Category: Blogs

Datapower XQuery replace

One of the clients that I’m working for discovered a problem with a SOAP web service querying an LDAP. The service could contain a ‘*’ in plain text in possibly different fields in the message. When the service is called it uses the ‘*’ as a

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SAP PI to Oracle with batch insert – Improved performance

We were implementing a bulk-data transfer from SAP into an Oracle database. Easily upwards of 15 000 materials were being uploaded to the database via a stored procedure (company policy). Normally we like this approach because it decouples PI from the database’s underlying table structure, but

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ESB = Erroneous Spaghetti Box?

While re-reading the Microservices article by Martin Fowler, I was triggered by the following footnote #7: We can’t resist mentioning Jim Webber’s statement that ESB stands for “Egregious Spaghetti Box”.  I viewed the presentation – from 2008 – in which Jim Webber and Martin Fowler

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Message modeling and XSD generation

As an integration consultant I work almost daily with XML messages. In my opinion in order to work efficiently with XML you need to have XML schemas. XML schemas makes it possible to validate your messages (including those hard to find typo’s in mappings), they

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webMethods Integration Server StatsViewer

When running a lot of assets or a small footprint, memory consumption becomes a problem. Luckily the webMethods IS logs the memory usage in the stats logs (for those that don’t have more advanced monitoring like jmx). However these log files contain the usage as

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Building blocks for government information exchange

Last Monday I taught the SAI workshop “Integratie: van EAI over SOA tot Cloud”. I explained that there are many technical web services standards (WS-*). But that there is little attention from software vendors for the standardization of the functional side of web services. There are few standard XML schema

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Great IBM BPM book: Kolban on IBPM

IBM publishes loads of free Redbooks. But for the IBM BPM solution, there is another great – and free – source of information. i8c colleague Jef pointed me to the free book of Neil Kolban. Neil Kolban is an IBM employee who gathers all there is to know about IBM BPM and publishes

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BPMN reading material

As an IT consultant, one spends quite some time getting to and from your project locations. Lately I’ve been spending quite some time on the train. Ideal moment to refresh my BPMN knowledge.  I picked the book “Real-Life BPMN” on Amazon Kindle. The authors –

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