Tuesday May 12, 2015

See the Oracle Cloud UX roadmap in action at our lab


clip_image002The new Oracle Cloud User Experience (UX) lab is officially open for business! Located on the bottom floor of the 200 building at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., it hosted its first tour during Oracle OpenWorld 2014. We can’t stop talking about it though. The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has written about it on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX blog, and again on the AppsLab blog.

Can’t come to HQ to see the Oracle Applications user experience for yourself? Learn about the UX roadmap in a new, free eBook from the Oracle Applications User Experience team. Find the download link on the VoX blog.

Oracle Applications User Experience Vice President Jeremy Ashley in the new Oracle Cloud UX lab.
Onsite labs:
Head to YouTube for a new video that shows what happens in the OAUX onsite labs, held at user group conferences near you! The video has also been posted on the Oracle Media Network.
Oracle Voice: Also on YouTube is a series of videos that show Oracle Voice, a new voice-activated application, in action. Visit the Usable Apps YouTube channel for a playlist  that collects up all the latest demos.
Simplified UI in PeopleSoft, EBS: The simplified UI is continuing to enhance the user experience in recent versions of PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite. Visit Oracle blogs to see the PeopleSoft Fluid UI  and new user interface features in E-Business Suite.
Oracle Partner Network (OPN): Misha Vaughan, director of the OAUX Communications & Outreach team, takes part in a discussion on the Oracle Applications User Experience in this video for Oracle partners.
UX Direct website: The Advanced Research and Tools (ART) team has rolled out a newly redesigned UX Direct site for customers and partners. Among the resources on the site are:

•    A simple user-centered design process
•    Oracle user experience design patterns and guidelines
•    Oracle templates, tools, and examples
•    A user-experience readiness checklist

Wearables: The AppsLab team has been digging into discussions on wearable technology on their blog. Wearables have been part of the OAUX team’s research and development for some time now. Head over for a post on “Google Glass, Android Wear, and Apple Watch.” Also posted in the last month: “Pseudo-Philosophical Observations on Wearables, Part 1,” and you’ll find a bit about wearables from Samsung, among other things, in this post as well: “Musings on Samsung Developer Conference 2014.”
Hack space; save the planet: In case you didn’t hear about the very cool asteroid hackathon in which members of the OAUX team participated -- or if you want to know more about what happened there – here are a few new blog posts:

· Asteroid Hackathon, from co-host EchoUser

· Asteroid Hackathon, from Oracle's The Apps Lab

· Asteroid Hackathon – The Winning Team

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Monday May 11, 2015

Thriving On Adaptability: Best Practices for Knowledge Workers by Keith Swenson

clip_image001Adaptive Case Management is ultimately about allowing knowledge workers to work the way that they want to work and to provide them with the tools and information they need to do so effectively.

As Surendra Reddy points out in his foreword:
“Imagine a fully integrated ACM system layered into the value stream of an enterprise. The customer support team is able to focus on customer needs, with easy access to the entire company’s repertoire of knowledge, similar cases, information, and expertise, as if it were a service. To truly accommodate customers, companies must vest real power and authority in the people and systems that interact directly with customers, at the edge of the organization and beyond. ACM augments business processes to deliver true data-driven process infrastructure entering enterprises into the age of intelligent machines and intelligent processes. ACM empowers the knowledge worker to collaborate, derive new insights, and fine tune the way of doing business by placing customers right in the left where they belong, to drive innovation and organizational efficiencies across the global enterprise.
“ACM also helps organizations focus on improving or optimizing the line of interaction where our people and systems come into direct contact with customers. It’s a whole different thing; a new way of doing business that enables organizations to literally become one living-breathing entity via collaboration and adaptive data-driven biological-like operating systems. ACM is not just another acronym or business fad. ACM is the process, strategy, framework, and set of tools that enables this evolution and maturity.
“ACM, in my opinion, is the future blueprint for the way of doing business.”

Thriving on Adaptability describes the work of managers, decision makers, executives, doctors, lawyers, campaign managers, emergency responders, strategists, and many others who have to think for a living. These are people who figure out what needs to be done, at the same time that they do it.

In award-winning case studies covering industries as a diverse as law enforcement, transportation, insurance, banking, state services, and healthcare, you will find instructive examples for how to transform your own organization.

This important book follows the ground-breaking best-sellers, Empowering Knowledge Workers, Taming the Unpredictable, How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done, and Mastering the Unpredictable and provides important papers by thought-leaders in this field, together with practical examples, detailed ACM case studies and product reviews. Get the book here.

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Sunday May 10, 2015

Oracle Unified Method free on-demand training


clip_image002Oracle's Global Methods team has designed a series of self-service, self-paced training courses in support of the Oracle® Unified Method (OUM).

The OUM Training Program helps to ensure that individuals in consulting sales, delivery, and management roles have the level of delivery and estimating knowledge required for them to competently perform their job. The Training Levels include:

· Level 1 - Oracle Unified Method Overview and Awareness

· Level 2 - Envision Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Manage Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Implement Focus Area Overview

· Level 2 - Use Case Overview

· Level 4D - Application Implementation Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Enterprise Architecture Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Software Upgrade Delivery Readiness

· Level 4D - Utilities Global Business Unit (UGBU) Delivery Readiness Course

Watch the training videos here.

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Saturday May 09, 2015

My private corner – The Hare of the Dog


As 2015 will bring many new challenges and opportunities – all up in the clouds. In this short section “my private corner” we will inform you about personal notes. We start with a booked published by Niall – a superb middleware trainer most of you know, and had a lot fun with during his workshops

The Hare of the Dog

clip_image002This book, volume one of three, chronicles the tale of a search, not just any search, but a search for suitable work for unsuitable men. Men, who, through no fault of their own, life had simply left behind, and consigned to the scrapheap of humanity. There they lay, living out their miserable days, until the divine intervened. From that day on, they were still men, however, not just any old men, but the men of Grace & Danger Ltd. God bless them all for showing us the way. God bless you too, for buying this book. This book deals with a universal theme, namely, the intrinsic value of each and every one of us. No one is useless; we are all connected, all on the one road. Where will this road take us? Nobody knows. This book may give you some hints, but, essentially, it is something, each and every one of us needs to work out, for themselves. Enjoy, laugh and maybe think! Get the book here on Amazon

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Friday May 08, 2015

Running Oracle BPM 12c on AWS by Jorge Quilcate

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In this post, I will show how to create an AWS EC2 Instance with an Oracle BPM 12c Quickstart Domain created. And I will use previous post for related tasks.

Lets see how to achieve this and make this process reusable. These are the steps:

· Create an AWS EC2 instance (with Vagrant)

· Connect to an NFS instance to get the installer (with Chef)

· Install Oracle BPM 12c Quickstart and create a Domain (with Chef)

GitHub repository: Here

Create an AWS EC2 instance

I've created a Red Hat instance using Vagrant. This instance should be connected to my NFS instance that has all the Oracle's installers (to create an NFS instance on AWS EC2: go here).

This is the NFS instance: Read the complete article here.

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Thursday May 07, 2015

BPM Workspace Login with libOVD and LDAP, Part 2: Login by Siming Mu

clip_image002Introduction

In Part 1, we looked at the initialization of libOVD at server startup. Now let’s examine what happens inside libOVD when you actually click on the login button in BPM Workspace. Again, we are looking at BPM 11g PS5 BP7 with Patch 17315336.

The Workspace login is a two step process. The first step is checking the username and password against the LDAP. This step is performed in WLS security layer rather than the JPS layer. This means even if you turn on tracing in libOVD, you won’t see any trace log message related to this step.

The second step starts after the user credentials are successfully verified. In this step, the Workspace first constructs a Workflow context object, which triggers a user lookup query against the LDAP, and then it makes a request to the BPM server which invokes the follow method:

oracle.bpel.services.workflow.common.provider.WorkflowWSProvider.processMessage

Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday May 06, 2015

BPM 12c Migration – A Deep Dive into a Simple 10g Process Migration by Aaron Dolan

clip_image002Since Oracle BPM 12c was released this summer, many of our legacy BPM 10g customers have begun to ask what to expect from the migration path.  As my colleague Suyash Khot discussed in his article Oracle BPM 12c Migration - A Hand of Friendship to Oracle BPM 10g, Oracle has luckily given us a migration utility to kick-start the process of moving code from Oracle BPM 10g to Oracle BPM 12c.  While this utility is incredibly valuable and indeed very easy to use, it is well worth discussing the advantages and challenges this conversion presents us with.

This is the first in a series of articles where I’ll explore how various 10g coding patterns are translated into 12c and how we might overcome some of the issues this presents us with.  While in many cases the conversion is clean and maintenance-free, in other cases there is work to be done and issues to be on the lookout for.

In preparation for this article, I created a very simple, happy path Order Entry process in Oracle BPM 10g: Read the complete article here.

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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

You are an Oracle partner and would like to host a similar event for your customers? Become a member in our SOA & BPM Partner Community (www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa) and make use of our marketing campaign kits here.

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Adaptive Case Management 12c and ADF Human Tasks by Andrejus Baranovskis

clip_image002I'm diving into the new topic - Adaptive Case Management 12c and ADF integration. Today will be the first post in the category and there are more posts planned for the future. I strongly believe that ACM (Adaptive Case Management) makes a great extension for standard BPM. Mainly because it allows to define a loose process, without strict order steps. Process steps can be executed in different order, depending on the situation requirements, at given time. I will be explaining how to implement ADF Human Task for ACM activity and will share several tips, how to make it run in BPM Workspace application.
This is how sample application (HotelBookingProcessing_v1.zip) is constructed, there are two Human Tasks (AddHotelBooking and ValidateHoteBooking) and HotelBookingProcessing Case control:

HotelBookinfProcessing case is defined with Hotel Booking Details data type (this type is based on XSD schema and is defined as Business Component variable - don't mix up with ADF Business Components) - you can think about it as about main data structure type for the case, this can be transferred into every case activity: Read the complete article here.

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Monday May 04, 2015

Top 10 Things You Should Know About BPM 11g/12c by Mark Foster

clip_image001With the help of my A-Team colleagues (Sushil Shukla, Siming Mu, John Featherly, Pete Farkas), and based on collective experiences visiting numerous BPM customers worldwide, I have put together my “Top 10″ list of things everyone should know when embarking on a BPM project.

You might agree, you might disagree, most of all, feel free to comment.

1. Auditing

BPM provides the business with extremely detailed visibility of runtime instances through its powerful auditing capabilities.

HOWEVER

This comes at a cost: detailed auditing requires frequent inserts into the SOAINFRA database increasing the likelihood of contention and causing significant database growth. As volume increases it is almost always the case that the consequences of Auditing produce the first bottleneck.

BUT…

Auditing can be tuned down where appropriate and purge scripts can remediate database growth

SEE…

Auditing Demystified

2. Payload Size

It can often be simpler at the time of BPM process design to have one large payload schema that includes all elements for every possible interaction within the lifetime of an instance, and pass this everywhere within the instance, including to human tasks and their UIs.

HOWEVER

The cost of this, both at runtime and in terms of the number and size of database rows, can be large. The whole payload must be written to SOAINFRA database at dehydration points within the lifetime of a process instance & in-between these dehydration points, data objects associated with this payload are held in memory.

BUT…

Appropriate design of the payload schema (flatter & simpler) can reduce the size considerably. The optimal solution would be to pass only key-values in the payload and retrieve detail values as-and-when needed inside the process, however this can lead to over-complicating the process design with technical services. A sensible balance is always the best approach.

SEE…

XML_DOCUMENT Table Growth

3. Partitioning / Purging

BPM audits heavily, this can be extremely useful for business insight

HOWEVER

The SOAINFRA database growth can be larger than expected

BUT…

Partitioning & purging are critical to limiting database growth. Test purging thoroughly as part of a normal stress/load test cycle. Determine whether “loop purge” outside of the online window is sufficient, if not consider also using “parallel purge” during quiet periods during the online day. Partitioning is a good option in most cases, in 11g SOAINFRA must be partitioned post-installation but in 12c it is an installation option.

SEE…

SOA 11g Database Growth Management Strategy Paper

SOA Partitioning

4. Negative Testing

SOA Suite provides a comprehensive fault policy framework & BPM has inbuilt fault-handling constructs, allowing the vast majority of technical and business exceptions to be handled gracefully.

HOWEVER

Failure to properly negative test potential exceptions, individually & in bulk, can lead to inadequate operational guidelines & faults occurring in production which can be hard to recover.

BUT… Read the complete article here

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