Monday Jan 27, 2014

The Architect as Salesperson

In an interview with InfoQ's Amr Elssamadisy, education consultant and Culture Engine founder Steve Peha offers this comment about the failure of a large software development project he headed:

We were so focused on tools and practice and process and methods, that we forgot about the people, we forgot about the culture.

Peha goes on to explain that the project's stakeholders were quick to assume that nothing could be done to overcome the cultural issues that threatened the project's success. Those attitudes were the catalyst that drove Peha to shift his professional focus from software development to organizational culture and the multiple agreements between project stakeholders that are the foundation of the success of any project, software or otherwise.

And in that there's an obvious lesson for software architects. The success of software architecture at any level relies on cooperation and collaboration across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The architect's ability to nurture agreement between stakeholders is essential. Like it or not that means that effective architects share characteristics one finds in successful salespeople.

Does that comparison make you feel just a bit uncomfortable? That's something you'll have to confront. A wealth of technical skill will only get you so far as an architect if you lack the powers of communication and persuasion necessary to get stakeholders to see things from the proper perspective and work together toward shared goals.

You'll find the complete InfoQ interview with Steve Peha here: Steve Peha on Agreements-Based Culture.

Monday Feb 25, 2013

ArchBeat Facebook Faves - February 17-23, 2013

It's Monday and that means it's time once again to gaze upon the Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for last week (February 17-23, 2013).

  1. 30 Tech Skills That Will Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary
    Technological innovation drives changes in business, which in turn drives further changes in technology. Are you prepared to survive and capitalize on those changes? This article from Business Insider offers some suggestions.
  2. Exalogic Virtual Tea Break Snippets - Scripted Template Generation from an existing vServer | The Old Toxophilist
    "As part of your Exalogic Virtual environment you may want to build vServer that will be used, going forwards, as a template for future vServers," says The Old Toxophilist , a member of the Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team. He shares a script in this blog post that will help you get that done.
  3. The Cloud as a Metaphor – notes from a debate on mobility | Isabel F. Penuelas
    "The actual explosion of mobile technologies and the widespread [use] of mobile connectivity is enabling companies to leapfrog some stages and launch digital mobile businesses without passing through the Web," says Isabel F. Penuelas. So that might change the architecture picture just a bit, no?
  4. How to Configure WebLogic Server to Send a Notification When Its Configuration is Changed | Pierluigi Vernetto
    A tip of the ArchBeat hat to Jan van Zoggel for pointing the way to this detailed technical post from .
  5. Running Oracle EBusiness Suite on AWS | Tom Laszewski
    Cloud expert Tom Laszewski shares tips and resources to help you get started.
  6. Getting started with Desktop Integration Suite | Kyle Hatlestad
    Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Kyle Hatlestad likes the Oracle Learning Library so much he shared a link to one of their videos, a newly released look at "Getting Started with Oracle Desktop Integration Suite ."
  7. Video: Oracle ADF Mobile Overview | Shay Shmletzer
    Oracle's Shay Shmeltzer offers an overview of Oracle ADF Mobile in this video.<
  8. Oracle Access Manager 11g WNA Identity Store Considerations and Configurations - Part 3 | Tim Melander
    The final post in Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Tim Melander's three-part series on integrating Oracle Access Manager with Windows Native Authentication./
  9. OTN Yathra 2013 – Spreading the story of Oracle across India – (Half time) | Lucas Jellema
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema is at the halfway point in the OTN Yathra Tour of India. He shares his observations about his journey and the Yathra events in this fascinating post.
  10. Setting up WebLogic server for REST Web Services | Zeeshan Baig
    Oracle ACE Zeeshan Baig shares a quick tech tip.

Thought for the Day

"The structure of a software system will reflect the communication structure of the team that built it"

Richard E. Fairley

Source: softwarequotes.com

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 13, 2012

Thought for the Day

"The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but that we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway."

Bernard Avishai

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for October 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for October 2012.

  1. OAM/OVD JVM Tuning | @FusionSecExpert
    Vinay from the Oracle Fusion Middleware Architecture Group (known as the A-Team) shares a process for analyzing and improving performance in Oracle Virtual Directory and Oracle Access Manager.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Solving Big Problems in Our 21st Century Information Society | Irving Wladawsky-Berger
    "I believe that the kind of extensive collaboration between the private sector, academia and government represented by the Internet revolution will be the way we will generally tackle big problems in the 21st century. Just as with the Internet, governments have a major role to play as the catalyst for many of the big projects that the private sector will then take forward and exploit. The need for high bandwidth, robust national broadband infrastructures is but one such example." -- Irving Wladawsky-Berger
  5. Eventually, 90% of tech budgets will be outside IT departments | ZDNet
    Another interesting post from ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick about changing roles in IT.
  6. ADF Mobile - Login Functionality | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "The new ADF Mobile approach with native deployment is cool when you want to access phone functionality (camera, email, sms and etc.), also when you want to build mobile applications with advanced UI," reports Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis.
  7. Podcast: Are You Future Proof? - Part 2
    In Part 2, practicing architects and Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen (Vennster) discuss re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what's truly valuable.
  8. ADF Mobile Custom Javascript — iFrame Injection | John Brunswick
    The ADF Mobile Framework provides a range of out of the box components to add within your AMX pages, according to John Brunswick. But what happens when "an out of the box component does not directly fulfill your development need? What options are available to extend your application interface?" John has an answer.
  9. Oracle Solaris 11.1 update focuses on database integration, cloud | Mark Fontecchio
    TechTarget editor Mark Fontecchio reports on the recent Oracle Solaris 11.1 release, with comments from IDC's Al Gillen.
  10. Architects Matter: Making sense of the people who make sense of enterprise IT
    Why do architects matter? Oracle Enterprise Architect Eric Stephens suggests that you ask yourself this question the next time you take the elevator to the Oracle offices on the 45th floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois (or any other skyscraper, for that matter). If you had to take the stairs to get to those offices, who would you blame? "You get the picture," he says. "Architecture is essential for any necessarily complex structure, be it a building or an enterprise." (Read the article)

Thought for the Day

"I will contend that conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design. It is better to have a system omit certain anomalous features and improvements, but to reflect one set of design ideas, than to have one that contains many good but independent and uncoordinated ideas."

Frederick P. Brooks

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Monday Nov 05, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 10 for October 28 - November 3, 2012

The Top 10 most popular items shared on the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for the week of Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Eventually, 90% of tech budgets will be outside IT departments | ZDNet
    Another interesting post from ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick about changing roles in IT.
  2. ADF Mobile - Login Functionality | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "The new ADF Mobile approach with native deployment is cool when you want to access phone functionality (camera, email, sms and etc.), also when you want to build mobile applications with advanced UI," reports Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis.
  3. Mobile Development Platform Strategy Chart: ADF Mobile, WebCenter Sites, Portal, Content and Social
    "Unlike desktop web focused efforts, the world of mobile has undergone change at a feverish pace," says social enterprise expert John Brunswick. His extensive post charts various resources that will help you keep up.
  4. ADF Essentials - The Bare Necessities | Floyd Teter
    The experiment is over… And now Oracle ACE Director Floyd Teter shares his impressions after spending some time with Oracle ADF Essentials, the free version of Oracle ADF.
  5. A review of Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator’s Handbook | RedStack
    "More so than any other single piece of content that I have seen on the topic, it provides the information that a SOA administrator needs to know in order to successfully configure, manage, monitor, troubleshoot and backup an Oracle SOA environment." So says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team solution architect Mark Nelson of Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator’s Handbook, by Ahmed Aboulnaga and Arun Pareek.
  6. Expanding the Oracle Enterprise Repository with functional documentation
    Capgemini middleware specialist Marc Kuijpers shares information on how Oracle Enterprise Repository can be configured "to contain functional assets, i.e. functional designs, use cases and a logical data model" to aid in SOA governance efforts.
  7. Podcast: Are You Future Proof? - Part 2
    In Part 2, practicing architects and Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra (AT&T), Basheer Khan (Innowave Technology), and Ronald van Luttikhuizen discuss re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what’s truly valuable.
  8. Easy way to access JPA with REST (JSON / XML) | Edwin Biemond
    Oracle ACE Edwin Biemond shows you "what is possible with JPA-RS, how easy it is and howto setup your own EclipseLink REST service."
  9. 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.
  10. 2012 IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium on Nov 7 and Nov 8 | Kai Yu
    Oracle ACE Director Kai Yu shares information on this week's IOUG Virtualization SIG online event. Does that make it a virtual virtualization event?

Thought for the Day

"If McDonalds were run like a software company, one out of every hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning — and the response would be, 'We’re sorry, here’s a coupon for two more.'"

Mark Minasi

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Podcast Show Notes: Are You Future Proof?

On September 14, 2012 ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick published Why IT is a Profession in Flux, a short article in which he makes the observation that "IT professionals are under considerable pressure to deliver more value to the business, versus being good at coding and testing and deploying and integrating." I forwarded that article to my list of Usual Suspects (the nearly 40 people who have participated in the podcast over the last 3 years), along with a suggestion that I wanted to put together a panel discussion to further explore the issue. This podcast is the result.

As it happened, three of the people who responded to my query were in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld, as was I, so I seized the rare opportunity for a face to face conversation. The participants are all Oracle ACE Directors, as well as architects:

  • Ron Batra, Director of Cloud Computing at AT&T
  • Basheer Khan, Founder, President and CEO at Innowave Technology
  • Ronald van Luttikhuizen, Managing Partner at Vennster.

The Conversation

  • Listen to Part 1
    Future-Proofing: As powerful forces reshape enterprise IT, your IT and software development skills may not be enough.
  • Listen to Part 2
    Survival Strategy: Re-tooling one’s skill set to reflect changes in enterprise IT, including the knowledge to steer stakeholders around the hype to what’s truly valuable.
  • Listen to Part 3
    Writing on the Wall: Do the technological trends that are shaping enterprise IT pose any threat to basic software development roles? What opportunities do these changes represent?

The entire conversation is also available in video format from the OTN YouTube Channel.

Your Two Cents

What are you doing to future-proof your IT career? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

ArchBeat Top 20 for March 25-31, 2012

The top 20 most-clicked links as shared via my social networks for the week of March 25-31, 2012.

  1. Oracle Cloud Conference: dates and locations worldwide
  2. The One Skill All Leaders Should Work On | Scott Edinger
  3. BPM in Retail Industry | Sanjeev Sharma
  4. Oracle VM: What if you have just 1 HDD system | @yvelikanov
  5. Solution for installing the ADF 11.1.1.6.0 Runtimes onto a standalone WLS 10.3.6 | @chriscmuir
  6. Beware the 'Facebook Effect' when service-orienting information technology | @JoeMcKendrick
  7. Using Oracle VM with Amazon EC2 | @pythianfielding
  8. Oracle BPM: Adding an attachment during the Human Task Initialization | Manh-Kiet Yap
  9. When Your Influence Is Ineffective | Chris Musselwhite and Tammie Plouffe
  10. Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12.1.1 update on OTN 
  11. A surefire recipe for cloud failure | @DavidLinthicum 
  12. IT workers bore brunt of offshoring over past decade: analysis | @JoeMcKendrick
  13. Private cloud-public cloud schism is a meaningless distraction | @DavidLinthicum
  14. Oracle Systems and Solutions at OpenWorld Tokyo 2012
  15. Dissing Architects, or "What's wrong with the coffee?" | Bob Rhubart
  16. Validating an Oracle IDM Environment (including a Fusion Apps build out) | @FusionSecExpert
  17. Cookbook: SES and UCM setup | George Maggessy
  18. Red Samurai Tool Announcement - MDS Cleaner V2.0 | @AndrejusB
  19. OSB/OSR/OER in One Domain - QName violates loader constraints | John Graves
  20. Spring to Java EE Migration, Part 3 | @ensode

Thought for the Day

"Inspire action amongst your comrades by being a model to avoid."

Leon Bambrick

Monday Mar 26, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama Top 20 for March 18-24, 2012

The top-twenty most-clicked links as shared via my social networks for the week of March 18-24, 2012.

  1. Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator | Steen Schmidt
  2. Oracle Linux Online Forum - 4 sessions, 9 speakers + live chat March 27
  3. OWSM vs. OEG - When to use which component - 11g | Prakash Yamuna
  4. Northeast Ohio Oracle Users Group 2 Day Seminar - May 14-15 - Cleveland, OH
  5. SOA! SOA! SOA!; OSB 11g Recipes and Author Interviews
  6. Webcast: Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile - March 27 - 10am PT / 1pm ET
  7. Oracle Hardware Systems: The Extreme Performance Tour - Dates and Locations Worldwide
  8. Oracle Cloud Conference: dates and locations worldwide
  9. Mismatch: Developer skills and customer demands | Floyd Teter
  10. OTN Virtual Developer Day - Java (APAC - in English) - March 27
  11. Webcast Q&A: Demystifying External Authorization
  12. 2 New Cloud Computing resources added to free IT Strategies from Oracle library
  13. Encapsulating OIM API’s in a Web Service for OIM Custom SOA Composites | Alex Lopez
  14. Webcast: Simplify Oracle RAC Deployment with Oracle VM
  15. SOA gets mobilized; mobile gets SOA-ized: survey | Joe McKendrick
  16. Integrating with Oracle Fusion Applications: Discovering Integration Artifacts | Rajesh Raheja
  17. Oracle Access Manager 11g - useful links | Dmitry Nefedkin
  18. Anil Gaur on Cloud Computing Support in Java EE 7
  19. Enterprise app shops announcements are everywhere | Andy Mulholland
  20. The extraordinary software development manager | Seth Godin

Thought for the Day

"Every large system that works started as a small system that worked. "

— Anonymous

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