Oracle OpenWorld 2017 call for papers open – submit your PaaS partners success!

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We want that You present your PaaS Partner success at Oracle OpenWorld 2017! Make sure you submit your papers:

Call-for-Papers Oracle OpenWorld 2017

We recommend to submit best practice session of leading edge products like Integration Cloud Service, Process Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service or how to Enrich SaaS with PaaS. Also highly welcome are joint presentations with your customers. Let us know if you like to get a nice quote from Oracle. For additional call for papers visit our wiki.

See you in San Francisco

Jürgen Kress

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Thomas Kurian’s Keynote at Oracle CloudWorld NYC 2017

 

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Thomas Kurian, President of Oracle Product Development, delivers a keynote address at Oracle CloudWorld NYC 2017. Kurian details the best-in-class services of the Oracle Cloud across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS and in your own data center. Watch the video here.

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PaaS free trial accounts ICS and PCS, IoT and PaaS for SaaS

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As part of our communities we do offer free PaaS accounts (only for partners in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In case you are not part of EMEA please contact your local partner manager):

· Integration Cloud Service & Process Cloud Service & SOA Cloud & IoT & PaaS for SaaS Service PaaS Demo Accounts  (Community membership required)

· Java Cloud Service & Application Cloud Container Service & Mobile Cloud Service PaaS Demo Accounts (Community membership required)

Watch the GSE Overview Video! Get an overview of what GSE is and how you can use GSE to help you sell. You can also get long running dedicated PaaS instances, therefore please send us details about your use cases. For instant access please request a sandbox demo

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Five Best Practices for Platform as a Service Success

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Research firm IDC estimates that the market for platform as a service (PaaS) solutions will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent and reach $14 billion by 2017. PaaS provides application runtime, database, integration, messaging, and other services in the cloud, accelerating application development and reducing infrastructure acquisition and maintenance costs. Here are five best practices for maximizing the business value of your PaaS solutions. Get the report here.

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Welcome to the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV

When you read this you arrived safely in Split and we would like to thank you and your management for investing the time to attend the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV. There will be more than 200 delegates from more than 40 countries, which will give you the opportunity to learn from other cloud minded partners and network with partners from different regions as we also have representation from Africa, Asia, North America, South America and the Middle-East. Many Oracle employees will attend and we would like to invite you to challenge them how we can support you to grow your business and maintain profitability on your investment with Oracle.

This year’s conference marks a turning point in our journey. Cloud Computing is leading on all service levels. SaaS solutions became a standard model for enterprise customers. Infrastructure as a Service is used to deploy all kind of workload flexible in the cloud. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is crossing the chasm. At our community workspaces you can get a slide deck with more than 70 PaaS live production references. PaaS often is used to integrate SaaS solutions with other SaaS solutions or on-premises. Cloud platforms like Application Cloud Container (ACC) enable developers to build cloud native applications utilizing a microservices model. Often this applications are optimized for mobile devices. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) play a key role in the digital transformation. New cloud services like machine learning and chatbots are arising.

During this event you will see presentations from Product Management, Pre-Sales Consultants and Partners, that will share their real life experiences with you how to implement Oracle PaaS & Middleware solutions and to see the business drivers behind these projects.

Focus of the 24th Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum will be Platform as a Service (PaaS) Cloud Computing. During the last months many of the new PaaS service became mature. The Partner Community Forum is one of the best opportunities to get details and hands-on trainings about Integration Cloud Service (ICS), SOA Cloud Service (SOA CS), API Platform Cloud Service (API CS), Process Cloud Service (PCS), Mobile Cloud Service (MCS), Internet of Things Cloud Service (IoT CS), Java Cloud & Developer Cloud Service, Application Builder Cloud Service (ABCs) and Application Container Cloud Service (ACCs) and Content and Experience Cloud Service. Oracle PaaS Services give partners many new opportunities to build, customize and integrate applications in a public cloud environment. Our joint customers will benefit from this new cloud offering by fast time to market, higher availability and flexibility, lower project cost an risks. With hybrid cloud computing Oracle offers a unique value proposition for customer and partners. You can choose where to host your cloud solutions in the data center of your choice. Cloud marketplace gives you as a partner new opportunities to build, deploy and promote and market offerings on the Oracle PaaS Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Partner Program reflect the focus on cloud computing.

The Enrich SaaS with PaaS initiative is designed for Oracle SaaS applications partners. The underlying PaaS platform enables customers to enrich and differentiate SaaS solutions. Connect SaaS solutions with other SaaS solutions and on-premises, analyze data and extend applications. As part of the conference multiple session and a two days hands-on training are offered to Enrich SaaS solutions with PaaS.

Each conference attendee was granted access to free PaaS demo service before and during the conferences. As an Oracle gold partner or above you can request free PaaS demo services via demo.oracle.com or our partner communities any time – make use of it!

On the first conference day you can learn from ACEs implementing successful PaaS solutions at our joint customers and PaaS best practices.

We are excited to welcome again Ed Zou at the conference who will highlight in his keynote how to innovate on Oracle Cloud Platform – build, integrate, analyze and secure solutions. Digital is changing the economy, our joint customers face this challenge, PaaS is the platform you can build new Digital solutions either in the Cloud on on-premises. Thanks to our product management team you will get updates and roadmap details including demos for our PaaS & Middleware solutions.

We would like to congratulate the annual winners of the Fusion Middleware Partner Community Awards. You will have the opportunity to learn direct from them why they have won the awards. On Tuesday evening during our social event you will have plenty of chance for deep discussion within the community and speakers.

On the third day you can choose between four breakout tracks: Enterprise Integration track, BPM & User experience track, Application Development track and Mobile & Internet of Things track. We will keep our tradition to wrap up the conference with the legendary ACE demo – special thanks to Lucas Jellema and team!

Thursday and Friday six different hands-on boot camps take place. During the conference we host run multiple information points. Please take the opportunity to talk to the product management teams and business development teams. From previous conferences we received the feedback that networking is key, it is always a challenge to keep the balance between more exiting live demos and networking breaks. As Split is hard to reach – you will be rewarded with a hotel & conference center overlooking the beach – many attendees will arrive on Monday. Therefore we introduce the community day with best practice and customer references. Take the opportunity to connect via twitter and Facebook. Also most of the conference speakers arrive on Monday and are available for 1:1 meetings!

We would like to encourage you to network within the community using our web2.0 features. clip_image002For twitter please use the event hashtag #PaaSForum:

http://www.twitter.com/soacommunity @soacommunity

http://www.twitter.com/wlscommunity @wlscommunity

Like our Facebook pages and post comments and pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/WebLogicCommunity & http://www.facebook.com/soacommunity

We also want to give a special thank you to our Specialized partners for SOA, BPM, WebLogic and ADF that have been able to differentiate themselves in their local markets by showing their experience and commitment in Oracle Fusion Middleware & PaaS. To continue your road to success please ensure that you align with our local PaaS & Fusion Middleware sales teams and use our marketing services including the marketing campaigns kits.

The conference, Oracle OpenWorld and the Summer Camps are part of the annual community highlights. It’s exciting to see the community to get together full of energy and to develop new ideas. We opened the conference registration 100 days in advance, after 50 days the conference was sold out! Special thanks to my management for assigning additional budget to allow us to host additional attendees – thank you!

Thank you for attending the conference and your Oracle PaaS & Middleware Partner business.

Jürgen Kress


Conference Guide app & online

clip_image004Conference details will be posted in the Oracle Events 17 App for Android and iOS. To get access to the Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum Apps please:

· Make sure you downloaded the app "Oracle Events 17"

· Click on EventID

· Input “PPCF” in the box

· Password “1234

· Click download

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Or download the conference program as a pdf file at our Community Workspaces:

Welcome to Spit!

Learn, Share and Connect

Your conference chair

Jürgen Kress

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More chaos as an OWSM policy by Jeroen Ninck Blok

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So it is very easy to implement a happy flow. However handling errors, rolling back transactions and recovering from errors and failures can be quite challenging. It is not possible to find all the possibilities during development or design. Some errors or failures will only occur when very rare circumstances come into play together. Then all the parts of the application either will handle the error and will ensure that no data is lost and the application survives or not. In the last case people lose data, applications crash and managers get upset.

A very good read on this topic is the book Release It!.

A policy

Most of the time I write services in either Oracle Service Bus or Oracle SOA Suite. I can mock expected error behaviour, however sometimes having errors when you don’t expect them can give you new insite into the stability and resilience of the application.

To create (unexpected) errors a Managed Server can be stopped, data sources can be removed or entire virtual machine’s can be deleted. However these Managed Servers are quite heavy and when I ask somebody if I can break something during a test I am usually asked to get a cup of coffee 😉

So I wanted a different method (unfortunately not implemeted at a customer) so I created an Oracle Web Service Manager (OWSM) policy. I was inspired by the Chaos Monkey application made by Netflix. The Chaos Monkey application creates havoc. The OWSM policy should also create problems, but in a very modest way. It generates an error on a random basis.

The OWSM framework is not really meant for this kind of policies, but it is a start! The sources can be found on my GitHub repository.

Building & installing the policy

The policy is build using JDeveloper. I build it using JDeveloper 12.2.1.1, but I think it can be back ported to 12.1.3. There are two deployment profiles: Read the complete article here.

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Configuring Amazon RDS as the Oracle SOA Suite Database by Fabio Douek

imageWe are proud to announce that RDS support is fully integrated and certified against MyST 3.8.2, which was released on 15/Jun/2016. To know more about MyST visit: http://myst.rubiconred.com

1. Overview

We started to provision Oracle Fusion Middleware platforms against AWS in anger about three years ago. From the beginning we took advantage of the ability to create the AWS infrastructure within minutes. We could also use MyST to provision complex Oracle Fusion Middleware EDG (Enterprise Deployment Guide) Compliant platforms in less than an hour.

One challenge that we faced, was that we couldn’t use Oracle RDS as the database for our Oracle Fusion Middleware installations. This was primarily because the RDS master user didn’t have the database privileges required to run the Oracle Repository Creation Utility (RCU). As a result, we implemented our own automation for provisioning the Oracle Database running on EC2 instances.

Whilst this works for running Dev and Test workloads in AWS, when it comes to implementing Production workloads, Oracle RDS provides a number of additional benefits. This includes simplified administration tasks, including backups, software patching, monitoring, and hardware scaling.

In addition, the Multi-AZ deployment option simplifies the implementation of a highly available architecture, as it contains built-in support for automated fail-over from your primary database to a synchronously replicated secondary database in an alternative Availability Zone in case of a failure.

This all started to change late last year, with a number of our customers looking at running Oracle SOA workloads in Production on AWS. Being an AWS Technology Partner, we provided this feedback to AWS, who in return invited us to collaborate with the RDS team.

We spent the last 4 months of this year working with the AWS Oracle RDS Team (a big thank you to Michael and Jinyoung) to test the RCU capability within MyST. This went extremely well, and the RDS team worked closely with us to support the go-live of our first customer on Oracle SOA 12.2.1 on AWS using RDS – what we believe to be a world first!

Our very first customer go-live on RDS was a few weeks ago in June-2016. More recently, Amazon has now announced that RCU is officially supported by Oracle RDS. This is great news for us and our customers. We can can now provision an Oracle Fusion Middleware EDG HA compliant environment within minutes and take advantage of RDS to simplify on-going operations.

The following diagram depicts a typical highly available Oracle Fusion Middleware deployment in AWS. Note that the number of compute nodes, as well as the components may vary depending on the requirements.

2. Oracle RDS Compatibility

Before getting started with Oracle RDS, its important to check its compatibility with RCU and the corresponding Oracle Fusion Middleware components. The following AWS Oracle RDS edition/version options support RCU. Read the complete post here.

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SOA Suite Code Quality: SonarQube Quality Gates, XML Plugin and custom XPath rules by Maarten Smeets

imageThere are several ways to do code quality checks in SOA Suite. In this blog post I will describe a minimal effort setup which uses Jenkins 2.9, SonarQube 5.6 and the SonarQube XML Plugin 1.4.1. SonarQube is a popular tool to check and visualize code quality. An XML Plugin is available for SonarQube which allows you to define custom XPath rules. At the end of this post I will shortly describe several other options which you can consider to help you improve code quality by doing automated checks.

Using SonarQube and the XML Plugin to do code quality checks on SOA Suite components has several benefits compared to other options described at the end of this post.

  • It is very flexible and relatively technology independent. It allows you to scan any XML file such as BPEL, BPMN, OSB, Mediator, Spring, composite.xml files
  • It requires only configuration of SonarQube, the SonarQube XML Plugin and the CI solution (Jenkins in this example)
  • It has few dependencies. It does not require an Oracle Home or custom JAR files on your SonarQube server.
  • The XML Plugin has support (by SonarSource) so high probability it will still work in future versions of SonarQube.
  • Writing rules is simple; XPath expressions. it does not require you to write Java code to create checks.

What we can’t do with this setup is check relations between files since the XPath expressions are executed on single documents (defined with an Ant-style file-mask). Usually though when compiling or deploying SOA Suite composites, it will fail if there are references to files which are not present.

Jenkins / SonarQube setup

Setting up the environment

In this setup I’ve used Git, Jenkins, Maven, SonarQube. I’ve used an Ubuntu Server 16.04 install. The installation of the tools is pretty straightforward. Git and Maven are easiest: sudo apt-get install git maven. Jenkins is also pretty easy since there is a Debian package available. See here. For SonarQube I’ve installed a MySQL server (sudo apt-get install mysql-server). Next I’ve used the following manual. After the installation I’ve set the default admin password to admin (see here). I have also got Sonatype Nexus 3 installed on the server. This required a bit more effort. Nexus 2.x and Nexus 3.x use different API locations. Maven needed to be able to find Nexus (settings.xml file used for Nexus 2 cannot be used OOTB for Nexus 3). The init.d script had some different installation steps. See here.

Of course most people will know how to use Git. I prefer a setup in which the server has a single Git user who owns the repository and grant other users access with SSH keys to that repository. You can see how this is done here.

SonarQube

I’ve used the XML Plugin in SonarQube to define XPath rules. This first needs to be installed. Administration, System, Update Center and install the plugin:

You have to define a project in SonarQube. Administration, Projects, Management, Create Project. Read the complete article here.

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Get ready for Split – Cloud Computing & PaaS resources

PaaSCommunityForum

The PaaS Partner Community Forum will be all about Platform as a Service Cloud Computing.

Infographic: 5 Best Practices for Platform as a Service Success

iPaper: Public Platform as a Service for Dummies

IDC Research: Empower Digital Transformation with Platform as a Service

Webcast: Harvard Business Review Research: Cloud Computing Comes of Age

Try it: Register for the Demo.oracle.com system http://tinyurl.com/opndemo and access it here.

Good trip to Split

Jürgen Kress

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SOA Suite Unit test with Groovy (11g, 12c) – part 1 by Carlos Giraldo

imageIt’s going to be a little long but if you stay until the last line, you are going to know what i did to create dynamic xml requests and responses usign the unit test framework of the Soa Suite with groovy. (yes, groovy!)
I’m going to give some background of the problem and later my own personal solution. Lets begin 😀
[Update 30/06/2016] Wrote a second blog about subject with more functionality for the tests; JUnit test execution, pre load of dat and post processing of information. http://carlgira.blogspot.com.es/2016/06/oracle-soa-suite-unit-test-with-groovy.html

PROBLEM

I was trying to create Unit Test for some Bpel with several Web Service calls, human task, JCAs to database, and i get really frustated trying to create dynamic requests or responses using the tool within the Jdeveloper.
I wanted to re-create some fields, update dates etc.
The only thing i found was something that the TestSuites supports but the graphic wizards dont show. You can use small Xpath functions to replace values of the payloads in your TestSuite.
The next image shows the initiation message of a TestCase. You can see that after the payload, there is an element called "update". This element only receives two attributes, the "updateLocation" that refers a XpathLocation of a field to update, and the "updateXpathFunction" with the xpath function with the new value. Read the complete article here.

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