Hybrid IT Integration Use Cases Poster by Bob Hensle

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This document provides a Hybrid IT Integration Use Case poster that provides a conceptual view of some common hybrid IT integration use cases. The hybrid IT integration use cases illustrated, coupled with the various deployment options (cloud, on-premises, hybrid, centralized, federated) can be used to narrow down the number of hybrid IT integration patterns that might be applicable to a particular integration requirement. Get the poster here.

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What is New for Integration Cloud Service 17.3.3 August 2017

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“Guide me” visual overlays

When you initially log in to Oracle Integration Cloud Service, overlays are provided on many of the main pages. The overlays guide you on how to perform tasks such as getting started, creating connections, creating integrations, and so on. Click Got it to dismiss the overlays. To enable the overlays again, select Help > Guide Me from the username main menu at the top of the page. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

Preseeded samples

When you provision a new instance of Oracle Integration Cloud Service, several sample integrations are automatically included. These fully designed samples help you get up and running quickly and show you how easy it is to activate, invoke, and monitor an integration between endpoints. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

Oracle Recommendations Engine for faster data mapping

You can accept the target element recommendations of the recommendations engine when creating mappings. This eliminates the need to analyze and perform each individual source-to-target mapping. You must enable the Oracle Recommendations Engine to use this feature. See Using the Oracle Mapper.

On-premises connectivity agent enhancements

The following agent enhancements are provided:

· Installation is supported on Linux Server release OEL7.

· Authentication support is provided for outbound proxy access.

· Agent automatically stops polling decommissioned instances. A 24 hour period of inactivity occurs with the agent stopping polling altogether on the decommissioned instance.

· Notification emails can capture agent status.

· Performance and resiliency improvements are provided around quiescing endpoints when Oracle Integration Cloud Service is unavailable. Automatic unquiescing is provided when Oracle Integration Cloud Service becomes available. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

Orchestrated integration enhancements

The following orchestration enhancements are provided:

· The stage file action is provided to read (and remove any trailer), write, zip, unzip, and list files in a staged location known to Oracle Integration Cloud Service (for example, process each file downloaded by the FTP Adapter). This action is only for scheduled orchestrations. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· The Read File in Segments option of the stage file action enables you to specify a file chunking size. Chunking files enables large files to be processed, one logical chunk at a time. This option is only for scheduled orchestrations. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· The scope action is provided to manage a group of actions with a scope action. The scope action is essentially a collection of child actions and invokes that can have their own fault handlers. You can also catch faults in scopes. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· The raise error action is provided to throw an error and send failed messages to the error hospital for further analysis. This action is only available inside a fault handler. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· The logger action is provided to log messages to the activity stream and diagnostic logs by adding the logger action at any point in the integration. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· The for-each action is enhanced to include a Process items in parallel option that enables you to concurrently process data in scheduled orchestrated integrations. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· Updates to variables declared outside of the for-each action Process items in parallel option and the stage file action Read File in Segments operation are provided.

· The function call action is provided to add JavaScript functions to an integration. See Using Libraries to Manage Functions for Integrations and Adding a Function Call Action of Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· Tracking support has been enhanced:

· Tracking support is provided for actions and global faults on the instance tracking pages and in the audit trail.

· Tracking support is provided for customizable fields.

· Tracking variables can be accessed and updated inside orchestrations.

· The activity stream is viewable on the Tracking Details page.

· The Tracking page shows tracking variables and the starting and ending times of an instance.

See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· Visual repositioning (move) of nodes in orchestrated integrations is provided. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· Ability to define fault handlers for named business faults that are defined by any one of the invoked endpoints in the scope or globally. When you add invokes to a scope, the named faults associated with the invokes are added for selection to the Fault Handler section of the scope. These are faults that the invoke can handle. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

· Aggregation and sending of errors to external services is provided. Oracle Integration Cloud Service includes a predefined fault object for fault aggregation. This object enables you to catch and aggregate faults in the context of parallel processing in scheduled orchestrated integrations and to send these faults to an external service to define more granular error handling. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

Scheduler orchestration enhancements

The following scheduler enhancements are provided:

· Set schedule parameters that determine how to batch and read data received from a source location. You then use these parameter values downstream in the integration.

· Show the reason why a scheduled flow is not running (for example, blocked, waiting, ready, paused, or cancelling).

· Support multiple schedule frequencies for running integrations.

· Past and current runs are viewable from the Monitoring page. See Using Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

FTP Adapter enhancements

The following FTP Adapter enhancements are provided:

· Support for public key authentication.

· The following operations to perform on files when configuring the FTP Adapter in an orchestrated integration:

· Download File: Specify a directory to use for staged activity. Use this directory to stage large files for processing.

· List Files: List the names of the files in the input directory. See Configuring Connection Security and Configuring FTP Adapter Invoke Operations Properties of Using the FTP Adapter

SOAP Adapter

The following SOAP Adapter enhancements are provided:

· SAML token-based authentication support for protecting inbound SOAP endpoints. The SAML security policy is used to configure the SOAP Adapter as a trigger to enable asynchronous invocation and callback authentication from ERP/DOO services primarily.

· Exposure of asynchronous SOAP endpoints with callback support. This enables you to invoke SOAP web services that have an asynchronous interface – (request with an asynchronous callback). See Using the SOAP Adapter.

Oracle HCM Cloud Adapter

Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud delivers representational state transfer (REST) APIs to support your integration requirements. These REST APIs enable easy integration of data into new and existing business process flows. These are intended as user-friendly web services involving transactions of a smaller volume. The Oracle HCM Cloud Adapter now has native support for consuming these REST APIs. You can model Oracle Integration Cloud Service integrations to use Oracle HCM Cloud Adapter to create, update, delete, query, and perform various high-valued actions on a wide range of Oracle HCM resources. See Using the Oracle HCM Cloud Adapter.

Read the complete article here.

Learn More: More details on what’s new is available here. Learn more about Oracle Integration Cloud Service at http://cloud.oracle.com/integration

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What’s New for Oracle SOA Cloud Service Release 17.3.3

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Learn about the new and changed features of Oracle SOA Cloud Service.

IP Networks is enabled for Oracle SOA Cloud Service.

Only the new compute zone zones in the regional data centers are enabled for IP Networks.  If your identity domain does not have access to one of these new zones, submit a Service Request to Oracle support and request it be added to your identity domain.

Note that the IP Reservations functionality is not yet enabled.

See About IP Networks in Using Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IaaS) for general information about IP Networks.

WebLogic Server version 12.2.1.2.1 is supported in this release.

Beginning with 17.3.3, WebLogic Server version 12.2.1.2.1 is used for instances provisioned with the 12.2.1.2 service typ

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Scheduling Orchestration Integrations – ICS Definitive Guide #2 by Phil Wilkins

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This is the second article in the Definitive Guide series. This time we take a look at the ability to Schedule an Orchestration integration within ICS has arrived with release 16.4.5 release of ICS,   To demonstrate this, we are going to reuse our FlightSitRep endpoint from the book’s Chapter 3. If you have not got the book yet – it’s a WSDL one way integration that is connected to Mockable.io.

Creating Scheduled Orchestration

From the Integrations screen we need to click on the New Integration button, and select the Orchestration pattern in the pop-up dialogue. The first thing we will see when creating an integration is the Create New Integration dialog, as shown here: Read the complete article here.

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For Each activity for processing batches – ICS Definitive Guide #1 by Robert van Molken

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This is the first blog in our ICS Definitive Guide series. In this series we pick one feature that ICS offers and write the most detailed guide on it. This blog introduces the capability of processing batches using the For Each activity in orchestration type integrations.

These blogs follow the same writing style as the book. We sometimes use the same resources as we used in the book, which can be downloaded from the website of Packt. For this blog we are using the same WSDL as we used in chapter 5, Going Social with Twitter and Google, and as in chapter 10, Advanced orchestration with branching and asynchronous flows, but with a little change to one element.

The integration we are going to build simulates a notification send from our Airport Flight Schedules system with a list of persons that are missing / late for their flight. For each flight a list of persons are included in the notification. For each missing person a task is added to a Trello Board, used by the ground personal, to remove the passengers luggage from airplane. Read the complete article here.

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Authors journey writing a technical book by Robert van Mölken

imageThe day before Christmas, after nine months of hard work, we (Phil Wilkins and I) send the final draft of the last chapter we needed to review of our book Implementing Oracle Integration Cloud (ICS) to our publisher Packt. We are now in the final phase of getting the book published to print. Currently we are sorting out the final dots on the i’s and crossing the last t’s. In this blog I want to take you on my authors journey writing an technical book.

How it all started…

Last year (March 2015) I was formally introduced to Oracle Integration Cloud Service during the EMEA Partner Community Forum. I had the change to try the beta as one of the first people and when it was released in May that year I immediately saw the potential it had. A fresh new look on a dusty Service Bus that connected to Cloud / SaaS applications with Out-of-the-Box adapters. My first blog where I introduced ICS was published on the 27th of May. In the months after that I wrote a few more blogs on ICS. On the last day of December I got an email from some guy from the UK, his name was Phil Wilkins an IT architect, and there it all started for me.

“One year has passed since
our first contact”

It all started one year ago when I received that email. Phil walked around with the idea to write a book about ICS and noticed my blogs about the topic (read his story here). He contacted me with his idea to write a book and the weird thing was that I also had a feeling I wanted something more than writing blogs about it. After some email discussions, reading some of his blogs and a phone call I decided to take on the journey to write the book together with Phil.

“Doing it for the right reasons”

Like Phil also writes in his story… writing a book is not a small undertaking. How wrong was I to myself when started the journey, thinking we would be done before Oracle OpenWorld 2016. I personally worked week in, week out for three of four evenings (19:00 till 23:00) and sundays (11:00 till 18:00) and don’t even mention my summer. One more thing… don’t count yourself a rich man after the book is published. You are not getting a huge percentage of royalties of the book pricing and when a book is discounted you will get even less. Do it for the right reasons.

My reason for writing the book is reaching people outside of my network circle that normally read my blogs. People know me from being an advocate on SOA Suite, but I felt that writing this book would give me an extra boost regarding Cloud. It might even led to people seeking my professional help when implementing ICS.

Finding a publisher for the book Read the whole article here.

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Training on-demand: Oracle SOA Suite 12c Implementation Specialists October 2017 and November – December 2017

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The Oracle SOA Suite 12c Implementation Boot Camp provides relevant insight to current and prospective SOA implementers and for those companies interested on becoming Oracle SOA Suite 12c Specialized. Learn to:

  • Create, deploy, and manage cross-application process orchestration with BPEL Process Manager
  • Describe tasks for users or groups to perform with Human Task Service
  • Define and modify business logic without programming by using Business Rules
  • Create dashboards, alerts, and reports in real time with no coding using Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
  • Implement SOA Services with Web Services Manager
  • Manage and monitor integration flow with Enterprise Manager
  • Use Adapters to connect to enterprise applications

Convert complex point-to-point application integration into simplified, agile, and reusable shared service application infrastructure with Service Bus

Registration

These events are offered FREE of charge to selected Oracle Partners.

Audience

  • SOA Architects
  • System Integrators
  • Technical Consultants Administrator

For details please visit the registration pages:

Training Date Registration
SOA Suite 12c Implementation Specialists 6 Nov – 1 Dec 17 Registration Link
SOA Suite 12c Implementation Specialists 11 Sept – 6 Oct 17 Registration Link

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Hack a Smarter Customer Experience" hackathon event on September 29-30, 2017 in San Francisco

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We invite you to join us for a two-day "Hack a Smarter Customer Experience" hackathon event on September 29-30, 2017 at the Capgemini Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE) in San Francisco. This technical challenge will consist of showcasing a unique use case which utilizes an Oracle Customer Experience SaaS technology and an innovative Oracle PaaS component like IoT, AI or Big Data.

A successful solution will be one that allows customers to achieve one or more of the following:

· •  Create personalized, seamless experiences across the customer lifecycle

· •  Speed time to value with solutions tailored for your company needs

· •  Free up more IT cycles for generating business value

· •  Increase business agility and empowerment for line of business

· •  Create leading customer experiences incorporating data, chatbots, IoT and AI

· •  Extend customer experience delivery via open ISV ecosystem

The Challenge

Showcase an Oracle Customer Experience use case from Marketing, Sales and/or Service that features an innovative Oracle PaaS component and delivers the ability to either connect data, connect consumer experiences, or connect intelligence. 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. Visit the registration page for details here.

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Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3.0) Released

We are proud to announce the release of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3.0). Media is available for download on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), My Oracle Support (MOS) and the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC). This includes the following products:  image

    •     Oracle SOA Suite and Business Process Management 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Stream Analytics 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Fusion Middleware WebLogic Server Plug-In 12c    (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle B2B and Healthcare 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Service Bus 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Access Manager Access SDK 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •      Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Coherence 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Data Integrator 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Enterprise Data Quality 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Forms and Reports 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle GoldenGate Studio 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle HTTP Server 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Identity and Access Management 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Internet Directory 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle JDeveloper Studio 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle MapViewer 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle TopLink 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Traffic Director 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Unified Directory 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Content 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Portal 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c (12.2.1.3.0)

 

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Management Cloud – Application Performance Monitoring for Java EE, ADF & SOA Suite applications by Lucas Jellema

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In a recent article, I shared my first steps (small step for mankind, big steps for me) with Oracle Management Cloud: First steps with Oracle Management Cloud – Application Performance Management for Node (JS) applications. In that article, I have explained in broad terms the purpose of Application Performance Monitoring in the scope of OMC:

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is clearly indispensable to any organization adopting a DevOps approach – and frankly required for any organization in general running applications to support business objectives. APM provides insight in the non-functional behavior of applications – or better yet: of the business functions provided by these applications. It alerts administrators to functions that have unacceptable response times or are at risk to display poor performance and it allows us to analyze these situations to figure out where in the application stack – front end, services, integration flows, database, etc. – and in which specific component the problems have arisen. After performing this type of root cause analysis, resolving the problem still needs to be done, but is kick started as early as possible and with as much analysis details as possible.

In that earlier article, I also demonstrated how monitoring can be set up for Node (JS) applications. In this article, I will work with the APM Java agent. This agent can be installed and configured for a range of Java EE application servers – including Oracle WebLogic Server, Apache Tomcat Server, JBoss/WildFly, IBM WebSphere Server. It will observe the activity in the JVM and derive meaningful metrics from its observations. These metrics are forwarded to the OMC cloud where they are stored, processed, visualized and analyzed.

In this article I will apply the APM Java Agent to an existing Oracle WebLogic plus SOA Suite environment. After installing and configuring the agent, I have to make one small change to the WebLogic startup script, (re)start the server and subsequently and activity on that server is reported to OMC and exposed in the APM Dashboard and analysis screens. Subsequently my colleague executed the same steps on his personal laptop, using an agent with the same registration key and applying this agent to a WebLogic Server running an ADF application against a local database. Within minutes, the metrics from his machine and his ADF application appeared in the APM section of OMC, ready to be analyzed. (this particular ADF application is intentionally equipped with a number of performance black holes, for training and demonstration purposes; OMC APM was capable of identifying most of them. Read the complete article here.

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