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DevOps for Oracle EBS: Workflows Tips

Companies using Oracle EBS face difficulties when they want to upgrade, migrate, or make other changes. These procedures often involve many manual steps, adding time and errors. FlexDeploy automates complex tasks to simplify processes.

FlexDeploy is a comprehensive DevOps platform with more than a hundred different integrations and plugins. Among these, FlexDeploy has a plugin for Oracle EBS to streamline workflows. There are also plugins for source control with Git and Subversion, agile development with Jira and ServiceNow, and many other useful DevSecOps tools.

How Does FlexDeploy Work?

Using FlexDeploy’s powerful features, you can easily accomplish goals with configuration rather than scripting. Where necessary, you can also script and create your own custom plugins. All the different plugin functionalities can enhance your releases with FlexDeploy workflows.

Organizing workflows with the FlexDeploy plugin for Oracle EBS accelerates software delivery. Through continuous integration, you can eliminate the costly errors that affect manual approaches. FlexDeploy connects your toolchain into an efficient whole.

The Oracle EBS workflow plugin includes more than 30 different operations. These operations support to build and deploy as well as on-demand activities. Some operations are specific to E-Business Suite, while others control databases. FlexDeploy also understands common file types, including JAR and SQL.

Using any operations in FlexDeploy is as simple as selecting which specific action to perform. The software can run any commands you want on EBS instances. And its native understanding of EBS object types enables it to handle all the common formats used for customizations. Workflows improve your productivity.

Types of Oracle EBS Workflows

Workflows are a series of actions that build or deploy your customizations for an EBS environment. FlexDeploy for Oracle EBS has different types of workflows, including build and deploy workflows and utility workflows. You can use these to automate procedures like exporting source code from revision control systems and deploying applications to an EBS instance.

A build workflow combines source code for customizations from your revision control system. The source files are then packaged into an artifact within Flexagon. Finally, the repository versions its artifacts so you can then deploy them to any EBS instance. A deploy workflow handles the mechanics.

Utility workflows run independently of the build and deploy lifecycle. You can execute these on demand or as part of a multi-environment pipeline. Utility workflows also save time. For example, a database administrator can run one from FlexDeploy without even having to log into different environments.

Managing Oracle EBS Workflows

Handling workflows in FlexDeploy is as easy as dragging and dropping operations onto the designer. It’s an intuitive interface that anyone can use. For instance, you can compose a workflow by connecting the ready-made control operations. Through this maneuverable interface, you can quickly produce complex control logic.

Additionally, the Oracle EBS plugin simplifies server management and the application of patches. For instance, you can automatically start or stop EBS components like OACore and Concurrent Manager. These features help you customize your build and deploy workflows.

Each technology you use normally has a single build workflow and a single deploy workflow. The workflows can identify information about their project and destination environments to improve execution. The build workflow employs the EBS plugin’s “build” operation, while the deploy workflow employs the plugin’s “deploy” operation.

With a relatively simple workflow design, you can automate the building and deployment of even your most complex code. The FlexDeploy plugin for Oracle EBS essentially makes your entire workflow process smart—it understands the technologies and specializes in the exact tasks that are relevant. As a result, complicated and error-prone manual tasks are reduced to the press of a button.

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Best Practices for Oracle EBS Workflows

Certain methods have been found to work well with workflows in FlexDeploy for Oracle EBS automation. Using these practices will improve your efficiency so you can accomplish more in less time. You’ll also reduce stress while making your output more consistent.

Automate What You Can

It’s important to automate as much as you can. This applies throughout IT, with extra impact on DevOps and continuous delivery. EBS Automation is a key method to cut unnecessary time and mistakes, which is why you should automate your build and deploy workflows.

Schedule Releases

It’s also good practice to schedule your releases during off-times, such as on weekends when people aren’t working with the system. This is easy with automation. On the other hand, deploying manually means you have to work extra and struggle to release at effective times.

Reuse Your Work

The visual interface of FlexDeploy encourages several recommended practices. For one, workflow configuration can be made and reviewed easily, as well as replicated. Reusing workflows for multiple different applications cuts down on slow manual processes while increasing consistency.

Take Advantage of Filters

While adding operations to a workflow, use filters to find just the operations you want. This is easier than browsing through all the available options. For instance, say you want to add a Git operation. Simply type in “Git” to find it faster.

Use the Graphical Interface

Use the graphical user interface as much as you can. After filtering for relevant operations, you can drag an operation into the designer. The visual interface also makes it easier to see what’s been done. You can thereby cut down on manual tasks and unnecessary documentation.

Use Labels

FlexDeploy has workflow properties you can use to extend the software for your own business situation. It’s good practice to add user-friendly labels if you use workflow properties. That makes it easier for people to know how to respond.

Optimize Oracle EBS Workflows With Flexagon

If you’re using Oracle EBS, you’re likely familiar with the numerous customizations and complexities involved. Flexagon simplifies EBS processes with FlexDeploy workflows. This solution lets you automate repetitive tasks to speed them up and reduce errors. The best part? Creating workflows is easy and straightforward.

Using FlexDeploy makes Oracle EBS automation simple to manage. Gone are the days of manually running through the same steps each time. Now, you can embrace modern DevOps practices. Releases will become fast, effortless, and high-quality.

Best practices in handling EBS workflows with FlexDeploy offer further improvements. For instance, take advantage of the graphical user interface you can. Its features are made to save time while instilling consistent behaviors.

Once you see the results of optimizing Oracle EBS automated workflows with Flexagon, you’ll ask yourself how you ever managed without it. Flexagon’s solutions are proven, with large international deployments for Oracle EBS, cloud migration, and all aspects of the Oracle ecosystem. Request a demo to see how FlexDeploy enhances Oracle EBS.

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