Thursday Feb 28, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: Enterprise IT: Strategies, Challenges, Outlook

This week the OTN ArchBeat Podcast kicks off a three-part series that focuses on strategies for meeting the challenges facing Enterprise IT in an evolving business landscape. My guests for this program are three members of Oracle's Enterprise Architecture Team:

  • Bob Hensle is Director of Oracle’s Technology Business Group Bob Hensle
  • Ronald Mayfield is an Oracle enterprise architect Ron Mayfield
  • Timothy Brown is a principal Oracle architecture consultant Tim Brown

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: This segment offers an update of IT Strategies from Oracle (ITSO), an extensive collection of reference architectures, practitioner guides and other useful documentation created by members of Oracle’s Enterprise Architecture Team, and takes a look at how the information from ITSO was implemented at one company.
  • Listen to Part 2: Part two offers a look at how another company implemented architectures and practices from the ITSO library, and examines chief concerns among organizations in the face of rapidly evolving enterprise IT.
  • Listen to Part 3: The conversation about how organizations are dealing with changes in enterprise IT continues with a look at how those same changes are affecting IT roles, and what you can do to remain relevant.

Resources

Want to get you hands on documents from the IT Strategies from Oracle Library? Click here. If you're a registered OTN member, just use your OTN SSO credentials to login to access the material. If your not an OTN member, just complete the registration form to gain access to the ITSO Library.

Coming Soon

The next OTN ArchBeat Podcast features another virtual architect meet-up -- an open conversation among a panel of architects about whatever topics are on their minds. Want to suggest a topic? Want to participate in the panel? Drop me a line in the comments sections.

Change of plans! The next OTN ArchBeat podcast will feature a panel discussion about the increasing importance of Customer Experience (CX) in enterprise IT.

Stay tuned: RSS

Monday Jan 14, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of January 6-12, 2013

Here's this week's list of the Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of January 6-12, 2013.

  1. TOGAF study help? There is an app for that! | Pat Shepherd
    Oracle Enterprise Architect Pat Shepherd hasn't had a chance to test out the Toolkit4Togaf app for iPhone, but it did catch his attention. And since it's free, you can check it out yourself.
  2. Podcast Show Notes: Oracle Cloud Update: 30 Days in the Cloud
    Rick Greenwald, Mike Lehmann, and Dom Lindars—key people behind the Oracle Cloud—talk about what's new and share information on you how can get a 30-day free trail of the Oracle Database and Oracle Java Cloud Services.
  3. Oracle Data Integrator 11g in the Enterprise Part 5: ETL Resilience and High-Availability | Mark Rittman
    The final part of Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's 5-part series looks at data integration and loading routines. These routines, according to Mark, "are now mission-critical as they support operational systems that price products, segment customers, manage supply chains and combat fraud."
  4. Oracle VM Templage Config Script Example | Wim Coekaerts
    "The programmatic way to extend Oracle VM Template Configure is to build your own module," says Wim Coekaerts. Take the time to read Wim's detailed post and you 'll get a handle on the process.
  5. WebCenter Content Performance: Web Browser Choice | Nicolas Montoya
    "When choosing a browser to access a WebCenter Content server, make sure it is a modern browser with a good JavaScript engine," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Nicolas Montoya. "However, beware that you may still encounter IE 8.0 at many organizations. Some of these are still running Windows XP as the Operating System - according to StatCounter, about 31% of desktop internet usage is on Windows XP."
  6. Cloud Reference Architecture Data Sheet | Anbu Krishnaswamy
    "Defining a Cloud Reference Architecture is an essential step towards achieving higher levels of Cloud maturity," says author Author Anbu Krishnaswamy Anbarasu. "Cloud Reference Architecture addresses the concerns of the key stakeholders by defining the architecture capabilities and roadmap aligned with the business goals and architecture vision."
  7. All the Aces, All the Faces. Oracle ADF, UX PTS Workshop: Building Fusion Usable Apps & More | Ultan O'Broin
    Ultan O'Broin shares an overview of the recent pilot for a two-day Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) workshop, and plugs Misha Vaughan’s Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog post on the same subject.
  8. Test Driving Mojarra 2.2.0-m08 on GlassFish 3.1.2.2 | Markus Eisele
    ?"With all the Java EE 7 specifications moving forward it is finally time to test-drive some of them and give feedback," says Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele. And in this post he does just that, turning his attention to Mojarra JSF 2.2.0 Milestone 8.
  9. Video: Best Practices for Integrating SOAP and REST services into Oracle ADF
    The latest ADF Insider Essential video demonstrated best practices for developing business services based on web services, either REST or SOAP, and integrating them into an Oracle ADF application.
  10. How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part II, Virtualisation | Karoly Vegh
    Part 1 in Karoly's series made it into the Top 10 most popular links shared here last week, so you'll want to keep up by checking out Part 2.

Thought for the Day

"To create a usable piece of software, you have to fight for every fix, every feature, every little accommodation that will get one more person up the curve. There are no shortcuts. Luck is involved, but you don't win by being lucky, it happens because you fought for every inch."

Dave Winer
(Month Day, Year - Month Day, Year)

Source: softwarequotes.com

Monday Jan 07, 2013

Articles for Architects: Top 10 for 2012

Architects cover a lot of territory, from high-level, big-picture issues to the nuts-and-bolts of various products and technologies. This list of the Top 10 most popular OTN articles from 2012 reflects those varied interests. This is what you were reading in 2012:

  1. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server
    by Abhijit Patil
    [Published May 2012]
    Oracle WebLogic Server offers a complete solution for single sign-on with Microsoft clients using Kerberos.
  2. Security for Everyone
    by Frank Nimphius
    [January 2012]
    Protect your Oracle ADF applications from unauthorized access using the Oracle ADF Security feature.
  3. Start Small, Grow Fast
    by Edwin BiemondOracle ACE, Ronald van LuttikhuizenOracle ACE Director, and Demed L'Her
    [Published January 2012]
    A set of pragmatic best practices for deploying a simple and sound SOA footprint that can grow with business demand.
  4. Unit Testing Asynchronous BPEL Processes Using soapUI
    by Daniel Amadei
    [Published February 2012]
    Thanks to its support for Mocking and WS-Addressing, soapUI can be used to test asynchronous BPEL processes.
  5. Enterprise Architecture, Organizational Structure, and Company Performance
    by Travis Wissink
    [Published February 2012]
    Travis Wissink examines the connections, and what they mean for architects.
  6. On the Road with BI
    by Mark RittmanOracle ACE Director
    [Published March 2012]
    Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile gives your iOS device the business.
  7. Software Architecture for High Availability in the Cloud
    by Brian Jimerson
    [Published June 2012]
    A look at the paradigm shifts in designing fault tolerance from machine-based architectures to cloud-based architectures, and how enterprise applications need to be engineered to ensure the highest level of availability in the cloud.
  8. Migrating Oracle Discoverer Data to Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
    by Edelweiss Kammermann
    [Published February 2012]
    Plan your migration project, step by step.
  9. On History, Basics, and Network Performance
    by Tom Kyte
    [Published January 2012]
    Our technologist recalls a Web seminar, gives the right hint, and dishes on network performance.
  10. Scaling Service Oriented Architecture
    by Philip Wik
    [Published August 2012]
    Philip Wik explores what scaling is and what it means to a Service Oriented Architecture, and proposes Oracle-based solutions to SOA scaling and an Oracle-based SOA scaling roadmap.

Want more? You'll find a list of the latest OTN technical articles here, along with the complete article archive organized by topic.

 Want to see your name on this list next year? Click here to learn how to get your technical article published on OTN.

Friday Jan 04, 2013

Architects in the Winner's Circle

The annual Oracle Excellence Awards include the Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year Awards, which recognize "individuals in key roles for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to enterprise technology solutions." We're talking architects here, people! So here's a year-end tip of the ArchBeat hat to the 2012 winners:

Technologist of the Year: Virtualization Architect
Steve Bartholomew, Enterprise Architect, Verizon
Technologist of the Year: Enterprise Architect
Arup Nanda, Senior Director of Database Architecture, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Technologist of the Year: IT Manager
Olgay Tas, Product and Service Development Director, TTNET
Technologist of the Year: Cloud Architect
Kai Yu, Senior Engineer, Oracle Solutions Engineering Lab, Dell

It should be noted that two of the winners, Arup Nanda and Kai Yu, are Oracle ACE Directors, members of the top tier in the Oracle ACE Program, which recognizes not just expertise with Oracle technologies, but the willingness to share that expertise with the community. Do you know someone who deserves that kiind of recognition? You can nominate them for entry into the Oracle ACE program here.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 10-16-2012

  • 2012 Oracle Fusion Innovation Awards - Part 2 | Moazzam Chaudry
    Moazzam Chaudry has compiled a complete list of the winners of this year's Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards, as announced at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Congratulations to all the winners!
  • SOA governance standard goes global | ZDNet
    As reported by ZDNet SOA blogger Joe McKendrick: "The Open Group announced that its SOA Governance Framework is now an international standard, having passed its six-month ratification vote within the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechical Commission(IEC)."
  • Monitoring Spring in WebLogic | Rene van Wijk
    "The Spring console extension is based on RuntimeMBeans registered using the WebLogic Server infrastructure; therefore, it provides a cluster view of the Spring applications and more management functionality for Spring Beans," says Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk. In this post he shows you how to enable the Spring console extension.
  • BPM 11g - Dynamic Task Assignment with Multi-level Organization Units | Mark Foster
    "I've seen several requirements to have a more granular level of task assignment in BPM 11g based on some value in the data passed to the process," says Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Mark Foster. "Parametric Roles is normally the first port of call to try to satisfy this requirement, but in this blog we will show how a lot of use-cases can be satisfied by the easier to implement and flexible Organization Unit."
  • Architects of Reform: IT Modernization at the Oregon Department of Human Services
    In this article from Profit Magazine, David Baum reports on the essential role Enterprise architecture plays in establishing Oregon as a leader in healthcare reform.

Thought for the Day

"The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up."

George Lamming

Source: thinkexist.com

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