Saturday Aug 29, 2015

Video on Business Architecture in BPM 12c by Jaideep

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BPM 12c has introduced the capability to create business architecture projects in BPM Composer. Business architecture models help you to take a top-down approach to discover, refine and create a more formal link between the organization’s business goals and BPM projects.

Oracle BPM Composer 12c has introduced the capability to create the following types of business architecture models

  • Enterprise Maps
  • Value Chain Models
  • Strategy Models

This is an introductory video on business architecture in Oracle BPM 12c. It’s an excerpt from one of our self paced Oracle BPM Training courses. Watch the video here.

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Friday Aug 28, 2015

Process Data Definition by Red Maveriks

clip_image002Processes transform inputs (data) into outputs (data)

We have our BPMN process and if we only want to document our process, this is almost all the work we’ll need to do. However, Akino Fishing Co. wants to not only document, but also automate and execute the processes. For that, we need to define our process data.

A process governs data transformation

Process data refers to the entities that the process manipulates, or interacts with, during its life cycle. To put it simply, a process manipulates things. All these things must first be defined, so that the process does what it’s intended to do.

For our process, we’ll define the following data entities:

  • Request
  • Parking Space

Oracle BPM Composer allows you to define this in a fairly simple way. First, you create the data structure, that will specify what makes that “thing”. Let’s build an example to understand this better:

What makes a request? How is it defined? Think about it for 5 minutes…

5 Minutes

You should end up with something like this:

  • Requester – who made the request
  • Request date – when the request was made
  • Employee? – is the requester an employee?
  • Park date&time – when does the requester want to park
  • Fulfilled? – was the request fulfilled?
  • State – state of the request: open, closed, pending alternative

So, these set the characteristics, the structure, of our request.

Business Objects vs Data Objects

We define a request as being comprised of these 6 elements, by creating a Business Object. In the BPM process composer select the option Business Object, Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Aug 27, 2015

Getting Started with BPM: Free Oracle University Video Tutorials by Bob Rhubart

clip_image001Want to sharpen your BPM skills? Settle in for an educational video binge these free tutorials from Oracle University:

Getting Started with BPM - Episode 1: BPMN Overview [40 minutes]
  Meera Srinivasan, Director of Product Management for Oracle Business Process Management Suite, explains how Oracle BPM Suite uses BPMN models for process design and analysis. She then describes the four major groups of BPMN constructs: activities, gateways, events, and subprocesses.

Getting Started with BPM - Episode 2: BPM Composer and BPM Studio Overview [60 minutes]
  Meera Srinivasan describes the main features of the two Oracle BPM modeling tools—Oracle BPM Composer and Oracle BPM Studio—in their 11g PS6 (11.1.17) releases. Then she highlights the significant changes in the new 12c (2.1.1.3) releases of each tool.

Looking for other training/certification resources from Oracle University? Click here.

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Wednesday Aug 26, 2015

eProseed first partner Specialized on SOA Suite 12c - congratulations

Congratulations to eProseed to be the first partner worldwide to become specialized on SOA Suite 12c. The SOA Suite 12c is the latest version of the industry's most completeclip_image002 and unified application integration and SOA solution. With simplified cloud, mobile, on-premises, and Internet of Things (IoT) integration capabilities, all within a single platform, Oracle SOA Suite 12c helps organizations speed time to integration, improve productivity, and lower TCO.

Specialized partners are key for our customers to ensure successful implementations. Therefore we do recommend our customers to engage with these preferred partners and we advice sales teams to collaborate with Specialized partners in the sales process. With multiple successful SOA Suite 12c customer implementations eProseed is a key middleware partner for Oracle. For more information and to find your local Specialization partner please visit www.soltuions.oracle.com

Martijn Vlek

Senior Director Fusion Middleware Sales

Oracle EMEA

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We are proud of our partner eProseed to achieve SOA Suite 12c Specialization. With this Specialization eProseed has proven multiple successful SOA Suite 12c customer

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implementations. SOA Suite 12c offers new and exciting capabilities like Cloud & ERP Adapters, API Management, Stream Explorer, Managed File Transfer as part of one integration platform. The adoption rate of Oracle SOA Suite 12c is enormous. With this latest release and the availability of the Oracle Integration Cloud Service Oracle customer can choose from private cloud to public and hybrid cloud deployments. Our Specialized partners like eProseed are key to this enormous customer success and pave the joint road towards the Cloud.

Vikas Anand

Vice President, Oracle SOA Suite & Integration Cloud Service, Product Management

Oracle HQ

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We are excited to announce eProseed ae the first Oracle partner Specialized in SOA Suite 12c. EMEA is leading the global OPN Specialization program with more than 50% ofclip_image006 the Middleware Specialized partners based in our region. eProseed is an excellent example and super successful partner in adopting the complete red stack from Engineered Systems, database and the complete middleware portfolio – thanks for achieving 22 different Specializations. Jointly we continue our journey towards the cloud – with the support of our middleware partner communities. Platform as a Service (PaaS) customers can choose the same solutions on-premises in a private cloud or as a public cloud. Partners can leverage the same skills from on-premises products in the Cloud. Join us and discover new consulting service opportunities with Oracle PaaS. eProseed and Oracle offer already today Hybrid Cloud solutions to our joint customers. For more information please visit http://www.eproseed.com/

Jürgen Kress

Fusion Middleware Partner Adoption

Oracle EMEA

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eProseed

eProseed delivers Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Optimized Solutions based solutions and services enabling organizations to boost their business agility; enhancing their business practices and increasing their IT flexibility.

eProseed team's unique combination of Oracle experts enables organizations to deploy Oracle stack with a short-time to market, under controlled costs, and enjoy all the benefits of their solution in a short-time. eProseed's track record of success across Financial Services, Telecommunications and Public Sector customers, has been made through multiple successful go-lives, which includes the 1st Oracle BPM Suite 11g customer in production in the world and the 1st Oracle SOA Suite 11g customer in production in Europe, the 1st Oracle Engineered System in Luxembourg, one the largest SOA Suite/B2B implementation, etc.

eProseed's value-added services consists of complementary management and technology practices consultancy to provide the right expert at the right level. eProseed is an Oracle Platinum Partner, with a strong set of Oracle Specializations such as Database, BPM, SOA, Application Grid, ADF, WebCentre, MAF, IdM, OAM, Oracle Linux, Solaris, SPARC/T4; SPARC/T5, Super Cluster, Exadata, Exalogic, etc.

HQed in Luxembourg, eProseed typically operates internationally through its local branches - this facilitates closer day-to-day interaction with customers and provides higher efficiency. eProseed's "right-sourcing" model combines, when appropriate, local and near-shore resources.

Oracle awarded eProseed “Oracle Middleware Partner of the Year” 4 times in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), amongst other awards such as “Oracle Partner of the Year” (2009, 2013, 2014). As an Oracle-only focus player, and with years of experience in Oracle technologies, eProseed is the perfect partner for Saudi Post in order to solve the challenges at hand.

eProseed operates from Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and United Kingdom. Since its inception, eProseed has been growing healthily. eProseed’s has a substantial operation centre in Europe (Luxembourg & Portugal) and is already active in United Kingdom, and consequently, has many highly skilled & experienced Oracle technology experts within an hour radius from London.

For more information about eProseed please visit www.eproseed.com

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Tuesday Aug 25, 2015

Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam is available

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Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam (1Z1-435) is available. This certification covers topics such as: BPMN process modeling, adaptive case management, simulation, business rules, human workflow, human task forms, process analytics, BPM Workspace, Security and Administration. It qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Business Process Management 12c specialization.
In order to prepare for this exam, you can check-out the Oracle Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam Study Guide

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Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam is available

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Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam (1Z1-435) is available. This certification covers topics such as: BPMN process modeling, adaptive case management, simulation, business rules, human workflow, human task forms, process analytics, BPM Workspace, Security and Administration. It qualifies as competency criteria for the Oracle Business Process Management 12c specialization.
In order to prepare for this exam, you can check-out the Oracle Business Process Management Suite 12c Essentials Exam Study Guide

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Monday Aug 24, 2015

SOA Suite 12c – Create, Deploy, Attach and Configure a Custom OWSM Policy – to report on service execution by Lucas Jellema

clip_image002This article describes how to develop a straightforward custom assertion that can be used as part of custom OWSM policy to be attached to Web Services in WebLogic, such as services exposed by SOA Composite applications and Service Bus projects as well as custom JAX-WS or ADF BC Web Services. The custom assertion that I demonstrate here reports the execution of web service operations to a JMS Destination and/or the system output. It shows how to access property values set on the policy binding (values specific for the service the policy is attached to) and how to inspect the headers and contents of the request and response messages. Most custom assertions will use a subset of the mechanisms shown in this example. As always, the source code is available for download. Note: this article was edited on April 6th to reflect better code structure.

Custom assertions can be used in policies that are applied to web services. Depending on the type and configuration of the policy and assertions, they can be triggered at different moments and perform different tasks. These assertions are similar to aspects (in AOP) that take care of cross cutting concerns and that do not interfere with the internals of a service. Policies are attached (and detached) at runtime by the administrators. The assertion discussed in this article is to be attached to the service binding at the inbound end of a SOA composite application (or at a Service Bus proxy service that serves the same purpose). The assertion will report every incoming request as well as each response returned from the service binding. This information can be leveraged outside the scope of this article to monitor the runtime service environment.

The steps describes in this article in the process of creating and putting into action the custom assertion are:

  • Create Custom Policy:
    • Assertion Java Class
    • Policy XML File
    • Policy Configuration XML File
  • Deploy Policy Artifacts to Runtime Fusion Middleware platform (and restart the WebLogic Servers)
  • Import Policy Definition into Runtime Fusion Middleware platform
  • Attach the Policy to a Service Binding in an existing SOA Composite application and configure the policy binding properties
  • Invoke the service exposed by the [Service Binding in the existing] SOA Composite application
  • Verify the results produced by the policy attachment
Create the Custom Policy

The main part of the custom assertion definition is a Java class. See for details the sources that can be downloaded from GitHub.The project contains a helper class – CustomAssertion – that takes care of some generic plumbing that are required for the AssertionExecutor superclass that needs to be extended. The class SOASuiteServiceExecutionReporter contains the custom logic that is to be executed whenever the policy assertion is triggered. In the current case, this logic consists of retrieving some key elements about the service request – service name, operation name, ECID, timestamp and selected payload details – and reporting them. Initially, this report consists of a few lines in the system output (i.e. the domain log file). Later on, we will send the report to a JMS destination. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Upgrading to SOA 12c and details of the next UKOUG Middleware SIG by Simon Haslam

clip_image002SOA 12c is the most important release of Oracle's flagship integration product set that we've seen for 5 years (when 11g was launched). Oracle has also now produced the first SOA 12c bundle patch-set (12.1.3.0.1) so in my opinion any new SOA installations should definitely be using 12c, and existing 11g users should be seriously considering upgrading to take advantage of the many new features.

For administrators what is particularly nice about this release is that a lot of work has clearly been put into the upgrade process, building on some of the changes introduced in WebLogic 12.1.2. The upgrade is actually surprisingly straightforward - in outline you have to:

  • Carefully review pre-requisites and do any purging of old instances
  • Install Fusion Middleware Infrastructure and SOA Suite 12c into a new Oracle home
  • Shut down SOA 11g, backup repository and domain home
  • Run RCU to install the new 12c schemas into the existing repository alongside the 11g ones
  • Run the Upgrade Assistant to upgrade the 11g schemas, including running instance data, to 12c format
  • Run the new Reconfiguration Wizard against the 11g domain home to rewire for the 12c home
  • Run the Upgrade Assistant a second time to upgrade some infrastructure components
  • If you have modified setDomainEnv,sh etc you will need to re-apply the changes
  • Backup repository and domain home, then start up SOA

Of course you may only have short-lived processes so be able to drain down the old SOA 11g system and switch over to a brand new SOA 12c system running in parallel, in which case the above upgrade is probably unnecessary.

The above does not consider migration from SOA Suite 10g to 11g/12c which is much more complicated and, if you've not already done it by now, a project in itself. Plus I've not mentioned Service Bus or BAM yet but we'll describe in more detail in a week's time...

UKOUG Middleware SIG - 25 March 2015

If you're a UKOUG member and interested in SOA have a look at next week's UKOUG Middleware SIG, themed around SOA 12c.  We've split the day into two - during the morning we will have several sessions by Oracle's Yogesh Sontakke and Sid Joshi. These will review the new SOA 12c features, focus on the changes to Service Bus which will be very relevant to administrators, look at improvements to EDN and describe the new MFT product. As you might expect my interest mostly lies in the non-functional features of the platform, which happily has also been a focus for 12c under the moniker "Industrial SOA". Therefore I will be presenting some Oracle slides about changes in this area and will include some of my own 12c observations from project and O-box development work. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Aug 10, 2015

Stream Explorer environment using Docker by Guido Schmutz

clip_image002In the past week I have been experimenting with installing Oracle Stream Explorer into a Docker container, in order to simplify provisioning development/show case environments with a single docker run command.

Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.

You can find the corresponding docker project on my GitHub: https://github.com/gschmutz/docker-oracle-sx

Due to the Oracle licensing agreement, the Oracle software itself can not be provided in the GitHub project. So you first have to download the Java 7 SDK as well as Stream Explorer Runtime and the Stream Explorer User Experience using your own OTN login. Download the 3 artefacts into the downloads subfolder.

After downloading these files into the downloads folder, you are ready to build the Docker image: Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Aug 08, 2015

APIs Take Center Stage in Digital Business webcast on-demand

clip_image002More and more organizations today are transforming their IT organizations to run as digital businesses: developing digital experiences for their customers, better integrating systems across Mobile and Cloud, and connecting their customers in new innovative ways.
At the atomic level of every Digital Business architecture is one thing: APIs. APIs can make organizations more responsive, more agile and more connected to the needs of their customers.
But what does it take to manage APIs in your organization? How can they be secured to reduce risk? What are the strategies for developing and discovering new APIs?
Attend this webcast and learn:

  • Oracle’s new product strategy for API Management including new products like Oracle API Manager, Oracle API Catalog.
  • How to streamline publication, discovery and subscription of key enterprise APIs and provides run-time metrics on API performance.
  • Best practices of API Management with real-world case studies.

Register for the webcast here.

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