Category Archives: FMW

Oracle Identity Management (OIM) – Overview

Oracle Identity Management allows for an organization to securely identify an authorized user over the entire enterprise infrastructure and over the intranet.   Oracle Identity Management performance the tasks of determining and validating user/service trying to access,  performance object, application, and service access management, and directory services. Oracle Identity Management is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle Social Network – Overview

Oracle Social Networking is designed to increase the collaboration in a secure manner between employees and partners in an organization. This social networking application integrates various tools alongside specific business processes and application allowing for increased use of an organizational human capital.   Oracle Social Network allows employees and partners to be aware of current activities in the organization, gain support when necessary, and learn multiple facets of the business processes.   Oracle Social Networking is available via Oracle Cloud services.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle Beehive – Overview

Communication and Collaboration are two key components of organizational success.   Oracle Beehive give the ability to share information between decision makers/employees and collaborate on a single project efficiently.  Beehive allows for a secure and centrally managed collaboration of calender maintenance, email, contacts, tasks, discussions, wiki library, document sharing, conferencing, and training.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle Fusion Middleware – Overview

Oracle Fusion Middleware is a collection of software packages which seats between the Operating System(s) and the end users in support of an enterprise IT system. It support interconnection of various application and tools to provide development, integration, identity management, business intelligence, collaborate services and management capabilities.   Oracle Fusion Middleware allow for management and integration of many distributed software applications.

 

Oracle Fusion Middleware contains multiple components to provide for these integration tasks to include: Web servers, application servers, content management systems and various other tools.  These all allows for many heterogeneous and distributed applications to appear as a single seamless system.   Additionally, it provides for development and management components to allow for continued system growth and adaptability to changing enterprise needs.

 

Oracle currently provides the following Fusion Middle Ware components which are listed by category:

 

Cloud Application Foundation

 

Component Description
Coherence Data Grid Oracle In-memory data grid for frequently accessed data, provides better performance than traditional RDBMS.
 GlassFish Server Open source application server.
Internet Application Server Application Server
JRockit Virtual Machine Software
 TopLink Mapping and persistence framework for JAVA development
 Tuxedo Domain (i.e. application) to include system processes, client process, application processes, servers all of which are control by single configuration file.
 Web Tier Web component tier solution includes: iplanet forward and reverse proxies, HTTP Server, and Web caching.
Traffic Director Layer 7 (application layer) load balancer
 WebLogic Server Application Server
 WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance Application Server

 

 

Service Integration (SOA)

 

Component Description
SOA Suite Manage services and provide hot pluggable components for enterprise architecture.
BPEL Process Manager Business Process Execution Language provides cross platform way to design and execute business process, basically integrating process across heterogeneous it system.
Integration Adapters Provides unified connectivity architecture for heterogeneous processes thus allowing for SOA capabilities.
Business Activity Monitoring Tool to define and analyze business processes and opportunities.
B2B Tool to define Business to Business processes.
SOA Suite for healthcare integration Manage services and provide hot pluggable components for healthcare enterprise architecture.
API Manager Tool to define Application Programming Interfaces
SOA Governance Tool to transform IT system to service oriented architecture
Integration Cloud Service (ICS) Cloud service to integrate on site applications
 Service Bus Tool to connect, mediate and manage application connections.
 Human Workflow Tool to manage human project task
 Business Rules Tool to define constraints on defined rules.
 Stream Explorer Tool for analysis of events.
 Web Services Manager Management of web services processes.
 Managed File Transfer Management of file exchange to internal and external systems.
 API Catalog Collection of APIs to oracle cloud services.
 Pre-Built Integrations Pre defines AIA (Application Integration Architecture)
 WebLogic Integration Tool to integrate systems, data and processes across existing systems.

 

Business Process Management

 

Component Description
Business Process Management Tool to define and manage business processes.
Business Activity Monitoring Tool to define dashboards with hierarchies to drill down to monitor processes and services.
Business Rules Tool to define constraints on defined rules.
 Human Workflow Tool to manage human project task
Data Integration
Data Integration Tool for unified development, deploying and managing data focused applications
Data Integrator ETL (Extract, load and transform) tool to build and manage integration processes.
GoldenGate Tool for data replication between data stores.

 

Development Tools
Component Description
  Application Development Framework Java framework for building applications.
  Developer Suite Development tools for building applications.
  Enterprise Pack for Eclipse Development tools for Eclipse.
  Forms Services Development tool for forms application development
  JDeveloper Development tool focused on visual and declarative method.
  Mapviewer Development tool for maps using oracle spatial.
  User Productivity Kit Content management for development, deployment, and maintenance.
  Virtual Assembly Builder Management tool for capture and deployment based on defined metadata.
  Workshop Weblogic tool to extend eclipse development.
Enterprise Performance Management
Component Description
Performance Management Applications Management tool for monitoring and analysis of enterprise applications
 Hyperion Performance Scorecard Tool to define and monitor performance goals of enterprise applications.
 Hyperion Workforce Planning Tool for managing employee numbers, salary, and compensation efficiently.
 Hyperion Financial Management Tool for global financial management and analysis of an organization.
 Hyperion Planning Tool for budgeting and forecasting business costs.
 Hyperion Capital Asset Planning Tool for planning of capital assets and related costs.
 Hyperion Strategic Finance Tool for financial forecasting and modeling with scenario analysis.
 Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management Decision tool for insight on profitability and costs

 

Business Intelligence
Component Description
 Data Visualization Tool for visual analysis and self-service analysis of data
 Big Data Discovery Tool for visual analysis and self-service analysis of big data
 Endeca Information Discovery Tool for analysis of complex – mixed data sets.
 Essbase Plus Tool for deployment pf applications and development of analytic and performance management applications
GoldenGate Tool for data replication between data stores.
 Reports Services Tool to create reports based on oracle data stores.
 Data Integrator ETL (Extract, load and transform) tool to build and manage integration processes.
 Business Activity Monitoring Tool to define dashboards with hierarchies to drill down to monitor processes and services.
 Business Intelligence Tool for query, reporting, analysis, alerting, data integration.
 BI Publisher Tool to merger multiple data source to single reporting document.
 Crystal Ball Tool for spreadsheet-based modeling, simulations, forecasting, and optimization.
 Data Integration Tool for unified development, deploying and managing data focused applications
Systems Management
Component Description
Enterprise Manager Tool for management of hardware and software.
Web Services Manager Tool for management of web services.

 

 

Social Business & Collaboration
Component Description
WebCenter – Content, Sites, Portal, Adapters Management tools for enterprise wide IT systems
 Beehive Content collaboration and communication software.
 Social Network Tool to provide social tools and move the data between users, applications, and business processes.
Identity Management
Component Description
 Identity Management Tools to provide authentication and access controls to various applications and systems
High Availability
Component Description
 High Availability Tools to manage system uptime.
Upgrade
Component Description
  Oracle Fusion Middleware Upgrade Tools to manage upgrade and patching of Oracle Fusion Middleware

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle WebCenter – Content, Sites, Portal, Adapters – Overview

Oracle WebCenter is a collaboration application that concentrates on connecting internal and external users of an organization.   It is focuses on allowing an organizations IT assets to work in a unified fashion to meet the needs of decision makers, employees, customers, venders, and partners.   It manages three components through the use of adapters: Content, Sites, and Portals.   Application Adapters for Oracle WebCenter allow for the sharing of content in business process over multiple disjointed applications and services.   WebCenter Content allows for sharing of information based on predefined restrictions and business needs to various applications and services, allowing for full content management.   WebCenter Sites manage various websites for both traditional browsers and mobile devices.   WebCenter Portal manages web portals for access to various applications, services, and collective applications.   Oracle WebCenter gives the ability to combine applications, services, and content into one succinct system even though the original components where not designed to work together.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

 

 

Oracle Enterprise Manager – Overview

Oracle Enterprise Manager is a management application for all Oracle database products deployed both in your data center and Oracle Cloud components. Enterprise Manger is highly integrated into Oracle products and thus provides a high level of control and visibility with very little impact to component performance.     The capability of Enterprise Manger has dramatically increased over time, allowing for the control of applications, database, middleware, and hardware systems provided by Oracle Corporation.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle BI Publisher – Overview

BI Publisher is a reporting tool which allows for the developing, managing and delivery of reports against most data store.   Reports can be created via a web-browser or desktop application tools. This reports can be designed as static customer reports or interactive management reports for decision makers. Report can be managed for automatic generation/refresh and sent out on pre-determined schedules.

 

Larry Catt

OCP

Oracle Fusion Middleware – Architecture

Oracle Fusion Middleware is a collection of software packages to support an organization IT needs for mid-tier services and processes seating between server operating systems and end-users.   The mid-tier can encompass the following types of software packages: Development, Management, Content Management, Reporting, Analysis, Data Servers, Web Servers, Application Servers, and task specific Applications.   It is important to note, that not all components are require in any given Oracle Fusion Middleware implementation and that most components are implemented based on organization needs.   However, there are key components which normally always exist, such as FMW Infrastructure and WebLogic web server.   This article relates to the FMW Common Infrastructure which provides latches for all non-Java EE components to integrate with all other components.

 

FMW Common Infrastructure allows for interconnection of non-Java EE components through the concepts of farm, instances and system components.   This allows for the management of Java EE components through WebLogic domains and the management of all other components by the FMW Common Infrastructure through the use of OPMN (Oracle Process Manager and Notification) utility.  This introduces the concept of a Fusion Middleware instance, which is a set of system components which share a single parent directory and managed by the same OPMN entity.  This Fusion Middleware instance parent directory is referred to as the INSTANCE_HOME.  The Fusion Middleware instance is then registered with a WebLogic Server domain for management.

 

Thus all components of Oracle Fusion Middleware are integrated together through the use of WebLogic for Java EE components and FMW Infrastructure for non-Java EE components.   However, all components can be managed via a single management console.

 

 

Larry J Catt

OCP

Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) – Overview

Business Intelligence is the ability of an organization to use the data, applications, processes they have internally and externally for the development of business plans and decisions to optimize their organization for success.   Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) is a suite of technologies and applications which support an organizations ability to: integrate systems, perform analytics, report, and manage systems.   Oracle Business Intelligence Suite of products can be broken down into 5 focus areas:

  • Business Intelligence Foundation – Core BI tools.
  • Server and Storage – Support BI infrastructure requirements.
  • BI Applications – Perform specific/detailed BI processes related to unique business function.
  • Performance Management Applications – Tools specific to measuring performance of business processes.
  • Data Warehousing – Tools related to storage, configurations, and access to organizational data.

 

Larry Catt

OCP