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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Applications User Experience OpenWorld 2016 results

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See what the Oracle Applications User Experience (#OAUX) team did during Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco in September on the Voice of User Experience blog, or VoX, where we’ve reposted our most recent Storify collection. Here’s a short summary of the big stuff:

 The OAUX Cloud Exchange, where the OAUX team demos near-future and future concepts, was extended to three days this year. Participants included Oracle partners, industry analysts, private customer tours, global media, legislators learning about technology, and a robot, which was part of an emerging technologies demo on virtual reality.

 Several Cloud UX demos and messages popped up in general sessions, like the Oracle ERP Cloud. The simplified UI designs central to the Cloud user experience were a new and exciting story to share with ERP customers, so we saw it in several sessions. For more user experience excitement, this time in the Oracle HCM Cloud general session, check out this tweet showing a voice demo from the OAUX team. (The audience actually applauded.)

 About 250 people came through lab tours at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., and nearly 100 customers and partners participated in customer feedback sessions, focus groups and a design jam at the onsite lab.

 A new UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK) was also announced in time for OpenWorld. Read about what’s available now in this post on the Usable Apps blog.

 The OAUX IoT workshops, a joint project with the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), pulled in about 200 people who attended workshops during three days at both JavaOne and OpenWorld conferences. More tweets are on Twitter, including a short video by ACE Director Tim Hall, who is using the chip that the AppsLab, the OAUX emerging technologies team, provided post-show. He also wrote about it in this post. The AppsLab team wrote about their experiences on their blog as well.

ORACLE HCM CLOUD: In September Aylin Uysal, Senior Director, HCM User Experience, was part of an Oracle Partner Network Partner Cast. She discussed Oracle’s HCM UX strategy with host Jonathan Vinoskey, Director of Global Partner Enablement, HCM Cloud, Oracle Sales and Partner Academy.

Aylin also points to a recent video from industry analyst Holger Mueller from the Constellation Group, where he talks about what makes a great user experience.

STRATEGY DAY WITH ACE DIRECTORS: During OpenWorld, the OAUX team held a special Strategy Day for several hand-picked ACE Directors who are interested in the Oracle cloud user experience. For a look at what they took away from that daylong meeting, read these posts:

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PaaS4SaaS Developers’ Code Is Always ‘On’: OAUX is on OTN and GitHub by Ultan O’Broin

clip_image001Boom! That’s the sound of thunder rolling as PaaS and SaaS developers work as fast as lightning in the cloud. The cloud has changed customer expectations about applicationstoo; if they don’t like their user experience (UX) or they don’t get it fast, they’ll go elsewhere.

PaaS4SaaS developers know their code is always ‘on’.

But you can accelerate the development of your PaaS4SaaS solutions with a killer UX easily by now downloading the AppsCloudUIKit software part of the Cloud UX simplified UI Rapid Development Kit (RDK) for Release 10 PaaS4SaaS solutions from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) or from GitHub.

The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team’s Oracle Cloud UX RDK works with Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.9.0, 12.1.3.0.0 and 12.2.1.0.0. The kit downloads include a developer eBook that explains the technical requirements and how to build a complete SaaS or PaaS solution in a matter of hours.

The AppsCloudUIKit software part of our partner training kit is on OTN and GitHub and is supported by video and eBook guidance.

The developer eBook is part of the AppsCloudUIKit downloads on OTN and GitHub.

Read the complete article here.

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Where Is SOA Going? By Bob Rhubart

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SOA principles drive new focus.

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has been a topic of conversation among IT professionals since before phones got smart and the word cloud referred to something other than airborne water vapor. While the basic concept of SOA hasn’t really changed, perceptions and practices around implementing SOA continue to evolve.

Services are everywhere, and with this burst of cloud, mobile, and API initiatives, SOA couldn’t be in better shape.

Rolando Carrasco,
SOA Principal Architect and Co-Owner, S&P Solutions

To get a sense of how that evolution is playing out among people who work in SOA, I put the following question to the community via an Oracle Technology Network discussion forum: Where is SOA going?

As it happens, three of the most detailed responses came from the authors of the book Oracle API Management 12c Implementation. That’s particularly fitting, given that their book’s general subject matter, API management—always a factor in SOA—has taken on even greater significance as the use of cloud-based services becomes increasingly prevalent in enterprise IT.

Oracle ACE Director Luis Weir, the book’s lead author and the principal architect at HCL Industries, is confident of a solid and rosy future for SOA as an architectural concept. But he thinks how we talk about it is changing.

“SOA has been reborn in the form of ‘digital technologies’ such as IoT [Internet of Things], API management, microservices, and cloud integration solutions,” Weir says.

Among those digital technologies, API management looms large as a connecting thread. In a post on his blog, Weir defines the term API management as “the discipline that governs the software development lifecycle of APIs. It defines the tools and processes needed to build, publish, and operate APIs.” Given that APIs provide the means for connection and interaction between services—in the cloud and elsewhere—the elevated role API management plays in today’s SOA is understandable. Read the complete article here.

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PaaS 4 SaaS webcast on-demand

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Maximize the Value of Your CX Investments with Oracle Cloud Platform

With Oracle CX Cloud, companies not only get the most comprehensive CX offering, but also an innovative and powerful cloud platform to extend, analyze and integrate these applications with the rest of the enterprise resources, as well as to optimize them for every user.  This session outlines the Cloud Platform (PaaS & IaaS) solutions that Oracle provides to streamline cloud development and empowers you to deliver enterprise-grade solutions rapidly and cost effectively. Join this event if you are interested in the most advanced way to extend, analyze and integrate the Oracle CX solutions. In subsequent webinars, we will drive you through further Integration Solutions’ details. Watch the webcast on-demand here.

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Jet into the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 User Experience Exchange

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10, 9, 8, 7 . . .  Ignition Sequence Start . . .

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 lifts off in September! And boy, have we been putting some passion and power into that user experience (UX) greatness to share with you. Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Senior Director Misha Vaughan (@mishavaughan) tells us:

"I am proud to say that the team has even more fantastic experiences lined up for attendees at Oracle OpenWorld this year. Near and dear to my heart is our Oracle OpenWorld User Experience Exchange. This will be our fourth annual event, and it just gets better every year for partners, customers, and analysts alike!"

Consider Yourself Invited

If you are an Oracle Fusion Middleware and PaaS Oracle PartnerNetwork member, Oracle SaaS customer, Oracle Technology Network Ace of any species, or a UX thought leader discovering the world of digital transformation, then you cannot afford not to spend an hour at our Exchange.

If you are a partner, you just might be interested in building a PaaS4SaaS simplified UI using the Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) and Oracle Alta UI, for example.

Design and build a SaaS simplified UI in Oracle Jet? No problem. When you sign up for the Exchange.

Or perhaps, an Oracle Mobile Application Framework accelerator kit for SaaS UX takes your fancy?

Apply UX design patterns to Oracle MAF in Oracle JDeveloper and use smartphone native features? Find out more at the Exchange.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/OAUX2016

About the Exchange

This is an exclusive, hands-on, in-person event that demonstrates the Oracle Applications Cloud UX and our shared enablement on offer,  as well as some near-future Oracle UX and technology-based proof of concept ideas that’ll inspire you to explore new business opportunities.

Your Exchange Experience

We’ll be showing the roadmap for the full Oracle SaaS portfolio; extensibility tools for business users to make the Oracle Applications Cloud their own; new mobile app and JavaScript front-end UI Rapid Development Kits for partners to design and build Oracle Cloud service solutions; some cool social innovation projects, such as the award-winning Asteroid Data Explorer; innovative magic sauce from the OAUX emerging technologies team, including the incredible "step-in-and-try" Smart Office; and more! For registration details please read Ultan’s article here.

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