Saturday Mar 22, 2014

Process of Process Management by Ajay Khanna

In some of the past discussions, we have talked about the Six Business Process Management best practices to start BPM journey.

They are as follows:

  • Find the right process (Business Impact vs. Frequency of change vs. complexity)
  • Identify KPIs and define success
  • Involve business users
  • Put governance in place
  • Get executive sponsorship
  • Achieve quick early wins

These are good pointers for a healthy start, but what's next? How can we make sure that the BPM practice in an organization is not just limited to automating one odd process? To reap its full potential, it should become a way of life, enterprise wide program. Companies that have developed a successful BPM program have gained immense benefits, not only from improved operational efficiency, better customer satisfaction but also reduced IT costs and time to solution. Adept organizations are known to deploy new process applications in a couple of weeks and make changes to deployed processes in real-time.

Once you have achieved the success with your first BPM project, start thinking about other opportunities that can benefit from BPM as well as about “Process of Process Management”. Think about other process improvement initiatives in your organization, how BPM can align with those. Are you running on lean, six-sigma methodologies? Do you practice TQM, have ISO certifications? Consider how BPM can help you achieve better quality results while you leverage the existing business improvement methodology. Read the complete article here.

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Friday Mar 21, 2014

Managing Unpredictability using BPM for Adaptive Case Management

A new ACM solution brief with three use cases have been published:

  • Use Case #1: Investigative cases: Claims Management
  • Use Case #2: Service Requests: Loan Origination
  • Use Case #3: Long Running Services: Managed Health Care

Read the complete white-paper here.

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Thursday Mar 20, 2014

BPM Suite 11.1.1.7 with Adaptive Case Management (ACM) User Interface available for download

imageLate present from Oracle to start in 2014 - A new version of BPM Suite 11.1.1..7 with the Adaptive Case Management User Interfaces is available for download. To access the software please login to www.support.oracle.com and search for Patch 17767877: CASE UI IN WORKSPACE
The software is controlled availability. For partners with ACM opportunities we can make the software available. Please contact us via twitter www.twitter.com @soacommunty or raise a support request.

Send us your feedback at www.twitter.com @soacommunty #acm

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Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Podcast Show Notes: Finding a Shorter Path to SOA by Bob Rhubart

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.

The Panelists

(Listed alphabetically)

  • Lonneke Dikmans, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
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  • Simon Haslam,consultant and founder Veriton LTD, Oracle ACE Director
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  • Ronald van Luttikuhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
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The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: A lack of time, experience, and expertise can force some organizations to cut corners when implementing SOA. Meet a group of experts who have an idea for making it easier to get to SOA, right out of the box.
  • Listen to Part 2 (Jan 15): The panelists describe the steps they take to overcome the problems that can threaten SOA implementation
  • Listen to Part 3 (Jan 22): Can simplifying the technical aspects of SOA implementation provide a workaround to at least some aspects of organizational dysfunction?

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Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

WebLogic / Fusion Middleware puppet module V2 by Edwin Biemond

Got the same options as the wls module but optimized for Hiera, totally refactored and only for Linux and Solaris. For full hiera examples, see the usages below this page created by Edwin Biemond email biemond at gmail dot com

Should work for all Linux,Solaris versions like RedHat, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Suse SLES, OracleLinux, Solaris 10 sparc and x86.

  • Reference implementation, the vagrant test case for full working WebLogic 10.3.6 cluster example click here
  • Reference Solaris implementation, the vagrant test case for full working WebLogic 12.1.2 cluster example click here
  • Reference Oracle SOA Suite, the vagrant test case for full working WebLogic 10.3.6 SOA Suite + OSB cluster example click here or here.


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Monday Mar 17, 2014

SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio

rosa-sampaio-soa-gov-fig09Achieving a global enterprise architecture vision that provides mechanisms and tools to enrich the information required for application, process, and project portfolio management Downloads Oracle Enterprise Repository.

Abstract

The ownership cost of technology assets can, and usually does, become significant. The need to centralize, monitor and control the contribution of each technology asset becomes a paramount responsibility for most organizations.

In Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), it is vital to manage the service, the main component of this architectural strategy, and its components. The service's reuse benefits can easily be diminished without correct analysis of its dependencies and impacts.

Using Oracle Enterprise Repository as the central point of SOA artifacts' cataloguing makes it possible to obtain a holistic vision and develop synergies between different SOA assets, empowering their re-utilization and analyzing the impact on the organization caused by IT changes. When the SOA domain is considered, the issue of governance should therefore always come into play.

Although SOA governance and its tools are mandatory to achieve any measure of SOA success, their value still passes incognito in most organizations, mostly due to the lack of visibility and the detached view of the SOA initiatives. A number of problems jeopardize the visibility of these initiatives, primarily understanding and measuring the value of SOA governance and its contribution: SOA governance tools are usually inadequate for anyone outside of the technical domain (business analysts, project managers, or even some enterprise architects), and are especially harsh at the CxO level.

A governance strategy is fundamental for SOA and cannot be complete without a global enterprise architecture vision that provides mechanisms and tools to enrich the information required for application, process, and project portfolio management.

By creating a formal, common, representational model, a language (graphic and textual), and standard viewpoints, and by extending the basic capabilities of a SOA governance tool, we can leverage the information for a greater scope and number of analysis possibilities (e.g., time-based, dependency).

To tackle those challenges, Li


nk Consulting has brought Oracle Enterprise Repository's main functionalities and its own Enterprise Architecture Management System (EAMS) together in a full SOA governance + enterprise architecture solution. The Enterprise Architecture Management System - Oracle Enterprise Edition combines the architecture management solution with Oracle Enterprise Repository to deliver a product specialized for SOA governance. It gathers the best of two worlds (SOA and EA) in a solution that enables SOA governance projects, initiatives and programs, and provides an easier mechanism for exchanging information with the business, other operational areas and project management.

In this article, we describe how an organization can leverage the best EA and SOA governance practices and, with the help of adequate exploration and communication tools (like Oracle Enterprise Repository and EAMS), achieve and maintain the level of quality and visibility that is required for SOA and SOA governance initiatives. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Mar 16, 2014

Back-end to the Future: Using your Existing Oracle ADF Applications as a Pillar of your Mobile Strategy, white paper

Mobility has been a significant trend in IT for several years now. Laptops have been outselling desktops since 2008, and it seems that tablet shipments will surpass desktops in 2013 and laptops in 2014. In that context, the real question for your organization is not if it will build mobile applications, but when. To negotiate this transition successfully, one cannot ignore other technology trends.

Read the white paper here.


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Saturday Mar 15, 2014

AIA Foundation Pack Architecture Overview by Luis Weir

The Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack (recently renamed to just Foundation Pack) at is Oracle's accelerator framework for implementing SOA-based system integrations. AIA FP and its prebuilt integrations such as PIPs were originally created to facilitate and accelerate the integration between different Oracle applications such as Siebel, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards, among others. Customers looking to simultaneously implement and integrate several Oracle applications gain huge benefits from employing PIPs, as these significantly reduce the effort and risk involved with building interfaces to support business processes. Given Oracle's aggressive and continuous growth by acquisition, AIA FP and prebuilt integrations have become fundamental to rapidly integrate newly acquired products with their existing apps portfolio.

The AIA FP contains a variety of design-time and runtime artifacts that can be used when defining, designing, building, testing, and deploying SOA solutions. The following diagram presents an overview of the different components that build up the AIA FP: Read the complete article here.

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Friday Mar 14, 2014

SOA Governance Technical Standard : Introduction by the Open Group

This document describes a framework that provides context and definitions to enable organizations to understand and deploy SOA governance.

This document defines:SGVM Cycle Artifacts

  • SOA Governance, including its relationship between Business, IT, and EA governance; this assists organizations in understanding the impact that the introduction of SOA into an organization has on governance
  • An SOA Governance Reference Model (SGRM) and its constituent parts, which assists organizations in specifying their appropriate governance regimes; and capturing best practice as a basis for a common approach
  • The SOA Governance Vitality Method (SGVM) which assists organizations in customizing the SGRM and realizing their SOA Governance Regimen

This document is not intended to be used as provided; it is intended to be customized to create appropriate SOA governance for the organization. Many of the lists are non-normative and exemplary and intended to be filtered and as input to the customization process.

This document does not include an explanation of the fundamentals and value of SOA which is important for being able to understand and apply SOA governance. Many other specifications and books, some of which are referenced, are available on SOA basics.

Overview

Many companies have adopted Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) as an approach to architecture to assist in closing the business and IT gap by delivering the appropriate business functionality in a timely and efficient manner. For more details on this, refer to available books and standards on SOA (see Referenced Documents).

Many companies that have approached SOA via a pilot project have not been seeing the same demonstrated SOA benefits once they have deployed a fully-fledged SOA project. While pilot projects achieved a level of re-use, they have tended to be within one division, but as soon as a project boundary crosses multiple divisions, new challenges are encountered.

One of the key disciplines to assist in addressing these challenges is governance. Whilst governance has been around a long time, SOA has heightened the need and importance of having a formal SOA Governance Regimen that sets expectations and eases the transition of an organization to SOA by providing a means to reduce risk, maintain business alignment, and show business value of SOA investments through a combination of people, process, and technology. The role of the SOA Governance Regimen is to create a consistent approach across processes, standards, policies, and guidelines while putting compliance mechanisms in place. Get the complete paper here.

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Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Podcast Show Notes: Oracle SOA B2B Integration by Bob Rhubart

In the latest OTN ArchBeat podcast features a conversation with the authors of Getting Started with Oracle SOA B2B Integration: A Hands-On Tutorial, as they discuss various aspects of the interplay between Oracle B2B and Oracle SOA Suite, evolving integration standards, and more.

The Panelists

(Listed alphabetically)

  • Krishnaprem Bhatia, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Oracle B2B and Oracle SOA Suite
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  • Alan Perlovsky, Senior Principal Consultant for Fusion Middleware, Service Oriented Architecture, and Integration at Oracle.
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  • Scott Haaland, Principal Product Manager, B2B and Apps Integration components of Oracle SOA Suite.
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The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: A discussion of the basics of Oracle SOA B2B Integration.
  • Listen to Part 2: The authors discuss some of the automation possibilities with Oracle SOA B2B.
  • Listen to Part 3: EDI remains in wide use among old-guard companies, but newer companies are embracing ebXML and other alternatives. The authors look at the evolution of new integration standards.

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