Monday Mar 16, 2015

Video: Innovation, Technology, and User Experience | Andrew Sutherland and Jeremy Ashley

There was a time when consumer technology was a lot more fun than enterprise technology. But times change.

This past Friday I had big fun talking with two gentlemen who share an infectious passion for what is fun and cool about technology, and bring that passion to their work at Oracle. Dr. Andrew Sutherland is Senior Vice President of Technology and Systems for Oracle EMEA, and Jeremy Ashley is Vice President of the Oracle Applications User Experience group.

In this video, Messrs. Sutherland and Ashley talk about how cool is infiltrating the world of enterprise technology, and share a bit of a preview of the tag-team keynote address they will present at the Oracle Benelux Uer Group Experience 2015 conference, March 23-24 in Eindhoven, NL.

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Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Podcast Show Notes: EPM Upgrades: A Roundtable Discussion

If you want to know about upgrading Oracle EPM systems, do you ask a plumber? A surgeon? Lady Gaga's hairdresser? No! You ask an Oracle EPM expert.  The latest OTN ArchBeat podcast series features three of them, in a frank and wide-ranging conversation about the what, why, and how of upgrading EPM systems.

The topic was suggested by Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer, an EPM expert and Vice President of Global IT Services at ADI Strategies in Dallas, Texas. For the panelists for this program Eric selected Oracle ACE John Booth (Director of EPM Infrastructure and Integration at the Huron Consulting Group, in Chicago, IL), and Rob Donahue (Director of EPM Infrastructure at Rolta, in Columbus, OH).

The program was recorded on January 14, 2015.

The Panelists

(Listed alphabetically)
  • John Booth, Director of EPM Infrastructure and Integration, Huron Consulting Group
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
  • Rob Donahue, Director of EPM Infrastructure, Rolta
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
  • Oracle ACE Director Eric Helmer, Vice President of Global IT Services, ADI Strategies
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: Experts Eric Helmer, John Booth, and Rob Donahue provide a little background on Oracle EPM, and then share some of the reasons their clients give for embarking on an EPM upgrade
  • Listen to Part 2: Helmer, Booth, and Donahue discuss what's new and upcoming in the EPM space, and look at developing trends.
  • Listen to Part 3: The panel concludes their discussion of what’s new in the EPM space, and then closes out the series with a look at the anatomy of an EPM upgrade project.

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Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

The Question Lingers: Who Gets to Be an Architect?

Yesterday a post on this blog (see The Architect as Salesperson) was the catalyst for the following Twitter conversation:

That conversation with @ChadThompson echoed comments I've heard time and again over the last several years in conversations with architects and other IT professionals. In fact, the very issue Chad raises in the last tweet came up in a conversation that occurred in the spring of 2011 when a panel of working IT architects gathered for an OTN ArchBeat podcast to answer the question: Who Gets to Be an Architect?.

That discussion included the following architects:

  • Ron Batra Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Bex Huff Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director Profile
  • Randy Stafford Blog LinkedIn
  • Eric Stephens Twitter Blog LinkedIn

While the discussion in the podcast series is two years old, the issues raised are no less valid today, a situation that is unlikely to change any time soon. If you're an architect, or aspire to be one, take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

IoT? Time for Enterprise Architecture

Of course you've been listening to the latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast on the challenges and opportunities in the Internet of Things. If so, you'll also be interested in ZDNet blogger Joe McKendricks' recent post, Will the 'Internet of Things' make CIOs' jobs harder?. In that post McKendrick offers this important bit of advice that will certainly have architects saying "I told you so."

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.

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: Cloud Expert Audience Q & A

The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast program is a three-part series recorded during a question and answer session at the OTN Architect Day event held at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores California on July 9, 2013. Earlier in the day the audience attended three presentations given by Oracle Cloud Computing experts Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswamy, and Markus Michalewicz. After those presentations the Q & A session gave the audience a chance to pick the brains of those experts.

In order to provide some context to the Q&A, I suggest you take a moment to review the slide presentations from the event, listed below:

As you'll hear, the first couple of questions refer to Markus’s presentation, which covered the DBaaS implementation at the  Commonwealth Bank of Australia. When Markus mentions "CBA," he's talking about Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 

The Panelists

  • Dr. James Baty: Vice President, Oracle Global Enterprise Architecture Program. LinkedIn
  • Anbu Krishnaswamy: Enterprise Architect with the Oracle Global Enterprise Architecture Program (GEAP) group. LinkedIn
  • Markus Michalewicz: Director of Product Management, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC). LinkedIn

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: The panel responds to questions about lessons learned in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia project, and about recording/reporting usage costs in an IaaS environment.
  • Listen to Part 2: The panel responds to a question about migration paths to Oracle 12c that will accommodate an eventual move to the cloud.
  • Listen to Part 3: When is managing a Cloud ecosystem like playing Sim City?

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Monday Jul 01, 2013

One Week To Go: OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing

One week remains until OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing kicks of at the spectacular Oracle HQ campus in Redwood Shores, CA. The event is free, and there is still time to register.

When: Tuesday July 9, 2013
8:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Oracle Conference Center
350 Oracle Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065

Register now. It's free!

Here's the latest update to the event agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote
21st Century IT | Dr. James Baty
VP, Global Enterprise Architecture Program, Oracle

Imagine a time long, long ago. A time when servers were certified and dedicated to specific applications, when anything posted on an enterprise web site was from restricted, approved channels, and when we tried to limit the growth of 'dirty' data and storage.

Today, applications are services running in the muti-tenant hybrid cloud. Companies beg their customers to tweet them, friend them, and publicly rate their products. And constantly analyzing a deluge of Internet, social and sensor data is the key to creating the next super-successful product, or capturing an evil terrorist.

The old IT architecture was planned, dedicated, stable, controlled, with separate and well-defined roles. The new architecture is shared, dynamic, continuous, XaaS, DevOps.

This keynote session describes the challenges and opportunities that the new business / IT paradigms present to the IT architecture and architects.

9:45am - 10:30am
Technical Session
Oracle Cloud: A Case Study in Building a Cloud | Anbu Krishnaswami
Enterprise Architect, Oracle

Building a Cloud can be challenging thanks to the complex requirements unique to Cloud computing and the massive scale typically associated with Cloud. Cloud providers can take an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach and build a cloud on virtualized commodity hardware, or they can take the Platform as a Service (PaaS) path, a service-oriented approach based on pre-configured, integrated, engineered systems. This presentation uses the Oracle Cloud itself as a case study in the use of engineered systems, demonstrating how the technical design of engineered systems is leveraged for building PaaS and SaaS Cloud services and a Cloud management infrastructure. The presentation will also explore the principles, patterns, best practices, and architecture views provided in Oracle's Cloud reference architecture.

10:30 am -10:45 am Break
10:45am-11:30am
Technical Session
Database as a Service | Markus Michalewicz
Senior Principal Product Manager Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)

New applications are now commonly built in a Cloud model, where the database is consumed as a service, and many established business processes are beginning to migrate to database as a service (DBaaS). This adoption of DBaaS is made possible by the availability of new capabilities in the database that enable resource pooling, dynamic resource management, model-based provisioning, metered use, and effective quality-of-service controls. This session will examine the catalog of database services at a large commercial bank to understand how these capabilities are enabling DBaaS for a wide range of needs within the enterprise.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Panel Q&A

Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswami, and Markus Michalewicz respond to audience questions.

Registration is free, but seating is limited, so register now.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

Live Event: OTN Architect Day: Cloud Computing - Two weeks and counting

In just two weeks architects and others will gather at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA for the first Oracle Technology Network Architect Day event of 2013. This event focuses on Cloud Computing, and features sessions specifically focused on real-world examples of the implementation of cloud computing.

  • When: Tuesday July 9, 2013
                  8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Where: Oracle Conference Center
                  350 Oracle Pkwy
                  Redwood City, CA 94065

Register now. It's free!

Here's the agenda:

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote
21st Century IT | Dr. James Baty
VP, Global Enterprise Architecture Program, Oracle

Imagine a time long, long ago. A time when servers were certified and dedicated to specific applications, when anything posted on an enterprise web site was from restricted, approved channels, and when we tried to limit the growth of 'dirty' data and storage.

Today, applications are services running in the muti-tenant hybrid cloud. Companies beg their customers to tweet them, friend them, and publicly rate their products. And constantly analyzing a deluge of Internet, social and sensor data is the key to creating the next super-successful product, or capturing an evil terrorist.

The old IT architecture was planned, dedicated, stable, controlled, with separate and well-defined roles. The new architecture is shared, dynamic, continuous, XaaS, DevOps.

This keynote session describes the challenges and opportunities that the new business / IT paradigms present to the IT architecture and architects.

9:45am - 10:30am
Technical Session
Oracle Cloud: A Case Study in Building a Cloud | Anbu Krishnaswami
Enterprise Architect, Oracle

Building a Cloud can be challenging thanks to the complex requirements unique to Cloud computing and the massive scale typically associated with Cloud. Cloud providers can take an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach and build a cloud on virtualized commodity hardware, or they can take the Platform as a Service (PaaS) path, a service-oriented approach based on pre-configured, integrated, engineered systems. This presentation uses the Oracle Cloud itself as a case study in the use of engineered systems, demonstrating how the technical design of engineered systems is leveraged for building PaaS and SaaS Cloud services and a Cloud management infrastructure. The presentation will also explore the principles, patterns, best practices, and architecture views provided in Oracle's Cloud reference architecture.

10:30 am -10:45 am Break
10:45am-11:30am
Technical Session
Database as a Service | Markus Michalewicz
Director, Product Management, Oracle Database Cloud

New applications are now commonly built in a Cloud model, where the database is consumed as a service, and many established business processes are beginning to migrate to database as a service (DBaaS). This adoption of DBaaS is made possible by the availability of new capabilities in the database that enable resource pooling, dynamic resource management, model-based provisioning, metered use, and effective quality-of-service controls. This session will examine the catalog of database services at a large commercial bank to understand how these capabilities are enabling DBaaS for a wide range of needs within the enterprise.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Panel Q&A

Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswami, and Michael Timpanaro-Perrotta respond to audience questions.

Registration is free, but seating is limited, so register now.

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

Award-Winning Architects at Oracle OpenWorld

The Winner, sculpture by John J. Seward, Jr.
"The Winner," a sculpture by John J. Seward Jr.

The role of the IT architect may be the most hotly debated and unjustly maligned role in IT. But at this year's Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco several architects will enjoy some much-deserved recognition through the Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year Awards.

Part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, the Technologist of the Year Awards "honor Oracle technologists for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle products and services." Seven of the ten Technologist of the Year categories honor architects:

If you or one of your colleagues is an architect deserving of this recognition, click the appropriate link above to find the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, July 17, 2012. For more information see: Technologist of the Year Awards.

See last year's winners here.

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-02-23

Today's Quote

"Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
Samuel Butler

Thursday Jan 26, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-01-26

Today's Quote

"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
-- Jef Raskin

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