Friday Jun 19, 2015

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the Week - June 12-18, 2015

Please fasten your space seat belts and prepare to journey into the Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the last seven days, June 12-18, 2015.

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Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Podcast Show Notes: Redefining Information Management Architecture

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)
  • Andrew Bond, head of Enterprise Architecture at Oracle
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  • Oracle ACE Director Stewart Bryson, owner and Co-Founder of Red Pill Analytics
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  • Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman, CIO and Co-Founder of Rittman Mead
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The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: The panel discusses how new thinking and new technologies were the catalyst for a new approach to business intelligence projects.
  • Listen to Part 2: Why taking an "API" approach is important in building an agile data factory.
  • Listen to Part 3: Shadow IT, "sandboxing," and how organizational changes are driving the evolution in information management architecture.

Additional Resources

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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Monday Jun 03, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for May 25 - June 1, 2013

On June 1, 2012 the OTNArchBeat Facebook Page had 521 fans. As of today that page now has 2,479 fans, an increase of over 375%. Thanks to all those people who follow the page for making that happen!

Based on the interest of those fans, here are the top ten most popular posts for the week of May 26, 2013 to June 1, 2013.

  1. Connected Architecture for the Creative Economy
    "Solutions for the Creative Economy are not cloud- or mobile-based solutions, or SOA-based solutions, and so on," says Lawrence Wilkes, "but...require connection and collaboration between all of these worlds."
  2. Just How Much Do Failed IT Projects Cost?
    InfoQ writer Shane Hastie offers some very large but not at all surprising numbers to answer the question "Just how much do failed IT projects cost?"
  3. Towards Next Practice EA
    Richard Veryard examines the "two main clusters of Enterprise Architecture practice," Mainstream EA and Next Practice EA.
  4. Understanding API management for mobile app security
    Darin Pendergraft looks at a recent Oracle API Gateway (OAG) implementation.
  5. Download all SATURN 2013 Presentations Now
    The organizers of the recent SATURN 2013 software architecture conference have made all of the conference presentations available for free in a single zip file.
  6. ADF Mobile Insider Essentials: Using the Local Database
    In this video Frederic Debiens shows how you can develop ADF Mobile applications on Android and iOS to access a local SQLite database, providing the capability to display and save data when running in an off-line capacity
  7. MDS XML versus MUDE Part1: Introduction
    "If you aren’t aware of what MDS XML is, or if you have an idea, but are still throwing your hands in the air," check out Stewart Bryson's post.
  8. The Coherence Incubator
    Now in it's new home on, the Oracle Coherence Incubator project offers "a collection of Oracle Coherence-based utilities, distributed computing and data-grid examples, third-party integration examples and implementations of commonly used software patterns."
  9. Customized BPM 11g PS6 Workspace Application
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis continues his series on Oracle BPM 11g workspaces with a look at an updated workspace application for Oracle BPM 11g PS6.
  10. Configuring SSL on OEID v3.0
    Rittman Mead blogger Farnaz Mostowfi's step-by-step guide to enabling SSL connections between different parts of the OEID package will help you avoid the trickier parts of that process.

Thought for the Day

"Sure, 90% of all software is crap. That's because 90% of everything is crap."

Mary Shaw


Thursday May 23, 2013

Your Place in the Evolving IT Landscape

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

Architects: Sell Yourselves, Save the World

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

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 6, 2012

Thought for the Day

"It makes me feel guilty that anybody should have such a good time doing what they are supposed to do."

Charles Eames


Thursday Feb 10, 2011

Show Notes: Bob Hensle on IT Strategies from Oracle


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:

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. .

Stayed tuned: RSS





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