The AMIS Summary of Oracle OpenWorld 2013 is available for download – 60-page white paper

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imageOracle OpenWorld is a monster event – 10Ks of attendees, thousands of sessions and 100Ks of private conversations that all help convey and define the message about Oracle’s strategy and the roadmap for its close to 4000 thousand products. Concurrent with OOW is the JavaOne conference that – at a slightly smaller scale – does the same thing for the world of the Java platform, the JVM and the Java community.

AMIS each year sends a substantial delegation to attend and contribute to the conference. We speak in many sessions, ask questions in even more and do our utmost to gather information, digest it and distill the real meaning and relevant details. We have just completed our yearly review of the Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013 conferences: a 60-page PDF document that answers the ultimate question about life, the universe and everything [Oracle].

This white paper describes the major transitions that the industry at large and Oracle in specific is going through. It explains what these transitions mean to Oracle, cause in terms of product evolution and will result in for the users. The major product announcements are listed and commented on. The roadmaps for the most relevant product lines (relevant for platform administrators and developers that is) are summarized.

In addition, each of our dozen OOW attendees brings their own expertise and personal interest to the table and this multi-colored background shines through in the white paper. There is something there for almost everyone.

Expect sections on WebLogic, XML DB, Provisioning, ADF, BPM Suite, User Experience, Cloud, Oracle Applications, APEX, Forms (well, a tiny little bit), SOA Suite, SQL, Java, Lambda expressions, Oracle Application Testing Suite, Mission Control, WebCenter, mobile, Big Data (and small events), the internet of things, Maven and much more.

imageNote: we’d love to hear your feedback on this paper!

Download the AMIS Review of Oracle OpenWorld 2013 White Paper.

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Het Oracle OpenWorld Preview Evenement (5 september 2013) – 15 sprekers & sessies

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Vanaf 22 september vindt in San Francisco de Oracle OpenWorld conferentie plaats: hét evenement waar Oracle haar productstrategie uit de doeken doet en waar Oracle specialisten van over de hele wereld ervaringen uitwisselen. Tegelijk met Oracle OpenWorld wordt ook de JavaOne conferentie georganiseerd, het trefpunt voor de wereldwijde Java gemeenschap. Meer dan 2.000 sessies, ruim 45.000 bezoekers en optredens van wereldberoemde artiesten; beide conferenties zijn zo groot dat zelfs de straat voor het gigantische Moscone Center door Oracle wordt overgenomen

Helaas kan niet elke Oracle of Java specialist zo maar naar San Francisco. Daarom heeft AMIS de traditie om je de inhoud en sfeer van Oracle OpenWorld mee te laten beleven. Op donderdag 5 september organiseert AMIS weer de Oracle OpenWorld Preview sessie. Nederlandse en Belgische sprekers verzorgen een preview van hun presentatie die zij enkele weken later op het podium in San Francisco gaan geven. Tijdens het diner hoor je de verhalen van eerdere conferenties, technische tips en trucs en kun je feedback geven op de presentaties.

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The APEX of Business Value… or: the Business Value of APEX? Cloud takes Oracle APEX to new heights!

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The attraction of APEX has increased tremendously with the recent launch of the Oracle Cloud. APEX already supported departmental development and deployment of business applications with minimal involvement from the IT department (only a database needed be made available). Positioned as the ideal replacement for MS Access, APEX probably has managed better to capture the eye of developers and was used for enterprise application development at least as much as for the kind of tactical applications that Oracle strategically positioned it for.

 

With APEX as PaaS & DevaaS from the Oracle Cloud, a leap is made to a much higher level of business value. Now the IT department is not even needed to make infrastructure available with a database running  on it. All the business needs is a credit card. And the business application that is developed, managed and used from the cloud through a standard browser can now just as easily be accessed by users from around the world as by users from the business department itself. As a bonus – the development of the APEX application is also done in the cloud – with no special demands on the location or the enterprise access privileges of the developers.

To sum it up: APEX from Oracle Cloud Database Service

  • get the development environment up and running in minutes
  • no involvement from the internal IT department required (no for infrastructure, not for platform and not for development)
  • superior availability and scalability is offered by Oracle
  • users from anywhere in the world can be invited to access the application
  • developers from anywhere in the world can participate in creating and maintaining the application

In addition: because the Oracle Cloud platform is the same as the on-premise platform, you can still decide to move the APEX application between the cloud and the local environment – and back again.

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The REST-ful services that are available through APEX allow programmatic interaction with the database under the APEX application. That means that this database can be synchronized with on premise databases or data stores in (other) clouds. Through the Oracle Cloud Messaging Service, the APEX application can easily enter into asynchronous conversations with other APEX applications, Fusion Middleware applications (ADF, SOA, BPM) and any other type of REST-enabled application.

 

In my opinion, now, for the first time perhaps, APEX offers the attraction to the business that has been suggested before: because of the cloud, all the business needs is  a credit card (a budget of $175 per month), an internet-connection and a browser. Not like before, with a PC hidden under a desk or a database running somewhere in the data center. No matter how unattended: equipment is needed, power is consumed, the database needs to be kept running and if Oracle Database XE does not suffice, software licenses are required as well. And this set up always has a security challenge associated with it. The cloud fee for the Oracle Cloud Database Service includes infrastructure, power, licenses, availability, platform upgrades, a collection of reusable application components and the development and runtime environments containing the APEX platform.

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Of course this means that only business departments can move quickly without having to convince their IT colleagues to move along – it also means that small organizations that do no even have IT colleagues can do the same. Getting tailored applications or applications up and running to get in touch with users and customers all over the world is now within easy reach for small outfits – without any investment.

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How to build an IM (XMPP) solution with Oracle APEX and Websockets

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Using Kaazing Websocket Gateway and OpenFire

Scenario:
If you, for example, have a webshop and a webshop online support application for internal use, this solution will let the webshop customer call in some help by using IM. The support application will react on the customer call by opening the support application with customer details selected and the messaging client opened.
I used an Apex application to create both parts of the solution. The IM client however is easy to integrate in any kind of website/framework.

 

Underneath the recipe for some nice IM functionality in Oracle Apex, assuming you have a running Apex instance and a JVM 1.5+ install) and moderate+ Apex skills:
  1. Scrape together the ingredients
  2. Install Kaazing Gateway XMPP edition and OpenFire
  3. Configure Kaazing and OpenFire
  4. Create an Apex app with IM client
  5. Create anApex Webshop support app
  6. Wire the Apex Webshop support app to the Apex app with IM client
  7. Final touch
After finishing this step-by-step recipe your application looks like this:
The webshop support app (page content is depending on your one creativity)

The webshop side of the scenario without the shop :-):

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