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

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