Leveraging Agile and Scrum on SOA and BPM projects by Kris Nelson

 

Wclip_image002[5]ithin our implementation framework at AVIO, we use an Agile methodology called Scrum.  We have found this to be a great fit for Oracle Fusion Middleware projects in the SOA, BPM and WebCenter space — especially when projects seek to improve or bring innovative new approaches to an organization.

If you are new to Agile and Scrum, check out this great video which covers some of the key concepts: Agile methodologies like Scrum have several benefits over traditional waterfall methodologies, such as:

  • Seeking progress within each iteration (or sprint) to review the accuracy of requirements and adjust course
  • Implementing a simple structure and focus on the team’s effectiveness as primary goals
  • Encouraging breaking larger efforts into smaller, more manageable chunks
  • Emphasizing team collaboration — especially business and IT)

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A Model for Planning Your Oracle BPM 10g Migration by Kris Nelson

As the Oracle SOA Suite and BPM Suite 12c products enter beta, many of our clients are starting to discuss migrating from the Oracle 10g or prior platforms. With the BPM Suite 11g, Oracle introduced a major change in architecture with a strong focus on integration with SOA and an entirely new technology stack. In addition, there were fresh new UIs and a renewed business focus with an improved Process Composer and features like Adaptive Case Management. While very beneficial to both technology and the business, the fundamental change in architecture does pose clear migration challenges for clients who have made investments in the 10g platform. Some of the key challenges facing 10g customers include:

  • Managing in-process instance migration and running multiple process engines
  • Migration of User Interfaces and other code within the environment that may not be automated
  • Growing or finding technical staff with both 10g and 12c experience
  • Managing migration projects while continuing to move the business forward and meet day-to-day responsibilities

As a former practitioner in a mixed 10g/11g shop, I wrestled with many of these challenges as we tried to plan ahead for the migration. Luckily, there is migration tooling on the way from Oracle and several approaches you can use in planning your migration efforts. In addition, you already have a defined and visible process on the current platform, which will be invaluable as you migrate. 

A Migration ModelThis model presents several options across a value and investment spectrum. The goal of the AVIO Migration Model is to kick-start discussions within your company and assist in creating a plan of action to take advantage of the new platform. As with all models, this is a framework for discussion and certain processes or situations may not fit. Please contact us if you have specific questions or want to discuss migrations efforts in your situation. Read the complete article here.

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