Decisions in OIC (Process) by Niall Commiskey

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I define my input as follows –

So now to the 2 simple rules –

IF/THEN rule and a Decision Table –

The rules are self-explanatory.
I want to expose these as 2 separate services –

I now Activate -Back in the Process App –

Now I drop a Decision Activity in my process –

Very succinct! Now all I need to do is the data mapping –

Read the complete article here.

 

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The Curious Case of Missing Port Type in Oracle PCS by Arun Pareek

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I was recently working on a simple process in PCS for a license approval flow. Given the purists that I am, I began by defining definitions for the various message based activities used in the process flow. The process was an asynchronous process with a few intermediate events. A simplified snippet is shown here for visualization.

In order to implement the above process, I created a service definition (WSDL) with the following schematic. As you can notice, there is a portType for accepting requests into the process (fc.myst.bp.TestDrive) and a callback portType for sending messages out of the process (fc.myst.bp.TestDrive.CallBack). Each of the portTypes have operations for catch and throw messages respectively. Read the complete article here.

 

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The power of Oracle Event Driven Architecture by Roger van de Kimmenade

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Introduction

There is a lot of hype around Microservices and the use of events for implementing the choreography pattern. However this is nice for companies like Netflix and Twitter, but there are a lot of organisations still struggling with files and ESB like products. Also my current client uses an ESB namely the Oracle SOA Suite 12c for integrations. We cannot just throw away this ESB, but we can make use of the event mechanism built in. This blog describes the way we use the EDN (Event Delivery Network) component, that is used within SOA composites to throw events and to subscribe on events.

EDN

Oracle has a component that you can use to publish events and to subscribe on events within a SOA composite. Just use the invoke activity with the eventname and the content of the event. Within a composite you can subscribe on events and set filters. You can also configure “oneAndOnlyone” consistency property and indicate if you want a durable or non-durable subscriber. The EDN hides the underlying JMS provider, which can be changed (weblogic jms or OracleAQ). Separate Topics can be defined for each event or just use 1 topic for all events.

Notes:

  • Applications must always be abstracted by a corresponding SOA Composite. Applications should not use JMS directly
  • EDN cannot be used directly from within Oracle OSB
  • Read the complete article here.

 

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PaaS Overview Webcast on-demand

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Want to increase the Oracle PaaS business? Create new service offerings and solutions for the Cloud? Watch the on-demand webcast with Martijn Vlek, Vice President Sales Cloud Native & Integration.

Content:

• PaaS update

• Sales Plays & Cheat Sheets

• Customer presentations & demos

Speakers: Martijn Vlek & Jürgen Kress

Get access to the sales kits here.

Watch the webcast on-demand here

 

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Oracle Integration Cloud 19.2.3 Release – New Features by Niall Commiskey

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The official doc describing the new features etc. is here

Some things that caught my eye –

Integration Improvements

· Inline Activity Stream with timestamps –

· New Automation Anywhere adapter –

· Ability to edit a Schedule from the Integration design page

· Read the complete article here.

 

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PaaS (Process & Integration) Partner Community Newsletter July 2019

Dear PaaS Partner Community

Want to increase the Oracle Cloud business? Create new service offerings and solutions for the Cloud? Watch the on-demand PaaS Overview Webcast. Martijn Vlek, Vice President Sales Cloud Native & Integration presents the latest PaaS sales plays, kits and how to get access to the Oracle Cloud platform. You as an Oracle partner can use the same content that we use to train the internal Oracle sales team. Each sales kit includes an elevator pitch, battle card, customer presentation in ppt format and references. Feel free to adopt the kits with your services offering. As a tip we recommend to distribute the battle cards in your sales team valets. Access the Oracle sales kits on sales central here.

Registration for the ninth edition of the PaaS Summer Camp is open. The training takes place August 26th-30th 2019 in Lisbon Portugal. For details please visit the registration page here.

imageThis month’s we start a new series to promote your partners customer success. Watch Luis Weir, CTO Capgemini how he disrupts financial industry clients with solutions based on the Oracle Cloud Platform. We want to promote your customer success! Have you implemented successful a solution based on the Oracle Cloud Platform? Submit your success story via the customer reference program.

The June edition of Oracle Integration Cloud 19.2.3 release includes new integration features like Inline Activity Stream with timestamps, New Automation Anywhere adapter and the ability to edit a Schedule from the Integration design page. New process features include Canvas changes, Common expression builder in Decision modeling editor, Conditional expressions in data association, Smart sentries in dynamic processes, Promote process application samples to the gallery for easy sharing and QuickStart Apps enhancements. Thanks to the community for sharing all the integration articles: How The Co-op Cut Time to Hire in Two Quarters & How to Capture EBS Business Event in Oracle Integration Cloud & Using Stage File Write operation(with opaque schema) to copy files & Securing files using PGP encryption (Part-1-Encryption): Oracle Integration & Securing files using PGP encryption (Part-2-Decryption): Oracle Integration & OIC – First Steps with the ATP adapter & How to create ZIP files: Oracle Integration Cloud & Migrating ICS to OIC & Custom time range filter for monitoring pages in OIC & How to Update Oracle SOA 11g Timeouts.

In the process & innovation section we published a blog post from Ankur how to develop a simple application from scratch and to enable notifications. The Blockchain team released an intelligent track and trace SaaS solution. Mario describes in an article the connection of Blockchain and IoT.

For a short summery of our key monthly information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The July edition highlights sales, marketing and enablement support for partners. This month’s community webcast will be a joint webcast with our partner Evosys to innovate, extend and integrate SaaS our monthly PaaS Partner Community Webcast – July 19th 2019.

To read the newsletter please visit www.tinyurl.com/PaaSNewsJuly2019 (OPN Account required).

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Using Oracle BPEL Direct Bindings in Java by Mark Peterson

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This blog contains best practices for interfacing Java to external systems through Oracle BPEL components. Java will often be used to integrated functionality within the SOA framework since the framework allows wiring of Java code in order to perform various operations during human task assignment, and execution, as an example. And since these Java classes are embedded in the framework, and these classes may need to pull data from databases, Active Directory, REST services, WSDLs, etc., what is the best way to do this? You guess it: Direct Bindings.

Why use direct bindings? First of all, a direct binding creates a simple RMI interface between Java code and a BPEL process. Besides the speed and efficiency one gets from RMI, using direct bindings leverages the capabilities already available within the SOA framework. There’s no need to go outside the SOA framework to get assignment data (in this example) from a database or other data source. Using SOA libraries, BPEL and SOA adapters everything needed is already available.

Note that our use case has to do with implementing a very specialized version of role or parameter-based team assignments. Another assignment strategy is give here for creating parametric roles using business rules. However there are many other use cases that can be applied that don’t have to do with assignments at all. Dynamic Bindings can and should be used whenever you want to interact with BPEL code from within Java.

Design by Interface First

The first step is to create an interface that will be used between the BPEL process and Java code. In this blog we will implement an interface that will be used to return a list of assignments for a given work team. The work team will be determined from the project the team is working on and other project properties such as the work area and activity type. The work team will contain a list of BPM application roles or a particular individual in a role. Read the complete article here.

 

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Persisting of settings in a SOA Suite Enterprise Deployment by Martien van den Akker

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About a year ago, at my previous customer, a co-worker and I encountered and described a persistence problem with setting the Global Tokens in SOA Suite.

What are Global Tokens again?

The problem with a middleware product as Oracle Service Bus, SOA Suite (and the same probably counts for MuleSoft, or any other integration tool) is that when you move an integration through the development lifecycle from development, to test, preproduction and production, you need to update the endpoints. When I have an integration with a (BPEL) Process that does a check-in of a document in WebCenter Content, for instance, then on the test environment it should do the check-in to another WCC server than on pre-production or production. We don’t want to have our test documents in production, do we?

To solve that, in OSB we have customization files, and in SOA Suite 11g and onwards, we use config plans. But, in 11g PatchSet 6 (11.1.1.7), SOA Suite introduced Global Tokens. That way you can create a token that refers to the WCC host, eg. ${wcc_url}, and use that as a reference in your binding properties.

These properties can be set using Enterprise Manager FMW Control 12c: Read the complete article here.

 

 

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My private Corner – when leadership changes III

imageVikas Anand the driver and great supporter of the PaaS Partner Community accepted a new challenge. As a friend and VP of Integration we will keep him in mind for the excellent support and the joint on-premises and cloud business.

Vikas message for the partner community: 17 years of fun times, challenging times and everything in between. Yes, the clock really ticks fast. And what an amazing ride this has been. Oracle provided me amazing opportunities through the years, to eventually lead the Oracle Integration Portfolio.

It’s bittersweet to leave a workplace you’ve enjoyed. I have had the privilege to meet many of you through the years during my travels to Oracle offices across the world. It has been a pleasure working alongside the incredible talent Oracle has. This place, this work, and its people have meant so much to me. I am #oracle and #oracleintegration proud!

I am very grateful for the support you have provided to me, and my team over the years – that has translated into the huge success Oracle integration has experienced. In the most recent Gartner MQ we are #2 in vision, and Oracle integration continues to march upwards vs the competition. We enter into FY20 with a stellar roadmap, amazing go to market, and new saas attach opportunities. Plus, you will have the support of the outstanding and passionate Oracle integration Product Management, and Engineering team!

None of us achieve in isolation, and the successes we’ve enjoyed together have been a result of our mutual cooperation, and collaboration. This collaboration and success will continue to amazing new levels with:

  • Scott Haaland and Jon Huang as your point of contacts for outbound support for SOA CS & OIC, and OIC4SaaS respectively
  • Siddharth Pande will be your contact for anything related to OIC product roadmap and plans
  • Jagdeep Singh on the team will help you build executive partner relationships
  • Jim Bole on the team is your point of contact for strategic customers deploying OIC, SOA CS etc

I will continue to track the progress of OIC albiet from a distance.

Stay in touch Vikas Anand

Thank you and keep the flag of Oracle Integration flying high always!

 

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Performance of MFT Cloud Service (MFTCS) with File Storage Service (FSS) using a Hybrid Solution Architecture in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) by Shub Lahiri

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Executive Overview

MFT Cloud Service clusters in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic (OCI-C) are provisioned with database file storage system (DBFS) for shared storage as discussed in one of our earlier blogs[1]. In Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), customers also have the option of using File Storage Service (FSS) for shared storage. FSS can be used for high throughput use cases where a large number of large files have to be processed within MFTCS. But this alternative of high performance comes at a cost of resiliency. The backup and recovery of the DBFS is automatically achieved by the backup of the database. Although, the backup and recovery recommendations for FSS are well-documented, the implementation has to be managed in a custom layer.

This blog shows the usage of FSS for shared storage in an MFTCS cluster but the same concepts can be applied to meet the shared storage requirements of SOACS as well.

This blog describes a way to setup a high-volume file transfer process within MFTCS in OCI, where files are received in embedded SFTP server and then transferred to a remote Object Storage endpoint in OCI-Classic within Oracle Public Cloud (OPC).

Solution Approach

Use Case Basic Requirements

The overall use case can be described as follows and is also exemplified in Fig.2 below.

  • An external SFTP client sends multiple files of different sizes concurrently via SFTP to the embedded SFTP server running in MFT Cloud Service (MFTCS) within OCI.
  • MFT Server, upon receipt of the files, transfers it to an object file storage service in OCI-Classic domain URL.
  • As the MFT transfers are being executed, multiple concurrent file downloads are also processed by the SFTP server, embedded within MFTCS.
Solution Architecture

The configuration of MFT to receive files via SFTP has been discussed in one of my earlier blogs[2]. In that post, we had shown how MFT can receive files via its embedded SFTP server and save them in a local file system. In this article, we extend the use case by modifying the file system of the target endpoint to point to an object storage service endpoint within an OCI-Classic domain. The shared storage layer of DBFS is replaced with FSS. Apache jMeter is used to simulate the concurrent upload and download traffic volume, comprising of files in different sizes. Read the complete article here.

 

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