Friday May 15, 2015

Thomas Kurian on the Role of Today’s CIO in Cloud & Business Transformation

clip_image002Expectations of business-driven IT are higher than ever and changing rapidly.  Words like agility, mobility, digital, data, cloud and customer centricity are common and constant from Line of Business (LOBs) executives like CMOs. Today’s business must move at the pace of – scratch that – ahead of the pace of today’s consumer. Businesses must anticipate customers’ needs to be truly customer-centric organizations.  Innovation through the cloud is a big force driving customer experience and customer centricity.

Here’s another word of importance: collaboration.  And collaboration is essential to make a successful business-led technology transformation. Today’s CIO will play a pivotal role in crafting that collaboration between IT and business leaders. Unfortunately, the process hasn’t taken root just yet.

According to a recent ZDNet article, research shows that confidence and collaboration between LOBs and IT is not strong. The article cites a new CIO Magazine survey showing that 54% of business leaders view IT “as an obstacle to their mission.” Forrester research shows that less than half of marketing managers collaborate with IT when developing a technology strategy. And our Oracle study revealed that less than 1/3 of marketing and IT executives surveyed reported collaborating “frequently,” while at the same time noting greater success when they do collaborate.

Kurian believes the CIO will play a pivotal role with collaboration, cloud and business transformation. In this video he states “cloud actually empowers CIOs to take the lead with innovation.” He goes on to say that today’s CIO role is not diminished just different, requiring a new business mindset. The CIO is very much essential to this new digital, customer-centric business revolution.

ZDNet reporter Dion Hinchcliffe had some great insights on the future role of CIOs: “The CIO should have – or should quickly ascertain – a better sense of how to translate the current business into today’s emerging digital marketplaces and channels. And yes, that means knowing more about how to apply digital to various parts of the enterprise than line of business executives. Relentless education and experimentation is required here to be successful. The CIO should be the visionary and evangelist that can get business – from the management team to the workforce – fully on board with digital business.”

Cloud is the future of business transformation; CIOs will play a key role. As Kurian says, CIOs are extremely important to their executives and businesses, and the cloud empowers them to take the lead.  The best CIOs in the industry are beginning to grasp that and train their staff to become experts in cloud technologies. For more on cloud innovation, read Oracle CEO Mark Hurd's recent piece on how cloud is revolutionizing business in four key areas.

This is just one entry in a series of blog videos with Kurian. Oracle Social Cloud Group VP Meg Bear spent the day recently with Kurian discussing everything from the changing role of today’s CMO and CIO, to data and innovation, to the importance of user experience. Check back each week as we feature a new video with insights from Kurian on how Oracle is partnering and co-innovating with our customers to help pave a path of success and deliver consistent, rewarding and exceptional experiences for their customers. Watch the video here.

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Thursday May 14, 2015

Additional new content SOA & BPM Partner Community

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· Using ADF BC Declarative Built-in Rules (Part 7 of 10): Range validator | Antonis Antoniou

· Creating a Mobile-Optimized REST API Using Oracle Service Bus – Part 4 | Steven Davelaar

· Caching in OSB 12c without Out-Of-Process Coherence Servers | Ricardo Ferreira

· Profit Magazine: Mastering Mobility - Article

· An Interview with Mobiity Lead Luc Bors - LinkedIn

· Oracle's Mobile Leaders: Daniel Iversen and Ruben Garcia Mohedano - Linked In

· REDISA Orchestrates with Oracle Applications and Middleware - Video

· Oracle Partnerships: Safe Water Kenya and mFrontiers - Video

· CACI Bv Netherlands Goes Mobile with Oracle - Video

· Presentation by Benedict Evans: Mobile is Eating the World - Link

· IT Leader Series - Customer Webcasts and accompanying Whitepapers: Replay: Enhancing User Engagement with Multi-Channel Enablement - Register & Replay: Bridging the Cloud Gap with Cloud to On-Premise Integration - Register & Replay: Optimizing Application Platform for Speed, Reliability and Cost Control - Register & Customer Documentary Webcasts discussing integration, mobility, digital experience and more - Register

· Video: Northumbrian Water Mobile Enables Remote Workforce on E-Business Suite - YouTube

· Video: Guanghua Enhances Efficiency and Student Service Quality - Oracle Media Network

· Customer Implementation Whitepapers discuss digital experience, SaaS to On-Premise Integration, Enterprise Mobility, Business Agility, Platform Optimization featuring customers like Pella, Ricoh, Northumbrian Water, Grupo Farmacos and Siram - Download

· FMW 12c on the Cloud – Part 1: Prepare the Environment by Luigi Banzato - Blog

· Enhance Your Customer Experience with Oracle RightNow Cloud Adapter - Blog

· SOA 12c Demo System (12.1.3) hosted at Oracle Cloud – free for Oracle Partners - Blog

· Customizing Oracle MFT with Java - Blog

· SOA Suite 12c: Problem with Slow Domain Creation - Blog

· Engineers Australia Uses Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com - Video

· INSO Increases Healthcare Support Service Quality and Efficiency at San Giuseppe Hospital and Reduces Costs by 30% with Centralized Web-based Management System - Snapshot

· Vodafone Shortens Application Access Provisioning by 90%, Integrates Applications 50% Faster, and Cuts Operating Costs by 15% - Snapshot

· My Favorite PeopleSoft Flavor - Vanilla - Blog

· Oracle's View of Intelligent Business Process Management - Blog

· Bridging the Gap between Vision and Execution with BPM - Blog

· Podcast Series: The Case for Adaptive Case Management - Blog

· Police Department of Izmir City Handles Emergency Calls 30% Faster with Fully Integrated Emergency Response System - Snapshot

· Video Tech Tip: Tools for SOA Governance and API Management In this 2 Minute Tech Tip, Oracle ACE and Oracle SOA Governance 11g Implementation author Luis Weir shares the hurry-up version of his list of recommended SOA governance and API management tools. Watch the video.

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Tuesday May 12, 2015

See the Oracle Cloud UX roadmap in action at our lab


clip_image002The new Oracle Cloud User Experience (UX) lab is officially open for business! Located on the bottom floor of the 200 building at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., it hosted its first tour during Oracle OpenWorld 2014. We can’t stop talking about it though. The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has written about it on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX blog, and again on the AppsLab blog.

Can’t come to HQ to see the Oracle Applications user experience for yourself? Learn about the UX roadmap in a new, free eBook from the Oracle Applications User Experience team. Find the download link on the VoX blog.

Oracle Applications User Experience Vice President Jeremy Ashley in the new Oracle Cloud UX lab.
Onsite labs:
Head to YouTube for a new video that shows what happens in the OAUX onsite labs, held at user group conferences near you! The video has also been posted on the Oracle Media Network.
Oracle Voice: Also on YouTube is a series of videos that show Oracle Voice, a new voice-activated application, in action. Visit the Usable Apps YouTube channel for a playlist  that collects up all the latest demos.
Simplified UI in PeopleSoft, EBS: The simplified UI is continuing to enhance the user experience in recent versions of PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite. Visit Oracle blogs to see the PeopleSoft Fluid UI  and new user interface features in E-Business Suite.
Oracle Partner Network (OPN): Misha Vaughan, director of the OAUX Communications & Outreach team, takes part in a discussion on the Oracle Applications User Experience in this video for Oracle partners.
UX Direct website: The Advanced Research and Tools (ART) team has rolled out a newly redesigned UX Direct site for customers and partners. Among the resources on the site are:

•    A simple user-centered design process
•    Oracle user experience design patterns and guidelines
•    Oracle templates, tools, and examples
•    A user-experience readiness checklist

Wearables: The AppsLab team has been digging into discussions on wearable technology on their blog. Wearables have been part of the OAUX team’s research and development for some time now. Head over for a post on “Google Glass, Android Wear, and Apple Watch.” Also posted in the last month: “Pseudo-Philosophical Observations on Wearables, Part 1,” and you’ll find a bit about wearables from Samsung, among other things, in this post as well: “Musings on Samsung Developer Conference 2014.”
Hack space; save the planet: In case you didn’t hear about the very cool asteroid hackathon in which members of the OAUX team participated -- or if you want to know more about what happened there – here are a few new blog posts:

· Asteroid Hackathon, from co-host EchoUser

· Asteroid Hackathon, from Oracle's The Apps Lab

· Asteroid Hackathon – The Winning Team

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Monday May 11, 2015

Thriving On Adaptability: Best Practices for Knowledge Workers by Keith Swenson

clip_image001Adaptive Case Management is ultimately about allowing knowledge workers to work the way that they want to work and to provide them with the tools and information they need to do so effectively.

As Surendra Reddy points out in his foreword:
“Imagine a fully integrated ACM system layered into the value stream of an enterprise. The customer support team is able to focus on customer needs, with easy access to the entire company’s repertoire of knowledge, similar cases, information, and expertise, as if it were a service. To truly accommodate customers, companies must vest real power and authority in the people and systems that interact directly with customers, at the edge of the organization and beyond. ACM augments business processes to deliver true data-driven process infrastructure entering enterprises into the age of intelligent machines and intelligent processes. ACM empowers the knowledge worker to collaborate, derive new insights, and fine tune the way of doing business by placing customers right in the left where they belong, to drive innovation and organizational efficiencies across the global enterprise.
“ACM also helps organizations focus on improving or optimizing the line of interaction where our people and systems come into direct contact with customers. It’s a whole different thing; a new way of doing business that enables organizations to literally become one living-breathing entity via collaboration and adaptive data-driven biological-like operating systems. ACM is not just another acronym or business fad. ACM is the process, strategy, framework, and set of tools that enables this evolution and maturity.
“ACM, in my opinion, is the future blueprint for the way of doing business.”

Thriving on Adaptability describes the work of managers, decision makers, executives, doctors, lawyers, campaign managers, emergency responders, strategists, and many others who have to think for a living. These are people who figure out what needs to be done, at the same time that they do it.

In award-winning case studies covering industries as a diverse as law enforcement, transportation, insurance, banking, state services, and healthcare, you will find instructive examples for how to transform your own organization.

This important book follows the ground-breaking best-sellers, Empowering Knowledge Workers, Taming the Unpredictable, How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done, and Mastering the Unpredictable and provides important papers by thought-leaders in this field, together with practical examples, detailed ACM case studies and product reviews. Get the book here.

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Sunday May 10, 2015

Oracle Unified Method free on-demand training


clip_image002Oracle's Global Methods team has designed a series of self-service, self-paced training courses in support of the Oracle® Unified Method (OUM).

The OUM Training Program helps to ensure that individuals in consulting sales, delivery, and management roles have the level of delivery and estimating knowledge required for them to competently perform their job. The Training Levels include:

· Level 1 - Oracle Unified Method Overview and Awareness

· Level 2 - Envision Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Manage Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Implement Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Use Case Overview

· Level 4D - Application Implementation Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Enterprise Architecture Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Software Upgrade Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Utilities Global Business Unit (UGBU) Delivery Readiness Course

Watch the training videos here.

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Saturday May 09, 2015

My private corner – The Hare of the Dog


As 2015 will bring many new challenges and opportunities – all up in the clouds. In this short section “my private corner” we will inform you about personal notes. We start with a booked published by Niall – a superb middleware trainer most of you know, and had a lot fun with during his workshops

The Hare of the Dog

clip_image002This book, volume one of three, chronicles the tale of a search, not just any search, but a search for suitable work for unsuitable men. Men, who, through no fault of their own, life had simply left behind, and consigned to the scrapheap of humanity. There they lay, living out their miserable days, until the divine intervened. From that day on, they were still men, however, not just any old men, but the men of Grace & Danger Ltd. God bless them all for showing us the way. God bless you too, for buying this book. This book deals with a universal theme, namely, the intrinsic value of each and every one of us. No one is useless; we are all connected, all on the one road. Where will this road take us? Nobody knows. This book may give you some hints, but, essentially, it is something, each and every one of us needs to work out, for themselves. Enjoy, laugh and maybe think! Get the book here on Amazon

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Friday May 08, 2015

Running Oracle BPM 12c on AWS by Jorge Quilcate

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In this post, I will show how to create an AWS EC2 Instance with an Oracle BPM 12c Quickstart Domain created. And I will use previous post for related tasks.

Lets see how to achieve this and make this process reusable. These are the steps:

· Create an AWS EC2 instance (with Vagrant)

· Connect to an NFS instance to get the installer (with Chef)

· Install Oracle BPM 12c Quickstart and create a Domain (with Chef)

GitHub repository: Here

Create an AWS EC2 instance

I've created a Red Hat instance using Vagrant. This instance should be connected to my NFS instance that has all the Oracle's installers (to create an NFS instance on AWS EC2: go here).

This is the NFS instance: Read the complete article here.

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Thursday May 07, 2015

BPM Workspace Login with libOVD and LDAP, Part 2: Login by Siming Mu

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In Part 1, we looked at the initialization of libOVD at server startup. Now let’s examine what happens inside libOVD when you actually click on the login button in BPM Workspace. Again, we are looking at BPM 11g PS5 BP7 with Patch 17315336.

The Workspace login is a two step process. The first step is checking the username and password against the LDAP. This step is performed in WLS security layer rather than the JPS layer. This means even if you turn on tracing in libOVD, you won’t see any trace log message related to this step.

The second step starts after the user credentials are successfully verified. In this step, the Workspace first constructs a Workflow context object, which triggers a user lookup query against the LDAP, and then it makes a request to the BPM server which invokes the follow method:

oracle.bpel.services.workflow.common.provider.WorkflowWSProvider.processMessage

Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday May 06, 2015

BPM 12c Migration – A Deep Dive into a Simple 10g Process Migration by Aaron Dolan

clip_image002Since Oracle BPM 12c was released this summer, many of our legacy BPM 10g customers have begun to ask what to expect from the migration path.  As my colleague Suyash Khot discussed in his article Oracle BPM 12c Migration - A Hand of Friendship to Oracle BPM 10g, Oracle has luckily given us a migration utility to kick-start the process of moving code from Oracle BPM 10g to Oracle BPM 12c.  While this utility is incredibly valuable and indeed very easy to use, it is well worth discussing the advantages and challenges this conversion presents us with.

This is the first in a series of articles where I’ll explore how various 10g coding patterns are translated into 12c and how we might overcome some of the issues this presents us with.  While in many cases the conversion is clean and maintenance-free, in other cases there is work to be done and issues to be on the lookout for.

In preparation for this article, I created a very simple, happy path Order Entry process in Oracle BPM 10g: Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday May 05, 2015

PaaS (ICS, PCS, MSC) Cloud preview event for customers May 26h Netherlands

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On May 26, AMIS organises a Preview session about Oracle PaaS Cloud Services. We will start the event at 17.00 hrs with an overview of Oracle PaaS Services. We will tell you more about how they are connected and what you can use them for. In addition, you will get a sneak preview of three Oracle PaaS Services: Integration Cloud Service, Process Cloud Service and Mobile Cloud Services. We will end the event with networking and drinks at around 21.00 hrs.

Presenters during this Cloud Preview session are Lucas Jellema, Oracle ACE Director and CTO at AMIS, Robert van Mölken, Oracle ACE Associate and Sr. SOA Specialist at AMIS, Luc Gorissen, Solution Architect at AMIS and Steven Davelaar, Cloud Solution Architect at the Oracle A-team.

For details please visit the Amis registration page here

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