March 2020 Edition Oracle Developer Partner Community Newsletter
July 2020 Edition Oracle Developer Partner Community Newsletter
Dear Developer Partner Community,
Thanks for your excellent contribution to make the Oracle Cloud Platform business a huge success. Recently Oracle announced the fiscal year 20 results, with Cloud Services and License Support revenues up 3% to $27,4 billion USD. In Q4 ERP cloud revenue, was up 32% year-over-year (YoY) and HCM cloud revenue, up 27% YoY. Your opportunity to innovate, extend and integrate SaaS based on the Oracle cloud platform.

Your partner contribution is key to growth and cloud utilization. Let’s get started in the new fiscal year and continue this cloud success. Please join our Connect, Innovate & Extend SaaS Partner Kickoff Webcast July 9th, 2020.

With the new fiscal year the latest certification Oracle Cloud Platform Digital Assistant 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1071-20 is available. To prepare you for the certification we offer a series of free online chatbot bootcamps for EMEA and the US.

In July we continue the series of 8 virtual Meetups. Hands-on workshops for developers to try the Oracle Cloud Platform, for details please visit the registration page here. You want to network with the Oracle Community? Join our local Oracle Developer Meetup across the world? Visit our Meetup overview page here.

Oracle Digital Assistant named a leader in Ovum Decision Matrix for Intelligent Virtual Assistants.

The Application Development team released Helidon 2.0 and announced a Coherence community edition. An on-demand webcast is available here

Watch Lonneke Dikmans, eProseed: Leveraging Oracle Cloud to realize a digital municipality. We want to promote also your customer success, submit your story via the customer reference program.
Jürgen Kress
For a short summery of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The July edition highlights the new sales plays and virtual developer Meetups. This month’s community webcast will we our annual kickoff webcast with Suhas Uliyar. Please join Connect, Innovate & Extend SaaS Partner Kickoff Webcast on July 9th, 2020.
Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @wlsCommunity #OracleDeveloperCommunity!

Keep Safe!
Jürgen Kress
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Table Of Contents
Community Announcements
Connect, Innovate & Extend SaaS Partner Kickoff Webcast July 9th, 2020
SaaS solutions like HCM, CX and ERP Cloud need to be integrated and customized.
Oracle Integration connects SaaS solutions with out of the box adapters.
Oracle Digital Assistant innovates SaaS solutions with pre-build chatbots.

Attend webcast with Suhas Uliyar, Vice President Oracle Product Management.
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Free Oracle trainings, take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand:
bullet Integrate Netsuite
bullet Integration Insight
bullet Innovate HCM with Chatbots
bullet ERP Integration
bullet HCM Integration
bullet Extend SaaS with Visual Builder Cloud Service
bullet Integration Adapters
bullet Integrate SaaS
bullet Digital Assistant Update
PaaS Partner YouTube Update July 2020
The July video includes three topics:
• Sales kits to integrate Apps & modernize Apps
• Virtual developer Meetups
• Kickoff Webcasts for PaaS & SaaS partners community.

For regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Thanks for your likes and sharing the video on YouTube and LinkedIn. For the latest PaaS Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required).
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Watch Lonneke Dikmans, eProseed: Leveraging Oracle Cloud to realize a digital municipality
Yilmaz Ozturk
eProseed has created a participation app to increase the involvement of citizens in decisions made by municipalities. The solution consists of a mobile JET app for voting on topics and a backend to store the votes using Blockchain and OpenID Connect. For more information please visit the partner finder.
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We want to promote your customer success! Have you implemented successful a solution based on the Oracle Cloud Platform? Submit your success story via the customer reference program.
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Become a Certified Oracle Expert
Become a Certified Oracle Expert
Enablement and certification is key to cloud success.
At the Oracle Competence Center and Online Learning Library partners can attend free on-line classes and certifications. Additional we offer the latest implementation exams ($245 or free vouchers) for:

Digital Assistant 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1071-20
Application Integration 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1042-20
Application Development 2020 Specialist (1Z0-1043-20)
Content and Experience 2019 Certified Associate (1Z0-1040)
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Developer Tools Section
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Oracle Digital Assistant Named a Leader in Ovum Decision Matrix for Intelligent Virtual Assistants by Tanu Sood
Ovum, a leading analyst firm and part of the global technology research organization, Omdia, has recognized Oracle Digital Assistant as a leader in the market in its latest research report, "Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Intelligent Virtual Assistant Solution, 2020–21." The report analyzes the evolution of virtual intelligent assistants, the increasing scope of use cases, and the market landscape, and evaluates 10 niche and large technology vendors to determine Oracle Digital Assistant as one of the leaders in this market.
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Meet Ida - A digital colleague for your Enterprise or Campus by IntraSee15 years in the making…
Ida understands your Enterprise and Campus systems better than the people who created them. Ida is a next generation digital worker, enabling the conversational enterprise.
The premise is simple. In today’s world, people no longer want to point and click their way through your complex internal systems. Instead, they want to have a conversation. Just like they would with a human, but without the wait times or being passed from one department to another. 
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The Future is NOW Chatbots and HR by Debra Lilley & Brandon Johnson
Artificial intelligence (AI) is finding its way into mainstream business— a trend that is clearly evident in the rapid adoption of chatbots. By automating computers’ interactions with people, well-designed and thoughtfully deployed chatbots can have an immediate business impact.
When Hermes,1 a parcel courier in the UK, implemented a simple Oracle chatbot to help customers track shipments, it quickly found that 50 percent of incoming calls were being deflected away from human agents. 
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Oracle Digital Assistant Integrated with Oracle HCM Cloud by Scott Wall
Chatbots can be implemented into a variety of business use cases, such as customer service, employee engagement, and human resources (HR). HR use cases can fulfill a variety of functions including retrieving payslips, determining paid time off or vacation balances, or finding entries in the employee directory. Putting these common, repeatable questions in the metaphorical hands of a chatbot can provide quick and efficient service to employees while freeing the HR department to focus on other facets of their jobs.
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State of Oklahoma Employs Digital Assistants to Help Government Telework by William Sanders
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Oklahoma, like every other state, had to figure out a way for its mostly office-based government employees to work from home.
Oracle was there to help. Within eight days of receiving a call for help, the local team and members of Oracle’s Austin-based Cloud Solutions Hub were able to design and deploy a chatbot to help Oklahoma’s newly home-based workers get productive as quickly as possible. Office workers unfamiliar with configuring IT gear without hands-on support invariably have questions, and that can lead to bottlenecks. Before COVID-19, the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise IT desk fielded about 500 support calls a month. Overnight, that number spiked to more than 1,500 calls per day, says Jerry Moore, CIO, State of Oklahoma.
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Use font awesome and a custom component to create an icon menu for the Oracle Web SDK by Frank Nimphius
Especially when Oracle Digital Assistant is made available on websites or web applications, developers look for a web-type look and feel and behavior of bot responses to seamlessly integrate the bot into the surrounding web environment. Because Oracle Digital Assistant can be exposed through multiple messenger channels as well as by voice, it is important that optimized web integration does not tie a bot to a single channel.
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Create menus with icons in Oracle Digital Assistant using the System.Common response component by Frank Nimphius
Menus look much better when icons are displayed for the selected items. Often, a well-chosen icon even improves usability because people recognize patterns so much better than reading labels. In this article I explain how to create icon references for list items in action and value-list menus created with the System.CommonResponse component
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Use Entities To Build Powerful, Robust And Speech-Ready Action Menus by Frank Nimphius
In addition to natural language processing (NLP), menus are a popular means of navigation in a chatbot conversation. Action menus are typically used either as fallback when the NLP engine does not resolve a user message with predefined confidence (threshold), or when a resolved user intent has subcategories into which a conversation can be branched. To build action menus you have a choice:
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Managing state in Oracle Digital Assistant custom components by Frank Nimphius
Like built-in components, custom components may have an interaction with a user that spans multiple turns. To have a conversation with a user, components needs to maintain state to tell the UI to render and the behavior to execute. In this article I explain two options you can use to manage and maintain state in custom components.
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Using Meta-Data For Oracle Cloud Applications Services in Visual Builder by Shay Shmeltzer
Visual Builder can work with any REST service as a source of data, but it provides additional built-in features for services exposed by Oracle Cloud Application (Oracle SaaS). Visual Builder is familiar with the specific syntax those services use for advance functionality such as query by example, sorting, pagination, drilling into related items and other capabilities they support. However some VB developers might miss these capabilities and treat Oracle SaaS services like any "regular" service. In this blog I show how to take advantage of the special capabilities by using the "Define by Specification" option in Visual Builder.
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Leverage ORDS with Visual Builder to Access Oracle DB - an OpenAPI Update by Shay Shmeltzer
A while back I posted a blog/video showing how to access Oracle ATP DB through ORDS from Visual Builder. One update that happened since then on both the ORDS side and the Visual Builder part is support of OpenAPI/Swagger standard. This accelerates and simplifies adding ORDS based REST services to a VB app and creating apps leveraging them.
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Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit(JET) empowers developers by providing a modular open source toolkit Redwood design
Redwood is here!
All UI components and functionality is using the Redwood Design System by default in this release! If you woud like to use the Alta theme with JET v9.0.0, please see the Migration chapter of the JET Developers Guide for guidance.
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JDeveloper: af:query hide fields from ‘Add Fields’ button by Timo Hahn
A couple of weeks ago a question in the Oracle ADF Community asked for help with af:query in advanced mode. In detail, the user wanted to know how to hide some fields from the ‘Add Fields’ LOV available in the advanced mode of the af:query component.
Application Development Section
Announcing Helidon 2.0 by Peter Nagy
Today, we are proud to announce general availability of Helidon 2.0.
Helidon provides a set of Java libraries that simplify microservices development, and offer developers a range of features and benefits:
Announcing Coherence Community Edition by Randy Stafford
Oracle Coherence has pioneered the In-Memory Data Grid space, powering high-scale mission-critical applications around the world in many industries. Today, Oracle is pleased to announce that it is making the core of Oracle Coherence available as free and open source software in Coherence Community Edition.
Asynchronous Polyglot programming in GraalVM JavaScript by Daniele Bonetta
One of the many cool features of GraalVM is its support for polyglot applications. The ability to mix and match programming styles and paradigms makes it easy to combine different programming models allowing developers to take advantage of different languages in a single application. 
Accelerating OCI applications with GraalVM Enterprise by Olga Gupalo
Oracle GraalVM Enterprise Edition is a high performance runtime that provides significant improvements in application execution and efficiency on premise and in the cloud. For cloud, the good news is that GraalVM Enterprise is included in all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) subscriptions so you can use it for no additional charge. Let's see how to get started with GraalVM Enterprise in OCI and run some examples in a virtual machine.
Upgrade the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator by Michel Schildmeijer
In my series of blogs around WebLogic, containers and Kubernetes I'd like to tell you about "old meets new". Well "Old" is maybe an inappropriate term in this case, but what I actually mean is how WebLogic's relation to traditional infrastructure like servers and VMs and from a container based perspective with a container orchestrator platform such as Kubernetes, and Oracle's cloud implementation of it, Oracle Container Clusters(OKE) holds.
Advisor Webcast: Zero Down Time Patching in WebLogic - July 23, 2020 by Alan Boucher
This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for Middleware Weblogic Users, Deployers and Administrators about Zero Down Time Patching.
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Polyglot Programming with Oracle GraalVM Enterprise and Coherence
The best of Java Java Magazine celebrates Java’s 25th anniversary with a list of the 25 best Java apps in areas including space exploration, genomics, and video games.
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My private Corner - Goodbye to an old friend
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For year’s I used an X220 ThinkPad. It was a great companion on hundreds of business trips. On it’s excellent keyboard I wrote most of the community newsletters. The model was launched in 2011, during the years I piped it with 16 GB RAM and two SSD drives. Which where a great help to run demos and trainings based on virtual box. The raise of cloud computing gave it’s CPU a second spring. With mandatory move to Windows 10 it’s time to say goodbye to a good friend – thanks for the great service!
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