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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Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

ArchBeat Twitter Tuesday - Top 10 Tweets - March 11-17, 2014

The Top 10 most popular tweets from @OTNArchBeat for the last seven days (March 11-17, 2014).

  1. "Mobile will be more disruptive than the Web and the PC" - @TedSchadler on stage now @CeBIT @cgc_keynote #mobileminshift #mobile #cgc14
    Mar 11, 2014 at 09:44 AM
  2. RT @InfoQ: Java EE 8 Survey Last Call
    Mar 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM
  3. RT @Oraclejavamag: Java architects, learn how to write big data applications with #Hadoop & the Kite SDK.
    Mar 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM
  4. Want a free trip to JavaOne? | @markxnelson >> Internet of Things Developer Challenge
    Mar 13, 2014 at 02:17 PM
  5. MDM and SOA: Be Warned! By @dschmied @tbmaier @hajonormann @gschmutz @t_winterberg et al #industrialsoa
    Mar 11, 2014 at 08:51 AM
  6. Get Ready for #IoT: Challenges and opportunities in the Internet of Things
    Mar 17, 2014 at 09:09 AM
  7. Free #JDeveloper extension: #ADFMobile Persistence Sample
    Mar 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM
  8. RT @lucasjellema: Secret Chamber is almost completely booked during @AMIS_Services & Oracle UX event March 18th - for glimpse into future
    Mar 12, 2014 at 02:21 PM
  9. Tech article: Back Up a Thousand Databases using #OEM12c | @porushh
    Mar 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM
  10. Video: Designing for Security - #ADF Security and #SSO | @fnimphiu
    Mar 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Thought for the Day

"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered."

John Updike, writer
(March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009)


Friday Mar 14, 2014

ArchBeat Facebook Friday: Top 10 Shared Links - March 7-13, 2014

The Top 10 most popular updates from the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page from the last seven days (March 7-13, 2014).

  1. Video: Designing for Security - ADF Security and SSO | Frank Nimphius
    Frank Nimphius explains ADF Security as a framework tool, discusses Oracle solutions for SSO with ADF, and offers help in identifying hookpoints in ADF Security that you can use to protect Java EE applications built with ADF.
  2. ArchBeat YouTube Top 10 Videos (Feb 9, 2014 – Mar 10, 2014)
    Whether you're looking for straight up tech how-to or insight from experts in Oracle technologies, you'll find what you need in this list of the top 10 most popular OTN Archbeat YouTube videos for the last 30 days.
  3. MDM and SOA: Be Warned!
    This article, part of the "Industrial SOA" series, offers a motive for using MDM, presents typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrates the interplay of MDM and SOA.
  4. Video: The Future of User Experience | Lucas Jellema and Jeremy Ashley
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema, CTO of AMIS Services, and Oracle Applications User Experience VP Jeremy Ashley talk about the evolution of UX in this video, and offer a preview of what's in store for those participating in the AMIS UX Expo in Nieuwegein, NL on March 18.
  5. Technology is breaking open silos, can it do the same with bureaucracies? | Joe McKendrick
    Who will win the war between Information technology and bureaucracies? ZDNet columnist Joe McKendrick that "IT will win many battles, but bureaucracies will win the war. " Yikes! What do you think?
  6. FAQ: Oracle and Verizon Cloud
    Oracle is now working with Verizon to help customers benefit from the cloud by offering Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware on Verizon’s cloud infrastructure. This FAQ answers key questions about how you can take advantage of this new relationship.
  7. Oracle GoldenGate: Coordinated Apply | Loren Penton
    Do you know how to use Oracle GoldenGate 12c's Coordinated Apply feature to spawn multiple OGG Replicat processes from one parameter file? You will -- after you read solution architect Loren Penton's article.
  8. Implementing Data Caching and Data Syncing | Steven Davelaar
    Steven Davelaar shares information on a a free JDeveloper extension called the "ADF Mobile Persistence Sample," developed by the Oracle A-Team. The post includes a link to a video demo.
  9. Podcast: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Disruptive Tech - Part 3
    In the final segment in the series Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Floyd Teter advise you to roll with the changes: think big, start small, and learn fast in order to turn trends into professional evolution.
  10. Video: Designing For Security - Security Principles and Patterns | Frank Nimphius
    Frank Nimphius discusses security design principles and patterns, as well as input validation options in Oracle ADF and JavaServer Faces.

Thought for the Day

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."

Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist
(March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955)





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