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November 2020 Edition Oracle Developer Partner Community Newsletter

Learn how to create new service offerings and solutions for Oracle SaaS solution based on the Oracle Cloud Platform
Dear Developer Partner Community,
The 2nd edition of the Oracle Digital Assistant Partner Advisory Council will take place December 8th 2020. In case you have implemented successful Oracle Digital Assistant in customer projects, It’s your opportunity to share your feedback with the Oracle Product Management team. We will discuss the product roadmaps & insights to support your customer success and to improve the Oracle cloud services.

Why is Oracle Digital Assistant a must have? Shirley Lum describes 6 powerful reasons! Before jumping in and investing in chatbot technology it is important to understand both the pros and cons of chatbots. To ensure a successful chatbot project Fishbowl offers Oracle Digital Assistant consulting services for three use cases and across five industries.

To attend our monthly virtual Oracle Developer Meetup please visit 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.

WebLogic is now available in the Oracle cloud marketplace for customers who want to shift on-premises workload in the cloud. Including a consumption-based pricing options for Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes.
Jürgen Kress
For a short summary of our monthly key information watch the PaaS Partner Updates on YouTube. The November edition highlights the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the Partner Advisory Council.
In this month’s community webcast Chris Peytier will present how to extend SaaS solutions. Please join the How Process Workflow can extend the role of integration Partner Community Webcast November 24th 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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Cloud Platform Partner Advisory Council 2020
You are invited to the 2nd edition of the annual global Partner Advisory Council by the Oracle Digital Assistant Product Management team.

Why should you attend? Get the latest product updates and roadmap details from the Oracle Digital Assistant Product Management team. Provide feedback based on your customer project experience and discuss with the Oracle team product improvements & future directions.
Who should attend? Senior consultants architects, technical leaders & CTOs, who implemented successful Oracle Digital Assistant.

December 8th 8:00-9:00 (PST)
Keynotes presented by Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Strategy and Andrew Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President, Oracle Data Management Strategy.

December 8th 9:00-11:00 (PST)
Oracle Digital Assistant PAC
Introduction and welcome
Feedback process
Highlights from the last 12 months
Roadmap by key areas with demos
Review feedback & Closing
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How Process Workflow can extend the role of Integration
Partner Community Webcast November 24th, 2020
Process workflow is often the human-facing counterpart of back-end integration. Each one can leverage the power of the other but they often don't play well together because they cater for different profiles. Oracle Integration Cloud reduces this disconnect in a powerful way that opens new capabilities.
We will demonstrate how each one can leverage the other, and even extend the reach of integration with the use of Robotic Process Automation.

Speaker: Chris Peytier, Oracle EMEA
Schedule: November 24th, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CET (Berlin time)
Free Oracle trainings: take the opportunity to watch our community webcasts on-demand
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PaaS Partner YouTube Update, November 2020
This months video includes three topics:
• Oracle named Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant
• Partner Advisory Councils 2020
• Extend SaaS services with OIC 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).
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Oracle Digital Assistant for SaaS Partner Bootcamps
Free virtual hands-on webtraining
Oracle Product Management is pleased to invite Oracle SaaS Partners to attend the 1-day hands-on workshop on how to extend SaaS applications with Chatbots. Oracle Digital Assistant innovates HCM, CX and Service Cloud solutions.
Locations include:
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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:

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6 powerful reasons why Oracle Digital Assistant is a must-have by Emma Hitzke
The days of rudimentary chatbots are fading as organizations leverage more advanced digital assistants instead to drive efficiency and productivity, and improve the customer and employee experience. Chatbots are built with a single purpose and need users to start conversations, but digital assistants can initiate conversations, complete tasks, and use AI to better understand requests while making advanced predictions and recommendations.
Recent work-from-home mandates have led organizations across industries to rethink how they operate, and many are experimenting with digital assistants to fill new needs. They’re deploying digital assistants to help remote employees with policy questions, health and safety concerns, and self-service requests.

Pros and Cons of Chatbots by John Rampton
Chatbots are becoming mainstream as both consumers and businesses become more accustomed to the idea of interacting with a machine. With growing acceptance and the focus on automation, customer experience, and enhanced communication, this may be the right time to consider incorporating a chatbot into both your business and marketing. Before jumping in and investing in this technology for your marketing strategy, it is important to understand both the pros and cons of chatbots.

Oracle Digital Assistant Consulting Services by Jason Lamon
Expert design, integration, and implementation services for the Oracle Digital Assistant platform.
Fishbowl Solutions is the leading developer for the Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) platform. We can design and implement a digital assistant specific to your business needs. Our team will help validate your use case, design conversational interfaces, and integrate your backend data systems.
Digital Assistants for customer and employee service, sales enablement, and more.

Cloud HCM Talk Radio - Innovating Cloud HCM with Voice and Chatbots by Grant Ronald
Would you like to understand the difference between a Chatbot and a Digital Assistant? And would you like to learn more about Oracle’s Digital Assistant? Then tune in to Cloud HCM Talk Radio to hear Grant Ronald, Director of Product Management at Oracle, discuss the benefits and challenges of building an enterprise HCM system when all you have are simply words

Ida Brings AI to Schools, Governments by Coco Huang
Silicon Beach newcomer Ida Artificial Intelligence Inc. is bringing fresh ideas to enterprise management systems. The Santa Monica-based AI company helps create conversational user interfaces, digital agents and chatbot initiatives for companies, universities and government institutions. Ida’s automated configuration platform is essentially “a robot that can create a robot,” according to co-founder and Chief Executive Paul Isherwood. When integrated into a corporate enterprise or campus platform, Ida can process multistep administrative requests through a series of conversations.

Live webcast: Automating helpdesk experiences with Oracle Digital Assistant, featuring ComEd November 28th 2020 by Sahiz Kaur
Live webcast: Automating helpdesk experiences with Oracle Digital Assistant, plus special guest ComEd
Date: October 28, 2020 Time: 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST
As the world has shifted to a new normal, the accelerated pace of change has forced many organizations to re-evaluate their customer experience strategies. In our personal lives, we have begun to rely more and more on digital tools to interact with each other and with brands. Consequently, many companies are pivoting heavily towards digital engagement to meet and serve their customers remotely and online. AI-powered conversational digital assistants are key for any business to create meaningful, just-in-time customer engagement while enabling their human resources to drive more strategic work.

New Oracle Cloud SCM Capabilities Help Organizations Address Today’s Biggest Supply Chain Challenges
To help organizations build resilient and agile supply chains that drive innovation and growth, Oracle today announced the latest updates to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (Oracle Cloud SCM). The updates help customers increase collaboration across supply networks, proactively manage supply chain assets, and implement long-term supply chain planning.

Implementing Varying Bot Responses Based on Intent Confidence by Grant Ronal
In a digital assistant skill the intent component returns confidence score when resolving the user input. Typically this is measured against a threshold to decide if the skill understands the user utterance or not. However there is a great conversational technique for when an intent is above the threshold but you choose to vary the response based on the confidence score.

Adding pagination to list and card layouts in Oracle Digital Assistant by Frank Nimphius
Messaging channels are limited in the number of action items that can be displayed as buttons or values in a select list or on cards. To address these limitations, you can implement pagination so that the user can browse larger lists of values in pre-defined chunks. This article explains how to implement pagination for card layouts and lists that are based on entity lists and array variables. Read the complete article here.

Abort Long Running REST Calls in Visual Builder by Shay Shmeltzer
Sometime a REST call to the backend in your application could take too long, and you want to allow the user to cancel this operation mid-run. This is possible using an AbortController - a new interface that allows you to abort a web request (This interface is supported by most modern browsers). In the blog below I'll show how to use this technique in a Visual Builder application.

Announcing The Visual Builder Cookbook by Shay Shmeltzer
The Visual Builder team is excited to announce the release of the new Visual Builder Cookbook - a key educational resource that will help you implement a variety of techniques with Visual Builder. The cookbook provides a collection of step-by-step recipes that teach you how to implement common usecases with Visual Builder. Not only do you get the instructions, you also get the full code for all the solutions - so you can further inspect and learn from it.

ADF Performance Monitor New Whitepaper Published by Frank Houweling
We are happy to announce that we have a new whitepaper on the ADF Performance Monitor. This blog publishes a new whitepaper that gives more information about the architecture, features and implementation of the ADF Performance Monitor. It is updated with the many features of our new major version 9.5. Recently we also made also a quick introduction video on the product.

Oracle Forms & Reports certified with ATP by Dirk Nachbar
Since a few days, the current release of Oracle Forms & Reports is officially certified with the use of Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing (ATP) Database.
You can use the ATP Database for the Metadata Repository for Oracle Forms & Reports and/or as application Database.

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Application Development Section

Use your Universal Credits with Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE by Adrian Padilla Duarte
We’re excited to announce the availability of new consumption-based pricing options for Oracle WebLogic Server for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Container Engine for Kubernetes (Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE). See my earlier blog post describing Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE, and the functionality provided. We have created new Oracle WebLogic Server for OKE listings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace that enable you to quickly provision an Oracle WebLogic Server domain on Kubernetes, and to use preconfigured CI/CD pipelines to develop and deploy WebLogic Server applications using Oracle’s Universal Credits model (UCM).

Announcing longer-running functions, increased limits, improved logging, and log triggers for Oracle Functions by Sachin Pikle
Oracle Functions is a serverless platform that lets you create, run, and scale business logic without managing any infrastructure. Today, we’re pleased to announce some key enhancements to Functions to make it easy for you to use it in more use cases:
Longer-running functions, up to 5 minutes
Increased maximum number of functions and applications

Helidon 2.1.0 is released by Dmitry Kornilov
I am proud to announce the Helidon 2.1.0 release. It’s a new minor release which introduces new features such as MicroProfile 3.3 support, new FaultTolerance implementation and @HelidonTest annotation, as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. The new version is available in Maven Central. See the full list of changes in the release notes.
MicroProfile 3.3

Announcing OpenAPI support in API Gateway by Robert Wunderlich
We’re pleased to announce that API Gateway now supports the OpenAPI Specification!
OpenAPI is a description format for RESTful APIs that you can use to describe the capabilities and expectations of the API. An API description helps developers understand how to interact with the API. And for those who implement the API, the description is an agreed-upon understanding of the functionality. The API description helps teams implement APIs much faster and with confidence that the requirements are being met.

OpenAPI Support in Oracle API Gateway by Lucas Jellema
Today I read the announcement of OpenAPI (fka Swagger) support in API Gateway on OCI. I was wondering what that entailed and I decided to try it out.
In short, this support means that an API definition can be uploaded to API Gateway, is validated for correctness and can be shared among people accessing the OCI API Gateway definition on OCI. Furthermore, an API Deployment can be created from the imported OpenAPI definition, with routes (of type Stock Response) for the paths in OpenAPI definition. I will demonstrate this in this article.

What are solutions for running Oracle WebLogic Server on the Azure Kubernetes Service?
This page describes the solutions for running Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). These solutions are jointly developed and supported by Oracle and Microsoft.

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