Wednesday May 27, 2015

Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is available

clip_image002Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is  availability.

ICS Partner quotes

  • “Easy integration of enterprise systems!” Jacco Cijsouw, Amis
  • “Take integration to a new level!” Rob de Haan, RedBlue “Fantastic encapsulation of complex integration problems within a Business friendly tool” Daniel Alves, eProseed
  • “A game changer for enterprise cloud integration” André Evensen, Acando
  • “IPaaS will become more important. With ICS now Oracle enter this market and provide the possibility to integrate applications on a stable infrastructure basis in the Cloud” Marcel Mertin, ec4u
  • Going to discover what is in the cloud - use Oracle ICS, Andreas Chatziantoniou, Foxglove IT
  • “Pay what you use and be able to scale” Gerald Reif, IPT
  • “You know Oracle’s on to something, when building the integration in the cloud is just as user friendly and fast as using the cloud applications we’re tying together.” Jan Van Hoef, Contribute
  • “Make your cloud come to life.” Mario Sosic, The Future Group
  • “With ICS and rest of cloud services, Oracle is now fully committed to penetrate the iPaaS market that has been until date dominated by Dell Boomi’s, Mulesoft’s and the like. However Oracle we are positive that with all the cloud services Oracle will have the most comprehensive suite of cloud services in the market” Luis Weir HCL & Arturo Viveros S&P Solutions
  • “Cloud will be the THING this year and Oracle is taking the right direction with creating the Integration, Process, Mobile, Java and Developer Cloud Services. It has a slick UI design and it works responsive.” Robert van Mölken, Amis

ICS demo system: We are in process to make the PaaS Services available via GSE. Please make sure that you request our GSE access here. SOA Specialized Partners and member of the SOA & BPM Partner Community can access ICS demo viewlets here.

ICS presentation, whitepaper, video, datasheet & marketing kit At our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required) we posted

ICS ppt presentation

ICS click demo

ICS video

ICS white paper-use-cases

ICS data sheet

ICS marketing kit

ICS Partners: Looking for a SOA Specialized Partner which can support you with your ICS implementation? Visit the solutions catalog here, and search for your local SOA Specialized partner have trained & certified consultants and implemented successful SOA customer projects. Across EMEA more than 1000 companies are Specialized in SOA! Find local Specialized partners by product www.oracle.com/specialized & learn more about ICS here

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Sunday May 24, 2015

https://soacommunity.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/mobile-suite-service-bus-rest-and-adf-bc-soap-by-andrejus-baranovskis/


clip_image002One of the key parts of Oracle Mobile Suite 12c offering is Service Bus product. This is logical choice - Service Bus allows to transform complex SOAP Web Service data into simplified REST format, preferred by mobile client. I think it is essential to use Service Bus, when implementing enterprise mobile applications. It makes sense to learn how Oracle Service Bus works. I would recommend to start from Steven Davelaar excellent tutorial article, available here - Creating a Mobile-Optimized REST API Using Oracle Service Bus – Part 2.
I have created my own ADF BC application with SOAP WS - findEmployees method (filters by first and last name). Here you can download both applications - MobileServiceBusApp_v1.zip. Keep in mind, for some reason Service Bus server doesn't start with JDEV 12c BPM Default Domain, it works only with JDEV 12c SOA Default Domain. Make sure to check, which JDEV you are using, you can check the list features installed: ADF BC SOAP service is implemented to support Master-Detail (Employee - Department Managed by Employee) structure: Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Feb 08, 2015

SOA Suite 12c: Getting started with the Spring Component by Maarten Smeets

clip_image001The Oracle SOA Suite Spring component has been present since SOA Suite 11.1.1.3 (11gR1 PS2). This component allows easy integration of Java code with other SOA Suite components such as (among others) BPEL, BPM and Business Rules. In SOA Suite 12c (12.1.3.0) this component is still present. In This blog post I will provide a short example on how it can be used and how the first problem I encountered with this component can be avoided.

Implementation

First create a SOA Application and an empty project. Next create a Java class with a public method and extract an interface with the public method. You can also supply JARs in the SCA-INF/lib folder of the project with the class/interface.

The result in this example. The Java class extends the interface. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

2 Minute Tech Tip: Continous Integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c

Taking advantage of the continuous integration capabilities in Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c "will make your life a lot easier," says Oracle ACE Director Ronald van Luttikhuizen. Watch the video here.

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Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Tame the Cloud Integration Beast

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View the eBook: Integrate the Cloud.
Software as a service is widely known for its ease of deployment. Less understood is the integration rat's nest that can result when many SaaS applications are introduced within a company without a cohesive strategy.

Dain Hansen, director of integration product marketing for Oracle, says problems result when organizations bring in various cloud apps without a well-planned strategy that also takes into account on-premise software and systems.

"It's just so hard to get things to talk together," says Hansen.

SaaS offerings have become very popular because they can be implemented quickly and easily by business units and individual users. Yet, because some of that implementation is outside the purview of IT organizations and others are simply stand-alone, it has led to a proliferation of online technology assets that are isolated from on-premise systems, unable to tap into valuable data stores or other sources of business expertise. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Feb 02, 2015

Cloud Adapter – Advanstar Customers Insights Webcast Went Live Today

clip_image002When your company tagline is "Connecting our Customers with Theirs", you can't afford to get integration wrong.   Watch this brief on-demand webcast now to learn why Advanstar chose Oracle integration including the new Oracle Cloud Adapters to replace their legacy integration solution to simplify IT and provide real time synchronization between cloud and on-premise applications.

As you may have seen at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, there has been tremendous interest in the new Oracle Cloud Adapters for simplifying the cloud to on-premises integration challenge.  In this webcast by Advanstar and OSI Consulting, you will learn how Advanstar used the "Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com" to connect their sales reps to Oracle E-Business Suite.  As described in the webcast, here were some of the challenges that drove them to the Oracle Solution:

Challenges Prior to the Oracle Solution:

  • Informatica batch integration using a cloud replication service was not acceptable
  • Lack of real-time integration
  • Data replication jobs ran into each other causing conflicts
  • High volume caused increased problems

Oracle Integration Solution Benefits:

  • Simplified cloud integration using the new Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce.com
  • Faster integration of future applications
  • Instant updates for sales reps - real time data synchronization

Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Feb 01, 2015

Cloud Computing Definition & Architecture for Cloud Service Brokers

With the launch of the Oracle Cloud PaaS Platforms we will make the SOA & BPM Partner Community cloud ready. In this article series we will lay the foundation for cloud computing including definition and concepts.

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Cloud Computing Hype Introduction

Cloud Computing Definition and Criteria

Concepts in Cloud Computing

Industry focus & use case Cloud Computing Providers & Consumers

Differences between Cloud Definitions

NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture

Cloud Broker

Types Cloud Broker

Challenges Cloud Broker


Cloud Computing Hype Introduction

image Why is everyone talking about cloud computing? Drawn-out, expensive IT projects that are planned and implemented with few benefits for the business stakeholders are commonplace. In contrast, cloud computing offers business users the chance to immediately implement services with usage-based billing that are tailored to their requirements, often without the need to consult with the IT department.

However, aspects including security, architecture, availability, and standards are often not evaluated. Cloud consumers find themselves at the mercy of the cloud provider. Scenarios that require changing cloud providers after a cloud provider goes bankrupt, and the associated moving of data and/or applications, have not yet been sufficiently tested. Business continuity should play a key role from the start of a cloud evaluation process.

One of the greatest challenges here is the integration of existing data and systems into the cloud solution. Without integration spanning clouds and on premise systems, processes can only be executed in isolation, leading to cloud-specific silos of isolated solutions. Important information for users is not available across processes and systems. Problems that would have occurred in the company's internal IT are now shifted to the cloud provider. To prevent "legacy clouds" or solutions that are hard to maintain, it is important to manage the entire architecture proactively and, in particular, the integration into the cloud. Even if cloud providers want us to believe otherwise, not every aspect of IT can be outsourced to cloud solutions!

Cloud Computing Definition and Criteria

Cloud computing is a model for usage-based network access to a common pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage systems, applications, and services) that can be provided and used quickly. IP-based services are requested via self-service and used online independently. A prerequisite for this is a broadband Internet connection with low latency. The IT resources are bundled into pools and provided as required. Billing is based on the services used. *1

Concepts in Cloud Computing

In cloud computing, the following models are differentiated on the basis of horizontal scaling:

· Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) - provides a hardware platform as a service, such as Amazon EC2 or Oracle Compute Service (now in preview)

· Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) - provides a software platform as a service, such as Google Apps Engine or Oracle Java Cloud

· Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) - allows applications and functions to be outsourced by virtualizing cloud providers' hardware and software and providing the functions as services, such as Salesforce CRM [REF-1] or Oracle Sales Cloud

In deployment models, distinctions are made according to availability and installation location. Public clouds are services that are available to the public on the Internet. Private clouds are internal company services. Hybrid clouds and community clouds represent mixtures of these models, such as when Amazon computing power is used in the event of a failure or overload of an internal company cloud application.

Industry focus & use case Cloud Computing Providers & Consumers

clip_image005Large companies for which IT plays a central role or represents a competitive advantage often build internal company cloud solutions in their own data centers “private clouds”. Small and medium enterprises frequently use public cloud services. A further distinguishing feature is the cloud consumer focus. In the business-to-business segment, private clouds are predominantly used, while in the business-to-consumer segment the majority are public clouds (Figure: 1).

Differences between Cloud Definitions

Thomas Erl, Ricardo Puttini and Zaigham Mahmood define cloud computing in his latest book “Cloud Computing Concepts, Technology & Architecture”. Based on the NIST cloud computing definition they add “ubiquitous access” as a cloud characteristic, to reflect the trend that more and more services are used on mobile devices. As cloud computing becomes more and more adopted also in b2b services, companies run mission critical applications on a global level in the cloud, resiliency of this services becomes important. Therefore Thomas Erl Ricardo Puttini and Zaigham Mahmood add also “resiliency” to the cloud characteristics.*2

Wikipedia defined cloud computing more from a consumer perspective. The article highlights that cloud computing is often used as a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition.*3. From my perspective the NIST definition is widely accepted between b2b vendors. Many software vendors try to brand their solutions as cloud solution, or cloud enabled solutions without to respect the NIST cloud definition. This reflects the change of the IT industry caused by cloud computing.

NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture

Together with the “The NIST Cloud Definition of Cloud Computing” the “NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture” lays the theoretical foundation of cloud computing. The NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture extends the definition by a reference architecture and a taxonomy. An additional actor and role model is introduced. The cloud provider offers IaaS, PaaS or SaaS services to the cloud consumer. Between them a cloud broker might offer service intermediation, service aggregation and service arbitrage. These services become more important as cloud services need to be integrated with on premise and integrated or exchanged between different cloud providers. A cloud carrier transports the cloud services from the cloud provider to the cloud consumer. A cloud auditor might support the cloud consumer and cloud provider in security, privacy impact and performance audits*4

Cloud Broker

NIST and Gartner define three different types of cloud brokers:


Service Intermediation

Provides value added services on top of a cloud platform. An example is the Force identity service from Salesforce. This identity service can be used to identify users across several cloud services.


Service Aggregation

Ensures the interoperability between different cloud services. An example is Boomi from Dell. The service let cloud consumers integrate for example a Salesforce CRM system with a Netleger billing system and or an on premise solution. As IT System are often historical grown and rally build on a green field approach cloud aggregation becomes key for cloud adoption.


Service Arbitration

A cloud service arbitrage provides flexibility and an “opportunistic choices” by offering multiple similar services to select from.*5 Heroku for example lets the cloud consumer choose between different cloud services. The cloud consumer might increase service level agreements or reduce the dependency from one cloud provider by a service arbitration service.

Key Benefits of Cloud Brokers

Key benefits of cloud brokers might include:

• Cloud interoperability: Integration between several cloud offerings

• Cloud portability: Move application between different cloud vendors

• Different data models between cloud offerings

• Modular services between several cloud offerings e.g. security, document or notification services to increase developer productivity and user usability & security

• Increase business continuity by reducing dependency from one cloud provider

• Increase SLAs by leverage multiple cloud provider


Challenges Cloud Brokers

Large leading cloud providers e.g. Google or Salesforce try to offer comprehensive services & platforms for cloud consumers. Often they are not interested to enable cloud broker services which might enable cloud consumer to choose or broker between different cloud providers. Sometimes their strategy can be characterized as a vendor log-in. Today no industry wide standard for cloud brokers is developed. To enable seamless service aggregation on a process level, between different cloud providers a meta-data model between them needs to be established. This model needs to include joint business objects and services to ensure seamless processes across multiple cloud providers.

Cloud consumers Dependencies based on Service Layer

The risk of such a vendor login might be based on the service model the cloud consumer chooses. The higher the service model, less has to build by the cloud consumer, more is provided by the cloud provider, the higher the risk of vendor login:

Service Model

Risk vendor login

Advice

SaaS

High

Same application on-premise available

PaaS

Medium

Standard programming language available several clouds

IaaS

Low

Operating & Virtualization technologies

With the need of cloud Brokers versus the trend to build whole cloud Economies by one dominant player this might be one of the most challenging and exciting areas of cloud computing in the next years. Today cloud consumers might carefully evaluate this in the cloud selection phase to ensure business continuity.*6


References

  1. NIST Definition Cloud Computing
  2. „Cloud Computing Concepts, Technology & Architecture” Thomas Erl, Zaigham Mahmood, Ricardo Puttini, PRENTICE HALL June 2013
  3. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
  4. NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture
  5. Gartner
  6. NIST Definition Cloud Computing

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Monday Jan 19, 2015

Smart Combo – Cloud Integration Webcast January 26th 2015

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Cloud Integration – Unified and Comprehensive Cloud and On-premise Integration Discover the Value for Partners

Simplify cloud integration with a unified and comprehensive solution to integrate disparate cloud and on-premise applications. Oracle cloud integration leverages Oracle Cloud services as well as components from Oracle’s SOA, BPM, and data integration technologies.

Speakers will be:
– Olivier Tordo, Channel Sales – Senior Director
– Richard Lefebvre, Director CRM Partner Programs EMEA
– Yogesh Sontakke, Principal Product Manager

Details and registration: » 26 January – 2 PM CET (1 hour)

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Monday Dec 29, 2014

BPM Integration Days February 26th & 27th 2015 in Munich Germany

image Am 26. bis 27. Februar 2015 präsentiert das Business Technology Magazin die BPM & Integration Days 2015 in München.
Vier der bekanntesten deutschsprachigen BPM-Profis - Torsten Winterberg, Danilo Schmiedel und Dr. Marcus Winteroll zeigen Ihnen in diesem Trainingsevent Schritt für Schritt wie Sie prozessorientierte IT-Lösungen optimal entwickeln und aktuelle Standards ef­fizient einsetzen.

Das erwartet Sie!
Im Laufe der beiden Trainingstage wird der komplette Lebenszyklus eines Projekts zur Geschäftsprozessautomatisierung beispielhaft vermittelt werden. Beginnend mit der Anforderungsaufnahme, wird im weiteren Verlauf aufgezeigt, welche Lösungsanteile am besten mit der BPMN 2.0 umgesetzt werden können und in welchen Fällen Ansätze aus dem Adaptive Case Management zum Einsatz kommen.
Klar de­finierte Abläufe werden mithilfe der BPMN 2.0 (Business Process Model and Notation) zur Ausführung gebracht, flexible zu gestaltende Geschäftsprozesse mittels der CMMN (Case Management Model and Notation). Abgerundet wird das Training durch eine Vorstellung der DMN (Decision Model and Notation), um die Struktur von Entscheidungen zu analysieren, die im Laufe der Geschäftsprozesse zu treffen sind. Nachdem alle nötigen Grundlagen gelegt sind, erklären die Trainer mithilfe verschiedener BPM-Plattformen wie camunda sowie Oracle BPM Suite, wie alle erstellten Modelle in lauffähige, prozessbasierte Software gegossen werden.
An wen richtet sich das Training?
Das Trainingsevent richtet sich an alle, die in prozessbasierten IT-Projekten an Lösungsstrukturen arbeiten, also vorrangig an Softwarearchitekten, Entwickler und Modellierer, aber auch an Systemanalytiker, die mit ihren Entwicklern besser kommunizieren wollen. Das Training ist zudem für Projektmanager geeignet, da sie so Gründe und Methoden für Strukturentscheidungen kennen lernen und somit ihre Teams optimal aufstellen können.


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Wir wünschen Ihnen ein besinnliches Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Mobile Integration Using Oracle Service Bus Oracle Service Bus 12c

Mobile Integration Using Oracle Service Bus Oracle Service Bus 12c enables enterprises to deliver on mobile as an extension of the integration platform . Developers can create REST /JSON APIs and simplify the process of creating customizable applications from reusable components. Oracle Service Bus 12c makes it easy to extend onpremise and cloud applications to the mobile channel. Read the datasheet here.

Oracle Service Bus 12c enables enterprises to deliver on mobile as an extension of the integration platform. Developers can create REST/JSON APIs and simplify the process of creating customizable applications from reusable components. Oracle Service Bus 12c makes it easy to extend on-premise and cloud applications to the mobile channel.
The Oracle Mobile Suite utilizes standard technologies and tools to expose many data formats for exchange data and functions with any mobile application and includes Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Mobile Application Framework. Oracle Service Bus supports all types of connections between applications on mobile devices and back end business systems including the popular REST/JSON.
Using Service Bus, organizations can shield front-end mobile applications from changes that might occur in the backend. They can also shield mobile developers from often intricate and complex details of underlying implementations of back-end applications, such as legacy protocols. In addition, Service Bus can simplify and reduce the information exposed by API interfaces to ensure both optimization of bandwidth and greater control on information shared with mobile users.
Oracle Service Bus is a part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c. It introduces a REST binding within JDeveloper to simplify mobile enablement by exposing traditional SOAP services, Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), JCA adapters connecting backend applications or just about any other underlying implementation through REST/JSON. The REST binding is available for SOA composites and Oracle Service Bus services and allows the configuration of REST interactions as exposed service or proxy service. It also allows the invocation of externally available REST services.

To learn more on Oracle Service Bus 12c for Mobile Integration:
Datasheet for Mobile Integration using Oracle Service Bus 12c
Screencast on Mobile Enablement with SOA by Suhash Uliyar, VP of Mobile Strategy at Oracle
Customer Stories:
Agilent Delivers on Mobile Strategy with Oracle SOA
Ricoh Differentiates Business with Mobile Enablement
Blog Series on Simplifying Mobile Integration with SOA:
1. Simplifying Enterprise Mobile Integration
2. Mobile Service Enablement with Oracle Service Bus
3. API Management as a Solution to Mobile Enablement

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