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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Conference Program Fusion Middleware & PaaS Partner Community Forum 2016

imageAt our SOA & BPM Partner Community Workspace http://tinyurl.com/SOAworkspace (Community membership required) the Conference Guide for the Fusion Middleware & PaaS Partner Community Forum 2016 is available.

For your mobile & tabled devices the Conference Guide app is available.

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Conference details are posted in the Oracle Events 16 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 16"

· Click on EventID

· Input “mpcf” in  the box

· Click download

Good trip to Valencia & enjoy reading!

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Hands-On Middleware & Java Learning free of charge – November 26th 2014

Great news! You don’t have to leave your office – you can join us from the convenience of your desk. Register, for free, to hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience on how to solve today’s IT challenges. This online event, brought to you by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips:

  • The Virtual Technology SummitThe Middleware Track
    This track is all about Mobility and has two focus areas—mobile application development and mobile architecture. Participants will learn how to:

    • Use essential tools, technologies and architectures for developing a successful mobile solution. Products covered will include the Oracle Mobile Application Framework, Oracle Mobile Suite, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle Service Bus.
  • The Java Track
    Java continues to offer more functionality. How can you keep up? Java developers can experience code-laden training on how to:

    • Implement solutions using the latest Java EE features
    • Use lambdas and the new streams library API
    • Tune your Java applications for high performance

View the full agenda, abstracts, and participation instructions.
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Announcing Upcoming SOA and JMS Introductory Blog Posts

Beginning next week, SOA Proactive Support will begin posting a series of introductory blogs here on working with JMS in a SOA context. The posts will begin with how to set up JMS in WebLogic server, lead you through reading and writing to a JMS queue from the WLS Java samples, continue with how to access it from a SOA composite and, finally, describe how to set up and access AQ JMS (Advanced Queuing JMS) from a SOA/BPEL process.

The posts will be of a tutorial nature and include step-by-step examples. Your questions and feedback are encouraged.

The following topics are planned:

  • How to Create a Simple JMS Queue in Weblogic Server 11g
  • Using the QueueSend.java Sample Program to Send a Message to a JMS Queue
  • Using the QueueReceive.java Sample Program to Read a Message from a JMS Queue
  • How to Create an 11g BPEL Process Which Writes a Message Based on an XML Schema to a JMS Queue
  • How to Create an 11g BPEL Process Which Reads a Message Based on an XML Schema from a JMS Queue
  • How to Set Up an AQ JMS (Advanced Queueing JMS) for SOA Purposes
  • How to Write to an AQ JMS Queue from a BPEL Process
  • How to Read from an AQ JMS Queue from a BPEL Process

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WebLogic Server Provisioning and Patching with Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Now Available

For access to the Oracle demo systems please visit OPN and talk to your Partner Expert.
SOA Suite and BPM Suite runs on WebLogic! We are pleased to announce the availability of a WebLogic Server Management demo that showcases some of the key provisioning and patching capabilities of WebLogic Server Management Pack Enterprise Edition (EE). To learn more about these features – as well as other features of the pack – please visit the pack’s saleskit page.
Demo Highlights

The demo showcases the following capabilities:

  • Patching Oracle WebLogic Servers

  • Standardizing WebLogic Server Patch Rollouts

  • Creating a WebLogic Domain Provisioning Profile

  • Cloning a WebLogic Domain from a Provisioning Profile

  • Deploying a Java EE Application

  • Scaling Out an Oracle WebLogic Cluster

Demo Instructions Go to the DSS website for Oracle Partners. On the Standard Demo Launchpad page, under the “Software Lifecycle Automation” section, click on the link “EM Cloud Control 12c WLS Provisioning and Patching” (tagged as “NEW”). Specific demo launchpad page contains a link to the detailed demo script with instructions on how to show the demo.

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