Monday Aug 20, 2012

SOA Adoption and Architecture Fundamentals course is now generally available!

Numerous companies have begun a SOA initiative with the assumption that implementing web services is synonymous with employing a service-oriented architecture. They have gone on to discover various barriers to SOA success and have not seen the returns a successful SOA implementation can provide.  These companies lacked an understanding of SOA adoption and architecture fundamentals.  This course presents those fundamentals with an Enterprise Architect's view of Oracle's SOA Enterprise Technology strategy, to equip the student with skills for handling both business and IT concerns throughout the entire SOA life cycle, from both the program and the project perspectives.

This course takes the student far beyond the limited view of SOA as simply a collection of web services. Students learn how to assess an organization's SOA capabilities in eight separate business and technical domains, and how to analyze the gap between those capabilities and their SOA vision. From that maturity assessment, they learn steps to develop a multi-year SOA road map for an organization and a framework for SOA project selection. A deep-dive exploration of SOA Reference Architecture from the conceptual, logical, product mapping, and physical perspectives is presented before the course transitions its focus to the service engineering life cycle.

As the course introduces the service engineering life cycle, it stresses the importance of analysis, architecture, delivery and management. Lessons present criteria and techniques for service identification and discovery, and guidelines for consistent access to enterprise information. Requirements management is discussed, and the decomposition of functional requirements, business processes, applications and data requirements is presented. The identification, discovery, justification and validation of services is covered, and is followed by an exploration of service delivery. Additional course topics include a discussion of the principles of service-oriented integration, and the reasons and guidelines for establishing a SOA governance framework.

Learn to:

  • Assess an organization's SOA maturity
  • Identify and prioritize service candidates
  • Define a high level conceptual and logical architecture
  • Create an SOA road map for an organization
You can find more information HERE

Friday Aug 17, 2012

Additional Learning Opportunity at OpenWorld with Preconference Training

Additional Learning Opportunity at OpenWorld with Preconference Training

Finding time to squeeze training into your schedule is never easy so if you are headed to Oracle OpenWorld this year, you may want to consider attending Oracle University’s Preconference training event.  This is a one-day training event held on Sunday, September 30th from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Hilton or Hotel Nikko.  You can choose from several sessions that are delivered in an accelerated, seminar-style format.  Here are a few of the sessions that we’d recommend:

· Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administration

· Developing Secure Java Web Services

· How The Latest Java EE and SOA Help in Architecting and Designing Robust Enterprise Applications

· Oracle Fusion Applications: Security Fundamentals

· Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications with ADF I

· Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Administer Forms Services

· WebLogic Server Administration Essentials

· Developing Portable Java EE Applications with the Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 API and Java Persistence API 2.0

Get the details for each of these sessions here.  To register for the training, just add it to your Oracle OpenWorld pass from the conference registration pages.

Monday Aug 13, 2012

Using Cloud OER to Find Fusion Applications On-Premise Service Concrete WSDL URL

In his latest blog post, Rajesh Raheja explains how on-premise customers without a dedicated OER can find a concrete service WSDL URL for their specific environment using the cloud hosted OER instance. Please read here for more details.

Five Frequently Asked Questions About EXTERNAL Web Services in Fusion Applications

If you're interested to find the answers to these questions (and find out what the questions are), plesae visit Rajesh Raheja's blog on Enterprise Software Development: Five Frequently Asked Questions About EXTERNAL Web Services in Fusion Applications.

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

GaaS (Gaming as a Service) at Electronic Arts (EA)

No, I’m not trying to introduce yet another acronym (YAA) to the SOA vernacular but check out this FIFA Soccer - EAgreat new cover story article in Profit Magazine on Electronic Arts and how products are now becoming digital services with many of the attributes long associated with Service Oriented Architecture. Electronic Arts (EA) with revenues of $4.1B from The Sims, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and much more describes their use of Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Data Integrator to manage the complexity of transitioning their physical media-based business into their digital “iHub”.

From an SOA perspective, the comment that prompted the GaaS title was:

“Games are becoming more of a service rather than a product, which has all kinds of implications on how you monetize it” – Lewis Ward, IDC

Describing why Electronic Arts made the transition, Deepak Advani, vice president of enterprise services at EA states:

“We just got overwhelmed, because you’re getting all this data in different formats. We tried to do it manually, but there was nothing to control it. There was too much manual intervention, when people are touching the data. Once they touch the data, there’s a question of integrity."


The article covers many SOA-related topics on how they achieved “flexibility”, “adapted in ways they hadn’t envisioned”, “standardized data formats”, “publish/subscribe connectivity” and more.

The Electronic Arts case study is another indicator that more products are migrating into SOA-style services to better conform to how a business needs to manage everything from more granular financial “microtransactions”, rapid service scalability with the enablement of massive simultaneous participation of new releases such as FIFA Soccer, reliability, quality of service, and more. As more products migrate into an Everything-as-a-Service (EaaS) SOA-style service-based approach, I promise not to introduce new acronyms (apologies if I just did it). EA on Cover of Profit Magazine

Check out the full article (link)


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