Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Video: SOA Transformation (with Lonneke Dikmans)

Oracle ACE Director Lonneke Dikmans shares the details on a Dutch government agency's transition from an Oracle Forms-based environment to a service-oriented environment using Oracle SOA Suite in this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

Friday Jan 24, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - January 17-22, 2014

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days.

  1. Photos from the OTN Lounge
    A dozen photos of people engaged in various activities in the OTN Lounge at OOW13. I meant to upload them right after OpenWorld, before they wandered into some dark corner of my hard drive, only to be found last week. Better late than never...
  2. Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving WebLogic and OSB | Ronaldo Fernandes
    Ronaldo Fernandes slaved for hours risking carpal tunnel damage to write this step by step guide to creating a single sign-on between Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus using Oracle Security Token Service (OSTS) to generate SAML tokens.
  3. Work for Oracle: Course/Curriculum Developer/Trainer
    Work for Oracle! A position is open for a Course/Curriculum Developer/Trainer, to develop customer / partner / internal training for the Fusion Middleware, Java Platform, Database, and Enterprise Management products. Redwood City, CA. Click the link for more information.
  4. Critical Patch Update for Oracle Fusion Middleware - CPU January 2014 | Daniel Mortimer
    Daniel Mortimer shares links and other resources relevant to the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory for January 2014.
  5. Using OUD as a WebLogic Authentication Provider | Sylvain Duloutre
    Oracle Directory Integration Team software architect Sylvain Duloutre discusses the technical details behind the use of Oracle Unified Directory as an external authentication provider for Oracle WebLogic.
  6. Your SOA Governance Homework for the Week
    Your homework for the week: watch two video interviews with SOA Governance experts, read a book by one of those experts, read an OTN technical article by two other SOA Governance experts, all in preparation for an upcoming OTN ArchBeat Podcast on, that's right, SOA Governance. You'll find links to all of those resources in this blog post.
  7. OBIEE, Cloudera Hadoop & Hive/Impala Part 2: Load Data into Hive Tables, Analyze using Hive
    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman continues his series with a post that focuses on using a tool called Hue "to upload some flight delays stats from OBIEE’s SampleApp / Exalytics demos, create Hive tables over those files and then analyse them first using Hive, and then using Cloudera Impala."
  8. Large enterprises purposely build walls between developers and operators | Joe McKendrick
    "DevOps encourages informal, spontaneous and collaborative connections between developers and computer operators," says ZDNet columnist Joe McKendrick. "Everything that large organizations seek to reduce."
  9. Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 VM Download | Mike Hallett
    Want to download Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 as a self-contained VM appliance? Read Mike Hallet's blog post for the details.
  10. Successful BI Apps Implementation Part 2: BI Apps 7.9.6 | Michael Stanhope
    Part 1 of Michael Stanhope's series gave you an introduction to Oracle Business Intelligence Apps and the project lifecycle. In part2 Stanhope takes a deep technical dive into BI Apps 7.9.6.

Thought for the Day

"It's pointless to have a nice clean desk, because it means you're not doing anything."

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist
(born January 24, 1947)


Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

Community Video Profile: Kevin McGinley - OBIEE, Business Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics

Here's a tip of the ArchBeat hat to business intelligence expert Kevin McGinley for his recent confirmation as an Oracle ACE Director.

The video above was recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (a few weeks before his ACED confirmation) when I had a chance to ask Kevin about recent projects and challenges, and about the business intelligence video series he produces with fellow BI whiz Steward Bryson. Kevin is a very sharp guy and I'm sure you'll enjoy this short interview.

Want to learn more about the Oracle ACE Program? Click here.

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Podcast Show Notes: Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World

Like the previous series, the latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast program was also recorded in a hotel room just around the corner from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco just a few weeks ago. The gathered experts, all members of the OTN architect community, agreed to participate in an informal roundtable discussion of what's happening in Service Oriented Architecture. As you'll hear, the conversation ranged from the maturity of Service Oriented Architecture technology and tools, to the the lingering and typically self-imposed problems that can prevent organizations from realizing the full potential of SOA, to what SOA means in the era of *aaS, mobile computing, and big data.

Hajo Normann, Torsten Winterberg, Ronald van Luttikhuizen, and Guido Schmutz (L-R)

Hajo Normann, Torsten Winterberg, Danilo Schmeidel, and Lonneke Dikmans (L-R)

The Panelists

(Listed alphabetically)
  • Lonneke Dikmans, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director
  • Ronald van Luttikuhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster, Oracle ACE Director
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director
  • Hajo Normann, SOA & BPM Lead for ASG at Accenture, Oracle ACE Director
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director
  • Danilo Schmiedel, Solution Architect at Opitz Consulting
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn
  • Guido Schmutz, Technology Manager for SOA/BPM and Architecture Board at Trivadis, Oracle ACE Director
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director
  • Torsten Winterberg, Director of Strategy and Innnovation and head of SOA Competence Center at Opitz Consulting, Oracle ACE Director
    Twitter Blog LinkedIn Oracle ACE Director

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1: SOA technology and tools are mature, says this panel of experts, but why do some organizations still struggle to take full advantage of industrialized SOA?
  • Listen to Part 2: Human nature and a lack of trust among stakeholders can thwart successful SOA. Can a marketplace approach and social tools improve the situation?
  • Listen to Part 3: Do SOA stakeholders recognize the problems caused by poor communication among siloed service development teams?

Coming Soon

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Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Tweets for October 2013

What caught the attention of the 1,988 people who follow @OTNArchBeat last month? The answer is below, in the list of Top 10 Tweets for October 2013

  1. RT @java: Which women in tech inspire you? Blog about them on Ada Lovelace Day! #ALD13
    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM
  2. RT @ORCL_Linux: New blog post: Announcing Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for #Oracle #Linux
    Oct 21, 2013 at 07:11 PM
  3. RT @glassfish: Quick & Dirty How-to Guide: Install #GlassFish 4 on #RaspberryPi. Creating an #IoT infra via @MkHeck
    Oct 27, 2013 at 07:19 PM
  4. RT @java: Nighthacking with James Gosling, interview from Hawaii, watch live Oct. 23, 11am PT #java
    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM
  5. RT @ensode: "Oracle has posted blogs on how to migrate from #Spring to #JavaEE" I wrote the linked article
    Oct 07, 2013 at 10:53 AM
  6. SOA and User Interfaces - by @soacommunity @hajonormann @gschmutz @t_winterberg et al #industrialsoa
    Oct 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
  7. RT @oracleace: Welcome and congrats to new #ACEDs @kevin_mcginley and Rene van Wijk @MiddlewareMagic
    Oct 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM
  8. SOA in Real Life: Mobile Solutions by @soacommunity @HajoNormann @gschmutz @t_winterberg et al #industrialsoa
    Oct 28, 2013 at 09:23 AM
  9. RT @OracleAnalytics: Curious to how big #oow13 was? Here’s an infographic to show you some of the stats.
    Oct 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
  10. Free Poster: ACM in Practice >> thanks to @dschmeid @hajonormann @torsten_winterberg @tbmaier @gschmutz et al.
    Oct 16, 2013 at 09:56 AM

Thought for the Day

"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
(Born November 1, 1960)


Thursday Oct 24, 2013

Community Profile: Chet "ORACLENERD" Justice on Data Integration and Business Intelligence

In this interview recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Oracle ACE Chet "ORACLENERD" Justice talks about the perils of big data integration projects and the need for good communication, and shares some insight into the swimwear choices among those participating in the annual OOW Bay Swim.

Tuesday Oct 22, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for October 22, 2013

Thought for the Day

"In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show."

Timothy Leary, American psychologist and writer
(October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996)


Monday Oct 21, 2013

Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for October 13-19, 2013

The list below represents that Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of October 13-19, 2013, as determined by the clicks, likes, and other activities among the 4,425 fans of that page.

  1. Going Mobile with ADF – Implementing Data Caching and Syncing for Working Offline | Steven Davelaar
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Steven Davelaar takes you on a deep dive into how to use ADF Mobile to create an on-device application that supports working in offline mode.
  2. OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators | Simon Haslam
    Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam shares a very thorough and detailed summary of the most interesting news coming out of Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for Fusion Middleware architects and administrators.
  3. Coherence Special Interest Group (SIG) – Sydney, October 24th
    If you're in the neighborhood... The Coherence Special Interest Group (SIG) in Sydney, Australia will be held on Thursday October 24th at the Park Hyatt Sydney, in The Rocks, between 9am and 5pm. The event will include presentations from customers, partners, and Coherence engineering team members and product managers. Click the link for more info.
  4. Free eBook: Oracle Multitenant for Dummies
    Oracle Multitenant for Dummies is a new e-book that provides a clear overview of the Oracle Database 12c multitenant architecture. It's free (registration required).
  5. Oracle BI Apps – GoldenGate Integration - Part 1: Introduction | Michael Rainey
    Michael Rainey launches a series of posts that guide you through "the architecture and setup for using GoldenGate with OBIA"
  6. Enriching XMLType data using relational data – XQuery and fn:collection in action | Lucas Jellema
    Another detailed technical post from the always prolific Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema.
  7. Webgate Reverse Proxy Farm | Vinay Kalra
    Vinay Kalra's blog post discusses architecture and recommendations for centralizing Webgate deployments onto a server farm.
  8. Free Poster: Adaptive Case Management in Practice
    Thanks to Masons of SOA member Danilo Schmiedel for providing a hi-res copy of the Adaptive Case Management poster, now available for download from the OTN ArchBeat Blog.
  9. Should your team use a framework? | Sten Vesterli
    "Some developers have an aversion to frameworks, feeling that it will be faster to just write everything themselves," observes Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli. He explains why that's a very bad idea in this short post.
  10. Integrating Custom BPM Worklist into WebCenter Portal | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis shares a sample application configured to run a custom BPM Worklist, and shares steps describing how to configure and access it from the WebCenter Portal.

Thought for the Day

"Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not."

Ursula K. Le Guin
(Born October 21, 1929)


Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for October 16, 2013

Thought for the Day

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet
(October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)


Monday Oct 14, 2013

Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for October 6-12, 2013

Among the now 4,369 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page the following items were the most popular for the week of October 6-12, 2013.

  1. Setup a 12c Fusion Middleware Infrastructure | Rene van Wijk
    Oracle ACE Rene van Wijk shows you how to create automation scripts in order to set-up middleware environments.
  2. Multiple SOA Developers Using a Single Install | Antony Reynolds
    "This is not a supported configuration but it is attractive for a development environment," says Antony Reynolds. He describes how to make it happen in this post.
  3. Musings on Fusion Middleware at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 | Howard Beader
    Oracle Fusion Middleware VP Howard Beader recaps product announcements at OOW13.
  4. Tech Article: Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic | Shailesh K. Mishra
    This concise yet detailed technical article from Shailesh K. Mishra includes tech tips and code snippets to help you implement multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.
  5. Oracle Service Bus (OSB) and OEPE Versions on 64-bit Systems | Dr. Frank Munz
    Juicy and helpful tech tips in this post from the author of the "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes."
  6. Video Interview: Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema on SOA, Middleware, DevOps
    Oracle ACE Director and AMIS Services CTO Lucas Jellema talks about SOA, DevOps, and Agile, and describes his work in a project for the Dutch Ministry of Justice that involves a massive transformation from a mid-90s-style architecture to a modern service-oriented architecture based on Oracle Fusion Middleware.
  7. Java 8 – Collection enhancements leveraging Lambda Expressions – or: How Java emulates SQL | Lucas Jellema
    The Java 8 release extends Collection APIs with the notion of Streams to make great use of Lambda expressions. Lucas Jellema's article shows some examples of what this means, "leading up to the revelation that under certain circumstances Java is very similar to SQL."
  8. Video Tutorial: How To Deploy Customizations To Standalone Weblogic Server
    Another free video from the Oracle Learning Library! Invest 8 minutes to learn how to deploy Fusion Application customizations to a standalone Weblogic Server using JDeveloper and ADF.
  9. Extending WebCenter Portal Made Easy | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis shares the good news that the WebCenter Portal release makes extending WebCenter Portal process simpler and more stable thanks to a special JDeveloper application template that is designed to extend WebCenter Portal with custom ADF Task Flows and Java code.
  10. FileNotFoundException after Recent Deployment on WebLogic Server | JayJay Zheng
    Oracle ACE JayJay Zheng shares a quick WebLogic tech tip and some Stack Overflow resources that just might save you some money on aspirin.

Thought for the Day

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

e.e. cummings, American poet
(October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962)





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