OIC & Blue Prism part 2 by Niall Commiskey


    This post goes into a bit more detail, especially on the Blue Prism side. The use case today is that of updating an excel sheet – Here’s mine – today we are doing employee assessments and we will leverage Blue Prism to automatically assign performance values, based on the employee rating. Apologies to any Liam Mellows fans out there.

    The employees have been rated – the performance fields just need to be updated. Our digital worker will take care of this.

    The OIC process will invoke Blue Prism, passing the name of the excel sheet to be processed.

    The Blue Prism process is as follows –

    Thanks to the following page for the instructions on how to create the above.

    The logic is simple enough –

    • Open workbook – Open the excel sheet

    • Get Collection – here we copy the workbook contents to the Employees collection

      • Loop over each employee entry

        • Update each employee performance field based on their rating

      • Write Data – update the Excel sheet

      • Save Data – Save Excel Sheet

      • Close Workbook – Close Excel Sheet

        The process leverages the Blue Prism VBO(Visual Business Object) for Excel. This VBO is pre-seeded in the product. Think of this as an Excel adapter, providing us with functionality such as open close, write, save etc.

        You see on the left a Data Item – Workbook Name. This is the variable which holds the name of the excel sheet to be processed. Read the complete article here.

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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.

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