Have you ever experienced the challenge to map both your functional and technical assets in one software package? Finding a software package that is able to describe the metadata about these assets and their mutual relationships? And if you found the correct software package, was it maintainable?
The Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER) is a powerful SOA repository. Its core task is to map and visualize the interaction between technical assets generated by the SOA Suite and OSB. However, OER can be configured to not only contain these technical assets, but also to contain functional assets, i.e.: functional designs, use cases and a logical data model. Now that’s interesting! OER is able to show all the assets in your system and, if necessary, zoom in on one of the assets and their mutual relationships (Figure 1). This opens a set of doors to powerful features, e.g.:
- Impact analsysis If a functional design is adjusted, which other functional designs and use cases do I need to adjust?
- Traceability If a webservice generates an error, in which functional and technical designs is the webservice described
“Automate to the max”
In the figure below the steps to automate the loading of assets in OER is depicted.
The two API’s can be found at:
The Oracle Enterprise Repository is a powerful tool to map the metadata of both functional and technical assets. OER is able to do an impact analysis, can function as a traceability tool. Furthermore it saves time and reduce risks.
The proposed solution in this blog is to make the knowledge in functional documents interpretable by machines. Furthermore, you’ll need an application that reads out the file repository, e.g. Subversion, parses these knowledge in the documents and finally upload them to the Oracle Enterprise Repository.
If you want to have more information about this subject or if you are interested in a working demo, please do not hesitate to contact me. In my next blog I will dive into the Java program and will show you in more detail how to work with these API’s.
Note: special thanks goes to Sjoerd Aalbers for his valuable advice regarding this solution.