Sunday Apr 06, 2014

MDM and SOA: Be Warned! part of Industrial SOA series

Introduction "You will waste your investment in SOA unless you have enterprise information that SOA can exploit." – Gartner

This quote from Gartner, Inc. describes the relationship between service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) very vividly. An essential principle behind SOA is the reuse of components and the flexibility of using these components to support new functionalities or processes. MDM provides universal components (or services) for consistent data maintenance and distribution. Here the architecture concepts and principles of SOA run into MDM.

This article begins by giving a brief motive for using MDM and a conceptualization. It will then go on to present typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrate the interplay of MDM and SOA with reference to the architecture pattern.

Motive
Increasing pressure from competition means that business models and underlying business processes have to be adapted in ever shorter cycles. At the same time, globalization and the digital networking of companies are making interaction with external business partners even more complex. Securely exchanging high-quality data is crucial for increasing efficiency in processes. This is where the central issue, the quality of information, and therefore its security in transactions, evaluations, and reports, all stem from. Once a company is no longer in a position to provide a consistent and consolidated view of its central business objects, implementing a company-wide policy for master data management becomes a good idea.

Unfortunately, in many companies today it is common for IT systems to be unable to keep up with fast changes in organization, business, and even technology. As a result, on the companies' side, a vast, ever-growing web of IT systems with known integration problems comes into being. This heterogeneity accounts for a variety of challenges when using master data that include differences in:

  • imgdata structures and formats in master data
  • specifications and understanding of the master data values in the participating organizational units
  • validations and plausibilities (data quality)
  • processes and responsibilities concerning data sovereignty (data governance)
  • business processes with partially conflicting functionalities in the application systems
  • organizational units that have different systems for master data maintenance

Read the complete article here. Share your comments and feedback on the Industrial SOA series by using the hashtag #industrialSOA. Read the full article at the Service Technology Magazine or Oracle Technology Network. Missed an article of the Industrial SOA series visit the overview at OTN.

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Saturday Apr 05, 2014

Oracle Mobile Suite New Product

As enterprises increasingly face challenges in going mobile, Oracle Mobile Suite provides a complete mobile platform that extends enterprise application data to mobile devices. Leading analysts estimate that more than 85% of mobile application development costs comes from integration with backend services, and Oracle Mobile Suite will assist customers quickly realize ROI by wrapping and reusing existing enterprise services, rather than rip and replace the entire platform.

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Friday Apr 04, 2014

Clear Day for Cloud Adapters By Antony Reynolds

Yesterday Oracle released their cloud adapter for salesforce.com (SFDC) so I thought I would talk a little about why you might want it. I had previously integrated with SFDC using BPEL and the SFDC web interface, so in this post I will explore why the adapter might be a better approach.

Why?

So if I can interface to SFDC without the adapter why would I spend money on the adapter? There are a number of reasons and in this post I will just explain the following 3 benefits:

  • Auto-Login
  • Non-Ploymorphic Operations
  • Operation Wizards

Lets take each one in turn. Read the complete artcile here.

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Thursday Apr 03, 2014

Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum XVIII February 2014, Malta all presentations & follow-up

Thanks for a wonderful Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2014! Special thanks to all the excellent speakers for the great presentations and everybody to be a real community. Thanks for the nice Community Forum articles from Amis, esentri and C2B2 – let me know in the case I missed yours! In the case you could not attend the conference in Malta we uploaded the presentations to our community workspaces.

Presentations
All presentations are available at the Community workspaces (community membership required - you get workspace access within a week)

Your feedback at twitter #ofmForum SOA Community Twitter & WebLogic Community Twitter.

clip_image001WebLogic CommunityPresentations from the #ofmForum are available at the Community Workspace http://tinyurl.com/WLSworkspace (membership required) #WebLogicCommunity

clip_image002esentri Review of the #Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2014 in Malta @rszilinski #ofmForum http://ow.ly/tVI8F

clip_image003Robert van Mölken Just published blog "Recap of the Oracle Partner Community Forum XIV" on my own blogspot. http://bit.ly/1hFW1UZ #ofmForum @soacommunity

clip_image004Robert Szilinskifinally it's time to fly back home. Thank you all for a wonderful #ofmForum week in Malta! pic.twitter.com/Nbie9m2V0q

clip_image005Ronald Rood Safe landing at AMS Happy end if #ofmForum pic.twitter.com/U0v6lxpI6H

clip_image006Lucas Jellema I published a blog article on Adaptive Case Management on the AMIS Technology Blog: http://technology.amis.nl/2014/02/21/acm-organizing-the-chaos-and-flexing-rigid-process-structures-through-adaptive-case-management/ … Inspired by Niall at #ofmforum

clip_image007Henk Jan van Wijk Thank you @soacommunity for the great week we had at #ofmForum in Malta!

clip_image008vinay kumarThanks to @soacommunity and @wlscommunity for organizing wonderful event in Malta #ofmForum

clip_image009SOA Community Time to go home - flight full of IT geeks feels like a school trip - goodbye Malta #ofmForum pic.twitter.com/OFNYJkiUNN

clip_image003[1]Robert van Mölken Just had my last breakfast in the Hilton on Malta. Thanks @soacommunity for this great week. Will be back next #ofmforum


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clip_image003[2]Robert van MölkenStartend Day 3 at #ofmForum. Today first day of #IoT bootcamp. Using Raspberry Pi, OEP and Go Temp. Sensor. pic.twitter.com/v9IlDk5FLi

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clip_image004[1]Robert Szilinskithank you Jürgen for the organisation of the outstanding #ofmForum event and the spontaneous room party! pic.twitter.com/NP2EGClA9U

clip_image014Steffen MillerIoT lab now also works with 1-wire sensor. #ofmforum @soacommunity pic.twitter.com/8gY5G0ZW9Z

clip_image015Simon HaslamMr OEP @gschmutz built a BAM dashboard in his spare time in the #ofmForum IoT boot camp... v impressive! pic.twitter.com/ZPJ6BjltUu

clip_image016Ronald LuttikhuizenAnd finally, the view from the bootcamp location at #ofmForum pic.twitter.com/WpaCnJmQy0

clip_image017Oracle WebLogic chatting in the ACE room of the Weblogic Virtual Developer Day from #ofmForum with @lucasjellema @simon_haslam http://pub.vitrue.com/ZPnj

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clip_image016[1]Ronald LuttikhuizenHappy coding & testing at ACM bootcamp #ofmForum pic.twitter.com/4bqosBYdV1

clip_image015[1]Simon HaslamLots of pi at #ofmForum IoT boot camp with @nicovanbenthem & @olveslind - mobile app & BPM running pic.twitter.com/y8FoIkPAvE

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clip_image014[1]Steffen MillerRaspberry with 1.8" display and projection keyboard @t_winterberg testing at #ofmforum IoT bootcamp pic.twitter.com/fHxmPVTMoy

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clip_image016[2]Ronald LuttikhuizenExcellent start of the ACM bootcamp by Niall Commiskey at #ofmforum pic.twitter.com/3kPm5jMlbs

clip_image015[2]Simon HaslamVery interesting start by Harish Gaur at #ofmForum IoT bootcamp pic.twitter.com/h0mzRqTa42

clip_image024gschmutzNow the @soacommunity partner community awards: congrats: congrats to @t_winterberg and the Optiz team for winning the BPM award! #ofmForum

clip_image025AMIS, Oracle & Java@orakelvandelphi: #ofmForum last session of today: ACED hacking an application pic.twitter.com/cQ0w3wrobn

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clip_image005[1]Ronald Rood ACE hacking session, building SOA servers in 12 mins ON #ofmForum #IMPRESSIVE pic.twitter.com/wm9PZoPkVL

clip_image006[1]Lucas JellemaJuergen saying farewell to everyone not doing the handson at #ofmForum @soacommunity pic.twitter.com/b1Pg6CkgEn

clip_image006[2]Lucas JellemaFrank Nimphius taking us on a tour of the mobile world and the ADF Mobile framework (and its near future) #ofmForum

clip_image028Torsten WinterbergListening to interesting Oracle SOA Suite 12c stuff at #ofmforum by Robert Wunderlich. All about developer productivity and industrial soa

clip_image029C2B2 ConsultingWe're proud to announce that C2B2 won the WebLogic Partner Community Award at #ofmforum 2014! @wlscommunity #webLogic pic.twitter.com/5lBvh1iuMk

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clip_image028[1]Torsten Winterberg@t_winterberg Feb 18

Thanks to our great SOA/BPM team!! OPITZ won the BPM community award at #ofmforum 2014!! @soacommunity @OC_WIRE pic.twitter.com/iBCnRDuHFm

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clip_image015[3]Simon HaslamEd Zou: middleware is at the heart of cloud initiatives #ofmForum pic.twitter.com/JBX1OVxbG0

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Introducing Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com Integration

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 2.32.34 PM.png“A game changer”

As the CTO of Oracle partner Rubicon Red stated, this is a “game changer” for Oracle. There is no need for separate integration approaches for cloud and on-premises applications. “Oracle has reduced the cost and complexity with a simplified and unified approach”.

The “Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com” has been released today and lets Oracle take your Salesforce.com customers out of isolation and into a unified application environment spanning cloud and on-premises.

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Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com (11.1.1.7.0) Now Generally Available – Press Release.

  • This adapter is certified to work with Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.0

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Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

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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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Sunday Mar 30, 2014

Simplified UIs for HCM, Applications and Sales

New Content

Several Simplified UI videos have been updated andimage released recently. In this list, you’ll also find a VoX blog post and links to new videos about the PeopleSoft and Siebel user experiences. All of these links may be shared with customers.

Check this post on the Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog for more on the strategy behind the Simplified UI for Sales in the Oracles Sales Cloud.  Tim Warner, an implementation consultant and Oracle ACE, writes about Release 7 in his post , “Simplified User Interface in Fusion HCM.”
Peoplesoft and Siebel: These videos from OpenWorld 2013 showcase the user experience highlights in Oracle product families.

  • Video on the PeopleSoft user experience between Jeff Robbins, Senior Director, Product Development, and SAMBA Jim Marion
  • Video on the Siebel user experience between Uma Welingkar, Senior Director, Product Management, and SAMBA Michael Klein

Looking ahead to the Nex-Generation UX: Applications UX Communications & Outreach team members Misha Vaughan and Ultan O’Broin explore the possibilities in wearable technology with two posts on new technology and how it will change the user experience. Read Vaughan’s post on Google Glass in the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog, “Will You Be Wearing Your Enterprise Application Data?” Then head over to O’Broin’s post on the Usable Apps blog, “Dress Code 2.0: Wearables.”
Oracle UX Know-How: Ultan O’Broin led a webcast through ODTUG in November. You can read about the topic and get the answers to questions that were asked on the Usable Apps blog post, “Visual Design for Any Enterprise UI with ODTUG: UX Questions Answered.”
O’Broin also writes about new tools and resources available for developers working on mobile applications on the Usable Apps blog. Check this post to read about “Building Mobile Apps with Oracle UX and ADF Mobile Made Easy: Design Wiki Available.”
Amy Lee of Cruxial CIO writes about user experience practices and the Oracle user experience process in her online article, “Faulty Design Causes Sales To Plummet.”
Floyd Teter of EiS Technologies, a longtime friend of the Applications User Experience team, heads to the top of the list of “25 More Twitter Feeds Every Oracle User Should Follow.” Visit the Forbes.com blog to see who else is on the list.


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Saturday Mar 29, 2014

Learn more about Simplified UI for Oracle Cloud Applications

Visit the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog for a new post about the strategy behind Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) simplified UI. Learn what’s new from the Oracle HCM Cloud UIApplications User Experience team in Release 7, and find links to new video demos on simplified UI for self-service users and managers.

Floyd Teter, of EiS Technologies and an Oracle ACE Director, also writes about simplified UI and Oracle Fusion Applications HCM in his recent blog post, “Oracle Fusion HCM - The Kettle Is Beginning To Boil.”
There are also a few new posts about Oracle Sales Cloud, such as a post  on the Oracle Applications Blog called “Wow Sales Managers and Reps with An Unmatched User Experience.” A separate post published on VoX last month about Oracle Sales Cloud focuses on what’s new with simplified UI in Release 7.

Also on VoX, Oracle partner Anne Meyer, of MIPRO Consulting LLC, talks about seeing the direction of the Oracle user experience, including simplified UI, in “Partner Gives a Thumbs-Up to Insight on Oracle User Experience.” She says, “I’m anxious for these products to make it to the marketplace. Some may be game-changing for Oracle, and how people view Oracle products.”

Exploring new user experience concepts
Oracle invests a great deal in creating a user experience for its applications that empowers customers to be more productive and efficient. One way that investment is made is by exploring new technologies and looking for ways to use them so that the Oracle user experience continues to evolve. Much of that research takes place among the ranks of the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team.

Recent posts on the Usable Apps blog and on TheAppsLab blog look at what and how members of the Applications UX team are exploring new concepts. We invite you to join the conversation! Tell us about your experiences with new technology, and how you think they could be used. To read more about what we’ve found, head over to the Usable Apps blog for new posts on Voice, social network integration, and Google Glass. Then check out Jake Kuramoto’s new post about exploring new concepts on TheAppsLab blog.

Support for building your own good usability practices
Visit the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog for a new post from Misha Vaughan, an Oracle Applications User Experience director, to see what she writes about “Six Things You Can Do Today to Jump-Start Your User Experience for Enterprise Applications.” Her post tells you how to build in good usability practices, even on a small budget.


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