Integrate HCM Cloud with Oracle Integration Cloud – PaaS Partner Community Webcast February 27th 2019

Attend our February edition of the PaaS Partner Community imageWebcast live on February 27th 2019.

Integrate HCM Cloud (global hr, talent management, workforce rewards, workforce management, work life)

Oracle Integration eliminates barriers between business applications through a combination of machine learning, embedded best-practice guidance, prebuilt integration, and process automation. Oracle Integration is unique in the market by leveraging Oracle application expertise to build an extensive library of adapters to Oracle and 3rd party SaaS and on-premises applications to enable you to deliver new business services faster. For more information please visit www.tinyurl.com/integrateSaaS

Presenter: Niall Commiskeyimage

Director Product Management

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Call ID: 5566478 and Passcode: 264331

UK: +44 (0) 208 118 1001 & United States: 140 877 440 73

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Schedule:

Wednesday February 27th 2019 16:00-17:00 CET

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

· Functions and Cloud Native

· Cloud trials & community update

· Oracle Integration Cloud Update

· Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Preview

· Innovate, Extend and Integrate SaaS Overview and Pricing

· Robotic Process Automation

· Autonomous Mobile Cloud

· PaaS Overview Webcast

· Blockchain

· API Platform Cloud Service part 2

· 3rd Generation API Gateways part1

· Oracle JET

· Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service

· Container Native Application Development Platform

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SOA Suite 12c in Docker containers. Only a couple of commands, no installers, no third party scripts by Maarten Smeet

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For developers, installing a full blown local SOA Suite environment has never been a favorite (except for a select few). It is time consuming and requires you to download and run various installers after each other. If you want to start clean (and you haven’t taken precautions), it could be you have to start all over again.

There is a new and easy way to get a SOA Suite environment up and running without downloading any installers in only a couple of commands without depending on scripts provided by any party other than Oracle. The resulting environment is an Oracle Enterprise Edition database, an Admin Server and a Managed Server. All of them running in separate Docker containers with ports exposed to the host. The 3 containers can run together within an 8Gb RAM VM.

The documentation Oracle provides in its Container Registry for the SOA Suite images, should be used as base, but since you will encounter some errors if you follow it, you can use this blog post to help you solve them quickly.

A short history

QuickStart and different installers

During the 11g times, a developer, if he wanted to run a local environment, he needed to install a database (usually XE), WebLogic Server, SOA Infrastructure, run the Repository Creation Utility (RCU) and one or more of SOA, BPM, OSB. In 12c, the SOA Suite QuickStart was introduced. The QuickStart uses an Apache Derby database instead of the Oracle database and lacks features like ESS, split Admin Server / Managed Server, NodeManager and several other features, making this environment not really comparable to customer environments. If you wanted to install a standalone version, you still needed to go through all the manual steps or automate them yourself (with response files for the installers and WLST files for domain creation). As an alternative, during these times, Oracle has been so kind as to provide VirtualBox images (like this one or this one) with everything pre-installed. For more complex set-ups Edwin Biemond / Lucas Jellema have provided Vagrant files and blog posts to quickly create a 12c environment. Read the complete article here.

 

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Extending analytics for Integration cloud using Elastic stack by Mani Krishnan Introduction

imageOracle Integration Cloud (OIC) offers industry-leading SaaS integration capabilities.  It provides extensive monitoring, tracking and reporting features out-of-the-box. Occasionally, enterprises do have reporting and analysis needs those are better met by additional reporting and analytics products. This article discusses couple of such use cases and describes how to implement one of them using Elastic stack. Information in this article is applicable to release 18.1.3 of integration cloud.

Main article

Let’s consider these scenarios:

  • Customer’s integrations are deployed to multiple instances of OIC. Customer wants a consolidated view of all integrations on single dashboard.
  • Customer needs to customize several aspects of reporting such as type of charts and data retention.
  • Customer wants end-to-end view of transactions across multiple applications, including those deployed to OIC.

Use cases represented by these scenarios can be met by externalizing integration metrics from OIC into another platform specializing on analytics.  Let’s look at some recommended ways to extract metrics from OIC and importing them into ELK (Elastic-LogStash-Kibana). Elastic stack is a widely-used opensource platform for analytics and dashboards. Jump to one of the sections by click the link.

Why Elastic stack?

Elastic is among products that allow infinite scaling and support map-reduce for efficient distributed queries. Note that other products such as Oracle big-data analytics cloud service or Oracle log analytics can also meet aforementioned requirements.  Elastic is used in this blog for its simplicity for demonstration purposes.

For sake of simplicity, the post does not address deployment of ELK stack. Refer to Elastic web site for instructions. A simple installation could run on a laptop. More complex, distributed deployments will require careful planning of compute, storage resources and indexes.

Patterns

Now that the basics on collecting relevant metrics are covered here are patterns that will help meet the requirements.

Consolidated Reporting is achieved by collecting monitoring metrics from multiple OIC instances and feeding them into one analytics application instance.

With ELK stack, LogStash is the agent/aggregator, Elastic is the indexer and Kibana is the analytics and reporting client. This pattern could help building reports for billing and historic analytics or correlate traffic patterns from multiple integration platforms.

End-to-end transaction monitoring can be achieved by collecting start, end times, tracking id and completion status for parts of an end-to-end transaction  from each participating application, feeding them into an analytics application and running map-reduce queries that correlate parts of a transaction using tracking id. Read the complete article here.

 

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Integrating and Extending SaaS Applications by John Klinke

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Knex Technology, a consulting firm based in Irvine, California, helps companies architect, integrate, implement and tune cloud applications to drive business success.

For example, Knex is currently helping a large pharmaceutical company tie together multiple business systems including their financial, procurement and project management applications to improve operational agility.  Using a combination of Oracle Java Cloud, Oracle Database Cloud and Oracle SOA Suite, Knex is integrating financial data across multiple systems including ingesting bank account information into their financial application for streamlining cash management.

Listen to Basheer Khan, CEO of Knex Technology, talk about how they save customers time and money by using Oracle PaaS solutions to integrate, extend and enhance SaaS. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Integration Cloud: The Data Mapper Activity by Jan Kettenis

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In a previous blog I discussed a work-around for not having a Script activity in Oracle Integration Cloud’s Process Builder. In this blog I will discuss another work-around which is actually not a work-around, but the real thing: the Data Mapper!
As you can read in a previous blog about the matter, not having the equivalent of the Script activity of the on-premise BPM Suite, was an omission that we often had to find a work-around for. The one I used was the Business Rule activity. However, some weeks ago the Business Rule activity got deprecated (you could clearly see that).

With the latest release of OIC (which may not yet be public available when you read this) the Business Rule activity has vanished. At the same time the Data Mapper activity has been added. Read the complete article here.

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A comparison of push vs phone-home communication approaches between API Gateways and Management Services by Luis Weir

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API Gateways deliver critical runtime capabilities in enterprise-wide API management infrastructures. However, such runtime capabilities must also be complemented with other design-time and governance capabilities in support of activities such as APIs lifecycle management, API design, policy definition and implementation, deployment, retirement, monitoring, and so on.
The aforementioned design-time/governance capabilities, are often offered by different API management vendors as a separate Management Service infrastructure that augments/complements the runtime infrastructure (API Gateways). Needless to say in order for runtime and design-time/governance infrastructure to work together cohesively as a collective whole, there must be some sort of effective and reliable communication between these two main components.
Whereas some products like for example the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, deliver a phone-home approach for API Gateways to communicate with the management infrastructure, other vendors implement a push approach whereby the Management Service is responsible for establishing and handling the connection to the API Gateways.
Both approaches are fundamentally different and understanding how such differences can impact/influence a solution becomes even more critical as the need for API Gateways increase e.g. as a result of  adopting cloud or Microservices Architectures.
Furthermore, as cloud adoption continues to rocket, vendors also offer Management Service capabilities as a PaaS cloud service. This is important and not trivial as it means that communication between the PaaS-based management infrastructure and the API Gateways must be in placed prior implementing the solution.
This article compares these two main communication strategies and highlights key differences including pros and cons (from the point of view of the author).Read the complete article here.

 

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Documenting APIs on the Oracle API Platform by Phil Wilkins

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The last week or two I have been working on a new API Platform utility to add to my existing tools (see here). This tool addresses the question of generating documentation.  Much as been said about API documentation and the quality of it, check out these articles :

If you look at these articles and others, there are some common themes, which are:

  • Document the URI / payload
  • Describe error handling
  • Describe contracts such as how many API calls
  • How the API is authenticated

Apiary covers the first theme to a first class standard,  and you will see Apiary called out for its ability to document APIs in a lot of articles. Well written API Blueprints will cover the bulk of the second bullet. But the other points tend to fall outside of a Blueprint and fit more the API Policies and their use.

Not everyone is so commited or enjoys writing documentation. The other driver for going beyond the use of Apiary is that some organizations feel the need to have a traditional word style document to capture/define an API’s contract in detail. With the API Platform the management portal enables an API to be published into the developer portal with the Apiary definition and a markdown file for further documentation.

As you can see some of the information about the policies should be incorporated into the documentation. So how, can the gap be addressed easily. Within the policy definition is the means to provide documentation, as illustrated below. This provides an opportunity to record a more general explanation as to what and how to address that policy. Read the complete article here.

 

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API Platform Cloud Service article series by Ankur Jain

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A great API Management solution supports agile API development, and also makes it easy to keep an eye on KPIs covering every aspect of the API lifecycle. True hybrid API deployment – in the Cloud or on-premises – means that your API solution is modern and adaptable, all while employing the most up-to-date security protocols.

Get started with API Platform Cloud Service:

Creating an Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (CS) Instance
Service Account in Oracle API Cloud Service(CS)
Creating an API in Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (API CS)
Oracle API Physical Gateway installation and register with Oracle API CS

 

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Service: using the Management Portal and creating an API (including some policies) by Marc Lameriks

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At the Oracle Partner PaaS Summer Camps VII 2017 in Lisbon last year, at the end of august, I attended the API Platform Cloud Service & Integration Cloud Service bootcamp.

In a series of article’s I will give a high level overview of what you can do with Oracle API Platform Cloud Service.

At the Summer Camp a pre-built Oracle VM VirtualBox APIPCS appliance (APIPCS_17_3_3.ova) was provided to us, to be used in VirtualBox. Everything needed to run a complete demo of API Platform Cloud Service is contained within Docker containers that are staged in that appliance. The version of Oracle API Platform CS, used within the appliance, is Release 17.3.3 — August 2017.

See https://docs.oracle.com/en/cloud/paas/api-platform-cloud/whats-new/index.html to learn about the new and changed features of Oracle API Platform CS in the latest release.

In this article in the series about Oracle API Platform CS, the focus will be on the Management Portal and creating an API (including some policies) .

Be aware that the screenshot’s in this article and the examples provided, are based on a demo environment of Oracle API Platform CS and were created by using the Oracle VM VirtualBox APIPCS appliance mentioned above.

This article only covers part of the functionality of Oracle API Platform CS. For more detail I refer you to the documentation: https://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/api-platform.

Short overview of Oracle API Platform Cloud Service

Oracle API Platform Cloud Service enables companies to thrive in the digital economy by comprehensively managing the full API lifecycle from design and standardization to documenting, publishing, testing and managing APIs. These tools provide API developers, managers, and users an end-to-end platform for designing, prototyping. Through the platform, users gain the agility needed to support changing business demands and opportunities, while having clear visibility into who is using APIs for better control, security and monetization of digital assets. Read the complete article here.

 

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Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service: Design, deploy, and manage your APIs in Oracle’s new API Platform book by Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins, Sander Rensen and Andrew Bell

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Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service moves from theory to practice using the newest Oracle API management platform. This critical new platform for Oracle developers allows you to interface the complex array of services your clients expect in the modern world.

First, you’ll learn about Oracle’s new platform and get an overview of it, then you’ll see a use case showing the functionality and use of this new platform for Oracle customers. Next, you’ll see the power of Apiary and begin designing your own APIs. From there, you’ll build and run microservices and set up the Oracle API gateways.

Moving on, you’ll discover how to customize the developer portal and publish your own APIs. You’ll spend time looking at configuration management on the new platform, and implementing the Oauth 2.0 policy, as well as custom policies. The latest finance modules from Oracle will be examined, with some of the third party alternatives in sight as well.

This broad-scoped book completes your journey with a clear examination of how to transition APIs from Oracle API Management 12c to the new Oracle API Platform, so that you can step into the future confidently.

What you will learn
  • Get an overview of the Oracle API Cloud Service Platform
  • See typical use cases of the Oracle API Cloud Service Platform
  • Design your own APIs using Apiary
  • Build and run microservices
  • Set up API gateways with the new API platform from Oracle
  • Customize developer portals
  • Configuration management
  • Implement Oauth 2.0 policies
  • Implement custom policies
  • Get a policy SDK overview
  • Transition from Oracle API Management 12c to the new Oracle API platform
Who this book is for

This book is for all Oracle developers who are working or plan to work with the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Get the book here.

Additional Integration books are listed in our community wiki here.

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