Tuesday May 28, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for May 19-25, 2013

At last count 2,400 people now follow the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page to stay connected to the latest content from community members. Here's the list of the Top 10 most popular items for the week of May 19-25, 2013.

  1. Integrating Oracle eBS Responsibility Profiles and Oracle BI 11g Application Roles
    "Instead of making a Oracle BI Application Role for each Oracle eBS Responsibility you would like to use in Oracle BI, make use of an Oracle eBS Profile Option," suggests Daan Bakboord. He shows you how in this post.
  2. OIM 11g R2 Self Registration with CAPTCHA
    This post from Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Daniel Gralewski "walks you through the fun of customizing OIM and adding a CAPTCHA solution to the self-registration page."
  3. Photos and Presentation Downloads from the Rittman Mead BI Forum 2013, Brighton & Atlanta
    [Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman shares photos and presentation downloads from the recent Rittman Mead Business Intelligence Forums in Brighton (UK) and Atlanta, GA.
  4. How to Optimize Your Web Commerce Infrastructure
    In this OTN technical article Christopher J. Martin and Laura Verdibello describe how to optimize your web commerce infrastructure by tuning Oracle ATG web commerce applications on SPARC SuperCluster.
  5. Do You Even Test?
    What's the connection between a confusing set of switches in a hotel bathroom and usability testing for applications? Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli explains.
  6. Case Study: Backporting a JDeveloper Project from11gR2 to 11gR1
    Oracle ACE Timo Hahn shares a case history that illustrates how to backport a JDeveloper Project from 11gR2 to 11gR1.
  7. Custom Transaction Factory in ADF BC for After Commit
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis presents an Oracle ADF 11g R2 use case for implementing global after commit call. The post includes a sample app.
  8. Sign Here Please
    Oracle WebCenter and ADF A-Team blogger Jon McDonald shares a must read post "for those of you who manage a process which requires you to capture electronic signatures on the documents that are part of that process."
  9. Your Place in the Evolving IT Landscape
    Ten years after "IT Doesn't Matter," are you prepared to deal with the future?
  10. Reuse comes to pass in the app world
    "SOA calls for more expansive thinking early on in development projects, with consideration of how a service can and will be shared," says ZDNet SOA blogger Joe McKendrick. "Perhaps today's generation of app developers can adopt this thinking as well."

Thought for the Day

"If you do not design your failure modes, then you will get whatever unpredictable--and usually dangerous--ones happen to emerge."

Michael Nygard

Source: softwarequotes.com

Thursday May 23, 2013

Your Place in the Evolving IT Landscape

Yesterday I recorded an OTN ArchBeat podcast with Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Cary Millsap. The conversation, based on a topic suggested by Ron, focused on the shifting responsibilities among IT roles in the face of the emergence of DevOps and Cloud computing.

At one point in the conversation Nicholas Carr's infamous 2003 Harvard Business Review article "IT Doesn't Matter" came up. That article claimed that IT was becoming ever more commodified, a claim that has proven to be true, given the rise of cloud computing.

So it was somewhat serendipitous that a blog post by Irving Wladawsky-Berger showed up in Feedly this morning. That post referenced a recent CIO Magazine interview with Carr, conducted on the tenth anniversary of his original article. In that interview Carr is asked about the skills that are most important as companies make the transition to the cloud. Carr responds:

I do think that IT ultimately is going to be a smaller department in terms of headcount, but the successful IT departments and IT managers will play a more strategic and kind of consultative role—thinking about marketing implications of apps and social media and things like that. I think the emphasis is still going to be on being the bridge between technological possibilities and business goals, and less about optimizing the technology itself. That's a trend that has been going on for some time now and I think will continue.

Bottom line: Your tech skills must evolve in lock-step with the evolution of IT,  but tech skills alone are unlikely to carry you into the future.

You'll hear more about that in my conversation with Ron, Basheer, and Cary. That program will be available soon.

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Staying Busy with Fault Handling

Busy? So are Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen. Guido, an Oracle ACE Director, is Technology Manager for SOA and Emerging Trends at Trivadis. Ronald, also an Oracle ACE Director, is is Managing Partner and Architect at Vennster. But the fun doesn't stop there. Guido and Ronald pack their already strained schedules with writing projects and speaking engagements.

For instance, Guido is part of the team of experts behind Industrial SOA, a series of articles that just began running on OTN. And Guido is also the author of Oracle Service Bus 11g Development Cookbook (2012, Packt Publishing), co-author of Service Oriented Architecture: An Integration Blueprint (2010, Packt Publishing), and a contributor to Do more with SOA Integration: Best of Packt (2011).

Ronald is co-author, with fellow Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans, of SOA Made Simple (2012, Packt Publishing), and recently spoke at the Oracle User Group Norway 2013 (which was held on a cruise ship in the Baltic Sea), just one of several speaking engagements.

Also, Guido and Ronald have been panelists on several OTN ArchBeat Podcasts.

As if that's not enough, Guido and Ronald are collaborating on a series of OTN articles covering fault handling. The second article in the series, Fault Handling and Prevention for Services in Oracle Service Bus is now available on OTN.

Guido and Ronald sat down long enough to do a brief video interview with me just yesterday. Check it out:

Ronald and Guido are active on social media, so you should have no trouble connecting with them if you have questions.

Guido Schmutz Oracle ACE Director

Ronald van Luttikhuizen Oracle ACE Director

Monday May 20, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for May 12-18, 2013

2,298 people now follow the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page to stay connected with the latest technical content created by and for members of the Oracle Technology Network IT architect community. Here's the list of the top 10 most popular items for the week of May 12-18, 2013.

  1. Tom Kyte Keynote at GLOC 2013
    A photo of Tom Kyte giving his keynote presentation at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference (neooug) at Cleveland State University.
  2. Introduction to the BI Apps 11.1.1.7.1 – Product Architecture & New Configuration Tools | Mark Rittman
    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman takes a closer look at the architecture behind release Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1..7.1 and a detailed look at "how the various bits of ODI functionality replace the workflows, mappings, transformation operators and execution plans provided in earlier releases by Informatica and the DAC."
  3. Enterprise API Management | Jeff Davies
    If you think API Management is about publishing application interfaces, SOA expert Jeff Davies says you're dead wrong, and that that kind of thinking is wasting money.
  4. Kai Yu: High Availability
    Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu talking about High Availability architecture at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference./li>
  5. Podcast Show Notes: Mobile Architectures and Oracle ADF Mobile
    Oracle ADF Mobile experts Andrejus Baranovskis, Lucs Bors, Steven Davelaar, and Shay Schmeltzer weigh the pros and cons of Native, Web, and Hybrid mobile architectures in Part 1 of this 3-part program.
  6. Great Lakes Oracle User Conference
    On Tuesday and Wednesday this week (May 14-15) I'll be attending the Great Lakes Oracle User Conference (GLOC), organized by the Northeast Ohio Oracle Users Group. Keynote speakers include Tom Kyte and C.J Date, with technical presentations by a significant roster of local and regional experts. Registration is still open, so come on down!
  7. Automate Oracle WebLogic 12c Deployment | Rene van Wijk
    Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk shows " a step-by-step example of how to set-up a high available tuned Java EE environment by using scripts."
  8. Extended Support for Oracle Warehouse Builder 10.2 to expire
    Heads up! Extended Support for Oracle Warehouse Builder 10.2 expires on 31 July 2013.
  9. Busy Week in Cleveland
    Busy week for me here in Cleveland. In addition to the Great Lakes Oracle Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 14-15)in downtown Cleveland, I'll also be attending the Enterprise/Solution Architect Meet-up in Independence, OH on Wednesday night. Speaker for the evening is Anthony Meyer, director of enterprise architecture for the Westfield Group. This is a vendor-neutral event, and best of all - it's free!
  10. I have seen the future of ERP | Sten Vesterli
    Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli recently attended a confidential demo by the Oracle UX team. "If I told you the details I’d have to kill you," Sten says. "But what I can say is this: The future of ERP is as a platform, not an application."

If you're an architect and you blog about your work with Oracle technologies, please let me know so I can share your content with the OTN audience.

Thursday May 16, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: Mobile Architectures and Oracle ADF Mobile

The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast features a panel of Oracle ADF Mobile experts in a discussion about mobile architectures.

The Panelists

  • Andrejus Baranovskis
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director
    Oracle ACE Director and Independent Oracle Consultant with Red Samurai Consulting, where he specializes in Oracle Fusion Middleware and SOA, and frequently blogs on Oracle ADF Mobile. Andrejus is based in Lithuania.
  • Luc Bors
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE
    Oracle ADF expertise Lead and technical specialist/architect at AMIS. Luc frequently writes about Oracle ADF on his AMIS Technology blog and has published articles on the topic in industry magazines. Luc is based in the Netherlands
  • Steven Davelaar
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
    Consulting Solutions Architect on the Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team where he focuses on Oracle ADF and Oracle WebCenter. Steven is also based in the Netherlands.
  • Shay Shmeltzer
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
    Senior Group Manager at Oracle focused on Oracle ADF and Oracle JDeveloper and on the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and NetBeans. Shay is based in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: The panel discusses the relative merits of the Web, Native, and Hybrid mobile architectures.
  • Listen to Part 2: The panel discusses the challenges of designing and developing mobile apps for the enterprise.
  • Listen to Part 3: The panel looks at the most important considerations for architects and developers as we move into the future of mobile applications for the enterprise.

Coming Soon

The next OTN ArchBeat Podcast will feature a discussion of how DevOps and cloud computing are causing a shift in responsibilities among architects, developers, and other IT roles. So stay tuned: RSS

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