Uncovering Decaying Supply Chain Links with IOT Asset Monitoring by Supreet Oberoi

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A Tale of Two Wines
I’ve spent most my life in the Bay area. The weather is mild, and the traffic not. Over time, I’ve become fond of a particular French wine sold in a chain grocery store. The wine had good character and depth, but its price initially made me think I’d be drinking vinegar! So, when I had to relocate to (hot! hot!) Arizona for two years, I found the same chain grocery store to buy my wine. Everything inside the store was arranged in exactly the same way as in California.  More surprising, they had all the same products, including perishables, as in my California store. And there it was — my favorite cheap wine! I thanked the supply chain gods for making this happen.

I took my wine to the corporate housing, feeling very much like I was home. I opened the bottle and let the wine breathe. First sip… it tasted not just like vinegar, but bad vinegar! Second sip… still the same. I went back and got another bottle… same taste. Obviously, somewhere during the transit of the cargo, this delicate, cheap wine was exposed to the hostile Arizona heat for too long. That killed it. I was so disappointed.
So what does this really have to do with the supply chain process you ask?

Decayed Links in the Supply Chain Process

When we started doing IoT development at Oracle, one of the most common customer concerns was reducing theft and waste in the transport of perishable goods (for example, groceries, poultry) and semi-perishable goods (such as wine). Though we offer the best practices to tune your supply chain logistics to reduce your hazards when moving your perishable goods, we realized many risks still weren’t being  addressed.

Risk 1: Asset Is Missing

What do we mean by assets? An asset may be a keg waiting to be loaded in a yard, or it could be an excavator, a loader, lathe, drill, blood infusion pump, or a patient bed. Assets could be goods moving through the supply chain system, or a tool enabling the movement of those goods. Some of us sheltered within our software world don’t ever consider the loss of physical assets – it takes us by surprise. How can an asset get lost? Read the complete article here.

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Service Bus: Pipeline alerts in Splunk using SNMP traps by Maarten Smeets

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Oracle Service Bus provides a reporting activity called Alert. The OSB pipeline alerts use a persistent store. This store is file based. Changing the persistent store to JDBC based, does not cause pipeline alerts to be stored in a database instead of on disk. When the persistent store on disk becomes large, opening pipeline alerts in the Enterprise Manager (12c) or Service Bus console (11g) can suffer from poor performance. If you put an archive setting on pipeline alerts (see here), the space from the persistent store on disk is not reduced when alerts get deleted. You can compact the store to reduce space (see here), but this requires the store to be offline and this might require shutting down the Service Bus. This can be cumbersome to do often and is not good for your availability.

If you do not want to use the EM / SB console or have the issues with the filestore, there is an alternative. Pipeline alerts can produce SNMP traps. SNMP traps can be forwarded by a WebLogic SNMP Agent to an SNMP Manager. This manager can store the SNMP traps in a file and Splunk can monitor the file. Splunk makes searching alerts and visualizing them easy. In this blog I will describe the steps needed to get a minimal setup with SNMP traps going and how to see the pipeline alerts in Splunk. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle’s API Platform Cloud Service is a huge moment for us as partners to implement such a great product

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API Platform Cloud Service Resources

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The API Platform Cloud Service is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to manage and secure their APIs

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Oracle has done a great job with the API Platform CS – a showcase of how the cloud unburdens the on premises organization in terms of infrastructure, security, availability and ramp up time

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There’s so much expectation around Oracle’s API Cloud Service and rightly so

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API Platform Cloud Service Resources

 

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Service delivers a pure-play 3rd generation API solution

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APIP CS is a flexible, scalable and easy-to-use solution to thrive innovation by unleashing the power of APIs

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API Platform Cloud Service Partner resource kit

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For Oracle Partners we offer an API Platform Cloud Service resource kit (community membership required):

· Sales kit

· Online training and certification: API Platform Cloud Service Partner Sales Rep GLP and API Platform Cloud Service Partner Sales Consultant GLP

· API trial service

· API CS Whitepaper & API Platform Cloud Service Data Sheet & Apiary Data Sheet

· API Platform Cloud Service Documentation

· Upcoming API hands-on trainings

· API CS website & OTN page

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Service (APIP CS) is available!

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Service provides a foundation for Digital Transformation through the first API Management offering that comprises the full API Lifecycle. Encompassing the complete API continuum from API Design & Standardization via Apiary’s trusted API Design & Documentation Platform through to API Security, Discovery & Consumption, Monetization, and Analysis, the API Platform Cloud Service provides a completely new, simplified API management user experience on top of a proven API gateway.

It is easy for an organization to eliminate the challenges associated with traditional API management with the API Platform Cloud Service. Teams have the agility provided by Apiary to collaborate on design specs quickly, developing front- and back-end services in parallel, achieving visibility into API use for better control and monetization of digital assets, as well as the assurance that their APIs are secured against unauthorized users and potential attacks.

Key Features:

· Apiary Mock Server: Quickly model an API on Apiary’s hosted server to make sure that everyone is on-board

· Apiary Interactive Documentation: Give API consumers the information they need to succeed. The Apiary Documentation Console takes the API Description and allows you to not only read and write, but also to interact with your API—even before you’ve built it

· API Implementation: Build new APIs using Apiary UI

· API Deployment: Deploy, Activate, Deprecate, and Remove APIs

· API Inventory & Catalog: Know which APIs are available for use

· Application Registration & Management: Manage the applications using your APIs to ensure proper usage

· Operational Analytics: 10 pre-built charts to see, for example, who is using your API, how, and if they are encountering issues

· Policies: Top security, quality of service, and routing policies

· User Roles & Grants: Control access to your APIs with API-level entitlements

Key Differentiators:

The  API  Platform  Cloud  Service  is  a  leader  where  there  has  been  a  gap  in  full  lifecycle API Management. The API Platform Cloud Service is the only platform that provides complete support for API Lifecycle from API Design & Standardization to API  Security,  Discovery  &  Consumption,  Monetization,  and  Analysis  on  top  of  a  proven API gateway.

· Deployment  Flexibility

· Low Operational Cost:

· Rich Functional, Operational and Audit Capabilities

· Customizable   Developer   Portal

· Proven  Technology

What Oracle APIP Beta Participants & Apiary Customers Say About Oracle Innovation:

“Customers want to unlock the value in their systems by delivering APIs to internal developers and even customers to re-invent and remix critical business functions. A product like APIP reduces the administrative burden of launching services by handling API discovery, security, throttling, and versioning in a innovated hybrid cloud solution. We look forward to helping our customers take advantage of this game-changing product from Oracle.”

— Steve Giovannetti, CTO & Founder, Hub City Media, Inc.

“Trunk Club has been able to develop new solutions quickly with Oracle Apiary. Originally, a lack of API documentation left a lot of room for interpretation, but since implementing Oracle Apiary, API documentation has been a game changer. Front-end and back-end teams have been able to focus on better API design, and the integrated mock server has allowed us to develop in parallel. Not only has development time gone down, using Oracle Apiary brought the architecture and payload discussion earlier in the development process, making it easier for us to collaborate across teams and platforms.”

— Brian Lee, Engineering Manager at Trunk Club

“As the tendency continues for organizations to adopt not one but multiple cloud vendors, information has never been more federated. Real time access to such assets via APIs has therefore become a priority for our customers. Oracle API Platform Cloud Service delivers a pure-play 3rd generation API solution capable of creating and managing APIs that run in any vendor’s cloud and/or on-premises –whilst keeping the entire platform operations and API lifecycle central in the Oracle Cloud.

This flexible architecture means that we can create robust solutions for our customers that really puts them in the driving sit when it comes to managing access to information via APIs –regardless of where they are. The incorporation of Apiary into the platform, only makes it better as developers also get the tools they need to ensure that those APIs are well designed, documented and are easy to consume.”

— Luis Weir, Chief Architect, Application Services, Capgemini UK.

Learn more about APIP Cloud Service:  https://cloud.oracle.com/api-platform and a partner resource kit here.

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