How The Co-op Cut Time to Hire in Two Quarters by Daryl Eicher

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We had to re-imagine our recruitment service…

When you’re one of the largest co-operatives in the world with £9.5 billion in revenue and your hiring managers are spending 4 minutes and 60 clicks to open a job requisition, what will it do for in-store performance to cut that to 30 seconds and 5 clicks? Yvonne Foster, Head of Resourcing Services at The Co-op, wanted to know.

Connected HCM was part of the answer and her team set out to reduce their time to hire as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Yvonne spoke with me about their journey to digitize their Recruit to Hire process as part of our customer success series

The Co-op Reimagines Connected Recruiting

The Co-op automated their recruitment process to reduce hiring time by connecting and extending their HCM Cloud. Head of Resourcing Services Yvonne Foster shares how Oracle Integration helped accelerate her innovation.

Finding and engaging enough of the right talent in their retail grocery line of business meant extending and connecting SaaS and on-premises applications including Oracle HCM Cloud, Taleo, and multiple third-party systems.

After receiving estimates of two years to implement their digital strategy from SaaS and cloud platform vendors, they knew they needed a faster and less risky approach. Using Oracle Integration as their digital transformation platform, they were live in two quarters with game-changing results:

Congratulations to our partner Capgemini for this successful implementation.

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Click-to-Launch Solution Stacks with Marketplace to the Oracle Cloud by Andrew Reichman

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Oracle is excited to announce that you can now launch fully automated solution templates or stacks directly from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Marketplace to your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure environment. This capability is a key enhancement to our third-party software marketplace for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

With stacks, you can evaluate, select, and deploy end-to-end solutions from our partners that are validated to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and are supported by the partner. Partners are working closely with us to create fully automated solution templates that build optimal environments for their solutions to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. All you need to do is enter the parameters for your implementation and press go. The tool spins up a tailored set of fully configured resources for the solution, including compute, network, storage, and any other services that it uses.

With this new capability, Oracle technology partners can bring their solutions to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and enable one-click deployment of complete customer environments on our cloud. Because we chose to build the automation on the widely adopted open source Terraform framework instead of a proprietary platform, partners can use their existing scripts to get up and running faster. In the upcoming months, we’ll make dozens of new solution stacks available, making the enterprise-class performance and scale of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure more easily usable for a range of enterprise solutions. Read the complete article here.

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Additional new content PaaS Partner Community

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· Quality Control: How to Track a Diamond’s Journey Consumers want to ensure that their diamonds weren’t sold to finance insurgencies or wars, and insurers want to stop theft and fraud. Startup Everledger creates “a unique thumbprint from 40 metadata points of a diamond and records that into the blockchain,” says founder and CEO Leanne Kempuses, aspiring to trace the “lifetime journey” of a diamond from the mine to the end consumer. Tracking other high-value goods with emerging technology.

· Interview: The IoT Is in the Applications By now businesses are convinced that IoT can improve their operations, “but they really don’t want to assemble IoT solutions themselves,” says Oracle’s Bhagat Nainani. Instead, they want to see IoT data from industrial operations, manufacturing, transportation, and field service integrated into the business application they already use. Five examples.

· Free Ebook: SaaS for Dummies

· Using AI to Match Patients with Clinical Trials With tens of thousands of clinical trials worldwide, “it’s very hard to know what you’re eligible for,” says Dan Kuenzig, a director in Oracle’s Strategic Programs. Enter The Opportunity Project, a US-government-led initiative that attacks this and other problems by giving private software engineers swaths of “open” federal data so they can apply emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing resources to the analysis. How does it work?

· Data, AI, and Analytics: What Matters Most It’s a challenge for business leaders to know what technology trends to invest in first. Business intelligence and analytics expert Bruno Aziza suggests three trends that will define the years 2020 to 2030: cloud-based data control, more integration of analytics, and the embrace of artificial intelligence. The research behind his advice

· This Week’s Headlines: Blockchain Choice, Impending Disaster, Game Publishing Unbound and More Experts at Blockchain Cleveland sort out when to use a distributed ledger. Oracle’s Matthew O’Keefe asks why we miss signals of impending disaster. The Dragon Ball games publisher says that it will not be bound by established ideas. And how Puerto Rico wants to “become the center of the world for resiliency and rebuilding.” Plus new videos, events, and more

· ERP and Blockchain Work Together for Complex, Multiparty Transactions | Beth Stackpole 

· Synchronized Patient Health Data with Blockchain Technology | Neil Cattermull

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Everything As Code – Article for PTK by Phil Wilkins

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PTK (Pass The Knowledge) is the new name for the Independent UK Oracle User Group‘s journal, previously known as Oracle Scene.  Yesterday saw the 1st release under its new name, and I’m proud to say that I have an article included called Everything as Code.

Not only that,  it is great to see the journal includes the appearance of one of my Oracle Team colleagues at CapgeminiAmy Simpson-Grange (here).

The magazine features the approach trialled in the last issue of Oracle Scene where the Journal was split in two – one half focusing on Oracle Applications and Applications Technology and the other on Oracle core technologies i.e PaaS, IaaS, Database, Infrastructure etc.  it also just happens that Amy appears in one half, and I in the other.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the high quality of articles that reflect the diversity of Oracle’s portfolio and community – covering things like Women In IT, Conversational AI, Sanjeevan Bala from Channel 4 discussing the use of Data Science, Database Security and Table Scans. Read the complete article here.

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Blockchain Supply Chain App for Intelligent Track & Trace by Mary Hall

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Blockchain technology offers  greater transparency and a single source of truth for for participants using supply chain networks. Intelligent track and trace of orders, goods and delays via blockchain could expedite the sending and receipt of goods.

Today’s supply chains produce multiple data points often times resulting in thousands of daily transactions that need to be validated and confirmed.

While all this "big data" data presents opportunities, it can also be incredibly difficult to manage, especially if that data isn’t properly validated by all parties. The lack of validation can expose organizations to risk, especially if they are trying to track supply chain goods that are regulated by law.   For supply chain tracking, blockchain technology offers some unique benefits.

  • Traceability: Full audit tail of data throughout the supply chain
  • Compliance: Single, timestamped, tamper-proof source of data
  • Flexibility: Real-time rule-based verification of multi-party confirmations
  • Reliable transactions: Trusted digital signature based peer to peer interactions

Intelligent Track and Trace on Blockchain for Supply Chain
Oracle’s Blockchain Supply Chain Application is designed to help organizations meet some of the business problems posed by supply chain networks.

In late 2018, Oracle announced a new suite of Blockchain Applications at Oracle OpenWorld. Since the announcement, Oracle has been closely collaborating with  early adopters to gather their feedback to help design the Blockchain Apps.  At MBX, March 19-21 in Las Vegas, Oracle experts  will share aggregated learnings from their design partner engagements and take a deep dive into our first Blockchain Application Offering: Oracle Intelligent Track and Trace. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Integration Approach to RPA by Phil Wilkins

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With the recent announcement of working with Automation Anywhere (press release here) adding to the partnership already in place with UiPath, Oracle’s approach to Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is differing to other players such as SAP and Pega Systems for example who have acquired vendors.

It is an interesting question as to whether partnering is the right solution given that RPA vendors can and do challenge the need for an integration platform. After all with the exception of IoT most solutions have an some form of UI or API the robot can connect to. This assertion whilst isn’t wrong it fundamentally overlooks the ability to push transaction volumes through, UIs are vulnerable to change, the ability to apply very robust security. But when discussing integration needs with business rather than technology leaders such factors can be so easily overlooked.

Whilst acquisition is a possibility, unless Oracle acquires one of the big three (Automation Anywhere, UiPath, Blue Prism) they are likely to end up with a less established and/or less feature rich offering, that could very easily be perceived as an expensive OIC adaptor. Where as by having now partnered with two of the three major players, it is easier to sell the story that the technologies can be complimentary. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Process Cloud – linking to a process instance by Niall Commiskey

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Use case here – Customer wants a process creator to be notified when a process has completed.
In this case, an email containing a link to the process history in Workspace. I try this out with the my instance id –

Now to my process – not the most complex of processes, I’m sure you will agree. Read the complete article here

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Process Automation: Tips and Tricks for Forms in Oracle Integration free on-demand training

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Explore the samples to learn about several features, such as wizards, tables, and dynamic lists, that you can add to a form in a process application. Pick and choose from topics that interest you.

Attend the training here.

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Quick steps for setting up a Gateway Node in Oracle API Cloud Service By Sven Bernhardt

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (APIP CS) is an API Management Platform for covering the complete API lifecycle. A general overview about the solution is provided in one of my previous blog posts.

In this blog post, I’ll summarize the steps that are needed to setup a first API Gateway Gateway Node.

Logical Gateway and Gateway Nodes

Before getting started with the Gateway setup, a basic concept needs to be clarified.

Oracle APIP CS support the concept of a so called Logical Gateway, which depicts a logical configuration and management unit for the several Gateway Nodes. A Gateway Node is a physical representation of a API Gateway. It is the runtime component, where APIs are exposed to the outside world and where the defined API policies are enforced, when an API is called by a client.

From a subscription perspective the number of Logical Gateways is the relevant criterium with respect to the occurring costs. No matter, on how many Gateway Nodes are registered to a Logical Gateway.

Installation

Prerequisites

Before getting started with the installation, a respective Compute Node (OCI, AWS, Azure, On-Premise) instance is needed on which the Gateway Node should be deployed. In my case, I used a OCI Compute instance, which I setup using the OCI console. Read the complete article here.

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FlexDeploy Loves Oracle API Platform: Series Overview by Joel Wenzel

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APIs are everywhere.  The API boom is upon us and Oracle doesn’t intend to sit this one out.  Oracle API Platform, released in 2017, is Oracle’s answer to API lifecyle management and provides everything you would expect from a typical API abstraction layer such as:

  • Direct integration with an API designer (Apiary)
  • About 2 dozen out of the box policies such as OAuth security and API Rate limiting
  • In depth analytics of API requests

We are excited to announce that FlexDeploy now offers robust support for Oracle’s API Platform.  In the coming posts we are going to walk through the core features of the plugin and discuss some API management strategies. We’ll be covering:

After reading through this series you will have an understanding on how to provision Oracle API infrastructure as well as several different approaches to managing your APIs via FlexDeploy.

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