Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Congratulations WebCenter Winners of 2013 Fusion Middleware Innovation

On the WebCenter Team, we are really fortunate to have great customers and partners around the world that are continually pushing the envelope for what they can do with our products to help serve their employees, customers and partners. 

Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware InnovationThis year was a very difficult year for the panel of judges to make the winner selections because there were so many fantastic nominations that proved in a multitude of different ways that in order to grow your company or organization, you need to manage and share information efficiently, maximize the value of transactions through self-service and deliver engaging online experiences for your customers, partners and employees in all their interactions with your company. 

Our customers are doing this together with WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Content, WebCenter Imaging and WebCenter Portal integrated with both Fusion Middleware and other Oracle Apps. 

In evaluating the nominations from all over the world this year, our judges looked for nominations that really maximized success across the WebCenter portfolio and the selected winners were:

Choice Hotels International (US)

Statoil Fuel & Retail (Sweden)

Congratulations Choice Hotels International and Statoil Fuel & Retail

Choice Hotels International 

Choice Hotels International
(LtoR: Tony Rems – Managing Partner of Thought Matrix, Paul Elliott - Manager, Content Management & Support Services Development, Choice Hotels and Jothi Sankaranarayanan,  Lead CMS Developer at Choice Hotels)

Choice Hotels with their partner Thought-Matrix

Choice Hotels is a global hotel franchise with 6000+ franchisees. Choice is in the process of completely re-building their distribution platform for the next generation.  They currently process and distribute over $6B worth of reservation activity to the franchisees of Choice Hotels. To continue to grow and support the strategic business initiatives of the company they needed to address the primary vehicle for delivering business to their customers.  Their current platform was an amalgam of 25 years of development on disparate systems that offered limited inter-operability and scalability.  A strategic decision was made to adopt the Oracle technology stack to build out this new platform

 They introduced more self-service opportunities to their business to create greater empowerment and flexibility, thus reducing the dependency on IT to introduce new features to their production systems. They are using WebCenter Sites as their web content management systems deployed for their International Websites. Standardizing on WebCenter Sites has allowed them to consolidate four different Content Management System platforms and created a Content Center of Excellence making it easier for any of their business users to take advantage of the WYSIWYG interface.

They also took advantage of WebCenter Portal to introduce a new company intranet and extranet to replace their antiquated proprietary system.  The fresh new interface for the users will allow them to take advantage of portals to quickly address matters that require their attention.

Perhaps the biggest win at the enterprise level is standardizing on the Oracle platform. They have seen tremendous benefits by being standardized on a focused set of tools and applications.  Their development, testing, administration, and database engineers now have greater flexibility and mobility throughout their enterprise.  Since they all have the same relative skill set, they can flex on certain projects in order to get them to market quicker.  No more Sys Admins having to learn the ins and outs of a particular system and its idiosyncrasies because everything is now a standard Oracle deployment.

Congratulations Choice Hotels!


Statoil Fuel & Retail

Statoil Fuel & Retail
(From R to L : Pandurang Ranjalkar, Mukesh Aghi, Rakesh Pande, Vegar Bøthun (Statoil), GV Rao, Arvind Ankalikar, Scott Howley (Oracle), Santosh Borse, Michael Snow (Oracle))

Statoil Fuel & Retail with their partner L&T Infotech

Statoil Fuel & Retail is a leading Scandinavian road transport fuel retailer that operates across 8 different countries and delivers aviation fuel at 85 airports and produces & sells 750 different lubricant products apart from road transport fuel for both B2B and B2C customer profiles.

Statoil and their partner, L&T Infotech conducted an implementation of JD Edwards ERP to replace the existing SAP ERP and Portals, consolidating 10 existing portals into a single enterprise portal with integration using Fusion Middleware, Portal development using Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Content Management, OBIEE, Oracle CRM on-demand, Single sign-on using Identity Management for JD Edwards, Treasury System, WRECS, and Role allocation using IDM.  At the same time, Statoil setup Oracle WebCenter Content as a centralized document storage integrated with the ERP solution replacing existing IBM Content Management and IBM OnDemand.

Overall the main driving goal was to offer a completely redesigned portal for an easy, secure, scalable and user friendly web application to increase their web footprint and expand Statoil Fuel & Retail’s online business.  

Congratulations Statoil Fuel and Retail!







Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

OOW13-FMW Innovation Awards

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Lan Research Theater

2013 Oracle Excellence Awards for
Fusion Middleware Innovation

We joined together on Monday afternoon at Oracle OpenWorld in the beautiful Lam Research Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to celebrate the winners of Fusion Middleware Innovation.

Our relationship with our customers and partners is a relationship whereby we provide ongoing technology innovation and our customers and partners take that technology and teach us new ways to innovate.

Striving for success is what drives Oracle and its customers and partners to continually discover innovative uses for Oracle technology and to deploy successful and groundbreaking solutions and best practices.

This program started 7 years ago with the intent of recognizing customers for achieving significant business value through innovative uses of Oracle Fusion Middleware. When we first held the awards in 2007, we received 68 submissions across just a few categories and products. 

For the last 7 years we have recognized and honored close to 150 award winners spanning multiple categories across Fusion Middleware. This year, we received over 260+ nominations from Oracle Fusion Middleware customers across 8 categories. This year we selected 18 winners. The award is global and every year, we are grateful to receive submissions from around the world.

The success of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation program is due to the support of our Oracle leads, product teams, sales teams, marketing, senior management, judges, partners and user group communities. However, the true success of the award program has always been our customers that have taken the time to submit their nominations and compete intensely for the chance to become a recognized leader of Innovation.

Congratulations to all our Fusion Middleware Innovation Winners for 2013!

Oracle Excellence Awards Fusion Middleware Innovation


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK AND FUSION DEVELOPMENT

Infotech
  • Mobile system includes 7/24 tracking, management, messaging & reporting services. Back tracking up to 6 months. More productive – less fuel expense and faster service delivery
  • 5,000 tps with multilingual solution supporting more than 50,000 mobile devices tracked. Number of vehicles in the system increased 3X in 6 months
  • Sales revenue has doubled while maintenance cost per mobile unit dropped by 50% with over 800 customers worldwide. Full Oracle technology stack implementation


Schneider National Inc
  • Decreased number of vendors that are part of the technology platform resulting in a complete Oracle Technology Stack
  • Lowered the cost of ownership to build and maintain their custom applications with 3X improvement in how applications were previously built
  • Met all user requirements across many applications and services with rich UI functionality leveraging ADF as the base for mobile development


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE AND BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT

Telefonica Movistar Mexico and their partner S&P Solutions
  • Offered a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) platform to their business partners leveraging Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Enterprise Repository on Exalogic integration with Tuxedo based applications
  • Supports both JSON/REST services for a self-service mobile (iOS, Android) application and SOAP services for other client applications
  • Achieved a 20% annual ROI and a 40% reduction in Time to Market


Wyndham Exchange and Rentals
  • Provides a 360-degree experience  for WER customers leveraging e-commerce, mobile commerce, social and cloud offerings on a SOA platform
  • Replaced  all heavyweight point-to-point WebMethods integrations to legacy mainframe API’s  with 100’s of stateless web services and orchestrations implemented with Oracle SOA Suite and hosted on Oracle Service Bus
  • Achieved 30% annual ROI, reduce time to market from 12 Months to 12 Weeks, and launched a mobile version of the site which contributes 6% of the overall traffic


Sicredi
  • Corporate portal based on Oracle WebCenter & BPM, unifying all tools and processes such as Loans Approval, running on Exalogic
  • Used Siebel CRM as front-end, connecting it with back-end core banking systems, and using BPM for process automation, WebCenter Content for content management, BAM for monitoring of Business KPI’s
  • All Sicredi employees (around 15,000) in more than 1,100 branches spread across Brazilian territory use this portal. Employees can now vote and approve a loan in less than one day; 300% improvement.

ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE DATA INTEGRATION

Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Oracle GoldenGate solves timeliness, quality and consistency challenges between critical Customer Grading operational systems and its analytics counterpart
  • Oracle Data Integrator makes changes available in analytics systems the same day they are deployed on the operational system with 100% data quality guarantee
  • Reduced time to market for solutions by 3 to 6 months, 100% data consistency between source and target systems, real-time availability of data, material reduction in Business Risk Weighted Assets


The Yalumba Wine Company and their partner Bristlecone
  • Drove rapid growth modernization requirements for existing manufacturing processes to meet globalization demands, overall time-to-market, and better operational efficiency objectives of product development
  • Oracle Data Integrator is leveraged to pull data from Salesforce.com and JD Edwards and other source systems for consumption by data warehouse
  • Provides better visibility for the business users, shorter data loading and transformation performance to their data warehouse with rapid incorporation of new data sources, and a solid future-proof foundation for their organization


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE IDENTITY MANAGEMENT

Putnam Investments and their partner APTEC
  • Migrated 80 core applications from Sun Access Manager to Oracle Access Manager in a year’s time
  • Replaced a competitive Identity Management solution with Oracle Identity Manager to automate access requests and approval workflows
  • Allows Putnam to grow and expand into new market areas like mobile  through a common converged security infrastructure


ANZ Bank and their partner Oracle Consulting
  • Migrated their award winning mobile banking application from an Identity Silo over to the Oracle IDM Platform to provide device registration, authentication, authorizations and application SSO
  • Provides a consistent customer experience regardless of how they access the system (Mobile, Web, ATM…)
  • Using a single security layer resulted in extremely high levels of code reuse and 60% reduction of interfaces needed internally


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
BUSINESS ANALYTICS(ORACLE BI, ORACLE EPM, AND ORACLE EXALYTICS)

WellPoint and their partner InterRel
  • Largest Health Insurer in America and 1st company in the world live on Oracle EPM 11.1.2.3 on Exalytics
  • In response to the Affordable Care Act (2010), their implementation actually reduced the total cost of ownership by 50% with a simpler environment that is faster and easier to maintain
  • Increased performance by up to 4-fold while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars


Sita and their partner Infosys
  • Transformed finance & procurement for a complete end to end integrated reporting and analysis solution
  • Finance shared services center unification powered by Oracle BI Applications, EPM Applications, Essbase, SOA, DRM, Data Integration, E-Business Suite, Oracle Database
  • Just in time analysis of spending delivered to executives and business managers


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE CLOUD APPLICATION FOUNDATION

Pegasus Solutions
  • Connects ~100,000 hotels globally to all global distribution systems (Sabre, Galileo, Wordspan, Amadeus) and major online distributors (Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, etc.)
  • Used sophisticated caching abilities of Coherence to provide excellent user experience, and decrease load to systems
  • Reduced time to complete transactions by 98% ; 25% increase in throughput; increased availability in event of partner service outage


NTT Docomo, Inc.
  • Implemented real time sales and contract management system enabling all services requested by customers for immediate activations before customer leaves the DOCOMO store
  • Business drivers: more robust DR strategy, room to grow the business, and ability to move custom Java development to a platform with built in standards - WebLogic Suite and JRockit
  • Results: better performance; better reliability; better stability: <100msec GC pause time; smooth migration


Telefonica
  • Delivers consolidation, performance, scalability, reduced complexity and OPEX with better monitoring and diagnostics
  • Running over 40,000 Tuxedo services, all fronted by WebLogic Server, managing over 250 M transactions per day; consolidated 26 servers onto 3 Exalogic half racks
  • Resulting in ZERO downtime, 10x performance increase; more than 6,500 million business services executed per month with peaks close to 10 billion


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE WEBCENTER

Choice Hotels and their partner Thought-Matrix
  • Supporting $6B worth of Reservation Activity to 6000+ franchisees.  Over 6M website visits annually. Over 27M page views annually. 6 languages supported
  • Consolidated four different CMS platforms with WebCenter Sites and created a Content Center of Excellence. Local Teams around the world can now easily manage their content
  • Standardized on a platform thus reducing their Total Cost of Ownership and decreasing Time to Market


Statoil Fuel & Retail and their partner L&T Infotech
  • Integrated a single end-to-end solution catering to customers across 8 different countries and languages and multiple profiles (with DB driven translations) to offer fuel and lubricants
  • Solution utilizing the best in class products: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, IDM, SOA, JDE and CRM On-Demand to deliver a fast, secure, robust and scalable solution
  • Consolidated more than 10 existing SAP portals into a common personalized portal for Partners, Station Managers and Support Staff exposing JDE Enterprise One portlets for quick JDE access and integrated enterprise portal


ORACLE FUSION MIDDLEWARE INNOVATION:
ORACLE EXALOGIC ELASTIC CLOUD

University of Melbourne
  • Business transformation including platform refresh and new data center rollout
  • High performance Oracle Exalogic & Exadata platform provides an integrated infrastructure – Currently runs E-Business Suite, Student Portal, Integration & Identity Management
  • The Oracle Exalogic & Exadata solution has enabled 3 Million+ logins in 3 months, 5 seconds maximum response time for all transactions in Student Portal, 20% savings by reusing data services when building new applications


NTT Communications Corporation
  • Ranked No.1 in telecom industry in the Fortune Global 500 and going through business transformation from landline to mobile
  • Improved user experience, capacity, operational workload and provides competitive services and sales tools to support proactive sales activities
  • Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata solution achieved performance requirement of 84M transactions per minute for real time traffic monitoring without packet loss

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There were also 8 Partners recognized across Fusion Middleware as part of these winning nominations and so many others who worked hard to submit nominations that weren’t winning awards this year but certainly deserved one.

Congratulations to these Innovative Oracle Partners!

Oracle Excellence Awards Fusion Middleware Innovation Partners


Monday Sep 09, 2013

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld? Don't Miss This Session!

You Are Invited: Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation 

If you are planning on attending Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks, don't miss this session to meet the winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation.

Join us at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Lam Research TheaterThese awards honor customers for their most innovative and cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware including Oracle WebCenter of course! This was a highly competitive year with record numbers of nominations. This is their opportunity to be recognized for this great achievement and be honored by their industry peers. You are invited to attend and join in the celebration at the beautiful Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Lam Research Theater. 

If you live in the area or are an Oracle Partner with only an Expo pass - Register via our RSVP below and we will provide a complementary code for a Discovery Pass that will allow you to attend the Award Ceremony. Oracle OpenWorld Badges are required for admittance.


Friday Oct 12, 2012

Meet the WebCenter Product Marketing Team!

As we wrap up this week recapping all the great things that happened at Oracle OpenWorld, we thought we'd share with our community the faces behind this blog and the Oracle WebCenter Product Marketing team! With the majority of the team working remotely, OpenWorld is the one time we are all together for an entire week.

L to R: Lance Shaw (WebCenter Content), Christie Flanagan (WebCenter Sites), Peggy Chen (leads WebCenter product marketing), Kellsey Ruppel (WebCenter Portal & Oracle Social Network), & Michael Snow (WebCenter Suite).

Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge: Bezzotech

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

I’ve covered all the entries we had for the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge, the winners, Dimitri and Martin, HarQen, TEAM Informatics and John Sim from Fishbowl Solutions, and today, I’m giving you bonus coverage.

Friend of the ‘Lab, Bex Huff (@bex) from Bezzotech (@bezzotech), had an interesting OpenWorld. He rebounded from an allergic reaction to finish his entry, Honey Badger, only to have his other OpenWorld commitments make him unable to present his work.

Still, he did a bunch of work, and I want to make sure everyone knows about the Honey Badger. If you’re wondering about the name, it’s a meme; “honey badger don’t care.”

Bex tackled a common problem with social tools by adding game mechanics to create an incentive for people to keep their profiles updated. He used a Hot-or-Not style comparison app that poses expertise questions and awards a badge to the winner. Questions are based on whatever attributes the business wants to emphasize.

The goal is to find the mavens in an organization, give them praise and recognition, ideally creating incentive for everyone to raise their games.

In his own words:

There is a real information quality problem in social networks. In last year’s keynote, Larry Elison demonstrated how to use the social network to track down resources that have the skill sets needed for specific projects. But how well would that work in real life? People usually update that information with the basic profile information, but they rarely update their profiles with latest news items, projects, customers, or skills. It’s a pain.

Or, put another way, when was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile?

Enter the Honey Badger! This is a example of a comparator app that gamifies the way people keep their profiles updated, which ensures higher quality data in the social network. An administrator comes up with a series of important questions: Who is a better communicator? Who is a better Java programmer? Who is a better team player? And people would have a space in their profile to give a justification as to why they have these skills.

The second part of the app is the comparator. It randomly shows two people, their names, and their justification for why they have these skills. You will click on one of them to “vote” for them, then on the next page you will see the results from the previous match, and get 2 new people to vote on. Anybody with a winning score wins a “Honey Badge” to be displayed on their profile page, which proudly states that their peers agree that this person has those skills.

Once a badge is won, it will be jealously guarded. The longer your go without updating your profile, the more likely it is that you will lose your badge. This “loss aversion” is well known in psychology, and is a strong incentive for people to keep their profiles up to date. If a user sees their rank drop from 90% to 60%, they will find the time to update their justification!

Unfortunately, during the hackathon we were not allowed to modify the schema to allow for additional fields such as “justification.” So this hack is limited to just the one basic question: who is the bigger Honey Badger?

Here are some shots of the Honey Badger application:

Thanks to Bex and everyone for participating in our challenge. Despite very little time to promote this event, we had a great turnout and creative and useful entries. The amount of work required to put together these final entries was significant, especially during a conference, and the judges and all of us involved were impressed at how much work everyone was able to do.

Congrats to everyone, pat yourselves on the back.

Stay tuned if you’re interested in challenges like these. We’ll likely be running similar events in the not-so-distant future.

Thursday Oct 11, 2012

Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge: Fishbowl Solutions

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

Today, I give you the final entry in the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge, held last week during OpenWorld.

This one comes from Friend of the ‘Lab and Fishbowl Solutions (@fishbowle20) hacker, John Sim (@jrsim_uix), whom you might remember from his XBox Kinect demo at COLLABORATE 12 (presentation slides and abstract) hacks and other exploits with WebCenter.

We put this challenge together specifically for developers like John, who like to experiment with new tools and push the envelope of what’s possible and build cool things, and as you can see from his entry John did just that, mashing together Google Maps and Oracle Social Network into a mobile app built with PhoneGap that uses the device’s camera and GPS to keep teams on the move in touch.

He calls it a Mobile GeoTagging Solution, but I think Avengers Assemble! would have equally descriptive, given that was obviously his inspiration. Here’s his description of the mobile app:

My proposed solution was to design and simplify GeoLocation mapping, and automate updates for users and teams on the move; who don’t have access to a laptop or want to take their ipads out – but allow them to make quick updates to OSN and upload photos taken from their mobile device – there and then.

As part of this; the plan was to include a rules engine that could be configured by the user to allow the device to automatically update and post messages when they arrived at a set location(s). Inspiration for this came from on{x} – automate your life.

Unfortunately, John didn’t make it to the conference to show off his hard work in person, but luckily, he had a colleague from Fishbowl and a video to showcase his work.

  

Here are some shots of John’s mobile app for your viewing pleasure:

John’s thinking is sound. Geolocation is usually relegated to consumer use cases, thanks to services like foursquare, but distributed teams working on projects out in the world definitely need a way to stay in contact.

Consider a construction job. Different contractors all converge on a single location, and time is money. Rather than calling or texting each other and risking a distracted driving accident, an app like John’s allows everyone on the job to see exactly where the other contractors are. Using his GPS rules, they could easily be notified about how close each is to the site, definitely useful when you have a flooring contractor sitting idle, waiting for an electrician to finish the wiring.

The best part is that the project manager or general contractor could stay updated on all the action (or inaction) using Oracle Social Network, either sitting at a desk using the browser app or desktop client or on the go, using one of the native mobile apps built for Oracle Social Network.

I can see this being used by insurance adjusters too, and really any team that, erm, assembles at a given spot. Of course, it’s also useful for meeting at the pub after the day’s work is done.

Beyond people, this solution could also be implemented for physical objects that are in route to a destination.

Say you’re a customer waiting on rail shipment or a package delivery. You could track your valuable’s whereabouts easily as they report their progress via checkins. If they deviated from the GPS rules, you’d be notified. You might even be able to get a picture into Oracle Social Network with some light hacking.

Thanks to John and his colleagues at Fishbowl for participating in our challenge. We hope everyone had a good experience.

Make sure to check out John’s blog post on his work and the experience using Oracle Social Network.

Although this is the final, official entry we had, tomorrow, I’ll show you the work of someone who finished code, but wasn’t able to make the judging event.

Stay tuned.

Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge: TEAM Informatics

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

Here comes another Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge entry, this one courtesy of TEAM Informatics (@teaminformatics).

As their name suggests, their entry was a true team effort, featuring the work of Jon Chartrand, Deepthi Sanikommu, Dmitry Shtulman, Raghavendra Joshi, and Daniel Stitely with Wayne Boerger doing the presentation honors.

Speaking of the presentation, Wayne’s laptop wouldn’t project onto the plasma we had in the OTN Lounge, but luckily, Noel (@noelportugal) had his iPad and VGA dongle in his backpack of goodies, so they were able to improvise by using the iPad camera to capture Wayne’s demo and project the video to the plasma.

Code will find a way.

Anyway, TEAM built Do Over, an integration with Atlassian’s JIRA, coincidentally something I’ve chatted with Rich (@rmanalan) about in the past. The basic idea is simple; integrate JIRA issues with Oracle Social Network to expand and centralize the conversation around issue resolution. In Dmitry’s words:

We were able to put together a team on fairly short notice and, after batting a few ideas around, decided to pursue an integration with JIRA, an issue and project tracking tool used in-house at TEAM.  After getting to know WebCenter Social, we saw immediate benefits that a JIRA integration could bring, primarily due to the fact that JIRA only allows assignment of an issue to one person at a time.  Integrating Social would allow collaboration and issue resolution to happen right from the JIRA Issue interface.

TEAM tackled a very common pain point among developers, i.e. including everyone who needs to be involved in issue resolution into a single thread. If you’ve ever fixed bugs or participated in that process, you’ll know that not everyone has access to the issue resolution system, which makes consolidating discussion time-consuming and fragmented.

Why? Because we typically use email as the tool for collaboration. Oracle Social Network allows for all parties involved to work in a single, private and secure conversation, and through its RESTful Public API, information from external systems like JIRA can be brought in for context.

TEAM only had time to address half the solution, but given more time, I’m sure they would have made the integration bidirectional, allowing for relevant commentary to be pushed back to JIRA, closing the loop.

Here are some screenshot of their integration.

When Oracle Social Network is released, TEAM will have something they use internally to work on issues, and maybe they’ll even productize their work and add it to the Atlassian Marketplace so that other JIRA users can benefit from the combination of Oracle Social Network and JIRA.

Thanks to everyone at TEAM for participating in our challenge. We hope they had a good experience.

Look for the details of the other entries this week.

Be sure to check out a full recap from Dmitry over on the TEAM blog.

Wednesday Oct 10, 2012

Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge: HarQen Nodal

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

We wrapped the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge last week at OpenWorld, and this week, I’ll be sharing all the entries.

All the teams that entered our challenge did a ton of work and built really interesting integrations with Oracle Social Network, and I want to showcase their hard work and innovative ideas.

Today, I give you Nodal from the HarQen (@harqen) team, Kris Gösser (@krisgosser), Jesse Vogt (@jesse_vogt) and Matt Stockton (@mstockton).

The guys from HarQen built Nodal to provide a visual way to navigate your connections and conversations in Oracle Social Network and view relationships. Using Nodal, you can:

  • Search through names and profiles in Oracle Social Network.
  • Choose people and view their social graphs in a visually useful way.
  • Expand nodes in the social graph and add that person’s social graph to the Nodal view for comparison.
  • Move nodes around and lock them in place for easier viewing, using a physics engine for movement.
  • Adjust the physics engine properties according to your viewing preferences.
  • Select nodes in the social graph and create a conversation directly based on the selection.
Here are some shots of Nodal. They really don’t do the physics engine justice, but maybe the guys at Harqen will post a video of what they did for your viewing pleasure.
 
Nodal’s visuals wowed the judges and the audience, and anyone with a decent-sized social network presence understands the need for good network visualization. Tools like Nodal allow you to discover hidden connections in your network and maximize the value of your weak ties and find mavens, a very important key to getting work done.

Thanks to the HarQen team for participating in our challenge. We hope they had a good experience.

Look for the details of the other entries this week.

Tuesday Oct 09, 2012

Oracle Social Network and the Flying Monkey Smart Target

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

I teased this before OpenWorld, and for those of you who didn’t make it to the show or didn’t come by the Office Hours to take the Oracle Social Network Technical Tour Noel (@noelportugal) ran, I give you the Flying Monkey Smart Target.

In brief, Noel built a target, about two feet tall, which when struck, played monkey sounds and posted a comment to an Oracle Social Network Conversation, all controlled by a Raspberry Pi. He also connected a Dropcam to record the winner just prior to the strike. I’m not sure how it all works, but maybe Noel can post the technical specifics.

Here’s Noel describing the Challenge, the Target and a few other tidbit in an interview with Friend of the ‘Lab, Bob Rhubart (@brhubart). The monkey target bits are 2:12-2:54 if you’re into brevity, but watch the whole thing.

Here are some screen grabs from the Oracle Social Network Conversation, including the Conversation itself, where you can see all the strikes documented, the picture captured, and the annotation capabilities:

  

That’s Diego in one shot, looking very focused, and Ernst in the other, who kindly annotated himself, two of the development team members. You might have seen them in the Oracle Social Network Hands-On Lab during the show.

There’s a trend here. Not by accident, fun stuff like this has becoming our calling card, e.g. the Kscope 12 WebCenter Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots.

Not only are these entertaining demonstrations, but they showcase what’s possible with RESTful APIs and get developers noodling on how easy it is to connect real objects to cloud services to fix pain points. I spoke to some great folks from the City of Atlanta about extending the concepts of the flying monkey target to physical asset monitoring. Just take an internet-connected camera with REST APIs like the Dropcam, wire it up to Oracle Social Netwok, and you can hack together a monitoring device for a datacenter or a warehouse.

Sure, it’s easier said than done, but we’re a lot closer to that reality than we were even two years ago.

Another noteworthy bit from Noel’s interview, beginning at 2:55, is the evolution of social developer. Speaking of, make sure to check out the Oracle Social Developer Community. Look for more on the social developer in the coming months.

Noel has become quite the Raspberry Pi evangelist, and why not, it’s a great tool, a low-power Linux machine, cheap ($35!) and highly extensible, perfect for makers and students alike. He attended a meetup on Saturday before OpenWorld, and during the show, I heard him evangelizing the Pi and its capabilities to many people.

There is some fantastic innovation forming in that ecosystem, much of it with Java. The OTN gang raffled off five Pis, and I expect to see lots of great stuff in the very near future.

Stay tuned this week for posts on all our Challenge entrants. There’s some great innovation you won’t want to miss.

Find the comments.

Update: I forgot to mention that Noel used Twilio, one of his favorite services, during the show to send out Challenge updates and information to all the contestants.

Monday Oct 08, 2012

Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge Winners

Originally posted by Jake Kuramoto on The Apps Lab blog.

Now that OpenWorld 2012 has wrapped, I have time to tell you all about what happened.

Maybe you recall that Noel (@noelportugal) and I were running a modified hackathon during the show, the Oracle Social Network Developer Challenge.

Without further ado, congratulations to Dimitri Gielis (@dgielis) and Martin Giffy D’Souza (@martindsouza) on their winning entry, an integration between Oracle APEX and Oracle Social Network that integrates feedback and bug submission with Oracle Social Network Conversations, allowing developers, end-users and project leaders to view and discuss the feedback on their APEX applications from within Oracle Social Network.

Update: Bob Rhubart of OTN (@brhubartinterviewed Dimitri and Martin right after their big win. Money quote from Dimitri when asked what he’d buy with the $500 in Amazon gift cards, “Oracle Social Network.” Nice one.

In their own words:

In the developers perspective it’s important to get feedback soon, so after a first iteration and end-users start to test, they can give feedback of the application. Previously it stopped there, and it was up to the developer to communicate further with email, phone etc. With OSN every feedback and communication gets logged and other people can see the discussion immediately as well.

For the end users perspective he can now communicate in a more efficient way to not only the developers, but also between themselves. Maybe many end-users (in different locations) would like to change some behaviour, by using OSN they can see the entry somebody put in with a screenshot and they can just start to chat about it. Some key technical end users can have lighten the tasks of the development team by looking at the feedback first and start to communicate with their peers.

For the project manager he has now the ability to really see what communication has taken place in certain areas and can make decisions on that. Later, if things come up again, he can always go back in OSN and see what was said at that moment in time.

Integrating OSN in the APEX applications enhances the user experience, makes the lives of the developers easier and gives a better overview to project managers.

Incidentally, you may already know Dimitri and Martin, since both are Oracle Ace Directors. I ran into Martin at the Ace Director briefings Friday before the conference started, and at that point, he wasn’t sure he’d have time to enter the Challenge.

After some coaxing, he and Dimitri agreed to give it a go and banged out their entry on Tuesday night, or more accurately, very early Wednesday morning, the day of the Challenge judging. I think they said it took them about four hours of hardcore coding to get it done, very much like a traditional hackathon, which is essentially a code sprint from idea to finished product.

Here are some screenshots of the workflow they built.

I love this idea, i.e. closing the loop between web developers and users, a very common pain point, and so did our judges.

Speaking of, special thanks to our panel of three judges:

Finally, thanks to everyone who made this possible, including:

  • The three other teams from HarQen (@harqen), TEAM Informatics (@teaminformatics) and Fishbowl Solutions (@fishbowle20) featuring Friend of the ‘Lab John Sim (@jrsim_uix), who finished and presented entries. I’ll be posting the details of their work this week.
  • The one guy who finished an entry, but couldn’t make the judging, Bex Huff (@bex). Bex rallied from a hospitalization due to an allergic reaction during the show; he’s fine, don’t worry. I’ll post details of his work next week, too.
  • The 40-plus people who registered to compete in the Challenge.
  • Noel for all his hard work, sample code, and flying monkey target, more on that to come.
  • The Oracle Social Network development team for supporting this event.
  • Everyone in legal and the beta program office for their help.
  • And finally, the Oracle Technology Network (@oracletechnet) for hosting the event and providing countless hours of operational and moral support.

Sorry if I’ve missed some people, since this was a huge team effort.

This event was a big success, and we plan to do similar events in the future. Stay tuned to this channel for more. 

Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

OOW 12: Thank you Oracle WebCenter Partners!

Yesterday evening we were happy to participate in the Oracle WebCenter Customer Appreciation Event! Oracle WebCenter partners Fishbowl Solutions, Fujitsu, Keste, Mythics, Redstone Content Solutions, TEAM Informatics, and TekStream sponsored a reception at The Palace Hotel for Oracle WebCenter customers. This event provided an exclusive opportunity for customers to network with their peers and meet and talk with executives from Oracle WebCenter Product Management, Development, and Marketing along with Oracle’s premiere Oracle WebCenter partners. 

Christian Finn, Sr. Director of Product Management for Oracle WebCenter and Bob Crossman, Vice President of Oracle WebCenter Sales welcomed attendees and thanked everyone for their continued support and partnership with Oracle WebCenter.
We had a great turnout and enjoyed an evening of socializing and networking. 
 

Thanks again Oracle WebCenter partners!

Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

The latest Oracle Social Network News from Open World

Highlights

Oracle and Partners showcase the latest development around  Oracle Social Network  (OSN)

  • Integration of OSN Social Fabric into Business Applications like Finance, HCM and Customer Experience
  • Partners like Cisco WebEx, Avaya, Weemo, Lingotek and HarQen showcase OSN integration
  • Oracle shares details around internal OSN deployment

Please visit us at 2413 Moscone South  Exhibition Hall  and  experience a live OSN demo


Social Fabric 

Oracle Social Network socializes your Applications, Process and Content within your Enterprise.

Here are some examples what is shown at Oracle Open World.

Socialize the Finance department

  • Enable Finance departments to collaborate instantly during quarter close with real-time information access
  • Enable finance professionals in the back office to easily interact with the rest of the company
  • Provide privacy when discussing sensitive financial results within Conversations 


Socialize Human Capital Management (HCM)

  • Promotes attainable performance goals that achieve the business objectives of the enterprise
  • Capture expertise across the network
  • Continuous feedback loop provided that results in productivity and innovation improvement tied to higher employee engagement

OSN and Customer Experience

  • Find the person with the best skills to assist with the issue
  • Real-time collaboration in  context of the issue
  • Track an Agent’s collaboration contributions
  • Identify and contribute relevant knowledge back to the system

Cisco/Webex integration

The Web Conferencing tool of your choice can be integrated with OSN. In the example below you can see the integration of the Cisco WebEx solution into OSN.

and sure - this works on mobile devices as well  :-)

OSN @ Oracle

Oracle has deployed OSN as part of the internal Fusion CRM application rollout. After just 4 month we can see impressive usage patterns.


Monday Oct 01, 2012

Oracle Social @ OpenWorld

 Hi there -  Wanna know what going on at Oracle Open World and Social?

 Here are the hot tips!


 Do you want to see  the Oracle Social Engagement Center in action ?

You can explore the power of social publishing (Vitrue)  and the live social  monitoring (Collective Intellect) of  the Social Buzz around OpenWorld.
Let's see if you appear in the Tweeter stream :-).

Visit us  at Moscone South main entrance (foursquare place)  and meet  the Oracle Social Geeks  , @dankmbp and team.


Are you a  social developer  and want to discover Oracle Social Network (OSN) ?

cool - you can still  join the OSN Developers Challenge , take the OSN technical preview tour and meet our WebCenter evangelists Jake (@theappslab) and @noelportugal.


Do you want to meet the Oracle Social Geeks and have some fun? 


Then join us at the Social Plaza @ Oracle OpenWorld event on Tuesday, October 2, Noon–8:00 p.m. at the  Mint Plaza, Fifth Street between Mission and Market.

cu you all at #oow


OOW 12: Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together

If you were among the thousands of folks that filled the Moscone Center Hall D last night to hear Larry Ellison’s keynote, this will be old news to you.  If you weren’t able to catch the session, Larry covered Oracle’s fundamentally different approach to delivering technology that is engineered to work together to give customers extreme performance, simplicity, and cost savings. As you many know, innovating for growth requires the right investments and the right technology. And Oracle is equipped and ready.


If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld, you’ll want to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the following activities!
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