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By Bob Rhubart-Oracle on Aug 21, 2014
Nothing in IT stands still, and this is certainly true of business intelligence and information management. Big Data has certainly had an impact, as have Hadoop and other technologies. That evolution was the catalyst for the collaborative effort behind a new Information Management Reference Architecture. The latest OTN ArchBeat series features a conversation with Andrew Bond, Stewart Bryson, and Mark Rittman, key players in that collaboration. These three gentlemen know each other quite well, which comes across in a conversation that is as lively and entertaining as it is informative. But don't take my word for it. Listen for yourself!
The Panelists(Listed alphabetically)
The Reference Architecture that is the focus of this conversation is described in detail in these blog posts by Mark Rittman:
Introducing the Updated Oracle / Rittman Mead Information Management Reference Architecture
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Thursday May 23, 2013
By Bob Rhubart-Oracle on May 23, 2013
Yesterday I recorded an OTN ArchBeat podcast with Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Cary Millsap. The conversation, based on a topic suggested by Ron, focused on the shifting responsibilities among IT roles in the face of the emergence of DevOps and Cloud computing.
At one point in the conversation Nicholas Carr's infamous 2003 Harvard Business Review article "IT Doesn't Matter" came up. That article claimed that IT was becoming ever more commodified, a claim that has proven to be true, given the rise of cloud computing.
So it was somewhat serendipitous that a blog post by Irving Wladawsky-Berger showed up in Feedly this morning. That post referenced a recent CIO Magazine interview with Carr, conducted on the tenth anniversary of his original article. In that interview Carr is asked about the skills that are most important as companies make the transition to the cloud. Carr responds:
I do think that IT ultimately is going to be a smaller department in terms of headcount, but the successful IT departments and IT managers will play a more strategic and kind of consultative role—thinking about marketing implications of apps and social media and things like that. I think the emphasis is still going to be on being the bridge between technological possibilities and business goals, and less about optimizing the technology itself. That's a trend that has been going on for some time now and I think will continue.
Bottom line: Your tech skills must evolve in lock-step with the evolution of IT, but tech skills alone are unlikely to carry you into the future.
You'll hear more about that in my conversation with Ron, Basheer, and Cary. That program will be available soon.
Thursday Jan 10, 2013
By Bob Rhubart-Oracle on Jan 10, 2013
Two recent articles, Why IT Should Be on the CEO's Agenda, by U. S. News contributor Thomas C. Lawton, and Enterprise architects, the economy is in your capable hands by ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick, paint a dismal picture of the typical relationship between business management and IT. As Lawton observes:
"Few CEOs really understand the implications of new, rapidly changing and complex IT systems and processes for the current business model or perceive a strategic potential and value in new technology implementation."
But both writers offer a hopeful outlook. McKendrick concludes:
Business leaders know IT is the future of their organizations. In fact, in many cases, IT is becoming the business. EAs are needed, desperately, to provide the guidance in this journey from widget-making to data and service provider.
While the focus of these articles is on enterprise architects, architects at all levels should take note that the key element in the process described by Lawton and McKendrick is communication. This is not the first time I've mentioned it on this blog, and it certainly won't be the last, but if you want to evolve and excel as an architect, you need communication skills as sharp as your technical skills. If you can achieve that, everybody wins.
Thursday Dec 06, 2012
Thursday Feb 10, 2011
By Bob Rhubart-Oracle on Feb 10, 2011
The latest ArchBeat Podcast (RSS) features a conversation with Oracle Enterprise Architecture director Bob Hensle (LinkedIn). Bob talks about IT Strategies from Oracle, an extensive library of reference architectures, best practices, and other documents now available (it’s a freebie!) to registered Oracle Technology Network members.
- Listen to Part 1
Bob offers some background on the IT Strategies from Oracle project and an overview of the included documents.
- Listen to Part 2
A discussion of how SOA and other issues are reflected in the IT Strategies documents.
Share your feedback on any of the documents in the IT Strategies from Oracle Library: ITS_FEEDBACK_WW@oracle.com
For a nice complement to the IT Strategies from Oracle Library, check out Oracle Experiences in Enterprise Architecture, an ongoing series of short essays from members of the Oracle Enterprise Architecture team based on their field experience.
In the Pipeline
ArchBeat programs in the works include an interview with Dr. Frank Munz, the author of Middleware and Cloud Computing, excerpts from another architect virtual meet-up, and a conversation with Oracle ACE Director Debra Lilley about her insight into Fusion Applications. .
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