By Antony Reynolds on Oct 08, 2013
Book: Getting Started with Oracle SOA B2B Integration: A hands On Tutorial
Before OpenWorld I received a copy of a new book by Scott Haaland, Alan Perlovsky & Krishnaprem Bhatia entitled Getting Started with Oracle SOA B2B Integration: A hands On Tutorial. A free download is available of Chapter 3 to help you get a feeling for the style for the book.
A useful new addition to the growing library of Oracle SOA Suite books, it starts off by putting B2B into context and identifying some common B2B message patterns and messaging protocols. The rest of the book then takes the form of tutorials on how to use Oracle B2B interspersed with useful tips, such as how to set up B2B as a hub to connect different trading partners, similar to the way a VAN works.
The book goes a little beyond a tutorial by providing suggestions on best practice, giving advice on what is the best way to do things in certain circumstances.
I found the chapter on reporting & monitoring to be particularly useful, especially the BAM section, as I find many customers are able to use BAM reports to sell a SOA/B2B solution to the business.
The chapter on Preparing to Go-Live should be read closely before the go live date, at the very least pay attention to the “Purging data” section
Not being a B2B expert I found the book helpful in explaining how to accomplish tasks in Oracle B2B, and also in identifying the capabilities of the product. Many SOA developers, myself included, view B2B as a glorified adapter, and in many ways it is, but it is an adapter with amazing capabilities.
The editing seems a little loose, the language is strange in places and there are references to colors on black and white diagrams, but the content is solid and helpful to anyone tasked with implementing Oracle B2B.