Podcast #377: Oracle Autonomous Database — An Interview with Maria Colgan

This episode brings you an interview with Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager for Oracle Database. Maria joined Oracle in 1996, and since then has held positions as product manager for Oracle Database In-Memory and the Oracle Database query optimizer. Maria is the primary author of the SQLMaria blog and a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog.

“With the Autonomous Database, data scientists and developers can basically help themselves, provision the database and get running and utilize it.” – Maria Colgan

Handling the host duties for this program is Alexa Weber Morales. An award-winning musician and writer, Alexa is director of developer content at Oracle. She is the former editor in chief of Software Development magazine, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology content strategist and journalist.

In this program Maria talks about Oracle Autonomous Database and the new features that allow data scientists, developers, and others beyond traditional database users to help themselves.

This program is Groundbreakers Podcast #377. The interview was originally recorded on September 17, 2019 at Oracle Openworld. Listen!

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Maria ColganMaria Colgan

Master Product Manager, Oracle Database, Oracle

San Francisco, California

Alexa Weber MoralesAlexa Weber Morales

Editor/Content Strategist, Oracle

San Francisco, California

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Enterprise Manager CIS Benchmark Certification Eases Adoption of Secure Database Best Practices

It only takes a single mistake for the “bad guys” to be able to exploit a misconfiguration and exfiltrate your data. Thanks to the Center for Internet Security, Oracle Database users can avoid such scenarios by following the best practices defined by the CIS Benchmarks™. With the high rate of change in DevOps-oriented development teams and the profilferation of data across on-premise and cloud environments, database administrators now have an easy way to comply with these standards right within Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Configuration and Compliance management has been part of Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management for a long time, and we’re happy to report that Oracle Enterprise Manager has been certified by CIS to compare the configuration status of Oracle Databases against the consensus-based best practice standards contained in the Oracle Database Benchmark v2.1.0, Level 1- RDBMS Profile. Organizations that leverage Oracle Enterprise Manager can now ensure that the configurations of their critical assets align with the CIS Benchmarks consensus-based practice standards for all their database releases including Oracle Database 18c and 19c. For more details on Oracle’s CIS listings visit Center for Internet Security Web Site.

“Data is a company’s most valuable asset, and securing it has never been more important. We are pleased to support the industry standard CIS Benchmarks as part of our comprehensive Enterprise Manager automation and compliance offerings.”

Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Software Development

“Cybersecurity challenges are mounting daily, which makes the need for standard configurations imperative. By certifying its product with CIS, Oracle has demonstrated its commitment to actively solve the foundational problem of ensuring standard configurations are used throughout a given enterprise.”

Curtis Dukes, CIS Executive Vice President of Security Best Practices & Automation Group.

Enterprise Manager supports 2 flavors of the CIS Oracle Database v2.1.0 Benchmarks, one for Single-Instance Database and one for Cluster Database. Below is a screenshot of what the listings look like in the Compliance Framework.

Figure 1. CIS Benchmarks as they appear in the Enterprise Manager user interface.

CIS provides comprehensive configuration coverage for Oracle database, including:

  • Installation
  • Parameters
  • Connectivity
  • User Privileges
  • Auditing

Below are examples of some of the specific areas the Benchmark focuses on:

Figure 2. Samples of evaluation areas in the CIS Benchmarks for Oracle Database.

In addition to the CIS Benchmarks included in the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager, we’ve also included new Oracle-provided Security benchmarks for Database 18c and 19c. We’re committed to continuing to bring you best-in-class security offerings to harden your security posture across your data estate, whether on-premise or in the cloud.

For more information about Oracle Enterprise Manager, visit http://www.oracle.com/enterprise-manager and for more information about the Center for Internet Security (CIS), visit https://www.ciscecurity.org.

About CIS

The Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS®) makes the connected world a safer place for people, businesses, and governments. We are a community-driven nonprofit, responsible for the CIS Controls® and CIS Benchmarks™, globally recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data. We lead a global community of IT professionals to continuously refine these standards to proactively safeguard against emerging threats. Our CIS Hardened Images® provide secure, on-demand, scalable computing environments in the cloud. CIS is home to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®), the trusted resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (EI-ISAC®), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. elections offices. To learn more, visit CISecurity.org or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.

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The Future of Data Management is Autonomous.

Ilona Gabinsky

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Gartner again names Oracle as a Leader in Data Management Solutions for Analytics. At Oracle, we believe that we continue to demonstrate superior ability to execute by delivering ground breaking innovations to the industry. Oracle revolutionized data management with the delivery of the world’s first autonomous database.

Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud uses ground-breaking machine learning to enable automation that eliminates human labor, human error, and manual tuning to enable unprecedented availability, high performance, and security at much lower cost. “The Oracle Autonomous Database is based on a technology as revolutionary as the internet,” says Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO.

Autonomous Database:

  • Uses machine learning to automatically upgrade, patch, and tune itself
  • Recognizes unusual behavior and fixes problems before they become outages ensuring 99.995 reliability
  • Encrypts data by default, applies security patches automatically and protects from internal and external attacks

Transform Your Data Management Today.

Read the Oracle newsletter featuring Gartner content for more details.

https://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/newsletters/oracle/1-4TXFZ4K/index.html

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics, Adam M. Ronthal, Roxane Edjlali, Rick Greenwald, 13 February 2018.

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Case management for the knowledge worker era by Jan van Zoggel


imageCompanies have been using workflow and content management for many, many years. In IT we got used to the term Business Process Management (BPM) whenever we spoke of automated process execution. Not so strange since the term BPM was adopted by all the major software vendors and has received a lot of attention as “the” way to achieve process automation and integration.

There are however many different definitions of BPM, where some are technical and others are business oriented. But if we look at the Gartner definition:

Business process management (BPM) is a discipline that uses various methods to discover, model, analyze, measure, improve, and optimize business processes. A business process coordinates the behavior of people, systems, information, and things to produce business outcomes in support of a business strategy. Processes can be structured and repeatable or unstructured and variable. Though not required, technologies are often used with BPM. BPM is key to align IT/OT investments to business strategy

An interesting (and correct) remark by Gartner that technology is not required for BPM, however the general idea (in IT) has been that BPM equals process automation. The business process is summarized to a complete definition until the level that it can be executed as a program. The efficiency gains of automating the business process much exceed the up-front effort to fully identify it and make it executable. An effort which can initially be very large where the cost is only repaid over many instances of the process. So this approach will only work on highly predictable which is highly repeatable. It’s in some way identical to a factory production line where a huge amount of products justifies the initial up-front factory costs. Read the complete article here.

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· Tracking JUnit Test Results in Developer Cloud ServiceBased on a a simple JPA based project which uses an in-memory Derby database to execute JUnit tests, Abhishek Gupta shows you how to set up the source code in your Developer Cloud service instance Git repository, configure the build process along with the JUnit test related actions, and execute the build and track the test results. Read the article

· Creating an Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service App Based on Oracle ADF Business ComponentsThis blog post and video demo from product manager Shay Shmeltzer shows you how you can reuse the logic in Oracle ADF Business Component to build a JET based UI on top of them in a declarative way with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service. Read the article.

· Video: RESTful APIs and Oracle MAX: Enabling Codeless Mobile DevelopmentWant to learn how to create a RESTful API in Oracle Mobile Cloud Service using the new Express API feature? This demo by Geoffrey Poremba, senior principal product manager for the Oracle Mobile Platform, was originally presented as part of a DZone webcast. Watch the video.

· Oracle Application Framework 12.2.4 Update 13 Now AvailableThe latest in a series of Oracle Application Framework updates since the release of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 in 2013 fixes performance, security, and stability issues. Learn more.

· COLLABORATE 17 Learn from Oracle ACEs and industry leaders in a vast selection of sessions covering key topics and technologies. April 2-6, 2017, Las Vegas, NV Click here for more information.

· Rogers Group Inc. Mobilizes Oracle Forms & E-Business Suite (link)

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Automating the Provisioning of Oracle SOA Suite on AWS by Fabio Douek


image1. Overview

Rubicon Red MyST delivers automated platform provisioning and continuous delivery for Oracle Middleware, enabling users to deliver a consistent and reliable platform in minutes.

MyST also provides infrastructure independence; enabling customers to deploy consistent middleware platforms across all infrastructure types: on-premise and various cloud providers including Oracle and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In this post we will show how to provision an Oracle SOA Suite environment within minutes on AWS.

If you want to use an AWS Oracle RDS instance, you can follow the instructions in this post: http://blog.rubiconred.com/configuring-amazon-rds-as-the-oracle-soa-suite-database/ .

Alternatively, you can provision against an Oracle database running on an AWS EC2 instance.

We will provision the following, using the standards defined in the Oracle Enterprise Deployment Guide (EDG):

  • A two node cluster environment
  • OFMW Components: SOA, OSB, WSM, BPM, OHS

We will use MyST Studio to:

  • Discover the AWS resources, and define our Infrastructure Provider
  • Define the Platform Blueprint
  • Define the Platform Model
  • Provision two EC2 instances On-Demand
  • Provision Oracle Fusion Middleware:
    • Install the required binaries
    • Run RCU to create the database objects against RDS
    • Create the WebLogic Domain
    • Apply the Oracle EDG recommended configurations, which is a MyST knowledge module

2. AWS Configuration Prerequisites

Security Groups:

A security group allows us to control access to specific inbound/outbound ports, as well as restrict access based on source address.

The following table details the Security groups we are using for the purpose of this blog post: Read the complete article here.

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SOA Suite 12.2.1.1.0: Create, configure and tune a SOA/OSB Domain by Borys Neselovskyi

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Introduction

This post focuses on the creation, configuration and tuning of an initial SOA Suite 12.2.1.1.0 Domain.

The WebLogic Server is a necessary requirement, and must already be installed. For instruction how to install the WebLogic Server 12.2.1.1 please refer to my previous post: WebLogic Server 12.2.1.1.0: Installation on the Linux OS

The following tasks will be implemented:

  • Preparing the Operating System for the installation of the WebLogic Server 12.2.1.1, Installation JDK 1.8 and the WebLogic Server 12.2.1.1: WebLogic Server 12.2.1.1.0: Installation on the Linux OS
  • Creating of database schemas
  • Creating a SOA Suite Domain
  • Post-Installation Tasks:
    • Configuring of components
    • Creating of Start & Stop scripts for the automatic start/stop of components
  • SOA Suite Domain Tuning and Troubleshooting

The SOA/OSB Domain will be installed without BAM (different Domain) because of:

– Oracle Best Practices and our experience

– In order to stabilize the system (BAM is unstable at the moment)

The Domain will be created on two servers (OS OEL 6.7):

  • host01.example.com
  • host02.example.com

We will configure four clusters:

  • OWSM Cluster (Oracle Web Services Management)
  • ESS Cluster (Enterprise Scheduler Services)
  • SOA Cluster
  • OSB Cluster (Oracle Service Bus)
Installation SOA / OSB 12.2.1.1 read the complete article here.

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Implementing Oracle Integration Cloud Service book – trial chapter by Phil Wilkins, Robert van Mölken

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Understanding Oracle’s Integration Cloud Service and how to get the most out of your implementation

Businesses are built on data, and applications that access that data. In modern businesses the same cloud-based data stores and applications might be accessed by hundreds of different applications from thousands of different devices via APIs. To make this happen, APIs must be wired together i.e. integrated. Oracle Integration Cloud Service provides a complete method for integrating enterprise applications in the cloud. Integration Cloud Service (ICS) provides a cloud hosted means to integrate systems together using a graphical means to define and represent integrations.

This book will be a comprehensive, hands-on guide to building successful, high-availability integrations on ICS. This book sets out to demonstrate how ICS can be used to effectively implement integrations that work both in the cloud and on-premise. It starts with a fast, practical introduction to what ICS can do for your business and then shows how ICS allows you to develop integrations not only quickly but in a way that means they are maintainable and extensible. Gradually it moves into more advanced integrations, showing how to achieve sophisticated results with ICS and work with external applications. Finally the book shows you how to monitor cloud apps and go beyond ICS to build even more powerful integrated applications. Get the book here and visit our SOA Book wiki here.

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SOA Cloud – Create Oracle Database Cloud Service Instance by Vivek Garg

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Now days we hear lot about cloud and like to explore more on it. Recently Oracle launched cloud services that we can use to create service instances. This post is specific to Database Cloud service.

DBaaS (Database as a Service) is a service instance in Oracle Database Cloud. On premises setup we use to install Oracle database server on local hardware but in cloud, no need to have a setup, just need to confirm some parameters and we are good to use it.

In this post, we will show how you can create service instance of Oracle Database Cloud. Follow below steps for the same.

Step 1:Go to here

Login with your credentials that you have received from Oracle when you register for trial version.

Click on “Service Console” option as shown in below screen shot in “Oracle Database Cloud Service” section. Read the complete article here.

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