Monday Dec 22, 2014

A Staggering Screen Experience: Top Ten 2 Minute Tech Tip Videos for 2014

I recorded the first 2 Minute Tech Tip video on August 29, 2014. Since then (as of this writing), 34 people have presented tech tips, and more are on the way. Some are recorded via Skype, so the Tipsters can stay in their pajamas. The rest are recorded in-person, using my trusty iPad2. All are edited and assembled using iMovie. I have great fun doing these videos, and I'm reasonably certain the people presenting the tips had fun, too (though for #3 I thought I might have to perform CPR on Oracle ACE Luis Weir, and Oracle ACE Director Rich Niemiec in #2 scared me a little).

So here, based on YouTube's analytics, are the Top 10 most popular 2 Minute Tech Tips for 2014. Big thanks to all of the Tipsters who participated, and congratulations to those who made this list.

  1. Vagrant, Puppet, Docker, and Packer | Lucas Jellema
    Published on Sep 10, 2014
  2. Oracle 12c New Features | Rich Niemiec
    Published on Oct 3, 2014
  3. Tools for SOA Governance and API Management | Luis Weir
    Published on Oct 6, 2014
  4. How to be a Database Security Superhero | Michelle Malcher
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  5. PL/SQL Performance Tuning - Art or Science? | Michael Rosenblum
    Published on Oct 7, 2014
  6. Building a Responsive WebCenter Portal with ADF | JayJay Zheng
    Published on Aug 29, 2014
  7. Fast, Focused Essbase Data Extraction | Cameron Lackpour
    Published on Sep 17, 2014
  8. Application Security Essentials | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  9. Just Say No to Spaghetti Code | Steven Feuerstein LinkedIn
    Published on Nov 13, 2014
  10. Managing Java Memory Use | John Davies LinkedIn
    Published on Sep 15, 2014

If you want to be a 2 Minute Tech Tipster, please contact me via Twitter: @OTNArchBeat

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Dec 12-18, 2014

Here it is, the final Facebook Friday Top 10 list for 2014 (I'm taking some time off over the holidays). In 2014 the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page picked up an additional 1,455 new fans, for a total of 6,217. Big thanks to all the fans who follow the page, and to the experts who create all the content that brings the fans to the page.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

  1. Oracle BPM 12c Gateways: Parallel Gateway | Antonis Antoniou
    Part 3 in Oracle ACE Associate Antonis Antoniou's 5-part series shows you how to you can use the parallel gateway in a process.
  2. How to implement a custom WCS flex filter | Noël Jaffré
    This A-Team Chronicles blog post includes links to a document by Noël Jaffré of OCS/EMEA "that describes very succinctly how to implement a custom flex filter class for use with WebCenter Sites flex assets."
  3. Top 10 Things You Should Know About BPM 11g/12c | Mark Foster et al
    Mark Foster collaborated with his A-Team colleagues Sushil Shukla, Siming Mu, John Featherly, and Pete Farkas to put together this list of things everyone should know when embarking on a BPM project.
  4. Top 5 OTN Business Intelligence Articles for 2014
    Why only the Top 5? Because these five Business Intelligence articles totally dominated the category. Congrats to authors Mark Rittman, Kevin McGinley, Christian Screen, Edelweiss Kammermann, and Yuli Vasiliev.
  5. Xmas Day 2014: IoT Devices Go Online | Hinkmond Wong
    Hinkmond Wong shares an interesting take on how Christmas Day 2014 might be a milestone in Internet history.
  6. Updated Coherence JVisualVM Plugin in Latest Coherence Patch | Tim Middleton
    As reported by Tim Middleton, Coherence, (Patch 18378184) includes updates to the Coherence JVisualVM Plugin, a couple of UI tweaks, and it addresses an issue when monitoring Coherence clusters in WebLogic Server environments.
  7. Podcast: Customizing the Oracle EBS User Experience
    APEX? Forms? OBI? Excel? Monty Latiolais heads up an expert panel that debates the relative merits of various solutions for customizing the Oracle EBS user experience.
  8. Free Tutorial Series: Monitoring of Mobile Applications | Oracle Learning Library
    This series of four short tutorials (5 mins each) describes the daily monitoring of mobile applications with the Applications Interface Services Server through Server Manager. Free from the Oracle Learning Library.
  9. BPM Workspace Login with libOVD and LDAP - Part 1: Configuration and Startup | Siming Mu
    This article by solution architect Siming Mu is the first of a series that will shed some light on the interactions between BPM Workspace, libOVD and LDAPs. Information in this post is obtained by analyzing a series of libOVD trace logs.
  10. Top 10 OTN Identity Mgmt and Security Articles for 2014
    Too much coffee keeping you up at night? Or is it the ever-present risk of hacker attacks, like the recent assault on Sony Pictures? Ease your mind with this list of 2014's Top 10 most popular OTN technical articles on identity management and security.

Monday Dec 15, 2014

Top 10 OTN Identity Mgmt and Security Articles for 2014.

Too much coffee keeping you up at night? Or is it something else?

Identity Management and Security are consistently hot topics across the OTN community. Given the frequency of news reports of hacker attacks like the recent assault on Sony Pictures, it's easy to understand why.

So, as part of my ongoing series of posts looking back on some of the OTN content that has attracted the most eyeballs in 2014, here's a list of the year's Top 10 Identity and Security articles. If you know any of the authors, take them out for an espresso.

  1. How To Configure Browser-based SSO with Kerberos/SPNEGO and Oracle WebLogic Server [May 2013]
    by Abhijit Patil
    Oracle WebLogic Server offers a complete solution for single sign-on with Microsoft clients using Kerberos.
  2. Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus [January 2014]
    by Ronaldo Fernandes
    Using Oracle Security Token Service to generate Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) tokens.
  3. Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Reconciliation Events Processing [April 2013]
    by Firdaus Fraz
    Available options and the associated limitations for reconciliation and the sequencing of reconciliation events in Oracle Identity Manager
  4. Diagnosing Intermittent Authentication Failures and User Lock-Outs in Oracle WebLogic [February 2014]
    by Shailesh K. Mishrah
    How login failures in WebLogic can be diagnosed with the help of available debug flags and log files.
  5. Flexible Manipulation of Session Timeout for Oracle Identity Manager Web Applications [January 2014]
    by Firdaus Fraz
    Session timeout configuration for Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2PS1 using an Oracle WebLogic deployment plan.
  6. Oracle Identity Manager UI Customizations [February 2014]
    by Gaurav Singh
    Tips, tricks, and technical insight into customizations for the Oracle Identity Manager user interface.
  7. Project Lockdown [August 2010]
    by Arup Nanda
    A phased approach to securing your database infrastructure.
  8. Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic [October 2013]
    by Shailesh K. Mishra
    Using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.
  9. Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Catalog: Domain Index Best Practices and FAQs [May 2014]
    by Lokesh Gupta
    Optimizations and best practices for domain-based indexing with the Access Request Catalog feature in Oracle Identity Management.
  10. Protecting IDPs from Malformed SAML Requests [July 2013]
    by Steffo Weber
    Using Oracle API Gateway as an XML firewall to protect Oracle Identity Federation from receiving malformed SAML requests

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Top 10 OTN ArchBeat Technical Videos (Oct 26, 2014 – Nov 24, 2014)

There's nothing wrong with using your screen time to watch, say, every episode of all four seasons of the Battlestar Gallactica reboot back-to-back. But as good as that series is, will it help you develop your technical skills? So why not take an occasional break to spend a few minutes with a video that might actually be good for your career? The list below represents the Top 10 most popular technical videos on the OTN ArchBeat YouTube channel for the past 30 days (Oct 26, 2014 – Nov 24, 2014).

  1. 2 Minute Tech Tip: How to be a Database Security Superhero | Michelle Malcher
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  2. Oracle ADF Development in Eclipse | Shaun O'Brien
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  3. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Application Security Essentials | Douwe Pieter van den Bos
    Published on Oct 10, 2014
  4. 2 Minute Tech Tip: PL/SQL Performance Tuning - Art or Science? | Michael Rosenblum
    Published on Oct 7, 2014
  5. Oracle ADF for Oracle Forms and PL/SQL Developers - Why it's the Right Choice | Grant Ronald
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  6. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Just Say No to Spaghetti Code | Steven Feuerstein
    Published on Nov 13, 2014
  7. Improve Your Oracle ADF App Response Time by as Much as 70 Percent | Frank Houweling
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  8. Top Ten Secrets of Successful Oracle Application Development Framework Projects | Sten Vesterli
    Published on Jan 8, 2014
  9. 2 Minute Tech Tip: Vagrant, Puppet, Docker, and Packer | Lucas Jellema
    Published on Sep 10, 2014
  10. Best Practices in Oracle ADF Development | Frank Nimphius
    Published on Jan 8, 2014

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Nov 14-20, 2014

What are you looking at? If you're one of the 5,949 people following the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page, the chances are good that over the last seven days (November 14-20, 2014) you were looking at one of these Top 10 most popular items.

  1. Getting Started with the A-Team Mobile Persistence Accelerator | Steven Davelaar
    The Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team Mobile Persistence Accelerator (AMPA) is a lightweight persistence and data synchronization framework that works on top of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF). The latest version of AMPA is available as an Open Source Framework on GitHub. Get the details in this extensive post from A-Team solution architect Steven Davelaar.
  2. Mobile Tools for Java (MTJ) 2.0 plugin for Eclipse IDE released | Alexander Belokrylov
    The latest version of the Mobile Tools for Java TM (MTJ) 2.0 release (with significant contributions from Oracle engineers) makes the MTJ plugin IoT-ready by supporting the Java ME Embedded 8 platform. Click the link for more detail from blogger Alexander Belokrylov.
  3. Secure Oracle MAF applications with Oracle Mobile Security Suite | Kundan Vyas
    This article by Kundan Vyas illustrates how to containerize and secure the content of an Oracle Mobile Application Foundation app using Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS).
  4. Oracle Mobile Application Framework: Loading Images in a Background Process - Part I | Luc Bors
    Oracle ACE Luc Bors, author of the Oracle Mobile Application Framework Developer Guide, shows you how to load the images of a List in a background process, after the other content has been loaded.
  5. Oracle’s Architect Community Newsletter - November 2014 Edition
    The OTN Architect Community newsletter for November focuses on Identity Management and Security, and features a selection of technical articles and other resources to help you keep the bad guys out.
  6. Integrating Oracle Access Management Platform with Mobile Application Framework | Paul Toal
    The shift from desktop and laptop to mobile working is well underway. In this article Paul Toal shows you how to use your existing Oracle Identity and Access Management platform as the security layer within your mobile applications.
  7. Getting to know Docker: A Better Way to do Virtualization? | Mark Nelson, Edwin Biemond, Joel Nation
    Docker allows you to create reusable containers with applications in them. These can be distributed, will run on several platforms, and are much smaller than the equivalent virtual machine images. Learn more in this article from Mark Nelson, Edwin Biemond, and Joel Nation.
  8. Oracle's Mobile Leaders: Daniel Iversen and Ruben Garcia Mohedano
    "What we found was that a lot of companies are so caught up in complexities of developing mobile apps that they end up building point solutions that only create a fragmented and disconnected experience for their mobile audience," says Daniel Iversen in this interview with Chris Muir.
  9. Automated Policy Synchronization (APS) for OAM Clone Environment | Kiran Thakkar
    Automated Synchronization between Master and Clone OAM Environments is supported in Oracle Access Manager R2PS2. In this article, Kiran Thakkar walks you step-by-step through the configuration process.
  10. Designing Your Business for the Digital Economy | Jeanne Ross
    "Many enterprise architects are still trying to gain traction within their organizations, partly because the term architecture is not widely understood." Learn more in this summary of the 2014 Oracle Enterprise Architecture Summit presentation by Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Sloan.

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Oct 3-9, 2014

Among the 5,415 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page, the following Top 10 items drew the most attention over the past seven days, October 3-9, 2014. Do you have a favorite?

  1. Video: 2 Minute Tech Tip: PL/SQL Performance Tuning - Art or Science? | Michael Rosenblum
    Do you approach PL/SQL performance tuning as an art or as a science? Oracle ACE Michael Rosenblum's tech tip addresses why you should know the difference. Watch it now.
  2. Video: Tweeting for Beer at #OOW14 | Marco Maciel
    Java Embedded Consultant Marco Maciel demonstrates the Tweet for Beer project he developed with Bruno Borges. Recorded on my iPhone in the OTN Lounge at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.
  3. Applications for Security Audits – Part 1 | Olaf Heimburger
    The underlying identity management components in Fusion Apps -- Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) and Oracle Access Manager (OAM) -- come with predefined reports that provide a good starting point for your security audits. This is the first of three articles that cover how to extend your Fusion Applications environment with these pre-packaged reports. Prepare Your Fusion
  4. BPM 11g: Instance Patching Revisited: Inability to Create New Instances | Mark Foster
    A-Team solution architect Mark Foster digs into Instance Patching with a look at the unforeseen consequences when a customer made a small change to a BPM process.
  5. Oracle Mobile Application Framework Challenge
    Work your mobile mojo with Oracle MAF for a shot at a $6000 first prize! The Oracle Mobile Application Challenge invites developers to demonstrate how the Oracle Mobile Application Framework can be used to create and/or extend an enterprise application through mobile technology and then deploy that application on a mobile device. Click the link for more details and registration.
  6. Video: 2 Minute Tech Tip: Using Oracle ADF Libraries | Sten Vesterli
    Looking for expert advice on using Oracle ADF? Here's a 2-minute tip from the author of Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development – Made Simple: Second Edition (Packt Publishing). Recorded on my trusty iPad at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Oracle ACE Director Sten Vesterli shares a quick tip on using ADF libraries and building a solid foundation for ADF applications. SOURCE: ORA.CL
  7. Twitter Tuesday: Top 10 Tweets - October 1-7, 2014
    Lots of #OOW14 stuff in this week's Twitter Tuesday Top 10 List.
  8. Video: 2 Minute Tech Tip: Tools for SOA Governance and API Management | Luis Weir
    Can Oracle ACE Luis Weir list 20 tools for SOA governance, API management, and configuration management in two minutes or less without oxygen? See for yourself. Recorded at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.
  9. Video: 2 Minute Tech Tip: Using the Direct Database Request Feature in OBIEE | Kevin McGinley
    Oracle ACE Director Kevin McGinley's tech tip focuses on using the direct database request feature in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to empower super-users to query databases directly, bypassing the OBIEE metadata layer.
  10. Video: 2 Minute Tech Tip: Oracle Data Integrator Flexibility | Gurcan Orhan
    Can you spare one minute and four seconds for a tip from the recipient of the 2011 Oracle Excellence Award for Enterprise Architect of the Year? Oracle ACE Director Gurcan Orhan knows his stuff.

Friday Jun 13, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - June 6-12, 2014

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

  1. Logging in OIM custom code | Daniel Gralewski
    Daniel Gralewski, a principal solution architect with Oracle, shows you how to leverage the Oracle Fusion Middleware infrastructure in which OIM runs in order to create proper logging information from custom code.
  2. Video: Things to Keep In Memory About Oracle Database In-Memory | Tom Kyte
    What do you know about Oracle Database In-Memory? Tom Kyte recaps his Great Lakes Oracle Conference keynote with four key points to keep in your own memory.
  3. Where did my MDB concurrency go? | Eric Gross
    A-Team solution architect Eric Gross analyzes and solves a customer-reported problem with Message Driven Bean (MDB) concurrency in WebLogic Server.
  4. Video: Mobile App Development with Oracle ADF Mobile | Shay Shmeltzer
    Oracle Development Tools Director of Product Management Shay Shmeltzer talks about mobile application development and Oracle ADF, the core subjects of his presentations as part of the ADF and Fusion Development track at ODTUG KScope, June 22-26, 2014 in Seattle, WA.
  5. Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 @ArchBeat Tweets - June 3-9, 2014
    Among the 2,872 people who follow @OTNArchBeat on Twitter, these 10 tweets were the most popular for the week of June 3-9, 2014. Topics covered include: #em12c #kscope14 #exalogic #javaee #weblogic
  6. Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets – Create Assets Evolution | Andrew Hopkinson
    Tech tips and code samples from A-Team architect Andrew Hopkinson.
  7. Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12cR4) Articles | Tim Hall
    Always busy Oracle ACE Director Tim Hall has written two article recent articles that offer his insight into OEM12R4.
  8. Podcast: Developing Enterprise Mobile Apps - Parts 1-4 Now Available
    The complete, four-part OTN ArchBeat podcast on developing mobile applications for the enterprise is now available. This panel discussion features Oracle development tools experts Chris Muir, Steven Davelaar, Frank Nimphius, and Oracle ACE Luc Bors. Listen!
  9. Common usecases and techniques when integrating a 3rd party application with Oracle Sales Cloud | Angelo Santagata
    Architect and middleware expert Angelo Santagata shares examples of four common use-cases he has seen that illustrate how how partners are embedding their applications into Sales Cloud.
  10. End-to-End ODI12c ETL on Oracle Big Data Appliance Pt.1 : Flume to Initial Hive Table | Mark Rittman

    Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman's post focuses on a virtualized example of an Oracle Big Data Appliance using the Oracle Big Data 3.0 software set to explain how to create an example ETL flow through the system showing how ODI could be used to initiate and control the process.

    NOTE: Mark is a featured presenter in the Middleware Track during the free OTN Virtual Technology Summit, July 9. Register now!)

Friday May 02, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - April 25 - May 1, 2014

Among the 5,085 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page these ten items were the most popular over the last seven days (April 25 - May 1, 2014).

  1. Fusion Applications Lifecycle – the Big Picture
    This article by the Fusion Middleware A-Team summarizes lifecycle topics related to key phases of Oracle Fusion Applications implementation and maintenance, highlighting existing options, tools and documentation. The purpose is to provide a clear and concise overview along with pointers that guide you to detailed next steps.
  2. Analyzing How MDM and MAM Stack Up Against Your Mobile Security Requirements | Matt Flynn
    "As the mobile access landscape changes and organizations continue to lose more and more control over how and where information is used, there is also a seismic shift taking place in the underlying mobile security models, " says Matt Flynn. He explores some of those models in this post.
  3. Managed Bean changes should mark their ADF Scope dirty in a HA cluster | Wilfred van der Deijl
    Are you developing ADF applications that will run on a high-availability WebLogic cluster? If so, you'll want to read Oracle ACE Director Wilfred van der Deijl's latest post.
  4. Top 20 Training on Demand Courses | Oracle University
    Here's a Top 10 list that will actually make you a lot smarter and increase your skill level with Oracle technologies. Can you say, "brain enhancement?"
  5. OIM Clustering: Keeping separate environments separate | Simon Kissane
    For testing and development purposes, it is common to have multiple distinct OIM environments co-existing on the same subnet. In that scenario, it is essential that the distinct environments utilize separate multicast addresses, so that they do not talk to each other. How-to from solution architect Simon Kissane.
  6. How Fusion Applications implement Asynchronous Web Services | Jian Liang
    This post, part of a series by Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Jian Liang, focuses on the concepts and mechanisms implemented in Fusion Applications for supporting asynchronous web services.
  7. Podcast: Big Data Architecture - Part 3
    There's big, and then there's BIG! Oracle ACE Director and Hadoop expert Gwen Shapira joins Oracle Big Data Handbook authors Brian MacDonald, Bruce Nelson, and Thomas Plunkett to discuss the challenges of keeping up with coming data explosion.
  8. How to Manage Single-use Accounts and Multiple Scripts When Testing WebCenter with OATS | Mark Meyer
    This post by Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Mark Meyer continues his his look at testing WebCenter with OATS with this post on "the additional complexity of multiple scripts that each do a part of the overall test case, with each script using the results of the previous step."
  9. MDS Seeded Customization Approach with Empty External Project | Andrejus Baranovskis
    Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis explains how to "create and keep all MDS Seeded customisation files in empty external application" in a few easy steps.
  10. Integrating ADFS 2.0 with OIF: Pre-Requisites | Damien Carru
    In this article, the first in a 3-part series, Damien Carru describes how to integrate OIF ( or later) with ADFS 2.0 for Federation SSO using the SAML 2.0 protocol.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Video: APEX Development and Security - Interview with Scott Spendolini

Scott Spendolini is the executive director of Enkitec, an Oracle ACE Director, a Certified Oracle Application Express developer, the author of Expert Oracle Application Express Security (Apress), and yet he still has enough energy to present two sessions at the Great Lakes Oracle Conference, May 12-14, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. In this interview Scott offers a quick preview of those sessions, and looks ahead to his presentations at Kscope 2014 in Seattle, June 22-26, 2014.

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