Thursday Apr 24, 2014

SOA Suite 11g On-Demand, Self-Pace 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 Partner (or above) with an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) login.

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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

BPM Suite 11g Samples

Official Oracle BPM Suite 11g Samples

These are the samples for the Oracle BPM Suite that are delivered to you by the Oracle BPM Product Management team. You don't need a membership to browse and download samples.
BPM/SOA Suite Installation videos can be found here (scroll down).

List of Samples:

You can also use the Downloads button on the left to browse and download.

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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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Thursday Mar 06, 2014

New Free OTN Download: "SOA Suite for Developer"


Oracle SOA Suite is now available as a part of the OTN Free Developer License Agreement.

New ‘no cost‘ OTN download for developer use only. For download please visit the OTN page.

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Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

SOA Suite 11.1.1.7 Installation Instructions (compiled by New Zealand Partner Wyn Ackroyd)

Thanks to Wyn Ackroyd for the nice installation guide for SOA Suite 11.1.1.7. This guide is a great example to build your own virtual box image for a developer environment. Currently at the Oracle OTN website only a SOA Suite 11.1.1.6 virtual box image is available. You can download the document from dropbox or our community workspace.

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Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

Manual Recovery Mechanisms in SOA Suite and AIA by Shreenidhi Raghuram

Introduction

Integration flows can fail at run-time with a variety of errors. The cause of these failures could be either Business errors or System errors.

When Synchronous Integration Flows fail, they are restarted from the beginning. On the other hand, Asynchronous Integration flows when they error can potentially be resubmitted/recovered from designated/pre-configured milestones within the flow. These milestones could be persistence points like queues topics or database tables, where the state of the flow was last persisted. Recovery is a mechanism whereby a faulted Asynchronous Flow can be rerun from such a persistence milestone.

1The SOA Suite 11g and AIA products provides various Automated and Manual recovery mechanisms to recover from asynchronous fault scenarios. They differ based on the SOA component that encounters the error. For instance, recovering from a BPEL fault may be quite different than recovering from a Resequencer fault. In this blog, we look at the various Manual Recovery mechanisms and options available to an end user. Manual recovery mechanisms require an Admin user to take appropriate action on the faulted instance from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control [EM FMWC Console].

The intention of this blog is to provide a quick reference for Manual Recovery of Faults within the SOA and AIA contexts. It aims to present some of the valuable information regarding Manual recovery in one place. These are currently available across many sources such as SOA Developers Guide, SOA Admin Guide, AIAFP Developers Guide and AIAFP Infrastructure and Utilities Guide.

Next we look at the various Manual recovery mechanisms available in SOA Suite 11g and AIA, starting with the BPEL Message Recovery.

BPEL Message Recovery

To understand the BPEL Message Recovery, let us briefly look into how BPEL Service engine performs asynchronous processing. Asynchronous BPEL processes use an intermediate Delivery Store in the SOA Infrastructure Database to store the incoming request. The message is then picked up and further BPEL processing happens in an Invoke Thread.

The Invoke Thread is one among the free threads from the ‘Invoke Thread Pool’ configured for BPEL Service Engine. The processing of the message from the delivery Store onwards until the next dehydration in the BPEL process or the next commit point in the flow constitutes a transaction. Figure below shows at a high level the Asynchronous request handling by BPEL Invoke Thread. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Oct 21, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: First glimpses of the new SOA Suite 12c by Lucas Jellema

During this week’s Oracle OpenWorld Conference, we were given some sneak peeks into the short term future of the Oracle SOA Suite. During various roadmap sessions, on the demo grounds as well as in the keynote session by Thomas Kurian (the replay of which you can see here, new features were described and imagedemonstrated, allowing us to get a fairly good overview of what is going to come for SOA Suite - later in 2013 and sometime in 2014 (probably the first half of that year).

The SOA Suite plays an important part in the three themes Thomas Kurian set down for the Fusion Middleware suite of products: support for mobility, cloud and business user empowerment.

Some of the highlighted new aspects of Oracle SOA Suite are:

  • Adapters to connect from on-premise to in-the-cloud – specifically targeting SalesForce, RightNow and also providing an SDK to create custom integrations into the cloud (the first cloud adapters will be released on 11g, before the end of the year)
  • Mobile enablement by exposing RESTful services that communicate using JSON as well as adding the capability to call out to such services (12c functionality)
  • Enhanced functionality on Exalogic (of course it runs faster on Exalogic, up to 20 times)
  • Modular runtime with a lighter footprint.

A brief demonstration of the Cloud Adapter was given by Demed L’Her during said keynote. The next screenshot shows the Adapter wizard for the Cloud Adapter.

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It allows the developer to pick a specific operation for a specific business object exposed by RightNow (or SalesForce) (the adapter knows about the APIs exposed by RightNow and SalesForce):image

This next screenshot shows the adapter that is used in SOA Suite 12c to expose a RESTful service on top of an SCA Composite or a Service Bus service: Read the full article here.

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Thursday Sep 05, 2013

Next Generation Service Integration Platform: Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine

This paper gives an overview of:

  • Modern service integration platforms and SOA
  • The challenges in the current era of cloud, mobile, Big Data and Fast Data and
  • How Exalogic, Exadata and related Oracle products provide the best platform to solve these challenges

Download the paper here.

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Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

What is new in Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 PS6? by Shanny Anoep

Oracle has released a new version 11.1.1.7.0 for their Oracle Fusion Middleware product line. This version includes Patch Set #6 (PS6) for Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1, with a big list of improvements and fixes for each component in that suite.

In this post we will highlight some of the interesting updates with regards to troubleshooting, performance, reliability and scalability.

Infrastructure/Purging scripts

Database growth is a common problem for large-scale Oracle SOA Suite deployments. Oracle already provides multiple purging strategies for the SOA Suite runtime database. This patch set includes two new scripts for purging most of the runtime data:

  • Table Recreation Script (TRS): This script can be used to reclaim as much database space as possible, while still retaining the open instances. It can be used as a corrective action for databases that grew excessively, for example when purging was not performed at all. This should be used as a single corrective action only; the script does not replace the normal purging scripts.
  • Truncate script: Remove all records from the SOA Suite runtime tables without dropping the tables. This script can be used for cloning SOA Suite environments without copying the instance data, or for recreating test scenarios by cleaning all the runtime data.

The Oracle SOA Suite Administrator's guide contains a table with the available purging strategies.

Diagnostic dumps

Using WLST you could already dump diagnostic information about various components of the SOA Suite. This version adds support to retrieve more information on BPEL and Adapters from the command-line.

Diagnostic dumps for BPEL

New diagnostic dumps are available for BPEL to get information on thread pools, average processing time for BPEL components, and average waiting times for asynchronous instances. This information can be very useful for performance analysis or troubleshooting. With WLST this information can be retrieved from the command-line and included for monitoring or reporting. Read the full article here.

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Wednesday May 15, 2013

BPM 11g Performance Tuning Whitepaper published by Mark Nelson

I am happy to announce that our new BPM 11g Performance Tuning whitepaper is now available on OTN. To access the whitepaper please click here. This white paper captures real world best practices from actual performance tuning exercises across many real BPM implementations. It is referred as a ‘best practices’ because we have found them over time and over many engagements to give the best results.

The whitepaper has been under development for quite a while now, and has been through a heap of reviews and revisions. So it is great to finally get it and hopefully you will find it useful!

From reporting on tuning experiences, to writing, reviewing, and testing, many people have contributed to this whitepaper. I would like to thank the following people for providing their contribution to make it a great learning source:
Vikas Anand, Deepak Arora, Partricio Barletta, Heidi Buelow, Christopher Karl Chan, Manoj Das, Andrew Dorman, Pete Farkas, Mark Foster, Simone Geib, Kim LiChong, Ralf Mueller, Bhagat Nainani, Sabha Parameswaran, Robert Patrick, David Read, Derek Sharpe, Sushil Shukla, Kavitha Srinivasan, Meera Srinivasan, Will Stallard and Shumin Zhao.

I sincerely hope that I have not missed anyones name, but if I have, the error is entirely mine.

This whitepaper is meant to compliment the Performance and Tuning Guide in the Fusion Middleware documentation. Readers should also consult the excellent whitepaper on purging SOA/BPM 11g databases by Michael Bousamra with Deepak Arora and Sai Sudarsan Pogaru which is available on OTN here.

For those with an interest in BPM 10g, I remind you of our previously published BPM 10g Performance Tuning whitepaper, which continues to be available on OTN here.

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