Creating an HCM Cloud Extension with Visual Builder Cloud Service and Process Cloud Service

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In this video we create an application for managing parking spot requests. The application pulls in information about employees and locations from the Oracle HCM Cloud REST API, then expands it with custom VBCS objects for parking spots and parking spot requests. A PCS process manages the approval process for the application. Read the complete article here.

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Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use by TC Currie

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about blockchains beyond its original use for supporting Bitcoin. Earlier this year, we covered a session in London where the takeaway from the panel was there are too many problems to be solved. But that was in February, and a lot has changed since then.

Judging from some of the blockchain sessions at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference, the emerging potential uses for blockchain are kind of staggering.

Blockchain uses a technology also described as a “distributed ledger.” That’s an obvious fit for finance, which is all about ledgers, but it turns out the distributed ledger concept can be applied to — well, to almost everything.

According to BlackBook Research, 70 percent of health insurance payers are planning to have blockchain integrated into their systems by the beginning of 2019. That’s 15 months from now. Among the payers with over 500,000 members, that number climbs to 98 percent, with 14 percent currently testing blockchain systems. Read the complete article here.

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7 Things Every Developer Should Know About Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service by Jay Chugh

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At Oracle Open World, Oracle launched the new and exciting enterprise-grade Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service. The launch generated overwhelming interest from press, analysts, and conference attendees as evident by standing-room only attendance in nearly all Blockchain sessions.

What was equally noteworthy was the tremendous interest from software developers.  The demos and hands-on labs showcased just how easy it is for any developer to work with Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, unlike anything they have seen in the market so far. Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service enables developers to build smart contracts, integrate with existing business processes, or even create new blockchain applications within minutes, without worrying about running and managing Blockchain environments.

Based on conversations with developers that are breaking new ground in Blockchain, here is a compilation of top seven things every developer should know about Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service.

  1. Open Source and Open Standards Based

Oracle’s blockchain is based on open source Hyperledger Fabric v1.0 code, which supports standard protocols such as REST and gRPC. For developers, it means that they have complete visibility into the product roadmap and may directly participate in development through open source community. This also means that developers can easily integrate their existing Hyperledger-based blockchain networks and applications with Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service.

  1. Simpler to Develop and Deploy Smart Contracts. Read the complete article here.

 

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NIST Releases Blockchain Report for Business Beginners by Annaliese Milano

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology – a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce – has released an overview of blockchain technology, aimed to clarify the central characteristics of the technology, its limitations and common misconceptions.

The document targets beginners to blockchain, specifically organizations considering adopting the technology, and those trying to move beyond the "hype" surrounding blockchain. The authors remind readers that businesses are often tempted by new technology, but that they should be sure that the blockchain is appropriate for their operations before diving in.

"A company’s IT managers need to be able to say, we understand this, and then be able to argue whether or not the company needs to use it based on that clear understanding", said Dylan Yaga, computer scientist and one author of the report. Read the complete article here.

 

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10 reasons NOT to implement Blockchain now by Maarten Smeets

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A secure distributed ledger with smart contract capabilities not requiring a bank as an intermediary! Also a single source of truth with complete traceability. Definitely something we want! Blockchain technology promises to make this possible. Blockchain became famous through cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The technology could also be considered to replace B2B functionality. With new technologies it is not a bad idea to look at pro’s and con’s before starting an implementation. Blockchain is the new kid on the block and there is not much experience yet on how well he will play with others and will mature. In this blog I summarize some of my concerns concerning blockchain of which I hope will be solved in due time.

Regarding new/emerging technologies in the integration space, I’m quite open to investigate the potential value which they can offer. I’m a great proponent of for example Kafka, the highly scalable streaming platform and Docker to host microservices. However, I’ve been to several conferences and did some research online regarding blockchain and I’m sceptical. I definitely don’t claim to be an expert on this subject so please correct me if I’m wrong! Also, this is my personal opinion. It might deviate from my employers and customers views.

Most of the issues discussed here are valid for public blockchains. Private blockchains are of course more flexible since they can be managed by companies themselves. You can for example more easily migrate private blockchains to a new blockchain technology or fix issues with broken smart contracts. These do require management tooling, scripts and enough developers / operations people around your private blockchain though. I don’t think it is a deploy and go solution just yet.

1 Immutable is really immutable!

A pure public blockchain (not taking into account sidechains and off chain code) is an immutable chain. Every block uses a hashed value of the previous block in its encryption. You cannot alter a block which is already on the chain. This makes sure things you put on the chain cannot suddenly appear or disappear. There is traceability. Thus you cannot accidentally create money for example on a distributed ledger (unless you create immutable smart contracts to provide you with that functionality). Security and immutability are great things but they require you to work in a certain way we are not that used to yet. For example, you cannot cancel a confirmed transaction. You have to do a new transaction counteracting the effects of the previous one you want to cancel. Read the complete article here.

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Which Oracle OpenWorld 2018 PaaS session should you attend?

In case you attend Oracle OpenWorld 2018 below focus-on documents, key session, hands-on labs and exchange demo ground overview information helps you to choose your PaaS session. For an OpenWorld preview and all details please visit the on-demand webcast here. In case you can’t make it to San Francisco visit the Oracle OpenWorld website and watch keynotes live & on-demand.

Focus-On Documents – OpenWorld 2018

Analytics

Application Development @ OpenWorld

Application Integration

Application Integration and Data Integration

Artificial Intelligence (across all tracks)

Big Data

Blockchain

Cloud Native

Cloud at Customer

Cloud Development Tools

Data Integration

Data Science

Digital Assistant & Mobile

Enterprise Cloud Architecture

Identity & Security

Oracle Cloud Platform for Oracle SaaS

Oracle Management Cloud

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Good trip to San Francisco, and see you at the Community Reception.

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PaaS (Process & Integration) Partner Community Newsletter September 2018

Dear PaaS Partner Community,

The PaaS Summer Camp took place the 8th time in Lisbon Portugal from August 27th to 31st 2018. It was a busy week full of hands-on training. With 145 attendees and 725 attendee days we would like to say special thanks to our partners for the huge time investment. The conference was rated with an average of 4,6 out of maximum 5 point! Or how Rutger Hierck from Accenture quoted “Best workshop in years”. For some impressions please see twitter #PaaSSummerCamp and visit our Facebook page. In case you could not attend training material is available via the community workspace (membership required). An excellent training which provides the complete PaaS overview as the Innovate & Integrate and Extend SaaS Bootcamps across EMEA. For developers we offer the local Meetup groups. The next opportunity to network with the community is during the Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Reception in San Francisco.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the Integration articles: API Gateway SSL configuration in Production & Now available: Cloud Integration & API Management for Dummies, 2nd Edition & Download and Run Connectivity Agent Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) & How to use Litmus to create OIC Integration unit tests automatically and run them to catch regressions & Scaling Autonomous Oracle Integration Cloud & OIC Integration 101 Part V – Social adapters – Facebook and Twitter & How to enable and use Tracing in less than 5 min & Migrate Integration Cloud Service (ICS) Integrations to Integration Cloud (OIC) & OIC integration with Fusion HCM & the efficacy of BI reports & HCM REST APIs & Leverage Microsoft Email Adapter to send email using Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) (Part-1) & Lift and Shift SOA 11G to Oracle SOA Cloud Service & Road to Oracle Cloud & UiPath leverages Oracle Cloud Platform for Robotic Process Automation & SOA Suite on containerized platform – Docker.

In the BPM section Eduardo published Evolution of Business Process Modeling and Niall OIC Process & VB CS Part 3 – Starting a Process and Workspace & Building your First VBCS Application.

Thanks to the community for sharing all innovation articles: Introducing Oracle Autonomous Blockchain Cloud Service on-demand webcast & Call for papers OUGN Spring Conference 2019.

For a short summery of our key monthly information watch the Fusion Middleware & PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The September edition highlights the PaaS Summer Camp. This month’s community webcast will introduce the new PaaS pricing to Innovate, Extend and Integrate SaaS, please join our monthly PaaS Partner Community Webcast – September 18th 2018.

Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @soaCommunity #PaaSCommunity!

 

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UX of the Oracle Applications Cloud Release 13

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Are you curious about what you’ll find in Release 13 of the Oracle Applications Cloud? This release leverages the flexibility of the cloud to give customers more control of the cloud’s user interface (UI). The key UX highlights include:

New ‘lobby’ experience: The cloud’s home page has gotten a makeover in R13. The new “lobby experience” of the home page is how users launch the cloud. Customers have two contemporary home page layouts to choose from: banner view and panel view. The new banner view (above, left) stripes the same social panel horizontally across the top of the home page. Panel view (right) sets the social panel vertically on the left.

Robust branding capabilities: R13 represents a big investment from Oracle in providing a way for customers to very simply reflect a company’s brand and culture, and to keep it up to date. We’ve built up branding and theming controls introduced in previous releases, such as the enhanced Appearance Editor, allowing customers to easily mold the cloud to best fit their unique corporate cultures.

To learn more about the UX highlights of R13: 

• Read this post on the OAUX Blog: One size does not fit all: Flexibility fuels visual evolution of Oracle Cloud’s Release 13

• Watch this webinar on Cloud Customer Connect (must have an account to access): Oracle Applications Cloud Visual Evolution Release 13

• Explore UX highlights by release on the OAUX Blog

 

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UX Tools to help you build

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These two new posts let you know what’s coming from the OAUX team and what one partner is doing with an existing rapid development kit (RDK). 

Coming Oracle JET RDK accelerates development, maintains solid UX in cloud

Beyond SaaS: Extending Oracle Sales Cloud

And in case you missed it, the OAUX team’s Conversational UI for the Enterprise RDK went live recently. This RDK contains an ebook — UX design considerations for conversational flows, guidelines, language design patterns, examples — and a reusable wireframe template. You can download this collateral from the Conversational UI for the Enterprise download page.

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Oracle IoT Cloud Apps Rollout in Mexico City by Albert Chiang

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After the official launch of Oracle IoT Cloud Apps at Modern Supply Chain Conference 2017, we received a stream of requests for information – from potential customers, system integrators, and device makers. Many of them did not know Oracle offered an IoT solution. And most of them did not know that Oracle offered IoT originally as a PaaS – and also now as a SaaS.  This intrigued them.

Mexico and Its Shift to High End Assembly & Manufacturing

So perhaps it wasn’t surprising that the Oracle IoT rollout in Mexico City was a standing room only event. IoT has gained the interest of manufacturers (sometimes also called Industry 4.0) to be able to track manufacturing output, monitor the status of machines in manufacturing, and predicatively call for maintenance.   With Mexico’s strong manufacturing base,  the country has become the third largest source of imports into the U.S., with a total 2-way trade of $579 billion. And that number should change as BMW gears up to produce its popular 3-series car in Mexico by 2019. Read the complete article here.

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