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)


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: #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

Monday Dec 16, 2013

ArchBeat YouTube Top 10 Videos - Middleware Mind Meld

What are you looking at?

The OTN ArchBeat YouTube Channel regularly features interviews with community leaders and experts in a variety of Oracle technologies.

Here are the Top 10 most viewed videos on the for the last 30 days.

  1. Oracle Coherence Community on
    Brian Oliver (Senior Principal Solutions Architect, Oracle Coherence) and Randy Stafford (Architect At-Large, Oracle Coherence Product Development) discuss the evolution of the Oracle Coherence Community on and how developers can actively participate in product development through Coherence Community open projects.
  2. Scenes from Oracle WebLogic Hackathon at UKOUG 2013
    SOA/Middleware experts Simon Haslam (Veriton LTD, Oracle ACE Director) and Peter Lorenzen (CGI) kick off the Oracle WebLogic Hackathon at UKOUG Tech 13.
  3. UKOUG Tech 13 Oracle WebLogic Hackathon Organizers
    A conversation with Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster, Oracle ACE Director), Simon Haslam (Vertion LTD, Oracle ACE Director) and Peter Lorenzen, CGI), the organizers of the Oracle WebLogic Hackathon at UKOUG Tech 13.
  4. UKOUG Oracle WebLogic Hackathon Winners
    A conversation with Santanu Roy (CGI), Akash Jungare (Imperial College London), and Phillipe Schweitzer, members of the team that won the Oracle WebLogic Hackathon held as part of Super Sunday at UKOUG Tech 13, December 1-4, 2013 in Manchester, UK.
  5. Cloud Service Brokers
    SOA experts Jurgen Kress and Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco talk about Cloud Service Brokers, the topic they would have discussed during their presentation at the SOA, Cloud, and Service Technology Symposium in Mexico City had that event not been cancelled.
  6. Lonneke Dikmans: Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Data Appliance
    Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans, managing partner at Vennster, discusses the advantages of running Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Data Appliance, the focus of O-Box Products, a collaborative venture involving several other Oracle ACE Directors.
  7. Matt Brasier: Oracle SOA Suite Performance Tuning
    C2B2 consultant Matt Brasier, co author of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook (2013, Packt Publishing) discusses performance tuning challenges and best practices.
  8. Andre Boaventura: Achieving Greater Responsiveness with BPM
    Andre Boaventura, an Oracle senior product manager focused on Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation products (which include Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence) offers a preview of "Achieving Greater Responsiveness with BPM," the session he was scheduled to present at the canceled SOA, Cloud, and Service Technology Symposium in Mexico City..
  9. Joe Huang: Oracle ADF Mobile Update
    Oracle ADF Mobile product manager Joe Huang shares the latest product news and previews his presentation "Hybrid Mobile Development with Java and HTML 5 for iOS and Android," part of the Solution Track at QCon San Francisco 2013.
  10. Ronald van Luttikhuizen: Oracle Fusion Middleware POC
    Oracle ACE Director Ronald van Luttikhuizen shares the details on a Fusion Middleware project involving Oracle Service Bus and Oracle WebLogic Server in this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Friday Dec 13, 2013

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - December 6-12, 2013

The Top 10 most popular links shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page over the last seven days.

  1. Eclipse Day At Googleplex 2013/Session Abstracts - Eclipsepedia
    The agenda for Eclipse Day At Googleplex 2013 includes "Practicing Continuous Delivery using Eclipse Hudson," by Oracle architect and Eclipse Hudson CI server lead Winston Prakash, PhD.
  2. Webcast: Top 5 Reasons Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database | Francisco Munoz Alvarez
    In this webcast, Oracle ACE Director Francisco Munoz Alvarez, Oracle Professional Services Manager for Revera Limited, shares his performance benchmark findings highlighting key reasons why Oracle VM is the best virtualization technology for Oracle Databases. Tuesday December 17, 10am PT / 1pm ET (Registration required)
  3. Going Mobile with ADF: Programmatically Invoking SOAP Web Services with Complex Types | Steven Davelaar
    Steven Davelaar's article, the 5th in the "Going Mobile with ADF" series, "illustrates how to handle in Java the complex type that might be returned by the web service, as well as how to set up the complex types that might be needed as a parameter for a web service call."
  4. ADF Development Survival Kit - Essentials for ADF Developer | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Take advantage of this handy technical post based on information from a UKOUG Tech 13 presentation by Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis.
  5. UKOUG Tech13 WebLogic Hackathon - the networking behind the scenes | Simon Haslam
    Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam's blog post pulls together a lot of information, photos, and videos to tell the story of the UKOUG Super Sunday Oracle WebLogic Hackathon.
  6. Book Raffle: 3 Free Copies of WebLogic 12c Distinctive Recipes | Frank Munz
    Oracle ACE Director Frank Munz puts on his Santa Claus outfit and shares details on how you can score a free copy of his latest book.
  7. Project Avatar - What's in it for Java EE 8? | Markus Eisele
    Why should you participate in Oracle's Java community survey? Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele makes the case, and then offers details on Project Avatar, which provides "a JavaScript services layer zeroed in on supporting REST, WebSockets and Server-Sent Events."
  8. Video: Adaptive Case Management: Delivering Right Customer Experience | Ajay Khanna
    This BPM-CON video introduces Adaptive Case Management (ACM) and describes how Oracle BPM Adaptive Case Management "empowers knowledge workers to progress through unstructured and unpredictable processes to meet the needs of the current situation, or case."
  9. BPM Process Instances – Faults, Rollback and Recovery – Part 4 | Mark Foster
    Oracle A-Team solution architect Mark Foster closes out his 4-part series on how the BPM engine functions when faults occur.
  10. ADF Mobile - URL Schemes | Chris Muir
    Watch this ADF Insider Essentials video featuring Chris Muir to understand URL Schemes and how use them to call other apps -- and how to register your own app's custom URL Scheme so it can be called by other apps.

Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Insight and Expertise from the Event that Never Happened

If you were unable to travel to Mexico City last week for the 6th Annual SOA, Cloud, and Service Technology Symposium, don't sweat it. The event never happened, having been canceled thanks to some logistical snafu that, it should be pointed out, had absolutely nothing to do with Thomas Erl's organization, which has successfully put on the event for the past five years in various locations in Europe.

In the lead up to the event that never happened I conducted video interviews four members of the OTN community who were scheduled to present at the symposium. The videos offer a preview of the sessions these individuals were going to present, as well as some background on their work.

So while they never got the chance to present at the 2013 Symposium, you can still get some insight into the topics and technologies they would have discussed by watching these three videos -- all from the comfort of your laptop.

SOA experts Jurgen Kress and Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco discuss Cloud Service Brokers and talk about the Oracle EMEA Partner Community for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Andre Boaventura, an Oracle senior product manager focused on Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation products (which include Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Coherence) discusses how to achieve greater responsiveness with BPM.

C2B2 consultant Matt Brasier, co author of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook (2013, Packt Publishing) discusses performance tuning challenges and best practices. (This interview was scheduled before Matt was to appear at the SOA, Cloud, and Service, Technology Symposium, but that event was canceled before the interview, so Matt does not mention it when he talks about upcoming speaking engagements.)

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 Tweets #Cloud #Devoxx #UKOUG #IoT #SOA #BPM

The Top 10 tweets from @OTNArchBeat for the last seven days.

  1. Software Architecture and Tools for Public Clouds at the European Patent Office | @FrankMunz
    Dec 05, 2013 at 11:03 AM
  2. RT @Oracle: Oracle celebrates cool user group programs - @Devoxx4Kids and @IOUG Exadata SIG
    Dec 04, 2013 at 12:29 PM
  3. RT @mcox_IT: I get more out of 3 days at #ukoug_tech13 than I'd get from a months worth of costly training, roll on next December
    Dec 04, 2013 at 03:18 PM
  4. Oracle’s Internet of Things Platform >> articles, video, podcasts, and more on #IoT #M2M #JavaEmbedded #BigData
    Dec 05, 2013 at 11:52 AM
  5. RT @Luisw19: 9 tips for organizational maturity in SOA @soacommunity @OTNArchBeat @hcltech #SOA
    Dec 03, 2013 at 08:56 AM
  6. #BPM Process Instances: Faults, Rollback and Recovery – Part 1 | Mark Foster #bpmsuite
    Dec 05, 2013 at 10:56 AM
  7. Integrating With Fusion Application Using Services (PLSQL: UTL_HTTP) | @fadevrel #SOAP
    Dec 05, 2013 at 11:21 AM
  8. Setting up a Maven Repository Manager with Artifactory | @markxnelson
    Dec 04, 2013 at 11:32 AM
  9. The Next Big Wave: Explore mobile frontiers with Oracle #ADF #Mobile | @fnimphiu #JDeveloper
    Dec 04, 2013 at 08:12 AM
  10. RT @oracleace: I posted 13 photos on Facebook in the album "DOAG and BGOUG 2013"
    Dec 04, 2013 at 03:18 PM

Thought for the Day

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc."

Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and writer, "often described as the world's first computer programmer."
(December 10, 1815 – November 27, 1852),


Monday Dec 09, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 9, 2013

Thought for the Day

"Just because something has always been done in a certain way is never a sufficient reason for continuing to do it that way. Quite the contrary."

Clarence Birdseye, American inventor, entrepreneur, and naturalist
(December 9, 1886 – October 7, 1956)





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