2nd vs 3rd Generation API Platforms – A Comprehensive Comparison by Luis Augusto Weir

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Earlier in the year, June to be exact, I published the OTN article 3rd-Generation API Management: From Proxies to Micro-Gateways -based on a concept I presented in an Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Presentation titled API management in the year 2026.
In summary, the article talks about how in the digital era requirements have changed when it comes to getting access to information. Fact that modern applications demand information in real time and expect it to be available 24×7, and also the side effect of cloud adoption which is causing information to become more and more federated amongst multiple cloud applications (from different vendors) and on-premises systems -as they won’t go away that easily.
The article continues by explaining that although REST APIs play a critical role in providing such critical access, the underlaying technology stack that have traditionally enabled SOA architectures, typically based on monolithic middleware, will struggle to satisfy the aforementioned needs. The article concludes by explaining that a new form of platform, one that is light-weight, portable, hybrid and cloud-agnostic, REST/JSON native, Microservices Architecture ready, a 3rd generation, is ultimately required.
You might recognised the following picture from some tweets and articles: Read the complete article here.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Choose Oracle’s PaaS by Jay Chugh

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The Power of Oracle PaaS

From cloud computing discussions, you know that Platform is THE underlying force that turns bright enterprise ideas and prototypes into fully functional applications. It’s the platform that decodes all layers of complexity to rapidly build a new application or cost-effectively modernize an existing application.

The platform offers front-end tooling with various frameworks and languages to tee-up the application logic. It ties in data services such as relational databases, NoSQL databases, Big data platforms such as Hadoop and Spark to manage large volumes of data, and ensures integration with other applications and systems through open source and proprietary tools and technologies. The platform also makes the app ‘intelligent’ by building analytics driven by AI and ML. When the entire power of the platform is offered as a fully-managed and cohesive set of cloud services, it becomes Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Mindshift to a DevOps Culture

There’s a fundamental mind shift happening in enterprise IT today. Development and IT have traditionally had distinct charters; Development focused on building and deploying the application while operations was mainly concerned about standardization, security, and performance.

But with digital transformation as the mega movement, there was a need to change how applications were built and deployed. Enterprises cared about faster time-to-market, developers cared about faster release cycles by automating the build-deploy-operate process with CI/CD, and IT operations cared about standardization and performance.

All of this converged with the DevOps tool ecosystem, and a new DevOps culture and organizational design inside the enterprise. Consequently, businesses such as Instacart, Lyft, and others are taking on a DevOps and microservices approach by building and releasing features rapidly while keeping operational constraints in mind. But now the platform has to be flexible enough to support the needs of the new DevOps organization.

Oracle PaaS – Designed for the Modern DevOps Enterprise

You’ve heard about Oracle’s SaaS and database offerings. We even announced the world’s first self-driving database at the Oracle OpenWorld 2017. But the underlying ‘force’ that enables you to extract even greater value from your SaaS and on-premises applications is Oracle’s Platform as a Service (PaaS). It is a highly differentiated platform that enables enterprises to accelerate innovation for all applications and IT needs. The Oracle Cloud Platform (PaaS) is a comprehensive, standards-based, fully integrated combination of Oracle and other open source technologies to build, deploy, migrate and manage a variety of different application workloads in the cloud at a significantly lower operational cost.

And, we’re going to offer five reasons why you should choose Oracle PaaS for your Application Development needs. Read the complete article here.

 

 

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The Cloud User Experience Rapid Development Kit

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The Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience Rapid Development Kit (RDK) is a set of free resources that will help you learn faster, design simpler and build better.

Use the RDK to leverage the
PaaS for SaaS
advantage
.

New versions of the RDKs are now available. Read about the latest enhancements in this OAUX blog post

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My First Blockchain in the Oracle Cloud by Lonneke Dikmans

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Being an integration person I am very interested in Blockchain architecture as an alternative for ‘traditional’ integration options like ‘Enterprise SOA’ and Centralized Master Data Management.

This blog will not discuss the architecture of blockchain, but describes how you can get started as a developer with blockchain using Oracle Cloud. It assumes you have an instance of Oracle Compute Cloud at your disposal and describes how to get started wth MultiChain.
I executed the following steps:

  1. Create two instances of Oracle Compute Cloud
  2. Install MultiChain
  3. Create the first chain
Create two instances of Oracle Compute Cloud

To show the concept of the block chain you need to create at least two nodes. In this case I created two instances of Oracle Compute Cloud Classic. Read the complete article here.

For more information please see the Blockchain Partner Resource Kit here.

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Blockchain announcement by Joost Volker

 

imageOracle’s announcement of the new Blockchain Cloud Service at OOW17 was very well received by our customers, partners and analysts. This came shortly after the August announcement that Oracle has joined the Hyperledger project, which provided clear directions that Oracle embarks on open source collaboration, modular architecture, horizontal/cross-industry technology support, and support for enterprise needs. (see Oracle announcement: Oracle Cements Interest on Blockchain: Joins Hyperledger). The Hyperledger project is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology

Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service is a new offering that is part of Oracle’s comprehensive platform-as-a service, more particularly part of our modern Application Development portfolio. In alignment with Oracle PaaS strategy, each new service can be deployed in its own right to deploy for customer projects, but is very much designed to deliver best value add in combination with other Oracle PaaS, SaaS and on-premise Applications, leveraging our IaaS components and choice of deployment.

Two other key capabilities of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Services are the possibility to set up a turn-key sandbox environment for corporate IT developers and ISVs and the ease of on-boarding and connecting members and creating and supporting smart contracts. Both will enable you as a partners and your customers to kick off internal projects very easily and promote these to a production environment quickly and at scale.

To get you up to speed on blockchain, we would recommend the following article: What Is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. And visit the Blockchain pages on oracle.com for technical explanation and listing of different use cases.

Interested to learn more about Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service and what it could mean to your customers? Stay tuned as we will release more in-depth and technical documentation soon. For further information please contact:

  • Joost Volker, Director Cloud Platform for Connect & Extend, running Blockchain Incubation Programme
  • Thrasos Thrasyvoulou, Business Development Dir, Cloud Platform for Application Development

For more information please see the Blockchain Partner Resource Kit here.

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New Oracle Tech Simplifies Internet Of Things Deployments In The Field by Michael Hickins

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Oracle this week demonstrated new capabilities for its Internet of Things technology, which businesses can use to better manage their field equipment and assets as well as improve customer service performed by field technicians. Customers using the new capabilities have reported being able to deploy IoT into their workflows two to three times faster than before, according to Oracle executives who presented to a roomful of journalists at company headquarters in Redwood City, California.

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Oracle IoT Cloud Service lets operations managers monitor equipment and line status remotely.

Oracle is embedding IoT and data analytics technology into specific business applications running business operation workflows, such as those of Oracle CX Cloud (which includes sales, marketing, and customer service applications) and Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud (which addresses issues in factory maintenance).

Oracle’s IoT applications portfolio includes Oracle Cloud-based IoT asset monitoring, production monitoring, connected workers, and fleet monitoring applications. Read the complete article here.

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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.