What’s New in SOA Suite 12c – Rapid Installation by Bruce Tierney

By now, you have probably read about the biggest release of Oracle SOA Suite in the last 5 years…Oracle SOA Suite 12c with major enhancements in the areas of Cloud Integration, Mobile Integration and more. This “What’s New in SOA Suite 12c” blog focuses on one of the many other new features that developers will be thrilled to experience, the rapid installation feature. Tired of spending an entire afternoon installing Oracle SOA Suite 11g? Then switch to Oracle SOA Suite 12c and the rapid installation for development is completed in less than 30 minutes.
Here is an excerpt from the “What’s New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c” White Paper by Oracle’s Simone Geib. Download it now to learn about this and many other features:
Crucial first steps in every SOA development cycle are the installation and configuration of a SOA development environment, including the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the SOA run-time and infrastructure database. For pre-12c versions of Oracle SOA Suite, these steps were challenging, starting with the download of several components and a complicated install and configuration process.
With Oracle SOA Suite 12c, this process has been dramatically simplified with the introduction of the new Quick Start installer. The download consists of a single file that can be obtained from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). The user only needs to answer a few questions, such as defining the location for Oracle Home, and the installation usually completes in less than 30 minutes as shown in the image to the below.

The Quick Start install provides the foundation for a single user development environment, which includes all Oracle SOA Suite core components – Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Human Workflow, Oracle Business Rules, Oracle Mediator, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Technology Adapters, Oracle Enterprise Scheduler, SOA Spring Component and Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control. In addition, Oracle JDeveloper is installed with all SOA IDE extensions and an integrated WebLogic Server.

Download the White Paper here and register for the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Webcast for more information

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What’s New in SOA Suite 12c – Unified Interface for Service Bus and Event Processing By Bruce Tierney

10gTo11gThis second in a blog series on "What’s New in SOA Suite 12c" focuses on another new feature of this major release of Oracle SOA Suite. In Oracle SOA Suite 11g, the user interface was unified across most of the components with the exception of Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing. When I talk to existing customers and Oracle technical specialists, I hear a wide range of responses when asked "What is your favorite feature of Oracle SOA Suite 12c". Cloud and Mobile integration are at the top of the list, but one of the other common responses is "Oracle Service Bus" using the same JDeveloper interface as Oracle SOA Suite. This major enhancement has been in the works for years and is now delivered in 12c to allow users to learn one interface for all the components of integration, simplifying integration and providing faster time to integrate, especially when projects span many components of integration.
Here is an excerpt from the "What’s New in Oracle SOA Suite 12c" White Paper by Oracle’s Simone Geib on the unified interface. Download it now to learn about this and many other features:
A key differentiator of Oracle SOA Suite 11g relative to other integration platforms has always been the unified design interface across most of the components for Oracle SOA Suite. Oracle SOA Suite 12c takes this differentiator a big step forward by integrating the remaining major components for Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing, into a single unified experience. This feature simplifies integration by eliminating the need to train developers, administrators, architects and others on separate components for every aspect of integration, which lowers cost and provides a faster time to integrate.
The images below show the main component palette for Oracle SOA Suite which now includes "Service Bus" at the top as well as adapters for technology components, on-premise and cloud applications and other advanced features. On the right, is the same JDeveloper drag and drop component palette showing the objects to be used for Oracle Event Processing. Read the complete article here.

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The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration by Bruce Tierney

Are you an Oracle application customer wondering?

“How do I avoid a nightmare of complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D., May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy” .

Disparate ToolkitsThe image below shows a visual description of the challenge of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of deployment location. As shown in the image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across all applications.

Unfied ToolkitsIn addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to integrate Oracle applications.

  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite – Oracle Fusion Applications already include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion Applications & Oracle SOA Suite – Instead of one policy management implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform, Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages, performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly simplified. Furthermore, changing policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration – Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration platform that will eventually require some form of integration with your enterprise integration platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application enablement with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite’s enterprise service bus, known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever comes next with this unified approach to integration.

For more information on Oracle’s solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration – A Comprehensive Solution".

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Mobile Integration Leveraging Oracle SOA Suite – Customer Webcast by Bruce Tierney

Agilent Message FlowOracle SOA Suite customer Agilent Technologies shares in this webcast how they leveraged their existing Oracle SOA Suite integration platform for rapid mobile enablement.  Our featured speaker is Rajesh Gathwala, Enterprise Architect at Agilent Technologies.  Rajesh manages the Enterprise Mobile Strategic Initiative and his areas of expertise include Cloud, ERP, CRM, SOA, Mobile and more.  Rajesh will share key aspects of Agilent’s Mobile Strategic Initiative in rolling out 6 mobile apps and increasing employee productivity while leveraging their existing enterprise foundation.  Instead of attempting to incorporate too many disparate toolsets, Agilent has successfully consolidated their integration into a unified service integration strategy.  Here are a couple of mobile screenshots Rajesh discusses: Read the full article here.

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“Cloud Integration in Minutes” – True or False? By Bruce Tierney

The short answer is “yes”. Connecting on-premise and cloud applications “in minutes” is true…provided you only consider the connectivity subset of integration and have a small number of cloud integration touch points.

At the recent Gartner AADI conference, 230 attendees filled up the Oracle session to get a more comprehensive answer to this question. During the session, titled “Simplifying Integration – The Cloud & Mobile Pre-requisite”, Oracle’s Tim Hall described cloud connectivity and then, equally importantly, the other essential and sometimes overlooked aspects of integration required to ensure a long term application and service integration strategy. To understand the challenges and opportunities faced by cloud integration, the session started off with a slide that describes how connectivity can quickly transition from simplicity to complexity as the number of applications and service vendor instances grows:Reasons for Cloud Integration Complexity
Increased complexity puts increased demand on the integration platform
As companies expand from on-premise applications into a hybrid on-premise/cloud infrastructure with support for mobile, cloud, and social, there is a new sense of urgency to implement a unified and comprehensive service integration platform. Without getting this unified platform in place, companies face increased complexity and cost managing a growing patchwork of niche integration toolsets as well as the disparate standards mandated by each SaaS vendor as shown in the image below: Read the full article here.

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