Friday Aug 31, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-31

Thought for the Day

"With good program architecture debugging is a breeze, because bugs will be where they should be."

David May


Thursday Aug 30, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-30

  • Next Generation Mobile Clients for Oracle Applications & the role of Oracle Fusion Middleware | Manish Palaparthy
    Manish Palaparthy examines some of Oracle's mobile applications, and takes a look at the underlying technology.
  • Master Data Management: A Foundation for Big Data Analysis | Manouj Tahiliani
    "Businesses that have embraced MDM to get a single, enriched and unified view of Master data by resolving semantic discrepancies and augmenting the explicit master data information from within the enterprise with implicit data from outside the enterprise like social profiles will have a leg up in embracing Big Data solutions. This is especially true for large and medium-sized businesses in industries like Retail, Communications, Financial Services, etc that would find it very challenging to get comprehensive analytical coverage and derive long-term success without resolving the limitations of the heterogeneous topology that leads to disparate, fragmented and incomplete master data." — Manouj Tahiliani
  • Architect Day: Boston - Agenda Update
    Here's the latest updated information on the session schedule and content for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Boston, MA on September 12, 2012. Registration is open, but seating is limited.

    OTN Architect Day: Boston is being held on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803.

  • Integrating Coherence & Java EE 6 Applications using ActiveCache | Ricardo Ferreira
    The seamless integration between Oracle Coherence and Oracle WebLogic Server "provides a comprehensive environment to develop applications without the complexity of extra Java code to manage cache as a dependency," explains Ricardo Ferreira, "since Oracle provides a DI (Dependency Injection) mechanism for Coherence, the same DI mechanism available in standard Java EE applications. This feature is called ActiveCache." Ricardo shows you how to configure ActiveCache in WebLogic and your Java EE application.
  • Cloud Infrastructure has a new standard from the DMTF
    "Unlike a de facto standard where typically one vendor has change control over the interface, and everyone else has to reverse engineer the inner workings of it, [Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI)] is a de jure standard that is under change control of a standards body. One reason the standard took two years to create is that we factored in use cases, requirements and contributed APIs from multiple vendors. These vendors have products shipping today and as a result CIMI has a strong foundation in real world experience."
  • Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release Launch Webcast- September 12
    The new release of Oracle GoldenGate 11g is now available for major databases and platforms. Register for this webcast and live Q&A with product experts to learn about the solution's new features.

    September 12, 2012. 8:00am AM and 10:00AM PT. Speakers: Doug Reid (Director, Product Management, Oracle GoldenGate), Irem Radzik (Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Data Integration Products)

Thought for the Day

"[When] asking skilled architects…what they do when confronted with highly complex problems… [they] would most likely answer, 'Just use Common Sense.' [A] better expression than 'common sense' is 'contextual sense'—a knowledge of what is reasonable within a given context. Practicing architects through eduction, experience and examples accumulate a considerable body of contextual sense by the time they're entrusted with solving a system-level problem…"

Eberhardt Rechtin
(January 16, 1926 – April 14, 2006)


Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-29

  • ORCLville: OOW 2012 - Crystal Ball
    Oracle ACE Director Floyd Teter cooks up some tongue-in-cheek predictions for news and announcements that might come out of Oracle OpenWorld 2012. What's your prediction?
  • Oracle Optimized Solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 | Oracle Hardware
    Hardware matters, too! The people behind the Oracle Hardware blog have put together a list of Oracle Openworld 2012 sessions focused Oracle Optimized Solutions, "designed, pre-tested, tuned and fully documented architectures for optimal performance and availability." Just plug the session ID numbers into Schedule Builder and you're good to go.
  • AIX Checklist for stable OBIEE deployment | Dick Dunbar
    "OBIEE is a complicated system with many moving parts and connection points," according to Oracle Business Inteligence escalation engineer Dick Dunbar. "The purpose of this article is to provide a checklist to discuss OBIEE deployment with your systems administrators."
  • Demo for OPN: Coherence Management with EM Cloud Control 12c
    Oracle Partner Network members can check out a new Coherence Management demo that showcases some of the key capabilities of Management Pack for Oracle Coherence and JVM Diagnostics. "The demo flow showcases the key enhancements made in Enterprise Manager 12c release which includes new customizable performance summary, cache data management and configuration management," according to the WebLogic Partner Community EMEA blog.
  • The Pragmatic Architect: To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before | Frank Buschmann
    "Many architects have technical knowledge that's both impressive and sound, which is indeed an inevitable basis for design success," says Frank Buschmann. "Yet, a lot of software projects fail or suffer due to severe challenges in their architecture. The key to mastery is how architects approach design, what they value, and where they focus their attention and work."
  • As retail dies, whom will be the winners? | Peter Evans-Greenwood
    "The problem for many retailers is that how consumers shop has changed but the the retailers haven't adapted, " says Peter Evans-Greenwood. "Their sole virtue was to be the last step in a supply chain delivering somebody else's products to the consumer. However, being the last step in the supply chain is no longer a virtue when consumers skip across channels and can reach around the globe, no longer dependant on or limited to what they can find locally."

Thought for the Day

"Brains require stimulation. If you're locked into a pattern of work, work, and more work, your brain soon habituates - the same way that it lets you stop hearing a clock ticking. So, if you want to be more effective at work, you must, paradoxically, be less single-minded in your devotion to work. Anything you do—anything—that stimulates new segments of your brain will make you a more effective programmer or analyst. I promise, with a money-back guarantee."

Gerald M. Weinberg


Architect Day: Boston - Agenda Update

Here's the latest information on the session schedule and content for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Boston, MA on September 12, 2012. Registration is open, but seating is limited.

When: September 12, 2012
8:30am – 5:00pm

Boston Marriott Burlington
One Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803

Register now



Session Title


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Salon E Foyer

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Comments | Bob Rhubart

Salon E

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Engineered Systems: Oracle's Vision for the Future | Ralf Dossmann

Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic are impressive products in their own right. But working in combination they deliver unparalleled transaction processing performance with up to a 30x increase over existing legacy systems, with the lowest cost of ownership over a 3 or 5 year basis than any other hardware. In this session you'll learn how to leverage Oracle's Engineered Systems within your enterprise to deliver record-breaking performance at the lowest TCO.

Salon E

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Securing Public and Private Clouds | Anton Nielsen

Long before the term "Cloud Computing" existed, Oracle technologies supported and promoted the concept. Centralized data with remote users has been at the core of these technologies for decades. The public cloud, and extending private clouds to the internet, though, has added security challenges never imagined decades ago. This presentation will examine a real life security breach and introduce architecture, technologies and policies to secure public and private clouds. 

Salon E

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Cloud Computing - Making IT Simple | Scott Mattoon

The road to Cloud Computing is not without a few bumps. This session will help to smooth out your journey by tackling some of the potential complications. We'll examine whether standardization is a prerequisite for the Cloud. We'll look at why refactoring isn't just for application code. We'll check out deployable entities and their simplification via higher levels of abstraction. And we'll close out the session with a look at engineered systems and modular clouds.

Salon E

  • Innovations in Grid Computing with Oracle Coherence | Rob Misek

Learn how Coherence can increase the availability, scalability and performance of your existing applications with its advanced low-latency data-grid technologies. Also hear some interesting industry-specific use cases that customers had implemented and how Oracle is integrating Coherence into its Enterprise Java stack.

Salon C

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Enterprise Strategy for Cloud Security | Dave Chappelle

Security is high on the list of concerns for many organizations as they evaluate their cloud computing options. This session will examine security in the context of the various forms of cloud computing. We'll consider technical and non-technical aspects of security, and discuss several strategies for cloud computing, from both the consumer and producer perspectives.

Salon E

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager | Avi Huber

Much more than a DB management tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager provides management and monitoring coverage for the entire Oracle stack, and beyond. This session will concentrate on the middleware management functionality in OEM, starting with Real User Experience monitoring, through AppServer management, and into deep-dive Java diagnostics. We’ll discuss Business Driven Application Management (BDAM) and the benefits of top-down monitoring. Lastly, we’ll demonstrate how to trace a specific user experience problem, through a multitier SOA application, to its root cause, deep in the JVM.

Salon C

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


Salon E Foyer

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion - Q&A with session speakers

Salon E

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Oracle Cloud Reference Architecture | Anbu Krishnaswamy

Cloud initiatives are beginning to dominate enterprise IT roadmaps. Successful adoption of Cloud and the subsequent governance challenges warrant a Cloud reference architecture that is applied consistently across the enterprise. This presentation will answer the important questions: What exactly is a Cloud, why you need it, what changes it will bring to the enterprise, and what are the key capabilities of a Cloud infrastructure are - using Oracle's Cloud Reference Architecture, which is part of the IT Strategies from Oracle (ITSO) Cloud Enterprise Technology Strategy (ETS).

Salon E

  • Business Integration for the 21st Century | Peter Belknap

Service Oriented Architecture has evolved from concept to reality in the last decade. The right methodology coupled with mature SOA technologies has helped customers demonstrate success in both innovation and ROI. In this session you will learn how Oracle SOA Suite's orchestration, virtualization, and governance capabilities provide the infrastructure to run mission critical business and system applications. And we'll take a special look at the convergence of SOA & BPM using Oracle's Unified technology stack.

Salon C

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion

Salon E

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing Comments & Readouts from Roundtables

Salon E

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking / Reception

Salon E Foyer

Note: Session schedule and content subject to change.

Tuesday Aug 28, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-28

  • You may be tempted by IaaS, but you should PaaS on that or your database cloud journey will be a short one
    "The better option [to IaaS] is to rationalize the deployment stack so that VMs are needed only for exceptional cases," says B. R. Clouse. "By settling on a standard operating system and patch level, you create an infrastructure that potentially all of your databases can share. Now, the building block will be database instances or possibly schemas within databases. These components are the platforms on which you will deploy workloads, hence this is known as Platform as a Service (PaaS)."
  • 'Shadow IT' can be the cloud's best friend | David Linthicum
    "I do not advocate that IT give up control and allow business units to adopt any old technology they want," says Infoworld cloud computing blogger David Linthicum. "However, IT needs to face reality: For the past three decades or so, corporate IT has been slow on the uptake around the use of productive new technologies." Do you agree?
  • 9 ways cloud will impact IT employment | ZDNet
    ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick condenses information from a recent report on how cloud computing will impact IT jobs. Number one on the list: New categories of jobs arising from cloud computing, which include "private cloud developers and administrators, departmental liaisons, integration specialists, cloud architects, and compliance specialists." Yeah, that's right, cloud architects.

    For more on cloud architects, including what you need to up your game to thrive in the cloud, check out "The Role of the Cloud Architect" on the OTN ArchBeat Podcast.
  • Decisions, Decisions: The art, science, and politics of technology selection
    "When the time comes for a solution architect to make the final decision about the technologies, standards, and other elements that are to be incorporated into a particular project, what factors weigh most heavily on that decision? It comes as no surprise that among the architects I contacted, business needs top the list."
  • Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    Anand Akela's byline is on this post, but "Dr. Jürgen Fleischer, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Engineering" appears at the end of the post, so it's anybody's guess as to who wrote this thing. But the content includes a complete listing of the Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets series written by a member of the Exalogic team who goes by the name "The Old Toxophilist." So maybe the best thing to do here is ignore the names and focus on the very useful conent.
  • Boost your infrastructure with Coherence into the Cloud | Nino Guarnacci
    Nino Guarnacci describes a use case that involved managing a variety of data caches that process complex queries and parallel computational operations, in order to maintain the caches in a consistent state on different server instances.

Thought for the Day

"No one hates software more than software developers."

Jeff Atwood

Source: SoftwareQuotes

Monday Aug 27, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for August 19-26, 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the week of August 19-26, 2012.

  1. Now Available: Oracle SQL Developer 3.2 (
    The latest release of Oracle SQl Developer includes UI enhancements, 12c database support, and bug fixes.
  2. ADF Tutorial Chapter 3: Creating a Master-Detail taskflow | Yannick Ongena
    Oracle ACE Yannick Ongena continues his ADF tutorial with a chapter devoted to view layer and using the data control to build pages that allow user to update reference data.
  3. GlassFish Community Event at JavaOne 2012
    Don't miss out on this exclusive GlassFish Community Event on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Moscone South. Register Now! Part of JavaOne 2012.
  4. Oracle BI 11g Book Authors – Podcast #9 | Art of Business Intelligence
    In this home-grown podcast, authors Christian Screen, Haroun Khan, and Adrian Ward talk about their new book, "Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g: A Hands-On Tutorial," about their sessions at Oracle OpenWorld, and about their ORACLENERD t-shirts.
  5. Oracle Service Bus duplicate message check using Coherence | Jan van Zoggel
    "Giving the fact that every message on our ESB has an unique messageID element in the SOAP header we could store this on disk, database or in memory,"says Jan van Zoggel. "With the help of Oracle Coherence this last option, in memory, is relatively simple." Even simpler with Jan's detailed instructions.
  6. Oracle Technology Network Architect Day - Boston - Sept 12
    There are easier ways to increase your IT brainpower. Skip the electrodes and register for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Boston, September 12, 2012. This free event includes 8 technical sessions, panel Q&A, roundtable discussions—and a free lunch. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803.
  7. Oracle BPM enable BAM | Peter Paul van de Beek
    "BAM enables you to make decisions based on real-time information gathered from your running processes," says Peter Paul van de Beek. "With BPMN processes you can use the standard Business Indicators that the BPM Suite offers you and use them to with BAM without much extra effort."
  8. Sample Application for Switching Application Module Data Sources | Andrejus Baranovskis
    A sample application and how-to guide from Oracle ACE Director and ADF expert Andrejus Baranovskis.
  9. ORCLville: Some Basic BI Thoughts
    "If we'd stop to consider what business intelligence really is, many of us might grow a different perspective about how we implement enterprise apps," says Oracle ACE Director Floyd Teter. "What if we implemented with an eye to what kind of information we'd like to get from our enterprise apps?"
  10. Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 released |Oracle's Virtualization Blog
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 was just released at the community and Oracle download sites, reports the Fat Bloke. This is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements.

Thought for the Day

"The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures."

Frederick P. Brooks

Source: SoftwareQuotes

Friday Aug 24, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-24

Thought for the Day

"When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."

R. Buckminster Fuller
(July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)


Thursday Aug 23, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-23

Thought for the Day

"The structure of a software system will reflect the communication structure of the team that built it"

R. E. Fairley


Wednesday Aug 22, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-22

Thought for the Day

"Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer."

— The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz)

Source: WikiQuote

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-21

Thought for the Day

"Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off."

Phyllis Diller
(July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012)

Source: Brainy Quote




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