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October 2020 Edition Oracle Integration & Process Partner Community Newsletter

Increase the Oracle Cloud business and connect, extend & innovate Oracle SaaS solutions.
Dear Partner Community,
Thanks to all partners who supported us by your successful customer projects! Your contribution is key to recognize Oracle Integration as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the 4th consecutive year. For all SaaS Integration bootcamp attendees we offer now a free permanent OIC playground to become a certified expert.

To increase productivity Oracle Integration offers pre-build component like recipes and accelerators. For example a recipe extracts a new hire information from HCM Cloud or synchronize the HCM directory. A technical accelerator for example is a re-sequencer or an alert notification.

In the process & innovation section we published two decision trees to evaluate the usage of DMN or VBCs business rules and process forms or VBCs. And a blog post from Niall to link a process instance.
Jürgen Kress
For a short summary of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The October edition highlights the free cloud trials and the Integration & Process and Developer partner communities.
In this month’s community webcast Martin Jarvis will present the Oracle Digital Assistant for Service Cloud. Please join the Innovate Service Cloud with Chatbots Partner Community Webcast October 20th, 2020.

Want to publish your best practice article & news in the next community newsletter? Please feel free to send it via Twitter @soaCommunity #PaaSCommunity.

Keep safe!
Jürgen Kress
Table Of Contents
Community Announcements
Leader by Gartner Banner
Oracle Named a Leader for Four Consecutive Years by Gartner
Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform
For the fourth straight year, Oracle was named a Leader in Gartner’s 2020 “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)” report.
Thanks to all partners who supported us by your successful customer projects!
Innovate Service Cloud Banner
Innovate Service Cloud with Chatbots Partner Community Webcast
October 20th, 2020
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (GMT+2:00)
Chatbots have quickly become a critical platform for interacting with users, customers, and prospects. Organizations can now engage customers and employees in a proactive, personalized way, at scale across web, mobile, and messaging platforms. Connect and customize service engagements.
Speaker: Martin Jarvis, Director Product Management, Oracle HQ
Free on-demand PaaS Partner Community Webcasts
Thanks for attending our monthly community webcasts. Every month a speaker from the Oracle product management teams presents the latest updates on the Oracle Cloud Platform. In case you missed one of them, take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand:
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PaaS Partner YouTube Update
October 2020
The October video includes three topics:
    • Free cloud trials for partners
    • Partner Community newsletters
    • Innovate Service Cloud with chatbots webcast
      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).
      SaaS Hands On Bootcamps Banner
      Integrate SaaS hands-on Bootcamps Webtraining
      Do you want to find out why Gartner named Oracle as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for three years in a row? Are you able to innovate quickly in the new digital world? Are you looking for ways to integrate systems and data faster using a modern cloud integration platform? Attend the Oracle Integration Bootcamp, a three days hands-on training for Oracle partners!

      EMEA December 8th-10th, 2020
      JAPAC December 1st-3rd, 2020
      South America November 17th-19th, 2020
      India November 10th-12th, 2020
      US & Canada October 26th-28th, 2020
      JAPAC October 19th-21st, 2020

      Get the latest OIC training material here (community membership required).
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      Oracle Implementation Certifications
      Enablement and certification is key to cloud succe
      At the Oracle Competence Center and Online Learning Library partners can attend free on-line classes and certifications. Free vouchers for the implementation exam (USD 245) are part of your OPN benefits. To request them please contact your Oracle partner manager.
        Oracle Application Integration Cloud Platform 2019 Sales Specialist (free)
        Oracle Application Integration Cloud Platform 2019 Solution Engineer Specialist (free)
        Oracle Cloud Platform Application Integration 2020 Specialist | 1Z0-1042-20
        In case you can not access the online guided learning path and a free online assessment please contact the OPN team here.

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        Integration Section

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        Oracle Integration Playground
        Permanent service for Partners free of charge! Want to try, test and get trained on Oracle Integration? Use our OIC playground - a shared permanent environment.
        It’s a shared instance for Oracle Integration Partners community members only, so:
        - use your business email address as your user id (not yahoo or gmail)
        - don’t delete anything you didn’t create
        - do not store any customer data
        - do not give anybody external direct access to this instance
        - when you create any Integration artifacts e.g. connections, integration flows etc. put your initials in the name and your email address in the description. Once registered go here to access the instance. If asked for Cloud Tenant, then enter “bots4saas”. Remember to use the documentation, tutorials and learning material at Any issues, questions or feedback please use the Slack workspace
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        Install and Run OIC Recipe
        Accelerators and recipes are a great way to kick-start on building your integrations. Accelerators are run-ready business integrations or technical patterns you can configure and activate. Recipes are starter templates that give you a head start.
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        Replace Existing Connection
        New update in OIC allow us to replace any connection used in an integration with another connection of same Type and Role. Earlier if you want to replace any existing connection of an integration for that you had to delete the existing connection and then configure a new connection in place of that.
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        Extending OOTB OIC Recipe
        In the previous blog we have seen how to Install and Run a Recipe - Extract New Hire Info from Oracle HCM Cloud. Extract definition is created and executed in HCM Cloud as a pre-requisite for the OOTB Recipe to work.
        Lookups OIC Banner
        Update Lookups in OIC
        Update lookups in Oracle Integration Cloud are one of the most common requirements and this has been asked in multiple forums on how to update lookup hence the article is written.
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        Zero loss of service, smoothly
        One of the big challenges regarding migrations is operational risk when moving from the old solution to the new one. Oracle Cloud provides technologies and tools that help reduce the risk to almost zero by leveraging patterns that allow the coexistence of both solutions during the migration phase, giving the alternative to deploy Oracle CX in tracks that can go live sequentially avoiding a big bang approach which typically sounds scaring.
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        How to Configure the New OIC
        I'm writing this blog because some of the existing documentation is a bit confusing and I initially struggled to get the new OIC Streams Adapter configured.
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        Creating Journal Entries
        My first real foray into the magical world of bookkeeping. What is a journal entry? Apparently journal entries are used to record business transactions. And remember the books must always balance - so here's an example for a sales entry - I sell my Hare of the Dog T-Shirt on credit, so I need to debit accounts receivable and credit sales. Ask your accountant, if you need to know more.
        OIC Banner
        How to Keep Exactly One OIC
        Oracle Integration has a great feature to periodically run a flow instance according to a schedule. This schedule can be something simple, like "run every 10 minutes" or something more complex using a calendar ICS definition. This works great for scenarios that run periodically, then exit.
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        Inbound EDI message to OIC
        In this blog, let's create a basic inbound integration flow that receives an EDI document through a REST request, parses and validates the EDI, converts it to XML, and returns the XML in the response.
        OIC Recipes Banner
        OIC Recipes - HCM Directory
        The 2 previous posts dealt with Technical Accelerators, now to the recipes. Recipes are best practice implementations of common use cases. They provide a very quick start to implementing these. Let's look at the above recipe; as you can see, I have already installed it.
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        OIC New Home
        The new Home page gives you an ability to get jump-started on building your integrations that are called as Accelerators and Recipes. Accelerators are run-ready business integrations or technical patterns you can configure and activate.
        B2B OIC Banner
        Introducing B2B in OIC
        Oracle Integration provides support for B2B e-commerce with B2B for Oracle Integration.
        B2B for Oracle Integration represents a collective set of features inside Oracle Integration to support EDI document processing.
        OIC Banner
        OIC Technical Accelerators
        Let's try out the Re-sequencer - useful for my simple use case of requencing orders by orderNr, before processing them. The job of the re-sequencer is to process the input messages, in my case - orders, based on a sequence id - e.g. orderNr, as opposed to processing them based on time of arrival.
        XSLT Banner
        How to create a XSLT map
        On this post will see a way for creating XSLT maps that need to loop thought different sources (aka input payloads) which their instances are correlated by key fields.
        Configure endpoints Banner
        How to configure endpoints
        This article discussed how to configure the endpoint of a Connection to an ORDS REST service (AutoREST or REST Module) in such a way that you have the right part of the URI in the right place and can easily refactor it or promote your application to another environment.
        OIC Banner
        OIC Technical Accelerator
        A technical accelerator package that allows one to send Alert Notifications from your integrations, based on a variety of parameters:
        • channels - EMAIL, Pager, JIRA, Custom
        • integrations - different channels/recipents for different integrations etc.
        • Errors/Failure Messages - different channels/recipients based on the error message thrown etc.
        Complex Variables Banner
        Creating Complex Local Temporary
        Over the past couple of years, I have been involved in more and more projects and proofs-of-concept moving assets from Oracle SOA Suite to Oracle Integration Cloud.
        OIC Guide Banner
        An Advanced Guide to OIC
        • Do you know how SMTP servers detect spoofs or detect the forging of the visible sender?
        • Do you know how SMTP servers detect sender is legitimate?

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        Business Process Management & Innovation Section

        VBCS Banner
        OIC DMN VBCS decision tree
        This blog will help you in deciding when to use DMN and and when to use VBCS business rules. Instead of long post with lot of content, this post uses approach of decision tree. Very specific decision point, and how should you decide between two options.
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        Linking to a process instance
        Use case here - Customer wants a process creator to be notified when a process has completed. In this case, an email containing a link to the process history in Workspace. The link should bring me here:
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        Process Form VBCS decision tree
        This blog will help you in deciding when to use process web form and and when to use VBCS form. Instead of long post with lot of content, this post uses approach of decision tree. Very specific decision point, and how should you decide between two options

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        Additional New Material for PaaS Community

        • September 20 – New OIC articles
        • HCM OIC Patterns video by A-Team
        • Cloud concerns Here are four takeaways from the recent Oracle Live event on cloud infrastructure security innovations.
        • More power Oracle’s new high-performance computing on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is providing the performance boost to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems—combating disease, preventing car-crash fatalities, and more.
        • Smooth sailing How Sonoco, a $5.4 billion maker of packaging for food, medicine, and other products, uses Oracle Transportation Management Cloud to navigate a complex, growing shipping environment.
        • World-changing Java Did you know Java helps drive the Brazilian healthcare system? Read the responses to our list of the 25 greatest Java apps ever written.
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        Top tweets PaaS Community
        Send your tweets #PaaSCommunity. Follow us on Twitter.
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        Training Calendar
        For the latest trainings please visit our Training Wiki.
        Join the Oracle Developer Meetup groups
        Want to learn more about developing Enterprise-grade Cloud Native applications on the Oracle Cloud Platform, covering topics like Microservices Architecture, developing in Node, Python and PHP, using Low Code development tools to build Mobile apps, and much more?

        Join the Oracle Developer Meetup groups if you want to follow Oracle’s solutions in this area, or participate in the events and hands-on labs we organize:
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        Free trials Oracle Cloud Platform
        Free Oracle Cloud platforms 30 days cloud trial are available here. Your Oracle partner manager can extend this trails.

        For SaaS trials please visit For support please contact the OPN Team.
        My Private Corner Banner
        My private Corner – I miss SFO!

        Every year in autumn Oracle OpenWorld allowed us to visit San Francisco. We worked hard during the day and took the opportunity to meet the friends.
        We keep many wonderful memories from our community activities like a bike tour or a street car ride. And who remembers our community receptions? Keep strong and safe! #PaaSCommunity!

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