Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Oracle Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in All Three Magic Quadrants Related to Application Infrastructure

Oracle is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in each of three Gartner Magic Quadrants focused on application infrastructure. “To create and run agile, intelligent business applications while also maximizing IT efficiency, organizations need a flexible, scalable and feature-rich business platform that can support innovation in the enterprise and the cloud,” said Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java products, Oracle. The Magic Quadrants are:

  • Application Infrastructure for Systematic Application Integration Projects
  • Application Infrastructure for Systematic SOA Infrastructure Projects
  • Application Infrastructure for Systematic SOA Application Projects

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle SOA Suite simplifies integration in the enterprise and the cloud to help speed time to market, increase agility, and lower costs. “Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a comprehensive, open, and integrated offering across social, mobile, and cloud technologies. We believe Oracle’s placement in Gartner’s application infrastructure Magic Quadrants is a testament to that unique position and the continued investment we are making in innovation across our best-of-breed suite of middleware products,” said Rizvi. Check out the press release to learn more.

Friday Dec 02, 2011

Resource kit: Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications

Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications: Engineered for Application Innovation

Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications: Engineered for Application Innovation

Are you looking for more information on Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications? You've come to the right place! Experience greater business-user productivity, lower costs, and improved business agility by using Oracle Fusion Middleware as a foundation for your Oracle Applications: PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, Siebel, and JD Edwards. Learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware is the foundation for Oracle's next generation Fusion Applications transforming the way enterprises innovate, work, and adopt technology.

Learn more about:

  • Extending applications using Oracle BPM to respond to tactical and strategic process changes
  • Increasing performance, maximize uptime, and distribute application data in real-time with Oracle Data Integration
  • Customizing your applications to be upgrade-friendly, more intuitive, and more insightful using composers in Oracle Fusion Applications
  • Achieving extreme performance, scalability, and reliability of your business applications with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Register now to access webcasts, white papers, and customer stories.

Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

Oracle Social Network: Connect Your People, Applications, Processes & Customers

Are you experiencing disconnected and unengaged teams? Are you looking for a tool to easily connect expertise across the organization and provide visibility into all the relevant business processes and activities? Do you need a way to enhance & retain organizational knowledge? Oracle Social Network is the answer. Available in the Cloud and powered by Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Social Network enables business users to securely collaborate with each other using a broad range of collaboration tools and is seamlessly integrated with Oracle Fusion Applications, business intelligence, and business processes, allowing users to receive real-time information feeds from these systems.

Hear from Andy Kershaw, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Social Network as he talks live from Oracle OpenWorld 2011 after Larry Ellison announced Oracle Social Network - a secure collaboration tool for everyone you work with.

You also won't want to miss this webcast tomorrow to see Andy Kershaw give a demonstration of Oracle Social Network and learn how you can use Oracle Social Network to connect your people, your applications, your processes and your customers. 

Friday Oct 14, 2011

Webcast: Oracle Social Network -- Social Networking Without the Noise

Oracle Social Network -- Social Networking Without the Noise

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM PDT

Join us for this Webcast and learn why Oracle Social Network is the secure collaboration tool for everyone
you work with. Learn how Oracle Social Network:
  • Drives enterprise collaboration through natural conversations
  • Enables purposeful social networking without the noise
  • Builds cross-enterprise knowledge by integrating conversations with CRM, HCM and other
    business applications

Presented by:
Andrew Kershaw

Senior Director, Oracle Social Network Product Management

Tara Roberts
Vice President, Oracle Fusion CRM Product Management

We hope you'll join us!

Tuesday Oct 11, 2011

Oracle Social Network: Collaboration in the Cloud

Are your sales teams disconnected and unengaged? Do you need a tool that can easily engage expertise across the organization and provide visibility into all the relevant business processes and activities? Do you want to work more efficiently with your partners and know your customers better? Oracle Social Network is the answer.

“The biggest change over the past few years is social networking,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.  “Today, organizations want to connect their people, their applications, their processes and their customers. Oracle Social Network provides that; all the tools are integrated and employees can work from anywhere in the world with the devices best suited to their job.”

Oracle Social Network is a secure, social networking and enterprise collaboration solution with a broad range of social tools designed to capture information from people, Enterprise Applications, and business processes to facilitate collaboration between individual users and teams of people both within and across Enterprises. It drives business through natural Conversations and jump-starts productivity with more-purposeful social networking and contextual enterprise collaboration without the noise.

Oracle Social Network includes stream-based Conversations that consolidate IM, e-mail, applications, content, editing tools, and telephony into a single context. Unlike other collaboration tools that simply generate a lot of noise, Oracle Social Network enables Conversations that are context-based and tied to business activities and processes to help users collaborate more effectively.

Learn how Oracle Social Network can help your company collaborate more intelligently and effectively on Thursday, October 20 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET in this upcoming webcast.

Thursday Oct 06, 2011

Introducing Oracle Public Cloud at Oracle Open World 2011

By Sandeep Banerjie

Larry Ellison announced the Oracle Public Cloud yesterday! For those of you who missed this exciting announcement live, let us quickly summarize it for you:

The Oracle Public Cloud is a suite of Oracle applications, middleware and database offerings delivered in a self-service, subscription-based, elastically scalable, reliable, highly available and secure manner. Oracle provides hosting, management, software updates, and world-class support for these offerings.

The Oracle Public Cloud includes the following services:

Application Services

  • Oracle Fusion CRM Cloud Service
  • Oracle Fusion HCM Cloud Service
  • Oracle Social Network Cloud Service

Platform Services

  • Oracle Database Cloud Service
  • Oracle Java Cloud Service

So what’s unique about Oracle Public Cloud?

It is an enterprise cloud for business. It is an integrated suite of services spanning Oracle's complete portfolio based on open Java and SQL standards offering flexible cloud and on-premise deployment. The services offered in the cloud are based upon Oracle's complete portfolio of best-in-class solutions. They are fully integrated together so IT departments do not have to unify the solutions they buy, and the cloud provides an extensive array of timely and relevant 3rd party content to enrich applications. Applications can be built or extended using standards-based technology such as full Java EE applications and SQL. Organizations can deploy Java applications with no changes onto our cloud, customize Fusion Applications, and develop new custom applications. There is easy instant provisioning with a transparent, predictable pricing model that is based upon monthly subscriptions and consolidated billing. Additionally, applications and end users can move from Oracle Public Cloud to on premise and back. Finally, the cloud is based upon Exalogic and Exadata, offering superior reliability, performance, and elastic capacity.

To learn more about Oracle Public Cloud and get a first hand view of the different cloud services, be sure to attend the “Oracle Powers the Cloud” day at Oracle OpenWorld on Oct 6 (Thursday). It’s going to be an action packed day with keynotes, 25+ cloud sessions, and 15+ demos. And off course you don’t want to miss “It’s a Wrap” closing party that day, featuring Berlin and the Five Hundreds! So if you are not already registered for this special day at Oracle OpenWorld, do that right away at: http://www.oracle.com/openworld/learn/cloud/index.html

Be sure to attend the Oracle Public Cloud General Session repeated 3 times on Oct 6:

“Power Your Cloud: An Enterprise Cloud for your Business Critical Applications”

  • 10:30 – 11:30am at Moscone South 307
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm at Moscone West 2005
  • 1:30 – 2:30pm at Moscone West 3022

See you tomorrow and in the meantime, check out Oracle Public Cloud at cloud.oracle.com

Friday Jul 08, 2011

Fishbowl Friday: Mobility for Customer Engagement and Employee Productivity

As we wrap up this week of focusing on mobility in the enterprise, we’ve been looking at ways that innovative mobile technologies produce increases in productivity, efficiency, and communication. Mobility is changing our day to day lives and our relationships to work, home and each other in significant ways. It is appropriate at this time that we yield the podium to one of our great partners, Fishbowl Solutions, for their perspectives on enabling mobile solutions with Oracle's Fusion Middleware.

UX & Mobility Jason Lamon & John Sim

The ECM Engagement Evolution: From Desktop and Laptop to the Mobile Device

Mobile devices have dramatically shifted how people contribute, consume, and share information. According to Inc. Magazine, 50 percent of all Internet access was done via handheld devices in 2010. Additionally, about 45 percent of mobile device owners are using their devices to download social networking apps. These statistics point to the popularity of mobile devices for personal use, but what about professional use cases?

The business reality for workers is that work is no longer confined within the walls of the office, and they need the appropriate tools to perform tasks regardless of time and space. This is especially true for on-the-go workers, such as sales reps, who rely on mobile devices to conduct the majority of their business. Advancements in mobile technology now allow sales reps to conduct web meetings, check email, or update customer information within a CRM system all from their mobile devices; however, when it comes to accessing crucial information needed for client interactions, information such as marketing collateral, product guides, or price lists, the capabilities are limited. This is all information that could be stored in an ECM system. Without this information, sales reps, and other workers on-the-go, either print the information and take it with them, download local copies to their laptops, or rely on email. Printing or downloading information immediately creates a separation from the trusted copy and prevents the sales rep from knowing if a change has been made. Sharing out-of-date or incorrect information with clients or prospects, could fracture relationships or terminate deals altogether. Distribution through email only perpetuates inaccurate information sharing.

We at Fishbowl Solutions are keenly focused on extending Oracle's Fusion Middleware product capabilities to mobile devices and are leveraging the latest technologies to enable content to be searched, accessed, shared, and updated from mobile devices, while ensuring that organizations can deliver a rich, intuitive, user experience to on-the-go workers. Here are some of the mobile offerings Fishbowl solutions provides:

iOS Mobility Suite API for Oracle Universal Content Management

This API provides organizations with a set of rules and specifications for the creation of custom applications on iPhone and iPad that utilize Apple's mobile operating system to interface with Oracle UCM.

The iOS API enables organizations to leverage and manage content remotely, and to store and synchronize documents locally and securely. Actions include searching the Oracle UCM repository, accessing saved searches and subscriptions, emailing content, approving and rejecting workflows, and checking in images directly from the mobile device's camera or picture library.
Read More on the API »

HTML5 JQuery Browser-Based UCM WebDav and Repository Search Access

JQuery Mobile gives users quick and intuitive touch access to the Oracle UCM folder repository and provides the ability to search on documents not held within folders. The JQuery Mobile framework offers a UI that currently supports more than 10 mobile platforms allowing users to access content on the go without being restricted by single-device support. We can then use the single HTML5 code base and port it across to specific native-based applications allowing us to leverage on the native features of mobile device platforms from Blackberry to Android to Win Mobile.

HTML5 Mobile Oracle WebCenter Spaces Port

Oracle provides an iOS iPhone application for access to WebCenter via the REST API. We have taken this concept and provided a simple, skinnable, mobile-based HTML5 website solution to give other mobile phone devices access to WebCenter Spaces using the Zepto.js framework. This can be converted to a native-based mobile application to enhance security or enable more options that can only be provided by the mobile device.

Touch Gestures in Browsers

JavaScript frameworks provide limited touch gesture access on browsers within mobile devices. We are currently working on writing our own set of gesture events for enabling multi-touch actions like rotation. Building on the Zepto JavaScript framework, our collection will contain upwards of 50 gestures. The latest mobile phones now support up to five simultaneous touches.

Morgan Stanley predicts that within the next five years mobile usage will outpace desktop usage. We are sure to witness this change in the workplace, as workers come to expect the ability to perform job tasks and access systems from their mobile devices. Medical device manufacturer Medtronic has already embraced Mobile ECM and deployed their solution to around 1,700 sales people who can now can quickly and easily access product marketing collateral when meeting with doctors. It appears the Mobile ECM evolution has begun, and Fishbowl Solutions is ready to assist your organization with its strategy. Feel free to contact us to discuss by emailing sales-AT-fishbowlsolutions.com.

Wednesday Jul 06, 2011

Mobile Strategy: Defense or Offense?

In continuation of our week's theme of looking at Mobility for Customer Engagement and Employee Productivity, we'll start looking at what's being done today in solutions across the enterprise to deal with the growing demand. With the rapid and ubiquitous expansion of mobile devices into both personal and business lives as well as the blurring of the lines between the usage of devices for both home and business purposes, organizations are being forced to think about their mobile strategy today more than ever before. IT departments can’t hide from this anymore and best get onboard while the volume is slightly manageable before the tide comes in full force.

What is your company strategy for mobile access, mobile apps and content?  Are you deploying more mobile options for interaction? Are your managers, employees, partners and customers demanding more mobile technology options? Could you save money, increase productivity and revenue by deploying mobile solutions strategically in your business?

In today’s business climate, it is hard to be competitive without mobile tools that allow your employees, partners and customers to do their tasks faster and more efficiently wherever they might be at the time. What used to be an enterprise majority of BlackBerry devices in the past has now quickly grown into a much wider collection of iOS, and Android devices. As pop culture watchers will attest in venues ranging from television commercials to airport billboards, Apple and Google are battling it out daily for their market share of Smartphone subscribers as more and more of these devices become an essential part of both business and casual wardrobe accessories.

Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications play critical roles as strategic elements of a wide gamut of mobile solutions. There's an interesting article in this month's Oracle Magazine regarding how Oracle software continues to support the latest cloud and mobile hardware. We’re looking forward to telling you about what’s being done today in this exciting growth area and would love to hear how you are handling these challenges of mobility growth in your organization that you’ve faced and solved.

Here’s a short video to hear the issues that are top of mind at Oracle.  Kumar Vora is a Senior Vice President of Oracle and discusses the transformation enterprise Information Technology is undergoing including the consumerization of enterprise software, the impact of mobile devices and social software, and trends around collaboration.

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

Connecting People, Processes, and Content: An Online Event

This morning we announced a new online event, “Transform Your Business by Connecting People, Processes, and Content.”

At this event you will learn how an integrated approach to business process management (BPM), portals, content management, and collaboration can help you make more accurate and timely decisions based on the collective knowledge across your organization.

But more than that, this event will focus on how customers have been successful transforming to a social enterprise. We’ve blogged about a few of the in the past few weeks – Balfour Beatty, New Look, Texas A&M.

This event will give you an opportunity to learn about other customers and their successes, as well as an opportunity to:

  • Watch Oracle executives participate in a roundtable discussion on the state of the social enterprise
  • Hear industry experts discuss best practices and case studies of leveraging BPM, portals, and content management to transform and improve business processes
  • Engage the experts by having your questions answered in real time

Register today and learn how Oracle Fusion Middleware provides the most complete, open, integrated, and best-of-breed solution in the industry for transforming your business.

Friday Jun 17, 2011

Innovation and the Role of Social Media

A very interesting post by Andy Mulholland of CAP Gemini this week – “The CIO is trapped between the CEO wanting innovation and the CFO needing compliance” – had many interesting points:

“A successful move in one area won’t be recognized and rapidly implemented in other areas to multiply the benefits, or worse unsuccessful ideas will get repeated adding to the cost and time wasted. That’s where the need to really address the combination of social networking, collaboration, knowledge management and business information is required.”

Without communicating what works and what doesn’t, the innovations of our organization may be lost, and the failures repeated. That makes sense.

If you liked Andy Mulholland’s blog post, you need to hear Howard Beader’s presentation at Enterprise 2.0 Conference on innovation and the role of social media. (Howard will be speaking in the Market Leaders Session at 1 PM on Wednesday June 22nd). Some of the thoughts Howard will share include:

• Innovation is more than just ideas, it’s getting ideas to market, and removing the obstacles that stand in the way
• Innovation is about parallel processing – you can’t remove the obstacles one by one because you will get to market too late
• Innovation can be about product innovation, but it can also be about process innovation

This brings us to Andy’s second issue he raises:

"..the need for integration with, and visibility of, processes to understand exactly how the enterprise functions and delivers on its policies…"

Andy goes on to talk about this from the perspective of compliance and the CFO’s concerns. And it’s true: innovation can come both in product innovation, but also internal process innovation. And process innovation can have as much impact as product innovation.  New supply chain models can disrupt an industry overnight. Many people ignore process innovation as a benefit of social business, because it is perceived as a bottom line rather than top line impact. But it can actually impact your top line by changing your entire business model.

Oracle WebCenter sits at this crossroads between product innovation and process innovation, enabling you to drive go-to-market innovations through internal social media tools, removing obstacles in parallel, and also providing you deep insight into your processes so you can identify bottlenecks and realize whole new ways of doing business. Learn more about how at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, where Oracle will be in booth #213 showing Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Fusion Applications.


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