Jarvis Pizzeria: Decision Model in the Delivery Process

| Sep 17, 2017
To make the delivery of the pizzas to our customer, we need to decide how to deliver the pizzas. In our process we’ve already got the order data, so we know what the order is and where it needs to be delivered, but what is the best way to deliver the pizzas?
We will create a decision model in PCS to help us with this decision. In the delivery process we will call the decision (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: Implementing Rules

| Sep 10, 2017
When the order comes in, payment needs to be made first before we start preparing the pizza. Our order payment process supports three possible payment options:
  • Creditcard: obviously a commonly accepted payment option
  • Cash: although we are a very tech-savvy company we would also like our old-fashioned customers to be able to pay the pizza with cash money
  • Deferred payment: our most trusted customers can pay their order in a deferred way.  Deferred payment means (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: The Document Only Delivery Process

| Sep 3, 2017
Let's have a look at the Delivery Process of the Jarvis Pizzeria. In this blog post, we will explain the functionality of the Delivery Process with the help of the Document Only feature when creating a new process.

When we create a new process we can select the option ‘Document Only’ in the Create Process popup.
Document Only processes are for descriptive use only and are not part of the working and running application. It (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: Import the 12c On-Premises Preparation Process

| Aug 28, 2017
In the Functional description of the Preparation process we stated that we would describe all steps required to migrate a sample 12c preparation process to PCS. So let’s get started.
As a starting point, we have the 12c on-premises preparation process as exported application. A picture of the BPM process is shown below.

The first attempt: directly import the exported file in PCS.

In the Composer select Import Model from the hamburger menu at the (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: Functional description of the payment process

| Aug 25, 2017
Before we start preparing our pizza the order needs to be paid. With the implementation of the payment process we try to answer the following questions:
  • How do the business rules work in PCS and how do they differ from their on-premises counterpart?
  • What types of gateways do we have at our disposal?
  • Do we have multi-instance subprocesses?
  • How do we implement correlation?
  • And more…

The business process that would fit most of our purposes (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: Functional Description of the Pizza Preparation Process

| Aug 22, 2017
Lets take a closer look at one of the stages of the Jarvis Pizzeria process, the second phase is the preparation process. The implementation is a simplified presentation of reality. The purpose of the blog is not implementing a true presentation of reality, but learning some PCS features in particular.
The learning objectives for the preparation part of our blog series are:
  • (Im)possibilities during the conversion of 12c on-premise to PCS. Determining alternatives for the (more...)

Jarvis Pizzeria: Setting up the Jarvis 1.0 process

| Aug 21, 2017
For the Jarvis pizzeria process we have distinguished three phases: payment, preparation and delivery. Hence, the main process is comprised of those three phases. Setting up the main process enables us to work together, because each one of us can implement a separate phase, without running into merge conflicts or whatsoever.

For creating a new process, click the plus icon in the application home screen.
Note that we can check the “Document Only” box, which (more...)

Oracle BPM: Time for Time Out (2)

In a previous blog posting I discussed a solution to re-initiate a scope in BPMN that is supposed to time out after some time. In this posting I discuss how that solution inspires a couple of other use cases where a time out has to be re-initiated by calling an operation on the process.

In the following process model there are three flow, for three different use cases to re-initiate the time-out of:

  1. A process (more...)

Oracle Weblogic: Tackling Class Loading Issues for SOA Infra

This blog article discusses how to address class loading issues with the Oracle SOA Infra. It's prime "raison d'etre" being a memory dump of something I don't do often, but may spend significant time in finding out how to do it again.

Some time ago I lost valuable time because some library being deployed twice, once in the wrong place ([SOA_HOME]/lib folder) and once in the right place ([SOA_HOME]/soa/modules/oracle.soa.ext_11.1.1). In this (more...)

Oracle BPM: Time for Time Out

In this posting I describe how to time out a specific BPM scope with the option to re-initiate the timer.

In case you need to model a time out for a specific scope within a process where you want to be able to modify the time out run-time, then you can model it similar to this:

A parallel flow is used where the top flow covers the main process, and the bottom flow handles the (more...)

Oracle BPM: Hiding Faults from BPM? Don’t use Service Activity!

In the following I explain how you can hide faults from BPM by not using (synchronous) Service activities, but (asynchronous) Send/Receive activities instead.

When calling services from a BPM process, you should think about where you want faults to show up and to be handled. This is specifically of interest when you have some integration layer between your BPM processes and external services that you call to abstract the external services from the BPM process. (more...)

Oracle BPM: Loops and Gateway Struggles

If there is one issue that I see people often struggle with, then it is the use of loops in combination with gateways. The following discusses a few cases.

The following picture shows several loops in combination with a Parallel gateway, of which some are valid and some not. The same holds for the Inclusive gateway.

To understand why some loops are valid and other not, you have to realize that at the beginning of (more...)

Oracle SOA/BPM 12c: Contract WSDL Only in MDS?

In this posting I will discuss if it is a good idea to only have a (contract) WSDL in the MDS, and let your implementing composite point to that, instead of having a WSDL in the project itself (as well).

When developing SCA composites with JDeveloper, initially your WSDL will be in the project of the composite. Some people put a contract WSDL in the MDS, and then let the code of the SCA composite (more...)

Oracle Process Cloud Services advanced form validation and control

In my previous blogpost I explained how forms in PCS are created and what basic options are available. Now I would like to go deeper into the details of rules and business objects.

Let’s start with rules.

The form canvas has a row of tiny buttons in the top right. The left one switches between rules and the form itself. Click that and the canvas changes to the list of rules (if already created). A new (more...)

Creating and editing forms in Process Cloud Service

For who is PCS?

Oracle Process Cloud Service is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering which centers around designing and managing (stand alone) business processes in the cloud. The focus is once again on business analysts and other non-technical people to automate business processes. Oracle has keyed them “citizen developers”. One of the features is the option to create forms that fulfill the “human task” interaction in the BPM process.

A walkthrough for creating (more...)

Oracle BPM 11g/12c: How to Catch an Event in the Same Process

A customer of mine was kind of surprised that when you throw an event in a component of a SCA composite, that the same component cannot catch that event and act upon it. This is a known limitation, for which there is a work-around, which I will discuss in this article.

The work-around is quite simple: another loosely coupled component in the same composite can listen to the event, so all you have to do (more...)

Why in Oracle BPM/SOA Suite Attaching a Fault Policy to a Synchronous Service Is Not a Good Idea

In this posting I will explain why in the Oracle BPM/SOA Suite you should not attach fault policies to synchronous services.

The other day I investigated some BPM process instance that had an unrecoverable error. It was calling a synchronous service, that on its turn was calling another synchronous service, that on its turn was calling a external, synchronous service exposed through the Oracle Service Bus. That latter call failed (due to a timeout). As (more...)

How to Keep Your Business Process Looking Simple

There are two key words in Business Process Management Notation (and Language) or BPMN for short that very often seemed to be missed. The first is "business" the second "management". In this posting I will discuss the significance of the first, and how you are in control of that.

In BPMN the word business does not wants to express that it is "just" about modeling business processes. The idea is also that these models should (more...)

Oracle SOA/BPM: Payload Validation per Composite

In this article I will explain how you can enable payload validation in the Oracle SOA/BPM Suite per composite, both design and deployment time. This works for 11g as well as 12c

When developing BPM processes or SOA services it is advisable enable payload validation on the development server. The reason being that this will force you to work with more representable test data, and in some occasions help you preventing coding errors (like (more...)

Oracle SOA/BPM 12c: Propagation of Flow Instance Title and Instance Abortion

Recently I wrote this posting regarding an improvement for setting the title of a flow instance in Oracle BPEL, and BPMN 12c. In this posting I will discuss two related improvements that comes with SOA/BPM Suite 12c, being that the flow instance abortion is automatically propagated from one instance to the other, as well as the flow instance title. Or more precisely, for every child instance the initiating instance is shown together with its name.