Oracle Integration November 2020 Update by Antony Reynolds

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It is time for the November quarterly update to Oracle Integration. Lilly the Oracle integration mascot is looking forward to it. We have lots of exciting new features and improvements to share with you. Note that testing is still underway for these features and, although unlikely, it is possible that some will not meet our quality standard and be deferred to a later release.

Announcements & Update Windows

Currently tenant administrators get notified of OIC Gen 2 updates via notifications in the OCI console. Unfortunately most OIC users are not tenant admins and go straight to their OIC instance and so never see the notifications. To make sure users of OIC Gen 2 know when updates are coming we are adding update notifications into the OIC console.

We have also added an ability for customers to mark their Gen 2 instances for one of two update windows. You can read about it in Choosing Your Update Window.

Developer Productivity Enhancements

We are making the following improvements for developers:

  • Local Invoke Enhancements
  • Configurator Enhancements
  • Recover Unsaved Changes from Edit
  • Improved Notification Activity Setup
  • Improved Scheduled Flow Diagnostics

Prebuilt Connectivity Enhancements

We have a lot of enhancements both to existing adapters and new adapters. Read the complete article here.

PaaS Partner Community

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On-demand Webcasts

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

· Cloud Native and Serverless SaaS Extensions

· How Process Workflow can extend the role of Integration

· Innovate Service Cloud with Chatbots

· Integration Update & New Features

· Chatbot Design best practices for Conversational UX

· Connect, Innovate, Extend SaaS KickOff Webcast 2020

· Cloud Platform KickOff Webcast 2020

· Netsuite Integration

· Integration Insight

· Innovate HCM with Chatbots

· ERP Integration with Application Adapters

· HCM Integration with Application Adapters

· Extend SaaS with Visual Builder Cloud Service

· Integration Adapters

· Integrate SaaS

· Digital Assistant Update

· SOA Cloud Service

· PaaS Overview Webcast

· Process Cloud Service Update

· Integrate ERP Cloud

· Integrate HCM Cloud

· Functions and Cloud Native

· 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 Implementation Certifications

imageEnablement and certification are key to cloud success. At the Oracle Competence Center and Online Learning Library partners can attend free on-line classes and certifications. Additional we offer the latest implementation exams ($245 or free vouchers) for:

· Oracle Cloud Platform Application Integration 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1042-20

· Oracle Cloud Platform Digital Assistant 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1071-20

· Oracle Cloud Platform Application Development 2019 Associate I 1Z0-1043

· Oracle Cloud Platform Enterprise Analytics 2019 Associate | 1Z0-1041

Oracle Cloud Platform Content and Experience 2019 Associate | 1Z0-1040

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PaaS Partner YouTube Update January 2021

The January video includes three topics:

• Top blog posts 2021

• Social media

• SOA Modernization

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 PaaS Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required).

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Additional new content PaaS Partner Community

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New OIC articles

HCM OIC Patterns video by A-Team

Cloud concerns Here are four takeaways from the recent Oracle Live event on cloud infrastructure security innovations.

More power Oracle’s new high-performance computing on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is providing the performance boost to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems—combating disease, preventing car-crash fatalities, and more.

Smooth sailing How Sonoco, a $5.4 billion maker of packaging for food, medicine, and other products, uses Oracle Transportation Management Cloud to navigate a complex, growing shipping environment.

World-changing Java Did you know Java helps drive the Brazilian healthcare system? Read the responses to our list of the 25 greatest Java apps ever written.

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OIC Process Form VBCS decision tree by Sushil Shukla

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This blog will help you in deciding when to use process web form and and when to use VBCS form. Instead of long post with lot of content, this post uses approach of decision tree. Very specific decision point, and how should you decide  between two options. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Process Cloud – linking to a process instance by Niall Commiskey

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Use case here – Customer wants a process creator to be notified when a process has completed.
In this case, an email containing a link to the process history in Workspace. The link should bring me here.

The link has the following format – (thanks to my esteemed colleagues Eduardo and Sudhakar for this) I try this out with the my instance id. Read the complete article here.

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OIC DMN VBCS decision tree by Sushil Shukla

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This blog will help you in deciding when to use DMN and and when to use VBCS business rules. Instead of long post with lot of content, this post uses approach of decision tree. Very specific decision point, and how should you decide  between two options. Read the complete article here.

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An Advanced Guide to OIC Notification via Emails by Renukaradhya Dakshinamurthy

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Introduction:

  • Do you know how SMTP servers detect spoofs or detect the forging of the visible sender?
  • Do you know how SMTP servers detect sender is legitimate?

This blog is an answer to the above questions.

With the migration of customers from OIC Generation 1 to Generation 2, we have changed the underlying stack that sends email from Cloud Notification Service (CNS) to OCI Email Service. With this, the SPF and DKIM configuration previously done will not be valid anymore and these need to be reconfigured to increase the deliverability.

Using your own from address for Gen2

If you are willing to use your own "from" address like no-reply@oraclecloud.com. You have to follow the below 2 steps.

  • You have to register the from address in Settings->Notification Screen.
  • You have to configure SPF and DKIM on the sender domain i.e oraclecloud.com. More information on SPF and DKIM is below.
SPF

SPF is an acronym for “Sender Policy Framework”. SPF is a DNS TXT record that specifies which IP addresses and/or servers are allowed to send email “from” that particular domain. A domain administrator publishes the policy defining mail servers that are authorized to send email from that domain. when an email is received the inbound SMTP server then compares the IP address of the mail sender with the authorized IP addresses defined in the SPF record. An example of SPF record for oraclecloud.com is like below. Read the complete article here.

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Creating Complex Local Temporary Variables in OIC by John Graves

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Introduction

Over the past couple of years, I have been involved in more and more projects and proofs-of-concept moving assets from Oracle SOA Suite to Oracle Integration Cloud.

Now it is important to note that these are quite different products and serve different needs.  SOA Suite is a very extensive tool which allows you to create apps, user interfaces, integrations and much more.  Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) is more focused on just integration.  However, many companies have used SOA Suite simply for integration purposes and making the move to OIC attractive.

There are many actions in the world of BPEL that don’t yet exist in OIC, but one that is particularly troublesome is the lack of local variables.  It is often convenient in BPEL to use a local variable to make future mappings easier in the integration.  SOA Suite’s BPEL lets you create arbitrary variables of any shape and size based on a schema definition.  In OIC, local variables are either a string or based on a trigger or invoke operation.

Data Stitch

The new Data Stitch action almost gets us there, but again, the stitch variable must be a type already defined by a trigger or invoke.  You can’t define a schema for the variable if it does not already exist.

Solution

STAGE FILE to the rescue!!!

As you may know, you can use the stage file action to create a file on the local, in-memory, temporary filesystem.  This is very handy when manipulating files, performing zip and unzip operations and preparing files for file based integrations such as ERP Cloud.  But it can also be used to create temporary, local variables! Read the complete article here.

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