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People are often confused when it comes to creating and using flex fields in Oracle BPM.  A while back, I'd written a blog on public flex fields, but this blog discusses protected flex fields, some best practices and a how to avoid a bug when using them.
One of the difficulties organizations initially have after installing Oracle BAM 12c is determining how to define the security levels and permissions for its different types of users. Oracle BAM has both coarse grained security defined at the application role level down to very fine grained security defined at individual BAM artifact and data object row level.
This is the 5th of a 5 part series that explains how to expose a database to an Oracle BPM 12c Process using the Oracle SOA Database Adapter and a Mediator. In this, the Composite with the Database Adapter created in part 4 is invoked by the Oracle BPM process using a Service activity.
This is the 4th of a 5 part series that explains how to expose a database to an Oracle BPM 12c Process using the Oracle SOA Database Adapter and a Mediator.
This is the second in a series of 5 blogs that shows how to expose a database to an Oracle BPM 12c Process using the Oracle SOA Database Adapter. In this blog, the Database Adapter's Outbound Connection Pool is configured.
This is the first in a series of 5 blogs that shows how to expose a database to an Oracle BPM 12c Process using the Oracle SOA Database Adapter. In this blog, the WebLogic JNDI connection to a database schema is created.  

The Problem

Sometimes, when deploying a BPM composite, the deployment times out. When a BPM composite deployment fails in this way, it does not clean up after itself. It leaves several records in the database. If one attempts to deploy the same revision, it will also fail. A common workaround is to restart the managed servers, increment the version number, and attempt the deploy again.

While the workaround does work, the remnants of the bad deploy will result in the flex field headers not displaying correctly in the workspace.

Oracle BAM dashboards and user objects can be quite powerful. All of the sophisticated dashboards and user objects in the world are not as useful though if migrating them from a test to a production environment is a tedious, error-prone process. Oracle provides a utility to import/export BAM information and AVIO has a Maven plugin that aids in calling that import/export utility using baselined BAM information in source control. This helps make Continuous Deployment possible by adding a "development workflow" to Oracle BAM.

Continuous Deployment by adding a 'development workflow' for B2B.
The Chef tool proved to be easy to install, configure and run.  Between Chef and MyST it provides full automation all of the tasks associated with Fusion Middleware provisioning.
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