Monday Nov 12, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for November 4-10, 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of November 4-10, 2012.

  1. OAM/OVD JVM Tuning | @FusionSecExpert
    Vinay from the Oracle Fusion Middleware Architecture Group (the very prolific A-Team) shares a process for analyzing and improving performance in Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Access Manager.
  2. Exploring Lambda Expressions for the Java Language and the JVM | Java Magazine
    In the latest //Java/Architect column in Java Magazine, Ben Evans, Martijn Verburg, and Trisha Gee explain how, "although Lambda expressions might seem unfamiliar to begin with, they're quite easy to pick up, and mastering them will be vital for writing applications that can take full advantage of modern multicore CPUs."
  3. SOA Galore: New Books for Technical Eyes Only
    Shake up up your technical skills with this trio of new technical books from community members covering SOA and BPM.
  4. Oracle Solaris 11.1 update focuses on database integration, cloud | Mark Fontecchio
    TechTarget editor Mark Fontecchio reports on the recent Oracle Solaris 11.1 release, with comments from IDC's Al Gillen.
  5. Solving Big Problems in Our 21st Century Information Society | Irving Wladawsky-Berger
    "I believe that the kind of extensive collaboration between the private sector, academia and government represented by the Internet revolution will be the way we will generally tackle big problems in the 21st century. Just as with the Internet, governments have a major role to play as the catalyst for many of the big projects that the private sector will then take forward and exploit. The need for high bandwidth, robust national broadband infrastructures is but one such example." — Irving Wladawsky-Berger
  6. ADF Mobile Custom Javasciprt – iFrame Injection | John Brunswick
    The ADF Mobile Framework provides a range of out of the box components to add within your AMX pages, according to John Brunswick. But what happens when "an out of the box component does not directly fulfill your development need? What options are available to extend your application interface?" John has an answer.
  7. Architects Matter: Making sense of the people who make sense of enterprise IT
    Why do architects matter? Oracle Enterprise Architect Eric Stephens suggests that you ask yourself this question the next time you take the elevator to the Oracle offices on the 45th floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois (or any other skyscraper, for that matter). If you had to take the stairs to get to those offices, who would you blame? "You get the picture," he says. "Architecture is essential for any necessarily complex structure, be it a building or an enterprise." (Read the article...)
  8. Converting SSL certificate generated by a 3rd party to an Oracle Wallet | Paulo Albuquerque
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Paulo Albuquerque shares "a workaround to get your private key, certificate and CA trusted certificates chain into Oracle Wallet."
  9. How Data and BPM are married to get the right information to the right people at the right time | Leon Smiers
    "Business Process Management…supports a large group of stakeholders within an organization, all with different needs," says Oracle ACE Leon Smiers. "End-to-end processes typically run across departments, stakeholders and applications, and can often have a long life-span. So how do organizations provide all stakeholders with the information they need?" Leon provides answers in this post.
  10. Updated Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) Class | Gary Barg
    Oracle SOA Team blogger Gary Barg has news for those interested in a skills upgrade. This updated Oracle University course "explains how to use Oracle BAM to monitor enterprise business activities across an enterprise in real time. You can measure your key performance indicators (KPIs), determine whether you are meeting service-level agreements (SLAs), and take corrective action in real time."

Thought for the Day

"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong."

H. L. Mencken
(September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956)

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for October 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for October 2012.

  1. OAM/OVD JVM Tuning | @FusionSecExpert
    Vinay from the Oracle Fusion Middleware Architecture Group (known as the A-Team) shares a process for analyzing and improving performance in Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Access Manager.
  2. SOA Galore: New Books for Technical Eyes Only
    Shake up up your technical skills with this trio of new technical books from community members covering SOA and BPM.
  3. Clustering ODI11g for High-Availability Part 1: Introduction and Architecture | Richard Yeardley
    "JEE agents can be deployed alongside, or instead of, standalone agents," says Rittman Meade's Richard Yeardley. "But there is one key advantage in using JEE agents and WebLogic – when you deploy JEE agents as part of a WebLogic cluster they can be configured together to form a high availability cluster." Learn more in Yeardley's extensive post.
  4. Solving Big Problems in Our 21st Century Information Society | Irving Wladawsky-Berger
    "I believe that the kind of extensive collaboration between the private sector, academia and government represented by the Internet revolution will be the way we will generally tackle big problems in the 21st century. Just as with the Internet, governments have a major role to play as the catalyst for many of the big projects that the private sector will then take forward and exploit. The need for high bandwidth, robust national broadband infrastructures is but one such example." -- Irving Wladawsky-Berger
  5. Eventually, 90% of tech budgets will be outside IT departments | ZDNet
    Another interesting post from ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick about changing roles in IT.
  6. ADF Mobile - Login Functionality | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "The new ADF Mobile approach with native deployment is cool when you want to access phone functionality (camera, email, sms and etc.), also when you want to build mobile applications with advanced UI," reports Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis.
  7. Podcast: Are You Future Proof? - Part 2
    In Part 2, practicing architects and Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what's truly valuable.
  8. ADF Mobile Custom Javascript — iFrame Injection | John Brunswick
    The ADF Mobile Framework provides a range of out of the box components to add within your AMX pages, according to John Brunswick. But what happens when "an out of the box component does not directly fulfill your development need? What options are available to extend your application interface?" John has an answer.
  9. Oracle Solaris 11.1 update focuses on database integration, cloud | Mark Fontecchio
    TechTarget editor Mark Fontecchio reports on the recent Oracle Solaris 11.1 release, with comments from IDC's Al Gillen.
  10. Architects Matter: Making sense of the people who make sense of enterprise IT
    Why do architects matter? Oracle Enterprise Architect Eric Stephens suggests that you ask yourself this question the next time you take the elevator to the Oracle offices on the 45th floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois (or any other skyscraper, for that matter). If you had to take the stairs to get to those offices, who would you blame? "You get the picture," he says. "Architecture is essential for any necessarily complex structure, be it a building or an enterprise." (Read the article)

Thought for the Day

"I will contend that conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design. It is better to have a system omit certain anomalous features and improvements, but to reflect one set of design ideas, than to have one that contains many good but independent and uncoordinated ideas."

Frederick P. Brooks

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

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 Jan 13, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-01-13

Today's Quote

"Fridays are not pants-optional."
-- Bart Simpson

Today's Links

  • Webcast: Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture and Oracle Exadata
    event.on24.com
    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012 Time: 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
    Speaker: Joe Meeks, Director of Product Management, Oracle
  • Demand for cloud jobs is now stratospheric | David Linthicum
    www.infoworld.com
    The small pool of experienced cloud talent will pose a challenge to employers and opportunity to IT pros.
  • ConferenceBrowserFX: View the Jfokus 2012 schedule with this JavaFX 2.0 app | Jim Weaver
    learnjavafx.typepad.com
    Check out Jim Weaver’s Rich-Client Java Blog and the ConferenceBrowserFX application developed in Java/JavaFX that provides a quick/easy way to view a conference schedule.
  • Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things | Art Markman
    blogs.hbr.org
    "When you need to solve a problem in a new way, you have two options," says Art Markman. "One is pure research and development. The other requires finding knowledge (which we already know) that offers a novel solution."
  • The Business Case for Reading Novels | Anne Kreamer
    blogs.hbr.org
    "Over the past decade, academic researchers such as Oatley and Raymond Mar from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness," says Anne Kreamer
  • Standalone WebLogic domain for ADF 11.1.2.1 | Dmitry Nefedkin
    blogs.oracle.com
    Dmitry Nefedkin describes the basic steps for creating a QA environment for ADF 11.1.2.1.
  • Oracle Connects Big Data to Medium and Small Data | Fahd Mirza
    www.pythian.com
    "This should be the big incentive and relief and a very solid business rationale for the decision makers to try out No SQL technology with their existing infrastructure," says Fahd Mirza.
  • Cloud Candidate Selection; Bite-sized SOA Governance; Fusion Evolution
    www.oracle.com
    This week on the OTN Architect Home Page.
  • Thursday Jan 12, 2012

    Hard Luck Without Soft Skills

    In my conversations with IT architects, whether for the ArchBeat Podcast, or for my Oracle Magazine column, or just in casual gab sessions, the importance of communication and other soft skills comes up with surprising regularity. These soft skills are as essential for effective architecture as they are for the success of individual IT architects.

    Two recent posts on the Harvard Business Review blog come at the idea of soft skills from different angles. Each is worthwhile reading for architects -- and anyone else -- who wants to improve communication and other social skills and the capacity for creative thinking.

    In The Business Case for Reading Novels, by Anne Kreamer, discusses research from York University that offers indications that "fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness."

    Some people, in some roles, might be able to get away without social skillfulness. "IT architect" is not one of those roles. Socially skillful IT architects are far more likely to be effective and successful, and far less likely to find their cars on fire in the parking lot night after night.

    Creative thinking is another important soft skill for architects -- and, let's face it, for everyone else. In Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things, Art Markman suggests that the surest path to real innovation is an indirect approach. "When you need to solve a problem in a new way, you have two options," says Markman. "One is pure research and development. The other requires finding knowledge (which we already know) that offers a novel solution."

    Marman suggests thinking beyond the immediate problem. In my experience, I learned long ago to take that one step further. When I'm tasked with coming up with a creative solution to a problem, the least effective strategy is to think about the problem – at all. For me, focsuing on the problem is the surest path to a complete brain freeze.

    What works for me is doing something completely unrelated to the task at hand. As Markman points out, the information we need to come up with creative solutions is already in our memories. "In order to solve a problem," Markman suggests, "you need to ask your memory the right question." In my case, the right question invariably has nothing to do with the assigned task.

    I'm no neuroscientist, but I figure my strategy works because of the left brain/right brain thing. While the logical, rational side of my brain is focused on some inconsequential diversionary activity (walking, maybe, or reading fiction), the creative, intuitive side of my brain is free to percolate in the background, connecting and reconnecting neural dots until the creative solution emerges. And it always does. Sitting at my desk trying to force a creative thought is a completely pointless activity.

    Bottom line: Cold logic and rationality have a very definite place in IT. But it takes people to make IT work for people. Your soft skills are key to making that happen. Neglect those skills at your peril.

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