In most medium to large enterprises, integration developers have to deal with managing multiple initiatives spread over multiple departments. In the WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus (OSB) world, this translates to multiple WebLogic/OSB projects in multiple WebLogic domains. Typically, the integration developers are tasked with project development and testing while the WebLogic administrators are responsible for the deployment and operational support. This handoff is not entirely smooth due to different tools and processes in the development and operational organizations.
WebLogic administrators have to deal with multiple OSB projects. Typically, the OSB project deployment should follow the existing methodology in the enterprise. The operational team should centrally maintain the deployment artifacts, and this should be a different location than the one used by the development team. The deployment itself should be a well-defined procedure with a series of repeatable steps. Further, the set of best practices for the enterprise should be invoked at deployment time. This article by Narayan Bharadwaj, author of BPEL Management with Oracle Enterprise, talks about deploying multiple OSB projects to an OSB environment in a standardized manner. Specifically, this article talks about:
- Step-by-step exercises:
- Viewing the Software Library
- Uploading projects to the Software Library
- Viewing the project deployment procedure
- Scheduling project deployment
In this article by Pav Kumar-Chatterjee, author of IBM InfoSphere Replication Server and Data Event Publisher, we will discuss three layers—The DB2 database layer, the WebSphere MQ layer, and the Q replication layer that make up a Q replication solution, and the relationship between Replication/Publication Queue Map, Q subscription, and subscription group. We will also take a look at the internals of the Q Capture and Q Apply programs.Read Q Replication Components in IBM Replication Server in full
BPEL processes are the new generation of workflow. It provides IT with an automated framework for enterprise-wide business processes. Monitoring BPEL processes is important for business analysts and administrators to maintain business visibility and resolve problems quickly. This article by Narayan Bharadwaj, author of BPEL Management with Oracle Enterprise talks about viewing deployed BPEL processes and their constituent partner links. Further, monitoring of BPEL processes and partner links using a combination of metrics and synthetic tests is covered.
In this article we will cover:
- Step-by-step exercises:
- Navigating to the BPEL PM target home page
- Navigating to the BPEL process home page
- Creating the BPEL process aggregate service
- Creating a SOAP test to monitor a partner link
- Creating a SOAP test to monitor a BPEL process
- Testing the SOAP tests
WCF short for Windows Communication Foundation, the latest Microsoft programming architecture has superseded earlier technologies like COM, DCOM, etc. WCF is the Microsoft programming model for building distributed applications for .NET. Visual Studio suite of products provides an easy to use interface for developing WCF applications. Using these IDEs a number of different types of WCF applications can be built.
The emphasis of this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy is to show to the user how to leverage the IDE for understanding the ins and outs of a WCF application and learn about the available development tools. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 makes it very easy to create WCF projects. The Visual Studio 2010 Express which is a free program can also be used similar to the way described for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 in this article. In understanding basic WCF you need to go no further than the Visual Studio IDE.
This article describes the default template available in VS 2008 (also works the same in VS2010 Express) to create a WCF application and to understand the out of the box WCF development tools namely the WCF Service Host and WCF Test Client. Along with modifying the service and service contract, publishing the service to the Internet Information Services is also described where in the local host is an IIS7 web server.Read Easy guide to understand WCF in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 Express in full
This article by Richard J. Reese, author of the book Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions, introduces the concept of managing the assets of IT like an investment portfolio. Establishing a single-source-of-truth for all IT-related information provides a basis for planning and analysis. The article also introduces the Troux Transformation Platform as a market-leading EA repository tool.Read Managing the IT Portfolio using Troux Enterprise Architecture in full
In this article, Oracle Enterprise Manager Key Concepts and Subsystems by Debu Panda and Arvind Maheshwari, authors of Middleware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g R5, we'll learn about major processes and subsystems of Enterprise Manager Grid Control, and the concepts behind those subsystems. Generally enterprise software is composed of many technical and functional subsystems. Many of the technical and functional subsystems need to be tweaked or customized according to the needs of a particular enterprise. Good enterprise software is one that provides useful out-of-the-box features that need minimal or no customizations of the subsystems, and at the same time provides flexibility for customizations.
Most often we see that, while using enterprise software, System Administrators discover an un-documented feature, or use an existing feature or a subsystem in an innovative way. This helps to get better returns on the investment made on the enterprise software. The subsystems that we'll be covering in this article are as follows:
- Configuration Management
- Service Level Management
- Information publishing
When tackling the complex task of installing and configuring Oracle's Siebel CRM, we should keep in mind that a well-considered approach and proper documentation are key factors for a successful completion.
In this article by Alexander Hansal, author of Oracle Siebel CRM 8 Installation and Management, we will discuss the following steps of the Siebel installation process:
- Planning the Siebel CRM Installation
- Understanding hardware and software prerequisites
- Hardware sizing
- Preparing the Siebel database
- Preparing the Siebel file system
- Creating service owner accounts
- Downloading the Siebel installation archives
- Running the Siebel Image Creator
- Obtaining the license key
In this article by Dmitri Khanine author of the book The Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook, we will look at the types of metadata available in the system and how to put them to good use. You will learn to find information quickly, and how to customize your Content Server screens without programming. More specifically, you will learn:
- How to use standard and custom metadata—a major ingredient among UCM's critical success factors that can spell both "success" and "disaster" in your organization
- How to quickly customize Check In, Content Info, and Search screens without coding, and how to work dependent choice lists (allowing you to complete even advanced customizations without writing a single line of code)
- How Content Server stores metadata in the database—a bit of insider knowledge that will make many of your complex development, data migration, and code generation tasks a piece of cake
In the previous article Oracle Universal Content Management: How to Set Up and Change Workflows you've built your first workflow, let's dig a little deeper and see what else can you do with Content Server workflows. I'll show you how to add groups of users as approvers, how to create jumps, use scripting, and perform other really powerful things.
In this article by Dmitri Khanine, author of The Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook, we will cover the following things:
- Tools you need for advanced workflow design such as workflow templates, jumps, sub-workflows, and scripting—that let you harness the true power of Content Server workflows.
- How to group approvers and even select them dynamically based on the business rules—maybe the last bit of advice you will need to automate that complex business process you were looking at.
- Different types of workflows you have to choose from and how to pick the best one for your task at hand.
Let's begin by looking at the top three things.Read More Things you can do with Oracle Content Server workflows in full
Workflows are one of the most used and useful features of UCM. They give you the power to quickly set up reviews and approvals for documents, web pages, product documentation, "stage gates" for project management artifacts, "virtual voting" on government legislation, gathering digital signatures, and SOX compliance reviews.
This article by Dmitri Khanine, author of The Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook covers things you'd be doing most of the time as well as other important things you ought to know about workflows. More specifically you will learn:
- How to set up and change Content Server workflows—allowing you to get up to speed really fast, walking you step by step through an automation of a real-world approval process.
- Hidden (and frequently overlooked) facts about content life cycle that will help you locate and reclaim your disappeared content items.