Oracle Enterprise Repository 10gR3 Released
By michael.stamback on Nov 05, 2008
Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER) 10gR3 is now available. This is the first new release of OER (formally known as AquaLogic Enterprise Repository) since the BEA acquisition. This is a minor point release, but there are some of the new features that are noteworthy.
- Enhancements to standards-based artifact harvesting
- Synchronization between OER and UDDI registries are now controlled via workflows
- A worklist of assigned assets now appear in 'My Stuff' within OER console
- Additional platform support and certifications
- Use of BPM Studio for workflow modification
OER 10gR3 provides some enhancements to asset harvesting, which expands the number of ways in which assets can be synchronized with OER. Traditionally, assets could be automatically collected through plugins in VS .NET and Eclipse, OER API calls, introspection of WSDL artifacts, synchronization with UDDI, or of course, manually. OER 10gR3 has enhanced the introspection capabilities to harvest individual files or entire directories of BPEL, WSDL, XSD, and XSLT artifacts. This can be accomplished via command line or via ant script provided with OER (see examples here). The ant script provided can be incorporated into any build process, including the build process within JDeveloper. The result of the harvesting functionality is the creation of assets, relationships, and their associated metadata from the artifacts collected.
Synchronization between OER and UDDI is now accomplished utilizing the embedded BPM workflow engine under the covers. The workflows are based on OER BPM processes, which can be easily modified out of the box to match your organization's needs, or you can simply utilize the workflow OER provides for you. These workflows can be configured to be triggered in different ways. Common triggers include repository events such as lifecycle stage or registration status change. However, these can also be configured for a time-based trigger.
Processing of assets has been streamlined in OER 10gR3 to include a worklist of assigned tasks within the 'My Stuff' tab of the OER console. Tasks that are assigned to the user logged in, such as approval of registration status or other 'gates' in the lifecycle process that require human interaction, can be easily accessed for rapid completion.
Additional Platform Support and Certifications
As part of OER 10gR3, certifications have been made for additional platform support. Check here for a list of supported configurations.
Workflow Customization Using BPM Studio
One of the best items of this release is the ability to use the Oracle BPM Studio (separately downloaded) to customize the BPM workflows under the covers of OER without having to purchase Oracle BPM separately. This provides you with the most flexibility for customizing the automation built into OER to accommodate whatever lifecycle methodology you may be using to apply governance as rigidly or flexibly as suits your organization.
You can download OER 10gR3 here.