How to Recover BPM Process Instances from a MDS 00054 Error in Oracle BPM 12.1.3 (Part 1)

Introduction There is an issue in Oracle SOA Suite Fabric layer in version 11.1.x. and 12.1.3. The issue is documented in Bug# 20517579: “Composites Lost Completely after redeployment and server restart”. This bug is fixed in version 12.2.1. A few customers have run into this bug. Once this bug is encountered, BPM server usually shows “MDS 00054: […]

Top 10 Things You Should Know About BPM 11g/12c

With the help of my A-Team colleagues (Sushil Shukla, Siming Mu, John Featherly, Pete Farkas), and based on collective experiences visiting numerous BPM customers worldwide, I have put together my “Top 10” list of things everyone should know when embarking on a BPM project. You might agree, you might disagree, most of all, feel free […]

BPM 11g: Instance Patching Revisited: Inability to Create New Instances

Introduction Back in 2012 after the release of BPM 11g PS4FP I wrote a blog entry on Instance Patching, what it was and how it worked. Remember, instance patching is redeployment of a composite on the same Revision ID with “keep running instances” option, as opposed to instance migration which follows deployment of a new composite with […]

BPM 10g-12c Migration: Handling Excel Files as Input

Introduction With the introduction of BPM 12c comes the long-awaited migration tool to migrate BPM 10g projects to BPM 12c. The A-Team have been heavily involved with the effort to create collateral around this tool – patterns, approaches, samples, tutorials, labs etc. One of the common patterns in BPM 10g is using an Excel spreadsheet as […]

BPM 11g: XML_DOCUMENT Table Growth

Introduction I’ve heard from several customers lately who have asked about unexpected growth in XML_DOCUMENT table compared to other BPM tables. This blog looks into the reasons for this growth and some suggestions on how to mitigate it. Test Project In order to demonstrate XML_DOCUMENT table growth we’ll use the following process…. … this has […]

BPM 11g/12c Production Readiness Checklist

Introduction With the help of the other members of the BPM A-Team (Sushil Shukla, John Featherly, Siming Mu) I have put together a concise list of points that should be at least visited prior to moving into production with BPM 11g/12c. Note that it is BPM 11g/12c specific: although it touches on areas common to […]

BPM 11g Process Instances – Faults, Rollback & Recovery – Part 4

Introduction This is part 4 of a 4 part blog explaining how the BPM engine functions under the covers when “faults” occur, be they unhandled technical faults or failures at the engine level. Part 1 can be found here. Part 4: BPM Message Recovery Idempotence It is vitally important to understand the conept of idempotence, […]

BPM 11g Process Instances – Faults, Rollback & Recovery – Part 3

Introduction This is part 3 of a 4 part blog explaining how the BPM engine functions under the covers when “faults” occur, be they unhandled technical faults or failures at the engine level. Part 1 can be found here. Part 3: Understanding BPM Messages Rollback Now that we’ve seen how the important SOAINFRA tables are […]

BPM 11g Process Instances – Faults, Rollback & Recovery – Part 2

Introduction This is part 2 of a 4 part blog explaining how the BPM engine functions under the covers when “faults” occur, be they unhandled technical faults or failures at the engine level. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2: Understanding BPM Messages, Threads & Transactions Given SOA Suite & BPM’s ability to control […]

BPM 11g Process Instances – Faults, Rollback & Recovery – Part 1

Introduction This is part 1 of a 4 part blog explaining how the BPM engine functions under the covers when “faults” occur, be they unhandled technical faults or failures at the engine level. Part 1 – will set the scene by explaining timeouts and their values & fault handling Part 2 – will explain how […]

BPM 11g – Code Coverage for BPMN

Introduction I visited a customer recently who asked a very interesting question…. they’d been performing a series of stress tests of their BPM project made up of many & complex BPM processes and they wanted to know if there were any activities/paths in any of their processes which they hadn’t traversed… sort of like “Clover” […]

BPM 11g Auditing Demystified

I’ve heard from a couple of customers recently asking about BPM audit table growth, specifically BPM_AUDIT_QUERY. It led me to investigate the impact of the various audit levels in SOA/BPM on these table and to propose options to them. It is important to note up-front that BPM is a human-centric workflow application and therefore should […]

BPM 11g – Case Management In Practice: Case API

This will be a very short entry ! As a follow-up to my earlier HelloWorld blog, a colleague in Consulting, Venu Mangipudi, has written two excellent blog entries introducing and using the CM API…. CM API Part 1 CM API Part 2 Many thanks to Venu for these… saved me some work ! All content listed on […]

BPM 11g – Case Management In-Depth: Case Rules Revisited

In a previous blog post I covered case rules from a design perspective but I’ve recently heard from customers that I’m working with that they were still missing something which would allow them to implement those rules in a case project. What follows is based on a presentation I created to put some “flesh on […]

Recommended patch for BPM and SOA 11.1.1.3 users

If you are using SOA Suite or BPM Suite 11.1.1.3 and you are not planning to upgrade to 11.1.1.4 just yet, you are strongly encouraged to install “Bundle Patch 2.”  The patch number is 12700861 and you can find information and … Continue reading