Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Recap of the Oracle Partner Community Forum XX

Last week, from the 3th till the 6th of March, the 2015 edition of the Oracle Partner Community Forum was held at the Boscolo Hotel (previously the famous New York Palace) in Budapest, Hungary. This year was a special one, because I was a speaker and went as a fresh Oracle ACE which gave me the privilege to attend the ACE briefing on Tuesday and ACE dinner on Wednesday. 

I went together with three other AMIS colleagues, but saw a lot of friends again, and man what a blast we had. On Monday the 2nd we arrived as because the conference started the next day we decided to go for long lunch at restaurant Menza as a tip of conference organizer Jürgen Kress. The first taste of the Hungarian cuisine.

That evening was just around the corner which started with the conference welcome drinks. It was fun to see a lot of familiar faces and talking to some after more then a year. It revealed to me that there is a hardcore group that comes every year, but there is also room for newcomers saw a lot of new faces / partners.

Team Holland was heavily present and after the last beer and wine was consumed we went out for drinks till late that night. Great way to see some of the city and start the conference with friends.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FMW 12c: In-depth look into Managed File Transfer (1/3)

[repost of article at AMIS Technology Blog on January 26th, 2015]

With the release of SOA Suite 12c a new product was revealed. The first sighting was at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. On the Fusion Middleware Demo Grounds there was a demo shown where B2B was integrated with a product called Managed File Transfer (shortened as MFT). At that same conference I gave a presentation about this product together with the product manager of MFT, Dave Berry. This blog gives an in-depth look into Managed File Transfer.

There is a growing problem with FTP in the enterprise where there is a lack of control, visibility, security and reliability. The lack of control is due to the uncontrolled proliferation of FTP servers & clients. Departments are creating stand-alone FTP servers and configuring users where needed. There is no central FTP server. Because of this there is no global visibility of the exchange of crucial data files – including customer data. It is highly possible that these FTP servers are not integrated with enterprise security standards where as FTP servers are rarely integrated with directories. Because these FTP servers run stand-alone they are a single point of failure and rarely offer HA capabilities, which effects the reliability. This can be tackled using Managed File Transfer.

Lack of control, visibility, security & reliability