Solve digital transformation challenges using Oracle Cloud

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Digital transformation is an omnipresent topic today, providing a lot of challenges as well as chances. Due to that, customers are asking about how to deal with those challenges and how to leverage from the provided chances. Frequently asked questions in this area are:

  • How can we modernize existing applications?
  • What are the key elements for a future-proven strategy IT system architecture?
  • How can the flexibility as well as the agility of the IT system landscape be ensured?

But from our experience there’s no common answer for these questions, since every customer has individual requirements and businesses, but it is necessary to find pragmatic solutions, which leverage from existing best Practices – it is not necessary to completely re-invent the wheel.

With our new poster „Four Pillars of Digitalization based on Oracle Cloud“ (Download it here) , we try to deliver a set of harmonized reference models which we evolved based on our practical experience, while conceiving modern, future-oriented solutions in the area of modern application designs, integrative architectures, modern infrastructure solutions and analytical architectures. The guiding principle, which is the basis for our architectural thoughts is: Design for Change. If you want to learn more, you can refer to our corresponding Ebook (find the Ebook here, only available in German at the moment).

Usually the technological base for modern application architectures today is based on Cloud services, where the offerings of different vendors are constantly growing. Here it is important to know which Cloud services are the right ones to implement a specific use case. Our poster „Four Pillars of Digitalization based on Oracle Cloud“ shows the respective Cloud services of our strategic partner Oracle, which can be used to address specific challenges in the area of digitalization. Get the poster here.

 

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Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform: The Vision for Efficient and Productive Enterprise–Webcast June 7th 2018

Join us in our ongoing ‘Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform’ webcast series to learn more about the transformative Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) based cloud platform services. The first presentation of the series will cover the vision of the Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform and the value it adds to your business.

In this session you will learn about:

  • The vision for Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform that extends Autonomous capabilities across the entire Oracle Cloud Platform 
  • How Oracle is applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) to its entire next-generation Cloud Platform services to help customers lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights
  • Get guidance on how to get started with Oracle Autonomous Cloud Platform

For details please visit the registration page here.

 

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Wellness First: an inside look at Beacon technology by Alessia Sacchi

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“Just like lighthouses have helped sailors navigate the world for thousands of years, electronic beacons can be used to provide precise location and contextual cues within apps to help you navigate the world.” (The Google Beacons development team)

What I find thrilling about beacons is that in their simplest sense they are unaware of themselves or any devices around them and we – humans – are not aware of them. So how is possible that these tiny transmitters are being used to help people in their daily lives? According to reports, 5 million beacons attached to the walls around the world are used to offer great help to people with regard to an array of things like travel, shopping, parking, entertainment, transportation, inventory management, assets tracking, indoor navigation  and at last but not least in the healthcare space through more efficient processes and improved patient-care.

Wellness First is a fictitious gym that utilizes beacons to improve the customer experience. In this post we’ll take a close look at the Ionic Framework Mobile App I’ve built that uses Estimote beacons to target a customer located near the room where a Yoga class  is just about to start and offers an unbeatable discount. Read the complete article here.

 

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Techniques used to build PaaS4SaaS Mashup using Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service by Angelo Santagata

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Introduction

Oracle ABCS is Oracles new citizen developer service allowing citizen developers the ability to quickly build applications for the web/mobile web. A common request from SaaS customers is the desire to have both standalone and embeded custom screens for their SaaS solutions. These obviously need to be feature rich, sexy UIs and above all built quickly. Before ABCS was announced, the best answer for this was for the business user to get a developer to build the application using a web framework, e.g. Oracles Java based ADF Framework or, HTML5 frameworks like Oracle Jet or Angular. For complex applications this would be appropriate but for simple applications it is an overkill and clogs up IT/developers time.

This blog article goes through a simple PaaS/SaaS usecase where we explore the architecture, and design principles, used to create a rich user interface using the ABCS Service. Specifically this usecase mashes up data from more than one datasource, namely Oracle Sales Cloud and Service Cloud and additionally integrates with external services like Google maps.

The classic “Customer 360 Use case”

In this use-case, the business user wants to view their customers in three categories. Customers who are considered “Hot”  are those with open opportunities in Sales Cloud. Customers who are considered “Supporting” are ones with open Service cloud tickets and finally the rest are considered “Passive” customers. Additionally the user wants to display the customer locations on map and show a relevant graph of the customers against the open opportunities/incidents.

In addition the user wants to be able to drill into a specific account and see the details of the account, their opportunities in Sales Cloud and the customers related Incidents in Service Cloud. Read the complete article here.

The Anki-MedRec Platform

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The Anki-MedRec initiative is essentially an experimental platform with some basic elements at its core such as:

  • a System of Record (Avitek- MedRec) to act as a discussion point around Systems of Record, and the need to differentiate and innovate outside of the Systems of Record.
  • a re-developed version of the MedRec demo application based on a Microservices based approach to deliver learnings around developing Cloud Native Applications and DevOps.
  • some basic CRUD APIs against MedRec to provide a starting point upon which participants can bring their innovative ideas to explore and prove.
  • a sample User Interface that interacts with the new microservices-based APIs to demonstrate what is required and possible when improving customer experience.

The Anki-MedRec will serve as a vehicle to overlay innovative ideas and implement them using various Cloud Services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and Open Source software. We hope that it will encourage learning and innovation from a number of perspectives whether you are running a workshop, running a conference, a hackathon or just self-learning around the following areas:

  • Polyglot Development (Java, JavaScript, Python, Node.js etc)
  • APIs
  • Integration
  • Security
  • Containers
  • Source Code Management and Control (GitHub)
  • Operating System (Linux)
  • Mobility, Chatbots, Robotics (including Cozmo from Anki)

So by now you have already worked it out, we have developed the API’s to help us to get to do some creative, fun, learning real fast. Read the complete article here.

Oracle Internet of Things Fleet Monitoring Cloud

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Your fleet is on the road daily — collecting miles, carrying cargo, fulfilling orders. Wouldn’t you like to capture that useful data and align it with your business? So start collecting data today. Put your company on a fast track with Oracle Internet of Things Fleet Monitoring Cloud. Accelerate your fleet management operations, streamline your supply chain, and improve customer satisfaction. Watch the video here.

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A Quick Word About Modern Software Architecture by Francisco Arturo Viveros

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Designing effective software has always been a challenging endeavour, but "challenging" has taken on a whole new meaning lately with all the options, trends and influences flying around the IT landscape. Modernization has bred concepts such as Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Web APIs, IoT, Serverless, etc., which are proving to be much more than just buzzwords and are consistently altering both the business and the technical side of what we understand as Software Architecture.

From the perspective of a solution architect, many things have actually changed in just a few years. And "Change" is indeed the keyword here, as the ability to enable, manage, leverage and generally deal with it, has become a critical asset to thrive in this particular role. Also, with so much in our plates, we need to stay level-headed even as we mix it up in the search for the scalable, flexible and cost-effective solutions demanded by a hyper-competitive market.

But what do we really mean when we apply the term "Modern" to Software Architecture?; which qualities, attributes or else need to be there for a system to be labeled as "Modern"?. As always, there’s no silver bullet, panache or manifest which will let us achieve all of our goals and solve all of our problems. However, there are plenty of building blocks which in the right configuration can sketch out interesting paths towards innovation, modernization and beyond. There’s also no textbook definition which can suffice in this regard, for at the end of the day, the concept of a "Modern" Architecture can be much better understood under the light of our day-to-day reality and the ever evolving relationship between information systems and human society. Read the complete article here.

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The Art of Intelligence – A Practical Introduction Machine Learning by Lucas Jellema

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Watch the video here.

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PLAYING AT WORK

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Sometimes work can also be play – and guess what, that’s good for the worker and for the work. Read this new article about how work and play intersect in the research conducted by the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) group’s emerging technologies team, the AppsLab. For more from the AppsLab and what they’re researching, visit their blog. Two recent series of posts were on the developer experience and fun with Facebook.

CONFERENCE SEASON
The OAUX team’s on-site lab had a busy April, traveling the country and welcoming more than 100 Oracle customers and partners at various conferences to a series of one-on-one usability feedback sessions, focus groups on FinTech, collaborative design jams on mobile cloud analytics, and more. Read more about where we’ve been on the OAUX blog in our latest post. We’ve also built photo albums from our recent trips in the last month. Visit the OAUX team’s Facebook page to see us in action and follow us on Twitter.

Wellness First: an inside look at Beacon technology by Alessia Sacchi

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“Just like lighthouses have helped sailors navigate the world for thousands of years, electronic beacons can be used to provide precise location and contextual cues within apps to help you navigate the world.” (The Google Beacons development team)

What I find thrilling about beacons is that in their simplest sense they are unaware of themselves or any devices around them and we – humans – are not aware of them. So how is possible that these tiny transmitters are being used to help people in their daily lives? According to reports, 5 million beacons attached to the walls around the world are used to offer great help to people with regard to an array of things like travel, shopping, parking, entertainment, transportation, inventory management, assets tracking, indoor navigation  and at last but not least in the healthcare space through more efficient processes and improved patient-care.

Wellness First is a fictitious gym that utilizes beacons to improve the customer experience. In this post we’ll take a close look at the Ionic Framework Mobile App I’ve built that uses Estimote beacons to target a customer located near the room where a Yoga class  is just about to start and offers an unbeatable discount. Read the complete article here.