Friday Sep 14, 2012

Podcast Show Notes: By Any Other Name: Governance and Architecture

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast returns from a brief summer hiatus with a three-part conversation about IT architecture and governance. My guests for this conversation are Eric Stephens , an Oracle Enterprise architect and a frequent guest on this program. Joining Eric on the panel is Tim Hall , Senior Director of product management for the Oracle Enterprise Repository, Oracle Service Registry, and Oracle Application Integration Architecture. Tim made his first appearance on ArchBeat as panelist on the recent program featuring Thomas Erl.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1:
    Why it's important to revive the dormant conversation about IT governance.
  • Listen to Part 2:
    Balancing functional, technical, operational requirements to meet the challenge of defining appropriate governance "guardrails."
  • Listen to Part 3:
    Bringing IT architecture out of the ivory tower to make governance a less intimidating, more collaborative process.

Additional Resources

  • Leveraging Governance to Sustain Enterprise Architecture Efforts, an Oracle white paper by Eric Stephens.
  • SOA, Cloud, and Service Technologies, a transcript of an ArchBeat interview with Thomas Erl, Tim Hall, and Demed L'Her, in which Tim says the following about governance:

    "For a long time people have argued that SOA governance is sort of an awkward name, no one wanted to be audited. There's 50% of the world that think, yes, we're going to have to tops down initiative to address this and there's 50% of the world that says that it feels like a heavy weight process that I want no part of. So what I think we should do is change the name…"

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-12

Thought for the Day

"The hardest single part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build. "

Fred Brooks

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-11

Thought for the Day

"We always strain at the limits of our ability to comprehend the artifacts we construct—and that's true for software and for skyscrapers."

James Gosling

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Monday Sep 10, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for September 2-8, 2012

The Top 10 items shared on the OTN Facebook Page for the week of September 2-8, 2012.

  1. Adding a runtime LOV for a taskflow parameter in WebCenter | Yannick Ongena
    Oracle ACE Yannick Ongena illustrates how to customize the parameters tab for a taskflow in WebCenter.
  2. Tips on Migrating from AquaLogic .NET Accelerator to WebCenter WSRP Producer for .NET | Scott Nelson
    "It has been a very winding path and this blog entry is intended to share both the lessons learned and relevant approaches that led to those learnings," says Scott Nelson. "Like most journeys of discovery, it was not a direct path, and there are notes to let you know when it is practical to skip a section if you are in a hurry to get from here to there."
  3. Free Event: Oracle Technology Network Architect Day – Boston, MA – 9/12/2012
    Sure, you could ask a voodoo priestess for help in improving your solution architecture skills. But there's the whole snake thing, and the zombie thing, and other complications. So why not keep it simple and register for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Boston, MA. There's no magic, just a full day of technical sessions covering Cloud, SOA, Engineered Systems, and more. Registration is free, but seating is limited. You'll curse yourself if you miss this one.
  4. Starting and Stopping Fusion Applications the Right Way | Ronaldo Viscuso
    While the fastartstop tool that ships with Oracle Fusion Applications does most of the work to start/stop/bounce the Fusion Apps environment, it does not do it all. Oracle Fusion Applications A-Team blogger Ronaldo Viscuso's post "aims to explain all tasks involved in starting and stopping a Fusion Apps environment completely."
  5. Article Index: Architect Community Column in Oracle Magazine
    Did you know that Oracle Magazine features a regular column devoted specifically to the architect community? Every issue includes insight and expertise from architects who regularly work with Oracle Technologies. Click here to see a complete list of these articles.
  6. Using FMAP and AnalyticsRes in a Oracle BI High Availability Implementation | Art of Business Intelligence
    "The fmap syntax has been used for a long time in Oracle BI / Siebel Analytics when referencing images inherent in the application as well as custom images," says Oracle ACE Christian Screen. "This syntax is used on Analysis requests an dashboards."
  7. Dodeca Customer Feedback - The Rosewood Company | Tim Tow
    Oracle ACE Director Tim Tow shares anecdotal comments from one of his clients, a company that is deploying Dodeca to replace an aging VBA/Essbase application.
  8. Configuring UCM cache to check for external Content Server changes | Martin Deh
    Oracle WebCenter and ADF A-Team blogger shares the background information and the solution to a recently encountered customer scenario.
  9. Attend OTN Architect Day in Los Angeles – by Architects, for Architects – October 25
    The OTN Architect Day roadshow stops in Boston next week, then it's on to Los Angeles for another all architecture, all day event on Thursday October 25, 2012 at the Sofitel Los Angeles, 555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Like all Architect Day events, this one is absolutley free, so register now.
  10. The Role of Oracle VM Server for SPARC In a Virtualization Strategy
    New OTN article from Matthias Pfutzner.

Thought for the Day

"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)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Friday Sep 07, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-07

Thought for the Day

"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."

— Unknown

Source: Quote Garden

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-06

Thought for the Day

"Architect: Someone who knows the difference between that which could be done and that which should be done. "

Larry McVoy

Source: Quotes for Software Engineers

Wednesday Sep 05, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-05

  • OTN Architect Day - Boston - Sept 12: What to Expect
    If you've never attended an OTN Architect Day, here's a little preview. You start with a continental breakfast. Then you have keynotes by an Oracle expert, and a member of the Oracle ACE community. After that come the break-out sessions, so you have your choice of two sessions in each time slot. So you'll get in two breakouts before lunch. Then you eat. After that there's a panel Q&A during which the audience tosses questions at the assembled session speakers. Then it's on to another set of break-out sessions, followed by a short break. Then the audience breaks into small groups for round table discussions. After that there's a drawing for some cool prizes, followed by the cocktail reception. All that costs you absolutely zero. Register now.
  • Starting and Stopping Fusion Applications the Right Way | Ronaldo Viscuso
    While the fastartstop tool that ships with Oracle Fusion Applications does most of the work to start/stop/bounce the Fusion Apps environment, it does not do it all. Oracle Fusion Applications A-Team blogger Ronaldo Viscuso's post "aims to explain all tasks involved in starting and stopping a Fusion Apps environment completely."
  • Dodeca Customer Feedback - The Rosewood Company | Tim Tow
    Oracle ACE Director Tim Tow shares anecdotal comments from one of his clients, a company that is deploying Dodeca to replace an aging VBA/Essbase application.
  • Configuring UCM cache to check for external Content Server changes | Martin Deh
    Oracle WebCenter and ADF A-Team blogger Martin Deh shares the background information and the solution to a recently encountered customer scenario.
  • Proxy As Upgrade to 11g Does Not Like NQSession.User | Art of Business Intelligence
    "In Oracle BI 10g the application was a lot more tolerant of bad design and cavalier usage of variables," observes Oracle ACE Christian Screen. "We noticed an issue recently during an upgrade where the Proxy As configuration in Oracle BI 10g used the NQSession.User variable to identify the user logged into Presentation Servers acting as Proxy."
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Interactive Quick Reference | Dirk Nachbar
    Oracle ACE Dirk Nachbar shares a quick post with information on a new interactive reference guide to Oracle WebLogic Server. "The Quick Reference shows you an architecural overview of the Oracle WebLogic Server processes, tools, configuration files, log files and so on including a short description of each section and the corresponding link to the Oracle WebLogic Server Documentation," says Nachbar.

Thought for the Day

"In fast moving markets, adaptation is significantly more important than optimization."

Larry Constantine

Source: Quotes for Software Engineers

Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for August 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the month of August 2012.

  1. Now Available: Oracle SQL Developer 3.2 (3.2.09.23)
    New features include APEX listener, UI enhancements, and 12c database support.
  2. The Role of Oracle VM Server for SPARC in a Virtualization Strategy
    In this article, Matthias Pfutzner discusses hardware, desktop, and operating system virtualization, along with various Oracle virtualization technologies, including Oracle VM Server for SPARC.
  3. How to Manually Install Flash Player Plugin to see the Oracle Enterprise Manager Performance Page | Kai Yu
    So, you're a DBA and you want to check the Performance page in Oracle Enterprise Manager (11g or 12c). So you click the Performance tab and… nothing. Zip. Nada. The Flash plugin is a no-show. Relax! Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu shows you what you need to do to see all the pretty colors instead of that dull grey screen.
  4. Relationally Challenged (CX - CRM - EQ/RQ/CRQ) | Chris Warticki
    Self-proclaimed Oracle Support "spokesmodel" Chris Chris Warticki has some advice for those interested in Customer Relationship Management: "How about we just dumb it down, strip it to the core, keep it simple and LISTEN?! No more focus groups, no more surveys, and no need to gather more data. We have plenty of that. Why not just provide the customer what they are asking for?"
  5. Free WebLogic Server Course | Middleware Magic
    So you want to sharpen your Oracle WebLogic Server skills, but you prefer to skip the whole classroom bit and don't want to be bothered with dealing with an instructor? No problem! Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk, a prolific Middleware Magic blogger, has information on an Oracle WebLogic course you can take on your own time, at your own pace.
  6. Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 released
    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.
  7. Optimizing OLTP Oracle Database Performance using Dell Express Flash PCIe SSDs | Kai Yu
    Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu shares resources based on "several extensive performance studies on a single node Oracle 11g R2 database as well as a two node 11gR2 Oracle Real Application clusters (RAC) database running on Dell PowerEdge R720 servers with Dell Express Flash PCIe SSDs on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.2 platform."
  8. Oracle ACE sessions at Oracle OpenWorld
    With so many great sessions at this year's event, building your Oracle OpenWorld schedule can involve making a lot of tough choices. But you'll find that the sessions led by Oracle ACEs just might be the icing on the cake for your OpenWorld experience.
  9. MySQL Update: The Cleveland MySQL Meetup (Independence, OH)
    Oracle MySQL team member Benjamin Wood, a MySQL engineer and five year veteran of the MySQL organization, will speak at the Cleveland MySQL Meetup event on September 12. The presentation will include a MySQL 5.5 Overview, Oracle's Roadmap for MySQL, including specifics on MySQL 5.6, best practices and how to overcome development and operational MySQL challenges, and the new MySQL commercial extensions. Click the link for time and location information.
  10. Parsing XML in Oracle Database | Martijn van der Kamp
    Martijn van der Kamp's post deals with processing XML in PL/SQL code and processing the data into the database.

Thought for the Day

"Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen."

Edward V. Berard

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

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