6 Reasons Why Companies Need IoT by: Kirk Carlsen


imageDuring my time as a professional cyclist, I learned that the more information and technology I could leverage, the faster I rode. As technology improved, the data and insights I collected from daily training optimized my performance. I monitored things like heart rate, power, and nutrition and incorporated all of it into my routine. The more I analyzed and integrated this data into my training regimen, the better I began to understand how sensitive each individual aspect of my lifestyle was and how information delivered key indications of my fitness. In a sport where races are won and lost sometimes by inches, any increase in my fitness, even if it was only one percent, could mean the difference between winning and losing. If I could have connected my entire body to sensors that delivered real-time insights to increase performance, I would have.

In athletics, I was just touching the surface of how to incorporate information technology into understanding human potential. Luckily for business, similar enterprise transformations are possible today by using key technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT). With the visibility and analytics delivered by connected devices, companies can make the right decisions at the right time, safeguarding profitability and customer service. And not unlike cycling, small percentages in improvement for a business could mean the difference between establishing competitive advantage or dropping behind the pack. So, here are six key reasons why I think organizations across every industry need to adopt IoT into their digital transformation strategy.

1. Increase Visibility Across Siloed Business Functions to Improve Business Maturity. Read the complete article here.


Visual Builder Cloud Service – PaaS Partner Community Webcast – February 28th 2018


Attend our February edition of the PaaS Partner Community Webcast live on February 28th 2018 at 16:30 CET. In the webcast John Ceccarelli and Angelo Santagata will update you on the Visual Builder Cloud Service and how to extend SaaS.

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Mobile and JavaScript Rapid App Development with Visual Builder Cloud Service

The Oracle Cloud Tooling team is excited to preview the new version of Visual Builder Cloud Service. This version:

* Unites the MAX and ABCS products into a single design time and runtime for building JET-based mobile and web applications

* Expands our audience from business users to include Rapid Application developers and traditional code-first developers

* Provides enhanced flexibility to build any type of UI you can image

* Gives you full two-way code editing between the visual designer and code view

* Provides declarative support for connecting to any REST service

* Integrates seamlessly with Oracle SaaS, Process Cloud, Integration Cloud, and any on-premise app supported by an Integration Cloud connector


Tuesday February 28th 2018 16:30 – 17:30 CET

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Missed our PaaS Partner Community Webcast? – watch the on-demand versions:

· Container Native Application Development Platform January 23rd 2018

· Oracle free Cloud Demo Services December 15th 2017

· Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) November 21st 2017

· Adaptive Case Management in PCS October 31st 2017

· Oracle OpenWorld 2017 September 25th 2017

· Cloud Compliance & Certification August 2017

· Wercker July 21st 2017

· Sales Play webcast June 28th 2017

· Process Cloud Service update – DMN capabilities May 23rd 2017

· Drive DevOps Agility and Operational Efficiency with Oracle Management Cloud April 25th 2017

· Implementing DevOps and Agile Methodologies in Oracle Projects March 21st 2017

· Mobile Cloud Service & Chat Bots February 28th 2017

· b2b January 31st 2017

· Community Resources & free Cloud trails December 20th 2016

· SOA 12 & BPM Suite 12c Roadmap update November 29th 2016

· Microservices October 25th 2016

· Oracle OpenWorld 2016 update September 27th 2016

· API Cloud Platform Service August 30th 2016

· BPM Suite & PCS Update July 26th 2016

· Integration Cloud Service June 28th 2016

· Sales Plays Webcast June 9th 2016

· Real-Time Integration Business Insight May 31st 2016

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PaaS (Process & Integration) Partner Community Newsletter February 2018

Dear PaaS Partner Community

With more than 250 registration, the PaaS Partner Community Forum 2018 is almost booked out take the opportunity to become an expert in the latest PaaS services including machine learning, blockchain, IoT and Microservices. Looking forward to welcome you in Budapest!

In case you can’t attend the conference we offer in February and April free on-demand bootcamps for SOA Suite 12c and BPM Suite 12c. For details and registration please see the community training calendar (membership required).

With the raise of 3rd generation API Management the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service is a leader. Start with Apiary for a design first approach. Use API Platform Cloud Service to manage, connect and secure APIs. With the policies and gateway you can validate your deployments. Great opportunity for partners to start the digital transformation of your customers and generate service revenue. For more information get the API partner resource kit here.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the Integration articles: Teaching How to Recover Errored Instances with Oracle Integration Cloud & REST API for Oracle SOA Cloud Service & Recipe in Oracle Self-Service Integration & FMW Oracle Service Bus (OSB) Domain Monitoring Solution and Features & Which SOA Product Support Ends in 2018 & Purging of SOA Composite Revisions with FlexDeploy & Streamline Development in Oracle Projects.

Oracle and UiPath join forced to accelerate Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Watch a short RPA video here and visit the UiPath session and information point during our PaaS Partner Community Forum. This month pizza becomes a dynamic process, Richard, Marcel and Marc served the next round of Jarvis pizza Jarvis Pizzeria in Case Management Style & Getting Started with Dynamic Processes (ACM) & Setting up the Dynamic Process & Third step in Implementing the Order Processing, Correlation.

In our last innovation and architecture section it is all about blockchain. A great starting point is the NIST blockchain report for business beginners. Every developer should be aware of blockchain specially for industrial use.

For a short summery of our key monthly information watch the Fusion Middleware & PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The February edition highlights the PaaS Partner Resource Kits for chabots, API CS, OIC and to Integrate SaaS. This month’s community webcast will introduce Visual Builder Cloud Service, please join our monthly PaaS Partner Community Webcast – February 28th 2018. A great use case for Visual Builder Cloud Service is to extend HCM.

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Complete Tutorial: Step By Step Configuration of Oracle SOA Cloud by Sandeep Pachauri


Recently I got an opportunity to learn Oracle Cloud for SOA 12C, With using Oracle Cloud you don’t required any IT team who will take care of your server and need to manage them. With new Oracle SOA cloud you just need to maintenance your SOA service.

Let us start how to configure Oracle SOA Cloud.

What is Oracle SOA Cloud????

Ref @Oracle Documentation….

Oracle SOA Cloud Service provides an iPaaS computing platform solution for running integration platform applications in the cloud. The following service types are available for provisioning:

  • Oracle Service Bus is a configuration-based, policy-driven enterprise service bus that provides capabilities for service discovery and mediation, rapid service provisioning and deployment, and governance.
  • Oracle Service Bus is a configuration-based, policy-driven enterprise service bus that provides capabilities for service discovery and mediation, rapid service provisioning and deployment, and governance.
  • Oracle Managed File Transfer Cloud Service securely exchanges files between internal departments and external partners.
  • Oracle API Manager facilitates the creation of APIs that expose the functionality of back-end systems or other services. These APIs are published for use by application developers and are managed and monitored at runtime.

You have complete and unrestricted administrative access to your application environment in the cloud.

Oracle Cloud following components over Cloud:

•Oracle Database Cloud Service—Oracle SOA Cloud Service requires that you first subscribe to Oracle Database Cloud Service. You run a provisioning wizard to select an Oracle database instance and node cluster environment. The database is securely hosted in the cloud. Read the complete article here.

Connecting directly to DBaaS – ICS Definitive Tip #7 by Phil Wilkins


Enriching an integration from data in a database or DBaaS (Database as a Service) is not an unusual requirement. Many integration use cases today need to access a database that is on-premises. The means to connect to the database is fairly obvious – the connection agent. Our book goes into a lot more detail as to why that is, and the implications of using database connections.

However when it comes to Oracle’s DBaaS a service it would be very easy to assume that given that you’re using two different parts of Oracle’s PaaS that it would be straight forward to connect the two together without an agent. However, at least today whether its on-premises or DBaaS you need to use a connection agent. This does mean that you’ll need an IaaS node to host the connection agent.

This quirk is driven by the fact that there are some scenarios that this does actually make sense. For example – the Oracle domains need to have a high level of isolation, so when the DBaaS is in another domain then the decoupling via the agent makes sense. When your database is in a different zone of the cloud – then you’re running DB calls across what is effectively a wide are network – not good. Read the complete article here.

Integrity check, content validation and encryption of files over ICS FTP adapter Mani Krishnan


Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS), an industry-leading iPaaS offering, provides rich orchestration and mapping capabilities over FTP connections.   ICS FTP adapter supports connections over secure or non-secure channels.  Files can be transferred and processed by ICS without validating content upon transfer, which is the default behavior.  Files transferred over secured FTP benefit from inherent integrity checks built into the SFTP protocol.  For more information on ICS FTP adapter, see the link to a guide in references section.

Some users might have advanced requirements to validate content of the files during transfer or check for integrity of file explicitly. In this article, let’s take a look at steps to enable content validation against a schema during transfer, to perform integrity checks using MD5 checksum and to implement PGP encryption to secure files over secure or plain FTP connections.

Note that code archives provided with this article do not come with warranty from Oracle. Use discretion and additional testing to reuse code for production. Instructions in this article are applicable to release 17.1.3 of ICS.

Main article

This article is split into three sections, in order to keep them easier to follow. Click on one of the titles below to jump to a section.

Validating MD5 checksum of content

Validating content against a schema

PGP Encryption/Decryption of content

Validating MD5 checksum of content

Some integration use cases might require that the data file’s integrity be verified after transfer and before further processing.  This could be achieved by storing MD5 checksum of the original content, transfer it along with the file, compute checksum after transfer and compare with the checksum provided along with the file.  If they match, then content has not been altered or corrupt during or after transfer.

In the sample orchestration, a data file and a file containing its MD5 checksum are in a .zip file. ICS computes checksum upon unpacking files into ICS.  The checksum computed at source is compared with the checksum of the data file provided with file listing. If they match, orchestration proceeds with further processing. Read the complete article here.

Do You Have What It Takes to Hack a Smarter Customer Experience? March 28-29, 2018 Oracle HQ


Join us for our second biannual two-day "Hack a Smarter Customer Experience" event at the Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores!
This technical challenge will consist of showcasing a unique use case which utilizes an Oracle Customer Experience SaaS technology and Oracle PaaS or ISV solutions.
A successful solution will be one that allows customers to achieve one or more of the following:
The Challenge
Showcase an Oracle Customer Experience use case from Marketing, Sales and/or Service that features an innovative Oracle PaaS component and solves a business problem in one or more of the following categories:

  • Innovative Customer Loyalty Solutions
  • Innovative User Experiences (use Content and Experience Cloud to build unique UIs, chatbots, augmented reality, voice, etc. solutions)
  • Connected Experiences (connecting the end users seamlessly to each other, their data, devices, solutions, etc.)

Given that a hackathon is a contest, we will be judging you on how well you have executed and demonstrated your solution. Feel free to come up with a crazy use case, but be prepared to sell it and prove it works.

Schedule & Location: March 28-29, 2018

Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Parkway
Redwood Shores, CA 94065

For details please visit the registration page here.

Integrating with Oracle Field Service Cloud using ICS REST adapter by Shreenidhi Raghuram


Oracle Field Service Cloud (OFSC) helps transform Customer Experience by building efficient field service solutions. It is built on time-based, self-learning, and predictive technology. Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) provides the Oracle Field Service adapter (OFSC adapter) to create inbound and outbound integrations with OFSC. Refer here for OFSC adapter documentation.

The OFSC adapter can be used to create integrations using OFSC as ‘invoke’(outbound into OFSC) and/or ‘trigger’(events flowing from OFSC into ICS). This native OFSC adapter exposes a rich set of operations(for outbound) and events(inbound) for most commonly used business objects. Refer to the below 2 links for the Business Objects and operations/events provided by the OFSC adapter

  • OFSC Invoke operations – link
  • OFSC Trigger events – link

However, OFSC provides a myriad of other REST operations (refer the REST API doc) that can be used to access data stored in Field Service Cloud and integrate with other systems.

This blog will provide details on how the ICS generic REST adapter can be used to build ICS integrations to OFSC.

Using ICS REST adapter with OFSC

The next 3 sections will walk through the REST connection,  Invoke and Trigger configurations required to connect to OFSC using REST adapter. Read the complete article here.

Automate ERP Cloud Batch Uploads using Oracle MFT and Integration Cloud Service by Serene Tan


In this blog, we will use Oracle Managed File Transfer (MFT) and Integration Cloud Service (ICS) to automate batch uploads into Oracle ERP Cloud. We will perform this upload with invoices, a typical use-case for organisations that work with numerous vendors and would like their vendors to bulk invoice them through say an SFTP file drop.

Steps are as follows:

  1. Drop the file into an SFTP folder that is managed by MFT
  2. MFT picks it up and uploads it into ERP Cloud’s WebCenter Content file repository
  3. MFT calls ICS to trigger a multi-step orchestration to load ERP Cloud
  4. Using the ICS ERP Cloud adapter, the ICS orchestration first loads the file into staging tables and import the invoice into final tables

Folks who have read my previous blog, Using MFT Cloud Service to Automate HCM Batch Uploads – Part 1 will notice how similar this is to HCM Data Loading, except that we use ICS to orchestrate a few post-load steps.

That is because HCM and ERP Cloud (also SCM and SalesCloud) are all Oracle Fusion Applications, modules built on the same platform. Some of you may even be on “Global Shared Instances”, essentially running both your HCM and ERP SaaSes in the same instance. Read the complete article here.

Using Oracle Managed File Transfer (MFT) to Push Files to ICS for Processing by Sherwood Zern



In a previous article I discussed the use of the Enterprise Scheduler Service (ESS) to poll for files, on a scheduled basis, to read from MFT.  In that article we discussed how to process many files that have been posted to the SFTP server.  At the end of that article I mentioned the use of the push pattern for file processing.

This article will cover how to implement that push pattern with Managed-File Transfer (MFT) and the Integration Cloud Service (ICS).  We’ll walk through the configuration of MFT, creating the connections in ICS, and developing the integration in ICS.

The following figure is a high-level diagram of this file-based integration using MFT, ICS, and an Oracle SaaS application.

Create the Integration Cloud Service Flow

This integration will be a basic integration with an orchestrated flow.  The purpose is to demonstrate how the integration is invoked and the processing of the message as it enters the ICS application.  For this implementation we only need to create two endpoints.  The first is a SOAP connection that MFT will invoke, and the second connection will be to the MFT to write the file to an output directory.

The flow could include other endpoints but for this discussion additional endpoints will not add any benefits to understanding the push model.

Create the Connections

The first thing to do is the create the connections to the endpoints required for the integration.  For this integration we will create two required connections.

  • SOAP connection.  This connection is what will be used by the MFT to trigger the integration as soon as the file arrives in the specified directory within the MFT (This will be covered in the MFT section of this article).
  • SFTP connection: This connection will be used to write the file to an output directory within the FTP server.  This second connection is only to demonstrate the flow and the processing of the file and then writing the file to an endpoint.  This endpoint could have been any endpoint, to invoke another operation.  For instance, we could have used the input file to invoke a REST, SOAP, or one of many other endpoints.

Let’s define the SOAP connection. Read the complete article here.