Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

Using ODEE's Transactional Data

Today I'm going to demonstrate how you can query the Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition ("ODEE") transactional data to get some statistics on your processing. All you will need to complete this exercise is a functional ODEE environment that has some transactions in it, and you might need to know a little bit about the content of those transactions. In addition you'll need access to the database that houses the Assembly Line - read only access is fine for this exercise. This will actually be a pretty simple exercise that doesn't require much knowledge of SQL syntax or XML, but a little bit of expertise here would be helpful. Let's get started!

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Thursday Dec 17, 2015

Security with Documaker Enterprise

This post features a review of common security configurations and practices with respect to Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition implementation. 

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Resource Management Practices with Documaker

In this post I aim to unleash a great deal of information on resource management practices and procedures as well as configuration with respect to Oracle Documaker. Most of this information is interchangeable between Standard and Enterprise editions. [Read More]

Stability through Monitoring

Monitoring is a critical and necessary function to ensure that systems and process are running properly. Good monitoring practice can also be proactive in identifying and resolving potential problems before they occur. In many implementations it is possible to omit or defer the definition of process monitoring which can lead to overlooking important items. Many times this effort is left up to systems analysts to determine which processes and files should be monitored, and without guidance, there are opportunities to miss critical functions. My goal in this post is to consolidate and explain some of basic areas within a Documaker Enterprise implementation that should be monitored and how to monitor them.[Read More]

Documaker Documentation and White Papers

I am asked at least once a month for the location of various Documaker documentation, manuals, guides, marketing materials, and white papers so I figured it was about time to consolidate some of this information into a single place that I can reference. I will update this post periodically when I have new information to add, so bookmark it if you're so inclined.[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

Automating Oracle Documaker Interactive and WIP Edit Plug-In Using OpenScript – Part 2

Welcome back to the continuation of our discussion on testing automation with Oracle Documaker! In our last post on Documaker regression testing, we explained the differences between keyword-driven and data-driven frameworks - our testing strategy modeled after the framework proposed by Carl Nagle. For data-intensive applications such as Oracle Documaker Interactive, it is preferable to use data-driven testing frameworks, because these frameworks more closely mirror the use case for Documaker Interactive. In this post, we will review the testing framework and process that is used by the Oracle Documaker Quality Assurance team for automated testing of Documaker Interactive in several typical use cases. Let's get started, shall we?[Read More]

Saturday Oct 24, 2015

Connecting MQSeries to ODEE with JMS Bridge

Welcome to another edition of the Documaker Tech blog! Today we'll be showing how to connect MQSeries queues to Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition (ODEE). Fair warning: this post will be acronym-intensive, and as such I will endeavor to present the full meaning of an acronym before using it. So let's dive in! If you're not familiar with the concept of the a message queue a cursory internet search will turn up a wealth of information. You need to know that message queues are used to provide synchronous or asynchronous communication between two or more processes. Synchronous (sync) communication means that the sender will wait for the receiver to acknowledge receipt of the message (also known as a response), whereas asynchronous (async) means that the sender will not wait for a response. Async is also known as “fire-and-forget”, or FAF. It is also possible to have multiple senders and receivers using the same queue - that is, you might have multiple senders placing messages into a queue, and then multiple receivers retrieving messages from the queue.  It is this capability that is used to provide scalability within ODEE.[Read More]

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Automating Oracle Documaker Interactive and WIP Edit Plug-In Using OpenScript

In this post, we detail the steps our Oracle Documaker QA team uses to automate some regression test cases, specifically Documaker Interactive and WIP Edit Plug-in using Oracle Functional Testing and OpenScript. This is the first in a series of posts focused on Documaker regression testing.[Read More]

Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Documaker Integration : A Primer

Integration of a document automation system with external systems is a critical phase in any Documaker implementation. Whether Documaker is being deployed in a “green field” scenario or into a mature enterprise the fact remains that integration must occur on one or more levels. My goal in this blog post is to explore some concepts and methods required to define and establish integration available in a typical implementation of Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition, with the hope this may help readers think about possible solutions for their own use.[Read More]

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Why Projects Fail

I'm going to divert a little from my technical orientation for blogging here and discuss something that's critical to any software implementation: project failure. 

To properly frame the discussion about why projects fail, we first need to define a project. The Project Management Institute (“PMI”) defines a project as “a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service, or result.” (What is Project Management?). This is in contrast to routine activities that use repetitive processes to generate a product or service, such as manufacturing or customer service. PMI further stipulates that a project is temporary because the beginning and end, scope and resources are finite and defined to achieve a singular goal. Timeline, scope, and resources, are the three factors that exert direct influence over the success of project. Each must be in balance with the other two for the project to meet its goals – if the scope becomes too large, the project will exceed available resources (personnel or budget). Similarly, if the timeline becomes compressed, the scope and resources will not be able to deliver on time. With the triangle of time, resources, and scope in mind, we can say that a successful project is one that is delivered within the timeframe, using the identified resources, and meets the agreed-upon scope.

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Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

How to Publish with EWPS - Quick Guide

Getting Started with Documaker and Web Services 

Today I'll be addressing a common question - how do I get started publishing with web services and Documaker? The aim of this guide is to give you a quick rundown on how you can be up and running with publishing via web services and Documaker within a few hours, or even minutes! Before we get started, I think it's pertinent to discuss web services. 

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Thursday Jun 12, 2014

ODEE Green Field (Windows) Part 5 - Deployment and Validation

Part 5 of a multi-part blog series on creating an ODEE green field - a sandbox environment with all necessary software components for a deployment of Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition. This includes Oracle database, SOA Suite, WebLogic application server, and Documaker. This sandbox series covers Windows versions of the software. In this installment, Documaker is deployed and tested to complete the installation.[Read More]

ODEE Green Field (Windows) Part 4 - Documaker

Part 4 of a multi-part blog series on creating an ODEE green field - a sandbox environment with all necessary software components for a deployment of Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition. This includes Oracle database, SOA Suite, WebLogic application server, and Documaker. This sandbox series covers Windows versions of the software. In this installment, Documaker is installed.[Read More]

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

ODEE Green Field (Windows) Part 3 - SOA Suite

Part 3 of a multi-part blog series on creating an ODEE green field - a sandbox environment with all necessary software components for a deployment of Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition. This includes Oracle database, SOA Suite, WebLogic application server, and Documaker. This sandbox series covers Windows versions of the software. In this installment, SOA Suite is installed.[Read More]

ODEE Green Field (Windows) Part 2 - WebLogic

Part 2 of a multi-part blog series on creating an ODEE green field - a sandbox environment with all necessary software components for a deployment of Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition. This includes Oracle database, SOA Suite, WebLogic application server, and Documaker. This sandbox series covers Windows versions of the software. In this installment, WebLogic is installed.[Read More]
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