Expanding the Oracle Enterprise Repository with functional documentation by Marc Kuijpers

Have you ever experienced the challenge to map both your functional and technical assets in one software package? Finding a software package that is able to describe the metadata about these assets and their mutual relationships? And if you found the correct software package, was it maintainable?

The Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER) is a powerful SOA repository. Its core task is to map and visualize the interaction between technical assets generated by the SOA Suite and OSB. However, OER can be configured to not only contain these technical assets, but also to contain functional assets, i.e.: functional designs, use cases and a logical data model. Now that’s interesting! OER is able to show all the assets in your system and, if necessary, zoom in on one of the assets and their mutual relationships (Figure 1). This opens a set of doors to powerful features, e.g.:

  • Impact analsysis
    If a functional design is adjusted, which other functional designs and use cases do I need to adjust?
  • Traceability
    If a web service generates an error, in which functional and technical designs is the web service described

oer2 Expanding the Oracle Enterprise Repository with functional documentation

This sounds great, but how do we get all the functional and technical documents in OER, and how are we going to keep this repository up-to-date?
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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

One Response to Expanding the Oracle Enterprise Repository with functional documentation by Marc Kuijpers

  1. Evie says:

    Ever heard of SDW (System Development Workbench), developed by CapGemini in 1997?
    Bit oldfashioned, but still ever so usefull to describe and maintain all your functional and technical specs and their relationships.

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