Friday Jun 22, 2012

UI Design Patterns : Are you developing a Fusion Apps extension, an ADF or Webcenter App?

A big question I get asked when speaking to partners who are developing Oracle ADF, or Webcenter, Apps is how to make it look nice.. Some of the big System Integrators ask me, "Do we have any design patterns/guidelines we can use?". .. Alas website design is a very personal thing and each website will have different requirements and needs, however I am now pleased to say we've just launched "Oracle Fusion Applications Design Patterns" website. 

 The website is the result of many years of Oracle R&D into user interface design for Fusion applications and features a really cool web app which allows you to visualise the UI components in action.

Although many of the design patterns are related to ADF , its worth noting that ADF took its lead from Oracle Fusion Applications User Interface needs - not the other way around, its just taken us a while to publish these. Coupled together with the dashboard patterns this makes are really cool extra asset for your kit bag

Enjoy

Tuesday Jan 03, 2012

Happy New Year All , and are you all integrated and validated?

Firstly Happy New Year to you all

Secondly, in late December a friend of mine, who works for an Oracle Partner, asked me questions on how to "correctly" integrate  Oracle eBusiness Suite with a 3rd party application, the answer is "it depends".. There are many ways to do integration and depending on what you need to accomplish depends which one is the "best" approach..

It depends on :

- What version of EBS you are using, if its 12.1.3 then you can use the ISG (integrated Service Gateway)  to call services within EBS as Web services.
-  If your on a EBS prior to 12.1.3 (also 11i I guess) then you have something called the Applications SOA Adapter within SOA Suite. This adapter basically acts as a facade between SOA Suite and the Oracle eBusiness Suite PLSQL APIs, quite easy to use and works well.. This adapter is also available in 12.1.3, but its generally recommended to use the previously mentioned ISG Gateway instead.


However beware that the devil is in the detail, it does depend who the 3rd party is and what they are trying to do, you might for example need to use the Oracle Service bus for some complex credential mapping, or maybe the Oracle B2B product is a better fit.. Also consider if its a batch process then perhaps one of the data integration products is a better fit (e.g. ODI)
Finally, what about validating the solution? Does oracle provide validation services? 


Yes we do!

 

If its custom code, or a one off for a client, then the best people do validate the solution is probably Oracle Consulting Services, if you are a partner who are creating a reusable asset then the partner program has a validation program called "Oracle Validated Integration" which provides a number of benefits  


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