Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

PaaS and SaaS: Perfect Together by Debra Lilley

clip_image001Platform as a service, or PaaS, is exciting a lot of our customers—not just those who want to move to the cloud, but also those who see PaaS as a way to build applications faster and more efficiently. As Oracle releases more development tools in the cloud, I believe that PaaS will become the de facto way to extend software as a service (SaaS).

First, let’s explore some of the major benefits of PaaS. With PaaS, you no longer have to worry about the cost and time associated with maintaining hardware or a data center. By bypassing the setup required for a development environment, your organization will achieve faster time to value on projects. Most PaaS offerings are on a consumption model: Much like buying gas, you fill up only when you need to, and you pay for only what you use. Finally, the quick-start, user-friendly, cloud-based development tools enable and foster continuous innovation.

In my work for Certus Solutions, a leader in Oracle Cloud implementations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, I have been particularly interested in “PaaS4SaaS,” which is the ability to extend Oracle’s cloud platform and applications with our own mini applications and have them seamlessly co-exist. Here are a few points I’ve observed for Oracle customers looking to do the same. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Oct 05, 2015

Fusion HCM Cloud Bulk Integration Automation by Jack Desai

Introduction

clip_image002Fusion HCM Cloud provides a comprehensive set of tools, templates, and pre-packaged integration to cover various scenarios using modern and efficient technologies. One of the patterns is the bulk integration to load and extract data to/from cloud. The inbound tool is the File Based data loader (FBL) evolving into HCM Data Loaders (HDL). HDL supports data migration for full HR, incremental load to support co-existence with Oracle Applications such as E-Business Suite (EBS) and PeopleSoft (PSFT). It also provides the ability to bulk load into configured flexfields. HCM Extracts is an outbound integration tool that let’s you choose data, gathers and archives it. This archived raw data is converted into a desired format and delivered to supported channels recipients.

HCM cloud implements Oracle WebCenter Content, a component of Fusion Middleware, to store and secure data files for both inbound and outbound bulk integration patterns. This post focuses on how to automate data file transfer with WebCenter Content to initiate the loader. The same APIs will be used to download data file from the WebCenter Content delivered through the extract process.

WebCenter Content replaces SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) server in the cloud as a content repository in Fusion HCM starting with Release 7+. There are several ways of importing and exporting content to and from Fusion Applications such as:

  • Upload using “File Import and Export” UI from home page navigation: Navigator > Tools
  • Upload using WebCenter Content Document Transfer Utility
  • Upload programmatically via Java Code or Web Service API

This post provides an introduction, with working sample code, on how to programmatically export content from Fusion Applications to automate the outbound integration process to other applications in the cloud or on-premise. A Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) composite is implemented to demonstrate the concept.

Main Article

Fusion Applications Security in WebCenter Content

The content in WebCenter Content is secured through users, roles, privileges and accounts. The user could be any valid user with a role such as “Integration Specialist.” The role may have privileges such as read, write and delete. The accounts are predefined by each application. For example, HCM uses /hcm/dataloader/import and /hcm/dataloader/export respectively.

Let’s review the inbound and outbound batch integration flows.

Inbound Flow

This is a typical Inbound FBL process flow: Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Oct 04, 2015

Fusion HCM Integration by Kiran Mundy

clip_image002Because of frequent questions from HCM customers on how they can use BPEL to integrate with Fusion HCM, I’ve put together the details here

Your orchestration layer is the software [such as Oracle's SOA BPEL or BPM Studio] you currently already use, to wire together Fusion HCM Loader/Extract programs to other apps.


SOA/BPEL
Companies already using SOA/BPEL can just add Fusion HCM into the mix.
Steps to accomplish this are below:.

INBOUND TO FUSION HCM

  1. BPEL's "File Adapter" to read the data in.
  2. BPEL's Transform Activity with Domain Value Maps to transform the data.
  3. You need to get the UCM Service exposed externally (In Rel10 it will be exposed, but on Rel9, you'll need to do the following):
    1. File an SR requesting Fusion HCM to perform a Key Exchange - Aside from allowing you to send "encrypted" files into Fusion, this step will also result in the UCM Service being exposed externally.
      • Ensure you file the SR under Oracle Cloud Global Human Resources Cloud Service.
      • Choose Hosting Services – Application -> Encryption Key Exchange
  4. Use BPEL to Invoke the UCM Soap Service to write the File into UCM.
    • If your Fusion HCM home page is: https://<Hostname>/homePage/faces/AtkHomePageWelcome
    • The UCM Service wsdl will be: https:// <Hostname>/idcws/GenericSoapPort?wsdl
  1. Invoke the HCM Loader Programs passing them the encryption parameter along with other required parameters.
    • FBL wsdl is the following form: https:// <Hostname>/LoaderIntegrationService?WSDL
    • HDL wsdl is the following form: https:// <Hostname>/hcmCommonDataLoader/HCMDataLoader?wsdl
  2. Find out which user privileges you must assign to the users who call these web services in OER: https://fusionappsoer.oracle.com
  3. Sample Payloads for the above services are available here. [You can enter comments into the sample payloads doc if you find any issues].
  4. Later when REST Services are available (Release 9 Patch Bundle 6 under "controlled availability" most likely), for your lighter weight inbound integrations, such as Fusion/Taleo, you will have the option to switch #3/4/5 to a REST service call to create/update the employee in Fusion. NOTE: Cco-existence scenarios should continue to use batch loaders because:
    • Performance Reasons - services won't perform as well under heavy loads
    • The breadth of data needed for co-existence isn't covered (or intended to be covered) by the REST Services.

OUTBOUND FROM FUSION HCM Read the complete article here

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Saturday Oct 03, 2015

Finally My PaaS4SaaS Workshop Blog by Debra Lilley

clip_image002I know this posting is a bit late but at the end of January I took part in a proof of concept workshop for PaaS4Sass and it’s been a rollercoaster ride ever since.

When I was thinking about moving to Certus one of the things that attracted me was there intent to write extensions for Oracle’s CloudApplications using the just announced PaaS4SaaS solution.

I attended Oracle Open World with an open mind and trying to learn as much as I could about the solutions. The Larry Ellison demo was really impressive but then Oracle has always been a brilliant marketing company.

I came back to UK and set about validating what was available, some of the components Database and Java Cloud had been available for a while but I wanted or would want to also use the Process and Integration Cloud offerings.

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am an OracleApplications User Experience advocate and am very committed to the user experience work that goes into Oracle Cloud Applications. Extensions delivered by Certus will have this same user experience and I made this video on the half of Certus.

The user experience team have been given funding by Thomas Kurian who is personally committed to making PaaS4SaaS work, to carry out a number of proof of concept workshops with Oracle partners. The UX team asked Certus to be part of this. Certus have not been a development company and so in the same way customers come to us because we are the best at implementing cloud applications we looked for a partner to help us with development, and weselected eProseed who have the same commitment to UX as we do.

The workshop took place in London at the end of January with four people from each of Oracle UX, eProceed and Certus taking part. We work through a use-case taken from an existing Application from one of our customers who is considering modernising this and moving it to the cloud. In three days we were able to build a working application and prove to ourselves that when the customer says, “go” we will be able to deliver what they need.

Oracle UX team have in their blog already covered the workshop and I have also written about it in the AppAdvantage blog I am a guest author for. The following month I took part in the Partner SOA Community Forum in Budapest when we had the opportunity to work with product management teams of both the Process and Integration Cloud offerings and further validate our approach, understanding the possibilities and the constraints. The UX team also had a stand there. I was very pleased on behalf off both Certus and eProceed to accept the first Community Cloud award. These awards are a bit like the Oscars and awarded to individuals Lonneke from eProseed and myself, however we had a similar thank you to all those involved in our acceptance speech. The Community Leader Jurgen Kress said: I awarded my first SOA Community Outstanding Contribution for Cloud to Debra Lilley of Certus Solutions and Lonneke Dikmanns of eProseed because they not only took on board the messaging of PaaS 4 SaaS from the last Oracle Open World, but also their collaboration between an Applications partner and a Middleware partner, sought out answers and training and with Oracle Development giving feedback and  validating their approach in this area. All good things but bringing that back to the community and sharing is the outstanding contribution. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Sep 04, 2015

Fusion HCM Integration by Kiran Mundy

clip_image002Because of frequent questions from HCM customers on how they can use BPEL to integrate with Fusion HCM, I’ve put together the details here

Your orchestration layer is the software [such as Oracle's SOA BPEL or BPM Studio] you currently already use, to wire together Fusion HCM Loader/Extract programs to other apps.


SOA/BPEL
Companies already using SOA/BPEL can just add Fusion HCM into the mix.
Steps to accomplish this are below:.

INBOUND TO FUSION HCM

  1. BPEL's "File Adapter" to read the data in.
  2. BPEL's Transform Activity with Domain Value Maps to transform the data.
  3. You need to get the UCM Service exposed externally (In Rel10 it will be exposed, but on Rel9, you'll need to do the following):
    1. File an SR requesting Fusion HCM to perform a Key Exchange - Aside from allowing you to send "encrypted" files into Fusion, this step will also result in the UCM Service being exposed externally.
      • Ensure you file the SR under Oracle Cloud Global Human Resources Cloud Service.
      • Choose Hosting Services – Application -> Encryption Key Exchange
  4. Use BPEL to Invoke the UCM Soap Service to write the File into UCM.
    • If your Fusion HCM home page is: https://<Hostname>/homePage/faces/AtkHomePageWelcome
    • The UCM Service wsdl will be: https:// <Hostname>/idcws/GenericSoapPort?wsdl
  1. Invoke the HCM Loader Programs passing them the encryption parameter along with other required parameters.
    • FBL wsdl is the following form: https:// <Hostname>/LoaderIntegrationService?WSDL
    • HDL wsdl is the following form: https:// <Hostname>/hcmCommonDataLoader/HCMDataLoader?wsdl
  2. Find out which user privileges you must assign to the users who call these web services in OER: https://fusionappsoer.oracle.com
  3. Sample Payloads for the above services are available here. [You can enter comments into the sample payloads doc if you find any issues].
  4. Later when REST Services are available (Release 9 Patch Bundle 6 under "controlled availability" most likely), for your lighter weight inbound integrations, such as Fusion/Taleo, you will have the option to switch #3/4/5 to a REST service call to create/update the employee in Fusion. NOTE: Cco-existence scenarios should continue to use batch loaders because:
    • Performance Reasons - services won't perform as well under heavy loads
    • The breadth of data needed for co-existence isn't covered (or intended to be covered) by the REST Services.

OUTBOUND FROM FUSION HCM Read the complete article here

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Sunday Jun 21, 2015

ACE Director on Clearing the ConFusion – Oracle Cloud Applications by Debra Lilley

clip_image001As I typed that title I cringed. I have been an advocate for Oracle’s development of Next Generation Applications from the day they announced Fusion, and I hated the term quickly coined by pessimists of 'Fusion – Confusion'. But now as Oracle drops the name Fusion, for its applications, I feel there really is some confusion, so I am going to use this post to clarify to this community.

Why am I writing this post for this blog? Well the problem is Oracle knows it has renamed the products, but their customers don’t. If you are attending COLLABORATE in April the stream is called Fusion Applications, and if it wasn’t the number of attendees would be very small, but more and more you need to recognise the Cloud brand. The components of Cloud that Oracle developed in their technology (okay, Fusion applications), are 100% written on Oracle Fusion Middleware, that hasn’t gone anywhere and continues to be developed, and it is the use of these Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies that Oracle AppAdvantage is all about - extending the capabilities of "Fusion" Applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware. My starting position and reason I became involved with this AppAdvantage initiative is that there is no better shop window for what Oracle Fusion Middleware can do than the applications that Oracle has developed itself.

I did try an explanation on my own blog after Oracle Open World but this time I will be more succinct.

FACT : All Fusion Applications are now Cloud Applications.

Each pillar is now renamed Oracle …. Cloud , so Fusion Financials is now part of Oracle ERP Cloud, within each pillar there are the separate offerings which are normally desecrate process areas and with discrete pricing.

FACT : Not all  Cloud Applications started Life as Fusion Applications.

As part of their Cloud journey, Oracle has acquired some native cloud-delivered applications, such as Taleo and RightNow. The plan, being executed is that these products are being unified, i.e. integrated with other offerings, where possible being delivered on the same technology stack and being given the same User Experience as Oracle’s home grown offerings.

RightNow has for some time been known as Oracle Service Cloud  and the recruiting module from Taleo as Oracle Recruiting Cloud

FACT: Cloud Applications don’t have to be SaaS

Software as a Service is the deployment of an application in a cloud environment. Oracle, or a third party in some cases, hosts the application and look after not only the infrastructure but the patching and security, and in turn you pay a subscription to use charge.

Most of these same applications could be deployed on-premise with you being responsible for all the above and with the more traditional upfront licence costs.

Oracle have called the products Cloud because they are available and are being deployed as such more and more that way.

FACT : Oracle are trying to make it easy for you to find this all in one place.

This is a great place to start: https://cloud.oracle.com/home. The Applications tab goes through the offerings and you can find the PaaS offerings to extend and strengthen your SaaS. Read the article here.

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Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

AppAdvantage Benefits for Partners

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Thank you once again for a great PartnerCast on November 12! Individual show segments are now hosted on Oracle Media Network’s PartnerCast channel for replay.

Replay links:

§ PartnerCast: Oracle AppAdvantage and Benefit to Partners

§ PartnerCast: Oracle Mobility and Opportunities for Partners

§ PartnerCast: 3Di Systems and Oracle Mobility Projects

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Wednesday Mar 11, 2015

EBS Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite 12c Now Available By Steven Chan

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Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite 12c (12.1.3) is now available for use with the E-Business Suite.  Previous releases of this product were called Oracle Applications Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite.

You can use the Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter for Oracle SOA Suite to integrate EBS 11i, 12.1, and 12.2 with external systems.  The EBS Adapter allows you to build bidirectional standards-based real-time integrations with the E-Business Suite.  The Adapter supports JCA and web service standards for creating service-oriented applications (SOA). 

What's new in this release?

  • Adapter configuration reports: You can now view Adapter configuration reports in Oracle Fusion Middleware Control. 
  • Flexfield support for Open Interface Tables:  In addition to its existing support for PL/SQL APIs, this release provides flexfield support for Open Interface Tables by displaying flexfield data and mapping if configured in Open Interface Tables at design and run time

References

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Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Applications Cloud Release 8 User Experience Rapid Development Kit

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If you’re building or integrating the Oracle Applications Cloud or building SaaS through PaaS, use the User Experience Rapid Development Kit laid out here to get the guidance you need and point you to the right tools to use.

The Oracle Applications User Experience team has released a User Experience Rapid Development Kit on simplified user interface (UI), the same user experience design in Oracle Applications Cloud release 8. The kit is designed to help Oracle ADF developers get up to speed quickly so they can start designing and building the Oracle Applications Cloud simplified UIs, which are the tablet-friendly UIs for Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud, in a matter of hours.

The User Experience Rapid Development Kit contains the following tools:

  • Coded ADF page templates.
  • Coding tips from Oracle’s developers.
  • ADF screen overlays showing the use of components in the simplified UI.
  • An eBook on user experience (UX) design patterns and guidelines(right), and example wireframe stencils of page types and components in Microsoft Visio and Balsamiq Mockups formats.
  • Sample wireframe of a simplified UI page flow.

How would you like to get started?

Tell me more about the simplified user interface for Oracle Applications Cloud.

Show me demos of simplified UI in the Oracle Applications Cloud.

What’s coming next in the Oracle Applications Cloud user experience?

Start Designing and Building a Simplified User Interface

Learn more

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

Multichannel enablement for Applications ? hands-on workshop at OFM Forum 2015 March 3rd – 6th 2015

Plan to integrate Eloqua, Fusion Applications, Taleo, RightNow, Responsys, BigMachines, Salesforce, NetSuite, workday, Peoplesoft, Siebel, E-Business Suite, JDE? Attend our hands-on Apps Integration workshop at our Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2015.

Multichannel enablement for Applications – hands-on workshop at OFM Forum 2015

clip_image002Agenda Highlights

74% consumers use at least 3 channels when interacting with an enterprise about customer service issues. - Gartner

Multichannel Strategy Overview

Business scenario and demo walkthrough

  • Lab: Service Virtualization with Service Bus
  • Lab: Composite Portal with WebCenter Suite
  • Lab: Mobile App Integration with Mobile Suite
  • Securing multi-channel experience with Oracle Identity & Access Mgmt Suite

For details please visit our registration page here.

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