Monday Mar 30, 2015

Creating Custom BPM Work List for Human Tasks based in ADF by Mark Peterson



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If you ever need a custom work list and need to open the human task from this list, then this blog can help you. All you really need to do is find the list of tasks and create the URL that opens the task from the custom work list. This is not as straightforward as it seems since the URL contains some dynamic fields that you will need to derive from information about the tasks.

The need for a custom work list usually involves some sort of relationship between instances in a process, or between tasks in different processes such that the OOTB functionality of the BPM workspace is not sufficient. The user wants to see a logical grouping of tasks or between parent and child tasks. These tasks should be shown grouped together. These tasks can be shown in a table or tree format and each task should have a link to click on to open the task directly from the form. This is an example of such a list and grouping. Read the complete article here.

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015

Screenflows with BPM and ADF 12c by Marcel Maas

clip_image002BPM 12c came with a slew of features that were scrapped when Oracle truly integrated the acquired BEA’s BPM implementation. One of those features is “screenflows”. I guess some of you, if not all of you have ever come across the situation where you needed to retrieve some information from a user using a human task, then do some logic and immediately provide the same user with a new screen for processing this data without having to go back to the tasklist.

In 11g there was no (out-of-the-box) way to do so, other than using the human workflow api or simply doing a service call from the existing task flow and not really going back to the process. Well now you can! And we are going to demonstrate it in this post. Now this feature is easily configured. We first need to make sure the server is configured correctly. Because this feature uses JMS messaging to function we need to a new topic as well as a new connection factory.

In WLS console in BpmModule create a new topic:

Name: UIBrokerTopic
JNDI Name: jms/bpm/UIBrokerTopic
Type: Topic (or Distributed unified Topic if clustered)

Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Mar 28, 2015

BPM Authentication On Behalf Business User from ADF by Andrejus Baranovskis

clip_image002This is the next post in the series of ADF/BPM integration, check previous post available here - Dynamic ADF Buttons Solution for Oracle BPM Outcomes. Here I'm going to describe how you could authenticate with BPM from ADF through a proxy user, on top you could apply only business user name, password will not be required.
There is API method available - authenticateOnBehalf(context, userName), you must have a valid connection context created and with authenticateOnBehalf method you could set to use any valid user name, instead of proxy user. Here is the example for Workflow Context: Read the complete article here.

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Friday Mar 27, 2015

Now Under Development in AVIO’s Skunkworks Labs: Customized Workspace for Oracle BPM by Mark Peterson

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Using best in class UI technologies, AVIO is developing a custom workspace that will manage your work the way you want. It starts with a initial layout that is similar to Oracle's BPM workspace, but it can use a layout that is best for you. It works in most browsers and media types; cell phones, tablets or PCs.

AVIO's workspace uses open source technologies, Angular JS (angularjs.org) and Bootstrap CSS (getbootstrap.com). Angular JS provides best in class MVC architecture to render the UI fast and rich in features. Bootstrap CSS is used for a "Design for Mobile First" approach. Where Angular is rapidly becoming the technology of choice for the front-end, Bootstrap will give your designs the responsiveness it needs for cell phones, tablets or PCs.  As opposed to Oracle's workspace, Angular enables your workspace to be customized from its own and AVIO's pre-built libraries. These libraries leverage AVIO's REST services for BPM CRUD operations with the server. Bootstrap CSS can layer on top of any open source tools to give your UIs the "wow" factor you want. These cool features will include modal menus, dynamic widgets and pages, and Kanban style task boards for an intuitive user experience.

Before we look at the workspace on a mobile device, take a close look at the top and left menu bar on a full-size display. The top menu bar contains a search box to filter the list or locate a particular work item. It also contains tabs for applications (to start new tasks), dashboards  (for grapical representation of your work) and a settings tab; for configuring your workspace. The menu on the left contains a list of views to group your work by task or case; initiated or administrative; tasks due within some time-frame; or by some metadata like region, department, or status.

The main panel (on the right) contains a work list represented by cards. These cards can be customized to contain important text and date fields,  images, links and other meta-data to identify them. These cards can represent different work items like a task or a case. With cards, there's no need to switch between task and case view when using Oracle's Adaptive Case Management (ACM) features. If mixing them together in a single list is not desired, it is easy to create views with only one or the other.

To get a feel for how this works, we will look at the UI rendered in a hand-held device as seen below. Notice that the left menu bar has been hidden and the top menu collapsed to an expandable menu icon. The work item list of cards makes it easier to design responsive layouts over a static table with rows. Different card types may need different meta-data, images and fields. Likewise the details behind the cards can adapt according to the card type. This provides more uniformity for handling tasks and cases for an intuitive and friendly look and feel.

One reason cards are used as opposed to a static table is the way the concept handles different work item types. The other reason is to allow Kanban style drag and drop.  Each card type can contain its own set of text fields, dates, images and links according to the card type. It can be dragged around (in Kanban style), sorted moved from view to view, or whatever the case may be. Cards provide more flexibility over tables. However if a table suits the need better, that is possible too. It's easier to turn off features than add them back in later on. Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Mar 26, 2015

BPM Suite 12c: Getting started with BPM Studio (JDeveloper) and Process Composer using Process Asset Manager (PAM) by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002We see a clear trend with Oracle BPM Suite that the Process Composer – the browser based modeling IDE – is getting richer in functionality. Before too long, virtually all modeling/design and many implementation activities will be supported by Process Composer. With the upcoming Process Cloud Service where the process is created in its entirety through browser based tooling, this is of course necessary.

It will be a common practice to work on business processes both in Process Composer and in BPM Studio (JDeveloper). Exchanging the process definition between these two environments is essential for smooth collaboration. In this article, I provide some pointers to get going with Process Composer in BPM Suite 12c (12.1.3) and the interaction with BPM Studio – based on the Process Asset Manager (PAM) as well as ‘plain’ export/import.

Getting started with BPM Process Composer

Process Composer is available at http://host:port/bpm/composer.

On the home page, there are several areas that you can step into: business architecture and BPM processes are the main ones. To create a new BPM project, click on the plus icon in the BPM Project title area. Provide the name and description of the project and select an existing or new space. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Mar 25, 2015

BPM Suite 12c Modeling Patterns book from Vivek Acharya

clip_image001Thanks to Vivek Acharya for his new BPM Suite 12c Modeling Patterns book:

  • Work with multi-instance patterns and advanced flow control patterns so you understand the BPM Process Flow
  • Handle exceptions and develop strategies around fault management in BPM with human interactions, task modeling patterns using Oracle BPM, the fault framework and human workflow
  • Develop a highly efficient Case Management Solution with the help of well explained code samples

Additional BPM Books from PACKT:

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Getting Started with Oracle BPM Suite 11gR1 – A Hands-On Tutorial

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Oracle BPM Suite 11g Developer's cookbook

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Oracle BPM Suite 11g: Advanced BPMN Topics

For additional books please visit our BPM Books wiki here.

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Tuesday Mar 24, 2015

Akino Fishing Company now has a team of consultants helping to setup the BPM

The Analyst Method

clip_image002At Red Mavericks we like to exercise our creativity, do things out of the ordinary, but sometimes, we need to do things with a certain consistency, with a certain methodology. For instance, to pickup information from a plain English description into structured information we follow a certain method. Now, again, there are other ways to do it, but we like to do it like this.

We go through a series of steps:

  1. Identify the verbs in the process description
  2. Identify the nouns in the process description
  3. Identify decision words (if, then, else, while, when, until, or, and, not)
  4. Identify time associating words (after, before, during, at start, in the end, prior)
  5. Build a table with your findings, identifying for each finding their type(1, 2, 3, or 4) and try to answer the 3W1H (What, Who, When and How)

it may not seem like it at the moment, but 80% of what you need to know to model your process is right here. Now eliminate any repitions that mean the same. For instance, in the description you have “…The requester is presented with a message stating “We’re sorry but currently there aren’t any parking spaces available in the requested period. Would you care to leave us your contacts and we’ll try to arrange a parking space for you?”, together with 2 fields: e-mail and mobile number. If the requester chooses to submit the contact information…“. In this case keep only e.mail and mobile number, as the contact information already refers to these two fields.

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10 Minutes

You should end up with a list similar to this one, give or take a few:

  1. Verbs – filling form, submitting form, check available spaces, returns message, submitting contact information, create a task, generate e-mail or SMS,
  2. Nouns – Request, Requester, Form, Name, Company Name, Period Date, Period Start Time, Period End Time, External Entity, Employee, Parking Space, Message, E-mail, Mobile Number, System, Task, Concierge
  3. Decisions - if there are any parking spaces, if the requester is NOT an Akino Fishing Co. employee, if the system returns that the requester can take parking space X, if the system returns that there are no spaces available, if the requester chooses to submit the contact information, “if they can, they’ll mark the task as OK”, “if they can’t, they’ll mark the task as NOT OK”, if the system doesn’t return anything
  4. Time Associations –  Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

Customizing Oracle MFT with Java Overview by Dave Berry

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Oracle MFT was designed so that the most common features are provided out of the box but when that is not enough, it should be easy enough to extend it using small snippets of customizable code. For the self industrious, you can find all that you need to get started in the Oracle MFT documentation section Processing Transfers with Custom Callouts as shown below.

If you want or need a more detailed drill down of this topic then just read on. As a quick review, remember that all custom callouts are totally reusable and parameterized so any development investment you make is generally a one time cost.

Terminology

There are many use cases and types of custom callout we will discuss here involving what the callout can do plus when and how the callout can be invoked but first a little background and terminology. Callouts is a general term that is used to describe custom java code that can be used while configuring an MFT Transfer in the MFT Designer page. MFT provides out of the box "Actions" such as compress/decompress or encrypt/decrypt that are available and like your custom callouts can all be attached by clicking the <add processing actions> button.

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For the rest of this article I will use the term Action as it applies to both out of the box actions and custom callouts.

Types

Actions come in 2 general types: those that need to modify the payload and those that do not. The "Newline Conversion" example in the docs illustrates how to modify a file to change the newline character to or from DOS to Unix. Actions such as this need to modify the content and must implement the PluginOutput method which provides an output stream. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Mar 16, 2015

Upgrading Oracle SOA Suite from 11g to 12c by Danilo Schmiedel

clip_image002Today I'd like to share my presentation on upgrading Oracle SOA Suite from 11g to 12c. It contains information on how the product evolved the last couple of years. It also explains different upgrade strategies, the difference between in-flight upgrade and migration, important pre-upgrade tasks, the upgrade steps itself and post-upgrade steps.  

Additionally it lists the experiences and upgrade results that we've achieved in two different scenarios: in-flight upgrade as well as migration. Get the presentation here and Watch his video 2 Minute Tip: Upgrading to Oracle SOA Suite 12c

here

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Sunday Mar 15, 2015

JCAPS migration ppt and demo

clip_image002Your customers are running JCAPS – an old legacy tool from Sun? Time to migrate to the Oracle SOA Suite stack! At our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required) you can download

JavaCAPSMigrationDemo.zip

ISW - Java CAPS To SOA Suite Migration.pptx

For more information please visit Jcaps Migration tool

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