Normally I post 20-25 items per week on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page. But last week I was on vacation, hanging out on the patio with Sasha and Bo, my greyhounds. And then Monday through Wednesday this week I was out of the office for meetings with the OTN community management team. So for the period of July 31 through August 6, I posted only 9 items. So rather than being a Top 10 list, this is a list of the 9 items I posted, ranked by popularity.
Like the previous series, the latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast program was also recorded in a hotel room just around the corner from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco just a few weeks ago. The gathered experts, all members of the OTN architect community, agreed to participate in an informal roundtable discussion of what's happening in Service Oriented Architecture. As you'll hear, the conversation ranged from the maturity of Service Oriented Architecture technology and tools, to the the lingering and typically self-imposed problems that can prevent organizations from realizing the full potential of SOA, to what SOA means in the era of *aaS, mobile computing, and big data.
Hajo Normann, Torsten Winterberg, Ronald van Luttikhuizen, and Guido Schmutz (L-R)
Hajo Normann, Torsten Winterberg, Danilo Schmeidel, and Lonneke Dikmans (L-R)
Lonneke Dikmans, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
Ronald van Luttikuhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
Hajo Normann, SOA & BPM Lead for ASG at Accenture, Oracle ACE Director
Danilo Schmiedel, Solution Architect at Opitz Consulting
Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager for SOA/BPM and Architecture Board at Trivadis, Oracle ACE Director
Torsten Winterberg, Director of Strategy and Innnovation and head of SOA Competence Center at Opitz Consulting, Oracle ACE Director
Listen to Part 1: SOA technology and tools are mature, says this panel of experts, but why do some organizations still struggle to take full advantage of industrialized SOA?
Listen to Part 2: Human nature and a lack of trust among stakeholders can thwart successful SOA. Can a marketplace approach and social tools improve the situation?
Listen to Part 3: Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams?
Enterprises need to develop architectural approaches to the management of data. Meaning the development of repeatable processes to source, ingest, transform and store information. For years, IT managers simply bought more hardware and addressed data with on-off integration projects. Now it's time for enterprise architecture.
IoT is an important new phase in the evolution of enterprise IT. Challenging? You bet! But meeting any such challenge requires big, broad thinking and planning. In that context Enterprise Architecture has always been important. But as IoT gains traction and speed, enterprise architecture should be top of mind for all concerned.
On September 14, 2012 ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick published Why IT is a Profession in Flux, a short article in which he makes the observation that "IT professionals are under considerable pressure to deliver more value to the business, versus being good at coding and testing and deploying and integrating." I forwarded that article to my list of Usual Suspects (the nearly 40 people who have participated in the podcast over the last 3 years), along with a suggestion that I wanted to put together a panel discussion to further explore the issue. This podcast is the result.
As it happened, three of the people who responded to my query were in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld, as was I, so I seized the rare opportunity for a face to face conversation. The participants are all Oracle ACE Directors, as well as architects:
Ron Batra, Director of Cloud Computing at AT&T
Basheer Khan, Founder, President and CEO at Innowave Technology
Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster.
Listen to Part 1
Future-Proofing: As powerful forces reshape enterprise IT, your IT and software development skills may not be enough.
Listen to Part 2
Survival Strategy: Re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what’s truly valuable.
Listen to Part 3
Writing on the Wall: Do the technological trends that are shaping enterprise IT pose any threat to basic software development roles? What opportunities do these changes represent?
The entire conversation is also available in video format from the OTN YouTube Channel.
Your Two Cents
What are you doing to future-proof your IT career? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Progress 4GL and DB to Oracle and cloud | Tom Laszewski
"Getting from client/server based 4GLs and databases where the 4GL is tightly linked to the database to Oracle and the cloud is not easy," says cloud migration expert Tom Laszewski. "The least risky and expensive option...is to use the Progress OpenEdge DataServer for Oracle."
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Autoscaling | Frank Munz
"Autoscaling on AWS can only be configured with lengthy commands from the command line but not from the web cased AWS console," says Frank Munz. "Getting all the parameters right can be tricky." He demonstrates one easy example in this video.
Podcast: Development Debate - Part 2/3 blogs.oracle.com
The debate continues, with Jeff West (Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle), Arun Gupta (Java EE and GlassFish Evangelist, Oracle), Oracle ACE Director Cary Milsap (founder, president, and CEO, Method R Corporation), and Brian Jimerson (Chief Architect, Avantia, Inc.).
"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
— Harold Wilson
Standardized IT-platforms are essential for Business Agility | Douwe Pieter van den Bos www.ome-b.nl
"IT platforms should be pre-configured, pre-build and so on: as much prefab as possible," says Oracle ACE Douwe Pieter van den Bos. "This makes sure that we can use the platforms for whatever purpose we want. In that way we can easily scale up (and down) if we need to. And it doesn’t matter anymore where our applications are running."
Self-service architecture to avoid water-scrum-fall | Andrej Koelewijnwww.andrejkoelewijn.com
"The cloud is enabling smaller teams to do more," says Andrej Koelewijn. "IAAS enabled DevOps. Self-service infrastructure enables developers to take on operations. Developers can create and manage complete virtual-datacenters as required for their applications, without interacting with operations. This significantly increases productivity and speeds up time-to-market."
Podcast: Development Debate blogs.oracle.com
There's more than one way to develop and deploy a Java EE project. Jeff West, Arun Gupta, Cary Milsap, and Brian Jimerson debate the merits of their favorite methodologies.
"The biggest thrill wasn't in winning on Sunday but in meeting the payroll on Monday."
-- Art Rooney
Podcast Show Notes: Cloud Computing - Start Smart
The latest program on the OTN ArchBeat Podcast features a conversation about cloud computing with Bob Hensle and Scott Mattoon. Bob and Scott are members of Oracle’s Global Enteprise Architecture Team, and each played a role in a couple of new Oracle white papers created specifically to make sure that when an organization takes its first steps into cloud computing, it isn’t going to ruin its shoes.
Kerry Osborne Speaking at Hotsos Symposium www.enkitec.com
Enkitec CTO and Exadata Evangelist Kerry Osborne has been selected to present Exadata Optimization – Case Studies at this year’s Hotsos Symposium in Irving, Texas. The Symposium runs from March 4 – 8, 2012.
Amit Jasuja Discusses Cloud and Mobile | Naresh Persaud blogs.oracle.com
Amit Jasuja has had a significant role in shaping the Identity Management industry for the past decade as an entrepreneur at Netegrity defining the web access control market and more leading the Identity Management business at Oracle.
Oracle Cloud Conference www.oracle.com
Coming to your town. Dates and locations in Europe, the Middleeast, Africa, North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. Whether you are transitioning to the cloud or advancing to the next level, these events offer practical insights that can help you make the most of your cloud computing choices.