A-Team Chronicles

About The A-Team and A-Team Chronicles

The A-Team is a central, outbound, highly technical team comprised of Enterprise Architects, Solution Specialists and Software Engineers within the Oracle Product Development Organization. The team works closely with customers and partners, world wide, providing guidance on architecture, best practices, troubleshooting and how best to use Oracle Cloud Services and products to solve customer business needs. They specialize in using Cloud Solutions across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as On-premise and hybrid deployments.

The A-Team provides this type of support by working with Oracle Consulting, Support and Sales – engaging in the toughest of situations, solving the hardest problems and the greatest of challenges.

The A-Team is lead from Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA, but A-Team members are located and positioned globally, so that we are better prepared to respond quickly, and within an appropriate timezone for our Global customers.

“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team”


MFTCS: Production and DR in the Cloud


Oracle Managed File Transfer (MFT) Cloud Service is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) computing platform solution for running a high performance, standards-based, end-to-end managed file gateway in the cloud. It features design, deployment, and monitoring of file transfers using a lightweight web-based design-time console that includes transfer prioritization, file encryption, scheduling, and embedded FTP and SFTP servers.

Oracle Cloud @ Customer computing platform uses Oracle Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Java Cloud Service as its basic infrastructure.

This document details the steps and best practices which need to followed to setup a Cold Standby Disaster Recovery (DR) site for the MFT Cloud Service P…

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Cloud Security: User Provisioning to Fusion Applications Cloud

The notion of a user is the most common reason for misunderstanding and confusion. When we mention a user, we often think of the person who is allowed to use an application. However, nearly every application has a different user structure implemented. The challenge is to find a common ground for these differing user structures and a way to provision them, i.e. push the user information, into the applications.
In today’s connected and integrated world, enterprises usually maintain a single user identity store for all users and their passwords (often referred to as an Enterprise Identity Store). Combined with a state of the art Federated Single Sign-on technique like SAML 2.0 or OpenID Connect, this Enterprise Identity Store acts as the Identity Provider for all connected serv…

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Address Validation Integration in CPQ

This is a short article that illustrates how integrations can be done in CPQ Cloud. To keep it simple I chose to demonstrate how to integrate with an address verification service.
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In the past I created this integration with a provider that requires you to purchase a license. For this blog, I selected a provider that offers free service, SmartyStreets, so everyone can give it a try.

To gain access to their service you need to register for a free account that allows up to 250 requests per month. That should be enough to try it out. After registration you obtain an auth-id and a auth-token which is used in the request.

To test whether the auth id and token are correct, you can use curl in the command line:
$ curl "https://us-street.api.smartystreets.com/stre…

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Connecting Data Visualization Desktop Version 5 to the Autonomous Data Warehouse

This post details the steps required in Data Visualization Desktop (DVD) version 5 (12.2.5+) to upload Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW) wallets and to create ADW data connections.

For DVD Version 4 ADW Connections refer to Creating a Connection in Data Visualization Desktop Version 4 to the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud

For additional details on ADW, visit the Autonomous Data Warehouse page. For additional details on DVD visit the  Oracle Data Visualization page.

The instructions found in Create Connections to Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud are sufficient for experienced users. This post supplements the instructions with images of the screens used.

Please review the Known Issues section if you encounter difficulties.
      Latest Validation: Oct…

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Need a chatbot in your custom app? - Here you go!

Oracle offers a state-of-the-art intelligent chatbot which is not only already embedded in several Oracle applications but also can be used in any custom app.
Oracle provides specifc chatbot SDK’s for Javascript, IOS and Android, but Oracle’s chatbot can easily be used with any other platform as well.
This blog article discusses how the underlying technical interface can be used directly with any platform.
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Oracle chatbots can use any channel to interact with an user.
The technology used for that is called “Webhooks”.
A Webhook is a quite simple mechanism. It’s a HTTP URL on which a given app listens and other apps can communicate with it.
For Oracle’s chatbot the chatbot is publishing a HTTP URL to allow channels to send messages to the chatbot. And vice c…

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Loren Penton

Loren Penton is a Principal Solution Architect in the Data Integration A-Team where he supports the Oracle GoldenGate product line and its integration to Kafka, Hadoop, JMS, and all sorts of databases - starting with Oracle obviously. Loren has 20 years’ experience in the design and testing of Oracle GoldenGate solutions and over 30 years’ experience designing solutions for the banking, aerospace, and healthcare industries.

Mani Krishnan

Mani Krishnan is a Cloud Solutions Architect in the 'A-Team', where he's mainly focused on integration of SaaS applications and cloud-based application integration tools. Mani has over 20 years integrating enterprise applications in various capacities at large enterprises. He is currently based in Pleasanton, California. His skill set includes standards-based application integration, integration platform as a service (iPaaS), SaaS extensions and digital transformation using both with Oracle and other industry leading tools. Mani joined Oracle in 2016 and has since worked successfully with clients around the world.