Our Final Episode – Oracle Business Rules by SOA Mythbusters

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We would like to give special thanks to our collaborators and friends Maggie Rosas and Miguel Ramirez. Without their hard work, contributions and insight, this article wouldn’t have been possible.

Introduction

In this article, we will dive into the discussion of how and where Oracle Business Rules fits into a Service Oriented Architecture. Furthermore, OBR’s evolution along Oracle’s FMW stack will be revisited, as well as its importance, benefits and the best practices to implement this product based on our own experience.

In many customers / projects we have faced a lot of resistance spearheaded by inaccurate conclusions around OBR’s scope, capabilities, performance and overall reliability as a component of Oracle SOA Suite.

This kind of concerns, can frequently lead organizations to underestimate the tool’s potential or even to abandon its use altogether, selecting instead suboptimal alternatives for business rules implementation and management.

The Myth:

“Oracle Business Rules is not a relevant tool within the FMW Stack; it is also risky to use, unfriendly to the final user and difficult to position adequately in a SOA Architecture”

Let’s get started

First and foremost, let’s take a look at how any business rule engines may fit into a technological architecture based on service-orientation principles.

It is very important to take in account that from a theoretical / methodological standpoint, “Rules Centralization” is in fact an established SOA design pattern, related to both the “Orchestration” and “Enterprise Service Bus” compound patterns.

Rules Centralization is also one of the “Inventory Centralization Patterns”, along with Policy, Schema and Process Centralization. Read the complete article here.

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Matt Wright talks about their use of Oracle Process Cloud Service

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Rubicon Red’s CTO, Matt Wright talks about how the company is using Oracle Process Cloud Service to help it optimise its business process and become more efficient. Watch the video here.

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Private Application Deployments in Oracle Process Cloud Service – New Feature! by Antonis Antoniou

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The latest Oracle Process Cloud Service release in September 2016 (v16.3.5) added the support of two important functionalities; the "Event Based Gateway" for process branching and "Correlations" for process communication.
These capabilities have been available for quite some time in Oracle’s Process Cloud Service counterpart, the Oracle BPM Suite and have been described in detail in two of my blog posts; "Correlations in Oracle BPM 12c" and "Oracle BPM 12c Gateways (Part 5 of 5): Event-based Gateway".

Even though the functional concept is the exactly the same, whether used in an Oracle BPM Suite process or an Oracle Process Cloud Service process, there are yet some small differences, especially with the "Event Based Gateway" in Oracle Process Cloud Service.
So in this blog post we will see, in detail, how you can use the "Event-Based Gateway"to implement divergence and branching in your processes using events generated from external processes. Process communication will be implemented using "Correlations". Read the complete article here.

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Editing Application Roles in Oracle Process Cloud Service by Lonneke Dikmans

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The other day I was working on my demo of Oracle Process Cloud Service (PCS) for UKOUG Apps 2016.  After creating the application, I wanted to start working on the process. My use case fits an out of the box pattern nicely, so I started with "Form Approval with Integration Pattern" and PCS created a default process for me; with two swimlanes and a number of activities. The resulting process is shown below.

Every PCS application is provisioned with three standard roles:

  1. Process Owner. Users with this role have access to process activity history, can take actions, alter the process flow etc. Process owners typically manage deployed business processes and use metric analysis tools such as dashboards to monitor the business process.
  2. Process Reviewer. This role gives access to process activity, but process reviewers can not take actions on tasks or alter tasks flows.  Process reviewers are not participating but typically responsible for reporting on current process instance status.
  3. Analytics Viewer. assigned this role can create and view business analytics dashboards associated with the specified application.

In this example, I don’t want to use these global application roles, I want two other roles: Read the complete article here.

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Live Demo: Oracle Process Cloud Service by Christopher Rausch – in German!

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In der Live Demo erfahren Sie wie man mit Hilfe von Oracle Process Cloud Service einen Schadenmeldeprozess in einfachen Schritten schnell digitalisieren kann. Wir gliedern die Digitalisierung des Prozesses in 5 Arbeitsschritte: Das Prozessdesign, der Entwurf der Webformulare, die Definition der Datenverknüpfungen, die Definition der Logik und den Test. Watch the video here.

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Event Based Gateways and Correlations in Oracle Process Cloud Service by Antonis Antoniou

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The latest Oracle Process Cloud Service release in September 2016 (v16.3.5) added the support of two important functionalities; the "Event Based Gateway" for process branching and "Correlations" for process communication.
These capabilities have been available for quite some time in Oracle’s Process Cloud Service counterpart, the Oracle BPM Suite and have been described in detail in two of my blog posts; "Correlations in Oracle BPM 12c" and "Oracle BPM 12c Gateways (Part 5 of 5): Event-based Gateway".
Even though the functional concept is the exactly the same, whether used in an Oracle BPM Suite process or an Oracle Process Cloud Service process, there are yet some small differences, especially with the "Event Based Gateway" in Oracle Process Cloud Service. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Fusion Middleware Critical Patch Update for July 2017 Released

The Critical Patch Update for July 2017 was released on July 18th, 2017.  Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

 

Patches include:

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information.  It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.
Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information.

The Critical Patch Update Advisory for July 2017 is available at the following location:
Oracle Technology Network: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/security-advisory/cpujul2017-3236622.html

 

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PCS 16.3.5 administration by Niall Commiskey

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Just a quick tour thru the admin tabs in PCS 16.3.5 and taking a look at archiving.

Services are those consumed by PCS, such as Docs etc.
They are divided into 2 sections Platform(PaaS) and Infrastructure.
So what are the PaaS services by PCS?
1. Integration Cloud Service (ICS). ICS can be called to integrate with SaaS and on-premise apps.
2. Document Cloud Service (Docs). Many processes require supporting documentation etc. e.g. export licenses for order processes etc.
3. Business Intelligence Cloud Service – to quote the ORCL docs –
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BI Cloud Service) enables you to create,
manage, and deploy analytics data to create your own dashboards. These dashboards
are based on business data and allow you to get a broader and better perspective of
your business processes. 
Integrating BI Cloud Service with PCS enables you to archive business analytics from
PCS into BI Cloud Service. This integration lets you explore and access your archived
data in BI Cloud Service. Once the archive is complete, you can log into BI Cloud
Service and create charts or graphs by selecting data from multiple tables and creating
business analytics reports as per your need. Read the complete article here.

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Process Cloud Service Connectors (Part 2 of 2): REST Service Connector by Antonis Antoniou

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In the previous post we saw how you can use the Web Service Connector in Oracle Process Cloud Service to exchange data with an external application using the SOAP protocol.
Oracle Process Cloud Service also supports the REST architecture to retrieve, create, update and delete data using REST services and this is what we will look into in detail.
To create a REST service connection in Oracle Process Cloud Service, you need the following information:

  • REST Service definition (for example, WADL, RAML, YAML, etc.)
  • Resource URLs
  • Access to the resource URLs to retrieve JSON sample
  • List of operations to use on each resource
  • List of parameters for each operation
  • In case of a secured REST service, the credentials (username and password) to access the service

Without losing any time, let’s see how you can create a REST Service Connector in Oracle Process Cloud Service using a very simple scenario.
I will be using one of the many publicly available web services to retrieve the states and territories of a country. The service url is "http://services.groupkt.com/state/get/{countryCode}/all" and the service requires you to supply a country code in the form of a 3 character ISO code and will return a list of states in JSON format.
In a nutshell, what we will develop is a process that will invoke the REST service described above. The process will start with a form pattern, where the user will type in the 3 character ISO country code. The process will then invoke the REST service, passing it the country code entered by the user and using a second human task, we will display the first state of that country.
First thing that we will do is to create a new application in Oracle Process Cloud Service (I’ve named it "Rest Service Connector Demo App" under a new space called "aantoniou"). Read the complete article here.

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Using Process Cloud Service REST API Part 1 by John Featherly

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The Process Cloud Service (PCS) REST API provides an avenue to build UI components for workflow applications based on PCS. The versatility that comes with REST enables modern web application frameworks and just as easily, mobile applications. The API documentation is available here. Notice the endpoints are organized into eight categories. We’ll be focusing on the process and task categories.

Exploring the API

The API documentation contains samples using cURL which is useful for ad hoc command line calls. More comprehensive and easier to use tools like Postman and SoapUI are recommended. The PCS REST API WADL (Web Application Description Language) is available and can be imported into a Postman collection or SoapUI project. Most modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge have developer tools that can be useful when debugging web applications with REST calls.

A Simple PCS Application

In order to explore the API we will need a simple PCS application with a basic workflow and task form. We’ll build a workflow with a message start which means it will have a SOAP Web Service binding. We’ll create a string parameter on the binding and pass that incoming string to a submit task, then to an approve task and end the flow.

PCS Composer

Login to PCS and select Develop Processes from the row of buttons on the welcome page. Read the complete article here.

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