Thursday Feb 28, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: Enterprise IT: Strategies, Challenges, Outlook

This week the OTN ArchBeat Podcast kicks off a three-part series that focuses on strategies for meeting the challenges facing Enterprise IT in an evolving business landscape. My guests for this program are three members of Oracle's Enterprise Architecture Team:

  • Bob Hensle is Director of Oracle’s Technology Business Group Bob Hensle
  • Ronald Mayfield is an Oracle enterprise architect Ron Mayfield
  • Timothy Brown is a principal Oracle architecture consultant Tim Brown

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: This segment offers an update of IT Strategies from Oracle (ITSO), an extensive collection of reference architectures, practitioner guides and other useful documentation created by members of Oracle’s Enterprise Architecture Team, and takes a look at how the information from ITSO was implemented at one company.
  • Listen to Part 2: Part two offers a look at how another company implemented architectures and practices from the ITSO library, and examines chief concerns among organizations in the face of rapidly evolving enterprise IT.
  • Listen to Part 3: The conversation about how organizations are dealing with changes in enterprise IT continues with a look at how those same changes are affecting IT roles, and what you can do to remain relevant.

Resources

Want to get you hands on documents from the IT Strategies from Oracle Library? Click here. If you're a registered OTN member, just use your OTN SSO credentials to login to access the material. If your not an OTN member, just complete the registration form to gain access to the ITSO Library.

Coming Soon

The next OTN ArchBeat Podcast features another virtual architect meet-up -- an open conversation among a panel of architects about whatever topics are on their minds. Want to suggest a topic? Want to participate in the panel? Drop me a line in the comments sections.

Change of plans! The next OTN ArchBeat podcast will feature a panel discussion about the increasing importance of Customer Experience (CX) in enterprise IT.

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Monday Feb 25, 2013

ArchBeat Facebook Faves - February 17-23, 2013

It's Monday and that means it's time once again to gaze upon the Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for last week (February 17-23, 2013).

  1. 30 Tech Skills That Will Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary
    Technological innovation drives changes in business, which in turn drives further changes in technology. Are you prepared to survive and capitalize on those changes? This article from Business Insider offers some suggestions.
  2. Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Scripted Template Generation from an existing vServer | The Old Toxophilist
    "As part of your Exalogic Virtual environment you may want to build vServer that will be used, going forwards, as a template for future vServers," says The Old Toxophilist , a member of the Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team. He shares a script in this blog post that will help you get that done.
  3. The Cloud as a Metaphor – notes from a debate on mobility | Isabel F. Penuelas
    "The actual explosion of mobile technologies and the widespread [use] of mobile connectivity is enabling companies to leapfrog some stages and launch digital mobile businesses without passing through the Web," says Isabel F. Penuelas. So that might change the architecture picture just a bit, no?
  4. How to Configure WebLogic Server to Send a Notification When Its Configuration is Changed | Pierluigi Vernetto
    A tip of the ArchBeat hat to Jan van Zoggel for pointing the way to this detailed technical post from .
  5. Running Oracle EBusiness Suite on AWS | Tom Laszewski
    Cloud expert Tom Laszewski shares tips and resources to help you get started.
  6. Getting started with Desktop Integration Suite | Kyle Hatlestad
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Kyle Hatlestad likes the Oracle Learning Library so much he shared a link to one of their videos, a newly released look at "Getting Started with Oracle Desktop Integration Suite ."
  7. Video: Oracle ADF Mobile Overview | Shay Shmletzer
    Oracle's Shay Shmeltzer offers an overview of Oracle ADF Mobile in this video.<
  8. Oracle Access Manager 11g WNA Identity Store Considerations and Configurations - Part 3 | Tim Melander
    The final post in Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Tim Melander's three-part series on integrating Oracle Access Manager with Windows Native Authentication./
  9. OTN Yathra 2013 – Spreading the story of Oracle across India – (Half time) | Lucas Jellema
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema is at the halfway point in the OTN Yathra Tour of India. He shares his observations about his journey and the Yathra events in this fascinating post.
  10. Setting up WebLogic server for REST Web Services | Zeeshan Baig
    Oracle ACE Zeeshan Baig shares a quick tech tip.

Thought for the Day

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

Richard E. Fairley

Source: softwarequotes.com

Monday Feb 18, 2013

Video: Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema

Fanning Out Events on the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Event Delivery Network is the latest OTN article from Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO of AMIS Services, prolific blogger and frequent speaker at community events. I caught up with Lucas on February 13, 2013 for this brief video interview in which he talks about the article and about his participation in the OTN Yathra Tour of India, happening this week.

Connect with Lucas
Oracle ACE Director

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves - February 10-16, 2013

Twenty-six updates were posted on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page last week (February 10-16, 2013), most linking to blog posts and other content created by or featuring community members. The following list represents the top ten most popular posts.

  1. Webcast: Cultivating IT Innovation with Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata
    Mohamad Afshar, Vice President, Oracle Exalogic Product Management, discusses the strategies used at leading companies to promote innovation inside and outside of IT, and how Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata fit into those strategies.
    Webcast Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
    Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
  2. SOA and Oracle Fusion Middleware for the Busy IT Professional | Dr. Frank Munz
    "Not everybody is starting up JDeveloper first thing in the morning in order to work with Oracle SOA Suite," says Dr. Frank Munz. "Let’s face it: Instead of being an SOA expert, any given IT specialist is more likely a certified DB admin, a Java developer or somebody who was just told by his manager to take care of that Oracle Service Bus installation." If that description fits you, do yourself a favor and read Munz's post.
  3. Podcast: What's Really Going to Matter in 2013? - Part 2
    Part 1 focused on what's hot, Part 2 focuses on what's not, as the panel discusses the trends, technologies, and other aspects of enterprise IT that will lose steam in 2013.
  4. How To Troubleshoot OEM 12c Cloud Control Auto-Discovery | Jeremy Schneider
    Pythian blogger Jeremy Schneider shares notes and references related to his effort to troubleshoot problems encountered during an upgrade from 11.2.0.2 to 11.2.0.3 on an Exadata V2.
  5. Video: Lucas Jellema: SOA, Events, BPM, and Oracle ADF
    By the time you see this Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema will on his way to India to participate in the OTN Yathra Tour. But I caught him at home this morning for a brief conversation about his latest OTN article, SOA, BPM, Oracle ADF and more.
  6. WebLogic, Coherence and the G1 Collector | René van Wijk
    Oracle ACE René van Wijk's detailed post covers garbage collection, the Oracle JDK, Oracle WebLogic, and Oracle Coherence.
  7. Webcast: Data Warehousing Trends for 2013
    Join Dan Vesset (Program VP, Business Analytics Research, IDC), Oracle ACE Director Arup Nanda (Director and Principal Database Architect, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide), George Lumpkin (VP, Product Marketing, Oracle) and Margaret Hamburger (Principal Product Director, Oracle) for a discussion of the top 10 data warehousing trends for 2013.
    Date: February 19, 2013
    Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
  8. Oracle BPM, UCM, and Humantasks | Marcel van de Glind
    Marcel van de Glind has been working with Jan van Zoggel in preforming tests to detemine "the best fit for the combination of BPM, UCM and Humantasks." Marcel's post shares links to several blog posts that detail the results of those tests.
  9. Tech salaries 'see biggest jump in a decade': survey | Joe McKendrick
    As reported by ZDNet's Joe McKendrick: "Dice, the online tech recruiting site, finds plenty to be upbeat about in the tech market, particularly for certain markets and skillsets. If you're a big data professional in New York or Silicon Valley, you can write your own ticket. But the opportunities extend far and wide." Have you benefited from the hot market for IT pros?
  10. Tailoring Fusion Applications in the Cloud Explained
    This post from the Fusion Applications Developer Relations Blog aims to explain "what you can and cannot do to Fusion Applications (Release 5) that are deployed as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) via the Oracle Cloud."

Thought for the Day

"Companies should make their own enterprise systems as often as network security companies should manufacture their own aspirin."

Phil Simon

Source: softwarequotes.com

Monday Feb 11, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Facebook Favorites February 3-9, 2013

Here's the list of Top 10 most popular items shared with the community via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of February 3-9, 2013.

  1. New SOA White Papers | Jürgen Kress
    Jürgen Kress's post includes links to Creating an SOA Roadmap, A Framework for SOA Governance, and Determining ROI of SOA through Reuse," three recent white papers from members of Oracle's Global Enterprise Architecture Program. These papers are part of the IT Strategies from Oracle library, an extensive collection of reference architectures, practitioner guides, and other essential documents for architects.
  2. Oracle Fusion Middleware Forum in Lima, Peru | Bruno Borges
    "Middleware is much more than just running Java EE applications," says Bruno Borges in this post about his involvement in last week's Oracle Fusion Middleware Forum in Lima, Peru. His post includes his presentation from the event, covering next generation middleware solutions.
  3. Winter time is training time! | SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog
    Stay in, stay warm, and improve your technical skills with this list of online BPEL and BPMN training resources assembled by Jürgen Kress.
  4. Fanning Out Events on the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Event Delivery Network Lucas Jellema
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema's OTN article shows you how to use events in Oracle SOA Suite 11g "to have business processes impact each other in a meaningful way with maximum decoupling."
  5. AYTS: Summary of The SOA Challenge | Marcel van de Glind
    Marcel van de Glind follows up an earlier post on the the SOA Challenge that is part of Oracle's Are You The Smartest program with this review of his latest efforts in preparation for the test.
  6. Webcast: Fast Data - Turning High Velocity Data into Value
    You've heard of Big Data, but what about Fast Data? Join Hasan Rizvi, Executive Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java, in this webcast to learn what Fast Data is and how it relates to Big Data. Register now.
    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    Time: 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
  7. E-Book: Cloud Architecture for Dummies & Cloud Considerations & Connectivity
    Jürgen Kress shares information on how you can get your free copy of the e-book Cloud Architecture for Dummies.
  8. Creating an hierarchical user structure in embedded LDAP of Weblogic | Aldo Schaap
    A detailed how-to post from AMIS Technology blogger Aldo Schaap.
  9. SOA/BPM:Incoming Message dispatcher (Part 1 of 2) | Marcel van de Glind
    Marcel van de Glind's post describes a solution implemented at a customer site to dispatch incoming messages in an Oracle SOA/BPM environment. Part 2 of the series is also now available.
  10. Event: OTN Yathra 2013
    Six Oracle user community conferences in six cities across India, beginning Saturday 16 Feb in Dehli, then moving on to Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Register now.

Thought for the Day

"It may be the early bird that gets the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese."

— Anonymous<</p>

Source: softwarequotes.com

Friday Feb 08, 2013

Podcast: What's Really Going to Matter in 2013?

At the turn of the new year one is exposed to predictions by analysts and industry journalists about the IT topics and trends that will dominate in the year ahead. That coverage has it's place, but does it reflect what's happening in the real world, among real architects? Enterprise IT is surely changing, but what trends or factors will have the greatest impact where the rubber meets the road? This program brings together a panel of working IT professionals to talk about the trends and technologies will most affect what they do in 2013.

The Panel

  • Oracle ACE Director Ron Batra is product director for cloud computing at AT&T. Ron is based in Austin, Texas.
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Facebook
  • Oracle ACE Director Alex Gorbachev is Chief Technical Officer at The Pythian Group. Alex is based in Ottawa, Canada.
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Facebook
  • Brian Jimerson is Chief Architect at Avantia, Inc, a strategic solutions firm. Brian is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
    LinkedIn

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: What's Hot? The panelists share their insight into the trends and technologies that will have the greatest impact on their work in 2013.
  • Listen to Part 2: What's Not? The panel discusses the trends, technologies, and other aspects of enterprise IT that will lose steam in 2013.
  • Listen to Part 3: Where Do We Go From Here? The panel discusses how the trends that are driving the evolution of enterprise IT are profoundly reshaping the IT architecture profession.

This conversation was recorded on January 17, 2013.

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Thursday Feb 07, 2013

The Most Important IT Career Skill

This is not the first post on this blog about the importance of communication skills for architects, and it certainly won't be the last. But Steve Karam, writing on his Oracle Alchemist blog, has tossed a low, slow one over the plate, and I just have to take a swing.

(Too early for baseball metaphors? Too bad -- I need me some springtime.)

In his post, Karam writes about what he describes as the most important IT career book he has ever owned. As it turns out, it's not another book by Tim Ferriss on how you can achieve greatness in four hours. Nope, the book Karam's talking about is Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, first published in 1937, which makes it even older than me.

Here's a bit of what Karam has to say about Carnegie's book:

Technology has advanced, information has become more available, and business has accelerated beyond anyone's wildest dreams, but the tenets of getting people to work with you toward a common goal have not changed. The beauty is that the 'common goal' may be one that your target audience never knew was their goal in the first place; however, with the right push, the right emphasis, the right details, it can be. And that is what the book is all about.

The enterprise IT industry is in the midst of significant shifts that have an impact not just on the inherent technologies, but on the roles involved in putting those technologies to work. And when you hear knowledgeable people talking about how IT can no longer exist in silos, you must understand that they're not just talking about the technology end of IT. Regardless of your role in IT, If you aren't engaged in the Big Picture, you're headed for trouble.

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Monday Feb 04, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top Tweets for January 2013

Every day (well, five days a week) I scour the web looking for great examples of content created by and/or for members of the OTN architect community, which I then share via social media. In January I published 95 tweets with links to just such content. The list below features the Top 10 most popular @OTNArchBeat tweets for January 2013.

  1. New book: WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes (Architecture, Development and Administration) by @FrankMunz Jan 17, 2013
  2. Oracle Service Bus Performance Tuning - RouterRuntimeCache | Mike Muller Jan 31, 2013
  3. Coherence and #WebLogic | Rene van Wijk Jan 09, 2013
  4. "If you want to get a job at Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Netflix, do not put 'architect' on your resume." Jan 25, 2013
  5. Oracle Forms to ADF Mobile: The Ultimate Modernization Challenge | @miaurman Jan 09, 2013
  6. JDBC Realm and Form Based Authentication with #GlassFish 3.1.2.2 and Primefaces 3.4 | @MyFear Jan 28, 2013
  7. ADF interaction with business service – an ongoing discussion | @LucasJellema Jan 23, 2013
  8. Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum - Vilamoura, Portugal - Feb 19-20 #SOA #BPM #WebLogic #ADF Jan 24, 2013
  9. Integration of #Oracle #BPM and Oracle UCM/WCC | @jvzoggel Feb 01, 2013
  10. SOA guru Thomas Erl's Arcitura Education has launched CloudPatterns.org, a community resource Jan 30, 2013

Thought for the Day

"There are no secrets on an successful software project. Both good and bad news must be able to move up and down the ptoject hierarchy without restriction."

Steve McConnell

Source: softwarequotes.com

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of January 27 - February 2, 2013

Your clicks count! Here's the list of the Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the week of January 27 - February 2, 2013.

  1. JDBC Realm and Form Based Authentication with GlassFish 3.1.2.2 and Primefaces 3.4 | Markus Eisele
    Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele updates one of his most popular blog posts, a short tutorial about the JDBC Security Realm and form based Authentication on GlassFish with Primefaces. This revised has been adapted for GlassFish 3.1.2.2.
  2. Capture Application Events using Oracle Goldengate | Satyajith Nair
    "With the knowledge of the existing application architecture and Data Model, it is possible to configure the Oracle Goldengate extracts to read transactions on from the specific tables impacted during an application event," says Satyajith Nair. Nair's blog post explains how to make that happen.
  3. Populating request attributes in Oracle Identity Management 11g R2 - Part II: UI Customization | Daniel Gralewski
    The second post in Daniel Gralewski's two-part series on pre-populating requests in Oracle Identity Management 11g R2, part of the larger OIM 11g Academy Series.
  4. Want to 'disrupt' your IT department? Here are a couple of tips | ZDNet
    Good disruption, says Joe McKendrick, can turn business thinking completely on its head, "and like a slap upside the head, gets people to open their eyes to new markets and new possibilities."
  5. Sticky Notes, Burritos, and Building the Oracle Fusion Applications User Experience | Ultan O'Broin
    Usable Apps blogger Ultan O'Broin interviews Applications User Experience Architect Misha Vaughn about usability and the importance of the user experience.
  6. Dear Java/JEE developer – why should you care about ADF? | Lucas Jellema
    Why should Java/JEE developer care about Oracle ADF? This blog post by Oracle ACE Lucas Jellema makes the case.
  7. Helpful tips for managing the WebCenter MDS repository | Martin Deh
    Oracle WebCenter A-Team architect Martin Deh's post addresses the use of metadata labels when performing customizations. Helpful tips for managing the WebCenter MDS repository | Martin Deh
  8. Collecting diagnostic information for BPM | Mark Nelson
    "When something goes wrong, it is important to know how to collect the diagnostic information that will be needed to analyse the problem, work out the root cause, and come up with a resolution," says Oracle Fusion Middleware solution architect Mark Nelson. His post offers a look at the various kinds of diagnostic information you may need to collect.
  9. The Future is Sooner and Stranger Than You Think
    This post from the Oracle Financial Services blog raises issues that are of great significance to architects: "We are now at the cusp of the real Digital Age, an age where the network – the Internet today – becomes an organic entity."
  10. The cloud is coming to your business, like it or not | David Linthicum
    A number of cloud experts I've spoken with mention that in some cases IT departments are a bit scared of cloud, in that it represents, at least to some degree, a loss of control. What to do you think? Are you worried about the cloud?

Thought for the Day

"Never make a technical decision based upon the politics of the situation, and never make a political decision based upon technical issues."

Geoffrey James

Source: softwarequotes.com

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