Friday Jan 31, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - January 124-30, 2014

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days.

  1. WildFly 8 vs. GlassFish 4: Which Application Server to Choose | Markus Eisele
    Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele shares his insight and expertise in this comparison of two popular OSS application servers.
  2. The Question Lingers: Who Gets to Be an Architect?
    Does someone become an IT architect simply by the assignment of a title? Who decides? Who defines that role? Listen to this podcast from the OTN ArchBeat archive as four working IT architects debate those questions and more.
  3. Multi-Data Center Implemenation in Oracle Access Manager | Vinay Kalra
    Multi-Data Center (MDC) topology is now supported in Oracle Access Manager (OAM) 11g. Vinay Kalra's blog post discusses some of the features of MDC and provides detailed steps on cloning a secondary data center.
  4. WLST script for listing WebLogic Server memory usage | Peter Lorenzen
    Peter Lorenzen shares "a short script for listing Java heap usage for all WebLogic Servers in a domain."
  5. How-to: Create a Simple Hadoop Cluster with VirtualBox | Christian Javet
    Christian Javet's step-by-step tutorial shows you how to created a 4-node cluster using VirtualBox and Cloudera.
  6. Automated Regression Testing for OBIEE | Robin Moffatt
    In the second installment of his series Robin Moffatt explores automation approaches that "focus on regression testing the impact that changes to the RPD have on the data."
  7. Oracle Identity Management monitoring check-list | Daniel Gralewski
    Oracle A-Team solution architect Daniel Gralewski looks at various aspects of Oracle Identity Management and WebLogic monitoring.
  8. The Architect as Salesperson
    Like it or not, effective software architects share characteristics one finds in successful salespeople. Does that comparison make you feel just a bit uncomfortable?
  9. A short guide to networking in Virtual Box with Oracle Linux inside | Job Oprel
    Job Oprel shares an illustrated tutorial based on challenges and annoyances he encountered while setting up an environment with several Virtual Boxes on his laptop.
  10. AMStatistics - Adding Custom Statistics to ADF BC | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Check out this post by Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis for his description of a use case for the tracking activation timestamp for the ADF BC Application Module.

Thought for the Day

"In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent."

Norman Mailer, writer
(January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Jan 30, 2014

Podcast: Taking Charge: Meeting SOA Governance Challenges

Truly successful service oriented architecture involves a lot more than having a portfolio of services. The development and use of those services and other software assets within the SOA architecture must be guided by specific principles to insure that when, where, and how those services and other assets are used drives the organization toward its goals. That guidance is what SOA Governance is all about.

This four-part OTN ArchBeat Podcast series gives you a seat at a roundtable discussion with four experts on the current state in the evolution of SOA Governance: what old problems persist, what new problems have presented themselves, and what can be done to implement an efficient and effective SOA governance program.

The Panelists

(Listed alphabetically)
  • Mark Dutra,Senior Principal Product Manager for API Management, Oracle
    LinkedIn
  • Manuel Rosa,SOA Governance Practice Leader, Link Consulting
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
  • André Sampaio,Enterprise Architect, Senior Consultant, Link Consulting
    Blog LinkedIn
  • Luis Weir, Senior Oracle Solution Director, HCL AXON
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: What are we talking about when we talk about SOA Governance? What are the key components and objectives?
  • Listen to Part 2: Some things never change. Exploring the most persistent SOA Governance challenges.
  • Listen to Part 3: The most common SOA Governance mistakes and why organizations make them.
  • Listen to Part 4: Cloud, mobile, IoT - what new challenges face SOA Governance in the rapid evolution of enterprise IT?

Additional Resources

  • Oracle SOA Governance 11g Implementation [2013, Packt Publishing]
    by Luis Weir and Andrew Bell
    Define the key goals and objectives for SOA governance, assess the current SOA maturity level within your organization, and understand the key challenges faced by organizations prior to implementing SOA governance.
  • SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture [December 2013]
    by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio
    This article presents a strategy for increasing the visibility and viability of SOA governance as part of a global enterprise architecture.

Be an ArchBeat Podcast Guest Producer

Want to be a guest producer for an OTN ArchBeat podcast? Put your topic and panelist suggestions in a comment on this post, or contact me at @OTNArchBeat.

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Video: The Independent Voice Behind OTech Magazine

Oracle ACE Douwe Pieter van den Bos is a SOA/Fusion Middleware specialist and an information architect at the Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands. And as if that doesn't keep him busy enough he's also the founder and editor-in-chief of OTech Magazine, a free, independent online publication for Oracle professionals featuring technical articles written by Oracle community leaders and subject matter experts.

In this OTN ArchBeat video interview Douwe talks about the rationale behind OTech's creation, the magazine's editorial schedule, and how you can contribute articles.

Connect with Douwe: Twitter Blog LinkedIn Google+

Watch more OTN ArchBeat videos

Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

The Question Lingers: Who Gets to Be an Architect?

Yesterday a post on this blog (see The Architect as Salesperson) was the catalyst for the following Twitter conversation:

That conversation with @ChadThompson echoed comments I've heard time and again over the last several years in conversations with architects and other IT professionals. In fact, the very issue Chad raises in the last tweet came up in a conversation that occurred in the spring of 2011 when a panel of working IT architects gathered for an OTN ArchBeat podcast to answer the question: Who Gets to Be an Architect?.

That discussion included the following architects:

  • Ron Batra Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Bex Huff Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Randy Stafford Blog LinkedIn
  • Eric Stephens Twitter Blog LinkedIn

While the discussion in the podcast series is two years old, the issues raised are no less valid today, a situation that is unlikely to change any time soon. If you're an architect, or aspire to be one, take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 Tweets - January 21-27, 2014

Top clicks among my picks...

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

  1. Your #SOA Governance Homework for the Week >> Interview with @Luisw19, article by @manuelrosa et al
    Jan 22, 2014 at 01:18 PM
  2. RT @javanetbuzz: Featured On #JavaNet: @robilad: Food For Tests: JDK 7u60 Build b03 & JDK 8 Build b124
    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM
  3. The OTNArchBeat Daily is out! Stories via @TanelPoder @jonmead @oracle_em
    Jan 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM
  4. RT @CameronLackpour: 4th post on #orclepm Shared Services, Planning #StupidTrick #SQL query -- bringing it all together
    Jan 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM
  5. Oracle #SOA Human Workflow Metadata Test2Production Migration | Venugopal Mangipudi
    Jan 23, 2014 at 08:53 AM
  6. R U comfortable with the idea that effective IT architects have to be effective salespeople?
    Jan 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM
  7. Podcast: Finding a Shorter Path to #SOA - Parts 1,2,3 w/ @lonnekedikmans @simon_haslam @rluttikhuizen
    Jan 23, 2014 at 07:53 AM
  8. RT @martindsouza: That’s one good looking Board! #odtug
    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM
  9. Did you forget your #WebLogic Server password? No problem! | Mohammad Esad-Djou
    Jan 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
  10. Working with OSTS in an architecture involving #WebLogic and #OSB | Ronaldo Fernandes
    Jan 22, 2014 at 09:49 AM

Thought for the Day

"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition."

Arthur Rubinstein, classical pianist
(January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982)

Source: brainyquote.com

Monday Jan 27, 2014

The Architect as Salesperson

In an interview with InfoQ's Amr Elssamadisy, education consultant and Culture Engine founder Steve Peha offers this comment about the failure of a large software development project he headed:

We were so focused on tools and practice and process and methods, that we forgot about the people, we forgot about the culture.

Peha goes on to explain that the project's stakeholders were quick to assume that nothing could be done to overcome the cultural issues that threatened the project's success. Those attitudes were the catalyst that drove Peha to shift his professional focus from software development to organizational culture and the multiple agreements between project stakeholders that are the foundation of the success of any project, software or otherwise.

And in that there's an obvious lesson for software architects. The success of software architecture at any level relies on cooperation and collaboration across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The architect's ability to nurture agreement between stakeholders is essential. Like it or not that means that effective architects share characteristics one finds in successful salespeople.

Does that comparison make you feel just a bit uncomfortable? That's something you'll have to confront. A wealth of technical skill will only get you so far as an architect if you lack the powers of communication and persuasion necessary to get stakeholders to see things from the proper perspective and work together toward shared goals.

You'll find the complete InfoQ interview with Steve Peha here: Steve Peha on Agreements-Based Culture.

Friday Jan 24, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - January 17-22, 2014

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days.

  1. Photos from the OTN Lounge
    A dozen photos of people engaged in various activities in the OTN Lounge at OOW13. I meant to upload them right after OpenWorld, before they wandered into some dark corner of my hard drive, only to be found last week. Better late than never...
  2. Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving WebLogic and OSB | Ronaldo Fernandes
    Ronaldo Fernandes slaved for hours risking carpal tunnel damage to write this step by step guide to creating a single sign-on between Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus using Oracle Security Token Service (OSTS) to generate SAML tokens.
  3. Work for Oracle: Course/Curriculum Developer/Trainer
    Work for Oracle! A position is open for a Course/Curriculum Developer/Trainer, to develop customer / partner / internal training for the Fusion Middleware, Java Platform, Database, and Enterprise Management products. Redwood City, CA. Click the link for more information.
  4. Critical Patch Update for Oracle Fusion Middleware - CPU January 2014 | Daniel Mortimer
    Daniel Mortimer shares links and other resources relevant to the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2014.
  5. Using OUD as a WebLogic Authentication Provider | Sylvain Duloutre
    Oracle Directory Integration Team software architect Sylvain Duloutre discusses the technical details behind the use of Oracle Unified Directory as an external authentication provider for Oracle WebLogic.
  6. Your SOA Governance Homework for the Week
    Your homework for the week: watch two video interviews with SOA Governance experts, read a book by one of those experts, read an OTN technical article by two other SOA Governance experts, all in preparation for an upcoming OTN ArchBeat Podcast on, that's right, SOA Governance. You'll find links to all of those resources in this blog post.
  7. OBIEE 11.1.1.7, Cloudera Hadoop & Hive/Impala Part 2: Load Data into Hive Tables, Analyze using Hive
    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman continues his series with a post that focuses on using a tool called Hue "to upload some flight delays stats from OBIEE’s SampleApp / Exalytics demos, create Hive tables over those files and then analyse them first using Hive, and then using Cloudera Impala."
  8. Large enterprises purposely build walls between developers and operators | Joe McKendrick
    "DevOps encourages informal, spontaneous and collaborative connections between developers and computer operators," says ZDNet columnist Joe McKendrick. "Everything that large organizations seek to reduce."
  9. Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download | Mike Hallett
    Want to download Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 as a self-contained VM appliance? Read Mike Hallet's blog post for the details.
  10. Successful BI Apps Implementation Part 2: BI Apps 7.9.6 | Michael Stanhope
    Part 1 of Michael Stanhope's series gave you an introduction to Oracle Business Intelligence Apps and the project lifecycle. In part2 Stanhope takes a deep technical dive into BI Apps 7.9.6.

Thought for the Day

"It's pointless to have a nice clean desk, because it means you're not doing anything."

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist
(born January 24, 1947)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Hot Topics for the OTN Article You're Going to Write

The technical articles you read on OTN don't just appear out of thin air. They're the result of time and effort invested by subject matter experts across the community. Are you such an expert?

If you're interested in writing for OTN you'll find some general editorial guidelines here: How To Get Published by Oracle Technology Network.

As OTN's architect community manager my editorial focus is primarily on content covering any of the products or technologies under the Oracle Fusion Middleware umbrella. I'm looking for well-written articles that share specific technical how-to information, the kind of stuff that helps people solve problems. If you have an idea for an article, you can send me either a short abstract, or a completed article. All submissions are subject to editorial and technical reviews. If your article passes muster you will be eligible for a stipend.

If you're interested in writing for OTN and want to gain an edge in that effort, here's the first of a series of lists of suggested article topics I'll post in this blog.

WebLogic Specific Features and Open Standards Compliance

  • The best Java EE 6 support on WebLogic 12.1.2
  • What's ahead on WebLogic 12.1.3 for key Java EE 7 APIs
  • WebLogic WebSocket 1.0 (12.1.2)
  • WebSocket (JSR 356) 1.0 (12.1.3)
  • Supporting WebSockets from WebLogic-specific to JSR 356
  • Rich JSF components with ADF Essentials on WebLogic 12c
  • How to move WebLogic applications from On Premise to the Cloud?
  • Scaling WebLogic WebSocket Applications
  • TopLink Data Services - Consistent REST for your Data Model
  • Advanced JMS on WebLogic - UOO, OUW, SaF
  • Performing Efficient Broadcasts with the WebSocket API
  • Using Virtualized Database 12c with WebLogic Server 12c
  • Avoid Data Loss with Transaction Replay and WebLogic Server 12c
  • Using JAX-RS with WLS (for 12.1.3 this will be JAX-RS 2.0)
  • Using Jersey Client API with WLS (12.1.3)
  • New capabilities in JPA 2.1 (12.1.3)
  • Using the JSON-P API (12.1.3)
  • Dynamic Registration of Filters/Servlets
  • Using RichFaces/PrimeFaces with WLS (12.1.2)

If one of these topics inspires you to start pounding the keyboard, contact me via Twitter at @OTNArchBeat, or leave a comment on this post so we can discuss next steps.

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Your SOA Governance Homework for the Week

Starting next week the OTN ArchBeat Podcast will present a series of programs recorded during a virtual roundtable discussion featuring four experts on SOA Governance. That roundtable included Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio, co-authors of the article SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture (now available on OTN), and the gentlemen you see in the videos below.

Oracle ACE Luis Weir is senior Oracle solution director (EMEA & APAC) for HCL AXON and the co-author (along with Andrew Bell) of Oracle SOA Governance 11g Implementation

Mark Dutra is senior principal product manager for API Management at Oracle and a member of the Oracle Enterprise Repository product team.

So while you're waiting for part one of the podcast series (it'll be available one week from today), you can read Manuel and Andre's article, read Luis's book, and watch the interviews with Luis and Mark.

That should keep you busy.

Tuesday Jan 21, 2014

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 Tweets - January 14-20, 2014

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

  1. RT @java: Top Java Technical Articles of 2013 @oracleotn
    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM
  2. RT @brunoborges: I've found 95 JUGs on Twitter. Is your JUG on Twitter? Let me know. I'm planning to build something with this.
    Jan 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM
  3. Capturing Business Events for Playback through Oracle Event Processing Platform | @jricardoferreir
    Jan 20, 2014 at 09:30 AM
  4. Podcast: Finding a Shorter Path to #SOA - Part 2 w/ @lonnekedikmans @rluttikhuizen @simon_haslam
    Jan 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM
  5. Back Up a Thousand Databases using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c | @porushh #oem12c
    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM
  6. Non-functional Requirements in Architectural Decision Making | @david_ameller @softmodeling et al
    Jan 17, 2014 at 02:11 PM
  7. Part 2 of the #JavaEE8 Community Survey is now open! Be part of the future of Java. Take the survey!
    Jan 16, 2014 at 03:02 PM
  8. RT @oraclepartners: Partners, don't forget to enroll in Oracle's #TechDayinVienna on January 30! Learn more and register here: http://t.co/… Jan 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM
    Jan 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM
  9. Oracle CloudWorld San Francisco Developer Track - Jan 29 - Tips on working with #PaaS, #IaaS
    Jan 15, 2014 at 01:04 PM
  10. Your chance to experience the Oracle UX Expo – March 18 - AMIS, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
    Jan 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Thought for the Day

"Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect."

Benny Hill, comedian, actor
(January 21, 1924 – April 20, 1992))

Source: brainyquote.com

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