Friday Aug 22, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Posts - August 15-21, 2014

As hot as molten rock? Not quite. But among the 5,313 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page these Top 10 items were the hottest over the past seven days, August 15-21, 2014.

  1. Oracle BPM 12c Gateways (Part 1 of 5): Exclusive Gateway | Antonis Antoniou
    Oracle ACE Associate Antonis Antoniou begins a five-part series with a look at In the gateway control flow components in Oracle BPM and how they can be used to process flow.
  2. Slicing the EDG: Different SOA Domain Configurations | Antony Reynolda
    Antony Reynolds introduces three different configurations for a SOA environment and identifies some of the advantages for each.
  3. How to introduce DevOps into a moribund corporate culture | ZDNet
    Confused about DevOPs? This post from ZDNet's Joe McKendrick -- which includes insight from Phil Whelan -- just might clear some of the fog.
  4. Oracle Identity Manager Role Management With API | Mustafa Kaya
    Mustafa Kaya shares some examples of role management using the Oracle Identity Management API.
  5. Podcast: Redefining Information Management Architecture
    Oracle Enterprise Architect Andrew Bond joins Oracle ACE Directors Mark Rittman and Stewart Bryson for a conversation about their collaboration on a new Oracle Information Management Reference Architecture.
  6. WebCenter Sites Demo Integration with Endeca Guided Search | Micheal Sullivan
    A-Team solution architect Michael Sullivan shares the details on a demo that illustrates the viability of integrating WebCenter Sites with Oracle Endeca.
  7. Wearables in the world of enterprise applications? Yep.
    Oh yeah, wearables are a THING. Here's a look at how the Oracle Applications User Experience team has been researching wearables for inclusion in your future enterprise applications.
  8. Getting Started With The Coherence Memcached Adaptor | David Felcey
    Let David Felcey show you how to configure the Coherence Memcached Adaptor, and take advantage of his simple PHP example that demonstrates how Memecached clients can connect to a Coherence cluster.
  9. OTN Architect Community Newsletter - August Edition
    A month's worth of hot stuff, all in one spot. Featuring articles on Java, Coherence, WebLogic, Mobile and much more.
  10. 8,853 Conversations About Oracle WebLogic
    Do you have a question about WebLogic? Do you have an answer to a question about WebLogic? You need to be here.

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 @ArchBeat Tweets - August 12-18, 2014

Man in gray hat: "You know, more than three thousand people follow @OTNArchBeat on Twitter. I wonder which tweets were the most popular over the last seven days."
Man in brown hat: "Shut up! I think I see a UFO!"
Man in gray hat: "That's OK. I'll just read this blog post."
  1. RT @java: "Programmers are creative people and typically delight in contriving clever ways to solve problems." -Casimir Saternos in @OracleJavaMag
    Aug 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM
  2. The Offer Still Stands: Produce your own episode of the OTN ArchBeat Podcast. Click for details.
    Aug 13, 2014 at 02:03 PM
  3. Binge-Ready! Watch the Top 10 OTN ArchBeat Videos featuring @stewartbryson @stenvesterli @gurcanorhan
    Aug 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM
  4. Oracle Announces First Java 9 Features | InfoQ
    Aug 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM
  5. Getting Started wit the #Coherence Memcached Adaptor | David Felcey
    Aug 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM
  6. #WebLogic Data Source Connection Labeling | Steve Felts
    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM
  7. How to introduce #DevOps into a moribund corporate culture | ZDNet
    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM
  8. Sample Chapter: Installing Oracle #WebLogic Server 12c and Using the Management Tools | Sam Alapati
    Aug 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM
  9. Building a Responsive #WebCenter Portal Application | @JayJayZheng
    Aug 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM
  10. #OEM12c Cloud Control authorization with Active Directory | Jeroen Gouma
    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Friday Feb 07, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - January 31 - February 6, 2014

I track hundreds of blogs and other publications looking for content that will be of interest to the OTN architect community. Most of that content is created by members of that community. I then share what I find through my social media channels. The list below is comprised of the Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page over the last seven days.

  1. Fast Data in Action | Corina Todea
    Corina Todea shares "a demonstration of how Fusion Middleware can be used to build an architecture based on Oracle Event Processor, Coherence and Oracle Database for customers that have a requirement for a mixture of real-time processing, near-time analysis and long running batch analysis of the same or a similar data set."
  2. Testing Oracle Direct Connector for HDFS as an Alternative to Hive ODBC for OBIEE11g | Mark Rittman
    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman shares the results of his comparison. Which one gets the gold? Read the post and find out.
  3. Latest OTN Architect Community Technical Articles
    Always working to extract insight from the brains of experts! Here's a list of the latest OTN articles for architects, all published in the last 30 days, covering ODI, OIM, WebLogic, OSB, OEM12c, and IoT.
  4. Video: BPM and the Single Customer View | Shaukat Desai
    SOA architect Shaukat Desai explains the value of BPM in implementing a Single Customer View to support Customer Experience (CX) projects, including how to use BPM to minimize the impact inside applications, implementing a federated model to resolve the challenges of a master/slave implementations, and leveraging the value of social network intelligence.
  5. Podcast: Taking Charge: Meeting SOA Governance Challenges - Part 2
    In part 2 SOA governance experts Mark Dutra, Manuel Rosa, Andre Sampaio, and Luis Weir discuss some of the most persistent obstacles to effective SOA governance -- and how to remove them.
  6. PaaS isn't just for DevOps anymore. Nor has it ever been.
    "Without necessarily making it a conscious decision, organizations that are to be successful in the cloud naturally aspire to continuous delivery and become DevOps experts," says Sacha Labourey in this article for
  7. Do I need to run WebLogic Server in a certified platform? | Luz Mestre
    The answer is yes. Click the link to read Principal Technical Support Engineer Luz Mestre's explanation.
  8. Integrating With Fusion Application Using Services (Perl: SOAP::Lite) | Jani Rautiainen
    Jani Rautiainen's post is one of a series that describes how to invoke SOAP web services provided by Fusion Applications using various technologies.
  9. Video Tutorial: Oracle BPM and Coffee
    This entertaining Oracle Learning Library video explains the fundamentals of Business Process Management using a coffee shop as a model.
  10. Looking at the ODI12c Hadoop Demos in the New Oracle BigDataLite VM | Mark Rittman
    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman continues his exploration of the newly released Oracle BigDataLite VM (now available on OTN) with a look at the Oracle Data Integrator 12c install and Hadoop integration examples included in the VM.

Thought for the Day

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."

Charles Dickens, writer
(February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870))


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, 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)


Monday Oct 14, 2013

Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for October 6-12, 2013

Among the now 4,369 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page the following items were the most popular for the week of October 6-12, 2013.

  1. Setup a 12c Fusion Middleware Infrastructure | Rene van Wijk
    Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk shows you how to create automation scripts in order to set-up middleware environments.
  2. Multiple SOA Developers Using a Single Install | Antony Reynolds
    "This is not a supported configuration but it is attractive for a development environment," says Antony Reynolds. He describes how to make it happen in this post.
  3. Musings on Fusion Middleware at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 | Howard Beader
    Oracle Fusion Middleware VP Howard Beader recaps product announcements at OOW13.
  4. Tech Article: Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic | Shailesh K. Mishra
    This concise yet detailed technical article from Shailesh K. Mishra includes tech tips and code snippets to help you implement multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.
  5. Oracle Service Bus (OSB) and OEPE Versions on 64-bit Systems | Dr. Frank Munz
    Juicy and helpful tech tips in this post from the author of the "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes."
  6. Video Interview: Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema on SOA, Middleware, DevOps
    Oracle ACE Director and AMIS Services CTO Lucas Jellema talks about SOA, DevOps, and Agile, and describes his work in a project for the Dutch Ministry of Justice that involves a massive transformation from a mid-90s-style architecture to a modern service-oriented architecture based on Oracle Fusion Middleware.
  7. Java 8 – Collection enhancements leveraging Lambda Expressions – or: How Java emulates SQL | Lucas Jellema
    The Java 8 release extends Collection APIs with the notion of Streams to make great use of Lambda expressions. Lucas Jellema's article shows some examples of what this means, "leading up to the revelation that under certain circumstances Java is very similar to SQL."
  8. Video Tutorial: How To Deploy Customizations To Standalone Weblogic Server
    Another free video from the Oracle Learning Library! Invest 8 minutes to learn how to deploy Fusion Application customizations to a standalone Weblogic Server using JDeveloper and ADF.
  9. Extending WebCenter Portal Made Easy | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis shares the good news that the WebCenter Portal release makes extending WebCenter Portal process simpler and more stable thanks to a special JDeveloper application template that is designed to extend WebCenter Portal with custom ADF Task Flows and Java code.
  10. FileNotFoundException after Recent Deployment on WebLogic Server | JayJay Zheng
    Oracle ACE JayJay Zheng shares a quick WebLogic tech tip and some Stack Overflow resources that just might save you some money on aspirin.

Thought for the Day

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

e.e. cummings, American poet
(October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962)


Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for October 8, 2013

Thought for the Day

"I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars."

Eddie Rickenbacker, American World War One flying ace.
(October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973)


Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Video Interview: Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema

In this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Oracle ACE Director and AMIS Services CTO Lucas Jellema talks about SOA, DevOps, and Agile, and describes his work in a project for the Dutch Ministry of Justice that involves a massive transformation from a mid-90s-style architecture to a modern service-oriented architecture based on Oracle Fusion Middleware.

(Note the expert microphone handling skills of the interviewer...)

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Friday Jul 12, 2013

What do you want to be when IT grows up?

In the recent OTN ArchBeat Podcast series DevOps, Cloud, and Role Creep, Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Cary Millsap discuss how trends that are reshaping enterprise IT are also reshaping "traditional" IT roles.

But if you think those changes are limited to developers, sysadmins, and architects, guess again. In Why the Cloud is causing a Split in the Role of the CIO Capgemini's Ron Tolido points out that even C-level roles are not immune to the forces that are reshaping enterprise IT:

As digital transformation starts to become a top priority for businesses, the role of the CIO will continue to split as they are forced to choose between digital transformation on one hand and IT infrastructure, applications and Cloud management on the other. In the quickly evolving world of Cloud solutions, the CIO must decide what type of CIO they want to be.

IT is always growing and changing. New technologies and trends are born, and some survive the Darwinian maturation and adoption process to become part of the fabric of IT. In other words, those technologies and trends grow up. As that happens—and believe me, it will never stop happening—every person in every role in IT faces an important question: What do you want to be when IT grows up?

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves - June 23-29, 2013

2,947 people now follow OTN ArchBeat on Facebook. Here are the Top 10 items shared on that page for June 23-29, 2013.

  1. Podcast Show Notes: DevOps, Cloud, and Role Creep
    After some confusion (my bad) all three CORRECT parts of this podcast are now available. The panelists for this discussion are all Oracle ACE Directors: Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Cary Millsap.
  2. SOA Suite 11g Developers Cookbook Published | Antony Reynolds
    "The book focuses on areas that we felt we had neglected in the Developers Guide, says co-author Antony Reynolds. "There is more about Java integration and OSB, both of which we see a lot of questions about when working with customers."
  3. Using Oracle TimesTen With Oracle BI Applications (Part 2) | Peter Scott
    Peter Scott follows up an earlier post with a look at some of the OBIA structures and a discussion of some of the features of TimesTen.
  4. Linux-Containers — Part 1: Overview | Lenz Grimmer
    OTN Garage blogger Lenz Grimmer kicks off a series and expands your mind with deep detail on Linux Containers
  5. Slides from my ODTUG Kscope13 Presentation | Zeeshan Baig
    Oracle ACE Zeeshan Baig shares the slides from his KScope13 presentation, "Build Your Business Services Using ADF Task Flows."
  6. Fun with Enterprise Manager | Rene van Wijk
    Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk shares some background and some tuning and other tech tips for working with Oracle Enterprise Manager.
  7. Using VirtualBox to test drive Windows Blue | The Fat Bloke
    The Fat Bloke shares a tech tip for those interested in giving Windows Blue a try on Virtual Box.
  8. Podcast Show Notes: The Fusion Middleware A-Team and the Chronicles of Architecture
    In this three-part series Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team members Jennifer Briscoe, Clifford Musante, Mikael Ottosson, and Pardha Reddy talk about the origins and mission of the FMW A-Team and about the great technical content you'll find on the recently launched Oracle A-Team blog. Part one is now available.
  9. 5 Best Practices - Laying the Foundation for WebCenter Projects | John Brunswick
    Oracle WebCenter expert John Brunswick shares best practices that "enable the creation of portal solutions with minimal resource overhead, while offering the greatest flexibility for progressive elaboration."
  10. Oracle Magazine - July/Aug 2013
    The digital edition of the July/August edition of Oracle Magazine is now available. This issue includes my architect community column, "The CX Factor." which features insight from community members on "why and how CX has become a significant factor in enterprise IT." h

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: DevOps, Cloud, and Role Creep

The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast represents something of an experiment in that the discussion topic and the panelists were selected by a community member, rather than by me. That community member is Oracle ACE Director Ron Batra, director of product development, product management, and cloud computing at AT&T.

Ron wanted to explore the effect DevOps, cloud computing and other trends are having on established IT roles and responsibilities. Here's how he frames the discussion:

“Where is the industry headed? Are developers going to be operational people? Or will operational people become full programmers of a sophisticated degree, and just manage everything virtually? Or will developers need to do what the sysdadmin does, minus the heavy infrastructure lifting, and be watching out for the software layer, the operational layer, as well as the application logic?”

For the panel, Ron selected Oracle ACE Director Basheer Khan, an IT architect with Innowave Software, and Oracle ACE Director Cary Millsap, a software performance analyst with Method R Corporation.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: DevOps and cloud computing are changing the IT industry — and changing IT roles. The panel discusses what’s happening and how it might affect your job.
  • Listen to Part 2: Automation and innovation had a huge impact on the manufacturing jobs of years gone by. Is something similar happening to some IT jobs?
  • Listen to Part 3: In 2003 Nicholas Carr said “IT doesn’t matter.” In 2013 and beyond, what IT roles will matter? Staying relevant may mean stepping out of your comfort zone.

Get Connected

Want to connect with the panelists for this discussion? You can!

  • Ron Batra Twitter Blog LinkedIn Facebook Oracle ACE Director
  • Basheer Khan Blog LinkedIn Facebook Oracle ACE Director
  • Cary Millsap Twitter Blog LinkedIn Facebook Oracle ACE Director

Coming Soon

Upcoming programs will focus on:
  • The Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team
  • Data Warehousing and Oracle Data Integrator
  • Java, Mobile, and more

Stay tuned: RSS




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