Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 28, 2012

Thought for the Day

"A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable."

Leslie Lamport

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 15, 2012

Thought for the Day

"A good plan executed today always beats a perfect plan executed tomorrow."

George S. Patton
(November 11, 1885 - December 21, 1945)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 8, 2012

Thought for the Day

"(When) asking skilled architects…what they do when confronted with highly complex problems…(they) would most likely answer, 'Just use Common Sense.' (A) better expression than 'common sense' is 'contextual sense' — a knowledge of what is reasonable within a given content. Practicing architects through eduction, experience and examples accumulate a considerable body of contextual sense by the time they're entrusted with solving a system-level problem…"

Eberhardt Rechtin
(January 16, 1926 – April 14, 2006)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Friday Oct 12, 2012

Updated Agenda for OTN Architect Day Los Angeles (Oct 25)

Here's the latest information on the session schedule and content for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Los Angeles on October 25, 2012. Registration is open, but seating is limited.

When: Thursday October 25 12, 2012
8:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Sofitel Los Angeles
8555 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Agenda

Time

Session Title

Room

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Comments | Bob Rhubart

Beverly Ballroom

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Engineered Systems: Oracle's Vision for the Future | Dhanraj Pondicherry

Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic are impressive products in their own right. But working in combination they deliver unparalleled transaction processing performance with up to a 30x increase over existing legacy systems, with the lowest cost of ownership over a 3 or 5 year basis than any other hardware. In this session you'll learn how to leverage Oracle's Engineered Systems within your enterprise to deliver record-breaking performance at the lowest TCO.

Beverly Ballroom

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Monitoring and Managing Applications in the Cloud | Basheer KhanOracle ACE Director

Oracle offers a broad portfolio of software and hardware products and services to enable public, private and hybrid clouds to power the enterprise. However, enterprise cloud computing presents new management challenges, that need to be addressed to realize the economic benefits of cloud computing. In this session you will learn about the methods and tools you can use to proactively monitor your end-to-end Oracle Applications environment in the cloud, define service-level objectives, gain insight into your end users, and troubleshoot performance problems from a single console.

Beverly Ballroom

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Cloud Computing - Making IT Simple | Dr. James Baty

The road to Cloud Computing is not without a few bumps. This session will help to smooth out your journey by tackling some of the potential complications. We'll examine whether standardization is a prerequisite for the Cloud. We'll look at why refactoring isn't just for application code. We'll check out deployable entities and their simplification via higher levels of abstraction. And we'll close out the session with a look at engineered systems and modular clouds.

Beverly Ballroom

  • Innovations in Grid Computing with Oracle Coherence | Ashok Aletty

Learn how Oracle Coherence can increase the availability, scalability and performance of your existing applications with its advanced low-latency data-grid technologies. Also hear some interesting industry-specific use cases that customers had implemented and how Oracle is integrating Coherence into its Enterprise Java stack.

Hollywood Room

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Enterprise Strategy for Cloud Security | Dave Chappelle

Security is high on the list of concerns for many organizations as they evaluate their cloud computing options. This session will examine security in the context of the various forms of cloud computing. We'll consider technical and non-technical aspects of security, and discuss several strategies for cloud computing, from both the consumer and producer perspectives.

Beverly Ballroom

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager | Perren Walker

This session examines new Oracle Enterprise Manager monitoring, administration, and management features for Oracle Exalogic. It focuses on two management themes: cloud management related to virtualization and applications-to-disk management. For private cloud management, it discusses virtualization management features providing an enhanced set of application deployment capabilities enabling IaaS as well as PaaS interactions. Then from an end-to-end perspective, it covers the specific capabilities and—where applicable—best practices for machine, cloud, middleware, and application administration.

Hollywood Room

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch

Beverly Ballroom Lounge

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion - Q&A with session speakers

Beverly Ballroom

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions (pick one)

  • Oracle Cloud Reference Architecture | Anbu Krishnaswamy

Cloud initiatives are beginning to dominate enterprise IT roadmaps. Successful adoption of Cloud and the subsequent governance challenges warrant a Cloud reference architecture that is applied consistently across the enterprise. This presentation will answer the important questions: What exactly is a Cloud, why you need it, what changes it will bring to the enterprise, and what are the key capabilities of a Cloud infrastructure are - using Oracle's Cloud Reference Architecture, which is part of the IT Strategies from Oracle (ITSO) Cloud Enterprise Technology Strategy ETS).

Beverly Ballroom

  • 21st Century SOA | Jeff Davies

Service Oriented Architecture has evolved from concept to reality in the last decade. The right methodology coupled with mature SOA technologies has helped customers demonstrate success in both innovation and ROI. In this session you will learn how Oracle SOA Suite's orchestration, virtualization, and governance capabilities provide the infrastructure to run mission critical business and system applications. We'll also take a special look at the convergence of SOA & BPM using Oracle's Unified technology stack.

Hollywood Room

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Break

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion

Beverly Ballroom

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing Comments & Readouts from Roundtables

Beverly Ballroom

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking / Reception

Beverly Ballroom Lounge

Note: Session schedule and content subject to change.

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-10-12

  • This is your brain on IT architecture. Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Los Angeles, Oct 25
    This is your brain on IT architecture. Stuff your cranium with architecture by attending Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Los Angeles, October 25, 2012, at the Sofitel Los Angeles, 8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Technical sessions, panel Q&A, and peer roundtables--plus a free lunch. Register now.
  • WebCenter Sites Gadget Development Concepts Quickstart | John Brunswick
    What are Gadgets? "At their most basic level they can be thought of as lightweight portlets that run largely on the client side of an architecture," says John Brunswick. "Gadgets provide a cross-platform container to run reusable UI modules that generally expose dynamic information to an end user, allowing for some level of end user customization."
  • ORCLville: OOW 2012 - A Not So Brief Recap
    Oracle ACE Director Floyd Teter, an Applications & Apps Technology specialists, shares his personal, frank, and and extensive recap or Oracle OpenWorld 2012.
  • Fusion Applications Technical Tips | Naveen Nahata
    "Setting memory parameters for Admin and Managed servers of various domains in Fusion Applications can be, let us say, a little daunting," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Naveen Nahata. "While all this may look complicated and intimidating, it is actually relatively simple once you understand how it all works."
  • Following the Thread in OSB | Antony Reynolds
    Antony Reynolds recently led an Oracle Service Bus POC in which his team needed to get high throughput from an OSB pipeline. "Imagine our surprise when, on stressing the system, we saw it lock up, with large numbers of blocked threads." He shares the details of the problem and the solution in this extensive technical post.
  • ExaLogic Hackers Night - November 19th Nürnberg Germany | WebLogic Partner Community EMEA
    Want to get your hands on Oracle Exalogic? Make your way to Nürnberg, Germany for this Exalogic Hacker's Night on November 19, 2012. Experts will be on hand to help you test your ideas. (The blog post is in English, but the event registration page is in German.)

Thought for the Day

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…"

Ralph Waldo Emerson
(May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Monday Sep 17, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for September 9-15, 2012

The Top 10 most-viewed items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the week of September 9-15, 2017.

  1. 15 Lessons from 15 Years as a Software Architect | Ingo Rammer
    In this presentation from the GOTO Conference in Copenhagen, Ingo Rammer shares 15 tips regarding people, complexity and technology that he learned doing software architecture for 15 years.
  2. Attend OTN Architect Day – by Architects, for Architects – October 25
    You won't need 3D glasses to take in these live presentations (8 sessions, two tracks) on Cloud computing, SOA, and engineered systems. And the ticket price is: Zero. Nothing. Absolutely free. Register now for Oracle Technology Network Architect Day in Los Angeles. Thursday October 25, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sofitel Los Angeles , 8555 Beverly Boulevard , Los Angeles, CA 90048.
  3. Cloud API and service designers, stop thinking small | Cloud Computing - InfoWorld
    "The focus must shift away from fine-grained APIs that provide some type of primitive service, such as pushing data to a block of storage or perhaps making a request to a cloud-rooted database," says InfoWorld's David Linthicum. "To go beyond primitives, you must understand how these services should be used in a much larger architectural context. In other words, you need to understand how businesses will employ these services to form real workplace solutions—inside and outside the enterprise."
  4. Adding a runtime picker to a taskflow parameter in WebCenter | Yannick Ongena
    Oracle ACE Yannick Ongena shows how to create an Oracle WebCenter popup to allow users to "select items or do more complex things."
  5. Oracle IAM 11g R2 docs are now available
    "One of the great things about the new doc set is the inclusion of ePub files," says Fusion Middleware A-Team blogger Chris Johnson. "This means that if you have an iPad you can load up the doc library onto that and read the docs on the couch."
  6. Setting up a local Yum Server using the Exalogic ZFS Storage Appliance | Donald
    A concise technical post from the man named Donald.
  7. What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2? | The Fat Bloke Sings
    "One of the trends we've seen is that as the average host platform becomes more powerful, our users are consistently running more and more vm's," says The Fat Bloke. "Some of our users have large libraries of vm's of various vintages, whilst others have groups of vm's that are run together as an assembly of the various tiers in a multi-tiered software solution, for example, a database tier, middleware tier, and front-ends." The new VirtualBox release, a year in the making, addresses the needs of these users, he explains.
  8. Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence 11g MDS XML Source Control Management with Git Version Control | Christian Screen
    Oracle ACE Christian Screen developed this tutorial for those interested in learning how to configure the Oracle Business Intelligence 11g (11.1.1.6) metadata repository for development using the new MDS XML source control management functionality.
  9. Identity and Access Management at Oracle Open World 2012 | Brian Eidelman
    Fusion Middleware A-Team blogger Brian Eideleman highlights three Oracle Openworld sessions that will put Identity and Access Management in the spotlight, and shares a link to the "Focus On: Identity Management" document, a comprehensive listing of Openworld activities also dealing with IM.
  10. Starting and stopping WebLogic automatically using Upstart | Chris Johnson
    "In Ubuntu, RedHat and Oracle Linux there's a new flavor of init called Upstart that all the kids are using," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Chris Johnson. "It's the new hotness when it comes to making programs into daemons and wiring them to start and stop at appropriate times."

Thought for the Day

"The purpose of software engineering is to control complexity, not to create it."

Pamela Zave

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

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

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Friday Sep 07, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-09-07

Thought for the Day

"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."

— Unknown

Source: Quote Garden

Tuesday Aug 28, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-28

  • You may be tempted by IaaS, but you should PaaS on that or your database cloud journey will be a short one
    "The better option [to IaaS] is to rationalize the deployment stack so that VMs are needed only for exceptional cases," says B. R. Clouse. "By settling on a standard operating system and patch level, you create an infrastructure that potentially all of your databases can share. Now, the building block will be database instances or possibly schemas within databases. These components are the platforms on which you will deploy workloads, hence this is known as Platform as a Service (PaaS)."
  • 'Shadow IT' can be the cloud's best friend | David Linthicum
    "I do not advocate that IT give up control and allow business units to adopt any old technology they want," says Infoworld cloud computing blogger David Linthicum. "However, IT needs to face reality: For the past three decades or so, corporate IT has been slow on the uptake around the use of productive new technologies." Do you agree?
  • 9 ways cloud will impact IT employment | ZDNet
    ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick condenses information from a recent report on how cloud computing will impact IT jobs. Number one on the list: New categories of jobs arising from cloud computing, which include "private cloud developers and administrators, departmental liaisons, integration specialists, cloud architects, and compliance specialists." Yeah, that's right, cloud architects.

    For more on cloud architects, including what you need to up your game to thrive in the cloud, check out "The Role of the Cloud Architect" on the OTN ArchBeat Podcast.
  • Decisions, Decisions: The art, science, and politics of technology selection
    "When the time comes for a solution architect to make the final decision about the technologies, standards, and other elements that are to be incorporated into a particular project, what factors weigh most heavily on that decision? It comes as no surprise that among the architects I contacted, business needs top the list."
  • Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    Anand Akela's byline is on this post, but "Dr. Jürgen Fleischer, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Engineering" appears at the end of the post, so it's anybody's guess as to who wrote this thing. But the content includes a complete listing of the Exalogic 2.0.1 Tea Break Snippets series written by a member of the Exalogic team who goes by the name "The Old Toxophilist." So maybe the best thing to do here is ignore the names and focus on the very useful conent.
  • Boost your infrastructure with Coherence into the Cloud | Nino Guarnacci
    Nino Guarnacci describes a use case that involved managing a variety of data caches that process complex queries and parallel computational operations, in order to maintain the caches in a consistent state on different server instances.

Thought for the Day

"No one hates software more than software developers."

Jeff Atwood

Source: SoftwareQuotes

Friday Aug 24, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-24

Thought for the Day

"When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."

R. Buckminster Fuller
(July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

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