Enabling the Future Today – Feature Flags in Oracle Integration Cloud by Antony Reynolds

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Enabling the Future Today

Within Integration cloud we are moving to a model that allows us to trial new features without making them available to everyone.  Everone runs the same codebase but feature flags control what is available to a specific instance.  Why would we do this? For multiple reasons:

  • Gain feedback on new features before rolling them out to the whole user base.
  • Test new features in "the wild" in a controlled manner.
  • Be able to rollback new features that may have unforeseen problems.

How It Works

Each new feature is given a flag that is used to control its availability.  For instance the flag for the small footprint OIC agent was oic.adapters.connectivity-agent.light-weight-agent.  If this flag was enabled for a given OIC instance then they could download the lightweight connectivity agent.  Other OIC instances running the same code but with the flag turned off would not offer the new agent.

Flags are controlled from a central system and can be updated in real time by Oracle development and operations.  This means that feature flags can be turned on very quickly, and also if a problem occurs they can be disabled.

Feature Flag Lifecycle

Feature flags have a lifecycle as illustrated below.

The different stages are:

Internal Only

You may see a product manager demo features on an instance that are not currently available, if using a production pod these may only be available to internal users.  This is where we try things out internally before turning them on for any customers.  Once we are happy with the feature internally we are ready to share it with selected customers and move the feature to Feature Controlled.  Note that this change in stage does not require any code changes, it just alters our internal approval process to enable the feature. Read the complete article here.

 

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API-Key Based Authentication: Quickly and Easily by Anuj Kaushal

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API-Key based authentication is a simple way for providing secure access to APIs. This involves the following steps:

  1. Pre-requisite: User logs in to the service portal and finds or generates an API-Key.
  2. The API-Key is shared with the client application.
  3. The client application makes a request for a resource using the API key.

Steps required in API Key based authentication.

* An API-key is simply a token that a client provides when making API calls.

How to invoke a REST API protected with an API-Key using Oracle Integration Cloud?

Oracle REST Adapter provides a comprehensive way for consuming external RESTful APIs. It provides a re-usable connection that can be used to specify the security policy for accessing protected APIs. For consuming APIs protected using an API-Key, integration developers should proceed by selecting API Key Based Authentication security policy. Read the complete article here.

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ERP & HCM Application integration using Oracle Integration Workshop June 24 – June 26, 2019 Paris France

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Are you working on Oracle SaaS implementations and want to integrate and extend them using PaaS? Oracle Product Management is pleased to invite Oracle Partners to attend the 3-day hands-on workshop on how to integrate with ERP & HCM applications using Oracle Integration Cloud. This Invite-Only hands-on workshop will be delivered at No-Fee to Partners. It will consist of presentations, demos, and hands-on labs. Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) offers Integration, Process Automation and Visual design capabilities that help business analysts and IT specialists to automate end to end business processes across departments. Oracle Integration Cloud offers a simple recipe to be successful in this application integration and process automation journey: Build, Integrate and Engage.

For details please visit the registration page here.

For additional information please get the innovate, extend and integrate SaaS kit here.

 

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PaaS (Process & Integration) Partner Community Newsletter May 2019

Dear PaaS Partner Community,

PaaS the knowledge from the emerging PaaS Partner Community Forum. As a community member you get access to the conference presentations, demos and hands-on training material. Make us of it, become trained & certified, publish service offerings, host customer cloud test drive events, build proof of concepts based on the Oracle Cloud Platform. In case you could not attend our annual conference attend an upcoming hands-on integration training in Italy & France.

Special thanks to the PaaS Partner community to deliver successful customer projects. Based on the joint customer success, Oracle was recognized in the third year in a row as a leader in the Gartner magic quadrant for enterprise integration platforms as a service. Thanks to the community for sharing all the integration articles: Oracle API Platform Cloud Service – Enabling the Digital Transformation & Provisioning Oracle API Platform Gateway Nodes using Terraform and Ansible on AWS & A brief look at the evolution of interface protocols leading to modern APIs & Dive Deep into Wells Fargo’s Best Practices for Cloud ERP Integration & Full Podcast Series Now Available – Integration: Heart of the Digital Economy & Integration, Process and Visual Builder & OIC Integration with Netsuite – initial setup and basic troubleshooting & Fetch Email attachments using Microsoft Email adapter in Oracle Integration Cloud & How to use Pick action in OIC Orchestration & Change date time format in Oracle Integration Cloud & Using Integration flows with File Transfers & Microservices Architecture pt.2: Why do we want Microservices architecture? & Getting ready to run SOA on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Terraform & Test Remote Asynchronous Request Response services & Moving SOA to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure& SOA Suite 12c upgrade – Composite DVMs.

In the process & innovation section we published a free online training for using a process within a VBCs application. With the adapters from UiPath and Automation Anywhere, robots can be integrated and used in a process. Blockchains drives digital transformation for investment banks and verifies honey and diamonds. With the Blockchain Platform SDK developers can build solutions local and deploy them in the Oracle cloud.

For a short summery of our key monthly information watch the Fusion Middleware & PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The May edition highlights presentations and training material from the emerging PaaS Partner Community Forum and Oracle is again recognized by Gartner as an integration platform leader. This month’s community webcast will be an update on ERP integration please join our monthly PaaS Partner Community Webcast – May 28th 2019.

Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @soaCommunity #PaaSCommunity!

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Integrate ERP Cloud with Oracle Integration Cloud – PaaS Partner Community Webcast May 28th 2019

imageAttend our May edition of the PaaS Partner Community Webcast live on May 28th 2019

Integrate ERP Cloud

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 Commiskey image

Director Product Management

Visit the registration page here.

Call ID: 5566478 and Passcode: 268096

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

Schedule: Wednesday May 28th 2019 15:30-16:30 CET.

Watch live here

Take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand:

· Integrate HCM Cloud

· 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

For the latest information please visit Community Updates Wiki page (Community membership required).

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Oracle Again a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service

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Report solidifies Oracle’s leadership in execution and vision for enterprise customers. For the third straight year, Oracle was named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)” report. Special thanks to the PaaS Partner community to deliver successful customer projects.

iPaaS offerings are crucial for the modern enterprise to adopt hybrid digital transformation strategies, making this recognition a testament to Oracle’s continued success in delivering value to its large enterprise customers.

“Successfully transforming into a digital business requires putting into place the foundation of agile connectivity spanning any combination of cloud-native and on-premises,” said Bruce Tierney, director of product marketing for Integration, Oracle. “Being recognized as a Leader for the third year in a row demonstrates our ability to help customers innovate now and in the future.”

According to the report, Oracle’s strong global presence is a major benefit for end users. Oracle’s broad network enables them to use Oracle Integration Cloud locally, whether directly or through Oracle’s SaaS and PaaS channels, almost anywhere in the world. Its offerings in PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS technology sectors make Oracle one of the most cohesive and versatile enterprise iPaaS suites on the market.

Oracle’s iPaaS services include Oracle Integration Cloud and Oracle SOA Cloud Service and eliminate barriers between business applications through a combination of machine learning, embedded best-practice guidance, pre-built integration, and process automation. Oracle Integration Cloud is an easy to use and powerful integration platform targeting ad hoc integrators with tools such as process automation, while Oracle SOA Cloud delivers a high-control platform for specialist integrators. With more than 100 adapters, customers can quickly integrate and scale Oracle, third-party, and on-premises applications, APIs, people and devices. Additionally, Oracle has many other cross-PaaS offerings that can be combined with Oracle’s iPaaS services to deliver greater productivity. Those services include data integration to support real-time data streaming, batch data processing, and enterprise data quality and governance; Oracle API Platform Cloud Service for API first design and management; and Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Service for IoT integration. Oracle API Platform Cloud, leveraging the unique API-first design tool from Apiary that is used by over 300,000 developers and 400,000 APIs, is designed to eliminate the complexities associated with transforming on-premises API solutions into the cloud so companies can thrive in the digital economy.

Download a complimentary copy of Gartner’s 2019 "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service" here.

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SOA Suite on containerized platform – Docker by Michel Schildmeijer

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In this post I am exploring the sense of configuring and running an Oracle SOA Suite 12.2 domain on docker and managed by Kubernetes, to discover if SOA is a good candidate to run on Docker.

The server where I will install it is running Oracle Linux 6.8; unfortunately Kubernetes now is supported on Linux 7, so my next post will handle that subject.

First of all here are my install bits and experiences.

Setting up Docker

Before installing I had to add some YUM repo to get the right docker package:

  1. export DOCKERURL="https://yum.dockerproject.org/repo/main/oraclelinux/6" 
  2. rm /etc/yum.repos.d/docker*.repo 
  3. yum-config-manager –add-repo "$DOCKERURL/oraclelinux/docker-ce.repo" 
  4. yum-config-manager –enable docker-ce-stable-17.05 
  5. Read the complete article here.

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Robotic Process Automation for ERP Modernization – Webcast May 16th 2019

imageOracle Integration and RPA working together May 16, 2019 10:00 am PST

Join Glenn Hoormann, Executive Vice President, eAlliance and Eduardo Chiocconi, Director Product Management for Oracle Integration to get the inside track on how RPA robots and employees can work together to automate end to end business processes such as Order to Cash and Quote to Order.
Learn how you can:

  • Take your RPA strategy from good to great with Robotic Service Orchestration to bring human decision making to your digital workforce
  • Visually design end to end processes with the ability to quickly and easily switch out manual steps for RPA robot execution 
  • Tame legacy complexity for repetitive and complex activities including bank statement reconciliation, customer on-boarding, and opportunity to order

For details please visit the registration page here.

 

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UiPath leverages Oracle Cloud Platform for Robotic Process Automation by Arijit Chakraborty

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UiPath is a leading provider of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions to efficiently automate business processes. UiPath allows organizations to be more productive and achieve better business outcomes through workflow and business process automation leveraging RPA, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

UiPath was looking for a robust integration solution with end-to-end process design capability for automating business processes. UiPath chose Oracle Integration Cloud and Oracle Process Cloud for addressing their hybrid cloud integration and workflow automation requirements. This also allowed them to add artificial intelligence into their automations to drive additional workflow efficiencies.

Listen to Bobby Patrick, Chief Marketing Officer at UiPath, talk about how with Oracle Cloud Platform they have been able to dramatically improve job satisfaction of their employees while helping their clients achieve improved business outcomes. Read the complete article here.

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Road to Oracle Cloud by Markus Lohn

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In this blogpost, I want to share my experience of migrating an Oracle SOA solution from on-premise to the cloud. But why was it necessary to think about this possibility? More than two years ago, our customer launched a comprehensive program to to make sales fit for the future. A huge area also covered IT support and automation of sales business processes. The solution introduced the use of different cloud system that have to be integrated. The integration part was achieved with the Oracle SOA platform. The SOA platform connects internal IT systems with external business partners and customers. The SOA platform is operated on-premise in the customer’s DMZ zone.

Now that several systems have already been operated in the cloud and due to limited resources available to operate the SOA platform, the customer considered to move the platform into the cloud. The primary goal of a cloud deployment was to relieve the operations team. This allows the operations team to focus on functional monitoring. Furthermore, the following objectives were important:

  • The manufacturer ensures the best support for the operation of the platform, e.g. load balancing and clustering.
  • Installation of patches or new versions performed by the software provider.
  • HA capabilities are already firmly integrated in the cloud service and the system is continuously protected by backups against failure.
  • Additional resources can be easily requested or returned on demand. Read the complete article here.

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