Monday Jun 11, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 20 for June 3-9, 2012

The top twenty most popular links as shared via my social networks for the week of June 3-9, 2012.

  1. SOA Analysis within the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) 2.0 – Part II | Dawit Lessanu
  2. Driving from Business Architecture to Business Process Services | H. V. Ganesarethinam
  3. Book Review: Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Foundation Pack 11gR1: Essentials | Rajesh Raheja
  4. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c: Enterprise Controller High Availability (EC HA)| Anand Akela
  5. Integrating OBIEE 11g into Weblogic’s SAML SSO | Andre Correa
  6. Introducing Decision Tables in the SOA Suite 11g Business Rule component | Lucas Jellema
  7. EJB 3.1: Stateless Session Bean Deployed as .war, Dependency Injection, Asynchronous Methods | Frank Munz
  8. Educause Top-Ten IT Issues - the most change in a decade or more | Cole Clark
  9. Oracle VM RAC template - what it took | Wim Coekaerts
  10. WebCenter Content shared folders for clustering | Kyle Hatlestad
  11. CRUD Use Case Implementation and ADF Query Search | @AndrejusB
  12. Introducing Oracle Cloud | Larry Ellison
  13. Exalogic Webcast Series: Rethink Your Business Application Deployment Strategy
  14. BI Architecture Master Class for Partners - Oracle Architecture Unplugged
  15. Creating an Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 2.3 Application | Mark Rittman
  16. Eclipse DemoCamp - June 2012 - Redwood Shores, CA
  17. Oracle Cloud offering - What makes it unique? | Tom Laszewski
  18. Virtualization at Oracle - Six Part Series
  19. The right way to transform your business via the cloud | David Linthicum
  20. Protecting a WebCenter app with OAM 11g | Chris Johnson

Thought for the Day

"Programming without an overall architecture or design in mind is like exploring a cave with only a flashlight: You don't know where you've been, you don't know where you're going, and you don't know quite where you are."

Danny Thorpe

Source: softwarequotes.com

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Architecture: Bringing Value to the Table

A recent TechTarget article features an interview with Business Architecture expert William Ulrich (Take a business-driven approach to application modernization ). In that article Ulrich offers this advice:

"Moving from one technical architecture might be perfectly viable on a project by project basis, but when you're looking at the big picture and you want to really understand how to drive business value so that the business is pushing money into IT instead of IT pulling money back, you have to understand the business architecture. When we do that we're going to really be able to start bringing value to the table."

In many respects that big picture view is what software architecture is all about. As an architect, your technical skills must be top-notch. But if you don't apply that technical knowledge within the larger context of moving the business forward, what are you accomplishing?

If you're interested in more insight from William Ulrich, you can listen to the ArchBeat Podcast interview he did last year, in which he and co-author Neal McWhorter talked about their book, Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation.

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