Saturday Dec 06, 2014

Ovum Lauds Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Differentiates Cloud and Mobile Integration By Mala Ramakrishnan

clip_image002Ovum has recently published a paper on Oracle SOA Suite and lays out differentiation.  According to the paper, with the latest release of Oracle SOA  Suite, Oracle has again proved that it can swiftly respond to customer requirements while ensuring continuity in product strategy to offer a unified platform for a wide range of integration requirements. Here is an excerpt from the paper:

Oracle SOA Suite 12c has introduced several new features and capabilities that resonate with the current integration priorities of enterprises, especially cloud and mobile integration. What differentiates Oracle SOA Suite 12c from competing platforms is its emphasis on simplifying the process involved in the development, testing, and execution of integration flows connecting a wide range of applications.

This developer-centric approach is evident in the simple approach offered by the Oracle Cloud Adapter software development kit (SDK) for the development of new adapters to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Furthermore, Oracle Cloud Adapters handle several inherent intricacies of SaaS integration, such as session management, data mapping, and specific security requirements to help reduce development efforts and costs. The developer-centric approach is also evident in the developer tooling enhancements introduced as part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c release.

Another noteworthy feature is the integration between Oracle MFT and Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle B2B 12c, which provides support for complex orchestration use cases, such as the extension of enterprise applications to B2B e-commerce and cloud integration scenarios.

Key messages

§ Oracle has further refined its approach to cloud and mobile integration.

§ Developer productivity is a key theme for Oracle SOA Suite 12c.

§ Oracle MFT strengthens the overall value proposition of Oracle’s integration middleware stack. Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Jul 17, 2014

IDC Releases the MarketScape Worldwide Business Process Platforms Vendor Assessment 2014 report

soa-infra Workflow PropertiesThis IDC MarketScape focuses on 10 choices for business process (BP) platforms, which are product suites or portfolios that support the design and runtime environments for business process automation. BP platforms support the most sophisticated requirements of enterprises focused on a variety of initiatives that range from operational excellence to strategic growth through the delivery of innovative digital services.
Oracle is a leader with Oracle BPM Suite 11g
Other leaders include IBM, Tibco, Pegasystems and OpenText

Report Findings

Note: Pegasystems is an important vendor in business process platforms and was invited to participate in our assessment, although we were unable to do a full product evaluation of the company's current release. For that reason, we marked Pegasystems' position on the IDC MarketScape graphic in flat gray.
IDC also created another group of leaders called disruptive innovators. These vendors have
products and product strategies that demonstrate innovation leadership by pushing the
envelope of process automation in ways that broaden adoption and change the types of
projects enterprises are able to do. The disruptive innovators, identifiable by their right-most
position in Figure 1, are TIBCO, K2, Bosch Software Innovations, and Bizagi.
IDC classifies the hundreds of features of BP platforms into 13 categories:

  • Discovery and design
  • Process modeling
  • Mobile
  • User interface and standard runtime workspace
  • Work management
  • Task management
  • Social/collaboration environment
  • Case management
  • Search
  • Data access and integration
  • Decision automation
  • Visibility and reporting
  • Life-cycle management

This IDC MarketScape looks at offerings that support midrange to complex deployment patterns.
Complexity is found in many different elements of process automation.

ORACLE SUMMARY
Oracle is a Leader in our IDC MarketScape for BP platforms. Its product balances between traditional
BPM offerings and some of the more disruptive approaches offered by newer entrants in this market.
Where Oracle's portfolio stands out is in the sophistication of its capabilities to extend the use of BPM
beyond an employee-only focus as well as its mobile capabilities. Customers of Oracle applications are likely candidates to use the BPM features to extend capabilities. Oracle BPM Suite is also successfully used as a standalone platform for custom process automation.
Product capabilities were scored for developer capabilities, business capabilities, overall architecture,
and value per feature delivered. The BP platform vendors are all high-quality offerings, and Oracle
scored at the top of all measures in aggregate. Oracle had top scores for mobile capabilities, process
modeling, work management, and social features. It also had high architecture scores in multiple
categories.

Strengths
Key product strengths include:
-Oracle provides support of mobile devices from within the development environment.
Customers have multiple ways to handle mobile, such as a responsive style of viewing forms
and support of hybrid mobile environments through ADF.
-Oracle has made significant improvements in work management, especially with the
integration of federated identity to extend process participation in processes to nonemployees,
such as business partners and customers.
-With the introduction of case management, Oracle provides a well-rounded portfolio of
products used for business process automation covering most deployment scenarios.

Challenges
Key product challenges include:
-Oracle BPM Suite is dependent on the Oracle stack. To get the richness Oracle showed in its
demo, users are required to implement WebLogic. In addition, BPM Suite 11g requires Oracle
Database. While Oracle offers open source alternatives, such as Glassfish as an application
server and MySQL as a database, its BPM product doesn't support these alternatives. Non-
Oracle customers will find it challenging to adopt Oracle BPM because of its dependency on
the underlying infrastructure.
-Oracle does not have a BPM cloud offering yet, but it is on Oracle's road map.
-While an increasing number of elements can be configured onscreen, Oracle is a complex
product portfolio to master. In a market where business stakeholders influence deals, Oracle's
developer orientation makes it more difficult to sell than other business-focused offerings.

Guidance Summary
Oracle has a strong and comprehensive portfolio of BPM offerings. Oracle is well suited for enterprises
that need to:
-Extend the functionality of packaged applications, particularly those offered by Oracle
-Improve management of end-to-end processes using operational intelligence techniques
-Create reusable business services and composite applications
-Employ a strategic business platform for transformation and business process reengineering initiatives
[Source: IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business Process Platforms 2014 Vendor Assessment - Maureen Fleming, Jeff Silverstein – April 2014] Get the full report from IDC

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Friday Jun 20, 2014

Oracle SOA Suite Achieves Significant Customer Adoption and Industry Recognition

Industry’s Most Complete and Unified Integration Solution Helps Organizations Speed to Market, Respond. Faster to Business Requirements, and Lower Costs. Read the complete press release here.

Thanks to all our SOA Specialized partners for making our joins SOA customers successful. We have 1341 SOA Specialized Partners and 114 Advanced SOA Specialized Partners around the globe. There are 799 SOA Specialized and 54 Advanced SOA Specialized Partners from EMEA. Overall SOA is the Specialization with the most partners in the complete middleware portfolio.

SOA Specialized partners have trained and certified their consultants, sold the product and implemented it successfully to customers. Customers, Analysts and Employees can get details here: http://www.oracle.com/specialized.

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Monday Mar 31, 2014

BPM Suite 11g Ovum Report

Catalyst
Oracle’s BPM offering is one of the market leaders, and Oracle BPM Suite 11g is the latest generation of Oracle’s portfolio of business process management (BPM) technologies, bringing a number of the company’s BPM products together as an integrated suite. Oracle has done a good job of the integration, and can now boast one of the most complete BPM offerings in the marketplace. Other notable elements to the suite include the provision of a common runtime platform (which acts as an execution environment for BPMN and BPEL models, as well as business rules) and the introduction of Process Composer, a web-based environment intended as a tool for business analysts. In the latest release of the suite, Oracle has added adaptive case management capabilities.

Key messages

  • Market-leading BPM platform and toolset.
  • Excellent integration with Oracle’s Fusion middleware stack.
  • Business Process Accelerators offer a broad (and growing) set of pre-built assets targeting both horizontal and vertical processes.
  • Strong investment in R&D to develop platform and toolset for target market.

Ovum view
Oracle’s continued investment in its BPM offering is paying dividends in the form of significant improvements in ease of use, better integration between the different components, and very comprehensive support for the key BPM notation standards. The improvements that Oracle has made to Process Composer (which is a web-based tool intended for non-technical users) mean that the transition from “business focus” to “implementation focus” is now relatively smooth, and the business-focused tooling does an excellent job of shielding non-technical users from some of the underlying complexity inherent in BPMN.

Read the complete report here.


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