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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UKOUG Middleware & Integration SIG 28th Sep 2017 London, UK

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Agenda

09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:30 Welcome & Introduction and UKOUG News
  1. SIG Committee & UKOUG
09:45 Fusion Middleware and “Multimodal IT” – Oracle’s Middleware Strategy
  1. Ian Doyle, Oracle
10:30 API Management – On-Premises and IaaS
  1. Phil Wilkins, Capgemini
11:30 Coffee & Networking
11:45 SOA & WebLogic – Lift & Shift to the Cloud
  1. Simon Haslam & Bruno Alves, eProceed
12:45 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Running WebLogic on Containers – On-Premises and PaaS
  1. Robert Honeyman & John Luck, Honeyman IT
14:15 An Introduction to Oracle Identity Cloud Service
  1. Sumit Gupta, OraWorld
15:15 Coffee & Networking
15:30 Mobile Cloud Suite & Chatbots a platform for Innovation
  1. Sid Joshi, Oracle
16:15 AOB & Close

For details please visit the registration page here

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Training on-demand: Oracle Business Process Management 12C October 2017 and November – December 2017

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What you will learn

This boot camp is an ideal starting point for an implementer who is planning to learn Oracle BPM Suite 12c and use it on BPM projects. Learn to:

  • Use BPMN modeling notation to document business process
  • Simulate a process model to identify bottlenecks
  • Create business rules that condition flow through a model
  • Define key performance metrics

Build a dashboard containing charts that show key performance metrics

Registration

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

  • Process Developers
  • Application Developers
  • Application Architects
  • SOA Architects
  • System Analysts
  • Technical Consultants

For details please visit the registration pages:

Training

Date

Registration

Business Process Management 12C

6 Nov – 1 Dec 17

Registration

Business Process Management 12C

11 Sept – 6 Oct 17

Registration

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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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My private Corner – it’s the PaaS Partner Community

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In August 2005 the first member registered for the SOA Partner Community. Over the years more than 7901 members registered. The #soaCommunity is an established brand and you the partners recognize the benefits. The monthly community newsletter is one of the most read Oracle partner newsletters around the world. With the transformation to the cloud it’s time to adopt, therefore we are in process to rename to #PaaSCommunity

Jürgen Kress

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Additional new content SOA & BPM Partner Community

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· Oracle SOA Suite 12.2.1 New Features Published in February 2016, the #1 article for 2016 was written by Oracle ACE Associate Sandra Flores, a SOA architect. The article presents an illustrated overview of the 12.2.1 release of Oracle SOA Suite. Read the article.

· Oracle Cloud Integration In the #2 position, this 4-part article series by Oracle ACE Director Joel Perez and ACE Arturo Viveros was published in January 2016. Written for architects and IT managers, the article addresses both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-prem integration. Read the article.

· Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Startup and Shutdown The article in the #3 position for 2016 is actually a sample chapter from Oracle SOA Suite 12c Administrator’s Guide (2015, Packt Publishing), written by Arun Pareek, Oracle ACE Ahmed Aboulnaga, and ACE Associate Harold Dost.
Read the article.

· Author Roundtable: SOA Suite 12c Administration The #3 most-downloaded podcast for 2016 was published in March, and features a discussion with Arun Pareek, Oracle ACE Ahmed Aboulnaga, and ACE Associate Harold Dost, the people responsible for the #3 most-read article for 2016. Listen to the podcast.

· SOA and Integration On-Prem and in the Cloud The #2 video for 2016, published in March, features Vikas Anand (Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle SOA Suite/Integration Cloud Service) and Ram Menon (Product Manager, Oracle Integration Cloud Service) in a discussion about meeting SOA and integration challenges on-prem and in the cloud. Watch the video.

· Internet of Things: Architecture and Impact The #3 most-watched video, also published in March, is a video replay of Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans’s session in Middleware track of the OTN Virtual Technology Summit event held that same month. Watch the video.

· Oracle Introduces Service Cloud for Unlocking IoT Data Part of the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite, this packaged integration between Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud reduces the complexity of IoT projects Learn more.

· Oracle Code Coming to 20 cities globally, Oracle Code is an event for developers building modern Web, mobile, enterprise and cloud-native applications. These events will focus on the latest software developer technologies, practices and trends, including: Containers, Microservices/APIs, & DevOps; Databases; Open Source Technologies; Development Tools & Low Code Platforms; Machine Learning, Chatbots & AI.

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Oracle PaaS Partner YouTube Update September 2017

The September issue of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update is a special edition from the PaaS Summer Camps 2017. The video contains two key topics:

  • PaaS training resources
  • PaaS showcases

For regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Thanks for your likes and sharing the video on YouTube and LinkedIn.  For the latest SOA & BPM Partner Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required).

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Emotion Recognition at Oracle Maker Faire by Noel Portugal

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A few weeks before the first ever Oracle sponsored Maker Faire, I was experimenting with some of the cognitive (vision) recognition APIs available. Google Vision API, Watson Visual Recognition and Microsoft Computer Vision API are some of the biggest players in this field right now.

After testing all of them I found the idea of Microsoft’s CaptionBot really compelling: Upload an image to the CaptionBot and it will try to come up with a coherent caption based on a mashup of three of their cognitive services (Computer Vision API +  Emotion API + Bing Image API). I wrote an iOS app (with it’s own Swift framework) to consume this mashup and took it for a spin.

I gave my phone to my kids to test the app. They ran around the house and were truly amused by pointing the camera to an object and getting a description.

So when the call to create a project for Oracle Maker Faire with my kids came, we sat down and started brainstorming. The concept was still fresh on their minds; A computer could guess as close as possible to what an object is and even guess a facial expression. Read the complete article here.

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