Tuesday Jun 18, 2013

Mastering Oracle BPM Suite 11g Webcast Series

This seven part series is for architects, developers, and anyone who is interested in better understanding the use, deployment, and best practices for managing processes with Oracle BPM Suite 11g. By joining this series of seven Webcasts you will get information on use, deployment, and best practices.

BPM-related topics will include:

  • Planning
  • Mastering Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)
  • Rule usage
  • Monitoring
  • Development with APIs
  • Deployment

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Register here for the on-demand Webcast Series.

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Monday Jun 17, 2013

BPM mobile worklist demo for iOS

Thanks to Manoj you can find a first demo of a BPM mobile worklist at our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required):

Additional Andrejus Baranovskis our ADF Guru build a Oracle BPM 11g Mobile Worklist with ADF Mobile.

Let us know when you test the demo - we are looking forward to get your feedback!

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Saturday Jun 15, 2013

Read about the Cloud and the Oracle user experience

Consumers have already seen the benefit of a cloud approach with tailored, consumer-driven experiences. Find out what that means for Oracle's enterprise applications on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog.

Do you want to hear more about the Oracle Cloud and other UX innovations? UX architect Misha Vaughan writes about what Oracle Apps UX is sharing with the team's Sales Ambassador (SAMBA) representatives in this post on VoX.

Spot the Oracle user experience design pattern Visit this post by Ultan O'Broin, Director of User Experience, to go design-pattern spotting in the Oracle Fusion Mobile Expenses app. O'Broin also takes a different angle on design patterns and talks with Oracle partner Innowave Technologies about how they used design patterns in this post on the Usable Apps blog.

Watch this interview with Oracle’s Apps UX VP ACE Director Debra Lilley interviews Apps UX Vice President Jeremy Ashley about the new, simplified UI for Oracle Fusion Applications in this video, courtesy of the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG).

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Friday Jun 14, 2013

An introduction to Oracle Case Management by Leon Smiers

Oracle makes a habit of adding important functionality to minor patch sets. In the recent 11G Release 2 Patch set 6 of Fusion middleware, Oracle has added a milestone in the BPM stack, the Case management functionality. Discussions around this topic had already been going for a while, but finally the first part of it is included in the Fusion Middleware stack.

In this blog I will elaborate its importance and what is contains Since this an important functional addition we will publish more detailed blogs around this topic in the near future.

What functionality is needed for Case Management?
Organizations increasingly need to deal with unstructured processes that Business Process Management Suites are not designed to cope with. Case Management is a way to govern and control these unstructured processes, but Case Management solutions can be challenging to develop.

Developing Case Management around a BPM solution preferably in conjunction with an Enterprise Content Management System solves many of these problems.

What is a case?
A case is a collection of activities that support a specific business objective. Each case has a lifecycle. During that lifecycle there will be a range of activities and requirements; information and content may need to be gathered in a wide range of formats (such as documents, email, minutes, interviews, photos and other data). Throughout there will be process related tasks and actions, human decisions and interventions. At any time in the lifecycle we should be able to have a holistic view of the case, create reports and review audit trails. A case will be subject to organizational policy or procedure, which determines the appropriate outcomes. Read the full article here.


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Thursday Jun 13, 2013

New case management functionalities in Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7 by Danilo Schmiedel

Today I would like to highlight a nice feature of the newest Oracle BPM Suite Release. I am very happy that Oracle enriched the Suite with certain Case Management functionalities that fit into the existing Service Component Architecture (SCA). In the past month I already had the chance to play a bit with the beta software. With this post I would like to share some of my experiences.

Why Case Management?
Business Process Management becomes more and more important. With BPM Suite processes can be modeled, implemented, simulated and executed in a multi-user environment. There are also a lot of different reports available to monitor processes during runtime. We see in our projects, that this kind of automation is especially valuable for processes which are based on routine work. Some examples are “Hiring”, “Order-to-Cash”, “Order Management”, “Travel Request Management” and so on.

However - we also notice quite a high amount of processes, which are too complex and too flexible to model them in BPMN. We call it knowledge-intensive work. Of course if you have a lot of time you might be able to model almost everything but is it a benefit to have processes which are not readable anymore? How fast is your time-to-market? How easy is it to implement process changes? How can you support the job of the knowledge worker? Some typical domains with a high amount of knowledge-intensive work are Insurances, Banks, Healthcare, Civil Services and Government Agencies.

Let me try to explain the need of case management with our RYLC example. RYLC stands for “Rent your legacy car” and it was introduced in a series of articles as an overall solution example. The main target of RYLC was to explain concepts like service categories, loose coupling, canonical data model, service security and much more (see SOA Spezial magazine for details). The graphic below shows the complete End-to-End RYLC process in BPMN notation from receiving the request, selection of the car, checkout of the vehicle, returning it, creation of the invoice and cash clearance. I highlighted the checkin-part of the process, which covers the return of the car. It is based on an asynchronous message exchange pattern - the process execution stops until the checkin is completed or canceled. In this stage several things can happen.

BPMN Example - Rent your legacy car (RYLC)

The happy path of the process would be that everything goes well and the customer returns the car at the date that has been agreed during the reservation. The extension of the rental period can trigger other actions which are necessary to satisfy the customer. In worst-case the customer might have an accident or somebody steals the car. Read the full article here.

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Wednesday Jun 12, 2013

Podcast Show: The State of SOA By Bob Rhubart

Service Oriented Architecture may not get the attention it used to get, but it is still alive and kicking - and more important than ever.

The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast program features a panel discussion on the State of Service Oriented Architecture. The panel for this conversation consists of four gentlemen who collectively represent exactly half of the team of experts behind Industrial SOA, a new series of articles available on OTN.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: The panel discusses why SOA is more important than ever.
  • Listen to Part 2: The panel discuss SOA in the context of business/IT alignment challenges and shares insight on the differences in SOA approaches between Europe and the US.
  • Listen to Part 3: (May 8) The panel explains the concept of Industrialized SOA and discusses what it means for Cloud computing, Mobile, Big Data, and other trends.

Jürgen KressHajo NormannClemens Utschig-UtschigTorsten WinterbergDanilo SchmiedelGuido SchmutzBernd TropsBerthold Maier

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Tuesday Jun 11, 2013

Cloud Computing Book Concepts, Technology & Architecture published by Thomas Erl & Ricardo Puttini

imageDuring my holiday I read this book, here is my quote “Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture is an excellent resource for IT professionals and managers who want to learn and understand cloud computing, and who need to select or build cloud systems and solutions. It lays the foundation for cloud concepts, models, technologies and mechanisms. As the book is vendor-neutral, it will remain valid for many years. We will recommend this book to Oracle customers, partners and users for their journey towards cloud computing. This book has the potential to become the basis for a cloud computing manifesto, comparable to what was accomplished with the SOA manifesto." Jürgen Kress

Clouds are distributed technology platforms that leverage sophisticated technology innovations to provide highly scalable and resilient environments that can be remotely utilized by organizations in a multitude of powerful ways. To successfully build upon, integrate with, or even create a cloud environment requires an understanding of its common inner mechanics, architectural layers, and models, as well as an understanding of the business and economic factors that result from the adoption and real-world usage of cloud-based services.

In Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, Thomas Erl, one of the world's top-selling IT authors, teams up with cloud computing experts and researchers to break down proven and mature cloud computing technologies and practices into a series of well-defined concepts, models, technology mechanisms, and technology architectures, all from an industry-centric and vendor-neutral point of view. In doing so, the book establishes concrete, academic coverage with a focus on structure, clarity, and well-defined building blocks for mainstream cloud computing platforms and solutions.

Subsequent to technology-centric coverage, the book proceeds to establish business-centric models and metrics that allow for the financial assessment of cloud-based IT resources, and their comparison to those hosted on traditional IT enterprise premises. Also provided are templates and formulas for calculating SLA-related quality-of-service values and numerous explorations of the SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS delivery models.

With over 260 figures, 29 architectural models, and 20 mechanisms, this indispensable guide provides a comprehensive education of cloud computing essentials that will never leave your side.

The book is available at Service Tech Books or at Amazon. Looking for additional SOA books or You published a book feel free to add it to our publications wiki!

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Monday Jun 10, 2013

SOA Advisory Webcasts: SOA Evaluation & Planning – SOA Diagnostics – SOA Domain setup – Extending SOA Domain

Our global dedicated SOA Support team will run several SOA webcasts, make sure you attend them:

Missed a Webcast on-demand versions are available Oracle Fusion Middleware Advisor Webcast Schedule and Archived Recordings [ID 1456204.1].

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Calling all Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovators Submit your Nominations for the 2013 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation

Click here, to submit your nomination today!

Have you implemented successful SOA Suite 11g or BPM Suite 11g? Make sure you nominate this customer implementation for the  Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation 2013 Awards! We want to bring them again to home, Europe! The nomination should be focused on the customer benefits you achieved with leading edge Oracle Middleware solutions. Let us know if you want a nice quote from us to support your nomination.

Is your organization using Oracle Fusion Middleware to deliver unique business value? If so, let the world know and submit a nomination today for the Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. These highly in-demand awards honor customers for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. Winners receive a free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco (September 22-26) and will be honored during a special event at OpenWorld.

Categories include:

To be considered for this award, please complete the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation nomination form for your specific category and send it to: Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com.

NOTE: The deadline to submit all nominations is 5pm Pacific on June 18, 2013.

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

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