Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 3)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week being celebrated on Thursday in the USA

This post is shared from our Oracle Java Community. 
Hinkmond Wong's Weblog

By hinkmond on Nov 21, 2013

OK, sports fans. You've got your Vernier Go!Temp USB probe connected. It looks good with lsusb and you can see the /dev/ldusb0 device in your Raspberry Pi Linux shell.

So, how do you write a Java SE Embedded app to read in the turkey temp values. Well, as with most things, you search the Web and you can find how it was done previously in other non-Java inferior programming languages. <img src=" title=";-)" style="border: none;" /> Here's a great example in Python on the finninday.net site.

See: finniday.net Go!Teamp example in Python

It shows the reverse engineered byte format of the data coming over USB from the Vernier Go!Temp probe. Booyah! That's what we need to write a Java SE Embedded app. And, here it is...

/**
 *
 * @author hinkmond
 * Copyright © 2013 Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
 */
public class TurkeyTweeter {

    /**
     * @param args the command line arguments
     */
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        Date date;
        FileInputStream fis = null;
        DataInputStream dis = null;
        byte   b[];
        
        double tempavg, c, f;
        int    samplecount=0, sequence=0, temp1=0, temp2=0, temp3=0;
        
        final double VERNIER_SCALING_FACTOR=126.74;
        final double VERNIER_CALIBRATION_OFFSET=5.4;

        b = new byte[8];

        // Loop to keep reading temperature
        while (true) {
            int available;

            try {
                fis = new FileInputStream("/dev/ldusb0");
                dis = new DataInputStream(fis);
            } catch (FileNotFoundException fnfe) {
                System.out.println("Cannot find temp sensor");
                fnfe.printStackTrace();
                System.exit(-1);
            }

            // Read 8 bytes from Vernier Go!Temp USB probe
            //   Format:
            //     Byte 0:   Sample Count
            //     Byte 1:   Sequence Index
            //     Byte 2-3: First temp sample
            //     Byte 4-5: Second temp sample
            //     Byte 6-7: Third temp sample
            try {
                if (dis != null) {
                    available = dis.read(b, 0, 8);
                    samplecount = b[0];
                    sequence = b[1];
                    temp1 = b[2] + b[3] * 256;
                    temp2 = b[4] + b[5] * 256;
                    temp3 = b[6] + b[7] * 256;
                }
            } catch (IOException ioe1) {
                System.out.println("Unable to get data from temp sensor");
                ioe1.printStackTrace();
            }
            
            tempavg = (temp1 + temp2 + temp3) / 3.0;
            c = tempavg / VERNIER_SCALING_FACTOR - VERNIER_CALIBRATION_OFFSET;
            
            // Convert from Fahrenheit to Celcius
            f = ((9.0/5.0) * c) + 32.0;
            
            double temperature = roundDouble(f);
            
            date = Calendar.getInstance().getTime();

            Format formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("E MMM d kk:mm:ss");
            String timedateString = formatter.format(date);

            System.out.println(timedateString+"  "+temperature);

            try {
                if (dis != null)
                    dis.close();
                if (fis != null)
                    fis.close();
            } catch (IOException e) {
                e.printStackTrace();
            }
            try {
                Thread.sleep(1000);
            } catch (InterruptedException ie) {
                ie.printStackTrace();
            }
        }
    }

   public static double roundDouble(double value) {
        double result = value * 100;
        result = Math.round(result);
        result = result / 100;
        return(result);
   }
}

Compile using javac, lather, rinse, repeat. And, here's the output running on the RPi (NOTE: Remember, you must run as root to access the /dev/ldusb0 device):

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo java -jar TurkeyTweeter.jar
Thu Nov 21 16:42:59  71.59
Thu Nov 21 16:43:00  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:01  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:02  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:03  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:04  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:05  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:06  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:07  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:08  72.39
Thu Nov 21 16:43:09  72.39
...
As you can see, it's 72 degrees Fahrenheit in my office. The turkey won't be that temperature roasting in the oven on Thanksgiving, but we have now confirmed this part of the Turkey Tweeter works. Exciting, isn't it? <img src=" title=":-)" style="border: none;" /> Next up, we will write the Java code to tweet out the values of our poor turkey as it cooks... (Yeah, poor turkey until it's inside my tummy. Then, it's yummy turkey!)

See the full series on the steps to this cool demo:
Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 1)
Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 2)

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 2)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week being celebrated on Thursday in the USA

This post is shared from our Oracle Java Community. 
Hinkmond Wong's Weblog

By now you should have received your Vernier Go!Temp USB Temperature Probe and it is getting really close now to Turkey Day, so you want kick your Internet of Things (IoT) Turkey Tweeter project into high gear now.

First, we need to test the temperature probe before sticking it into unknown places, namely our delicious IoT bird on Thanksgiving. So, take your Go!Temp USB temperature probe and plug it into your Raspberry Pi device, just like in this photo.

See:

Connect Go!Temp Probe

If all went well on your Raspberry Pi, you should be able to bring up a terminal shell connected to your RPi and type "lsusb" to verify that the Go!Temp probe is now connected.

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 08f7:0002 Vernier EasyTemp/Go!Temp

If your output looks like above, especially the last line where it says the Vernier Go!Temp was recognized and is connected as Device 005, you are golden.

One last check before we start to program using a Java SE Embedded app to grab the temperature readings is to make sure the /dev/ldusb0 device is present. So, type this command and make sure your output matches:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ls -l /dev/ldusb0
crw------T 1 root root 180, 176 Nov 18 17:25 /dev/ldusb0

If all that looks good, you're ready for the next step which is to write a Java SE Embedded app to read the temperature values, and eventually write code with IoT intelligence to tweet out the status of your turkey while it's cooking so that it becomes an Internet of Things connected bird on Twitter. Look for that in the next part of this series... Mmmmm... I can almost smell that turkey roasting... <img src=" title=":-)" style="border: none;" />

See the full series on the steps to this cool demo:
Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 1)


Monday Nov 25, 2013

Internet of Things (IoT) Thanksgiving Special: Turkey Tweeter (Part 1)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week being celebrated on Thursday in the USA

This post is shared from our Oracle Java Community. 
Hinkmond Wong's Weblog

By hinkmond on Nov 06, 2013

It's time for the Internet of Things (ioT) Thanksgiving Special. This time we are going to work on a special Do-It-Yourself project to create an Internet of Things temperature probe to connect your Turkey Day turkey to the Internet by writing a Thanksgiving Day Java Embedded app for your Raspberry Pi which will send out tweets as it cooks in your oven.

If you're vegetarian, don't worry, you can follow along and just run the simulation of the Turkey Tweeter, or better yet, try a tofu version of the Turkey Tweeter.

Here is the parts list:

 1 Vernier Go!Temp USB Temperature Probe
 1 Uncooked Turkey
 1 Raspberry Pi (not Pumpkin Pie)
 1 Roll thermal reflective tape
You can buy the Vernier Go!Temp USB Temperature Probe for $39 from here:http://www.vernier.com/products/sensors/temperature-sensors/go-temp/. And, you can get the thermal reflective tape from any auto parts store. (Don't tell them what you need it for. Say it's for rebuilding your V-8 engine in your Dodge Hemi. Avoids the need for a long explanation and sounds cooler...) <img src=" title=";-)" style="border: none;" />

The uncooked turkey can be found in your neighborhood grocery store. But, if you're making a vegetarian Tofurkey, you're on your own... The Java Embedded app will be the same, though (Java is vegan). <img src=" title=":-)" style="border: none;" />

So, grab all your parts and come back here for the next part of this project...


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.


Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Oracle WebCenter and Mobility

Oracle WebCenter and Mobility

August 2013

Guest post provided by: Christina (Gibb) Kolotouros | Director, Product Management, Oracle WebCenter

Smartphones and tablets are proliferating throughout the consumer market. Sales of smartphones are finally overtaking feature phone sales (according to IDC) this year. In addition, tablet shipments continue to grow, increasing 142% year over year as of Q1 2013 (according to IDC). This enables a mobile, always-connected workforce for many companies with B.Y.O.D. (bring-your-own-device) policies. Many of our customers are looking for ways to provide mobile solutions to enable employees to check email, progress issues, respond to alerts, make and communicate decisions, and download and work on documents - all while on the go without having to get to their laptop and log in to the corporate network. Let's take a look at how Oracle WebCenter provides solutions for a mobile workforce.

Oracle WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8 enables marketers to engage, guide, and convert customers with media rich online experiences for web and mobile. As mobile usage has grown, a rich and engaging mobile experience has become a necessary component of an organization’s digital strategy. The challenge, however, is in creating and managing mobile experiences that are optimized for delivery to the thousands of different devices that exist today and for those to come in the future.

Organizations may choose to enable a uniform browser experience across PC’s, tablets and mobile phones by utilizing the same Web content, templates, site plans, and navigation for traditional and mobile sites. Or, organizations can opt to create experiences that are tailored for specific device types by designing customized templates and site plans for mobile specific pages. WebCenter Sites also supports HTML-5 and responsive design for organizations that choose to design responsive templates that render an automatically optimized experience across device types. Users can quickly create and edit mobile pages using visual drag-and-drop and rich text editing tools in the WebCenter Sites authoring interface. Then, in that same interface, they can preview and interact with that content directly in the context of different mobile devices, even preview different devices side-by-side.

WebCenter Sites’ mobile option enables organizations to easily extend their traditional Web presence to the mobile channel and to deliver highly personalized and relevant multichannel marketing initiatives, while also saving significant time and effort in managing mobile sites. See this datasheet for more information on WebCenter Sites' Mobility Option (new on the price list).

Oracle WebCenter Portal is a web platform for creating and managing role-based intranets, extranets, composite applications, and self-service portals for desktops, tablets, and mobile devices. Like WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 introduced new tooling for the application specialists to create and manage mobile experiences. Users can leverage existing portals with mobile device compliant markup for mobile devices, or they can opt to create portals that are tailored for specific device types by creating page variants for specific devices like 10 inch tablets or iPhones. WebCenter Portal provides responsive design components out-of-the-box to be used for both web and mobile. These components will adjust their layout depending on the real estate given by the device. Like WebCenter Sites, WebCenter Portal creators can preview page rendering and interact with their portals directly in the context of different mobile devices within the main interface, including changing landscape or portrait orientation.

Both WebCenter Portal and WebCenter Sites simplify development of mobile applications with support for seeded devices and device groups, creation of new devices and device groups, and creation of device variants.



Portal developers gain HTML5 support with this latest release, as well as support for mobile devices and touch gestures in both iOS and Android. Portal developers can also create custom mobile applications leveraging the ADF Mobile Framework, WebCenter Portal Services exposed via the REST API, and can use developer documentation and samples provided. In addition, any optimized web pages can be embedded into this mobile application and shown in the embedded browser for a consistent user experience.

In addition to mobile-enabling portals, or building custom mobile applications to interact with the portal server, WebCenter Portal also has an iPhone/iPad application for end users to access and interact with their portals.



Oracle WebCenter Content users can share information efficiently on their choice of device and in process-centric business applications. Like WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content provides end users with mobile applications to access and interact with their content. The application is optimized for both smartphones and tablets, and supports iOS and Android. Users can search, browse, view, favorite, email, and download content, allowing them to take important documents offline.



Oracle WebCenter enables companies with a mobile, always-connected workforce to provide their employees with the ability to access business documents, access and interact with their portals, and to provide their customers with rich mobile experiences.



Friday Aug 02, 2013

Delivering the Integrated Portal Experience!

Guest post by Richard Maldonado, Principal Product Manager, Oracle WebCenter Portal

Organizations are still struggling to standardize on a user interaction platform which can meet the needs of all their target audiences.  This has not only resulted in inefficient and inconsistent experiences for their users, but it also creates inefficiencies (productivity and costs) for the departments that manage the applications and information systems.  Portals have historically been the unifying platform that provide IT with a common interface which can securely surface the most relevant interactions for a given user and/or group of users.  However, organizations have found that the technologies available have either not provided the flexibility necessary to address all of their use cases, or they rely too much on IT resources to manage, maintain, and evolve. 

Empowering  the Business Groups

LOB guy gets some powerThe core issue that IT departments face with delivering portal experiences is having enough resources to respond and address the influx of requirements which come in from the business.  Commonly, when a business group wants a new portal site established for their group, they will submit a request to the IT dept, the IT dept then assigns a resource to an administrator and/or developer to build.  Unfortunately, this approach is not scalable, it can be a time consuming activity which requires significant interaction between the business owner and the IT resource.  A modern user interaction platforms should empower the business groups by providing them tools which they can use to build and manage the portal experiences without the need for IT's involvement.  And because business groups rarely have technical resources (developers) on staff, the tools must be easy enough that virtually any business user could use.  In addition, the tool must be powerful enough to allow them to build the experience that they need, things such as creating a whole new portal, add/manage page and page hierarchy, manage user/group access, add/modify components within the page, etc.  This balance between ease-of-use and flexibility is key to the successful adoption of tools which will ultimately reduce the burden on IT, respond to the needs of the business, and deliver high-value experiences for the users. 

Ready or Not, Here They Come: Smartphones and Tablets

Gal with a Tablet

Recently, several studies have highlighted that smartphone and tablet-style devices have overtaken PC's in both sales and usage.  This shift is further driving organizations to revaluate how they're delivering data, information, and applications to their users.  Users are expecting to get the same level of access and interaction, but in a ways which are optimized for the capabilities of the device that they are using. 

Expect More

With the ever growing number of new IT projects and flat/shrinking budgets, organizations are looking for comprehensive solutions which can deliver integrated web experiences that are tailored for the users and optimized for mobile devices.  Piecing together a number of point solutions is no longer an option.  A modern portal technology should not only address the traditional needs of integrating and surfacing back-end applications/information, but it should enable the business through easy-to-use tools and accelerate the delivery of mobile optimized experiences.  


WebCenter in Action Series:
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Monday Jul 29, 2013

What’s Going On in Digital Experience? The Latest in Key Trends

Guest Post by Stephen Schleifer, Senior Principal Product Manager, Strategy, Oracle WebCenter Sites

What’s Going On in Digital Experience? The Latest in Key Trends

As with many consumer-facing markets, digital experience tends to move pretty fast.  Just as organizations begin to get a handle on how, where and when to best engage with their target audiences in the digital world, things begin to shift again as consumers change their online habits.  However, there have been a number of trends that have been more or less constant over the past few years; some have grown steadily over time, others have been slow out of the gate, and then quickly reached a critical mass, but they have always been cornerstones of web experience management.  While the following is far from representative of everything that’s going on in this dynamic market, let’s take a quick look and see what’s going on in a few key areas:

Mobile Gets Practical

webcenter_sites_mobile.jpgMobile is an example of a digital experience trend that went from ‘might do’ to ‘must do’ in the space of a year (hello, iPhone), and has continued to grow in importance ever since.  However, whereas a couple of years ago organizations were still wondering how to best tackle the mobile experience (mobile web, mobile apps, mobile first etc.), we’re now at a place where organizations have a better understanding of each approach, and how to apply them to drive specific business outcomes, whether that be engagement, self-service or commerce.

When it comes to mobile site management, most customers we speak with are now viewing this as an integrated part of managing their overall online experience, while acknowledging that it comes with a distinct set of requirements that may need to be met separately, depending upon specific objectives.  They want to maximize efficiencies by reusing content and integrating site authoring and publishing processes across web and mobile, and by leveraging responsive design to cut down on site development and speed time to market.  However, they also want the flexibility of a web experience management solution that can provide as much support as possible for mobile-specific requirements when needed, from ease of mobile template customization, to device management.

Multi-channel Gets Back the Brand Site

Managing content and experiences across multiple channels has continued to be a tricky problem to solve.  Basically, as more online channels have emerged – from brand sites, to micro and multi-lingual sites, to email campaigns, through to mobile and social– the more complex content management has become for online marketers.  Meanwhile, against this backdrop of channel proliferation, the value and function of the brand site itself began to get called into question (remember the trend of companies dropping their .coms and moving to Facebook?). 

Easy creation and management of multi-channel brand sitesWhat we’re seeing now is the reassertion of the importance of the brand site; the idea of the corporate .com as a center point of digital experience.  The content that drives activity on other online touch points (email offers, social promotions, microsite landing pages) ultimately points back to the brand site, where all of these channels converge, thereby centralizing marketing processes such as lead capture or facilitating deeper brand engagement.

As a part of this effort, web marketers are looking to be able to access the content that is originating from other channels (regardless of where it is stored), from within the web experience management system authoring environment, and incorporate it within brand sites to produce a more unified, cross-channel experience.

Personalization Comes of Age

Personalization comes of AgeThe drive to personalize digital experiences has been an interesting trend to watch; it’s perhaps the one that has experienced the most hype over time, but it has also been the slowest to take hold, as it has taken a number of years for solutions to get up to where the market needs them to be.  Of course, personalization is a broad term, and it can encompass everything from targeting experiences to different customer segments, to making online search more relevant and intuitive through guided navigation, to providing tools that enable site visitors to tailor their own online experience.

One thing that is certain is that has finally reached the tipping point, where every organization we engage with has some sort of personalization initiative on their short list of digital experience priorities.  That said, not all organizations want to jump in with both feet, especially when it comes to areas like content targeting.  Some organizations are still choosing to start with smaller-scale experimentation, using specific pages or promotional sites as targeting test grounds.  Others are taking a more committed approach and are implementing content targeting throughout the web and mobile sites.  Meanwhile, a small, but  growing amount are investing in fully automated, predictive solutions.

This latter area is where we expect to see the most interest and growth in the coming year.  Web marketers are beginning to see the power of connecting the native targeting engines in web experience management systems to predictive solutions that can offset the labor associated with managing segmenting and targeting data through automation, while delivering higher success rates for metrics like click-throughs and conversions.


Thursday Jun 06, 2013

An Oracle Technology Solution for Transportation Agencies

Transportation Agencies face key challenges and market forces that drive the
need for Oracle WebCenter, including:

  • Management of unstructured content

  • Increasing need to collaborate

  • Lack of comprehensive records management

  • Increasing need for accountability






Persistent price wars. Evolving safety, security, and financial regulations. Demand for 24/7 systems availability. To meet all of your business challenges, Oracle's Technology Solutions for Travel and Transportation deliver a powerful combination of technology and business processes. Only Oracle powers the information-driven enterprise by offering a unified data model to integrate information over a wide geographical area and across multiple business units.

What’s Driving the Need for Oracle Technology Solutions at Transportation Agencies?
Transportation agencies face the following key challenges and market forces that are driving the need for Oracle technology solutions:

  • Management of Unstructured Content. Transportation agencies are flooded with content used in the daily processes of running an organization. Content— such as real estate transactions related to right of way, project proposals, design specifications, scope of work documents, and contracts and RFIs from ongoing  projects—is created and, for the most part, stored is disparate systems that are not always interconnected to one another. Multimedia assets such as images and videos require a scalable architecture that will maintain performance as the repository grows.
"Transport for London Optimizes Management of US$59 Billion Project Portfolio While Cutting Overhead
"Consolidating project management data with Oracle’s Primavera Portfolio Management keeps our Investment Programme on track, while delivering maximum value to travelers and tax payers."
– David Hartley, Investment Programme Management Office, Transport for London
  • Collaboration Between Internal Staff and Contractors. To manage and access content across the project lifecycle, agencies require collaboration for archival, redlining, and retrieval of content—such as e-mail, digital video, engineering drawings, proposals, and survey records.
  • Lack of Comprehensive Records Management. To support regulatory compliance (for example, safety or finance) and eDiscovery (electronic discovery under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), agencies need to be able to efficiently access and compile all historical documents, design plans, and images needed to support litigation.
  • Accountability, Transparency, and Effective Stewardship of Tax Dollars. Agencies can improve their accountability, transparency, and stewardship by providing simplified Web interfaces that offer access to the agency’s public content, activity, and performance measures. For example, an agency can provide access to maps and content demonstrating its sound environmental practices, or how it’s allocating funds in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • 360-degree View of Projects. Agencies benefit from a single solution that can manage projects of any size, adapt to various levels of complexities within a project, and intelligently scale to meet the needs of various roles, functions, or skill levels in an organization and on a project team.
  • Complete Business Intelligence. Oracle’s technology solutions provide relevant insight to everyone in an organization through interactive dashboards, ad hoc queries, notifications and alerts, enterprise and financial reporting, scorecard and strategy management. This results in improved decision-making, better-informed actions, and more efficient business processes.
“Thanks to Oracle technologies and our virtual desk project, we will be able to offer all agents a personalized workspace tailored to their job. In the back office, this architecture will allow us to standardize our suite of applications and cut our maintenance costs by 50%.”
– Jean Pierre Desbenoit, Deputy Head of IT Systems and Modernization, Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile


Technology Solution Breakdown

  • Oracle Database – Back-end repository, spatial
  • Oracle WebCenter – Unstructured content, records management, social and collaboration, Web experience management, next-generation user experience, and portal
  • Oracle Business Intelligence – Includes reporting, dashboards, and drill-downs
  • Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
  • Oracle Autovue – View, redline, and collaborate on various document types, including CAD
Why Our Technology Solution Works
  • Industry standards-based technology allowing for ease of integration with existing technology investments
  • Complete and integrated stack of technologies for collaboration, Web content management, document management, records management, wikis,
  • and blogs
  • Data management platform able to view structured and unstructured data types, including CAD
  • Map integration, interactive map-based content search, and content search results displayed on an interactive map
  • Ability to centrally manage records in disparate locations: file system, SharePoint, content server, physical records


Only Oracle delivers a complete platform of database, middleware, applications, servers, and storage—all based on open standards—to transform transportation agencies.

Oracle Transportation Management:



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Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Today's WebCast - Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders

Join us today (03/21/2013 10am PST / 1pm EST) for an interesting presentation by Jeanne Bliss on

"The Five Critical Decisions Made by Beloved and Prosperous Companies"

Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast Series


Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

WebCenter Innovation Award Winners

Of course, here on our WebCenter blog – we’d like to highlight and brag about our great WebCenter winners.

The 2012 WebCenter Innovation Award Winners

University of Louisville

University of Louisville

  • Location: Louisville, KY, USA
  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Fusion Middleware Products: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, JDeveloper, WebLogic, Oracle BI, Oracle IdM

University of Louisville is a state supported research university

Statewide Informatics Network to improve public health

The University of Louisville has implemented WebCenter as part of the LOUI (Louisville Informatics Institute) Initiative, a Statewide Informatics Network, which will improve public healthcare and lower cost through the use of novel technology and next generation analytics, decision support and innovative outcomes-based payment systems.

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News Limited


News Limited

  • Country/Region: Australia
  • Industry: News/Media
  • FMW Products: WebCenter Sites
  • Single platform running websites for 50% of Australia's newspapers

News Corp is running half of Australia's newspaper websites on this shared platform powered by Oracle WebCenter Sites and have overtaken their nearest competitors and are now leading in terms of monthly page impressions. At peak they have over 250 editors on the system publishing in real-time.
Sites include: www.newsspace.com.au, www.news.com.au, www.theaustralian.com.au and many others

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Life Technologies

Life Technologies Corp.

Country/Region: Carlsbad, CA, USA
Industry: Life Sciences
FMW Products: WebCenter Portal, SOA Suite

Life Technologies Corp. is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition with innovative life science products. They were awarded an innovation award for their solution utilizing WebCenter Portal for remotely monitoring & repairing biotech instruments.

They deployed WebCenter as a portal that accesses Life Technologies cloud based service monitoring system where all customer deployed instruments can be remotely monitored and proactively repaired.  The portal provides alerts from these cloud based monitoring services directly to the customer and to Life Technologies Field Engineers.  The Portal provides insight into the instruments and services customers purchased for the purpose of analyzing and anticipating future customer needs and creating targeted sales and service programs.

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China Mobile

China Mobile Jiangsu

China Mobile Jiangsu is one of the biggest subsidiaries of China Mobile. It has over 25,000 employees and 40 million mobile subscribers.

  • Country/Region: Jiangsu, China
  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • FMW Products: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, JDeveloper, SOA Suite, IdM

They were awarded an Innovation Award for their new employee platform powered by WebCenter Portal is designed to serve their 25,000+ employees and help them drive collaboration & productivity.

JSMCC (Chian Mobile Jiangsu) Employee Enterprise Portal and Collaboration Platform. It is one of the China Mobile’s most important IT innovation projects. The new platform is designed to serve for JSMCC’s 25000+ employees and to help them improve the working efficiency, changing their traditional working mode to social ways, encouraging employees on business collaboration and innovation. The solution is built on top of Oracle WebCenter Portal Framework and WebCenter Spaces while also leveraging Weblogic Server, UCM, OID, OAM, SES, IRM and Oracle Database 11g. By providing rich collaboration services, knowledge management services, sensitive document protection services, unified user identity management services, unified information search services and personalized information integration capabilities, the working efficiency of JSMCC employees has been greatly improved.

Main Functionality : Information portal, office automation integration, personal space, group space, team collaboration with web2.0 services, unified search engine for multiple data sources, document management and protection. SSO for multiple platforms.

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LADWP – Los Angeles Department for Water and Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest public utility company in United States with over 1.6 Million customers. LADWP provides water and power for millions of residential & commercial customers in Southern California. LADWP also bills most of these customers for sanitation services provided by another city department.

  • Country/Region: US – Los Angeles, CA
  • Industry: Public Utility
  • FMW Products: WebCenter Portal, WebCenter Content, JDeveloper, SOA Suite, IdM

The new infrastructure consists of:

  • Oracle WebCenter Portal including mobile portal
  • Oracle WebCenter Content for Content Management and Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • Oracle OAM (IDM, OVD, OAM) integrated with AD for enterprise identity management
  • Oracle Siebel for CRM
  • Oracle DB
  • Oracle SOA Suite for integration of various subsystems and back end systems

 The new portal's features include:

  • Complete Graphical redesign based on best practices in UI Design for high usability
  • Customer Self Service implemented through MyAccount (Bill Pay, Payment History, Bill History, Usage Analysis, Service Request Management)
  • Financial Assistance Programs (CRM, WebCenter)
  • Customer Rebate Programs (CRM, WebCenter)
  • Turn On/Off/Transfer of services (Commercial & Residential)
  • Outage Reporting
  • eNotification (SMS, email)
  • Multilingual (English & Spanish) – using WebCenter multi-language support
  • Section 508 (ADA) Compliant
  • Search – Using WebCenter SES (Secured Enterprise Search)
  • Distributed Authorship in WebCenter Content
  • Mobile Access (any Mobile Browser)




Friday Jul 20, 2012

The CXO in the Next-Generation Enterprise

Michael Fauscette

Todays guest post by:
Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC
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The CXO in the Next-Generation Enterprise

Less than six years ago, no company had a Facebook page or Tweeted about its brand on Twitter. In fact, just a little more than 12 years ago, most companies treated Websites like a billboard — a destination where people went to “learn” about the company’s products. Brands controlled their messages and presented those messages to customers and prospects.

Today, prospects and customers look for information about a brand online everywhere but the company-controlled Website. Social networks offer trust-filtered advice and information that’s perceived as much more accurate. The social Web, with its communities and user-generated content, has helped fuel a change in attitudes and expectations across a broad population.

Another key trend, consumerization of IT, has created a different path of innovation in business, where the most innovative ideas and technologies are formed in the consumer space and pulled into the enterprise, again creating different expectations and empowered action.

Business is under pressure from customers, employees, stockholders, stakeholders and partners to do things differently, as the economy shifts away from the old industrial models into an age driven by information and the Internet’s ability to create different business models, communication channels, and open systems. Nowhere in business are these pressures felt more than in the executive suites across all industries, and spreading to all geographies.

Traditional management and leadership models, just like business models, were created for a different time, and are starting to fall short in helping businesses adapt to change. As the pace of change accelerates, executives are finding that strategy isn’t something that can be static, but instead must be flexible and adaptable to real-time inputs ranging from customer feedback to changing market conditions. Old command-and-control, hierarchical organizational structures are too siloed and inhibit knowledge-sharing and a collaborative culture.

Management models, just like business models, must adapt to the next-generation enterprise that is mobile, social, collaborative, data-driven, and has an adaptable and flexible business strategy. Next-generation executives will:

    • “Coach” instead of “manage”

    • Value and reward personal responsibility and accountability

    • Foster an open and transparent culture that leads to higher ethical standards

    • Build a culture that rewards knowledge-sharing and breaks down old knowledge-hoarding tendencies; information is the life blood of a next-generation enterprise

    • Operate in an empowering environment where employees have the power to and feel the obligation to speak up and take action when things are not working correctly

    • Power and communication are networked (not hierarchical) with people-centric nodes connecting the enterprise together, people to people, people to data, people to information, and people to system

    • All stakeholders have a voice and can influence the community that is now the essence of the business

    • Managers exist to serve, not be served

Business is changing, and management and business models must change to stay competitive. The changes are mostly about culture, and culture often does not change quickly. People fall back to habits that are comfortable, and resist change that seems uncomfortable. While a lot of the changes that businesses are experiencing are coming bottom-up, it is critical that executives understand these changes and adapt to create an environment of empowerment and collaboration.


Organic Business Networks - featuring Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC



To hear more with featured guest speaker, Michael Fauscette, GVP, Software Business Solutions, IDC -  Watch the On-Demand webcast of the Oracle Social Business Thought Leader Webcast Series - “Organic Business Networks: Doing Business in a Hyper-Connected World”

Monday Jul 16, 2012

New Technology Trends: Oracle Social Business Thought Leaders

In today’s always-connected, global environment, the business world is increasingly flat. Organizations must operate 24/7 utilizing teams distributed in different locations and time zones. These frequently ad-hoc but critical workgroups are the heart of the new social enterprise—driving business processes forward, spearheading change to keep an organization vibrant and relevant, and driving innovation to ensure business success.

Join us for our Social Business Thought Leaders Webcast series featuring industry experts with leading perspectives about how social tools, technology, and the changing workplace are affecting businesses today.


Coming up later this week, we’ll be broadcasting a fascinating discussion with one of the major technology thought leaders of this decade, Andy Mulholland. We featured Andy earlier in our webcast series and there was so much interest and so much more to discuss, that we invited him back another time. 

The topic this week will be: Top 10 Technology Trends Driving Business Innovation

Register Here
Thursday, July 19, 2012 10a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET 

- Hosted by Christian Finn

- Featuring: Andy Mulholland, Global CTO, Capgemini

Here's a preview from Andy's "CTOBlog" - Ten Game Changing Technology Shifts in 2012 - 

For those of you that aren't familiar with Andy. Here's a snip of his bio from the CTOBlog.

Andy Mulholland was formerly Capgemini Global Chief Technology Officer, Andy was a member of the Capgemini Group management board and advised on all aspects of technology-driven market changes, together with being a member of the Policy Board for the British Computer Society. Andy is the author of many white papers, and the co-author of three books that have charted the current changes in technology and its use by business starting in 2006 with ‘Mashup Corporations’ detailing how enterprises could make use of Web 2.0 to develop new go to market propositions. This was followed in May 2008 by Mesh Collaboration focusing on the impact of Web 2.0 on the enterprise front office and its working techniques, then in 2010 “Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology leaders” co-authored with well-known academic Peter Fingar and one of the leading authorities on business process, John Pyke. The book describes the wider business implications of Cloud Computing with the promise of on-demand business innovation. It looks at how businesses trade differently on the web using mash-ups but also the challenges in managing more frequent change through social tools, and what happens when cloud comes into play in fully fledged operations. Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the world in 2009 by InfoWorld and is grateful to readers of Computing Weekly who voted the Capgemini CTOblog the best Blog for Business Managers and CIOs each year for the last three years.

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Can You Name the Trends?

No need to do the research. Come to this Webcast and find out. Join the conversation as Andy discusses the 10 game-changing technology trends that will enable business innovation.

As you might expect, three of the trends discussed will be:

  • Mobility: from nice-to-have to a cornerstone of user engagement
  • Big data: how to acquire, organize, and analyze it
  • Cloud computing: how to build applications, automate processes, collaborate, and secure the enterprise

But you’ll have to attend the Webcast to learn about the other seven trends. Register now. And profit from the experience.

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Extending the Power of Oracle WebCenter Content Through CARA

Guest post provided by Oracle Partner, Generis.

The power of Oracle WebCenter Content – extended through CARA

Oracle WebCenter Content just got a great companion product – CARA from Generis, an Oracle Gold Partner. CARA is a web-based interface on top of WebCenter Content and it provides both a high-performance / high functionality end-user experience, as well as a full suite of configuration tools that allow you to build a business use case for Oracle WebCenter without coding. CMSwire recently reviewed CARA and called it “a pretty slick tool”.

Free Webinar from Generis and Oracle

John Klinke from Oracle and James Kelleher from Generis will be running a demo of CARA for Oracle WebCenter on 19th July 2012 at 11am Eastern Time (USA). This demo will feature the CARA user interface and configuration layer, focusing on the benefits to end users as well as the configuration layer and the associated ROI savings from configuring Oracle WebCenter to meet your requirements rather than coding.

Sign up here for the webinar.

About CARA

So what does CARA offer on top of the Oracle WebCenter? There are two main aspects.

1) A fast, efficient user interface. Slow UIs are one of the biggest reasons that Content Management projects fail. The second biggest reason is if the UI is “unfit for purpose” and the CARA UI has evolved over the last few years based on direct studies with user groups. The team from Generis spent time looking at how users work – how they create content, relate it, push it through the lifecycle – and finding ways of reducing clicks, showing more information on a single screen, and doing intelligent automation based on the system predicting what users are going to do next.

2) A full configuration layer. The largest cost involved in any Content Management project is tailoring the platform to meet the specific business requirements. Typically this meant months of coding / customization, with the associated testing and then upgrade headaches and cost. CARA provides a vast range of configuration items – basically covering everything from how the UI looks for each user through to the business rules e.g. properties screens, folder rules, automated security and so on. In fact, CARA has so much configuration, that Generis is offering a zero customization policy - if customers need a new feature, it will be added as a configurable feature available to everyone. The team from Generis has even created “pre-packaged” configuration start points for various use cases such as Quality Documents, Human Resources, Legal, and a range of Life Sciences cases including eTMF, submissions / eCTD, Correspondence and Commitment Tracking, and Change Control.

Part of the reason CARA is so flexible is that it is a JAVA application built using the Google Web Toolkit (which means it works in any browser). CARA is available also as a mobile solution and in multiple languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Polish.

Desktop-in-a-browser

When you first see CARA open, it is pretty unusual for a web application – in fact, it looks like you are working on a Windows machine inside your browser. You can have multiple windows open on your screen (so you can efficiently multi-task) and you can do things like drag and drop between windows.

Apart from the usual lists of documents and menus / buttons, there are some other unique things about CARA, which you won’t find in other web UIs. For example, the Widgets Panel shows (not surprisingly) widgets of information about documents that you click on – you can choose from several out of the box widgets, or actually build your own through configuration – including pulling information from third party systems via web services (think JD Edwards, Siebel, databases…). This makes the Widgets incredibly flexible and powerful.

Also – to solve one of the biggest problems in content management (“how do I find my stuff”), CARA has a tool called Dimensions – it’s the ultimate replacement for either fixed-folder navigation or running explicit searches. Basically, choose up to 5 levels of attributes by which you want to browse the repository, and each user has their own virtual folder structure. You can pre-define dimensions for roles or scenarios to make it easier for users to find appropriate groups of documents or filter them by different combinations. This is probably the #1 favorite feature when we talk to users.

In the spirit of Oracle dashboards, CARA also has its own Dashboards where you can access reports as charts or tables, export to Excel, and so on:

All of this is underpinned with the configuration layer which allows you to configure both the user interface (layout, availability of functions per group and so on) as well as the business rules (for example security / folders / audits based on attribute value rules, properties screens, property inheritance / auto-generation). The entire configuration is done through the CARA UI, requiring zero coding – cutting cost and time of implementation dramatically:




 Don't forget to sign up and attend the Free Webinar from Generis and Oracle to learn more about CARA

John Klinke from Oracle and James Kelleher from Generis will be running a demo of CARA for Oracle WebCenter on 19th July 2012 at 11am Eastern Time (USA). This demo will feature the CARA user interface and configuration layer, focusing on the benefits to end users as well as the configuration layer and the associated ROI savings from configuring Oracle WebCenter to meet your requirements rather than coding.

Sign up here for the webinar.

Friday Jun 29, 2012

The Customer Experience Revolution is Now

To conclude this week’s focus on customer experience, I’ll end by recapping how my week began in New York City at The Experience RevolutionWe all know that customers increasingly call the shots, and that winning or losing depends on how well we manage to meet their expectations. Today’s customers have a multitude of choices and are quick to jump ship following a poor experience. As a result, delivering an experience that is relevant, interactive, engaging, and consistent across channels and fostering rewarding relationships are increasingly important to business success.  It is only through exceptional customer experiences that companies can expect to acquire new customers and maintain their loyalty. 

Over 400 of us gathered at Gotham Hall on Monday night to hear Oracle President Mark Hurd introduce Oracle Customer Experience, a cross-stack suite of customer experience products that include Oracle RightNow CX Cloud ServiceOracle EndecaOracle ATG Web CommerceOracle WebCenter,Oracle Siebel CRMOracle Fusion CRMOracle Social Network, and Oracle Knowledge Management. I'd encourage you check out this video to hear Mark explain why having a good product isn't good enough in the wake of the customer experience revolution.

The Experience Revolution event itself was designed to deliver the kind of rich experience that sticks with you, using an interactive gallery of customer experience to deliver an individualized experience to each attendee through a combination of touch screens and near field communication technology.  Over the coming weeks we’ll share some of these customer experience vignettes with you. In the interim, you can learn more about Oracle Customer Experience solutions here.


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