Monday Dec 23, 2013

Oh, that kind of Identity Management! Two New Articles

If you think the term "Identity Management" refers to something a celebrity hires a public relations firm to do after showing up for an interview with a gallon of bourbon and no pants, it is unlikely that you'll have any interest in two new articles now available on OTN.

But if your responsibilities include working with Oracle Identity Manager in order to control who goes where and does what with enterprise systems, these articles just might help you avoid your own embarrassing situation.

Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Reconciliation Events Processing
by Firdaus Fraz
Firdaus Fraz is Principal Solutions Architect with the Oracle Fusion Middleware Identity Management A-Team. Her latest OTN article she explores that available options and the associated limitations for reconciliation and the sequencing of reconciliation events in Oracle Identity Manager.

Programmatic Identity Assertion with Oracle Platform Security Services
by Shailesh K. Mishra
This short article from a member of the Oracle Identity Manager team shows how programmatic identity assertion can be performed using OPSS APIs in cases where code must run under the security context of a runtime identity.

Looking for more articles on Identity and Security? Click here!

Friday Dec 20, 2013

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - December 13-19, 2013

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days (December 13-19, 2013).

  1. Podcast: Oracle SOA B2B Integration - Part 3
    EDI remains in wide use among old-guard companies, but newer companies are embracing ebXML and other alternatives. Listen to the final segment in this series as panelists Krishnaprem Bhatia, Alan Perlovsky, and Scott Haaland discuss the future of SOA B2B integration.
  2. How To Use BI Publisher Web Services To Return Report Data From Fusion Applications
    What can you do in four minutes? If you watch this video you'll learn how to run Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher reports via web services. Not a bad use of your time, eh?
  3. Shared Services Stupid Trick No. 2 | Cameron Lackpour
    Continuing his series of Shared Services Stupid Tricks, Oracle ACE Director Cameron Lackpour asks, "Can I marry up the parent child list to directly assigned security?" and then answers his own question. Don't worry, he's not talking to himself - he's talking to you.
  4. Tailoring the Tailoring Through Listening: Simplified UI Outreach | Ultan O'Broin
    Work with ADF? Interested in UX? You'll want to read Ultan O'Broin's post on the proceedings of the pilot workshop "to test drive the enablement guidance for the tailoring of the Simplified User Interfaces (UIs) for our cloud applications in forthcoming releases. "
  5. RESTful GlassFish Monitoring and Management | Adam Bien
    Java Champion Adam Bien shows you how to exploit the built-in monitoring and management capabilities of GlassFish to automate application deployment and gain insight into application performance.
  6. ArchBeat YouTube Top 10 Videos: Middleware Mind Meld
    Watching any of the shows in TV Guide's Top 10, you might pick up a few tips on dancing, singing, international espionage, crime scene investigation, dating, or dealing with supernatural demons. But you won't learn anything about middleware. For that, check out this top ten list of videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel.
  7. Time to update your APEX development environment | Dimitri Gielis
    "In the last days (and weeks) Oracle has been updating many of the tools a typical APEX Developer uses day-in-day-out," says Oracle ACE Director Dimitri Gielis. His post lists the tools and server-side components you need to upgrade.
  8. Oracle BPM 11g Production Readiness Checklist | Mark Foster
    Working with his colleagues on the BPM A-Team, Mark Foster has assembled this "concise list of points that should be at least visited prior to moving into production with Oracle BPM 11g."
  9. Using Scenario-Based Architecture Analysis to Inform Code Quality Measures | Robert Nord and Ipek Oz
    A myopic focus on software delivery can result in degraded quality and serious down-range architectural complications. This SEI blog post by Robert Nord and Ipek Ozkaya describes "a first step towards an approach we developed that aims to use qualitative architectural measures to better inform quantitative code quality metrics."
  10. Process of Process Management | Ajay Khanna
    "BPM is not just system integration or one time automation of manual process. It is about continuous improvement," says Ajay Khanna. "Unless there is a right design and methodology in place, we are essentially creating a new monolithic application that is as rigid as existing systems." Read the rest of his informative post.

Thought for the Day

"I think most people don't react well to being screamed at. It's counterproductive."

Dick Wolf, television producer
(Born December 20, 1946)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

The Talking Cure for Dysfunctional SOA

One of the SOA challenges mentioned in the recent OTN ArchBeat Podcast Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World is the persistent lack of communication among SOA stakeholders at some organizations.

How bad is it? Last week, during an interview for an upcoming podcast, Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam, a consultant specializing in Oracle Fusion Middleware, told me that he has been in meetings on customer sites, "where we've sat in a room with some of the DBAs and middleware admins and network people, and they've hardly spoken to each other before. It's like 'Didn't I see you at last year's Christmas party?'"

Yeah, it can be that bad. So what can be done when SOA stakeholders behave like members of the US Congress?

In his contribution to Capgemini's TechnoVision 2014 series of blog posts, social media expert Rick Mans discusses enterprise social networks as a means of connecting all manner of information workers. Mans says:

"Since work has changed over the years, don’t make the mistake to transition work and processes one on one over to the enterprise social network. Take a step back, focus on what the outcome should be and then redesign your process with social in the center and the enterprise social network as an enabler. Otherwise you end up with a sub-optimal solution: the situation of 19th centuries processes run in a 21st century environment, that is just waiting for things to break down."

So can enterprise social networks help dysfunctional organizations do a better job at SOA? Maybe. They will at least open channels between stakeholders, a necessary first step in getting everyone pointed in the right direction so that SOA can progress. But as Mans' post suggests, social networks won't make a huge difference if  SOA stakeholder behavior doesn't change.


Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Congratulations to New Oracle ACE Luis Augusto Weir

This month SOA and Oracle Fusion Middleware specialist Luis Augusto Weir was awarded Oracle ACE status for his considerable technical expertise and his efforts to share that expertise with the community through his writing and speaking engagements.

Luis is the co-author, along with Andrew Bell, of Oracle SOA Governance 11g Implementation (2013, Packt Publishing). You can get inside Luis's head just a bit thanks to this video interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

You can connect with Luis through the following channels:
Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE

Learn more about the Oracle ACE program.

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top Tweets for the Week (Dec 10-16)

The Top 10 tweets from @OTNArchBeat for the last seven days (December 10-16-2013).

  1. RT @mreinhold: JDK 9 forests open: http://t.co/8w2emSA43o #jdk9 #java9 #makeTheFutureJava
    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM
  2. RT @Parleys: Presentation of the day: Diagnosing Your Application on the JVM by @stalar @JavaOneConf. #JVM #oracle #tools
    Dec 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM
  3. ArchBeat YouTube Top 10 Videos: Middleware Mind Meld #soa #weblogic #coherence
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM
  4. On Demand Webcast: Introducing Oracle 12c for Data Integration #ODI #goldengate #OWB
    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM
  5. #BPM Process Instances – Faults, Rollback and Recovery – Part 4 | Mark Foster
    Dec 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM
  6. RT @odtug: In case you missed it... #Kscope14 SPEAKERS CHOSEN! CONTENT COMING SOON!
    Dec 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM
  7. #ADF 12c: Adaptive applications through reusable bindings using 12c Dynamic components | Jonathan Damen
    Dec 16, 2013 at 09:48 AM
  8. Webcast: Top 5 Reasons #OracleVM is Best for Oracle Database w/ @fcomunoz Dec 17 (registration required)
    Dec 12, 2013 at 03:05 PM
  9. Insight and Expertise from the Event that Never Happened >> Video interviews with SOA experts
    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM
  10. Event-Driven #SOA >> latest article in the Industrial SOA series by @soacommunity @gschmutz et al
    Dec 12, 2013 at 08:19 AM
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