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 – 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

Monday May 13, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for May 5-11, 2013

It ain't exactly People Magazine, but readers among the 2,200 people who follow OTN ArchBeat on Facebook helped to push the following items onto the Top 10 list for the week of May 5-11, 2013.

If you've written a technical blog post that you think OTN ArchBeat fans will enjoy, leave a comment here, or better yet, share a link to the post on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page.

And if you're ready for the next step, check out How To Get Published by Oracle Technology Network.We're always looking for great technical articles.


  1. Configuring Integrated SOA Gateway in Multinode EBS Environments | Rekha Ayothi
    Rekha Ayothi shares several technical resources that will be useful for those working in multi-node environments.
  2. Tech Article: Fault Handling and Prevention for Services in Oracle Service Bus
    Oracle ACE Directors Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen continue their series on Fault Handling with a deep dive into "fault handling and prevention measures in the integration layer that are realized through Oracle Service Bus."
  3. Debunking some persistent myths about Oracle Enterprise Manager | Hans Forbrich
    Oracle ACE Director Hans Forbrich debunks a myth about Oracle Enterprise Manager with a brief history lesson.
  4. Podcast Show Notes: The State of SOA
    All three parts of the State of SOA podcast are now available. This program features Jurgen Kress and Oracle ACE Directors Hajo Normann, Torsten Winterberg, and Guido Schutz, all authors of the Industrial SOA article series now available on OTN.
  5. Improved Dial Gauge in Oracle ADF Mobile | Shay Shmeltzer
    Shay Shmeltzer shares a tip for working with the dial gauge component in the latest version of Oracle ADF Mobile (
  6. Previewing the BI Forum 2013 Data Integration Masterclass | Mark Rittman
    "This year we thought we’d take a deep-dive into Oracle Data Integrator and the wider Oracle Data Integration Suite," says Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman of this year's series of BI Forums. Check the post for dates and locations.
  7. Java Spotlight Episode 131: Nigel Deakin on JSR 343: JMS 2.0 @JCP
    The latest Java Spotlight podcast from Roger Brinkley.
  8. Philippe Kruchten on Games Software Architects Play
    “The life of a software architect is a long (and sometimes painful) succession of suboptimal decisions made partially in the dark,” says Philippe Kruchten. But it doesn't have to be that way...
  9. Business Intelligence: New Spaces for BI | Mark Rittman
    Want to learn how to integrate Oracle WebCenter Portal’s Spaces feature and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to create custom business intelligence application pages? You're in luck! That's exactly what this article by Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman is about.
  10. Sharing Data Between VO Instances in ADF BC | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis continues his ADF onslaught with a new technical post and accompanying sample application.

Wednesday May 08, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Tweets for April 2013

Cardinal, the state bird of Ohio

The season's warmer weather and longer days mean that the birds here in my part of the world start their loud but not unpleasant tweeting at around 4:30 in the morning. My tweeting on OTN ArchBeat begins several hours later. Here's the list of the most popular of those tweets for the month of April.

  1. RT @strngwys: If you’re in a bar this weekend and you see a first responder. Buy them a drink.
    Apr 19, 2013 at 03:53 PM
  2. RT @PeopleSoft_Info: Great article on Installing PeopleSoft 9.2 pre-build virtual machine, from Hakan Biroglu
    Apr 25, 2013 at 01:25 PM
  3. Technical Article: On the Integrity of Data | @LucasJellema
    Apr 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM
  4. RT @InformIT: @bcs The Chartered Institute for IT - 10/10 review for #Software Architecture in Practice: "..a good end-to-end read.."
    Apr 12, 2013 at 08:12 AM
  5. RT @fteter: Here is that info on Oracle Advanced Compression and #EBS. #C13Den
    Apr 08, 2013 at 09:34 AM
  6. Article Series: Industrial #SOA by @soacommunity @tbmaier @HajoNormann @dschmied @gschmutz @t_winterberg et al
    Apr 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM
  7. RT @mRainey: . @markrittman's #OBIEE11g Developer's Guide available at #C13DEN.
    Apr 08, 2013 at 09:33 AM
  8. #OBIEE, #ODI and #Hadoop Part 1: So What Is Hadoop, MapReduce and Hive? | @MarkRittman
    Apr 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  9. RT @rluttikhuizen: VENNSTER Blog | Oracle User Group Norway 2013, Part 2 | @soacommunity #ougn2013 #ougn
    May 02, 2013 at 11:03 AM
  10. RT @java: JavaOne SF CFP ends today. Submit now!
    Apr 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Tuesday May 07, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for April 28 - May 4, 2013

Last week was significant for the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page in the the page hit yet another milestone, topping 2,100 followers. At the end of June 2012 that number was just under 600, so a big, big thank you to those who continue to make that page a success.

Here's the list of the Top 10 most popular items shared on that page for the week of April 28 - May 4, 2013.

  1. Java EE 7 and JAX-RS 2.0 | Adam Bien
    Java Champion Adam Bien's article describes how features in Java EE7 "further simplify development and lead to the creation of even more-sophisticated, but lean, Java SE/EE RESTful applications."
  2. Webinar: ADF Master Class and ADF Blog Q&A | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis is one of the most prolific bloggers on Oracle ADF. So his many followers should be happy to learn that he is organizing his own ADF Master Class webinar. Click the link to get the details.
  3. SOA Development and Delivery | Mark Nelson
    "We stand of the verge of a point of inflection in our industry where we will see SOA development and delivery become industrialized," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Mark Nelson. Read his post to learn why that's an important step in SOA's evolution.
  4. ADF DVT Speed Date: Meeting the Pie Graph | Diana Veerman
    Diana Veerman shares the first of a series of posts based on content from the recent ADV DVT Speed Date organized by AMIS Technologies, during which a group of ADF specialists discussed various Data Visualization Components from the DVT library.
  5. Tutorial: Oracle Cloud: Getting Started for Database Developers
    This free series of video tutorials from Oracle Learning Library will show you how to create a Database Cloud Service in the Oracle Cloud and how to request and activate a free Oracle Cloud trial account.
  6. Integrating ADF Mobile with Oracle WebCenter | Bex Huff
    Oracle ACE Director and WebCenter specialist Bex Huff shares the slide deck from his presentation at Collaborate 13.
  7. An Oracle Designer Feature: Generating Table APIs with Oracle SQL Developer | Jeff Smith
    That Jeff Smith responds to a frequently asked question "from Oracle Designer customers who are starting to use Oracle SQL Developer and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler."
  8. Oracle User Group Norway 2013 | Lonneke Dikmans
    Oracle ACE Directors Lonneke Dikmans and Ronald van Luttikhuizen participated in the recent Oracle User Group Norway Conference, much of which is conducted on a boat. Lonneke's post offers an overview of the event, and includes three slide decks from the event.
  9. OBIEE, ODI and Hadoop Part 4: Hive Data Transformation & Integration via ODI 11g | Mark Rittman
    The fourth article in Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's series looks at "how ODI can go beyond simple loading from file into Hive tables and start to do some of the data transformation, and integration tasks that we regularly perform with more traditional data sources and targets."
  10. Offline Oracle Service Bus Configuration export | Edwin Biemond
    Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond shows you how you can "make OSB export sbconfig jar based on 1 or more OSB projects or even with more then one OSB Configuration projects."



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