Oracle Partner Community Forum

During the 1st week of March I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Budapest. Location of the 20th(!!) Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum (#ofmForum). More than 180 delegates from more than 30 countries will visited the Boscolo Hotel Conference Center to share, learn and network with other Fusion Middleware minded. Oracle offered a great package for staying in the Boscolo hotel where the conference was, however in this era of “digital disruption” I decided to book a AirBNB appartment just 1 block from the hotel.

Boscolo hotel

Boscolo hotel


Day 1:

Oracle ACE briefing
Due to the amount of Oracle ACEs in Budapest, Jürgen Kress organized a sort of EMEA Oracle ACE briefing session. Where the ACE community had the opportunity to talk to both keynote speakers Andrew Sutherland and Amit Zavery. The topics where current and near-future Oracle Fusion Middleware products and PaaS Cloud Services.

Oracle Platform as a service (PaaS)

After Jurgens welcome speech it is time for Oracle Amit Zavery to start the community forum with a keynote. His session explains the Oracle Fusion Middleware strategy which (no surprise here) is cloud, cloud and some more cloud. Or as Amit stated himself: “Cloud is pervasive across everything we do at Oracle these days”. Cloud Platform for the digital business, was a phrase used multiple times.

Oracle Fusion Middleware Update
Andrew Sutherland (Senior Vice President of Technology and Systems) takes us on the trip explaining the digital disruption taking places in numerous markets at the moment. Think of websites/services like AirBNB, Spotify, Uber that are immediate threats to the current order counterparts. Board rooms should be scared of Digital Disruption. Digital Business needs both speed and agility. Modern business is all about real time and we should avoid processes which depends on batches.

SOA Suite 12c & cloud platform
The session explained important elements of service integration with both the current Oracle SOA Suite 12c and the future roadmap for Oracle towards the cloud. Including a sneak peek to the soon to be released Integration Cloud Service (ICS). The session also allowed for a great presentation (and live demo) about Stream Explorer 12c by Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema.

BPM Suite 12c & cloud platform
With the release of Oracle BPM 12c some new features were added to allow better (web based) modelling and on the other hand improve developer productivity. Not strange, since the same web interface will be used for the soon to be released Process Cloud Service. The session also allowed us to get a sneak peak of the new Process Cloud Service which is a fully self-service, PaaS service on the Oracle Public Cloud that allows for complete life cycle management of processes.

Social Event @ Spoon Budapest
The (official) part of day 1 ended with a dinner hosted by Oracle at the Spoon restaurant boat in the Donau river. While meeting old friends (and creating new ones) enjoying the fantastic diner with a marvelous view on the Buda Castle.

Spoon Restaurant @ Budapest

Spoon Restaurant


Day 2:

API Management (SOA track)
Robert van Molken & Yogesh Sontakke present the Oracle vision on API management.API management is about managing, discover, govern, monitor, and support your business APIs (services). The presenters first showed the highover positioning of products like Oracle API Catalog, Oracle API Gateway, Oracle API Manager & Oracle Service Bus. Later Robert went in depth for us showing details how to use the Oracle API Catalog with a live demo (very brave) and Yogesh did the same with the Oracle API Manager.

Oracle Business Actiivty Monitoring 12c (BPM track)
Mark Simpson explains that BAM is now adopted by the BPM team which shows the strategic focus from Oracle. Oracle BAM 12c is a completely redesigned product that provides real time insight into process. Oracle BAM 12c has some new features as geomaps, multi-browser support (no more IE yeah!), mobile enablement & better role based security options. The session showed different key features in BAM to support 4 important sections of information: Operation Analytics, Business Analytics, Operational Intelligence & Strategic Analytics. Mark also handed us some dashboard d

Oracle ACM Implementation Best Practices (BPM track)
Presented by both Danilo Schmiedel & Andrejus Baranovskis telling their experiences about implementation of ACM at 3 different (insurance) companies. Danilo first started with the characteristics of unstructured processes and the requirements that knowledge workers have on the IT solution. Also the importance of early-on case UI design is essential to achieve insight on business information requirements. Needed for dynamic case management is the definition of your activities, milestones, rules, events, data & case stakeholders. Danilo also mentions the ProM Tools for Process Mining research and extraction of knowledge about a (business) process from its process execution logs. Surely need to look at that. After the session there was a very valuable talk with Dirk Janssen, Harrie van Oosten &  Danilo Schmiedel to share experiences we with the Oracle BPM/ACM implementations in both Germany and the Netherlands.

Speaker & ACE Dinner
Finalized my stay in Budapest with a great diner in the hills of Buda.