Consolidate tasks from Oracle applications cloud and other applications into a single list of tasks by Mani Krishnan

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In today’s enterprise, users must expect to multitask in order to achieve higher productivity. Thus, tasks and lists of tasks become necessary features of most enterprise applications-such as ERP, HCM or CRM–for improving user productivity. Tasks can range from simple to-dos that remind the assignee about activities outside the application to approvals for HR, finance or sales transactions.                         

Enterprise users commonly must deal with multiple task lists from applications from various vendors and from homegrown applications.  For a single user to access multiple web sites to look up tasks on a daily basis defeats the purpose that tasks lists are meant to serve.

For example, Oracle provides a common list of tasks for integrated cloud applications, such as HCM, ERP, Supply chain and Sales.  Additionally, customers might want to extend the approval capabilities with PaaS, by using business process management (BPM) products such as Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC)-process.  In such scenarios, the users would be required to check two lists of tasks.

A list of tasks that consolidates tasks from multiple applications can significantly improve productivity of enterprise users by eliminating the need to check multiple lists for any pending activity and take action. Read the complete article here.

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Integration & Process Partner Community Newsletter March 2021

Dear Partner Community

In the last 6 month we offered thirteen Oracle Integration Bootcamps for Partners. More than 900 persons attended these 3 days hands-on trainings. More than 2100 persons are on the waiting list, therefor we offer three additional workshops, please see below registration details, in the next months. Thanks for spending your valuable time to become trained and certified. Oracle Integration connects SaaS service like HC, CX and ERP. Pre-build integration adapters accelerate your SaaS implementation and reduce project risk. What is the impact of this huge investment by our partners? 8 of the top 10 Oracle Integration customers are implemented by partners! Congratulations and thanks for your success. Trained and certified consultants implement successful customer projects.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the integration articles: Oracle Integration Playground permanent service for Partners free of charge! & Oracle Hospitality Innovation Week March 2021 & APAC Oracle Integration Update Webcast Series & Using FlexDeploy with Oracle Integration Cloud A Customer Success Story & Webinar: The API’s the limit: Why automated integration will see you succeed in the cloud & OIC February 21 Release – New Features & Edit XSLT Source Code in OIC Mapper UI & February 2021 Oracle Integration Fusion Application Adapters Enhancements & An easy way to handle the Oracle ERP Callback when importing data & Linking OCI to ServiceNow via Oracle Integration & Embedding Oracle Integration Insight dashboards : Quickly and Easily & OIC & OCI API Gateway Integration: Quick and Easy & API Gateway Deployment & Reactivate All Integrations Together that Use the Same Connection & Convert from Schedule to REST based integration.

In the process & innovation section Daniel Teixeira stared a process automation series. In part one he highlights the Process Cloud Service concepts and how to get started.

For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The March edition highlights the hands-on Integration Bootcamp and the Oracle Hospitality Innovation Week. In this month’s community webcast Luis Weir and Niall Commiskey will present how to combine OHIP and Oracle Integration to connect Opera with Oracle SaaS. Please join the Partner Community Webcast March 30th 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub.

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Microprocess Consequences by Jan Kettenis

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In a previous blog article I introduced the Microprocess Architecture. The article below discusses the consequences of maintaining, managing and running applications that are build according to this architecture.

We are applying the Microprocess Architecture to some 4 Dynamic Process applications that are being built with the Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) for some one and a half year already, but none of them went production so far. We can clearly see the benefits of applying the Microprocess Architecture, but also realize the consequences. I have addressed most of these with some pointers for dealing with them in a follow-up article on the subject.

As the go-live date slowly but inevitably is nearing, people obviously start wondering what the consequences regarding maintaining, managing and running such applications mean in the context of OIC. The below discusses this, referring to a “business process” as the main application that is made up by a collection of microprocesses.

The following picture shows the core concepts of the Microprocess Architecture in the context of a case application: The case application with its activities is separated from the components that do the "actual work": the microprocesses. The case application does only the choreography and therefore is restricted to rule logic. The microprocesses are relatively small and simple stand-alone process application doing service calls and handling human tasks. Read the complete article here.

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Archiving and Purging Process Automation Data in Oracle Integration by Arvind Venugopal and Nilakshi Soni

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What data is generated by Process in Oracle Integration

Large volumes of data are generated during the life of each process instance. This data collected can be broadly divided into two. Instance data and Analytics data.

  • Instance Data:    This is instance specific data generated at each step during execution. It includes the payload, comments, execution and audit information. 
  • Analytics Data:   Additional system metrics and user defined business metrics are also collated and stored at predefined events during the lifecycle of an instance. This data exists independently of the instance data
Archive Process data in Oracle Integration

Archiving is taking data which is no longer actively used and storing it in an external secondary storage where it can be retained for extended time. This archived data can be accessed, if needed, for compliance, audit, and analytics. Archiving the right data can not only save businesses money, but also intelligence derived using this will add value to the business. The following questions are often asked when users are setting up archive: what all data should be archived, how to setup archiving and finally how to retrieve data from the archived file. The purpose of these blogs is to discuss couple of options which will answer these very questions.
When planning an archiving strategy best suited for your needs one must give thought to some basic questions like

  • how often you would need to retrieve data from the archive
  • what data needs to be available for legal and regulatory compliance
  • what data set could be analyzed to add value to the business over time etc.
  • what insights are relevant for your business. Read the complete article here.

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The Micro Process Feature Making Life Easier by Jan Kettenis

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In this article I discuss the Micro Process feature in the Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC). With some price I can take credit for being the name giver of this feature, which makes applying the Microprocess Architecture in OIC a bit simpler. But even when you are not applying that architecture, it still is a feature worth being aware of.

A few releases ago the Micro Process feature has been introduced in the Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC). Simply put, it provides a convenience for calling a Structured Process from a different process application.

"What a great feature that sounds, why did you not write about it before?", I can hear you thinking. Well, there were a few issues with it which mostly have been fixed since OIC release (20.2.3.0.0 (200705.0200.36413)). That’s why.

"What is this "Microprocess Architecture?", I hear some others thinking. In short, the Microprocess Architecture is about constructing a process application by having (typically but not necessarily) 1 main process that orchestrates / choreographs activities of which each of them is implemented as separate, decoupled process applications. It is not the same but inspired by many of the solid principles behind the Microservices Architecture, hence the name.

When applied to the Oracle Integration Cloud, every activity in the main process is implemented by an (asynchronous) Structured Process called a "Delegator" that does nothing but start some other Structured Process using a Send activity and then wait for the outcome in a Receive activity. There are a few deviations, but basically that’s it and what the "Use Micro Process" feature supports.

Before this, you as a developer first had to configure the external process as External SOAP Integration and provide the URL to the WSDL (or upload it), and secondly you had to create the Delegator yourself. Now you just point and click and off you go. When using it in a Dynamic Process, a Delegator is automatically created and hidden in the background.

Microprocesses are configured from the Processes tab.

You select the Structured Process to use from a picklist. Be aware that only Structured Processes are shown from activated Process Applications. For bigger Microprocess applications there can be many of them, so it is good that you can filter them with a Search box. Also mind that it shows Structured Processes from all the default revisions of the Process Applications containing them. Read the complete article here.

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Connecting PBCS applications with OAC to Create Analyses and Visualizations by Bhuvaneswari Duraisamy

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Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is a popular planning solution on the cloud. It is the first Hyperion EPM product on cloud which is more suitable for enterprise wide planning, budgeting and forecasting on the cloud. Organizations often use PBCS to compare the budget and forecast numbers against actuals from transactional system. Oracle supports direct connectivity between PBCS and OAC without any connection adapter options.

In this blog, I will walk you through a series of steps to use PBCS applications as source to create reports/Visualizations in Oracle Analytics Cloud.

  • Download and install Oracle BI Administration Tool V12.2.2.0.0 or later.
  • Navigate to admintool.cmd file and edit the file to add INSTANCE_NAME=%DOMAIN_HOME%

The admintool.cmd file can be found in a location similar to this: Read the complete article here.

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Process Cloud Service (PCS) Overview by Surbhi Sharma

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This blog is aimed at the beginner who has started to learn Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) and want to get familiar with Process Cloud Service (PCS). To learn more about Oracle Integration and its sub-parts then check our blog posts, containing all the key points a beginner should know about Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC).

What Is Process Cloud Service?

Oracle Process Cloud Service is used for process automation, its a subscription-based cloud service for process automation. Allowing you to easily extend your existing SaaS and On-Premise.

PCS offers insights and management of business processes, and a full lifecycle process management environment including development, test, and production.

Process Cloud Service Overview

PCS offers rapid design, automate, and manage business processes in the cloud.

It utilizes two work environments the design-time environment used for developing and testing applications, and the runtime environment used for monitoring process applications.

Design-Time Environment:
  • User-friendly UI for designing process, rules, forms, data, and metrics
  • Includes QuickStart Apps to quickly create custom business applications
  • Provides test environments for refining and testing processes
  • Allows process applications (metadata and data) from cloud to on-premises
The Runtime Environment:
  • Makes it easy for you to view, complete, reassign, and delegate tasks
  • Lets you stay organized with filters
  • Lets you share documents and collaborate with others on your team
  • Provides tools to track process flows, view detailed audit trails, troubleshoot, and fix processes

The design-time environment is also called Composer, and the runtime environment is also called the Workspace. The terms design time and Composer, and runtime and Workspace are used interchangeably throughout this guide.

PCS Composer Page

When you click Develop Processes on the Home page, the Composer page opens.
The Composer page is a core component of the design-time environment. It provides access to common application-related features.

When you sign in for the first time, the system automatically creates a default space called My Space which will be used for creating the process. Read the complete article here.

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Integration & Process Partner Community Newsletter February 2021

Dear Partner Community

The quarterly Oracle Integration upgrade is released in February. New functionality include API lead integration. SaaS consultants use pre-build adapters to connect while Developers integrate custom build applications via APIs. Now it’s easier to combine OIC with API gateway. The OIC release also includes productivity enhancements and connectivity enhancements. Antony published the release details here, and join the webcast with him on February 23rd 2021.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the integration articles: Oracle Integration Playground permanent service for Partners free of charge! & & Explore and Design Patterns and Best Practices & Integrate and Modernize Applications to Rapidly Advance your Business on-demand webinar & OIC and Oracle Hospitality (OHIP) & API Gateway Integration: Quick and Easy & Protecting your OIC apis with OCI API Gateway & B2B Trading Partner Management & Automatic reactivation of Integration after a connection update & Invoke BI Report in OIC &Read BI Report base64 encoded response & Embedding Oracle Integration Insight dashboards : Quickly and Easily & Replace Trigger in Orchestration & Unlock new patterns of integration by controlling the HTTP Response status in OIC REST based integrations & Simple Fusion ERP – OIC Demo & Identity Propagation – VBCS > IC > Fusion Apps

JSON Obfuscation & FTP Polling using FTP JCA adapter in OSB 12c & Get away with that paper using SOA Suite and E-Post/Docuguide & Cut the Clutter: SOA Upgrade from 12.2.1.x to 12.2.1.4.

In the process & innovation section Mani published an article about unified task lists for Oracle applications and Niall about process archiving. Want to know what’s coming for Enterprise Blockchain? Read the 2021 vision from Mark.

For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The February edition highlights the OIC February Update and the Oracle Video Hub. In this month’s community webcast Antony Reynolds will present an update on Oracle Integration Scalability and Resilience. Please join the Partner Community Webcast on February 23rd 2021. On-demand webcast recordings are available at the Oracle Video Hub.

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Business Process Automation using Oracle Process Cloud Service by Lalitha Selvaraj

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Why do we need Process Cloud Service?

Oracle Process Cloud Service lets you automate business processes in the cloud. A business flow can be created through PCS which goes through multiple/single approval process and can also send email notifications for single/multiple users through mail to approve or reject the process flows through online. Turn your company’s specific processes into process applications by creating process models that includes requests, approvals, decision paths and roles for each task. Process cloud mainly used for Healthcare to improve patient care. Endless forms with personal details, medical history, medical tests, diagnoses and treatments. Not only it is difficult to collect patient form data, save and manage these databases, but it’s also difficult to quickly access them. PCS enables you to configure and customize emails sent as notifications to human workflow task assignee’s (the default email notification is too basic, containing only a link to the Workspace app). You can create your own email templates that can include payload information, task information, links and comments.

Integrating Oracle Process Cloud service with Oracle Integration Cloud Service:

Integrating Oracle Process Cloud Service with Oracle Integration Cloud Service which uses REST service to fetch the data from on-premise applications or cloud applications. Process applications can communicate and exchange data with local and remote applications that are exposed as either SOAP or REST. The ICS Integration is available for use from any service task. Using the known Data Association feature, you can map a data object to either hold the information that you want to send to the ICS or hold the information sent back by the ICS. Read the complete article here.

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Try Our Advanced Filtering in Process Forms by Kalyn Chang

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We have recently added more powerful filtering functionalities in Forms. Previously, you were limited to combining filter conditions with Or logic only, and you couldn’t filter existing filters further. Additionally, we have expanded our logging capabilities so users can see the return values of filters.

Now you can:

· Combine filter conditions with and logic

· Filter other filters

· Debug Filters with Logs

Combine Filter Conditions with And Logic

When defining a filter, you can define any number of filter conditions. For example, if you have a connector call for employees at a company, you can filter the employees based on their zip code, level, or any other property in the employee json object. Previously, you could only combine filter conditions with or logic. For example, you can filter the employees with direct reports or who work at the company’s California office. Now, you can combine filters with and logic. For example, you can filter the employees with direct reports and who work at the company’s California office. Adding the and logic opens up many more combinations of filter conditions. Read the complete article here.

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