Startups: Your Oracle PaaS4SaaS Cloud Pivot Enabler is Here By Ultan O’Broin

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Oracle Applications User Experience Senior Director Ultan O’Broin (@ultan) keeps his finger on the pulse of the startup scene in EMEA with an eye to enabling that community with the OAUX outreach machine. Here he talks about user experience (UX) enablement that’s on offer to startups to accelerate their SaaS and PaaS opportunities.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Pivot

Pivoting: That realization that a permanent income is preferable to remaining just a fascination.

After over two decades of experience in the tech industry, half of it in the Valley, I still find it hard to predict what’s going to go down on any given day. Even if things go slightly pear-shaped, I rarely don’t have a #lovemyjob day. Having a sense of humor always helps . . . .

Dogpatch Labs tech co-working space, Dublin. As good a community of happening startups as anywhere in Silicon Valley (Image: Ultan O’Broin).

This is probably why HBO’s Silicon Valley is favorite viewing of mine. I can relate to it: Not only does it resonate with my experience, it goes past the tech jargon and cuts close to the bone with those #ouch moments.

In the first season of Silicon Valley, there’s the famous TechCrunch Disrupt scene where Pied Piper‘s business development head Jared Dunn responds to a "life giving you lemons" moment by advising the crew that their startup needs to “pivot” and pitch their middle-out compression solution in a different direction. Pivoting is about being adaptable and finding a good fit with the market. Read the complete article here.

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SaaS with Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service – Simplified PaaS for SaaS by Shay Shmeltzer

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One of the focus area for us when developing the new Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCS) was to create a tool that would make it very simple to enrich Oracle SaaS applications.

This integration is a key part of Oracle’s PaaS for SaaS offering – where we have unique capabilities in our Platform as a Service offering for our Software as a Service customers.

With ABCS it is very easy to pick up objects from Oracle SaaS (through the built in service catalog) and then design new web and mobile interfaces that show data from those.

In addition you can then add your own custom fields and related objects with additional data you want to track.

Once your application is complete – you can then either run it as a stand-alone app, or embed it into an Oracle SaaS interface.

I wrote two blogs and recorded two videos that show you the basics. Read the complete article here.

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How to Switch Off the Universal Global Header for PaaS Pages: UX RDK Enhancement by Ultan O’Broin

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Listen up Oracle Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK) and PaaS4SaaS fans!

Available now, the Cloud UX RDK offers a headless mode switch for the AppsCloudUIKit Oracle ADF page templates. The mode turns off the Unified Global Header you’ll be familiar with from SaaS.

The headless mode is invoked by passing the headless=yes parameter in the endpoint URL for application. For example:

This is a reusable solution for cases where pages are embedded inside SaaS and make call outs to PaaS, so it’s ideal for your custom simplified UI solutions. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Cloud Applications Review by Debra Lilley

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NEW ERP POST ON FORBES.COM

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Enterprise resource planning applications are highly complex systems. But the navigation and overall user experience should be as simple as possible. Oracle Thought Leader Jeremy Ashley, the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Group Vice President, writes about the Oracle ERP Cloud in Oracle​Voice: ERP UX Must Be Simple, Even When The Data Is Complex.

BEHIND THE ‘WOW’ OF THE SMART OFFICE: Noel Portugal, from the AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, writes about what you can see if you catch the Smart Office demo right now in “The Future of Work: What does a Smart Office look like today?” For a look at the emerging technology research behind all of the cool things you can see, visit the UsableApps Storify page for a new post, “Building a "smart office" with today’s emerging technology.”

AUGMENTING REALITY: Oh wait, there’s more news from the emerging technology team! In a new post on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog, “Teaching old(er) emerging-tech dogs new tricks” we talk about augmented reality and visualizations. And context. And, of course, user experience.

CLOUD UX RAPID DEVELOPMENT KIT (RDK): Developer Timo Hahn’s JDev and ADF Goodies blog posts about using the OAUX team’s Cloud UX RDK with Oracle Development Cloud Service for continuous integration. This is a four-part (!) blog series based on the DOAG DevCamp 2016 session on how to use the service, says Oracle’s Ultan O’Broin.

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN LATELY? It’s been a globe-trotting spring. For more on what we did and where – from demos to feedback sessions to presentations – check the following posts for the details.

Modern CX: Millennials, Oracle’s Modern CX conference, and the future of work

Oracle Partner Summits: Oracle Partner Network invites OAUX along to HCM Cloud, ERP Cloud summits

AppsLab Round-Up: The April That Was and Our Plans for May and June

On-site lab activities: The Product Usability Testing Lab is Springing into Summer

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Emerging Tech and the Enterprise

clip_image002:Wearables — your Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Misfits — are finally coming out to play in the world of enterprise applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) is also changing the game, so adopting a smart strategy is key. If you haven’t yet, check out this post on the Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog, “Wearables, IoT push Oracle’s emerging tech development.”

Enterprise use cases can be hard to come by for some technologies, such as voice and gesture as input, but Oracle needs to keep up with the latest developments in those fields anyway so that we’re ready when an enterprise use case comes up. Another post on VoX, “New ways of input still on the verge of the enterprise,” explains how we’re doing that.

Interested in how we research, design, and develop for these emerging technologies? We’ve got three new emerging tech articles that describe the challenges and provide insight into how the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team gets it done. For a look at how this technology influences Oracle’s cloud user experience strategy, head to this recently updated article from Jake Kuramoto, director of the AppsLab, the OAUX Emerging Technologies team.

PLATFORM FOR JEREMY ASHLEY: The OAUX Group Vice President has two new pages live on Oracle.com. You will find him among Oracle’s Thought Leaders, and he’s also listed as a corporate spokesperson for North America.

This is part of an ongoing effort to give Ashley a platform as a Thought Leader at Oracle. Since mid-2015, he’s been publishing on a variety of topics related to user experience and design on Forbes.com. He’s been speaking at events around the globe, and a new push is being made to capture the recognition his team deserves for their hard work on the Cloud user experience. Jeremy’s Thought Leader page contains several links to recent key posts on Forbes.com, links to Jeremy’s LinkedIn profile and Twitter feed, videos in which he shares his perspective on innovation and user experience, and links to the Usable Apps website and the VoX blog, where you can find posts and articles from many members of the OAUX team on projects you’ve all had a hand in.


CUSTOMER CONNECT WEBINARS:
The OAUX team has several new webcasts to share. Please take a look. You must be a member to view the webcasts.

· Winning with User Experience in CPQ Cloud, by Shirin Lange and William Gobber, Oracle

· Oracle Applications User Experience – Emerging Technologies, Building Tomorrow’s Experiences, by Jake Kuramoto, The AppsLab, OAUX

· Oracle’s Investment in Cloud Application’s User Experience, by Julian Orr, OAUX, and Basheer Khan, Knex Technologies

· Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK), with Julian Orr and Karen Scipi, OAUX

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Unified Method (OUM) vs Oracle AIM by OTechTalks

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Oracle has announced retirement of Oracle Application Implementation Method (AIM) and anyother implementation methodologies as of January 31, 2011.

Oracle Unified Method (OUM) is the single implementation methodology designed to be used for ALL Oracle product implementations.

OUM supports Oracle-based Business Solutions including

  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Business Process Management (BPM)
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Custom Software
  • Enterprise Security
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • WebCenter
  • Enterprise Application Implementation
  • Cloud Application Services Implementation
  • Software Upgrade

Oracle Unified Methodology (OUM) – A video tutorial on Oracle Unified Method (OUM) vs Application Implementation Methodology (AIM) This includes definition of OUM, OUM focus areas, implement views like Requirements-Driven Application Implementation or Solution-Driven Application Implementation and OUM Documents equal to AIM documents lik RD050(Gather business requirement), TE040(Test Scripts), BP080(Future Business Model), BR100(Define Application Setup). Watch the video here.

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Using eBS Adapter in Integration Cloud Service – Part 2: Configure and Test ISG REST Services by Stefan Koser

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Introduction

Integration Cloud Service (ICS) enables connecting applications in the cloud or on-premise. It also provides an adapter for Oracle eBusiness Suite. This eBS adapter is different than the eBS adapter in SOA Suite – it does not use a database connection. Instead it uses the REST services provided by eBS as part of Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG).

This article describes the steps needed to get eBusiness Suite including ISG REST services ready – either for using it with any REST client or with ICS. ISG requires some additional patches on top of eBS 12.2.4 – this was shown in this first part , see here.

In this second part, we will show how to enable the REST services, how to enable the metadata provider for ICS and test eBS REST services, first from a native REST client (SOAPUI) and then from ICS. All steps except chapter 4 are also relevant if you want to use Oracle eBusiness Suite ISG REST services without ICS.

Chapter 1 – Configure Integrated SOA Gateway (ISG) in eBS 12.2.4

Enabling ASADMIN User with the Integration Administrator Role

We will execute the steps in section 3 of the MOS note:

Log in to Oracle E-Business Suite as a SYSADMIN user and enter the associated password.
Expand the User Management responsibility from the main menu of the Oracle E-Business Suite Home Page.

Click the Users link to open the User Maintenance page (under “Vision Enterprises”)
Enter ‘ASADMIN’ in the User Name field and click Go to retrieve the ‘ASADMIN’ user.

Click the Update icon next to the ASADMIN user to open the Update User window.
Remove the Active To date field and click Apply.

Click the Reset Password icon next to ASADMIN user to open the Reset Password window. Make sure that ASADMIN’s password is at least eight characters long.
Enter new password twice and click Submit.

In the Update User window, click Assign Roles.
In the search window, select Code from the Search By drop-down list and enter “UMX|FND_IREP_ADMIN” in the value text box.
Click Select.
Enter a justification in the Justification field and click Apply. You will see a confirmation message indicating you have successfully assigned the role.

In my case, a warning is displayed (which can be ignored because the server is restarted later anyway):

Updates to Role data will not be visible in the application until the following processes are started : Workflow Background Engine. Read the complete article here.

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Loading Data into Oracle Cloud ERP R10 using the new LoadAndImportData operation by Angelo Santagata

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Introduction

As part of Oracle ERP cloud release 10 a new SOAP function has been made available to our customers which greatly simplifies the loading of ERP data using the batch oriented SOAP Services.

This article aims to give the reader, details of this new SOAP Service and how it helps in loading data files into Oracle ERP cloud.

Assuming the input file has been already produced, loading the data into Oracle ERP cloud service is traditionally a multi-step process.

The typical “happy” path is :

  1. 1. Load the file into Oracle Fusion ERP UCM service
  2. 2. Execute the first ESS Job which transfers the file from UCM to the Oracle ERP interface tables
  3. 3. Using a polling technique check to see when the ESS job has finished transferring the file into the interface tables
  4. 4. Execute a second ESS job, which transfers the file from Oracle ERP interface tables to the Oracle ERP data object tables
  5. 5. Use a polling technique to check to see when the file has been processed
    6. Finally execute a call to the downloadESSJobExecutionDetails() operation to download a log file so you can check for success,or any errors, which need dealing with.

Whilst this approach appears attractive, as it allows the developer a great deal of control of the process, in truth this internal processing should be something that the SaaS application [Oracle ERP Cloud] should manage and provide feedback to the developer when things finish

New SOAP method in R10

As of Oracle ERP cloud Release 10 there is a new API called “loadAndImportData“, which is held within the ERPintegrationService, ( https://(FinancialDomain,Financial Common)/publicFinancialCommonErpIntegration/ErpIntegrationService?WSDL). This service has been specifically created to simplify the loading of data into Oracle ERP Cloud service by allowing you the ability to submit a file which is then automatically taken through the various stages of processing within Oracle ERP Cloud, without the user needing to execute each step of the process manually. Read the complete article here.

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The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has loads of new content that we’re eager to share

clip_image002The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has loads of new content that we’re eager to share. Beginning with Oracle Voice, Oracle’s platform on Forbes.com, Group Vice President Jeremy Ashley describes in a recent post how Oracle is addressing specific HCM trends and issues in our cloud application services while keeping that “suite” perspective. What else did we write about in the past month?

LOOKING TO THE ENTERPRISE FUTURE: The OAUX team reports on wearables and IoT devices as well as Oracle’s investment in the challenges of bringing them to the enterprise in a new post on the Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog. Wearables lie at the center of many IoT discussions, and the possibilities they create when they work in tandem are endless. The OAUX team has been keeping an eye on both areas for several years and is investing heavily in research and development behind the challenges of interweaving the capabilities of both types of devices and bringing them to the enterprise.

UX STRATEGY: We know you’re craving the latest in Oracle’s UX strategy, and we must deliver. Learn more in a new VoX post with a bird’s-eye view on our new strategy ebook, or dive right into the (free!) download.

NEW TO DO AND SEE: If you’re an Oracle partner, we’ve got some updates just for you. Check the recently refreshed For Partners page featuring Release 10 content. Want to come to one of our partner events? We’ve got you covered on our Events page. Finally, we’re also bringing you a new Cloud User Experience Specialist Role, freshened up for Release 10. Find out more here.

RDK: We recently announced updates to the Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK) on the Usable Apps website, and we’re so excited by it that we’re still talking about it. Check out the following posts:

  • Get a tour of the Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit for Release 10 in Overview of the PaaS4SaaS User Experience RDK, including the new Microsoft PowerPoint-based wireframing tools and the software templates and components that are available for developers on OTN and GitHub.
  • In Integrating Google Maps, IFTTT, and OpenWeatherMap APIs into the Oracle Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit , Lancy Silveira writes about APIs used in the Release 10 Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit and how they are integrated into the RDK simplified UI pages, encouraging partners and developers to explore more possibilities that will enrich the Cloud UX for customers in simple, fast ways.
  • Silveira also talks to Customer Connect’s Frank Cowell about the Cloud UX Rapid Development Kit. If you’re a member of Customer Connect, access is easy through the website. HCM Talk Radio, a regular podcast where experts and guests share the latest in HCM Cloud best practices and knowledge, is also available directly. If you haven’t tuned in yet for these informative podcasts, go to Oracle’s Podcast Center or to iTunes and sign up for the feeds to receive and listen to the talk shows regularly.

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