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.

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.




Your Presentation at the “Oracle SOA & BPM Customer Insights Online Summit”


Interested in being one of the customer presenters at our first online SOA & BPM customer summit to share your success with Oracle SOA, BPM, and/or Governance? This event provides a great opportunity to broadcast your work as well as network with other presenters and attendees who are doing similar projects or have already implemented what you plan to explore next.


The “Oracle SOA & BPM Customer Insights Online Summit” (date to be announced soon) will have 30-minute customer sessions on SOA, BPM and Governance. To learn more about this event and to discuss topics you may be interested in presenting, please contact jyothi.swaroop@oracle.com


Friday Dec 23, 2011

Cover Story: Solving the SOA Governance puzzle: Taking a "Bite-Sized" approach

An article titled "Solving the SOA
Governance puzzle: Taking a "Bite-Sized" approach" authored by Oracle's Jyothi Swaroop was published as the
cover story in the December issue of Service Technology Magazine.



Abstract:
SOA Governance initiatives help organizations optimize their service-oriented architecture (SOA) by providing a means to reduce risk, maintain business alignment and show the business value of SOA investments. But all too often these initiatives can be seen as daunting projects that are overly broad and complex, require too many resources and are too time consuming.  In this article, Oracle’s Jyothi Swaroop will explain how organizations can take an incremental approach to SOA governance initiatives to meet their specific needs. This will include an overview of how SOA governance technologies can support specific tactical level projects and yet ensure the organization is able to optimize the entire lifecycle of its SOA.


Read the complete article




Thursday Nov 17, 2011

Finding the Value in SOA by Stephen Bennett

Here's an excerpt from a very interesting article on CIO update titled "Finding the value in SOA" by Stephen Bennett of Oracle

"Because of this, SOA must not be seen as a solution development approach that starts and ends once a solution is delivered. It must be seen as an on-going process that, when coupled with a strategic framework, can change and evolve with the business over time. Unfortunately, many enterprises adopt SOA without utilizing a strategic framework, causing a host of challenges for their business.


Just a few of the challenges I have seen include:



  • More complexity and moving parts

  • Increased costs

  • Projects taking longer than before

  • Solutions more fragile than ever

  • Little or no agility

  • Difficulty identifying and discovering services

  • Exponentially growing governance challenges

  • Limited service re-use

  • Duplication of effort leading to service sprawl

  • Multiple siloed technology focused SOAs

  • Funding for service oriented projects being cut"

Read the complete article

Tuesday Nov 15, 2011

Demo: Business Transaction Management with SOA Management Pack

Oracle Enterprise Manager SOA Management Pack EE is the ONLY solution available in the market that can help you assess the business impact of transaction anomalies and fix hung transactions. Watch this demo on Oracle's Business Transaction Management to learn how.


Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Customer Video: Delta Dental of Michigan implements SOA with Oracle SOA Suite, Weblogic and Webcenter.

Here's a video of how Delta Dental of Michigan streamlined their IT with Oracle SOA Suite, Weblogic and Webcenter technologies.

Monday Oct 31, 2011

Oracle Named a Leader in SOA Governance Magic Quadrant by Leading Analyst Firm


News Facts


Gartner, Inc. has placed Oracle SOA Governance in the Leaders Quadrant of its
2011 report, “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies.” (1)


Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a
particular quadrant based on their completeness of vision and ability to
execute.


According to Gartner, “Service-oriented architecture (SOA)
governance technologies, much like any other set of technologies, are striving
to address needs beyond SOA to initiatives not having the SOA label, but are
built according to a service-oriented model. Process governance, governing
cloud interactions and interactions with business partners (e.g. integration
brokerages) are part of the functionality set, or at least are on the radar for
most technology providers.”


By delivering an end-to-end SOA governance solution, Oracle SOA Governance 11g helps customers more
efficiently and effectively manage the SOA lifecycle under a unified governance
umbrella.


Oracle SOA Governance 11g is a key component of the Oracle Public Cloud.


A component of Oracle
Fusion Middleware 11g
, Oracle SOA Governance 11g
consists of Oracle Enterprise RepositoryOracle Enterprise GatewayOracle Web Services Manager,SOA Management Pack Enterprise Edition and Oracle Service Registry.


Supporting Quote


“Organizations are increasingly trying to eliminate the
complex and expensive processes associated with managing numerous software
artifacts in SOA, application integration projects and cloud environments,”
said Michael Weingartner, vice president, product development, Oracle. “We
believe that Oracle’s position as a leader in this Gartner SOA Governance Magic
Quadrant is recognition of our commitment to providing an end-to-end solution
that helps customers reduce risk, maintain business alignment and show the
business value of SOA and cloud investments.”


Supporting Resources


Gartner: “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies, 2011”


Oracle SOA Governance 11g


Oracle
Fusion Middleware 11g


(1) Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance
Technologies,” by Paolo Malinverno, Daryl C. Plummer, October 17, 2011

Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

Oracle Announces Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration

Oracle announced the launch of Oracle SOA Suite for Healthcare Integration today. The new launch helps reduce costs and speed time-to-market for healthcare customers.


News Facts



  • To provide healthcare customers with comprehensive healthcare integration capabilities within a unified enterprise application infrastructure platform, Oracle today announced Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration.



  • Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration delivers healthcare message standards support, dashboards and monitoring for healthcare collaboration, and a toolkit for rapid HIPAA 5010 upgrade and compliance.



  • Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration helps healthcare organizations lower operating costs and speeds time-to-market by delivering a consistent user interface, management console and monitoring environment, as well as healthcare libraries and templates for healthcare customer projects.



  • Oracle SOA Suite for healthcare integration capabilities are part of the Healthcare Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite 11g.



A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gOracle SOA Suite 11g is an integrated, best-of-breed suite that helps organizations rapidly design and assemble, deploy and manage, highly agile and adaptable business applications.


Read the full Press Release

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