Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Security and Identity Management: New Tech Articles

Just this morning I received yet another message in my personal inbox with the subject line "Important Security Information." Security is a perennial hot topic in IT circles, but it seems black-hat hackers are keeping themselves especially busy these days. If you're security-minded, these recent additions to OTN's collection of technical articles just might come in handy.

For the latest articles, blogs, and other community resources focused on security, visit OTN's Topic: Security.

Monday Feb 03, 2014

Latest OTN Architect Community Technical Articles

There are easier ways to extract insight and expertise from the brains of experts in Oracle technologies. For instance, when asked, many will happily convert that expertise into OTN technical articles. Here's list of OTN articles for architects published in the last 30 days.

Want more? You'll find an extensive list of articles here.

Want to publish your technical article on OTN? Contact me at bob DOT rhubart AT oracle DOT com. 

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 11.1.1.7, 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)

Source: brainyquote.com

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Winter 2014 edition of OTech Magazine now available

The Winter 2014 edition of OTech Magazine is now available. This free online publication, the brain-child of Oracle ACE Director Douwe Pieter van den Bos, publishes, "news stories, credible rumors and how-to's covering a variety of topics."

The latest issue includes 16 articles on Fusion Middleware, SOA, NoSQL, data security, OBI, ODI, WebCenter, and more. Contributing authors include:

  • Ronald van Luttikhuizen
  • Peter Lorenzen
  • Biju Thomas
  • Robert Honeyman
  • Troy Allen
  • Douwe Pieter van den Bos
  • Lucas Jellema
  • Sten Vesterli
  • James Anthony
  • Lonneke Dikmans
  • Simon Haslam
  • Marcel van de Glind – Data Security in Case Management
  • Aldo Schaap
  • Neil Sellers
  • Ahmed Aboulnaga
  • Bertrand Drouvot – ASM Metrics
  • Gurcan Orhan
  • Raoul Miller

That's a whole lot of expertise in one place. Do yourself a favor and check it out: http://www.otechmag.com/2014/otech-magazine-winter-2014/

Monday Dec 23, 2013

Oh, that kind of Identity Management! Two New Articles

If you think the term "Identity Management" refers to something a celebrity hires a public relations firm to do after showing up for an interview with a gallon of bourbon and no pants, it is unlikely that you'll have any interest in two new articles now available on OTN.

But if your responsibilities include working with Oracle Identity Manager in order to control who goes where and does what with enterprise systems, these articles just might help you avoid your own embarrassing situation.

Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Reconciliation Events Processing
by Firdaus Fraz
Firdaus Fraz is Principal Solutions Architect with the Oracle Fusion Middleware Identity Management A-Team. Her latest OTN article she explores that available options and the associated limitations for reconciliation and the sequencing of reconciliation events in Oracle Identity Manager.

Programmatic Identity Assertion with Oracle Platform Security Services
by Shailesh K. Mishra
This short article from a member of the Oracle Identity Manager team shows how programmatic identity assertion can be performed using OPSS APIs in cases where code must run under the security context of a runtime identity.

Looking for more articles on Identity and Security? Click here!

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 5, 2013

  1. Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be Featured at Dell World 2013 | Zeynep Koch
    Information on Oracle Linux and Virtualization sessions, demos, and other resources you'll find at Dell World 2013 in Austin, TX, December 11-13, 2013.
  2. Hackergarten at Conferences | Yolande Poirier
    In this video report from Devoxx Java Source's Yolande Poirier interviews senior architects Andres Almiray and Swen Reimers about the hackagarten events they organize.
  3. Video: Design - Task Flow Transaction Options | Chris Muir
    Chris Muir discusses transaction options in bounded task flows, what they are designed to do, and when to use them in your ADF applications.
  4. My vJUG Session: Don’t Be That Guy! Developer Security Awareness | Markus Eisele
    Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele shares the video of his recent vJUG session "Don't be that guy! Developer Security Awareness."
  5. The Next Big Wave: Explore mobile frontiers with Oracle ADF Mobile | Frank Nimphius
    "Enterprise developers adding mobile as an access channel to enterprise business systems need to maintain the same data validation, business logic, and security levels as for traditional applications," says Frank Nimphius. Read his article to learn more.
  6. Setting up a Maven Repository Manager with Artifactory | Mark Nelson
    Mark Nelson's how-to post examines the use of the community version of Artifactory from JFrog to set up a binary repository.
  7. OAAM OTP code generation configuration | Viral Kamdar
    Viral Kamdar's short post offers useful how-to info on One Time Password code generation in Oracle Adaptive Access Manager.

Thought for the Day

"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."

Walt Disney
(December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)

Source: brainyquote.com

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 19, 2013

Thought for the Day

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States
(November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881)

Source: brainyquote.com

Thursday Sep 05, 2013

Video: Steffo Weber on Identity Management and Oracle API Gateway

Identity management architect Steffo Weber's OTN article Protecting IDPs from Malformed SAML Requests offers a concise yet detailed technical dive into how you can use Oracle API Gateway as an XML firewall to protect Oracle Identity Federation from receiving malformed SAML requests. Steffo shares a bit of background on the article in this short video interview.

You'll find more interviews with members of the OTN architect community here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTwx5YGQHdjlvZrZ47I0IrfRj8V7Cdxhe

Friday Aug 30, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for August 30, 2013

  1. Smart View hangs on Studio Drill through issue | Glenn Schwartzberg
    Business Intelligence expert and Oracle ACE Director Glenn Schwartzberg shares insight gained in discovering that the solution to a problem was something that made no sense.
  2. Visualizing the Coherence Datagram Test | Andy Nguyen
    Where does he find the time? Here's another post from solution architect Andy Nguyen, this time covering the Coherence Datagram Test, a tool that "sends and receives UDP packets between two ore more machines to evaluate the health and performance of the network between those machines."
  3. Podcast: "Getting Started with Oracle SOA B2B Integration"
    In this Oracle Author Podcast, Krishnaprem Bhatia, Alan Perlovsky, and Scott Haaland talk about their new book, "Getting Started with Oracle SOA B2B Integration: A Hands-On Tutorial."
  4. Bulk loading a Coherence cache from an Oracle Database | Andy Nguyen
    Solution architect Andy Nguyen shares tech tips on using the Coherence Invocation Service when pre-loading data from an Oracle Database table into an Oracle Coherence cache.
  5. Webcast: SANS Institute Analyst Review: Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall
    Most organizations do a lousy job of monitoring unauthorized changes to their databases. In this webcast SANS Institute senior instructor Tanya Baccam will discuss the importance of monitoring database activity for security and compliance and will offer her review of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall.
  6. How to Recover the RPD Repository Password in Fusion Applications or OBIEE | Richard Williams
    Without an RPD Repository Password the BI Administration tool can't open the RPD file, and the RPD file cannot be published. Solution architect Richard Williams' article provides the steps on how to retrieve the password should it be lost or forgotten.
  7. Podcast: Java EE 7, HTML 5, and Mobile App Development - Part 2
    Two Java evangelists, an Oracle ADF expert, and an EclipseLink project lead walk into a room... There's no punchline, but there is 10 minutes of insightful conversation about how Java developers can leverage their existing skills to get their piece of the mobile app development pie.

Thought for the Day

"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."

Warren Buffett, American business magnate
(Born August 30, 1930r)

Source: brainyquote.com

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