Author: Vikas Anand, Vice President, Oracle
With Oracle OpenWorld 2017 in the rearview mirror, I find myself just now catching my breath. This year was FANTASTIC! We had a chance to showcase our newest, coolest capabilities across Oracle Integration Cloud, Robotic Process Automation and API Design and Management, but it was our customers and partners that made integration come to life through their digital transformation stories. They shared how they are leading the way positioning integration, process automation, and API-first strategy at the heart of their tech roadmap.
It has been an incredible year for Oracle iPaaS, as we were recognized by industry experts in the Gartner Enterprise iPaaS Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave reports, with the acquisition of Apiary and the launch of the API Platform Cloud Service. At the same time we focused on continuous improvement of our portfolio i.e adding 100+ adapters and Visual Builder Cloud to our portfolio.
We talk a lot about innovation around here, and with good reason. We want to keep pushing forward not just for ourselves, but for the benefit of our customers and partners. We have all heard that “competition breeds innovation” but I believe “innovation breeds innovation.” I have seen this happen not only with my team but as I meet with customers, and in turn, they interact with each other and our partners. If there is anything that I have come away with from the past few months, it is that integration is more important than it has ever been. As organizations embrace new Chatbots, Blockchain, AI and ML capabilities, one thing remains constant: the best way to move to the cloud is to leverage best-in-class SaaS, but what makes all of those initiatives work flawlessly is killer integration, process automation and API-first lifecycle management.
I heard story after story of how customers like Subaru of America, Corelogic, and The Factory, are using Oracle Integration Cloud to connect their SaaS and on-premises applications. They are orchestrating end-to-end process automation, leveraging 100+ out-of-the-box cloud adapters, and using tooling for visual application development. We had customers like All Nippon Airways, Rabobank, and Denver Metro Regional Transportation District present how Oracle’s complete API management cloud solution is allowing them to design, govern, manage, analyze, monetize, and secure APIs in a true hybrid deployment.
Developers and attendees at our SOLD OUT Oracle Code event were especially excited to see Jakub Nesetril, founder of Apiary, discuss how we have pulled Apiary into our API Platform Cloud offering. Oracle’s API Platform Cloud now includes Apiary, allowing developers the ability to prototype, test, document and manage their APIs with industry standards such as Open API and API Blueprint.
At OOW, we were excited to be able to acknowledge companies that were executing this innovation perfectly at our annual Innovation Awards ceremony. We had so many entrants, this year was especially difficult to select the winners but here are three of our customers that edged out all others:
Innovation Award Customer Winners for Integration
From a wide field of nominees, the Integration winners embodied excellence in their Cloud journey.
Corelogic took the first step in venturing from on-premises operations into the Cloud, by integrating SaaS with existing on-premises systems. Motivated by an operational requirement for real-time integration between Oracle E-Business Suite and CPQ apps, as well as by a need for a single dashboard able to convey all system statuses, they sought Oracle Integration Cloud Service for their One Corelogic Experience. ICS not only increased developer productivity by reducing custom code and increasing ease of provisioning, but data synchronization was reduced from 4 days to a few seconds. Aided by Oracle Consulting, Corelogic aims to increase the number of integration flows within Oracle Integration across their cloud & on-premise applications.
Subaru is well on their way into their digital transformation journey. With a goal of delivering the Subaru Telematics Platform in their 2nd generation connected car, Subaru is delivering vehicle health reports, emergency assistance, as well as automatic collision notifications. This robust solution has been powered by Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Managed File Transfer to ensure dealers are up to date on customers’ needs. Their hybrid integration solution has allowed their back-end to gracefully shift from on-premises to a hybrid solution, and ultimately into a pure Oracle Cloud environment. Their integration successes have allowed IT to develop applications and services that directly increase customer satisfaction and engagement. Not only that, but aided by partner Centroid, Subaru was able to achieve a savings of over $1 million per year!
National Pharmacies continues to push the envelope leveraging the latest technologies to engage their customers and employees with Mobile and Chatbots while integrating and automating their manual processes to tie their frontend and backend systems. Taking the human slack out of workflows using Oracle Process Cloud & Visual Builder Cloud allowed them to streamline the multiple systems that touched their Purchase Orders. Their solution was able to be built, tested, and deployed to stores in just 10 weeks, resulting in a 30% reduction in the cost of stock management, as well as the improvement of inventory management.
IKEA’s global retail brand experienced a strong need to become a digital organization, yet IKEA’s information was locked in hundreds of old legacy systems distributed in 48 countries and 500 data centers. They needed a solution that could innovate until modernization could happen. They wanted a solution powered by Oracle Apiary for the design governance, Oracle API Platform Cloud Service for the runtime aspects of the platform, a rapid deployment tempo of weeks rather than months, and the capability of scaling to up to 1,000 gateways. These requirements were central to enabling IKEA's digital strategy which is expected to help double their current revenue to 50 billion EUR by 2020. With their implementation partner Capgemini, the result has been a fulfillment of all their requirements, plus a reduction in the overall IT budget by at least 70%!
Those of you that know me already know that my team and I work hard, but we also like to have FUN, too! So of course, with the help of our fantastic partners, we toasted all of our Integration Cloud, Process Automation, and API Platform Cloud customers in style! They are all WINNERS in our book! This year’s killer event was held at San Francisco’s Gotham Club inside AT&T Park – complete with a night full of batting cage practice fun, behind-the scenes peeks at the park, and delicious food and beverages for all. Sponsored by our very generous partners eProseed, Capgemini, AVIO Consulting, Rubicon Red, Flexagon, and Cognizant, we had a great time, took off our jackets, and enjoyed the evening, sharing a uniquely SF experience. I even had a chance to show off my skills with a 1.000 batting average!
So by now you must be wondering when’s the next event? – Well keep your eyes peeled; we will be having a lot more of these exciting events coming to a location near you…. Don’t forget that OOW18 is October 28 to November 1, 2018!