SOA Suite 12c: In-depth look into Managed File Transfer (1/3) by Robert van Molken

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With the release of SOA Suite 12c a new product was revealed. The first sighting was at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. On the Fusion Middleware Demo Grounds there was a demo shown where B2B was integrated with a product called Managed File Transfer (shortened as MFT). At that same conference I gave a presentation about this product together with the product manager of MFT, Dave Berry. This blog gives an in-depth look into Managed File Transfer.

There is a growing problem with FTP in the enterprise where there is a lack of control, visibility, security and reliability. The lack of control is due to the uncontrolled proliferation of FTP servers & clients. Departments are creating stand-alone FTP servers and configuring users where needed. There is no central FTP server. Because of this there is no global visibility of the exchange of crucial data files – including customer data. It is highly possible that these FTP servers are not integrated with enterprise security standards where as FTP servers are rarely integrated with directories. Because these FTP servers run stand-alone they are a single point of failure and rarely offer HA capabilities, which effects the reliability. This can be tackled using Managed File Transfer.

Lack of control, visibility, security & reliability

What is Managed File Transfer?

MFT is a simple and secure End-to-End Managed File Gateway. At the base MFT uses an “Embedded” (S)FTP / SSH server which support HA clustering. MFT has a scalable architecture, which mean it can easily be expanded by adding another Weblogic node to the cluster.  It also includes an extensible framwork for pre/post processing of files. MFT integrates with Standards Based Middleware like (S)FTP, SOA, B2B, Service Bus and Web Services. Read the complete article here.

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SOA & BPM Community Newsletter May 2015

Dear SOA & BPM Partner Community member,

Oracle is cloud ready! You can get trained on the cloud, resell cloud service and run cloud marketing events! The registration page for our Fusion Middleware Summer Camps V is open. You can choose between 5 different hands-on tracks: Mobile and Mobile Cloud Service, BPM Suite 12c and Process Cloud Service, Hybrid Integration with Integration Cloud Service, SOA Suite Cloud Service and SOA 12c, Java Cloud Services and Extending SaaS with PaaS. Don’t wait too long with your registration, like last year we expect to be booked out! We extended our Fusion Middleware marketing campaign kits for Cloud PaaS Service with a ICS marketing kit and a PCS marketing kit (SOA Community membership required). We would highly encourage you to submit a Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2015 nomination – specially if you implemented successful our Fusion Middleware 12c releases like SOA Suite 12c, BPM Suite 12c which might include a mobile integration and run or integrate with e cloud service.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the SOA articles: SOA Suite 12c – Create, Deploy, Attach and Configure a Custom OWSM Policy, A First Glance at Stream Explorer 12c, Searching Service Bus Pipeline Alert contents, OSB Release Management Utility, BPEL-> Mediator -> BPEL: Passing Business Errors, Enable SOA Composer, SOA Suite 12c: solving a bug, Unleash the power of Java API’s on your WLST scripts!

In the BPM Section we published videos with first impressions of Process Cloud Service (PCS). PCS is a great way to start your BPM journey with very low initial investment and immediate return and benefits. You can continue your BPM journey with BPM Suite on Java Cloud Service or with as a private cloud implementation.

Thanks to the community for sharing all the BPM articles: BPM Composer 12c New "Document-Only" Feature, Process Data Definition, Business Rules in BPM Suite 12c, BPM 12c Events (Part 2 of 3), Force Commit for Non-Idempotent Activities in BPM 12c

In our last section Architecture & AppAdvantage it is all about the Data Center on your Apple Watch!

Best regards

Jürgen Kress
Fusion Middleware Partner Adoption
Oracle EMEA

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Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is available

clip_image002Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is  availability.

ICS Partner quotes

  • “Easy integration of enterprise systems!” Jacco Cijsouw, Amis
  • “Take integration to a new level!” Rob de Haan, RedBlue
  • “Fantastic encapsulation of complex integration problems within a Business friendly tool” Daniel Alves, eProseed
  • “A game changer for enterprise cloud integration” André Evensen, Acando
  • “IPaaS will become more important. With ICS now Oracle enter this market and provide the possibility to integrate applications on a stable infrastructure basis in the Cloud” Marcel Mertin, ec4u
  • “Going to discover what is in the cloud – use Oracle ICS” Andreas Chatziantoniou, Foxglove IT
  • “Pay what you use and be able to scale” Gerald Reif, IPT
  • “You know Oracle’s on to something, when building the integration in the cloud is just as user friendly and fast as using the cloud applications we’re tying together.” Jan Van Hoef, Contribute
  • “Make your cloud come to life.” Mario Sosic, The Future Group
  • “With ICS and rest of cloud services, Oracle is now fully committed to penetrate the iPaaS market that has been until date dominated by Dell Boomi’s, Mulesoft’s and the like. However Oracle we are positive that with all the cloud services Oracle will have the most comprehensive suite of cloud services in the market” Luis Weir HCL & Arturo Viveros S&P Solutions
  • “Cloud will be the THING this year and Oracle is taking the right direction with creating the Integration, Process, Mobile, Java and Developer Cloud Services. It has a slick UI design and it works responsive.” Robert van Mölken, Amis

ICS demo system: We are in process to make the PaaS Services available via GSE. Please make sure that you request our GSE access here. SOA Specialized Partners and member of the SOA & BPM Partner Community can access ICS demo viewlets here.

ICS presentation, whitepaper, video, datasheet & marketing kit At our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required) we posted

ICS ppt presentation

ICS click demo

ICS video

ICS white paper-use-cases

ICS data sheet

ICS marketing kit

ICS Partners: Looking for a SOA Specialized Partner which can support you with your ICS implementation? Visit the solutions catalog here, and search for your local SOA Specialized partner have trained & certified consultants and implemented successful SOA customer projects. Across EMEA more than 1000 companies are Specialized in SOA! Find local Specialized partners by product www.oracle.com/specialized & learn more about ICS here

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Process Cloud Service (PCS) is available

Oracle Process Cloud Service (PCS) is availability.

PCS partner quotes

Our SOA & BPM Partner Community is very eximagecited about Process Cloud Service:

  • “Reduce completely and go faster into a Digital Business with PCS” Jorge Quilcate, Sysco
  • “Modern UI combined with stability delivers on premise performance in the cloud” Andrejus Baranovskis, Red Samurai
  • “Finally your business departments have a tool they will like for process modeling” Hajo Normann, Accenture
  • “Oracle Process cloud, a game changer in process implementations, provides our customers benefits from fast agile process delivery on top of existing on-premise applications.” Leon Smiers, Capgemini
  • “With Oracle PCS, time-to-market can be significantly reduced – we highly recommend it.” José Rodrigues, Link Consulting

PCS demo system: We are in process to make the PaaS Services available via GSE. Please make sure that you first request your GSE access here. BPM Specialized Partners and member of the SOA & BPM Partner Community can access PCS demo accounts with myself.

PCS presentation, eBook, datasheet & marketing kit At our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required) we posted

PCS Partners: Looking for a BPM Specialized Partner which can support you with your PCS implementation? Visit the solutions catalog here, and search for your local BPM Specialized partner have trained & certified consultants and implemented successful BPM customer projects. Across EMEA more than 390 companies are Specialized in BPM! Find local Specialized partners by product www.oracle.com/specialized & Learn more about PCS here

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SOA Suite 12c: The Coherence Adapter By Maarten Smeets

 

clip_image001Oracle SOA Suite 12c ships with a new technology adapter, the Oracle CoherenceAdapter. This adapter allows easy integration with a Coherence Data Grid (a distributed cache). The excellent post by Antony Reynolds provides the information required to setup your Coherence cache and get started with the adapter. In this blog post I will describe a pattern which can be used to use Coherence Data Grid as a cache for a database table (or view, or…). Also I did some performance measures on the Oracle quickstart JDeveloper installation with Integrated Weblogic server and an XE database with surprising results!

Important tips from Antony’s post:

  • Use one Coherence cache per object type. This allows clearing the entire cache and specifying specific behavior per object type.
  • Make sure the Coherence configuration file is available to every server in the cluster (shared storage). This is similar to a DbAdapter configuration plan.
  • Set the servicename in the outbound connectionFactory of the CoherenceAdapter to DistributedCache so it works in clusters and WLSExtendProxy to false unless you are using this feature.
  • In 11c you can use Coherence from within a SOA Suite Spring component or by enabling the OSB result cache. Both have disadvantages though. 12c provides the CoherenceAdapter as alternative. Read the complete article here.

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Five Tools for Debugging Oracle SOA Suite by Adam Mead

 

clip_image001Have you ever completed a software project and had nothing go wrong? Neither have I. Projects using Oracle’s SOA Suite are no different than Java projects and you will need to debug issues at some point.

Here are five tools for debugging issues on Oracle SOA Suite:

1. Flow Trace and Audit Trail

If you have an issue with a specific instance, or instances that follow a specific path, both the flow trace of the composite instance and audit trail of the component instances are extremely helpful. Flow traces and audit trails help you pinpoint a location to look in your code. You can look at the location of the error and step back through the flow trace and audit trail from that point to trace back to the cause of the issue.

In most production systems, the domain audit level will be set to Production so the system doesn’t write too many audit records. When the audit level is set to production, you won’t be able to see the payload in mediators or assignment activities – two places likely to have mistakes. The audit level can be changed on each composite individually, so if your domain audit level is set to Production, you can always temporarily change the audit level of your problem composite to Development to help troubleshoot an issue. However, changing the audit level will only have an effect on activities completed after the changes is made.

To change the audit level on a composite:

1. Navigate to Enterprise Manager in a browser

2. In the left panel expand SOA, then soa-infra, then the partition to which your project is deployed, then click on your composite

3. In the main panel, click on Settings… -> Composite Audit Level: Inherit -> Development Read the complete article here.

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Mobile Suite Service Bus REST and ADF BC SOAP by Andrejus Baranovskis

clip_image002One of the key parts of Oracle Mobile Suite 12c offering is Service Bus product. This is logical choice – Service Bus allows to transform complex SOAP Web Service data into simplified REST format, preferred by mobile client. I think it is essential to use Service Bus, when implementing enterprise mobile applications. It makes sense to learn how Oracle Service Bus works. I would recommend to start from Steven Davelaar excellent tutorial article, available here – Creating a Mobile-Optimized REST API Using Oracle Service Bus – Part 2.
I have created my own ADF BC application with SOAP WS – findEmployees method (filters by first and last name). Here you can download both applications – MobileServiceBusApp_v1.zip. Keep in mind, for some reason Service Bus server doesn’t start with JDEV 12c BPM Default Domain, it works only with JDEV 12c SOA Default Domain. Make sure to check, which JDEV you are using, you can check the list features installed: ADF BC SOAP service is implemented to support Master-Detail (Employee – Department Managed by Employee) structure: Read the complete article here.

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Podcast Show Notes: Microservices Roundtable by OTN

 

clip_image002Microservices. Big deal? No deal? For more than a year the conversation about microservices has been percolating — and on occasion boiling over. This new series of OTN ArchBeat Podcast programs jumps into that conversation with a panel of community members who have skin in game, and well-reasoned opinions on the potential impact microservices will have on enterprise IT.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Test-driven development using the Oracle SOA Suite by The Cattle Crew

 

clip_image001As in all software projects, quality assurance with thorough testing in integration projects is a key factor to success. Test-driven development focuses exactly on this aspect: unit and integration testing of integration elements must be done as soon as possible. The tests used in these phases must also be reproducible so that they can be run automatically in case of changes in the integration logic, thus guaranteeing that no unintended changes are made.

Oracle SOA/BPM Suite is a powerful tool suite for integration. This article shows how test-driven development can be done with the Oracle tooling. Integration elements built with Oracle SOA/BPM Suite are SCA composites made up of several components. Since mainly the integration layer is concerned, there is quite often heavy usage of external web services, database adapters, etc. The composites also usually have an inbound interface the invocation of which is the starting point of the integration logic.

As it can be seen from above, the key to testing SCA composites is to define an inbound message and assert the data found in various other messages during the integration logic. Some easy scenarios can instantly be identified. XSLT transformations within the composites can be unit-tested without the complete logic itself for example. Likewise, end2end testing is also easily done – at least for a web service interface – thus assuring at least that the result is what we expected. The problem is that for end2end testing, the correct functionality of back-end systems is a prerequisite. If the back-end functionality is developed parallel to the integration logic, end2end testing is far away from test-driven development. Read the complete article here.

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eProseed has accomplished it’s first go-live with SOA Suite 12c technology

clip_image001We are pleased to announce that eProseed has accomplished its first go-live with 12c technology working with CFL – The Luxembourgish National Railway Company.
With this implementation, CFL accomplished a high-reliable, agile and flexible integration platform across various heterogeneous application – existent in and off-premises – empowering CFL monitoring and control capabilities in addition to a faster customer on-boarding.
eProseed team’s expertise enhanced the new SOA Suite 12c capabilities enabling to deliver a short time-to-market solution based in standards and best practices that lays a solid foundation for future coming projects.
This first phase is cornerstone of a broader IT transformational project where CFL wants to put in place a full SOA platform capable of handling all the communications between its internal applications and their partners.
The synergies between the SOA 12c components, namely B2B and OSB products, are key for building a solid and flexible integration layer to implement a variety of interfaces that enable CFL to communicate easily and efficiently with all of their partners. Read the article here.

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