Why to attend the Oracle emerging PaaS Partner Community Forum 2019?

Watch a short video partners talking about the conference here.

The Oracle Emerging Partner Community Forum is a one week conference for cutting-edge software consultants, engineers and enterprise-level professionals. The #PaaSForum brings together partners who innovate SaaS and the world’s leading Oracle PaaS experts in the fields of integration, API management, process management, microservices & serverless, machine learning, digital assistant, content management and blockchain.

Location & Schedule

Meliá Calviá Beach

Carrer Violeta, 1, 07181 Andratx, Illes Balears, Spain

April 8th to April 10th 2019

For details please visit the registration page here.

PaaS Partner Community

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Integrate HCM Cloud with Oracle Integration Cloud – PaaS Partner Community Webcast February 27th 2019

Attend our February edition of the PaaS Partner Community imageWebcast live on February 27th 2019.

Integrate HCM Cloud (global hr, talent management, workforce rewards, workforce management, work life)

Oracle Integration eliminates barriers between business applications through a combination of machine learning, embedded best-practice guidance, prebuilt integration, and process automation. Oracle Integration is unique in the market by leveraging Oracle application expertise to build an extensive library of adapters to Oracle and 3rd party SaaS and on-premises applications to enable you to deliver new business services faster. For more information please visit www.tinyurl.com/integrateSaaS

Presenter: Niall Commiskeyimage

Director Product Management

Visit the registration page here.

Call ID: 5566478 and Passcode: 264331

UK: +44 (0) 208 118 1001 & United States: 140 877 440 73

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Schedule:

Wednesday February 27th 2019 16:00-17:00 CET

Watch live here

Missed our PaaS Partner Community Webcast? – watch the on-demand versions:

· Functions and Cloud Native

· Cloud trials & community update

· Oracle Integration Cloud Update

· Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Preview

· Innovate, Extend and Integrate SaaS Overview and Pricing

· Robotic Process Automation

· Autonomous Mobile Cloud

· PaaS Overview Webcast

· 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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PaaS Partner YouTube Update February 2019

The February edition of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains three topics:

  • emerging PaaS Partner Community Forum 2019
  • Digital assistant and Innovate SaaS hands-on trainings
  • HCM integration

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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SOA Suite 12c in Docker containers. Only a couple of commands, no installers, no third party scripts by Maarten Smeet

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For developers, installing a full blown local SOA Suite environment has never been a favorite (except for a select few). It is time consuming and requires you to download and run various installers after each other. If you want to start clean (and you haven’t taken precautions), it could be you have to start all over again.

There is a new and easy way to get a SOA Suite environment up and running without downloading any installers in only a couple of commands without depending on scripts provided by any party other than Oracle. The resulting environment is an Oracle Enterprise Edition database, an Admin Server and a Managed Server. All of them running in separate Docker containers with ports exposed to the host. The 3 containers can run together within an 8Gb RAM VM.

The documentation Oracle provides in its Container Registry for the SOA Suite images, should be used as base, but since you will encounter some errors if you follow it, you can use this blog post to help you solve them quickly.

A short history

QuickStart and different installers

During the 11g times, a developer, if he wanted to run a local environment, he needed to install a database (usually XE), WebLogic Server, SOA Infrastructure, run the Repository Creation Utility (RCU) and one or more of SOA, BPM, OSB. In 12c, the SOA Suite QuickStart was introduced. The QuickStart uses an Apache Derby database instead of the Oracle database and lacks features like ESS, split Admin Server / Managed Server, NodeManager and several other features, making this environment not really comparable to customer environments. If you wanted to install a standalone version, you still needed to go through all the manual steps or automate them yourself (with response files for the installers and WLST files for domain creation). As an alternative, during these times, Oracle has been so kind as to provide VirtualBox images (like this one or this one) with everything pre-installed. For more complex set-ups Edwin Biemond / Lucas Jellema have provided Vagrant files and blog posts to quickly create a 12c environment. Read the complete article here.

 

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Lessons in Oracle Cloud Password Management by Phil Wilkins

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Oracle Cloud is growing and maturing at a tremendous rate if the breadth of PaaS capabilities is any indication.  However, there are a few gotchas out there, that can cause some headaches if they get you. These typically relate to processes that impact across different functional areas. A common middleware stack (API CS, SOA CS, OIC etc) will look something like the following:

As the diagram shows when you build the cloud services, the layers get configured with credentials to the lower layers needed (although Oracle have in the pipeline the Oracle managed version of many services where this is probably going to be hidden from us).when comes credentials Oracle (rightly so) reminds you that your password should be changed on a regular basis.  What is not so clear is that this has an impact on the linkages between the layers.

Once you have changed you password, if you created and used your credentials to authenticate between layers, if you don’t then correct the details on each of the layers then things will start breaking.  Whilst the service to database is obvious and relatively easy to remember, after all these services are more than likely on your dashboard as well. But, because storage isn’t by default shown on the dashboard it becomes very easy to over look.

The impact of this can be subtle at first, as the DBaaS appears to run its DB storage within the VM it will continue to run without issue.  If you have the DB configured to backup automatically, the backups will kind of work.  I say kind of, because what happens is that the DB writes to a file partition on the DBaaS VM, once the backup completes, these files get transferred to Storage. But, now the credentials are impacted this fails, but the cloud doesn’t automatically alert you to the fact, so unless you check regularly backups could fail for a longtime. You only see trouble when the file partition becomes full. This also impacts any DB working space. Net result, is sooner or later the DB can’t handle queries from the application and everything grinds to a stop. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Emerging PaaS Partner Community Forum April 8th-10th 2019

imageThe Oracle Emerging Partner Community Forum is a one week conference for cutting-edge software consultants, engineers and enterprise-level professionals. The #PaaSForum brings together partners who innovate SaaS and the world’s leading Oracle PaaS experts in the fields of integration, API management, process management, microservices & serverless, machine learning, digital assistant, content management and blockchain.

Conference tracks

  Enterprise Integration & Process

Logo  Application Development with Microservices, Containers and Serverless

  Innovate, extend and integrate SaaS

  Development tools, digital assistant & DevOps

  Innovation with blockchain, machine learning, IoT & content

  Best practices from partners & ACE team

Location & Schedule

Meliá Calviá Beach

Carrer Violeta, 1, 07181 Andratx, Illes Balears, Spain

April 8th to April 10th 2019

For details please visit the registration page here.

PaaS Partner Community

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Extending analytics for Integration cloud using Elastic stack by Mani Krishnan Introduction

imageOracle Integration Cloud (OIC) offers industry-leading SaaS integration capabilities.  It provides extensive monitoring, tracking and reporting features out-of-the-box. Occasionally, enterprises do have reporting and analysis needs those are better met by additional reporting and analytics products. This article discusses couple of such use cases and describes how to implement one of them using Elastic stack. Information in this article is applicable to release 18.1.3 of integration cloud.

Main article

Let’s consider these scenarios:

  • Customer’s integrations are deployed to multiple instances of OIC. Customer wants a consolidated view of all integrations on single dashboard.
  • Customer needs to customize several aspects of reporting such as type of charts and data retention.
  • Customer wants end-to-end view of transactions across multiple applications, including those deployed to OIC.

Use cases represented by these scenarios can be met by externalizing integration metrics from OIC into another platform specializing on analytics.  Let’s look at some recommended ways to extract metrics from OIC and importing them into ELK (Elastic-LogStash-Kibana). Elastic stack is a widely-used opensource platform for analytics and dashboards. Jump to one of the sections by click the link.

Why Elastic stack?

Elastic is among products that allow infinite scaling and support map-reduce for efficient distributed queries. Note that other products such as Oracle big-data analytics cloud service or Oracle log analytics can also meet aforementioned requirements.  Elastic is used in this blog for its simplicity for demonstration purposes.

For sake of simplicity, the post does not address deployment of ELK stack. Refer to Elastic web site for instructions. A simple installation could run on a laptop. More complex, distributed deployments will require careful planning of compute, storage resources and indexes.

Patterns

Now that the basics on collecting relevant metrics are covered here are patterns that will help meet the requirements.

Consolidated Reporting is achieved by collecting monitoring metrics from multiple OIC instances and feeding them into one analytics application instance.

With ELK stack, LogStash is the agent/aggregator, Elastic is the indexer and Kibana is the analytics and reporting client. This pattern could help building reports for billing and historic analytics or correlate traffic patterns from multiple integration platforms.

End-to-end transaction monitoring can be achieved by collecting start, end times, tracking id and completion status for parts of an end-to-end transaction  from each participating application, feeding them into an analytics application and running map-reduce queries that correlate parts of a transaction using tracking id. Read the complete article here.

 

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Integrating and Extending SaaS Applications by John Klinke

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Knex Technology, a consulting firm based in Irvine, California, helps companies architect, integrate, implement and tune cloud applications to drive business success.

For example, Knex is currently helping a large pharmaceutical company tie together multiple business systems including their financial, procurement and project management applications to improve operational agility.  Using a combination of Oracle Java Cloud, Oracle Database Cloud and Oracle SOA Suite, Knex is integrating financial data across multiple systems including ingesting bank account information into their financial application for streamlining cash management.

Listen to Basheer Khan, CEO of Knex Technology, talk about how they save customers time and money by using Oracle PaaS solutions to integrate, extend and enhance SaaS. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Integration Cloud: The Data Mapper Activity by Jan Kettenis

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In a previous blog I discussed a work-around for not having a Script activity in Oracle Integration Cloud’s Process Builder. In this blog I will discuss another work-around which is actually not a work-around, but the real thing: the Data Mapper!
As you can read in a previous blog about the matter, not having the equivalent of the Script activity of the on-premise BPM Suite, was an omission that we often had to find a work-around for. The one I used was the Business Rule activity. However, some weeks ago the Business Rule activity got deprecated (you could clearly see that).

With the latest release of OIC (which may not yet be public available when you read this) the Business Rule activity has vanished. At the same time the Data Mapper activity has been added. Read the complete article here.

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A comparison of push vs phone-home communication approaches between API Gateways and Management Services by Luis Weir

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API Gateways deliver critical runtime capabilities in enterprise-wide API management infrastructures. However, such runtime capabilities must also be complemented with other design-time and governance capabilities in support of activities such as APIs lifecycle management, API design, policy definition and implementation, deployment, retirement, monitoring, and so on.
The aforementioned design-time/governance capabilities, are often offered by different API management vendors as a separate Management Service infrastructure that augments/complements the runtime infrastructure (API Gateways). Needless to say in order for runtime and design-time/governance infrastructure to work together cohesively as a collective whole, there must be some sort of effective and reliable communication between these two main components.
Whereas some products like for example the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, deliver a phone-home approach for API Gateways to communicate with the management infrastructure, other vendors implement a push approach whereby the Management Service is responsible for establishing and handling the connection to the API Gateways.
Both approaches are fundamentally different and understanding how such differences can impact/influence a solution becomes even more critical as the need for API Gateways increase e.g. as a result of  adopting cloud or Microservices Architectures.
Furthermore, as cloud adoption continues to rocket, vendors also offer Management Service capabilities as a PaaS cloud service. This is important and not trivial as it means that communication between the PaaS-based management infrastructure and the API Gateways must be in placed prior implementing the solution.
This article compares these two main communication strategies and highlights key differences including pros and cons (from the point of view of the author).Read the complete article here.

 

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