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.
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  • Oracle ACE Director Alex Gorbachev is Chief Technical Officer at The Pythian Group. Alex is based in Ottawa, Canada.
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  • Brian Jimerson is Chief Architect at Avantia, Inc, a strategic solutions firm. Brian is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 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, 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


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 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
  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





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