SOA & BPM Community Newsletter October 2016

Dear SOA & BPM Partner Community,

Thanks to all partners for making Oracle OpenWorld 2016 again a huge success! In case you have been not able to attend the conference in San Francisco you can get the latest PaaS update in the on-demand webcast with Ed Zou here. Make sure you read the excellent blog articles from ACE’s and PaaS experts or watch the OpenWorld on-demand keynotes videos. At our community workspace (membership required (more...)

PaaS & Middleware Partner YouTube Update October 2016

The October edition of the PaaS & Middleware Partner Update contains three key topics:

· Oracle OpenWorld 2016 summery

· PaaS Summer Camps training material & cloud accounts

· SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts October 25th 2016

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Integration Cloud Service – Promote Integrations from Test to Production (T2P) by Shreenidhi Raghuram


The purpose of this blog is to provide simple steps to move Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) integrations between different ICS environments. Oracle ICS provides export and import utilities to achieve integration promotion.

A typical use-case is to promote tested integrations from Test ICS Environment to Production ICS Environment, in preparation for a project go-live. Usually the Connection endpoints used by the integrations will be different on Test and Production Environments.

The main steps involved (more...)

Leveraging the Twitter Adapter in ICS – Tweeting through Oracle Integration Cloud Service by Lucas Jellema


The Oracle Integration Cloud Service – ICS – comes loaded with a rich collection of Cloud Adapters. These adapters facilitate the integration with SaaS applications and internet services of various natures. These include Oracle SaaS applications (such as RightNow, Eloqua, ECommerce Cloud, ERP Cloud, HCM Cloud), on premises ERP applications (SAP, EBusiness Suite, Siebel) and assorted third party applications such as SalesForce, Facebook, Google Mail and Task, LinkedIn and Evernote. Through these adapters, interacting with (more...)

Create an Integration on ICS to expose a REST API for a SOAP Connection for an external web service by Lucas Jellema


In this article, I will show a little bit more of ICS – the Integration Cloud Service. In a previous article, I have introduced some concepts – such as Connection, Integration, Business Identifier. I have shown how to create an integration connecting two connections – an inbound and an outbound one (both of type SOAP).

In picture, that looks like this:

In this article, I will create a new connection (REST API style) and (more...)

Java Callout from Business Rules

Goal and warning

This blog will show how to invoke java code directly from within a Business Rules component. I didn’t manage to find this in the Oracle product documentation, which is actually a good thing. Invoking java code with business logic directly from within the Business Rules is normally bad design. The proper way to do it would be to first invoke business rules and then – depending on the outcome – invoke the (more...)

BPM Worklist API and Custom ADF Application

I have updated my sample app with BPM API usage in ADF application to Originally this was developed with ADF/BPM - Dynamic ADF Buttons Solution for Oracle BPM Outcomes. There are several changes in BPM libraries usage. I will describe it all step by step.

Download sample application - This archive contains both BPM and ADF app. BPM process implements two roles - request holiday (more...)

What can we learn from the Microservices movement?

If you’re into integration, SOA or web services, you’ve probably heard the term Microservices fairly often lately. Is applying Microservices architecture the one-size-fits-all solution that can replace the traditional one-size-fits-all SOA solution that doesn’t fit anymore? Of course not, because the world isn’t just black and white and both architectural concepts have their pros and cons. However, I think we can learn from the Microservices movement to improve and modernize our traditional SOA systems.

Microservices (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...)

Easy SOA releases with JGitFlow

If you use GIT as your source control system and if you use maven, the jgit-flow plugin is a massive time-saver, especially when we release a slightly large application with multiple modules (Each with it's own pom file). 

Two steps: 
 mvn external.atlassian.jgitflow:jgitflow-maven-plug in:release-start
 mvn external.atlassian.jgitflow:jgitflow-maven-plug in:release-start

do the job. 

The above sequence basically updates the pom file versions to a release version (e.g. from 1. (more...)

Test Driven SOA – citrus for powerful SOA test coverage

Reading parts of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C" by James W. Grenning inspired me to take another look at this area and look for something new,  fresh and powerful.

I don't think we need much convincing on the importance of  automated test coverage (if someone does, please read the first chapter of the book mentioned above, especially the section on "Physics of TDD" that tries to quantify the high long-term costs of "Debug later programming" (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...)

Changing SOA properties via WLST

Hereby a script to change some properties for SOA Suite. These are some generic settings such as:

  • soa-infra
  • AuditLevelGlobalTxMaxRetry
  • DisableCompositeSensors
  • DisableSpringSESensors
  • mediator
  • AuditLevel
  • bpel
  • AuditLevel
  • SyncMaxWaitTime
  • Recovery Schedule Config
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Set;
import (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.


Groovy Time! How to use XML dateTime and duration in BPM 12c

In this article I show some examples of handling XML dateTime and durations in Groovy in the context of a Oracle BPM 12c application.

Working with dates and durations in Java has always been painful. Mainly because date and time is a complex thing, with different formats and time zones and all, but I sometimes wonder if it has not been made overly complex. Anyway. Working with XML dates is even more complex because the (more...)

Oracle BPEL & BPM 12c Set Flow Instance Title

In this article I describe how to set the instance title for a composite in Oracle BPEL or BPM 12c.

Sometimes little, annoying things that are fixed with a new release can give great joy. With 11g you could set the composite instance title using the (advanced) XPath function setCompositeInstanceTitle(). This helps to find or identify instances in Enterprise Manager. However, for high volume composites you may want to configure in-memory-optimization as well by adding (more...)

Integration Is Hard

If you know me at all, you know I love services-based integration.  The whole idea of interfacing, moving and exchanging data, guided by industry standards...I'm an enthusiastic supporter.  The appeal of this idea made me an ardent supporter of Oracle's Fusion Applications.  And I still believe it's an important part of the potential for today's SaaS offerings.

So I'll share a secret with you...I really hate services-based integration.  It's hard.  Packaged integrations rarely (more...)

Oracle BPM / SOA Instance Migration Script Issues

In this blog posting I explain some changes you need to apply to get instance migration to work for the Oracle BPM 11g Suite.

While figuring out a couple things about instance migrations I have been doing a few Bundle Patch installations lately. Up to + BP4 I had issues with migration even after applying patch 18025048. I just applied BP7 and installed the latest (more...)