Matt Brasier, Head of Consulting at C2B2 and author of the ‘Oracle SOA Suite 11g Cookbook’, recently delivered a series of webinars giving an overview of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, and what viewers need to know about it.
Matt is a Professional Services Consultant and has over 13 years experience in tuning enterprise Java applications. Having worked on jobs from small in-house solutions to large Government projects, Matt has experience of working across a broad range of industries.
As Head of Consulting at C2B2, Matt works alongside a number of certified SOA Suite Consultants. C2B2 are Oracle Gold partners and deliver expertise through a combination of consulting and remote support. The company have a lot of experience working with WebLogic, Oracle SOA Suite stack and Oracle integration stacks.
The improvements and new features in Oracle SOA Suite 12c have been split into 3 core areas;
1. Productivity improvements have been made across the whole range of SOA Suite components and services, with the biggest developments being around jumpstart templates, lightweight footprint and unified design tools.
2. Cloud integration has also been a big driver for change. Users now have the ability to not only integrate their own on premise applications, servers and components using SOA Suite, but can also bring in their Software as a Service providers (SaaS).
3. Another key area that Oracle have focused on in this release is mobile integration and mobile devices.
Productivity improvements are the key reasons why Oracle SOA Suite 12c is important. These improvements allow users to do what they need to with Oracle SOA Suite, but quicker and more efficiently.
The biggest productivity improvement is the jumpstart distribution for developers. These are single bundle installations that contain Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus or Oracle BPM in a single archive, containing a tool that builds a WebLogic domain. All components are preconfigured and plugged into a database that’s already been created and has all of the data already. Users can simply get up and running and start developing applications without needing to do large amounts of deploying, patching or adding products on top of products.
Test build environments are also easier to get up and running. These are small, single server domains that aren't designed for production use, but are a good way of getting developers started and getting people up-skilled in Oracle SOA Suite. These quick start distributions make a big difference to training purposes.
Unified design interface is another useful improvement in Oracle SOA Suite 12c - it's about ensuring the user interface looks and behaves the same across the various tools available; web interfaces and the Oracle J Developer interface in particular.
There are also a number of enhancements to testing and debugging, making it easier to debug things going on in Oracle SOA Suite in case something's not behaving as expected.
Cloud Integration brings a lot of crucial business benefits, making it one of the key areas for growth in Service Oriented Architecture, and integration in general. Read the complete article here.
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