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Although the SOA and OSB Maven artifacts provided in the 12.2.1.2 release are much improved from what was released in 12.2.1.1, this topic provides some additional tweeks needed to get an OSB project to build and deploy with Maven.

With MuleSoft Connect right around the corner, now is a good time to develop your strategy for sessions and workshops to attend.  The workshops, as noted below, require pre-registration, so be sure to sign up sooner rather than later so you won’t miss out.

To help you develop your strategy, AVIO has created a list of top 3 sessions and workshops to attend. Our focus for these picks is on learning about the new tools and features, along with expanding your MuleSoft knowledge.

We’ve been considering how the principles of Agile software development can be applied more broadly, and what insights they can provide into organizational agility. In the first two parts of this series we considered, respectively, the first and second of The Agile Manifesto’s four value statements.

Customer Collaboration

We come now to the third:  We value customer collaboration over contract negotiation.

One of the biggest challenges for any project manager is knowing what work has been done and what work remains throughout a project. This is no easy task for the typical SOA/Business Process Management (BPM) project involving multiple system integrations and a large user base.

I recently ran into a rather worrisome situation where my Admin Server suddenly lost connection with my SOA Managed Server.  Luckily my users were blissfully unaffected and looked at me strangely when I expressed my alarm that Enterprise Manager couldn’t see any of the composites.  They said they’d never met the Enterprise Manager and that they weren’t aware the company made composites.  At that point, sadly, I realized I was on my own.

Parametric roles have been in the Oracle BPM product in releases prior to 11g. Although a portion of this powerful feature has made it back into the product in the 11.1.1.5 feature pack, until this feature supports the use of LDAP group assignments I believe that it will be of limited use. The technique described here will get you around this current limitation and it works for all releases of Oracle BPM 11g.

Many thanks to Arun Pareek for his insight on Oracle BPM 11g parametric roles.

The ever increasing number of web and mobile applications continue to drive a lot of discussion around XML vs. JSON when exchanging data. For many systems within an enterprise, this conversation has no relevance, since the exchange of data to/from these systems is limited to only flat file formats. Many of these legacy systems require formats such as comma separated values (csv), fixed length, or hierarchical structures. Mule’s DataWeave has had support for csv transformations.

As most developers know, using someone as a lifeline to provide answers to perplexing issues or questions really enables us to get our job done. Sometimes this information is gleaned from blog posts, sometimes in webinars, or sometimes by simply posting the question to a developer forum. Those who provide the answers and shed some insight into the details of the path they've already traversed are so appreciated. Especially so when we are up against a tight timeline and/or at our wits end to solve an issue.

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Having choices when it comes to technology provides us with the ability to select the right tool for the job. But having too many choices can also lead to confusion and indecisiveness around tooling, making it difficult to decide what tool should be used when.

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