Are your SOA and BPM composite deployments ready for Continuous Delivery? By Craig Barr

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How do you automate continuous change to your environments consistently?

Consider a simple scenario. You have a Composite Application and you want to deploy it from Development/CI through to Production. Oracle provide a useful Apache Ant script for doing automated deployment of Composites with relative ease.

Now let’s consider the fact that multiple revisions of a single BPM or SOA Composite Application can be deployed side-by-side. You may choose for each change to be a new revision or for only major and breaking changes to be a new revision. Either way, your automation will probably need to consider retirement of Composite Application revisions over time. After all, you don’t want to have unused Composite Revisions hanging around in your Platform doing nothing but adding overhead.

Of course, Oracle also provide an Apache Ant script for doing automated undeployment of Composites. Unfortunately, it will fail if a composite is already undeployed. But, does this matter?

For me, this matter’s a lot. Let me explain and discuss some of the solutions for reliable Continuous Delivery of SOA and BPM Composites.

Don’t make me think

Automation should focus on taking a desired state and applying it to a target environment rather than performing a specific task which only works under certain strict conditions. In other words, an operator shouldn’t have to think too hard about whether their automated deployment is going to work, it should just work.

Idempotency

For automation to just work it should first be idempotent which means when executed with the same input more than once it should have no additional effect. Read the complete article here.

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Building a Future Proof Integration Platform by Bob Rhubart

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Oracle ACE Directors Ronald van Luttikhuizen and Luc Bors, both from eProseed, team up to explain how Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Service Bus can work together to create an integration platform that won’t turn into a dinosaur. Watch the video here.

Additional Resources

Oracle Cloud Integration Part 1: Introduction [Tech Article]

Hybrid IT Integration PaaS Patterns Poster

Mobile by Design: Developing with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service

Manipulating a REST Service Header Using OSB 12.2.1

Oracle MAF Consuming Rest Services using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)

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Automated Deployment to SOA Cloud Services using Developer Cloud Services by Roland Koenn

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Introduction

The process of deploying SOA Projects to Oracle SOA Cloud Services (SOACS) can be significantly simplified and streamlined using the Oracle Developer Cloud Services (DevCS) by facilitating the inbuilt Maven and GIT repositories. This article is a walk-through on how create a SOA Project in JDeveloper and get it deployed on SOACS using DevCS. It is based on Windows, but other operating systems work in a very similar way. The following graphic shows the simplified process.

Prerequisites

JDeveloper: Download and install SOA Suite 12.1.3 QuickStart from OTN. This contains the JDeveloper version required for this example. Please note that this example will work for SOA 12.2.1 as well, but you will additionally need to follow the steps described in My Oracle Support (MOS) note2186338.1

Maven: Download and install Maven from here.

Access to a Oracle SOA Cloud Services 12.1.3 instance. Details can be found here.

Access to Oracle Developer Cloud Services – this comes as part of the SOA Cloud Services subscription. You will receive an email with details on how to login with the subscription activation.

Creating the GIT repository

Login to the Oracle Developer Cloud Services and Select Create New Project. I am going with a Private Project, but using the Shared project is identical. Make sure to select an Empty Project and select your favourite Wiki Markup. Read the complete article here.

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SOA and Integration On-Prem and in the Cloud Video with Vikas Anand

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Vikas Anand (Senior Director, Product Management, SOA Suite/Integration Cloud Service, Oracle) and Ram Menon (Product Manager, Oracle Integration Cloud Service) join OTN TechCast host Bob Rhubart for a discussion about meeting SOA and integration challenges on-prem and in the cloud. Watch the video here.

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When to Use Oracle SOA Cloud Service by Bob Rhubart

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Decisions, decisions. Can’t figure out whether to go with Oracle SOA Cloud Service or Integration Cloud Service? No worries! Oracle ACE Robert van Mölken helps you sort it out in this informative 2 Minute Tech Tip. Watch the video here.

Additional Resources

SOA Cloud Service in a Nutshell [Article]

Help! What Integration Solution is Best for Me?

Choosing the Right Integration PaaS | Robert van Mölken [Video]

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Integrate & extend SaaS – free hands-on Oracle Partner training Paris September 4th & 5th 2017

 

Free hands-on trainings – integrate & extend SaaS

You are working on Oracle SaaS implementations like CX, HCM or ERP Cloud and want to integrate and extend them?

Attend our hands-on training to understand how to use Oracle PaaS service like Integration Cloud Service, Mobile Cloud Service or Process Cloud Service in combination with Oracle SaaS solutions like Order Management or Digital Field Service. The training is most suitable for developer and consultants with SaaS experience who want to learn more about PaaS.
clip_image002Free hands-on in-class training takes place on September 4th & 5th in Paris

For details please visit the registration page here.

 

Partner Resource kit to Enrich SaaS with PaaS (community membership required) Sales Kits: Connect and Extend SaaS & Use Case Integrate and Automate across Oracle and non-Oracle SaaS

Presentations:

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Additional new content SOA & BPM Partner Community

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· Manipulating a REST Service Header Using OSB 12.2.1 This article by Oracle ACE Associate Sandra Flores explains how to expose a proxy REST service in Oracle Service Bus 12.2.1 (OSB) from one SOAP type, created from WSDL and XSD files. Read the article.

· Creating an Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service App Based on Oracle ADF Business Components This blog post and video demo from product manager Shay Shmeltzer shows you how you can reuse the logic in Oracle ADF Business Component to build a JET based UI on top of them in a declarative way with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service. Read the article.

· Podcast Show Notes: Extending EBS: Choosing the Right Dev Tools APEX, ADF, Mobile Cloud Service… When it comes to mobilizing Oracle E-Business Suite applications, or extending them into the cloud, you have several development tools to choose from. This program examines those choices, and presents a discussion that might help you select the right tool for your situation. Listen to the podcast.

· Video: Architecting APIs for the Enterprise In less time that it takes you to drink a cup of coffee, Oracle ACE Director Luis Weir delivers fresh insight into three types APIs that play a key role in modern enterprise development. Watch the video.

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Employee Enablement with Oracle PaaS for SaaS – Human Resources by Mitchell Palski

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The employee experience of your organization is more transparent than ever. If Public Sector agencies are expected to compete with Commercial employers, they have to make strong first impressions on their new-hires. By improving the employee’s initial experience, your Human Resources department can have an immediate influence on employee productivity and retention.

What do employees care about?

I wrote a blog post back in April 2016 called “Recruit Millennials with Innovative Oracle Cloud Projects” highlighting the fact that the younger generations of the American workforce are attracted to innovative projects that give them the chance to get visibility for their achievements. In a 2015 NY Times article, Swarthmore Professor Barry Schwartz writes:

“But most important, we need to emphasize the ways in which an employee’s work makes other people’s lives at least a little bit better (and, of course, to make sure that it actually does make people’s lives a little bit better).”

More so than commercial industries, the social impact of a Government job has to be evident and visible in the outcomes of every day responsibility. The perennial value of our work is that it supposed to be a dedication to the citizen. The more often your employees are reminded of the imperishable effects they are having on your organization’s beneficiaries, the more motivated they will be to succeed.

There is an important accompaniment to “visibility”, which is of course recognition and reward. Tony Scwartz – Chief Executive of The Energy Project – worked with The Harvard Business Review to conduct a study of +20,000 employees across the globe to inspect which components contribute to a retentive workplace (among other things: Read the complete article here.

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R11 UX HIGHLIGHTS

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Get to know the user experience highlights in Oracle Applications Cloud Release 11, which was built for today’s workplace. It works seamlessly across convenient devices so that any user — no matter where they are doing their work — can easily and quickly accomplish tasks. To learn what’s notable about Oracle’s UX investment in this release, explore these posts from the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team about R11 on the Voice of User Experience blog, or VoX:

· Sales Cloud: Simplicity flexes its muscle

· HCM Cloud: Modern and usable

· ERP Cloud: Welcome to the Fold

We’ve shared these deep-dive webinars with you before, but they’re still the best place to go for a more comprehensive summary of the UX by product family: our Oracle Applications Cloud Release 11 page. You must be a member of Applications Customer Connect to access the webinars.

And from Oracle’s Modern HR in the Cloud blog, a look at the technology we’re exploring for HCM Cloud in VR Headsets and Human Resource Technology – Yes, I’m Serious.

AWARD-WINNING DESIGN: OAUX Senior Director George Hackman was in New York in early November on behalf of the OAUX team to accept an award from Fast Company. Asteroid Explorers, a tool developed for NASA’s Minor Planet Center, received an honorable mention in the Social Good category in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards.

Fast Company said in its announcement about the award: “This year’s submissions were as strong as any we’ve ever seen, with more than 1,700 entries from 41 different countries. In the eyes of our esteemed judges, your work was among the best of the best.” This year’s Innovation by Design winners are featured online. NASA also published a press release in September when the Asteroid Explorer added the Daily Minor Planet, a daily news bulletin in your email inbox with the latest on asteroids. And Raymond Xie, a member of the AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, who was involved with the project, also wrote about his experience in his post, Oracle Volunteers and the Daily Minor Planet.

CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT: How does the #OAUX team work with real users to gather the feedback that guides and validates Oracle’s Cloud user experience? Learn about the intense research we do, facilitated by the OAUX customer engagement team, in this article.

Know someone who might want to participate in a customer feedback study? Send them to the Provide feedback page on the Usable Apps website to learn how they can get involved with the OAUX team’s research.

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PaaS free trial accounts ICS, SOA CS, API CS, PCS, IoT and PaaS for SaaS

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As part of our communities we do offer free PaaS accounts (only for partners in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In case you are not part of EMEA please contact your local partner manager):

· Integration Cloud Service & Process Cloud Service & SOA Cloud & API CS & IoT & PaaS for SaaS Service PaaS Demo Accounts  (Community membership required)

· Java Cloud Service & Application Cloud Container Service & Mobile Cloud Service PaaS Demo Accounts (Community membership required)

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