Saturday Jan 24, 2015

BPM 12c Migration – A Hand of Friendship to Oracle BPM 10g by Suyash Khot

There are a lot of benefits to be reaped by migrating a BPM 10g project to 12c. For one, Oracle BPM 12c is built on a Service Component Architecture (SCA) runtime. SCA is an industry standard architecture that provides a model for composing applications that follow SOA principles, like component reuse, OOTB error handling and transaction management, and flexible development to name a few.

With the introduction of Oracle BPM Suite 12c (12.1.3), one of the key features introduced is a migration path for Oracle BPM 10g projects to 12c. Such a feature was not available in 11g and there was little to no hope for BPM 10g projects to be migrated to 11g. That hope has come alive with the introduction of 12c and so I decided to give it a shot. Below I have listed the steps to follow to do a 10g to 12c migration and summarized by findings.

1) Install Oracle BPM Suite 12c

First off, download the Oracle BPM Suite 12c quick start installer from Oracle’s website here. This installer includes JDeveloper 12c with SOA and BPM extensions. The installer also includes the migration utility, which is an ANT task.

2) Install ANT

The migration utility readme.txt recommends to use ANT version 1.8.4.

3) Execute the ANT task

The migration utility can be found under $JDEV_HOME\soa\plugins\jdeveloper\bpm. The build.xml file has all the ANT tasks. The ANT task for the migration from 10g to 12c is “migrate10-12”, where source is the folder location of the 10g project and target is the folder location where the 12c project export will be created. Replace source and target appropriately and execute the below command.

ant migrate10-12 -DprojectLocation=source -Ddestination=target

4) Analyze the ANT task execution

Once the ANT task execution completes successfully, it creates the 12c project export in the target folder specified. This folder contains the following:

  • The exported version of the 12c project (.exp).
  • The migration report (.xml) and its stylesheet (.xsl). Best when viewed via a browser.
  • The 10g project artifacts list (.csv).
  • The folder with 12c project SOA components.
5) Import the 12c project

To import the exported version of the 12c project into JDeveloper, open the 12c JDeveloper. Create a BPM Application. Go to File -> Import  -> Import BPM Project. Browse to the target folder and select the .exp file. This is a list of some of the artifact mappings: Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

ACM 11g – Activities by Suyash Khot

In my previous blog, we looked at Oracle ACM's Title, Priority, and Category artifacts and their configurations in an Oracle ACM project. In this blog, we will dig a bit deeper into ACM, specifically ACM Activities. Within an ACM Case, when you create an ACM Activity, you are presented with a few properties that need be set for the activity. The values you select in these properties will define that activity. In this blog post, we will take a look at these properties and, more interestingly, at how a combination of these properties define a case activity, and hence the case.

Before we dive into the properties, here is a quick look into how to create an ACM activity and the three levels an activity progresses through within a case.

Creating a Case Activity

While creating your BPM project, make sure you selected the 'Composite with Case Management' option. If you do that, when you right-click any BPM process or Human Task it gives you an option to 'Promote as Case Activity'. When clicked, this creates a case activity under the case. That specific BPM process or that specific human task gets associated to the case activity, such that when that case activity is set to Running (see below for definition of Running), it kicks-off the BPM process or human task that you associated to that case activity. Read the complete article here.

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