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    John Klinke
    December Release Update for Oracle Cloud Platform
    Announcement posted January 4, 2019 by John KlinkeBronze Medal: 1,250+ Points, tagged Analytics, API Management, Big Data, Business Intelligence, CASB, Content and Experience, Data Integration, Data Visualization, Database, Database Backup, Developer, Identity, Integration, Internet of Things, Java, Management, Mobile Analytics, Mobile and Intelligent Bots, Process Automation, Visual Builder 
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    Title:
    December Release Update for Oracle Cloud Platform
    Abstract:

    We are pleased to announce new updates and enhancements to our comprehensive portfolio of PaaS solutions. A summary of Oracle Cloud Platform release updates for December 2018 are listed below. See Oracle Cloud Platform Documentation for more details.

    Announcement:

    Big Data Cloud

    • Now includes Sparkline SNAP, a terabyte-scale OLAP option on Spark
    • Invalid REST request URLs now return 404 error

     

    Big Data Cloud Service

    • The system software has been updated to release 4.13.1. This includes Cloudera Distribution with Hadoop (CDH) 5.14.1
    • The Notebook tools are now built on Apache Zeppelin 0.8.0, upgraded from Apache Zeppelin 0.7.2
    • The spark interpreter has replaced the spark2 interpreter. Now the interpreters can be scoped per user and/or per note
    • Time-out based interpreter life-cycle management is available now
    • You can now upload directories from your local computer to HDFS
    • 2 new job types are available: ODHI Query (for generic queries against Hive) and ODHI Import (for loading data into Hive)
    • Data Explorer page allows you to right-click an HDFS file and see partial content of the file with syntax highlighting
    • When creating a new job, you can now select to execute it immediately or to specify its schedule

     

    Blockchain Cloud

    • You can now use longer channel names with a limit of 128 characters in the channel name
    • When a peer is removed from the network, it is automatically removed from any REST proxy configuration that includes it
    • When you deploy a chaincode, you can now select to enable it in multiple REST proxies
    • You can now go to the console's About menu to find your instance's creation date and time

     

    CASB Cloud

    • You can now create policy alerts for identity compartment and identity federation objects
    • Now the threshold risk level can be set for OCI and IDCS security controls
    • You can now register Azure without Azure AD monitoring, which requires only an E3 license. See Adding an Azure Instance
    • You can now register a SuccessFactors instance to be monitored by Oracle CASB Cloud Service
    • Policy alerts are now generated automatically, based on tags assigned to discovered applications
    • You can create custom policy alerts, based on tags assigned to discovered applications
    • The new "irrelevant" tag is available for you to assign to discovered applications
    • Now you can sort on tags assigned to discovered applications
    • You can now collect logs from an external account for an AWS instance that you register with CASB

     

    Content and Experience Cloud

    • Web client and mobile apps now have a Home option in the navigation menu
    • Now you can manage translation jobs through the Translation Jobs page
    • You can now associate conversations with assets, content items, and sites
    • Now the toolbar in the rich-text editor in content types can be customized
    • You can now use VBCS and DevCS to develop forms for CEC sites, and use the forms on CEC sites
    • There are changes in administrator roles. See Content Metrics, Web Analytics Tracking Snippets, and Integrate the Service
    • Developers can now expand macros in content list queries for marketers to use
    • You can now pass the layout category value to a content layout
    • Developers can create section layouts that support lazy load
    • The Documents Usage Log report now includes the parent path of the file or folder and the GUID of the file or folder
    • Preconfigured content connectors for Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox can be enabled by an administrator
    • Integration user can now be given access to all sites and templates

     

    Database Cloud

    • Notices of future deprecations and removals have been updated. More details here
    • Cloud tooling update is available for deployments hosting Oracle RAC databases
    • October 2018 PSU, BP and RU patches are available to be applied to existing deployments

     

    Event Hub Cloud

    • Now Apache Kafka Release 2.0.0 support is provided in addition to Kafka Release 1.1.0 support

     

    Identity Cloud

    • In addition to third-party risk providers, you can now activate and deactivate the default risk provider
    • You can now use the slider to set the weighting for events to determine risk-based activity for IDCS users
    • Enhancements have been made to SAML Application Configuration. See Adding a SAML Application
    • You can now allow clients to access OPC resources using hierarchical scope matching
    • IDCS now checks whether verification is done to the email address appearing in the From Email field for all notifications
    • Now you can migrate from traditional Cloud accounts to Cloud accounts with IDCS. More details here
    • You can now configure customized disclaimers and acceptable use policies for users on an application basis
    • Now multiple instances of the same social identity provider can be added
    • New endpoints have been added to IDCS REST APIs. More details here
    • You can now set Permissions for Microsoft Active Directory Bridge
    • Oracle Identity Cloud Service now supports CSV, JSON, and PDF report generation

     

    Infrastructure Monitoring (part of Oracle Management Cloud)

    • Support for new entities and enhanced entity association UI has been added in this release

     

    Integration Cloud

    New Common Features

    • You can change the BYOL metering option of an already existing instance

     

    New Integration Features

    • Support has been provided for Oracle Field Service Adapter to filter expressions to be added to the event subscription

     

    New Process Features

    • Now you can easily insert and configure integration activities in dynamic processes using the new Integration activity
    • User experience has been streamlined to make it easier to build expressions in web forms
    • Now you can use dynamic data to trigger the Change Presentation action
    • New performance management QuickStart App has been added
    • A new simple forms editor is available to quickly build your form
    • Now creating process applications and decision models is faster and more intuitive
    • You can now use RPA tools in your structured and dynamic processes to extend process automation
    • Process Owner and Process Reviewer roles now have better visibility into the task history of process instances
    • Dynamic process components are now available for iFrame integration using embeddable components
    • The Date Time control has been enhanced to adjust to users' time zones
    • You can now update external business objects being used in a process application by uploading a new WSDL file

     

    New Visual Builder Features

    • The Visual Builder generated applications now use Oracle JET 6.0 libraries and components
    • Additional release details are mentioned in the separate Visual Builder section below

     

    Internet of Things Cloud

    • Connector Framework lets you directly connect devices and services without using IoTCS Client Software Libraries
    • Now the new Users dashboard lets you create and manage user accounts
    • New and updated documents are now available in the Oracle Help Center

     

    Java Cloud

    • You can now associate ATP or OCI database as the infrastructure schema database when you provision your JCS instance
    • Oracle Documaker Enterprise Edition is now certified on Oracle Java Cloud Service
    • The QuickStart is unsupported for accounts with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions
    • New patch set updates (PSUs) are available for Oracle WebLogic Server and Java Development Kit (JDK)

     

    Log Analytics (part of Oracle Management Cloud)

    • Oracle Log Analytics now supports epoch seconds and milliseconds for the timestamp fields
    • You can use the On Demand Upload (ODU) client to upload your log files to Log Analytics through a command-line interface
    • Link feature gives you the ability to analyze user sessions, extract various parameters to help you get business insights

     

    Security Monitoring and Analytics (part of Oracle Management Cloud)

    • Now you can perform security analysis around two subsets of categories known as suspicious and malicious
    • Support for collecting security logs from monitoring sources in your IT environment has been added. More details here

     

    Self-Service Integration Cloud

    • Now you can create recipe actions against Oracle Configure Price Quote Cloud Service

     

    SOA Cloud

    • Bare Metal database support has been added for Oracle SOA Cloud Service instances on OCI in the Provisioning Wizard

     

    Visual Builder Cloud

    • Visual Builder now supports nested flows with additional features
    • iPad has been added as a deployment target option when building mobile apps
    • Additional support has been introduced for integrations
    • Improvements have been made to Page Designer, Property Inspector, Quick Starts, Action Chain editor and Event Listeners
    • Improved support has been added for installing components
    • New notifications have been added to indicate invalid or missing details for variables and types
    • The application's Settings are now displayed in an editor tab in the designer instead of a modal window
    • Support for child business objects in business rules editor has been added
    • Support for Visual Builder add-in for Excel plugin has been introduced
    • You can now specify a vanity URL for an application in the Application tab of the visual application's Settings editor

     

    See Oracle Cloud Platform Documentation for more details