Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

How to configure Oracle SOA/BPM task auto release by Rubix

01When a Oracle SOA or BPM workflow task is assigned to a role and/or group, a user may acquire the task to work on it. Once the task is acquired, other users are not able to work on that specific task. In the Oracle SOA-INFRA, used by both SOA Suite and BPM Suite, there is a feature called ‘task auto release’ which allows to configure the duration before tasks are automatically released and made available for all other users again.

In Enterprise Manager go to soa-infra -> SOA Administration -> Workflow Properties

Select the Task tab and expand Advanced. There you can see there are default values for automatically releasing tasks according to their priority. In the screenshot below the default value of P3D (3 Days) is changed to P1TM (1 minute) for testing purposes. This is done for the priority 3 task, which is the default priority. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Jun 07, 2014

BPM 11g and Human Workflow Shadow Rows by Adam Desjardin

During the OFM Forum last week, there were a few discussions around the relationship between the Human Workflow (WF_TASK*) tables in the SOA_INFRA schema and BPMN processes.  It is important to know how these are related because it can have a performance impact.  We have seen this performance issue several times when BPMN processes are used to model high volume system integrations without knowing all of the implications of using BPMN in this pattern.

Most people assume that BPMN instances and their related data are stored in the CUBE_*, DLV_*, and AUDIT_* tables in the same way that BPEL instances are stored, with additional data in the BPM_* tables as well.  The group of tables that is not usually considered though is the WF* tables that are used for Human Workflow.  The WFTASK table is used by all BPMN processes in order to support features such as process level comments and attachments, whether those features are currently used in the process or not.

For a standard human task that is created from a BPMN process, the following data is stored in the WFTASK table:

  • One row per human task that is created
  • The COMPONENTTYPE = "Workflow"
  • TASKDEFINITIONID = Human Task ID (partition/CompositeName!Version/TaskName)
  • ACCESSKEY = NULL

Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Using Credential Store Framework when communicating with Oracle Human Workflow API by Sven Bernhardt

For connecting to Oracle Human Workflow Engine via the provided client API, username and password of an admin user are needed. These credentials could also be useful during task processing, when actions on a task has to be performed on behalf of a user, for example in case of holidays or illness. But how can to manage the admin users credentials in secure way, independent from the target environment?

A first approach is to use a mechanism where the credentials were provided as context parameters in the web.xml, of a Facade Web Service in front of the client API to hide complexity and to force upgrade protection in case of API changes. When deploying this Web Service facade, the parameters are replaced using a deployment plan. This solution works, but has the disadvantage that username and password of the admin user are contained in the deployment plan as clear text. From a SysOps perspective this mechanism is not appropriate.

Create_CSSo another possibility must be found to manage user credentials in a consistent and secure way. An approach to ensure the secure management of credentials is to use the Oracle Credential Store Framework (CSF), provided by Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS). Configuring and using CSF is quite simple and done in a few steps: Read the complete article here.

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Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Introducing Oracle Enterprise Repository Express Workflows – Simplified Lifecycle Management by Yogesh Sontakke

As announced at Oracle Open World 2013 last week, we are delighted to introduce an exciting, new feature for Oracle Enterprise Repository 11g PS6 - Express Workflows.

OER provides a set of features and options for moving an asset from an initial to a final lifecycle state. Express Workflows are a mechanism for    automating these asset lifecycle approval processes in OER.
Express Workflows help automate this process for any given type of assets that are produced by your project(s). It allows you to easily assign approvers and define the flow of approvals from one approver to the next.
You can use Express Workflows to pre-define, automate and ensure that assets submitted or harvested into your OER projects go through as much or as less of an approval process as per your requirement - in a few, simple steps.

Download the OER 11g Express Workflows here - requirements and detailed instructions are available in the PDF bundled within the patch.

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Friday Nov 25, 2011

Official Oracle SOA Suite 11g Samples

Looking for Oracle SOA Suite Samples?

The SOA team has created a new Official Oracle SOA Suite 11g Samples project at Java.Net for the product samples referenced in the Oracle SOA Suite documentation.There is no membership required to browse and download the samples. Just go there and get started by clicking on the component you are interested in!

Want to share your own samples with the world?

Great! You can create your own projects as a member of Java.Net.

Want to discuss these samples?

Please use the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) forums for any discussion regarding the samples: Oracle Technology Network forum page The forum link for each component is provided on the corresponding tab.

Visit the SOA Products Page on OTN for product information on any of the SOA components. Oracle Technology Network product page

We have samples for Adapters, B2B, BAM, BPEL PM, BPM, Business Rules, CEP, Human Workflow, Mediator, Notification, Oracle Service Bus, Spring and Transformations.

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