Monday May 21, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 20 for May 13-19, 2012

The Top 20 most-clicked links as shared via my social networks for the week of May 13-19, 2012.

  1. Webcast: Conquering Big Data with the Oracle Information Architecture Model - May 30
  2. Free Event: Modern #Java Development, in/outside the Enterprise - May 30 - Redwood Shores, CA
  3. Organizational Culture and the influence on Enterprise Architecture | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
  4. Lazy On-Demand Querying of Detail View Objects | Steven Davelaar
  5. Bay Area Coherence Special Interest Group (BACSIG) Meeting June 7
  6. Mobilize Your Business Process Applications | Pat Shepherd
  7. New York Coherence Special Interest Group (NYCSIG) - May 24
  8. Platform Approach to Identity in The Cloud | Naresh Persaud
  9. 2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards - Win a FREE Pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in SF
  10. Webcast series: Identity Management as a Platform
  11. Webcast: Achieving Product Innovation with Purpose-built MDM - May 22 - 9am PT / Noon ET
  12. Jim Highsmith on Adaptive Leadership
  13. CIO Webcast: Oracle Database Appliance Best Practices - May 23
  14. Enterprise Gamification: increasing workforce engagement, ROI... | John Sim
  15. Asymmetric read/write path — a trend for scalable architecture | Alexey Ragozin
  16. BPM Process Accelerator Packs | Pat Shepherd
  17. ODTUG Kscope12 - June 24-28 - San Antonio, TX
  18. SOA Maturity Models | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
  19. New Oracle security papers and Oracle forensics tool | Pete Finnigan
  20. How Does RTD Make Decisions? | James Knight

Thought for the Day

"Why are video games so much better designed than office software? Because people who design video games love to play video games. People who design office software look forward to doing something else on the weekend."

Ted Nelson


Friday May 18, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-05-18

  • Bay Area Coherence Special Interest Group (BACSIG) Meeting
    Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012
    Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where: Oracle Conference Center – Room # 103
    350 Oracle Parkway
    Redwood, Shores, CA

    • 6:00 p.m. - Coherence 101, The Evolution of Distributed Caching - Noah Arliss (Oracle)
    • 7:00 p.m. - Optimizing Performance for Oracle Coherence and TopLink Grid at OOCL - Matt Rosen, Leo Limqueco (OOCL)
    • 8:00 p.m. - Oracle Coherence Message Bus - Extreme Performance on Oracle Exalogic - Ballav Bihani (Oracle)
  • Platform Approach to Identity in The Cloud | Naresh Persaud
    Naresh Persaud shares links to an on-demand replay of "Manpower Group Platform Approach to Indentity in the Cloud" by David Poll of Manpower Group and Naynesh Patel of Simieo Solutions, along with a transcript of Q&A from the original webcast.
  • Mobilize Your Business Process Applications | Pat Shepherd
    Pat Shepherd shares two different approaches using ADF Mobile and Actionable Emails.
  • Jim Highsmith on Adaptive Leadership
    Recorded at the 10th anniversary of the agile manifesto signing, Jim Highsmith discusses how he works with executive management teams to introduce and integrate agile techniques into enterprise organizations from both the business and IT sides.
  • New York Coherence Special Interest Group (NYCSIG) - May 24
    Oracle Office
    520 Madison Avenue 30th Floor
    New York, NY

    • The Top Ten Coherence Features You Are Probably Not Using (Patrick Peralta - Oracle)
    • Large-Scale Financial Risk Reporting with Coherence - Lessons Learned and a Vision for Cluster Management (Christoph Leinemann - Software Consultant)
    • Advanced Partitioning Concepts and Techniques in Coherence (Gene Gleyzer - Oracle)

Thought for the Day

"I understand what's it like to work all week and on Friday night just want to go and leave your brain at the door, buy some popcorn and be thrilled by something."

Don Cheadle

Source: Brainy Quote

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Architects, Leadership, and Influence

Technical expertise is a given for architects. In addition to solid development experience, extensive knowledge of technical trends, tools, standards, and methodolgies (not to mention business accumen) provides the foundation for the decisions the architect must make in the effort to get all the pieces to work together. But even superior technical chops can't overcome a lack of leadership.

Leadership is about influence: the ability to effectively communicate — to sell your ideas and defend your decisions in a manner that affects the decisions of the people around you. Leadership and influence are especially important in situations in which the architect may not have the authority to simply tell people what to do. And even when the architect has that kind of authority, influential leadership can mean the difference between gaining real buy-in and support from colleagues and stakeholders, and settling for their grudging acceptance (or worse). Guess which outcome is likely to produce the best results.

In a previous post I presented some examples of the kind of criticism that is leveled at architects, a great deal of which can be attributed to a lack of leadership and influence on the part of the targets of that criticism. So it was serendipitous that I recently ran across a post on the Harvard Business Review blog written by Chris Musselwhite and Tammie Plouffe.

That post, When Your Influence Is Ineffective, includes this:

[I]nfluence becomes ineffective when individuals become so focused on the desired outcome that they fail to fully consider the situation. While the influencer may still gain the short-term desired outcome, he or she can do long-term damage to personal effectiveness and the organization, as it creates an atmosphere of distrust where people stop listening, and the potential for innovation or progress is diminished.

The need to "see the big picture" is a grossly reductive assesement of the architect's responsibilities — but that doesn't mean it's not true. That big picture perspective must encompass both the technological elements of the architecture and the elements responsible for implementing those technologies in compliance with the prescribed architecture. Technologies may be tempermental, but they don't have personalities or egos, and they are unlikely to carry a grudge — not yet, anyway (Hello, Skynet!).  Effective leadership and the ability to influence people can help to ensure that all the pieces fit and that they work together, today and tomorrow.

Friday Mar 30, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-03-30

Thought for the Day

"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure."

Edsger Dijkstra




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