Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Zero to SOA in Minutes! Announcing the SOA/BPM 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance

I am pleased to announce the availability of Oracle's SOA/BPM/OSB 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance. This VirtualBox virtual machine is meant for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not certified, nor licensed for any production use. It is our most comprehensive virtual machine to date, with the following Oracle products installed, configured and functionally integrated within the appliance:

  •     Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 (64-bit)
  •     Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2
  •     Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.0 (includes Service Bus)
  •     Oracle Event Processing 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7.1
  •     Oracle Webcenter Content (Enterprise Content Management) 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle Webcenter Suite 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle Webcenter Portal 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.0
  •     Oracle JRockit
  •     Java SE Development Kit

Refer to the README document for full details on the appliance features, installation guide, memory configurations, URLs, credentials and other recommended software.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do we need a SOA Developer Virtual Machine?

Virtual Machines (VM) play an important role in increasing developer productivity; saving hours, if not days, of provisioning effort in standing up a fully functional, configured Fusion Middleware platform for testing and evaluation. Think of it as your very own Platform as a Service (PaaS) on your laptop/desktop!

What can I use the VM for?

A developer VM can prove useful for a variety of reasons: quick internal demos, proof of concepts, testing etc. For those new to Oracle SOA or BPM Suite, it can serve as a powerful tool to learn these technologies, which is why it is very popular for developer learning and training sessions. In fact, the VM includes pre-configured lab artifacts - "PO Processing" and "Sales Quote" - that are used in Oracle instructor-led training sessions and in the "Getting Started" books on Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle BPM Suite.  

What benefits does the VM provide beyond simply installing the Oracle SOA Suite?

For enterprise development, installation of Oracle SOA Suite (or any single piece of software for that matter) is only a fraction of the overall effort needed to build an end-to-end configured development environment. Typical effort in standing up an integrated software stack on a "bare-metal" would involve the following provisioning tasks:

  • Create base image: Install supported version of the Linux OS e.g. Oracle Linux, Ubuntu, EC2 AMIs etc.
  • Setup base image: Security policies, firewalls, port forwarding rules, hard drive partitions on block storage
  • Install pre-requisite software: Java, Database
  • Install Fusion Middleware: SOA Suite, BPM Suite, Web Center and any other modules, run RCU with correct schema names and passwords
  • Setup Fusion Middleware: WLS domain with correct templates needed for SOA+BPM+BAM+Service Bus+WebCenter
  • Configure Modules: Association between BPM and WebCenter Content/Portal with the correct security setup 
  • Install additional tools/software: JDeveloper IDE, extensions
  • Optimize the environment: WLS console properties, front-end host, external listen address etc. for your network topology
  • Create accounts: Seed demo user accounts with email addresses (or other user accounts)

While you can always automate the above-mentioned steps, having a pre-provisioned DevOps style machine image can help you reduce development costs. It can get you from zero to a fully working SOA environment in minutes, on any developer's laptop. The benefits go beyond simply time to provision, it allows you to do more with less resources. For example, the VM allows developers to quickly switch between multiple running instances, each testing a new feature or version without the need for additional hardware.

We sincerely hope you enjoy using this VM and would love to hear your feedback!

Rajesh Raheja

Rajesh Raheja is senior director of development in Oracle's Fusion Middleware SOA Integration team, driving cross-functional architecture initiatives on application integration and cloud iPaaS technologies. In his 17 years at Oracle, he has held various engineering, product management and consulting positions; bringing complex applications and platform products to market. He has extensive experience with Oracle CRM, E-Business Suite and Fusion Applications; and related integration technologies. He is an ardent advocate of agile development processes and design thinking. You can follow him on Twitter and his personal blog.

Monday Mar 03, 2014

The Bus is Here! Let's Go!

Ok. You read my last blog post and built your first your mobile app for iOS and Android.  You’re happy. Happy as a clam. You leveraged your Java expertise, didn’t have to learn a new OS specific language and deployed your mobile app to iOS and Android.  It’s not $WhatsApp that FB just paid $19B for, but cheers for you!

Now your manager comes in, tells you what a great job you did on that app. Folks really like it… but now he wants you to expand it further.  He wants new mobile apps that reach the main servers – where the mission critical apps live.  Can you do that?  We’ll need it to:
  • Build an app to access the existing enterprise applications like PeopleSoft, Siebel, etc. We can’t afford a rewrite, but the execs want to mobile enable them to the field
  • It has to be secure. Enterprise grade. Proven. No compromises here.
  • SLAs (service level agreements). It needs to perform, and the apps performance needs to be measured, with reporting so we can see how the app is being used
  • Caching.  We don’t want to keep hitting our infrastructure unnecessarily.  For the static data, there’s really no need to keep retrieving the same data over and over again when we can simply cache it, right?



What do you think? Can you do it?

Check out this post by Jeff Davies covering mobile apps and Oracle Service Bus, part of the new Oracle Mobile Suite – and get happy! 

To learn more about Oracle Mobile Platform, click here.

Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

Chalk Talk with John: How Does SOA Add Value to Your Enterprise?

In this episode of Chalk Talk with John we revisit our town of Middleware Fields from What Does User Experience Mean to You? to look at demystifying the business value of SOA.

Middleware fields is an extremely eco-conscious community and has been trying to setup a commuting program for their employees. Though a good idea, they soon run into challenges ensuring that people are able to use the commuting services easily.  Take a look below to see how SOA is like a transit pass for your enterprise and how it addresses common issues you may have with your enterprise systems.

About me:

Hi, I am John Brunswick, an Oracle Enterprise Architect. As an Oracle Enterprise Architect, I focus on the alignment of technical capabilities in support of business vision and objectives, as well as the overall business value of technology.  Before coming to Oracle, I was a Practice Manager within BEA System's Business Interaction Division consulting organization, orchestrating enterprise systems in support of line of business goals.

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