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


Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-19

Thought for the Day

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way, did not become still more complicated."

Poul Anderson
(November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001)


Friday Sep 14, 2012

Podcast Show Notes: By Any Other Name: Governance and Architecture

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast returns from a brief summer hiatus with a three-part conversation about IT architecture and governance. My guests for this conversation are Eric Stephens , an Oracle Enterprise architect and a frequent guest on this program. Joining Eric on the panel is Tim Hall , Senior Director of product management for the Oracle Enterprise Repository, Oracle Service Registry, and Oracle Application Integration Architecture. Tim made his first appearance on ArchBeat as panelist on the recent program featuring Thomas Erl.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1:
    Why it's important to revive the dormant conversation about IT governance.
  • Listen to Part 2:
    Balancing functional, technical, operational requirements to meet the challenge of defining appropriate governance "guardrails."
  • Listen to Part 3:
    Bringing IT architecture out of the ivory tower to make governance a less intimidating, more collaborative process.

Additional Resources

  • Leveraging Governance to Sustain Enterprise Architecture Efforts, an Oracle white paper by Eric Stephens.
  • SOA, Cloud, and Service Technologies, a transcript of an ArchBeat interview with Thomas Erl, Tim Hall, and Demed L'Her, in which Tim says the following about governance:

    "For a long time people have argued that SOA governance is sort of an awkward name, no one wanted to be audited. There's 50% of the world that think, yes, we're going to have to tops down initiative to address this and there's 50% of the world that says that it feels like a heavy weight process that I want no part of. So what I think we should do is change the name…"

Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-11

Thought for the Day

"We always strain at the limits of our ability to comprehend the artifacts we construct—and that's true for software and for skyscrapers."

James Gosling


Monday Aug 13, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for August 5-11, 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared through my social networks for the week of August 5-11, 2012.

  1. Leveraging Governance to Sustain Enterprise Architecture Efforts
    SOA, Cloud computing, Big Data, Mobile computing, BOYD and other factors are already rearranging the enterprise IT landscape in much the same way Godzilla rearranges Tokyo. The potential for these technologies is incredible. But with each new technological innovation, "it is critical to reevaluate relevant EA governance," says Eric Stephens. "Otherwise, the architectural fragmentation that exists with legacy technology will manifest itself by an order of magnitude with newer generations of technology." More insight from Eric in this white paper.
  2. Manuel Rosa - SOA Governance at EDP: A Global Energy Company @ SOA, Cloud Service Technology Symposium 2012
    Thinking about registering for the SOA, Cloud, and Service Technology Forum, September 24-25 in London? You'll find a big fat discount code at the top of this recent post on the Oracle SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog. Who doesn't love a discount?
  3. Cloud and business transformation: this time, it's different
    "The real revolution is only just begun," says Joe McKendrick. "At the high end, private and hybrid clouds are shifting the business models of many non-IT corporations and organizations, turning them into technology or cloud providers themselves. At the lower end, we have a whole generation of startups and small businesses that are built entirely on the cloud. In between, we have 'loosely coupled' corporations that essentially serve as brokers of services they get from somewhere else and deliver to their customers."
  4. Webcast: Drill Down on Disaster Recovery
    In this webcast, Oracle's Joseph Meeks and Margaret Hamburger discuss key steps you should take to significantly reduce the risk of downtime while protecting your business data with Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture. Thursday, August 16, 2012. 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
  5. My Clustering Cheet Sheet | Rick Ramsey
    The question is: "Why would somebody complicate our sysadmin lives by suggesting we install Oracle RAC on Oracle Solaris Cluster? What would that be, highly-available high availability?" Rick "OTN Garage" Ramsey has the answer.
  6. Now Available: Oracle GlassFish Server
    GlassFish Server is a microrelease that addresses feedback from the GlassFish community to improve the developer experience by resolving NetBeans bug 211962, JAX-WS issue JAX_WS-1059, and GlassFish Server issue GLASSFISH-18446.
  7. Simplifying OIM 11g (Chapter Two)
    The second article in Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team blogger Alex Lopez's series on tips and tricks for simplifying the use of advanced features in Oracle Identity Manager 11g.
  8. OTN Architect Day: Boston
    Oracle Technology Network Architect Day is coming to Boston, September 12, 2012. The event will be held at the Boston Marriott Burlington (One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803), and features a full day of sessions with technical experts, along with plenty of opportunity to interact with your peers. The event is free, but seating is limited, so register now.
  9. Getting Oracle artifacts into a Maven environment
    "Maven provides the ability to load any artifact into a Maven repository and to give it a set of coordinates," says Fusion Middleware A-Team blogger Mark Nelson. "This means that you can easily add the Oracle provided artifacts to your own Maven repository, or to a shared repository in your environment (e.g. a Maven Repository Manager)."
  10. Quick introduction of what and why of Oracle Database Edition Based Redefinition
    "Availability is a highly desirable aspect of Fusion Middleware application," says Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema. "Planned downtime therefore sounds quite silly. However, the introduction of changes to applications has typically been associated with the roll out and redeployment of the application causing disruption of service - through loss of existing conversations and unavailability during the deployment process. Several approaches and mechanisms are available in the Oracle stack that will help substantially reduce the loss of uptime because of changes to applications."

Thought for the Day

"I do not fear computers, I fear the lack of them."

Isaac Asimov
(January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992)


Wednesday Aug 08, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-08

Thought for the Day

"At first sight, the idea of any rules or principles being superimposed on the creative mind seems more likely to hinder than to help, but this is quite untrue in practice. Disciplined thinking focuses inspiration rather than blinkers it."

G. L. Glegg


Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-07-17

Thought for the Day

"The designer of a new kind of system must participate fully in the implementation."

Donald E. Knuth


Thursday Jun 14, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-06-14

Thought for the Day

"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure."

Edsger Dijkstra


Monday Jun 04, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 20 for May 27-June 2, 2012

The Top 20 most-clicked links as shared via my social networks for the week of May 27 - June 2, 2012.

  1. 10 Great WebCenter Sites Resources (FatWire) | John Brunswick
  2. Cloning a WebCenter Portal Managed Server | Maiko Rocha
  3. Identity Propagation across Web and Web Service 11g | Prakash Yamuna
  4. Oracle DB with OEM in Amazon Cloud | Frank Munz
  5. IT professionals: Very much the time to change our approach | Andy Mulholland
  6. Sorting and Filtering By Model-Based LOV Display Value | Steven Davelaar
  7. Enable Content editing of Iterative components |Stefan Krantz
  8. Complexity of Social Computing - Is it a Consideration for EAs? | Pat Shepherd
  9. Updating metadata in a WebCenter Content Presenter template | Yannick Ongena
  10. Eclipse DemoCamp - June 2012 - Redwood Shores, CA
  11. Roll Your Own Solaris Blogroll |  Larry Wake
  12. BI Architecture Master Class for Partners - Oracle Architecture Unplugged
  13. Sample External Login.jsp page for Oracle Access Manager 11g | Brian Eidelman
  14. 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards - Win a FREE Pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in SF
  15. Application integration: reorganise, recycle, repurpose | Andrew Clarke
  16. RIDC Accelerator for Portal | Stefan Krantz
  17. Bay Area Coherence Special Interest Group (BACSIG) Meeting June 7
  18. The Application Architecture Domain | Michael Glas
  19. Designing and Developing Cross-Cutting Features | Stephen Rylander
  20. Configuring the iPlanet as web tier for Oracle WebCenter Content (UCM) | Adao Junior

Thought for the Day

"Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you."

Russell Brand

Source: Good Reads




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