This years Community organized by Oracle for it's partners took place in Split, Croatia, a very nice Mediterranean area, which we encountered during the city tour on Tuesday evening.

However, we did not came just for the fun, but to meet and greet other partners, share and absorb knowledge which is evident for companies to serve their customers, explore new technologies and methods, and have a sneak peak in another partners " kitchen", in a week of 5 days program: 1-3 General sessions, 4-5 Handson Workshops, Partner Awards and some networking events. Partners attended from all over the world: EMEA, US, Latin America, Down Under

 

The forum, formerly known as Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner forum has been “ lifted and shifted “ to the Cloud – PaaS the last years, so the focus of the content during this week was all about Oracle's Cloud products, but someone who pays good attention, can also extract the deeper content out of it, to what is useful for ones personally.

For me, I had a double role: of course attend and do knowledge sharing and absorbing for the company I'm into, but also tell something about the successful Oracle Process Cloud implementation my company did in 2016. A lot of these success stories, about developing technologies based on the cloud we're held on Monday during the so-called ACE Sessions.

 

As the forum already indicates, it was all about PaaS, and the presented content was done by VPs, directors and Product Managers from Oracle such as Vikas Anand, Robert Wunderlich and Jean-Marc Gottero. But also the partners had some interesting presentations, presenting about their solutions in all kinds of areas in the Oracle Cloud. The presentations handled about the following topics:

  • Agile DevOps
    • Handled about the DevOps Agility and methodology, and how the Oracle Developer Cloud fulfill a role in bringing  " DevOps"  uptp speed for a software company.
  • API APIPCS and API Management
    • A very interesting subject all about API and the Cloud Services, where all the benefits of APIs and management were brought, such as better security and protection, monitoring, discovery, the new Apiary platform. Also an overview of the existing and coming features; the API firewall caught my attention, and also the monitoring capacities, where I can see great capabilities in combination with  OMC (author sidenote).
  • ICS
    • A session about best practices around implementing integration patterns using ICS, with a clear mind about when to use ICS, and to see that ICS has an overlap with many other PaaS platforms, which is to be expected from an integration point of view Interesting was the topic about exposing databases using REST
  • IoT
    • Apart from the role IoT is already playing nowadays, it is also interesting to see how the combination and integration with cloud fits in, such as the Asset Monitoring Cloud Service where connected devices can be monitored by their location, performance, health and utilization. A very good use case about a companies production floor where every asset is being watched so that any disturbance in the production line can be detected in an early stage.
  • JCS
    • "WebLogic Server in the cloud" has become more mature with all the features you also use when running on premise, but a  lot of work is aready done for you. An overview of the tooling, the DevOps integration and methodologies are embraced as expected by the JCS. Important to know that a lot of the on premise multitenancy features are also available in JCS, and tools and methods to transfer your on premise WebLogic server to the cloud using the DPCT tool.
  • OMC
    • The Oracle Management Cloud has a lot of cool features such as Application Performance monitoring, Log Analytics for trouble shooting, performance analysis, and some other great features like end customer experiences by performing synthetic tests which can absorbe recorded actions users do ( these are some great features from RUEI)
  • PCS
    • PCS - Qualogys sucessfull implementation in the Netherlands. In thr months before I had some discussions with Jurgen and the PCS team but finally we decided I would be the spokesmen to tell  a short overview of what we have been doing

Our customer is a lower/ midsize municipality in the Netherlands and had a lack of insight in personnel manpower, and because of this the onboarding of new personell got stuck. New personnel got  registered in  different systems using different methods, even on an Excel spreadsheet. The Management information was very poor, no relationship between budgets and manpower, and there we're differences between systems regarding financial budgets and accountability.

 

To overcome this we build this solution using the Oracle Process Cloud, working togehther with Qualogy's Forceview HRM solution in the cloud

The PCS team constructed one process to:

  • Register all staff data into one system
  • One uniform way of informing the organization when there are changes
  • Good  quality and coherent management information

 

And all done by:

  • Having no delay in rolling it out
  • Having direct contact with the business about wishes and requirements
  • Using Oracle Process Cloud Service and Qualogy ’s Forceview

 

Screenshot of the PCS environment:

 

 

 

I also told this in a video interview which will soon be published on Oracle's Youtube channel, I keep you updated about that!