ACM 11g – Activities by Suyash Khot

In my previous blog, we looked at Oracle ACM’s Title, Priority, and Category artifacts and their configurations in an Oracle ACM project. In this blog, we will dig a bit deeper into ACM, specifically ACM Activities. Within an ACM Case, when you create an ACM Activity, you are presented with a few properties that need be set for the activity. The values you select in these properties will define that activity. In this blog post, we will take a look at these properties and, more interestingly, at how a combination of these properties define a case activity, and hence the case.

Before we dive into the properties, here is a quick look into how to create an ACM activity and the three levels an activity progresses through within a case.

Creating a Case Activity

While creating your BPM project, make sure you selected the ‘Composite with Case Management’ option. If you do that, when you right-click any BPM process or Human Task it gives you an option to ‘Promote as Case Activity’. When clicked, this creates a case activity under the case. That specific BPM process or that specific human task gets associated to the case activity, such that when that case activity is set to Running (see below for definition of Running), it kicks-off the BPM process or human task that you associated to that case activity. Read the complete article here.

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Using Signals for inter process communication by Niall Commiskey

BPM Start Activities of type Signal – subscribe to Oracle EDN events.
BPM End Activities of type Signal – publish Oracle EDN events.
BPM Wait activities of type Signal – subscribe to Oracle EDN events.
BPM Throw Activities of type Signal – publish Oracle EDN events.
I have the following composite -
Process 1 is as follows -

It takes an as input, one of it’s attributes is the unique orderNr.
It waits for the Signal Event – OrderOKEvent for that specific order Nr.
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free SOA Suite 12c & BPM Suite 12c pre-sales training – Germany & Netherlands

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SOA 12c brings exciting new features around the key themes of Developer Productivity and Industrial SOA. These new features (including a brand new product addition!) demonstrate why SOA is important to include in customer conversations and solutions around Cloud, Mobile, Fast Data and, of course, Application Integration. Topics to be covered during the workshop include Developer Productivity, Industrial SOA, Application Integration, Cloud Integration, Mobile Enablement, Managed File Transfer, B2B and Fast Data

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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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Adaptive Case Management – Exposing the API – part 1 by Roger Goossens

Custom ACM Api One of the most important building blocks of Adaptive Case Management is the ACM API. At one point or another you’re gonna need a way to get information (think about a list of stakeholders, available activities, milestones reached, etc.) out of the case. Since there’s no webservice available yet that exposes the internals of the case, your only option right now is the ACM API.

ACM evangelist Niall Commiskey has put some samples online to give you a good feeling of the power of the ACM API. The examples show how you can access the API by means of RMI. You first need to obtain a BPMServiceClientFactory that gives access to the important services you’ll mostly be needing, i.e. the IBPMUserAuthenticationService (needed for obtaining a valid user context) and the ICaseService (the service that exposes all important case information). Now, obtaining an instance of the BPMServiceClientFactory involves some boilerplate coding in which you’ll need the RMI url and user credentials: Read the complete article here.

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Partner Webcast – Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Connect 4 Cloud, Mobile, IoT with on-premise – August 28th 2014

Thursday August 28th 2014 SOA Suite 12c Webcast

The pace of new business projects continues to grow from increasing customer self-service to seamlessly connecting all your back office and in-the-field applications. At the same time increased integration complexity may seem inevitable as organizations are suddenly faced with the requirement to support three new integration challenges:

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Adaptive Case Management Modeling with CMMN by Jessica Ray

A new version of Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7 with Adaptive Case Management (ACM) is now available, so what will that mean for requirements gathering? BPM project requirements can be documented using Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN 2.0). For ACM, there is a new notation in the works. It is called Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN). For now, this notation isn’t included as a modeling tool in the new version of Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7 with ACM, but it is possible that a modeling tool could be included in a future release.

What is CMMN? CMMN is a standard intended to capture the common elements that Case Management Products use, the same way that BPMN is a standard for BPM products (such as Oracle BPM). CMMN is created by the Object Management Group (OMG) and is still in the beta version. In April 2014, OMG released the second beta version the CMMN 1.0, and the most recent version is available here.

CMMN captures some of the elements that are commonly used when talking about ACM such as Cases, Milestones, and Tasks. It also introduces some elements that you may not automatically hear when talking about ACM such as Stages, Events, and Decorators. Here is a quick summary at a few (but not all) of the elements of CMMN taken from the CMMN spec.

A Few CMMN Elements Read the complete article here

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Case Management API by Koen van Dijk

Case Management is a new addition to Oracle BPM in release 11.1.1.1.7 (PS6). This new release contains the Case Management engine, see blog Léon at  http://leonsmiers.blogspot.nl/ for more details.  However, currently this release does not contain a case portal. The case management API’s, just like the already existing Oracle BPM API’s, help in developing a portal page with relative ease. This blog will use some real life examples from the EURent casemanagement application and portal application developed by Oracle.

The Oracle BPM Case Management API is a Java Based API that enables developers to programmatically access the new Case Management functionalities. It is an elaborate API that can access all the functionalities of Oracle Case Management. I will describe two of those functionalities in this blog: retrieving case data as DOM (http://www.w3.org/DOM/) and attaching a document to a case.

Libraries

First of all when creating a Case Management project you will need to attach the following libraries:

These contain all the classes that are in the Case Management API.

Service client

To do anything with the BPM CaseManagement API in general it is necessary to create a CaseManagementServiceClient Object. The Case Management service client is the central piece of the Case Management API. It can be used to retrieve two different types of services. The first is the case stream service and the case service. The case stream service contains functionality to upload and download documents to and from a case. The second one is the CaseService. This service contains all the other functionality acting upon a case including but not limited to: Read the complete article here.

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Process Accelerators for BPM Suite

This page contains documentation and installation downloads for the latest Oracle Process

Accelerators version (11.1.1.7.1)

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OraclePADocumentation111171.zip

Installation

665 MB

OraclePA111171.zip

Oracle Process Accelerators version (11.1.1.7.1) run on Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11.1.1.7. Please refer to the Installation Guide for the complete set of prerequisites

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OSB unit testing, part 1 by Qualogy

First you need to implement the simple bpel process like this :
Testcase-execIn my current project, I inherited a lot of OSB components that have been developed by (former) team members, but they all lack unit tests. This is a situation I really dislike, since this makes it much harder to refactor or bug-fix the existing code base. So, for all newly created components (and components I have to bug-fix) I strive to add unit tests. Of course, the unit tests will be created using my favourite testing tool: soapUI ! Unit of test The unit test should be created for the service composition, which in OSB terms should be the proxy service combination with its business service. Now, since you do not want to rely on any other services, you should provide mock services for all services invoked from your Component-Under-Test. In a previous article, I wrote about mocking your services in soapUI. While this approach would also be valid here, creating a mock service (and certainly deploying it on a separate WebServer) does violate one of the core principles of unit testing: to make your unit tests as self-contained as possible, i.e. not depending on any external components. In this article, I will show you how to achieve this by simply providing a mock response inside your unit test. Scenario The scenario I implement for testing is a simple currency converter; the external request consists of a from and a to currency, and an amount (in currency from). The service will perform an exchange rate lookup using the WebServiceX CurrencyConverter and return a response to the caller consisting of both the source and target currencies and amounts. For the purpose of unit testing, I will implement a mock response for the exchange rate lookup. Read the complete article here.

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