On March 15th and 16th Capgemini hosted the Oracle SOA and E2.0 Partner Community Forum at the Utrecht Papendorp office, in The Netherlands. Two full days of new insights in Service Oriented Architecture and Enterprise 2.0. There were a lot of attendees from all over EMEA. This shows us that SOA and E2.0, in the broadest sense, are still very hot items. The extensive program during the two-day event was filled with inside information on everything Middleware and Social Computing. WebCenter, BPM, UCM, Weblogic, SOA, ADF. We covered a lot of ground.
A big thanks to Jürgen Kress for making the Oracle SOA movement and network possible! Click to watch the pictures of the days.
Day 1
Day one was set up as one stream of, very interesting, keynote sessions. All key players in the field of Service Orientation and Enterprise 2.0 from Oracle gave their vision on where the technology is headed and what benefits it creates for organizations.
Andrew Sutherland, Andrew Gilboy and David Shaffer showed how, respectively, SOA, Enterprise 2.0 and BPM are key elements of the Oracle proposition on Middleware. They gave food for thoughts on implementation strategies and business benefits of these technologies.
Real live BPM implementation
Léon Smiers, our Capgemini Thought Leader on Oracle BPM, shared his experience on two Oracle BPM Suite 11g projects with the Partner Community Forum. Léon explained what the five key success areas are on BPM. This is an interpretation of TechnoVision in relation to BPM. Léon talked about the BPM Closed loop (Design, Modeling, Execution, Monitoring and Optimization) and where the products in the Oracle BPM Suite fit in.
Next Léon Smiers explained how the two projects, one for Work Order Management within the Utility sector and one on Month end improvements in a large European bank, where implemented on an architectural level. Léon emphasizes on how BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) can help the Business get more insight in the value of BPM implementations.
Day 2
Day two of the Oracle SOA and E2.0 Partner Community Forum went more in-depth in the technologies and business possibilities of Service Oriented Architecture and Enterprise 2.0 with the various Oracle products. In three rounds of breakout sessions with 5 sessions each there was more information on how we implement SOA Suite, BPM Suite and WebCenter Suite. Some of the sessions shared insight in the future of the various Oracle products and more information on the various roadmaps.
SOA Suite 11g PS3: What’s New?
David Shaffer (product management lead Fusion Middleware) did sessions on SOA Suite 11g PS3 and OSB learned us that the new version of the suite (patch set 3) offered a wide variety of new features and that it actually really was a mayor release of the SOA Suite. The first releases of the 11g suite (PS1 and 2) gave us, for example, a web based SOA composer, SOA domains and monitor express, to feed BPEL outcomes into pre-build BAM dashboards. The new release offers us a unified service platform to run all services on, internal and (with the use of Oracle B2B) external. It now is a very flexible platform.
WebCenter Suite 11g PS3: What’s New?
The session by Michelle Huff and Peter Moskovits on the new features of WebCenter Suite PS3 also gave insight in the possibilities of the suite, and especially the WebCenter Portal. With the introduction of the WebCenter Portal the best features of the various portal Oracle had in stock where combined, offering a best-of-breed portal solution combined with social computing. The 11g PS3 version of the WebCenter Suite combines technology to be ‘ready to run’. All elements are imbedded and, when implementing, you got a portal running in a manner of minutes.
BPM Suite 11g: What’s New?
The BPM Suite session by David Shaffer explained how the BPMN 2.0 standard changed the game in Business Process Modeling tools. The Oracle BPM Suite 11g PS3 is designed among a few ground rules: business friendly, business and IT collaboration, unified platform, 100% standards based and scalable in all dimensions. The result is impressive.
Fusion Applications
The last session of the Oracle SOA & E2.0 Partner Community Forum was one given by Rajan Krishnan (Oracle Vice President Application Development) about Oracle Fusion Applications and the roadmap for customers. Rajan showed how Oracle still has a complete commitment on it’s existing line of Applications (Siebel, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, CRM on demand, …) and how the customer choice strategy looks like. Apps Unlimited, that’s how Oracle calls it. Customers of existing applications have the possibility to upgrade, optimize or extend their applications portfolio in conjunction with Fusion Applications.
Fusion Applications is build on top the modern platform of Oracle Fusion Middleware and is developed with the following in mind: best-practice business processes, re-invented user experience and cloud ready. The result is amazing. Fusion apps really looks good and the proof of concepts Rajan Krishnan talked about give a promising picture on the outcome.


The Oracle SOA & E2.0 Partner Community Forum was a great success. The networking possibilities with other experts in the world and insights in the current state and future of Oracle Middleware technology certainly made the entire event worthwhile. With nearly 200 participants from all over the world we are proud to have hosted this event!
Douwe Pieter van den Bos, Oracle Solution Architect