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    When creating a Service Bus pipeline in JDeveloper 12.2.1 for Oracle Service Bus 12.2.1, based on a typed, one-way business service (either one way WSDL based, or Messaging Service with XML request and XSD type with reply NONE business service) the pipeline won’t correctly use the request message type. It’s annoying because you cannot easily create expressions based on the request type, such as drilling open the $body variable, e.g. for an Order containing a shipping ID. All that is displayed within the pipeline is $body.

    This happens although the pipeline configuration displays the correct XSD, eg. OrderType.xsd and the correct Type, eg. OrderType.

    I am quite surprised because this is not a very unusual use case. Anyway I couldn’t find a work around for JDeveloper 12.2.1 (let me know if you know one!). Interestingly, testing a proxy service based on the business service works all right (so maybe the bug slipped in when the pipeline construct was separated from the proxy service? just guessing.)

    It is possible to work with the good old Service Bus web console /sbconsole. There everything is fine, i.e. the correct structure of the request message is displayed. The working Service Bus console is another indication that the way JDeveloper does it is broken. Read the complete article here.

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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    Hourglass iconIf your E-Business Suite Release environment is configured to support Daylight Saving Time (DST) or international time zones, it's important to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date. They were last changed in November 2015 and released as DSTv25.

    DSTv27 is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1. The DSTv27 update includes the timezone information from the IANA tzdata 2016f.  It is cumulative: it includes all previous Oracle DST updates. 

    Is Your Apps Environment Affected?

    When a country or region changes DST rules or their time zone definitions, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if:

    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located in the affected country or region OR
    • Your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is located outside the affected country or region but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers in the affected country or region

    The latest DSTv27 timezone definition file is cumulative and includes all DST changes released in earlier time zone definition files. DSTv27 includes changes to the following timezones since the DSTv24 release:

    • Asia/Novosibirsk
    • America/Cayman
    • Asia/Chita
    • Asia/Tehran,
    • Haiti,
    • Palestine,
    • Azerbaijan,
    • Chile
    • America/Caracas
    • Asia/Magadan

    What Patches Are Required?

    In case you haven't been following our previous time zone or Daylight Saving Time (DST)-related articles, international timezone definitions for E-Business Suite environments are captured in a series of patches for the database and application tier servers in your environment. The actual scope and number of patches that need to be applied depend on whether you've applied previous DST or timezone-related patches. Some sysadmins have remarked to me that it generally takes more time to read the various timezone documents than it takes to apply these patches, but your mileage may vary.

    Proactive backports of DST upgrade patches to all Oracle E-Business Suite tiers and platforms are not created and supplied by default. If you need this DST release and an appropriate patch is not currently available, raise a service request through support providing a business case with your version requirements.

    The following Note identifies the various components in your E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

    Pending Certification 

    Our certification of this DST timezone patch with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 is currently underway.

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.   

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      In this video, Vipin Samar, SVP of Oracle Database Security, illustrates how organizations can protect sensitive data in the cloud using a simple demonstration. Key requirements outlined as critical security controls include: Masking sensitive data Restricting access by admins Encrypting... [Read More]

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      Defaulting  PL/SQL Gateway Security Oracle REST Data Services 3.0.7 went out yesterday.  There's an important change that went in to better secure installations by default.  It has always been the case that we recommend customers set the validations for the plsql gateway.  There has always been a validation... [Read More]

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      Written by Alexandra Georgescu, Oracle University Program Manager - Workforce Development

      The world is changing.

      From smartphones to videogames to gadgets and more, we're experiencing the evolution of the world at an incredible pace.

      The iPhone 7 is now the hottest item, but what happens in six months when the 7s will be released?

      The demand will change. 

      This same concept also applies to professional skills. The skills we use now in the workplace are not necessarily the skills we’ll need in the future.

      Luckily, a World Economic Forum report called The Future of Jobspredicts what the employment landscape will look like in 2020. The data comes from talking to chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global employers.

      But before we dive into the skills everyone will need by 2020, we first need to understand which factors are causing the change:

      • Extreme longevity – people are living longer
      • The rise of smart machines and systems– technology can augment and extend our own capabilities; workplace automation is killing repetitive jobs
      • Computational world– increases in sensors and processing makes the world a programmable system; data will give us the ability to see things on a scale that has never been possible
      • New Media ecology– new communication tools require media literacies beyond text; visual communication media is becoming a new vernacular
      • Super-structured organizations– social technologies drive new forms of production and value creation; social tools allow organizations to work at extreme scales
      • Globally connected world– diversity and adaptability is at the center of operations; the USA and Europe no longer hold a monopoly on job creation, innovation, and political power

      Which skills will change the most?

      These drivers of change will transform the way we live and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, while others will emerge and will become common.

      One thing is certain: the future workforce will need to align its skill set to keep up with the change.

      Source: Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum

      Creativity will make the biggest jump in the top skills ranking, becoming one of the top three skills employees will need. With a high amount of new products and services, new technologies and ways of working, the employers of the future will have to become more creative to benefit from these changes.

      On the other hand, negotiation and flexibility, which are now high on the list of skills, will begin to drop from the top. Machines, using masses of data, begin to make our decisions for us.

      Similarly, active listening, considered a core skill today, will disappear completely from the top 10.

      Emotional intelligence, which doesn’t feature in the top 10 today, will become one of the top skills everyone needs.

      Another Institute for the Future(IFTF) report does a great job identifying the key work skills and capabilities needed in the next few years.

      Here are a few:

      • Sense-making -  the ability to connect things in order to create new ideas
      • Social Intelligence– the ability to connect with people and form functional relationships. Influence and relationship-building will come from asking the right questions, not necessarily having all the answers.
      • Computational thinking– being analytical will be extremely important in a data-centered environment. The ability to translate vast amount of data into actual insight is more than ever a critical skill.
      • Transdisciplinarity –companies will be looking for people with new, agile skills that can see the big picture, listen, synthesize ideas and connect the dots.
      • Cognitive Load Management - the ability to effectively filter and focus what on what really requires your attention.

      Of course, all the skills mentioned above do not stand alone. They must be accompanied by technical skills and professional certification to help you stay relevant within a competitive global employment environment.

      It's essential to take charge of your own destiny by evaluating where you are today and charting your personal map as to where you want to go.

      Start by consolidating a solid knowledge base and add the digital learning element.

      Just think about it. 97 percent of the Fortune 500 companies run Oracle solutions. Why wouldn't you choose Oracle certification to secure your future?

      With certification through Oracle, your resume gets noticed, your chances of landing your dream job improve, you become more marketable, and you earn more money. Validation of your skills is the key.

      Source: World Economic Forum, The Muse

      Check out our 5 most popular certifications and choose the one that will become a solid base of a successful career in IT

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      I’ve talked about keyboard shortcuts before… I know, I know, I forgot your FAVORITE ONE. But, you already know your favorites, yes? But What About Going From One Data Grid to the Next? Apparently I neglected to show that one. if your focus is on the ‘bottom’ result panels, this will take you... [Read More]

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      September 2016 top tweets by soaCommunity

      Send your tweets @soacommunity#soaCommunity and follow us at Make sure you share your content with the community!

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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      Oracle Certified Master, Java SE 6 Developer candidates, this certification path retires soon. Complete your certification now and receive a free Java Certified t-shirt!

      The Oracle Certified Master, Java SE 6 Developer certification retires on November 30, 2016.  You can purchase and download the Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment 1Z0-855 through this date. You have 6 months to complete and return the assignment and complete the Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Essay 1Z0-856. Assignments and essays will be accepted through May 30, 2017. All grades should be provided by June 30, 2017. If you fail to pass the assignment on the first try, you will have thirty days to resubmit the assignment by completing and submitting Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment for Resubmission 1Z0-857 by July 30, 2017. 

      This certification path requires training to complete the path and earn certification. Candidates who have passed all exams and have not yet submitted the course form will have until December 30, 2017 to complete relevant training and submit the course form. After that date, this certification will no longer be granted.

      Please see the table below to see what pieces are retiring and when.

      Retirement Deadline What happens on this date?
      November 30, 2016 Last day to purchase and download 1Z0-855 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment
      May 30, 2017 Last day to submit completed assignment and complete 1Z0-856 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Essay
      June 30, 2017 Deadline to receive your score
      July 30, 2017 Last day to resubmit 1Z0-857 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment for Resubmission should you fail your first attempt
      December 30, 2017 Last day to complete the course submission form to earn your certification


      I have submitted and passed my assignment and essay but have not completed the course submission form. What do I do?

      If you have completed all exam requirements but have not yet completed your course submission form, you have until December 30, 2017 to complete relevant training and submit the course form

      I completed the assignment a few years ago. Can I submit the essay now and earn the certification?

      Assignments and essays must be completed and submitted within 6 months of assignment purchase date. If you did not upload your completed assignment and complete the essay within 6 months of assignment purchase, you will need to restart the process by purchasing a new assignment. We will not accept an assignment purchased over 6 months ago.

      I failed the assignment previously and wish to resubmit. Can I resubmit and try again?

      Failed assignments must be resubmitted within 30 days of receiving a failing grade via email. If you received your failing grade more than 30 days ago, you may not resubmit your assignment. You will need to complete a new assignment and essay.

      If I have to submit the assignment before I register for the essay, how will I complete both before the deadline?

      You may purchase the assignment through November 30, 2016. You will have until May 30, 2016 to submit the assignment and complete the essay.

      What if I fail?

      If you fail, you will have 30 days from the fail notification date via email to resubmit the assignment using 1Z0-857 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment for Resubmission.

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      Data Security is the #1, #2, and #3 concern for organizations adopting Cloud.  Whether on-premises or in the cloud, databases are the repositories of sensitive data and therefore are attractive targets for attackers. Read this white paper for a methodology to protect sensitive information in cloud databases and... [Read More]

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      For some reason I procrastinated setting up my video software on my new work machine. Big mistake. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I put together this animated GIF to show some new things in version 4.2: Updated formatter – better support for ANSI joins Opening objects referenced in... [Read More]

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      Due to the ever growing complexity and multiple dependencies of software components in an enterprise landscape, “Automated Testing” is no longer an optional feature of the software development process but a crucial ingredient of the development process and plays a significant role in every successfully launched software project.

      Software Development in a SOA environment has its own challenges that differ from, let’s say, purely Java components. One reason is the fact that software testing needs invariant laboratory conditions; but exactly this is hard to achieve in a complex service landscape. So when designing tests it is very important to determine isolation conditions to meet these requirements. Another point worth keeping in mind is the fact that frameworks -like Oracle Fusion Middleware- follow a declarative development approach; this means that testing is possible only after the deployment and never before (because the services are de-facto built up during the deployment). Some artifacts can be tested before the deployment but we get to it later.

      In this article focusing on Oracle Service Bus we outline a feasible testing strategy that allows us to implement automated testing of arbitrary complexity; starting from simple service-testing up to end-to-end tests that involve a whole service chain spread over one or more domains.

      Test Categories

      We assume that the reader is familiar with service classification concepts like “elementary services” or “composite services”. We also assume that the basic concepts of OSB like XQueries, Proxy and business services are well known concepts as well.

      Let us focus for the moment on transformation logic. The tools offered by OSB are XQueries and XSLT transformations. These files describe, roughly speaking, how a certain XML structure should be transformed to another one, or how a piece of information can be extracted from it. Hence they can be regarded as functions that receive an XML structure as input and provide another XML structure or simple data as an output. These artifacts can be tested by java Junit means before deployment. One might consider of it as an unnecessary testing step; but it is enormous important, because it guarantees us  that no side effects would remain undetected in case e.g. a namespace or a structural modification in a XML schema has to  be carried out.

      So keeping these points in mind, one can make the following distinction:

      Pre-deployment Tests

      These are tests mainly using Junit techniques and may be considered as “low-level” or basic tests. They should guarantee that basic transformation logic of data structures meets the requirements. Testing the XQuery components help us ensure the XQuery language correctness as well and help us avoid namespace inconsistency and confusion. Read the complete article here.

      SOA & BPM Partner Community

      For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.


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      The Oracle Application Development Cloud Platform Specialization recognizes partners who are proficient in selling, developing and deploying Oracle's Application Development Cloud Platform-based solutions.

      This specialization covers the following services: Oracle Java Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Application Container Cloud and Oracle Application Builder Cloud Service.

      Check out the Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) KnowledgeZone and the specialization criteria page for more details. 

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      Check out the partner award winners photos taken at the AfterDark & VIP Receptions at OpenWorld. 

      AfterDark Reception (Global winners):

      • user: opnafterdark16
      • password: 2egX8J5K

      VIP Reception (Regional winners):

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      Demonstrate you have the knowledge required to create highly targeted and personalized promotional and triggered messaging campaigns.

      Check out more details about the exam and request your free voucher now! 

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      Linux Containers allow you to run multiple user-space versions of Linux on the same host without the need of a hypervisor. You can isolate environments and control how resources are allocated without the virtualization overhead. Containers can be useful for running different copies of application configurations on the same server, running multiple versions of Oracle Linux on the same server, creating sandbox environments for testing and development, and for controlling the resources allocated to user environments. You can also use Btrfs subvolumes as a way to quickly create containers.

      Learn about Linux Containers and many other topics by taking the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration training. You can take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration training as a:

      • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 18 and 19 December 2016, and 16 January, and 6 and 13 February 2017 in English. And on 5 December 2016 in Brazilian Portuguese.
      • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

       Location  Date  Delivery Language
      Brisbane, Australia
      20 March 2017 English
      Brussels, Belgium
      24 October 2016 English
      Brasilia, Brazil
      14 November 2016 Brazilian Portuguese
      Sao Paulo, Brazil
      21 November 2016 Brazilian Portuguese
      London, England
      24 April 2017 English
      Reading, England
      24 April 2017 English
      Paris, France
      20 February 2017 French
      Hamburg, Germany
      19 December 2016 German
      Munich, Germany
      6 March 2017 German
      Jakarta, Indonesia
      31 October 2016 English
      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      19 December 2016 English
      Auckland, New Zealand
      14 November 2016 English
      Johannesburg, South Africa
      6 March 2017 English
      Bangkok, Thailand
      17 October 2016 English
      Roseville, MN, United States
      20 February 2017 English
      Reston, VA, United States 20 January 2017 English
      Durham, NC, United States 6 February 2017 English
      Columbus, OH, United States 20 February 2017 English
      Houston, TX, United States 27 February 2017 English
      Belmont, CA, United States 8 May 2017 English

        Those using earlier versions of Oracle Linux can learn about Containers and much more by taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:

        • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking a time that suits your schedule to work through hands-on exercises.
        • Live Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 3 October, 7 November and 5 December 2016 in English
        • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take a class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

         Location  Date  Delivery Language
        Bir Mourad Rais, Algeria
        25 December 2016 French
        Sao Paulo, Brazil
         17 October 2016 Brazilian Portuguese
        Munich, Germany
        13 February 2017 German
        Turin, Italy
        12 December 2016 Italian
        Seoul, Korea
        26 December 2016 Korean
        Johannesburg, South Africa
        3 October 2016 English
        Pretoria, South Africa 26 June 2017 English
        Istanbul, Turkey 21 November 2016 Turkish
        Belmont, CA, United States 24 October 2016 English
        Reston, VA, United States 12 December 2016 English
        Cambridge, MA, United States 20 March 2017 English
        Irving, TX, United States 22 May 2017 English

          Taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator OCP certificate exam.

          To register for an event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to

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          Review the Oracle OpenWorld Exastack ISV sessions:

          • Oracle Engineered Systems Program for ISVs - Get Certified, Get Customers - Slides

          • Onramp to the Cloud with Cloud-Connected Engineered Systems - Slides

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          Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is now in the history books.  Our teams in Oracle E-Business Suite Strategy, Development and Product Management had a full week of sessions, demos and customer meetings. 

          For those of you that were able to join us in person, thank you for attending and for your feedback and questions.  We learned a lot from you and we hope that you learned a lot from us.  

          Whether you would like to review sessions you attended at Oracle OpenWorld or missed attending a session or the conference but are eager to learn more, the following resources are available to you:

          1. Download presentations delivered at Oracle OpenWorld  

          We've uploaded the Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud presentations for your convenience.  Simply click HERE to access the following presentations:

          • CON1420 - Running your E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud (IaaS + PaaS) - Why, What and How
          • CON6723 - Oracle E-Business Suite in Oracle Cloud: Technical Insight
          • CON6701 - Deploying Oracle E-Business Suite for On-Premises Cloud and Oracle Cloud
          • CON6702 - Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control for Managing Oracle E-Business Suite
          • CON6705 - Advanced Architectures for Oracle E-Business Suite
          • CON6708 - Migrating and Managing Customizations for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
          • CON6724 - Leverage Oracle Integration Cloud Service for Oracle E-Business Suite
          • CON6673 - Oracle E-Business Suite Information Discovery: Your Journey to the Cloud

          As a registered Oracle OpenWorld attendee, you can access all session presentations by going to the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Content Catalog..  You can search the catalog by session ID, session title, speaker name or keyword.

          Note:  A full listing or Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud sessions is available in the Focus On Document (FOD) or our recently published blog article

          Once you find a session of interest, you can download the presentation by clicking the "Download Presentation" link.

          Note: Many speakers are in the process of uploading their presentations.  Check back later if you don't find a download link.

          2. Watch recorded sessions on Oracle Learning Streams (Oracle University)

          Recordings of the EBS on Oracle Cloud sessions presented at Oracle OpenWorld will be made available soon. Please take advantage of this opportunity to consume the latest information at your convenience.

          3. Read the latest collateral about EBS on Oracle Cloud published just prior to the conference

          Read the recently-published Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Whitepaper. The content will help you understand deployment options for Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud. It’s a good place for you to understand how you might incorporate migrating to Oracle Cloud into your roadmap.

          4. Check out the Oracle E-Business Suite: Applications Technology Facebook group

          Here you will find a collection of pictures from the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 event. This is a fun way for you to connect with others that attended the conference.

          If you have follow-up questions from the event, please feel free to post to this article or send us an email.

          Thanks again for a great Oracle OpenWorld 2016. 

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          I love SQLcl – I use it more and more every day. But. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Sometimes I need a GUI. Copying and pasting code between the two can be cumbersome – line numbers and current line indicator – make my query no go Toggle the Block Cursor Available in... [Read More]

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          Regular readers of this blog know that we have three reference tools that are essential for every E-Business Suite upgrade:

          1. File Comparison Report (Note 1446430.1)
          2. Data Model Comparison Report (Note 1290886.1)
          3. Seed Data Comparison Report (Note 1327399.1)

          These tools allow you to generate a report of the differences between one EBS release and another for specific EBS products.

          For example, you could use the Data Model Comparison to get a list of EBS database objects that were updated in EBS 12.1.3 for Bill of Materials (BOM):

          Screenshot of data model comparison report tool

          What's New?

          These tools now cover EBS 12.2.6 and all earlier EBS 12.2.x releases.

          For example, you can now compare EBS 12.2.6 to:

          • 11.5.10 Minimum Baseline
          • 12.0.6
          • 12.1.3
          • 12.2.3
          • 12.2.4
          • 12.2.5

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        • I hope those of you that made it to OOW 2016 had a great time. I can tell you that I definitely did, and I got to hear a bunch of really interesting scenarios and anecdotes from all over the world. It's really useful to get feedback like this - so thanks to everyone that came for a chat with me and the folks staffing... [Read More]

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