Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

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.

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 19, 2013

Thought for the Day

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States
(November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Sep 05, 2013

Thanks, Listeners! OTN ArchBeat Podcast is #1!

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast has been around since March of 2009, featuring conversations with members of the OTN architect community. Since that launch the podcast has produced 229 individual programs. While the podcast has generally fared well among the 25 Oracle podcasts, over the last year or so the audience has built to the point that in August 2013 the podcast hit a new and remarkable milestone. I'm very happy to announce that for the month of August the OTN ArchBeat Podcast was the most downloaded of all Oracle podcasts. Here are the top 10 Oracle podcasts for August, based on the aggregate number of downloads.

  1. OTN ArchBeat Podcast
  2. Oracle Database PodCasts
  3. Oracle's AppCasts
  4. Oracle Fusion Middleware Podcasts
  5. Oracle Magazine Podcast
  6. Oracle Technology Network TechCasts
  7. Oracle Author Podcasts
  8. Oracle Sun Servers and Storage Podcasts
  9. Meet The MySQL Experts

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast would not be possible without the cooperation, insight, and expertise of a small army of panelists who have participated in the conversations over the past four years. Panels for the various discussions almost always include members of the Oracle ACE program, along with subject matter experts from within Oracle, and the occasional outside expert. Compiling a complete list of all the panelists would take more time than I have, but their participation has driven the conversations, and those conversations have driven the success of the podcast. For that I am enormously grateful.

But of course all that effort and expertise would go to waste if no one was listening. So I am especially grateful for the people who download the programs. Thanks for listening. I hope you will continue to do so.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for July 12, 2013

Thought for the Day

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."

Henry David Thoreau
(July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

Source: brainyquote.com

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