" by Matt Wright and Antony Reynolds. If you are solely working with the Oracle Service Bus then there are also dedicated books for this such as the one written by the OSB development team, "Oracle Service Bus (Expert's Voice)" or the brand new "Oracle Service Bus Development Cookbook" by Guido Schmutz & al.

Check out the other books available on Oracle SOA Suite that cover topics such as implementation stories/patterns or administration.

Other educational material

There are other online assets that you can use to further your learning of Oracle SOA Suite. None of these can or try to replace a training or a book; you should look at them as source of complementary information on specific topics.

  1. The Oracle SOA Suite product page on the Oracle Technical Network: maintained by the product management team this is the place to download the product, documentation library etc. Do not miss the "Advanced Technical Information" page; it's easy to miss but a great repository of the best technical whitepapers etc.
  2. The Service-Oriented Architecture Technology Center page on OTN. A place to track usage and applications of SOA across all Oracle products.
  3. There is a number of Oracle By Example (OBEs) modules created for Oracle SOA Suite. They are task-oriented and usually very narrow in scope.
  4. Oracle partners have even more options available to them through for instance the SOA certification process which we will describe in a subsequent post
  5. Last but not least, there are many great user blogs out there on Oracle SOA Suite. I will share my blog roll in an upcoming post as this is a topic on itself!

Please comment on other useful sources of information you might have found on Oracle SOA Suite.




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