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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Thursday May 22, 2014

Call for papers – The biggest Oracle Technology event in the UK is back!

Call for Papers for Tech14 is now open and this is your chance to contribute to a compelling and comprehensive agenda. The deadline is 23rd May, so make sure you submit your SOA & BPM abstracts before this date.

Tech14 also offers you the chance to promote your brand and message to a highly targeted audience.
Find out more about the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities available.”
For additional call for papers please visit our wiki – feel free to add yours!

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Thursday May 23, 2013

Welcome to the Spring edition of Oracle Scene

In this digital edition find out what a Server Administrator needs to know about Oracle ADF. Read about the history of using database clones to improve application development and the technical advances of thin provisioned clones. As shared services centers in the finance area are increasingly becoming mainstream establishments for large organisations, explore ways how you can optimise financial shared services through Oracle Fusion.

Make sure that you read the middleware articles about:

  • Creating Custom XPath Functions in Oracle SOA Suite 11g
  • Mobile the Enterprise Gamechanger

Click here to view the digital edition.

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Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

UKOUG Conference middleware track presentations

Thanks to UKOUG and Simon Haslam for an excellent middleware track at the user conference. Special thanks to all presenters for the excellent presentations, if you missed it you can find the middleware presentations at our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required)

Some impressions are posted at our Facebook Community website - feel free to add your pictures! Or post your feedback on twitter #ukoug!

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Monday Jan 07, 2013

Getting to Know Oracle Fusion Middleware

A quick tour of the broad set of products under the Oracle Fusion Middleware umbrella.

Simon Haslam, Principal Consultant, Veriton & myself published an middleware article in the UKOUG Scene magazine.  This article arose because Jürgen Kress’ “Fusion Middleware Architecture Overview
abstract was one of the most highly rated submissions for UKOUG 2012, so it seemed there
might be an interest in trying to clarify the products that Oracle calls ‘Fusion Middleware.’
Little did we realise how many products there were…

Fusion Middleware – what is it?

‘Middleware,’ as its name suggests, is a generic term for the layers of software (or ‘software glue’ – see http://www.middleware.org/whatis.html) that sit between an application and, within enterprise software, typically services and resources like the Oracle Database. Oracle Fusion Middleware started off as the Java EE application server (Internet Application Server) but evolved to cover pretty much all software that isn’t the database or applications!


Why is Fusion Middleware important?

Middleware provides infrastructure services to enable applications to run. For example, if you want a ‘container’ (i.e. a server with very specific APIs) to run your enterprise Java application, and most likely connect to a relational database, you use WebLogic Server; if your application wants to use web services somewhere out in the ether it calls the Oracle Service Bus. As you can tell these Middleware services are vital to the successful and continuing operation of your application. For a long

time Middleware has been seen as the poor relation to the database (which holds the irreplaceable business data) but this is changing as Middleware is now providing integration of, and decoupling from, the underlying resources, plus there is an increased demand for 24/7 (or close) availability of applications for use by customers, partners.. read the full article here and get your Scene magazine copy as a UKOUG member .

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Wednesday May 16, 2012

UK OUG call for papers–your middleware success!

UK Oracle user group launched their call for papers. We would like to invite you to submit your SOA and BPM articles. The submission deadline is 1st June 2012 GMT midday. You can also register as a speaker. To register as a speaker and submit abstracts please click here.
Why should I present?
Speaking at the UKOUG conference is a rewarding experience, a chance to share your knowledge and raise your personal profile at the leading Oracle User conference in the UK. You will gain insights from fellow speakers as well as receive feedback from delegates on your presentation content.

"As always, the UKOUG conference excels by bringing together the great minds of Oracle technology in an environment that not only has formal presentation sessions, but the ability to interact on a 1-1 basis. If you are looking for good value for your training budget, you must consider the UKOUG conference".
Grant Ronald, Oracle ACE Oracle

What should I present? We are looking for you to share the following, that can be submitted under the UKOUG 2012 streams and topics

  • Real life business experiences
  • In-depth product analysis
  • New product overviews
  • If you have any queries regarding submitting a paper, please do not hesitate to contact Marisa

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