Tuesday May 05, 2015

PaaS (ICS, PCS, MSC) Cloud preview event for customers May 26h Netherlands

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On May 26, AMIS organises a Preview session about Oracle PaaS Cloud Services. We will start the event at 17.00 hrs with an overview of Oracle PaaS Services. We will tell you more about how they are connected and what you can use them for. In addition, you will get a sneak preview of three Oracle PaaS Services: Integration Cloud Service, Process Cloud Service and Mobile Cloud Services. We will end the event with networking and drinks at around 21.00 hrs.

Presenters during this Cloud Preview session are Lucas Jellema, Oracle ACE Director and CTO at AMIS, Robert van Mölken, Oracle ACE Associate and Sr. SOA Specialist at AMIS, Luc Gorissen, Solution Architect at AMIS and Steven Davelaar, Cloud Solution Architect at the Oracle A-team.

For details please visit the Amis registration page here

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Monday Apr 06, 2015

Amis OpenWorld 2014 Whitepaper

clip_image001As a wrap-up of Oracle OpenWorld 2014, AMIS published a white paper with the Oracle roadmap for 2015 and beyond. An extensive document with contributions by 8 AMIS specialists.

This white paper is the ultimate insider, for everyone that was not able to go to San Francisco this year. But  also for those who did visit Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

Fill in the registration form to download the white paper.

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Monday Feb 09, 2015

Rapid creation of Virtual Machine(s) for SOA Suite 12.1.3 server run time environment – leveraging Vagrant, Puppet and Biemond by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002In recent previous articles I have discussed the use of Vagrant and Puppet for the automated creation of Virtual Machines, for example with various Oracle software components completely installed into them. In this article, I am merely the consumer of goodies. Edwin Biemond published on GitHub the complete set of Vagrant and Puppet configuration files for creating VMs with the SOA Infra database (Oracle Database 11.2.0.4, populated with the RCU installer) and the SOA Suite 12.1.3 run time environment – including Service Bus, see: WebLogic 12.1.3 infra (JRF) with SOA,OSB.

In this article, I will describe the steps I took to actually produce the two VMs using Edwin’s scripts. The visual description of the whole process looks something like the next figure: Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Feb 08, 2015

SOA Suite 12c: Actionable Emails with Human Task service by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002It is my assumption that inbound and outbound emailing has been configured – for example for a GMail account – as described in these two articles: GMail for inbound mail in SOA Suite 12c and GMail for outbound mail in SOA Suite 12c and that test mails can be sent and received.

The steps are:

  • configure an email driver for SOA Suite for outbound and inbound emails
  • configure an email address (one of the inbound email accounts set up on the email driver configuration) for actionable emails
  • create a Human Task definition for a task that is configured as actionable; assign this task to a user who has an email configured in the LDAP directory
  • deploy the Human Task as part of a SOA Composite; invoke the composite to have the task assigned to the user
  • the user should receive a notification mail message regarding the task assignment with the option to act on the task by clicking a link in the email; clicking such a link will trigger a response email to the actionable email account with appropriate meta-data for the SOA Suite to interpret the response; the user can even add attachments and comments to this task response mail.

We assume the first setp has been taken care of. Once the email driver for the managed server running SOA Suite has been configured for outbound and inbound email interaction, there is really not a lot to do.

Open the menu SOA Administration | Workflow Properties: Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

Cloud demystified Open World 2014 Overview of Cloud offerings by Amis team

clip_image002The central theme of Oracle Open World 2014 has certainly been the Cloud. Downtown San Francisco was laced with banners about Oracle and Cloud. The difference compared to last year is that now there is a huge amount of real cloud products available (or soon to be launched). Where the Oracle cloud offering till this summer was limited to Database and Java (WebLogic) and some applications the current stack ranges from infrastructure till a range of SAAS offerings. The amount of cloud related announcements was really huge and somewhat overwhelming. Get things in perspectives I have drafted below a list of the concrete cloud offerings with a short description. If you want to try this in practice you are welcome to visit https://cloud.oracle.com/home (choose the platform tab to see what’s currently available).

The major theme of all Oracle cloud based solutions is REST support for all commands. So you can use either Cloud Control / Enterprise Manager to manage your cloud infrastructure or you can directly tap into the specific systems and manage them yourself. In this way you can customize the management of your infrastructure for specific services without having to use the Cloud Control.

Overview of all cloud offerings Oracle has introduced last week at Oracle Open World 2014:

Java Cloud

The Java Cloud offering, also called WebLogic Cloud, is a full version of WebLogic Server as a cloud instance. Including the usage of Coherence as a data grid within the WebLogic Server to share data and transactions between several applications without using the round-trip to the database. At this time Oracle is offering WebLogic 11c and 12c as a cloud service. Within the cloud dashboard you are able to create and scale your Java cloud service as you like (scale up and scale out).

Security cloud Services

Oracle has made security a high priority within the cloud services offering. This is essential for the complete cloud offering. The the security cloud service offers firewall, intrusion detection and anti-virus to protect the system from treats from outside the infrastructure and prevent systems being attacked by systems within the cloud infrastructure. This offering enables you to configure your cloud system to be compliant with a lot of regulatory frameworks (http://www.oracle.com/us/media1/service-cloud-security-overview-2030360.pdf)

Developer Cloud

New announcement is the developer cloud is a new offering consisting of tools for software repository, wiki, issue / task tracking and build engine. The developer cloud will be released in the upcoming moth. A trial version is already available. According to my information the Developer Cloud is free together with the Java Cloud.  With the developer cloud you are able to create a GIT repository (or multiple) and invite your team to participate. You can connect your own IDE (Eclipse, JDeveloper etc.) to this repository and work just as you were used to work. The developer cloud offers an issue tracking system based upon the schema of Bugzilla with an integrated interface and REST interfaces to create and tasks from your own IDE. The build engine in the developer cloud is based upon Mave3 and Hudson. And finally you can use a wiki in the developer cloud to enrich your documentation. The developer cloud is aimed on working in agile projects and supports easy and fast review, collaboration and quick integration. The developer cloud offers to create and use templates. This enables you to create a template of a specific type of project and use this as a basis for following similar project while copying a pre format setup of the source repository, build engine and wiki.

Integration Cloud (SOA / Service Bus )

This service enables the SOA and OSB users to leverage the advantages of integration with Service Bus and SOA and the scalability and availability of cloud systems. This product is announced on Open World and it looks like it is being launched introduced in the upcoming months. A very interesting part of this is the Cloud Adapter SDK. Integration Cloud Services (ICS) offers a lot of new SaaS adapters to integrate with SaaS applications like SalesForce for example. The cloud adapters are built in the Cloud Adapter SDK and written in Java. So you are able to create your own adapter an share this adapter with your users. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/adapters/documentation/index.html

Process cloud

Another new service is the Process Cloud. This is the cloud implementation of BPM with the goal of offering a simplified and comprehensive way of modeling and executing your processes. The goal is to migrate the BPM creation activities from the developer to the business analyst. The process cloud is being launched soon. Examples are available here : https://cloud.oracle.com/process

Analytics Cloud / BI Cloud

This is the Business Intelligence offering as a cloud service. This service is being made available as a separate offering and as an BI Engine on other Oracle applications like Oracle Eauola and Oracle RightNow. (https://cloud.oracle.com/business_intelligence).

Mobile Cloud and Mobile Application Accelerator (MAX)

Oracle Mobile cloud is an extensive way to make your own services available as a mobile backend. The mobile could offers services to create data providers within for your mobile developer without bothering them with the complexity of your enterprise backend. Including shielding the security of your connection from your mobile developers. The mobile cloud offers several features for reporting and analytics such as usage statistics and engagement. This service will probably be launched in a few months (https://cloud.oracle.com/mobile) . A second interesting announcement was the introduction of MAX ( Mobile Application Accelerator). The Oracle Mobile Application Accelerator feature allows users with no coding experience to rapidly and intuitively produce mobile applications. This feature is only announced and it is not clear when it will be available for usage. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

FMW 12.1.3 – Invoking Enterprise Scheduler Service Web Services from SoapUI by Lucas Jellema

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The Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 platform contains the ESS or Enterprise Scheduler Service. This service can be used as asynchronous, schedule based job orchestrator. It can execute jobs that are Operating System jobs, java calls (local Java or EJB), PL/SQL calls, and Web Service calls (synchronous, asynchronous and one-way) including SOA composite, Service Bus and ADF BC web services.

Jobs and schedules can be defined from client applications

through a  Java API or through the Enterprise Manager FMW Control user interface. Additionally, ESS exposes a web service through which (pre defined) jobs can be scheduled. This web service can be invoked from BPEL processes in SOA composites – or from any component that knows how to invoke a SOAP Web Service.

In this article I will briefly demonstrate how to invoke the ESS Web Service from SoapUI. I will not describe how to create the Job Definition – I will assume two pre existing Job Definitions: HelloWorld (of type PL/SQL job) and SendFlightUpdateNotification of type SOA composite based one way Web Service. Both Job Definitions contain application properties – parameters that can be set for every job instance and that are used in the job execution. When invoking the ESS Web Service to schedule a job, values for these properties can be passed in.

There is one tricky aspect with ESS: jobs cannot be run as anonymous users. So if ESS does not know who makes the request for scheduling a job, it will not perform the request. It returns an error such as

oracle.as.scheduler.RuntimeServiceAccessControlException: ESS-02002 User anonymous does not have sufficient privilege to perform operation submitRequest JobDefinition://oracle/apps/ess/custom/saibot/SendFlightUpdateNotification.

To ensure we do not run into this problem, we have to attach a WSM security policy to the ESS Web Service and pass a WS Security Header with valid username and password in our request. Then the job request is made in the context of a validated user and this problem goes away.

The steps to go through: Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

SOA Suite 12c Masterclass – December 19th 2014 by Amis

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SOA Suite 12c (June 2014) was a major release for Oracle’s flagship integration product. This release introduces new functionality, higher developer productivity, more robust run-time scalability and performance. 12c brings together development and administration of Service Bus and SOA composite applications, it ships new technology adapters as well as a SDK to develop custom adapters and provides across the stack support for REST-style services and JSON-format messages. New facilities were added to the stack, like Managed File Transfer and Enterprise Scheduling Services, and others better integrated, such as Oracle Event Processing and Business Activity Monitoring.

This masterclass, based on over a year’s beta program participation and extensive research and experimentation, deals with many of the essential topics for SOA Suite 12c. In one day, presenters Robert van Mölken and Lucas Jellema will discuss how SOA Suite 12c will change and enhance the way SOA projects develop services. They will show many live demonstrations of the tools in action – providing you concrete insight in new and improved features. At the end of this masterclass, attendees will know how SOA Suite 12c can benefit their organizations and how they can get started with building skills, migrating applications and using this new release properly.

Throughout the day, participants and presenters have enough opportunity to discuss real world experience and brainstorm on how to best make use of SOA Suite 12c in their organizations.

All demo code and slides will be made available. Participants will also receive a voucher for the Oracle SOA Suite 12c Handbook by Lucas Jellema (Oracle Press, Spring 2015).

Audience

This masterclass is aimed at developers, solution architects and administrators with SOA Suite 11g experience.

For details please visit the registration page here.

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Monday Dec 01, 2014

Dutch SOA Suite Community Event with Simone Geib, December 11th 2014

clip_image002On Thursday December 11th, AMIS hosts a community event around Oracle SOA Suite with special guest star Simone Geib, Director of Product Management for Oracle and the face of the recent SOA Suite 12c release.
In this session, Simone will tell about and show demonstrations of the key themes and highlights of SOA Suite 12c. She will also discuss the near future , including products such as API Catalog, Cloud Adapters SDK, API Manager and Stream Explorer as well as the plan regarding the cloud. She will perhaps recount some anecdotes or background stories about the process of creating such a major new release. Simone talks about the most exciting customer SOA Suite use cases from aware of around the world as well some background on how SOA Suite is used within Oracle itself. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and to offer Simone suggestions about improving or extending the SOA Suite product. The event will commence at 17.00 – doors open at 16.30. At approximately 18.00 uur there will be a dinner and we expect to conclude the evening at our AMIS Café with drinks from 21.00 onwards.
This event is useful and interesting for everyone involved with SOA Suite– either as developer or administrator, as architect or designer. Experience with the 12c release is not required – some interest that release of course is expected. Subjects that will be discussed during the event are:

  • SOA Suite 12c
    • Developer Productivity & (runtime) Operations features
    • Mobile/REST
    • Adapters
      • SAP
      • Salesforce (SFDC)
      • RightNow
  • API Management
  • OEP/Stream Explorer
  • Managed File Transfer (MFT)
  • B2B
  • Brief recap of Vision and Roadmap
  • Customer stories & Anecdotes: the most exciting SOA Suite use cases from around the world
  • Oracle internal stories: some background on how SOA Suite is used within Oracle
  • Q&A: your chance to quiz & grill Simone on SOA Suite today and tomorrow

For location information please visit the registration page here.

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Friday Nov 14, 2014

Resolving deployment issues with Service Bus 12c – OSB-398016 – Error loading WSDL by Lucas Jellema

I was completely stuck with Service Bus 12c project deployment from JDeveloper to the Service Bus run time. Every deployment met with the same fate: Conflicts found during publish – OSB-398016, Error loading the WSDL from the repository: The WSDL is not semantically valid: Failed to read wsdl file from url due to — java.net.MalformedURLException: Unknown protocol: servicebus.


I was completely lost and frustrated – not even a simple hello_world could make it to the server.
Then, Google and Daniel Dias from Link Consulting to the rescue: http://middlewarebylink.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/soa-12c-end-to-end-e2e-tutorial-error-deploying-validatepayment/. He had run into the same problem – and he had a fix for it! Extremely hard to find if you ask me, but fairly easy to apply.
It turns out this is a known bug (18856204). The bug description refers to BPM and SB being installed in the same domain.
The resolution:
Open the Administration Console for the WebLogic Domain. From the Services node, select service OSGi Frameworks: Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Nov 08, 2014

Setup GMail as mail provider for SOA Suite 12c – configure SMTP certificate in trust store By Lucas Jellema

On this subject, there are already many fine articles. I have borrowed from at least a dozen to understand what should happen and to make it work. You will find them listed under resources.
It all started with me trying to have the UMS Adapter send an email. The setup of the email driver was done in EM FMW Control (see below) and I expected my email to be sent successfully. After a considerable and increasingly anxious wait at my mail client, I decided to check the log file for my WebLogic domain. There it was, in the soa_server1.out for my SOA Suite managed server: Read the complete article here.

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