Monday Apr 14, 2014

last chance call for presentations Oracle OpenWorld & JavaOne 2014

You’ve been successful in making your organization run smoother, faster, more cost-effectively. You’ve come up with the perfect solution to increase your staff retention, speed up your lead to sales pipeline, or minimize your supply management costs. We want to hear your story. Submit your proposal today and share your success at Oracle OpenWorld.

Tips for your presentation:

  • Include customer references
  • Choose a cool title which catches attention
  • Cloud, mobile and big & fast data are key trends in middleware
  • Inform us and product management about your paper
  • Visit last years conference page to see which presentations have been selected

Oracle OpenWorld 2014, will take place from September 28th until October 2nd in San Francisco. Call for papers is open until April 15th 2014 here:


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Sunday Apr 13, 2014

Adaptive Case Management API by Niall Commiskey

Thanks to Niall for the blog series on ACM API:

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Saturday Apr 12, 2014

MDN Usage in AS2 by Scott Haaland

An MDN (Message Disposition Notification) is a transmission level acknowledgment used in the AS2 standard, so that the sender knows that the receiver successfully acquired the message in a B2B scenario. B2B (Business to Business) is an integration term used to describe the sending and receiving of business messages between business partners. When the business messages are being sent over the internet via HTTP or SMTP, it is critical to business operators to know that the messages were transmitted successfully to the right party. In order to give assurance to the business operators, specific B2B transmission standards have been developed. We call these standards "Message Exchange Standards".

These include AS1, AS2, AS4, ebMS and RNIF, to name a few. AS2 is a very common standard for EDI messaging. It is important for everyone using the standard to do so in the same way, or else inter-operation becomes very difficult or impossible. Here is a diagram showing a typical EDI interaction over AS2 between two fictitious partners named OracleServices and MarketInc. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Apr 11, 2014

SOA Suite 11g On-Demand, Self-Paced Course Now Available

The SOA Suite 11g Implementation Boot Camp, a 4-day live course for Oracle Partners, is now available in a self-paced, on-demand form on the SOA Suite 11g Implementation Guided Learning Path (GLP). The GLP contains all the lectures and hands-on labs from the live course. A VirtualBox appliance is used to support the 15 hands-on labs. The on-demand format allows students to experience a lecture segment or perform a lab exercise whenever they have time. Students can work through the materials at their own pace on their own computer. Support is provided via an email link with the OPN solution specialist who developed the course. In order to access this free course, you need to be an Oracle Gold (or above) partner with an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) login.

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Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Tracking progress of your BPEL process using sensors by Lonneke Dikmans

Often when you start using Oracle SOA Suite11g and BPEL you need a mechanism to help the end users keep track of the progress of the overall process instances. The EM shows this to administrators, but this is not suitable for end users.

What about the worklist application?
The SOA Suite offers the worklist application to handle tasks and to view progress using views and reports. It shows human tasks, crossing multiple process definitions. It does not show invocation of services or specific data changes in the process. The figure below shows three instances of one specific process definition. In this example relevant milestones are reached when the process starts, the first automated step is executed, the second human task is executed and when the process ends. In the worklist application you would be able to see what human tasks are open or executed by which user. With the worklist application you can't keep track of the first, second and last milestone, only of the third one because that is the only one associated with a human task. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Apr 09, 2014

SOA Governance FAQ by Luis Weir

After more than decade implementing SOA, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the reasons that prevent organisations from realising the benefits of SOA is the lack of some sort of governance in their SOA implementations. I have also come to the sad conclusion that even though this is well known fact, many (end customers and SIs alike) still lack understanding of what SOA Governance is and why is it needed. Having said that, I created this post not only for my own reference, but also share this knowledge for those wishing to improve their understanding on this amazing topic.

Hopefully this FAQ provides some concise answers to many of these questions.

What is SOA Governance?

R. In simplistic terms, SOA Governance is the alignment of processes, people and tools needed to ensure that a SOA implementation is successful. SOA Governance primary objective is to maximise the benefits that SOA can bring to the business and IT. One thing to bear in mind is that SOA Governance does not exist on its own; it is in fact an extension of IT governance and EA governance. Read the complete article here.

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Fusion Middleware Partner Community Awards 2014

Thanks for all the partners for the excellent contribution and on-going business! You are the key for the joint Fusion Middleware success. It becomes every year harder to choose the winners, due to all the excellent work and contributions.

The awarded partners have proven cutting edge projects with the latest Oracle technology and most important their contribution to the community like blogs, newsletters, conferences, papers, twitter, Linkedin and their participation in the partner advisory councils.

THANKS to the whole community and congratulation to the winners:

  • Amis
    Oracle SOA Community Award
    SOA Partner Community Award 2014
  • OPITZ Consulting
    BPM Partner Community Award 2014
  • Oracle Internal Award to Ritu Chhibber
    Oracle Partner Community Award - Oracle Contribution 2014
    The Oracle internal award also acknowledges the special contribution to the community. Ritu Chhibber publishes since years every month the newsletter you read. Ritu, as you could not come to Malta to receive it in person, when you read these lines THANKS for your great work!

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Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

SOA Governance at OTN

This is an OTN ArchBeat blog post featuring two video interviews with SOA Governance experts.

OTN tech article: "SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture" by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio.



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Monday Apr 07, 2014

Podcast Show Notes: Finding a Shorter Path to SOA

A podcast featuring Oracle ACE Directors Lonneke Dikmans, Simon Haslam, and Ronald van Luttikhuizen in a discussion about strategies for simplifyng SOA implementation.

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast kicks off the new year with a conversation with three highly experienced SOA experts about strategies for dealing with some of the problems that can thwart SOA efforts within some organizations. One of those strategies involves a new collaborative venture that promises to remove many of the technical hurdles on the path to SOA implementation. Listen to the podcast here.

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Sunday Apr 06, 2014

MDM and SOA: Be Warned! part of Industrial SOA series

Introduction "You will waste your investment in SOA unless you have enterprise information that SOA can exploit." – Gartner

This quote from Gartner, Inc. describes the relationship between service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) very vividly. An essential principle behind SOA is the reuse of components and the flexibility of using these components to support new functionalities or processes. MDM provides universal components (or services) for consistent data maintenance and distribution. Here the architecture concepts and principles of SOA run into MDM.

This article begins by giving a brief motive for using MDM and a conceptualization. It will then go on to present typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrate the interplay of MDM and SOA with reference to the architecture pattern.

Motive
Increasing pressure from competition means that business models and underlying business processes have to be adapted in ever shorter cycles. At the same time, globalization and the digital networking of companies are making interaction with external business partners even more complex. Securely exchanging high-quality data is crucial for increasing efficiency in processes. This is where the central issue, the quality of information, and therefore its security in transactions, evaluations, and reports, all stem from. Once a company is no longer in a position to provide a consistent and consolidated view of its central business objects, implementing a company-wide policy for master data management becomes a good idea.

Unfortunately, in many companies today it is common for IT systems to be unable to keep up with fast changes in organization, business, and even technology. As a result, on the companies' side, a vast, ever-growing web of IT systems with known integration problems comes into being. This heterogeneity accounts for a variety of challenges when using master data that include differences in:

  • imgdata structures and formats in master data
  • specifications and understanding of the master data values in the participating organizational units
  • validations and plausibilities (data quality)
  • processes and responsibilities concerning data sovereignty (data governance)
  • business processes with partially conflicting functionalities in the application systems
  • organizational units that have different systems for master data maintenance

Read the complete article here. Share your comments and feedback on the Industrial SOA series by using the hashtag #industrialSOA. Read the full article at the Service Technology Magazine or Oracle Technology Network. Missed an article of the Industrial SOA series visit the overview at OTN.

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