Integration Cloud Service Integration in Process Cloud Service by Antonis Antoniou

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A new integration connector has been introduced with the latest release of Oracle Process Cloud Service that enables Oracle Process Cloud Service applications to communicate directly with Oracle Integration Cloud Service.
This is a very important "architectural" feature since it encourages a solution topology that includes a virtualization layer, an integral "ingredient" in integrations to avoid point-to-point connections through decoupling and abstraction.
So let’s see how you can use the "ICS Connector" to connect to ICS and consume a SOAP endpoint.
The use case that I will use in this blog post is quite simple; I will call a "Hello World" ICS Service from an Oracle Process Cloud Service process utilizing the "ICS Connector".
I’ve already created "Hello World" synchronous SOA composite. The implementation is very simple. I’m just using an assign component with the "concat" function to assign a static text ("Hello ") and the input to the output element of my "Hello World" service.

My "Hello World" SOA service is deployed to Oracle SOA Cloud Service (SOA CS).

Moreover I’ve already virtualized the above service on Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) by first creating a SOAP connection to my SOA CS service and then creating a basic map data integration that uses the SOAP connection as a trigger and an invoker, creating a basic data mapper for both request and response messages. Read the complete article here.

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Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3.0) Released

We are proud to announce the release of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3.0). Media is available for download on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), My Oracle Support (MOS) and the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC). This includes the following products:  image

    •     Oracle SOA Suite and Business Process Management 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Stream Analytics 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Fusion Middleware WebLogic Server Plug-In 12c    (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle B2B and Healthcare 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
    •     Oracle Service Bus 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Access Manager Access SDK 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •      Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Coherence 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Data Integrator 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Enterprise Data Quality 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Forms and Reports 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle GoldenGate Studio 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle HTTP Server 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Identity and Access Management 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Internet Directory 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle JDeveloper Studio 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Managed File Transfer 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle MapViewer 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle TopLink 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Traffic Director 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle Unified Directory 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Content 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Portal 12c (12.2.1.3.0)
  •     Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c (12.2.1.3.0)

 

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Fee on-demand SOA Suite 12 and BPM Suite 12c Bootcamps

 

In February, March and April we offer free on-demand Bootcamps for SOA Suite 12c and BPM Suite 12c. For details and registration please visit the training calendar:

Date

Training

Location

By

Focus

30.01-24.02.2017

BPM Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

30.01-24.02.2017

SOA Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

06-31.03.2017

SOA Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

06-31.03.2017

BPM Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

03-28.04.2017

SOA Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

03-28.04.2016

BPM Suite 12c Bootcamp

on-demand

OPN

Tech

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What will we cover

Oracle SOA Suite 12c is the latest version of the industry’s most complete and unified application integration and SOA solution. With simplified cloud, mobile, on premises and Internet of Things (IoT) integration capabilities, all within a single platform, Oracle SOA Suite 12c delivers faster time to integration, increased productivity and lower TCO.

The Oracle SOA Suite 12c Implementation Boot Camp provides relevant insight to current and prospective SOA implementers and for those companies interested on becoming Oracle SOA Suite 12c Specialized. Participants will learn how to develop and implement solutions using SOA Suite 12c that will drive their customer organizations run more effectively and efficiently.

Learn to

  • Create, deploy, and manage cross-application process orchestration with BPEL Process Manager
  • Describe tasks for users or groups to perform with Human Task Service
  • Define and modify business logic without programming by using Business Rules
  • Create dashboards, alerts, and reports in real time with no coding using Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
  • Implement SOA Services with Web Services Manager
  • Manage and monitor integration flow with Enterprise Manager
  • Use Adapters to connect to enterprise applications

· Convert complex point-to-point application integration into simplified, agile, and reusable shared service application infrastructure with Service Bus

For details and registration please visit the training calendar.

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What will we cover

This boot camp is an ideal starting point for an implementer who is planning to learn Oracle BPM Suite 12c and use it on BPM projects. The course provides a combination of lecture segments that present conceptual and feature background and hands-on labs that provide practice with the tooling.

It introduces process developers to Oracle BPM Suite 12c. It covers the key concepts, features and processes needed to begin using the design-time and run-time capabilities on BPM projects. Throughout the training, you will benefit from hands-on exercises based upon two case studies. At the conclusion of the course, you should feel comfortable to start using BPM Suite 12c for process modeling, simulation, analytics, business rules and human workflow.

Learn to

  • Use BPMN modeling notation to document business process
  • Simulate a process model to identify bottlenecks
  • Create business rules that condition flow through a model
  • Develop a sophisticated human workflow task routing
  • Define key performance metrics
  • Build a dashboard containing charts that show key performance metrics

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Creating reusable Business Rules for SOA & BPM by Lykle Thijssen

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This article dives into the Business Rules Engine (BRE) of Oracle SOA Suite and how to create reusable Business Rules for your SOA services and BPM processes. Basic knowledge of the BRE is assumed.

In many cases, when you work with SOA or BPM, Business Rules are involved. They are important for decision logic, validations and process routing. The Business Rule Engine (BRE) that comes with Oracle SOA Suite is a logical choice for modelling such Business Rules, but how do you make sure that those rules can be reused over different services and processes? And how do you isolate the Business Rules logic, so you don’t need to redeploy any other components upon changes?
In one of my projects, I’ve faced the situation of needing to address these issues and have come up with a flexible solution. This blog is the result of further finetuning of that solution, mainly by using the KISS approach.

Business Rule Engine (BRE)

First things first: let’s talk about the Business Rule Engine. It’s a powerful tool for executing if-then rules or rules in decision tables, but it’s not always too business friendly for modelling. If that’s a major problem for your client, you should consider Oracle Policy Automation instead. However, if you decided to use the BRE, then reusability becomes an issue pretty quickly. It’s very tempting to just create a BPM process and have the Business Rule component generated from there, but then those rules will only be exposed to that particular composite. There is no central repository for reusable Business Rules (like MDS), so your only real option is to put your Business Rules in a separate SOA composite.

When we dive deeper into the Business Rule Engine, we see four major components:

  1. Decision Services
  2. RuleSets
  3. Rules
  4. Facts

Decision Services are the interfaces of the Business Rule component. One BRE component can have multiple Decision Services and one Decision Service can call multiple RuleSets.
RuleSets are groups of rules that can be called by different Decision Services. They should generally contain rules that should always be executed together.
Rules are being executed by the BRE. A rule can only exist in the context of one RuleSet, so rules are not reusable on their own.
Facts are the input objects for your Rules. Since our objective is to create reusability, I recommend to stick to one input fact, which can then be used by all the Rules. Read the complete article here.

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Seamless source “migration” from SOA Suite 12.1.3 to 12.2.1 using WLST and XSLT by Maarten Smeets

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When you migrate sources from SOA Suite 12.1.3 to SOA Suite 12.2.1, the only change I’ve seen JDeveloper do to the (SCA and Service Bus) code is updating versions in the pom.xml files from 12.1.3 to 12.2.1 (and some changes to jws and jpr files). Service Bus 12.2.1 has some build difficulties when using Maven. See Oracle Support: “OSB 12.2.1 Maven plugin error, ‘Could not find artifact com.oracle.servicebus:sbar-project-common:pom’ (Doc ID 2100799.1)”. Oracle suggests updating the pom.xml of the project, changing the packaging type from sbar to jar and removing the reference to the parent project. This however will not help you because the created jar file does not have the structure required of Service Bus resources to be imported. To deploy Service Bus with Maven I’ve used the 12.1.3 plugin to create the sbar and a custom WLST file to do the actual deployment of this sbar to a 12.2.1 environment. A similar solution is described here.

Updates to the pom files can easily be automated as part of a build pipeline. This allows you to develop 12.1.3 code and automate the migration to 12.2.1. This can be useful if you want to avoid keeping separate 12.1.3 and 12.2.1 versions of your sources during a gradual migration. You can do bug fixes on the 12.1.3 sources and compile/deploy to production (usually production is the last environment to be upgraded) and use the same pipeline to compile and deploy the same sources (using altered pom files) to a 12.2.1 environment. Read the complete article here.

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Converting ADLs to implement end to end JSON in SOA Suite 12.2.1 -PART I by Luis Augusto Weir

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There is no doubt that web [Rest] APIs have become extremely popular and its usage has gone well beyond just building APIs in support of mobile apps. We can see the adoption of resource-oriented architectures (ROA) by probably all SaaS vendors who provide out-of-the-box APIs as the means to connect and interact with their cloud applications. Take for example the Oracle Cloud. To discover and consume publicly available Oracle SaaS APIs, all one need to do is browse the Oracle API Catalog Cloud Service (which is publicly accessible) and just select the Swagger definition for any given API.

But (as you probably already know) the adoption of web APIs hasn’t stopped there.  With the increased popularity of Microservice Architectures , initiatives such as Open Legacy ,  and node.js based frameworks like loopback and sails (to name a few), API-enabling system of records is becoming a lot easier.
This is putting a lot of pressure in software vendors to quickly modernise their integration suites to natively support the technology-stacks and patterns prevalent in these type of architectures. For example, if an organisations mobile application needs to interact with a system of record (on premise or the cloud) that already exposes a web API, the integration stack should be capable of supporting JSON over HTTP end-to-end without having to convert to XML back and forth. Not only is this impractical but introduces more processing burden to the core stack…
Luckily for many Oracle’s customers and Oracle Fusion Middleware / Oracle PaaS practitioners like myself, with the latest release of Oracle SOA Suite (12.2.1) , one of the many new features introduced is the support for handing JSON end-to-end.  I don’t want to understate the importance of this as with such feature it is possible to use BPEL for example to orchestrate several APIs (all in native JSON and also in-memory with the new SOA in-memory feature) and therefore deliver coarse grained business APIs that actually perform.
For me this represents an important milestone for Oracle SOA Suite as it shows the departure from traditional SOA tech-stack and into SOA 2.0 (as I like to call it) as the suite is now better suited to support the adoption of ROA, microservices, IoT, and so on. Having worked with SOA Suite since 10.1.3.1 this is very exiting. Read the complete article here.

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Real-Time Integration Business Insight: External Dashboard

 

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This video demonstrates how to include external dashboards in Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight. Watch the video here.

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Tapping into life – An Introduction to Stream Analytics by Jose Rodrigues

clip_image001Welcome to a new stream (no pun intended) on Red Mavericks articles. This time, we’ll be doing an introduction on Oracle’s new Stream Analytics.

We’ll be guiding you through this new, and very cool, product showing what it is and what it can do to leverage this largely untapped resource which is event stream analysis. In fact, streams are everywhere and are becoming more and more open and accessible. If you “wiretap” these, listen to them and understand the behavioral patterns , you can build extremely valuable applications that will help you deliver more to your customers.

It’s a whole new ball game. I hope you find this interesting.

What is Oracle Stream Analytics?

Oracle Stream Analytics (previously Oracle Stream Explorer) is, in fact, an application builder platform, focused on applications that process events coming from the most various systems, internal or external to the organization, thus enabling Business Insight information and deriving relevant data from these events.

It works using an Event Processing Engine to perform Fast Data Analysis over a large number of events that typically appear in a given timeframe.

It also provides a run-time platform that will allow you to run and manage the applications you built.

It’s not a new Oracle Event Processor. It uses OEP as the underlying Event Processing Engine (you can also use Apache Spark as a processing engine, if you prefer. More on this in other articles)

The real power in Oracle Stream Analytics is, curiously, in its UI. As an application builder, it went to great lengths to keep the UI really easy to use. The result is, in my view, very well achieved, with enough simplicity to allow that Business Users, provided they have a bit of technical knowledge, can actually build  applications on their own or with little help from the IT. Read the complete article here.

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Stream Analytics (OSA): the new Oracle Stream Explorer by Guido Schmutz

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A few days ago, Oracle released the new version of Oracle Stream Explorer and renamed it to Oracle Stream Analytics (OSA). This new version is an impressive release with over 15 new major features! It really deserves the name change.

Enhanced Patterns Library

The existing patterns have been enhanced substantially  now including Spatial, Statistical, General industry and Anomaly detection through streaming machine learning.

New Geo-spatial pattern

This pattern can be used to analyze streams containing geo-location data and determine how events relate to pre-defined geo-fences in your maps.

Integrated Expression Builder

The Expression Builder allows to add calculated/derived fields on the Live Output Stream of an exploration, an important step towards the “streaming Excel sheet” idea of Oracle Stream Analytics.

It provides the ability to apply and insert mathematical and statistical calculations into the active live output stream. Once a new expression has been defined and validated, a column will be added next to the column of relevance. This new column can then be used in subsequent filters and explorations. Read the complete article here.

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Stream Analytics platform

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Stream Analytics platform provides a compelling combination of an easy-to-use visual façade to rapidly create and dynamically change Real Time Streaming Analytics (Fast Data) applications, together with a comprehensive run-time platform to manage and execute these solutions. Completely abstracting the entire development and deployment processes, it simplifies the rapid creation of event driven applications for any type of real time business solution, enabling the Enterprise to really immerse itself in next generation real time applications, with times to market of minutes, rather than days or weeks.
Oracle Stream Analytics embraces an industry focus approach with features to leverage preexisting patterns of well known event processing implementations, the definition of Streams that represent the connection to the most popular protocols and methodologies, References which allow immediate joining of streaming data to relational databases and Explorations that provide a stunning visual representation of real time disparate event data flows providing customers with insightful data interrogation in real-time so that downstream applications, service oriented architectures and event-driven architectures are driven by true, real-time intelligence.
Oracle Stream Analytics provides organizations with a complete “top-down” solution for designing, defining, developing and implementing Event Stream Processing applications that not only meet business requirements but perform to the highest levels of the enterprise expectation. Built on the latest industry-standards including ANSI SQL, Java, Spring DM and OSGi, the Oracle Stream Analytics Event Processing runtime component provides an open architecture for sourcing, processing, and publishing complex events throughout the enterprise.  Now together with this ease-of-use web tooling and a visual development environment, as well as standard Java-based tooling, this ensures that your IT and line of business teams can be developing event-driven applications without the hurdle of specialized training or unique skill-set investment. Read the complete article here.

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