Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Video: Oracle WebLogic 12c Recipes from Dr. Frank Munz

Dr. Frank Munz, prolific blogger and 2011 winner of Oracle Magazine's Technologist of the Year award in the Cloud Architect category, has just published Oracle WebLogic 12c: Distinctive Recipes, a follow-up to is 2012 book, Middleware and Cloud Computing.

Frank's traveling and speaking schedule is hectic, but I managed to catch him between trips for a conversation about his new book:

Frank was also kind enough to provide a sample chapter from the book, Track Down a Memory Leak, available for your reading pleasure on OTN.

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More Videos

You'll find more interviews with members of the OTN architect community right here.

Monday Jan 28, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of January 20-26, 2013

Each week I scour the web for content created by and/or for members the OTN architect community, which I then share on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page. Here's the list of the Top 10 most popular items for the week of January 20-26, 2013.

  1. Video: Building Performant ADF Business Components Applications |Jobinesh Purushothaman
    Jobinesh Purushothaman, Principal Solutions Architect for Oracle ADF, shares "insight into the workings of ADF Business Components and how you can use various parameters and features of the framework to ensure you build ADF Business Components applications that scale and perform."
  2. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Facts and Concepts | Rob Zoeteweij
    Oracle ACE Rob Zoeteweij introduces his extensive new whitepaper on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. A lot of work went into this effort, and if work with OEM12c—or plan to—you'd do well to take advantage of Rob's expertise.
  3. Oracle JCA Database adapter and performance win on big clobs | Eric Elzinga
    A brief technical tip for those working with Oracle Service bus and BPEL from Oracle ACE Eric Elzinga.
  4. ADF interaction with business service – an ongoing discussion | Lucas Jellema
    "When ADF applications are developed in an environment where an enterprise architecture has been laid down, and decoupling is an important objective and service orientation is mandated—then this typical implementation of the business service using ADF BC connecting directly to the database may not be desirable or even allowed." Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explains in this detailed post.
  5. Oracle VM 3.2.1 Released! | Wim Coekaerts
    Wim Coekaerts shares a whole lot of information on the new features and enhancements in the 3.2.1 release of Oracle VM.
  6. UKOUG Development SIG Meeting: App Development for Mobile Devices | UK Oracle User Group
    Date: Tuesday 5th Feb 2013
    Time: 09:30 - 16:45
    Venue: Oracle, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, UK
    Speakers include Grant Ronald (Oracle), Andrew Gordon (BAE Systems), Susan Duncan (Oracle), John Sim (Fishbowl Solutions), Matt Ball (Northants Police), and Anthony Rayner (Oracle).
  7. Oracle Storage Master Game
    Relax a little and spend a few minutes with the Tetris-like Oracle Storage Master game. If the boss asks what you're doing, say that you're learning to optimize your organization's storage system.
  8. Looking Back: Top Trends for 2012 | Oracle WebCenter Blog
    Michael Snow shares two videos and a Gartner list to help set the stage for the trends that will drive IT in 2013.
  9. AYTS: summary of Oracle’s Approach to SOA | Marcel van de Glind
    Marcel van de Glind shares his notes and conclusions from Oracle's "Are You The Smartest" program on service oriented architecture.
  10. How to Make BPEL Gulp | Aaron Dolan
    "At first, I thought that this would be fairly simple," says BPM/SOA Solution Architect Aaron Dolan of a data integration challenge. But is anything ever really simple? Find out how Aaron wins the day in his detailed, illustrated post.

Thought for the Day

"Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design."

Charles Eames
(1907–1978)

Source: softwarequotes.com

Monday Jan 21, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of January 13-20, 2013

Here's the list of the Top 10 items posted on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of January 13-20, 2013.

  1. Architect Poll: What's Your Title?
    It has been my observation that among the participants at OTN Architect Day events only about 30% have titles or are in roles that include the word "architect." Does the same hold true for followers of this page? Let's find out. Does your role, title, or job description include the word "architect?"
  2. Automate WebLogic Installation and Configuration | René van Wijk
    Oracle ACE René van Wijk's example uses JRockit, WebLogic Server, Oracle Service Bus, and the Repository Creation Utility to illustrate how to create automation scripts for setting up middleware environments.
  3. How To Implement a Gapless Sequence in ADF BC | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "We all know how to insert new records using ADF BC," says Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis. "But if you have a sequence in the DB for a primary key attribute and there is a requirement to make sure assigned sequence values are always gapless - few extra steps are needed." Don't worry, Andrejus shows you how in this post.
  4. Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum 2013 | Guido Schmutz
    Oracle ACE Director Guido Schmutz met the co-authors for his OSB cookbook at the Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum in 2011. What might develop when you expand your network at this year's event in Faro, Portugal, February 19-20, 2013. You're going, right? Right?
  5. WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes (Architecture, Development and Administration) | Dr. Frank Munz
    WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes (Architecture, Development and Administration) is the follow-up to Dr. Frank Munz's 2012 book Middleware and Cloud Computing.
  6. Podcast: ACE in the Whole -- An inside look at the Oracle ACE program
    Oracle ACE program manager Vikki Lira shares background information on the program, and program members Debra Lilley, Alex Gorbachev, and Tim Hall talk about how and why they became Oracle ACE Directors.
  7. Oracle Linux 5.9 | Wim Coekaerts
    Wim Coekaerts' brief post has information on where you can get the latest release of Oracle Linux.
  8. Oracle Enterprise Manager at Collaborate13 | Joe Diemer
    If you're attending Collaborate 13 in April and you're interested in Oracle Enterprise Manager, you'll find Joe Diemer's extensive list of OEM sessions at Collaborate very useful indeed.
  9. "GlassFish for Business" Updates - GlassFish 3.1.2 and 2.1.1 Patch Releases | The Aquarium
    "You might consider these releases minor," says Reza Rahman, "but to operations they're the crucial ones - highly compatibles with timely fixes (some of which came as a result of customer escalations)."
  10. Roadmaps and Guardrails
    IT governance is a touchy subject. Few architects would argue the importance of at least some form of governance, so why did five minutes of research on Google Trends confirm that interest in IT governance has steadily declined since 2004?

Thought for the Day

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Source: BrainyQuote

Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: ACE in the Whole -- An inside look at the Oracle ACE program

If you spend any time on the Oracle Technology Network website or attend any event in which Oracle community members are involved you’ve probably read an article or blog post written by an Oracle ACE or Oracle ACE Director, attended a session by one, or at the very least seen these icons: Oracle ACE DirectorOracle ACE

If you've ever wondered what all that Oracle ACE stuff was all about, you’re in luck. This OTN ArchBeat Podcast series focuses on the Oracle ACE Program—what it is, and how you can participate.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: Background—who becomes an Oracle ACE, and why.
  • Listen to Part 2: Debra, Alex, and Tim talk about what Oracle ACE Director status means to them on a professional basis.
  • Listen to Part 3: (Jan 30) A conversation about the personal and social aspects of being an Oracle ACE Director, and what the role requires.

The Panelists

  • Vikki Lira is Senior Manager of Community Programs for the Oracle Technology Network and heads the Oracle ACE Progam.
  • Debra Lilley is Oracle Alliance Director at Fujitsu, and an Oracle ACE Director specializing in Applications and Apps Technology.
  • Alex Gorbachev is Chief Technical Officer at The Pythian Group, and an Oracle ACE Director specializing in Database Management and Performance.
  • Tim Hall is a Freelance Oracle consultant and an Oracle ACE Director specializing in Database Application Development

Resources

For information about the Oracle ACE Program, click here. (Also see the Oracle ACE FAQ

To nominate someone to become an Oracle ACE or Oracle ACE Director, click here.

To view YouTube video interviews with several Oracle ACE members, click here

To follow the Twitter conversations of 74 Oracle ACE members, click here.

Coming Soon

The next ArchBeat podcast series will feature an architect roundtable discussion of What's Really Going to Matter in 2013. Stay tuned!

Monday Jan 14, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of January 6-12, 2013

Here's this week's list of the Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of January 6-12, 2013.

  1. TOGAF study help? There is an app for that! | Pat Shepherd
    Oracle Enterprise Architect Pat Shepherd hasn't had a chance to test out the Toolkit4Togaf app for iPhone, but it did catch his attention. And since it's free, you can check it out yourself.
  2. Podcast Show Notes: Oracle Cloud Update: 30 Days in the Cloud
    Rick Greenwald, Mike Lehmann, and Dom Lindars—key people behind the Oracle Cloud—talk about what's new and share information on you how can get a 30-day free trail of the Oracle Database and Oracle Java Cloud Services.
  3. Oracle Data Integrator 11g in the Enterprise Part 5: ETL Resilience and High-Availability | Mark Rittman
    The final part of Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's 5-part series looks at data integration and loading routines. These routines, according to Mark, "are now mission-critical as they support operational systems that price products, segment customers, manage supply chains and combat fraud."
  4. Oracle VM Templage Config Script Example | Wim Coekaerts
    "The programmatic way to extend Oracle VM Template Configure is to build your own module," says Wim Coekaerts. Take the time to read Wim's detailed post and you 'll get a handle on the process.
  5. WebCenter Content Performance: Web Browser Choice | Nicolas Montoya
    "When choosing a browser to access a WebCenter Content server, make sure it is a modern browser with a good JavaScript engine," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Nicolas Montoya. "However, beware that you may still encounter IE 8.0 at many organizations. Some of these are still running Windows XP as the Operating System - according to StatCounter, about 31% of desktop internet usage is on Windows XP."
  6. Cloud Reference Architecture Data Sheet | Anbu Krishnaswamy
    "Defining a Cloud Reference Architecture is an essential step towards achieving higher levels of Cloud maturity," says author Author Anbu Krishnaswamy Anbarasu. "Cloud Reference Architecture addresses the concerns of the key stakeholders by defining the architecture capabilities and roadmap aligned with the business goals and architecture vision."
  7. All the Aces, All the Faces. Oracle ADF, UX PTS Workshop: Building Fusion Usable Apps & More | Ultan O'Broin
    Ultan O'Broin shares an overview of the recent pilot for a two-day Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) workshop, and plugs Misha Vaughan’s Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog post on the same subject.
  8. Test Driving Mojarra 2.2.0-m08 on GlassFish 3.1.2.2 | Markus Eisele
    ?"With all the Java EE 7 specifications moving forward it is finally time to test-drive some of them and give feedback," says Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele. And in this post he does just that, turning his attention to Mojarra JSF 2.2.0 Milestone 8.
  9. Video: Best Practices for Integrating SOAP and REST services into Oracle ADF
    The latest ADF Insider Essential video demonstrated best practices for developing business services based on web services, either REST or SOAP, and integrating them into an Oracle ADF application.
  10. How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part II, Virtualisation | Karoly Vegh
    Part 1 in Karoly's series made it into the Top 10 most popular links shared here last week, so you'll want to keep up by checking out Part 2.

Thought for the Day

"To create a usable piece of software, you have to fight for every fix, every feature, every little accommodation that will get one more person up the curve. There are no shortcuts. Luck is involved, but you don't win by being lucky, it happens because you fought for every inch."

Dave Winer
(Month Day, Year - Month Day, Year)

Source: softwarequotes.com

Thursday Jan 10, 2013

Architects: Sell Yourselves, Save the World

Two recent articles, Why IT Should Be on the CEO's Agenda, by U. S. News contributor Thomas C. Lawton, and Enterprise architects, the economy is in your capable hands by ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick, paint a dismal picture of the typical relationship between business management and IT. As Lawton observes:

"Few CEOs really understand the implications of new, rapidly changing and complex IT systems and processes for the current business model or perceive a strategic potential and value in new technology implementation."

But both writers offer a hopeful outlook. McKendrick concludes:

Business leaders know IT is the future of their organizations. In fact, in many cases, IT is becoming the business. EAs are needed, desperately, to provide the guidance in this journey from widget-making to data and service provider.

While the focus of these articles is on enterprise architects, architects at all levels should take note that the key element in the process described by Lawton and McKendrick is communication. This is not the first time I've mentioned it on this blog, and it certainly won't be the last, but if you want to evolve and excel as an architect, you need communication skills as sharp as your technical skills. If you can achieve that, everybody wins.

Monday Jan 07, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of December 30, 2012 to January 5, 2013

Right on schedule (what schedule?), here are the Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the week of December 30, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

  1. Korea Electric Power Enables Simultaneous, Real-Time Data Collection and Analysis with High Performance, Next-Generation Data Processing
    Though it's not deep on technical details, architects will appreciate this concise profile of the what, why, and how behind Korea Electric Power Corp's implementation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition to underpin its Substation Operating Results Management System (SOMAS).
  2. WLST change script to SOA Common, BPEL and BPMN Properties | Michel Schildmeijer
    "I had to tune some performance related items in the SOA /BPM stack, called Dispatcher Thread Settings," says Michel Schildmeijer. "These threads are used for process flows, and the more threads you define the more threads can be handled simultaneously." Learn how in Michel's post.
  3. My ADF Sample Apps Live in Oracle Java Cloud | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "With Oracle Java Cloud available for ADF PS5 deployments, I decided to deploy all my future ADF sample apps from the blog in Oracle Cloud," says Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis. "Blog readers will be able to test described functionality straight away and provide feedback without downloading and running on their machines"
  4. How to build a private IaaS cloud platform - Part I: Servers | Karoly Vegh
    The first post in Karoly Vegh's series, "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform," focuses on evaluating server options and requirements for a general purpose consolidation platform.
  5. BPMN process editor problems in 11.1.1.6 (update) | Mark Nelson
    No need for that aspirin! If you've contacted Oracle Support about a patch to correct issues with the layout in the 11.1.1.6 4release of BPMN process editor.only to be told no such patch exists, Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Mark Nelson has some welcome news and an link.
  6. Oracle Data Integrator 11g in the Enterprise Part 4: Build Automation and Devops using the ODI SDK | Mark Rittman
    The latest installment in Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's five-part series continues its examination of "some of the more enterprise-orientated features in Oracle Data Integrator 11g."
  7. E2.0 Workbench Podcast 11 – Siebel Self Service with Oracle Service Bus and WebCenter | John Brunswick
    John Brunswick's latest E2.0 Workbench video podcast focuses on a sample scenario that leverages Oracle Service Bus (OSB) "to provide a layer of abstraction, mediation, transformation and monitoring on top of Siebel CRM and WebCenter Content, ultimately exposed to end customers via WebCenter Portal."
  8. Enkitec president Wade Nicholas talks with CRN about Engineered Systems
    Recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Enkitec president Wade Nicolas talks with CRN TV about Oracle Engineered systems. Enkitec, based in Irving, Texas, is home to three members of the Oracle ACE community: Oracle ACE Andy Colvin and Oracle ACE Directors Tanel Põder and Kerry Osborne.
  9. Oracle Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics Summit (BIWA) Summit 2013 | Abhinav Agarwal
    There's still time to register for the Oracle Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics Summit (BIWA) happening next week at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, California. Speakers include Tom Kyte and Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman.
  10. Oracle Identity Manager 11g R2 UI Customization Tips and Tricks | Alex Lopez
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Alex Lopez's article "presents a few techniques to implement customizations that go a little beyond the capabilities of Web Composer; but still are within the scope of OIM’s MDS. Each technique will be presented in the context of a use case addressed by the customization implemented using the given technique."

Thought for the Day

"There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone."

Bjarne Stroustrup

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Podcast Show Notes: Oracle Cloud Update

The first OTN ArchBeat Podcast for 2013 brings you the latest news from the Oracle Cloud in a discussion with three key people behind that effort.

The Panelists

  • Rick Greenwald: Director of Product Management for Database Cloud Initiatives at Oracle
  • Mike Lehmann: Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Java Application and Cloud Infrastructure.
  • Dom Lindars: Cloud architect for Oracle.

The Conversation

Coming Soon

If you read this blog or follow my updates on Twitter and Facebook you've probably seen references to Oracle ACEs and Oracle ACE Directors. But do you really know what that designation means? You'll find out in the next OTN ArchBeat Podcast as I talk to three four people deeply involved in that program.

The Cloud wants you, but are you ready?

I'm a rust belt boy. I've lived in or near Cleveland, Ohio my entire life, so I've had a front row seat for the erosion of the manufacturing jobs that once put paychecks in the pockets of everyone's dad (and a few moms) when I was a kid. And I had a couple of those jobs myself, before I had the opportunity to make a major career change and jump on the WWW bandwagon in 1997.

Back then it looked like anybody with web-related tech skills was going to be set for life. But a quarter-century later it's clear that even technology jobs are not immune to some of the same forces that so dramatically changed the manufacturing industry.

Consider this from Cloud computing skills gap is widening, warns IDC, a ComputerWeekly.com article by Archana Venkatraman:

About 1.7 million cloud computing-related job roles globally could not be filled in 2012 because applicants lacked training, certification and experience needed to work in a cloud-enabled world, according to a study by IDC.

If that news surprises you, it's time to wake up. It should be abundantly clear by now that the cloud is not going away. And as cloud computing matures and evolves it will bring significant changes to IT.

In July 2012 I interviewed two experts on cloud computing, Oracle ACE Director Ron Batra (product director for cloud computing at AT&T) and Dr. James Baty (VP of Oracle Global Enterprise Architecture). The discussion focused on the emerging Role of the Cloud Architect. During that conversation Dr. Baty advised that even among experienced architects, cloud computing is "about all of us upping our game." (Access the interview here.)

Times, even for those in IT, are changing. So what are doing to up your game?

Articles for Architects: Top 10 for 2012

Architects cover a lot of territory, from high-level, big-picture issues to the nuts-and-bolts of various products and technologies. This list of the Top 10 most popular OTN articles from 2012 reflects those varied interests. This is what you were reading in 2012:

  1. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server
    by Abhijit Patil
    [Published May 2012]
    Oracle WebLogic Server offers a complete solution for single sign-on with Microsoft clients using Kerberos.
  2. Security for Everyone
    by Frank Nimphius
    [January 2012]
    Protect your Oracle ADF applications from unauthorized access using the Oracle ADF Security feature.
  3. Start Small, Grow Fast
    by Edwin BiemondOracle ACE, Ronald van LuttikhuizenOracle ACE Director, and Demed L'Her
    [Published January 2012]
    A set of pragmatic best practices for deploying a simple and sound SOA footprint that can grow with business demand.
  4. Unit Testing Asynchronous BPEL Processes Using soapUI
    by Daniel Amadei
    [Published February 2012]
    Thanks to its support for Mocking and WS-Addressing, soapUI can be used to test asynchronous BPEL processes.
  5. Enterprise Architecture, Organizational Structure, and Company Performance
    by Travis Wissink
    [Published February 2012]
    Travis Wissink examines the connections, and what they mean for architects.
  6. On the Road with BI
    by Mark RittmanOracle ACE Director
    [Published March 2012]
    Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile gives your iOS device the business.
  7. Software Architecture for High Availability in the Cloud
    by Brian Jimerson
    [Published June 2012]
    A look at the paradigm shifts in designing fault tolerance from machine-based architectures to cloud-based architectures, and how enterprise applications need to be engineered to ensure the highest level of availability in the cloud.
  8. Migrating Oracle Discoverer Data to Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
    by Edelweiss Kammermann
    [Published February 2012]
    Plan your migration project, step by step.
  9. On History, Basics, and Network Performance
    by Tom Kyte
    [Published January 2012]
    Our technologist recalls a Web seminar, gives the right hint, and dishes on network performance.
  10. Scaling Service Oriented Architecture
    by Philip Wik
    [Published August 2012]
    Philip Wik explores what scaling is and what it means to a Service Oriented Architecture, and proposes Oracle-based solutions to SOA scaling and an Oracle-based SOA scaling roadmap.

Want more? You'll find a list of the latest OTN technical articles here, along with the complete article archive organized by topic.

 Want to see your name on this list next year? Click here to learn how to get your technical article published on OTN.

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