Friday May 20, 2016

Blurr the cloud lining with NetSuite: Introducing NetSuite Cloud Adapter on Oracle Integration Cloud Service by Rajesh Kalra

clip_image001NetSuite is a leading SaaS business software suite for ERP/financials, eCommerce, and order management. NetSuite cloud applications are commonly used by many mid-market and enterprise level companies, to streamline operations and provide real time visibility for better and faster decisions.

Oracle has introduced an all new NetSuite cloud adapter, in the latest release of its iPaaS -Integration Cloud Service (ICS). This new addition to the catalog of cloud adapters provides agility for NetSuite integrations, and enables organizations to access NetSuite content across business flows quickly and seamlessly.

The NetSuite cloud adapter provides rich and intuitive design time capabilities viz. functional categories of objects to select the business object(s) for integration, besides delivering the elevated user experience common to all cloud adapters.

Now Sales teams at any company can leverage the ICS iPaaS solution to build a lead-to-cash process from any SaaS based CRM (Oracle Sales Cloud or Salesforce.com) to NetSuite, creating quotes/orders in real time, thus eliminating manual order entry. They can access latest financial information, order status, or product availability via the NetSuite cloud adapter, and slash financial close. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Nov 01, 2015

Boost Sales Productivity and Lead Generation with Oracle Cloud Adapters for Sales Cloud and Eloqua by Rajesh Kalra

clip_image002With the mission to drive sales results, and sell anywhere and anytime, many organizations are adopting Oracle Sales Cloud, a key component of Oracle Customer Experience Solution.  The deal velocity increases along with the productivity of the sales teams with modern selling tools using Oracle Sales Cloud.

For customers to confidently and conveniently convert more pipelines into error free quotes, and progress them into orders in the back office, as well as to collaborate more with other applications in the Customer Experience stack via rich set of integrations, Oracle Cloud Adapter for Oracle Sales Cloud is being introduced.

Oracle Eloqua, Oracle's leading Cross-Channel Marketing Solution, enables marketers to plan and execute automated marketing campaigns.  Integration between Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud and any SaaS or on-premise CRM application is enabled by the new Oracle Cloud Adapter for Oracle Eloqua Cloud Service, driving faster progression of marketing leads to sales opportunities, and unified customer data management.

These all new cloud adapters for SaaS applications - Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter and Oracle Eloqua Cloud Adapter provide rich and intuitive design time capabilities as well as run time efficiency.   Oracle is extending its Cloud to on-premise integration solution portfolio by releasing these cloud adapters on its premier integration platform Oracle SOA Suite 12c.

The Sales organizations will also benefit from their investment in the Oracle Sales Cloud application in various other integrated business processes by leveraging the Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter, such as:

  • Closed Loop Analysis for Marketing campaigns:  The integrated marketing with Eloqua for progression of leads can be extended to analysis of marketing campaigns and responses.
  • Sales and Service co-ordination:  The customer information can shared across with service teams, as well as visibility to the service requests can be provided to the sales teams for better account management.
  • Lead to Order:  The leads/opportunities can be progressed to orders in the back office order management systems (viz. E-Business Suite, SAP).

You can access the datasheets, documentation, and more information on this website.

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Monday May 19, 2014

Zero to SOA in Minutes! Announcing the SOA/BPM 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance By Rajesh Raheja

I am pleased to announce the availability of Oracle's SOA/BPM/OSB 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance. This VirtualBox virtual machine is meant for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not certified, nor licensed for any production use. It is our most comprehensive virtual machine to date, with the following Oracle products installed, configured and functionally integrated within the appliance:

  • Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 (64-bit)
  • Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2
  • Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.0 (includes Service Bus)
  • Oracle Event Processing 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7.1
  • Oracle Webcenter Content (Enterprise Content Management) 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle Webcenter Suite 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle Webcenter Portal 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle JRockit
  • Java SE Development Kit

Refer to the README document for full details on the appliance features, installation guide, memory configurations, URLs, credentials and other recommended software.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do we need a SOA Developer Virtual Machine? Virtual Machines (VM) play an important role in increasing developer productivity; saving hours, if not days, of provisioning effort in standing up a fully functional, configured Fusion Middleware platform for testing and evaluation. Think of it as your very own Platform as a Service (PaaS) on your laptop/desktop!

What can I use the VM for? A developer VM can prove useful for a variety of reasons: quick internal demos, proof of concepts, testing etc. For those new to Oracle SOA or BPM Suite, it can serve as a powerful tool to learn these technologies, which is why it is very popular for developer learning and training sessions. In fact, the VM includes pre-configured lab artifacts - "PO Processing" and "Sales Quote" - that are used in Oracle instructor-led training sessions and in the "Getting Started" books on Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPM Suite.

What benefits does the VM provide beyond simply installing the Oracle SOA Suite? For enterprise development, installation of Oracle SOA Suite (or any single piece of software for that matter) is only a fraction of the overall effort needed to build an end-to-end configured development environment. Typical effort in standing up an integrated software stack on a "bare-metal" would involve the following provisioning tasks:

  • Create base image: Install supported version of the Linux OS e.g. Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, EC2 AMIs etc.
  • Setup base image: Security policies, firewalls, port forwarding rules, hard drive partitions on block storage
  • Install pre-requisite software: Java, Database
  • Install Fusion Middleware: SOA Suite, BPM Suite, Web Center and any other modules, run RCU with correct schema names and passwords
  • Setup Fusion Middleware: WLS domain with correct templates needed for SOA+BPM+BAM+Service Bus+WebCenter
  • Configure Modules: Association between BPM and WebCenter Content/Portal with the correct security setup 
  • Install additional tools/software: JDeveloper IDE, extensions
  • Optimize the environment: WLS console properties, front-end host, external listen address etc. for your network topology
  • Create accounts: Seed demo user accounts with email addresses (or other user accounts)

While you can always automate the above-mentioned steps, having a pre-provisioned DevOps style machine image can help you reduce development costs. It can get you from zero to a fully working SOA environment in minutes, on any developer's laptop. The benefits go beyond simply time to provision, it allows you to do more with less resources. For example, the VM allows developers to quickly switch between multiple running instances, each testing a new feature or version without the need for additional hardware.

We sincerely hope you enjoy using this VM and would love to hear your feedback!

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Tip from Giuliano Bonardi Us the latest version of  Virtualbox (4.3.10) downloaded from VirtualBox Community website here. Virtualbox 4.3.8 might not work with the image!


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Monday Mar 10, 2014

Oracle SOA Black Belt Cheat Sheets (Free Download of the Year!) By Rajesh Raheja

'This is the season of giving, so for this last post of the year, I am pleased to share and make available some of our most requested cheat sheets used internally and by various implementation partners world wide. These cheat sheets were created as a part of the Oracle SOA Black Belt training sessions - advanced hands-on workshops that are available only to experienced Oracle SOA practitioners to gain deeper insight into the workings of the engine, enabling them to architect scalable solutions. If you have gone through this workshop, or have been working with the BPEL engine, I hope you will find this as a handy resource.

In case you are curious about this "black belt" workshop, here is a day-by-day blog written by one of our attendee.

And if you are wondering, yes, in some locations, we actually do hand out physical black belts - thanks to Jürgen Kress' SOA Community. Please feel free to follow the tweets for more pictures.

Click on the below links to download each Cheatsheet. In case of any errors or if you would like to see more such collateral, please do provide us your feedback.

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Monday Feb 17, 2014

Cloud to On-Premise Connectivity Patterns By Rajesh RahejaDo you have a requirement to convert an Opportunity in Salesforce.com to an Order/Quote in Oracle E-Business Suite? Or maybe you want the creation of an Oracle RightNow Incident to trigger an on-pr

Do you have a requirement to convert an Opportunity in Salesforce.com to an Order/Quote in Oracle E-Business Suite? Or maybe you want the creation of an Oracle RightNow Incident to trigger an on-premise Oracle E-Business Suite Service Request creation for RMA and Field Scheduling? If so, read on.

In a previous blog post, I discussed integrating TO cloud applications, however the use cases above are the reverse i.e. receiving data FROM cloud applications (SaaS) TO on-premise applications/databases that sit behind a firewall. Oracle SOA Suite is assumed to be on-premise with with Oracle Service Bus as the mediation and virtualization layer. The main considerations for the patterns are are security i.e. shielding enterprise resources; and scalability i.e. minimizing firewall latency. Let me use an analogy to help visualize the patterns: the on-premise system is your home - with your most valuable possessions - and the SaaS app is your favorite on-line store which regularly ships (inbound calls) various types of parcels/items (message types/service operations). You need the items at home (on-premise) but want to safe guard against misguided elements of society (internet threats) who may masquerade as postal workers and vandalize property (denial of service?). Let's look at the patterns. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

SOA Suite Cloud Integrations by Rajesh Raheja

How to do hybrid cloud integration using Oracle SOA Suite.

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