Monday Jan 07, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for the week of December 30, 2012 to January 5, 2013

Right on schedule (what schedule?), here are the Top 10 most popular items shared via the OTN ArchBeat Facebook page for the week of December 30, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

  1. Korea Electric Power Enables Simultaneous, Real-Time Data Collection and Analysis with High Performance, Next-Generation Data Processing
    Though it's not deep on technical details, architects will appreciate this concise profile of the what, why, and how behind Korea Electric Power Corp's implementation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition to underpin its Substation Operating Results Management System (SOMAS).
  2. WLST change script to SOA Common, BPEL and BPMN Properties | Michel Schildmeijer
    "I had to tune some performance related items in the SOA /BPM stack, called Dispatcher Thread Settings," says Michel Schildmeijer. "These threads are used for process flows, and the more threads you define the more threads can be handled simultaneously." Learn how in Michel's post.
  3. My ADF Sample Apps Live in Oracle Java Cloud | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "With Oracle Java Cloud available for ADF PS5 deployments, I decided to deploy all my future ADF sample apps from the blog in Oracle Cloud," says Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis. "Blog readers will be able to test described functionality straight away and provide feedback without downloading and running on their machines"
  4. How to build a private IaaS cloud platform - Part I: Servers | Karoly Vegh
    The first post in Karoly Vegh's series, "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform," focuses on evaluating server options and requirements for a general purpose consolidation platform.
  5. BPMN process editor problems in (update) | Mark Nelson
    No need for that aspirin! If you've contacted Oracle Support about a patch to correct issues with the layout in the 4release of BPMN process editor.only to be told no such patch exists, Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Mark Nelson has some welcome news and an link.
  6. Oracle Data Integrator 11g in the Enterprise Part 4: Build Automation and Devops using the ODI SDK | Mark Rittman
    The latest installment in Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's five-part series continues its examination of "some of the more enterprise-orientated features in Oracle Data Integrator 11g."
  7. E2.0 Workbench Podcast 11 – Siebel Self Service with Oracle Service Bus and WebCenter | John Brunswick
    John Brunswick's latest E2.0 Workbench video podcast focuses on a sample scenario that leverages Oracle Service Bus (OSB) "to provide a layer of abstraction, mediation, transformation and monitoring on top of Siebel CRM and WebCenter Content, ultimately exposed to end customers via WebCenter Portal."
  8. Enkitec president Wade Nicholas talks with CRN about Engineered Systems
    Recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Enkitec president Wade Nicolas talks with CRN TV about Oracle Engineered systems. Enkitec, based in Irving, Texas, is home to three members of the Oracle ACE community: Oracle ACE Andy Colvin and Oracle ACE Directors Tanel Põder and Kerry Osborne.
  9. Oracle Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics Summit (BIWA) Summit 2013 | Abhinav Agarwal
    There's still time to register for the Oracle Business Intelligence Warehousing and Analytics Summit (BIWA) happening next week at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, California. Speakers include Tom Kyte and Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman.
  10. Oracle Identity Manager 11g R2 UI Customization Tips and Tricks | Alex Lopez
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Alex Lopez's article "presents a few techniques to implement customizations that go a little beyond the capabilities of Web Composer; but still are within the scope of OIM’s MDS. Each technique will be presented in the context of a use case addressed by the customization implemented using the given technique."

Thought for the Day

"There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone."

Bjarne Stroustrup


Friday Jan 04, 2013

Architects in the Winner's Circle

The annual Oracle Excellence Awards include the Oracle Magazine Technologist of the Year Awards, which recognize "individuals in key roles for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to enterprise technology solutions." We're talking architects here, people! So here's a year-end tip of the ArchBeat hat to the 2012 winners:

Technologist of the Year: Virtualization Architect
Steve Bartholomew, Enterprise Architect, Verizon
Technologist of the Year: Enterprise Architect
Arup Nanda, Senior Director of Database Architecture, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Technologist of the Year: IT Manager
Olgay Tas, Product and Service Development Director, TTNET
Technologist of the Year: Cloud Architect
Kai Yu, Senior Engineer, Oracle Solutions Engineering Lab, Dell

It should be noted that two of the winners, Arup Nanda and Kai Yu, are Oracle ACE Directors, members of the top tier in the Oracle ACE Program, which recognizes not just expertise with Oracle technologies, but the willingness to share that expertise with the community. Do you know someone who deserves that kiind of recognition? You can nominate them for entry into the Oracle ACE program here.

Monday Dec 17, 2012

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

You click, we listen. The following list reflects the Top 10 most popular items posted on the OTN ArchBeat Facefbook page for the week of December 9-15, 2012.

  1. DevOps Basics II: What is Listening on Open Ports and Files – WebLogic Essentials | Dr. Frank Munz
    "Can you easily find out which WebLogic servers are listening to which port numbers and addresses?" asks Dr. Frank Munz. The good doctor has an answer—and a tech tip.
  2. Using OBIEE against Transactional Schemas Part 4: Complex Dimensions | Stewart Bryson
    "Another important entity for reporting in the Customer Tracking application is the Contact entity," says Stewart Bryson. "At first glance, it might seem that we should simply build another dimension called Dim – Contact, and use analyses to combine our Customer and Contact dimensions along with our Activity fact table to analyze Customer and Contact behavior."
  3. SOA 11g Technology Adapters – ECID Propagation | Greg Mally
    "Many SOA Suite 11g deployments include the use of the technology adapters for various activities including integration with FTP, database, and files to name a few," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team member Greg Mally. "Although the integrations with these adapters are easy and feature rich, there can be some challenges from the operations perspective." Greg's post focuses on technical tips for dealing with one of these challenges.
  4. Podcast: DevOps and Continuous Integration
    In Part 1 of a 3-part program, panelists Tim Hall (Senior Director of product management for Oracle Enterprise Repository and Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture), Robert Wunderlich (Principal Product Manager for Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack) and Peter Belknap (Director of product management for Oracle SOA Integration) discuss why DevOps matters and how it changes development methodologies and organizational structure.
  5. Good To Know - Conflicting View Objects and Shared Entity | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis shares his thoughts -- and a sample application -- dealing with an "interesting ADF behavior" encountered over the weekend.
  6. Cloud Deployment Models | B. R. Clouse
    Looking out for the cloud newbies... "As the cloud paradigm grows in depth and breadth, more readers are approaching the topic for the first time, or from a new perspective," says B. R. Clouse. "This blog is a basic review of cloud deployment models, to help orient newcomers and neophytes."
  7. Service governance morphs into cloud API management | David Linthicum
    "When building and using clouds, the ability to manage APIs or services is the single most important item you can provide to ensure the success of the project," says David Linthicum. "But most organizations driving a cloud project for the first time have no experience handling a service-based architecture and don't see the need for API management until after deployment. By then, it's too late."
  8. Oracle Fusion Middleware Security: Password Policy in OAM 11g R2 | Rob Otto
    Rob Otto continues the Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team "Oracle Access Manager Academy" series with a detailed look at OAM's ability to support "a subset of password management processes without the need to use Oracle Identity Manager and LDAP Sync."
  9. Understanding the JSF Lifecycle and ADF Optimized Lifecycle | Steven Davelaar
    Could you call that a surprise ending? Oracle WebCenter & ADF Architecture Team (A-Team) member learned a lot more than he expected while creating a UKOUG presentation entitled "What you need to know about JSF to be succesful with ADF."
  10. Expanding on requestaudit - Tracing who is doing what...and for how long | Kyle Hatlestad
    "One of the most helpful tracing sections in WebCenter Content (and one that is on by default) is the requestaudit tracing," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Kyle Hatlestad. Get up close and technical in his post.

Thought for the Day

"There is no code so big, twisted, or complex that maintenance can't make it worse."

Gerald Weinberg


Thursday Dec 13, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 13, 2012

Thought for the Day

"Smart data structures and dumb code works a lot better than the other way around."

Eric Raymond


Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 11, 2012

Thought for the Day

"Well over half of the time you spend working on a project (on the order of 70 percent) is spent thinking, and no tool, no matter how advanced, can think for you."

Frederick P. Brooks


Friday Dec 07, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 7, 2012

Thought for the Day

"All models are wrong; some models are useful."

George Box


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


Tuesday Dec 04, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 4, 2012

Thought for the Day

"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."

— Anonymous


Monday Dec 03, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for November 2012

Every day ArchBeat searches the web for content created by and for community members, and then shares that content via social media. Here's the list of the Top 10 most popular items posted on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for November 2012.

  1. One-Stop Shop for Oracle Webcasts
    Webcasts can be a great way to get information about Oracle products without having to go cross-eyed reading yet another document off your computer screen. Oracle's new Webcast Center offers selectable filtering to make it easy to get to the information you want. Yes, you have to register to gain access, but that process is quick, and with over 200 webcasts to choose from you know you'll find useful content.
  2. OAM/OVD JVM Tuning
    Vinay from the Oracle Fusion Middleware Architecture Group (otherwise known as the A-Team) shares a process for analyzing and improving performance in Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Access Manager.
  3. White Paper: Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Advanced I/O Virtualization Architecture for Consolidating High-Performance Workloads
    This new white paper by Adam Hawley (with contributions from Yoav Eilat) describes in great detail the incorporation into Oracle Exalogic of virtualized InfiniBand I/O interconnects using Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology.
  4. Architected Systems: "If you don't develop an architecture, you will get one anyway..."
    "Can you build a system without taking care of architecture?," asks Manuel Ricca. "You certainly can. But inevitably the system will be unbalanced, neglecting the interests of key stakeholders, and problems will soon emerge."
  5. Backup and Recovery of an Exalogic vServer via rsync
    "On Exalogic a vServer will consist of a number of resources from the underlying machine," says the man known only as Donald. "These resources include compute power, networking and storage. In order to recover a vServer from a failure in the underlying rack all of these components have to be thoughts about. This article only discusses the backup and recovery strategies that apply to the storage system of a vServer."
  6. This Week on the OTN Architect Community Home Page
    Make time to check out this week's features on the OTN Solution Architect Homepage, including:
  7. 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.
  8. OIM 11g : Multi-thread approach for writing custom scheduled job | Saravanan V S
    Saravanan shares insight and expertise relevant to "designing and developing an OIM schedule job that uses multi threaded approach for updating data in OIM using APIs."
  9. How to Create Virtual Directory in Weblogic Server | Zeeshan Baig
    Oracle ACE Zeeshan Baig shows you how in six easy steps.
  10. 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.

Thought for the Day

"Humans are the best value in computers -- where else can you get a non-linear computer weighing only about 160lbs, having a billion binary decision elements, that can be mass-produced by unskilled labour?"

— Anonymous


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





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