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 Jul 12, 2013

What do you want to be when IT grows up?

In the recent OTN ArchBeat Podcast series DevOps, Cloud, and Role Creep, Oracle ACE Directors Ron Batra, Basheer Khan, and Cary Millsap discuss how trends that are reshaping enterprise IT are also reshaping "traditional" IT roles.

But if you think those changes are limited to developers, sysadmins, and architects, guess again. In Why the Cloud is causing a Split in the Role of the CIO Capgemini's Ron Tolido points out that even C-level roles are not immune to the forces that are reshaping enterprise IT:

As digital transformation starts to become a top priority for businesses, the role of the CIO will continue to split as they are forced to choose between digital transformation on one hand and IT infrastructure, applications and Cloud management on the other. In the quickly evolving world of Cloud solutions, the CIO must decide what type of CIO they want to be.

IT is always growing and changing. New technologies and trends are born, and some survive the Darwinian maturation and adoption process to become part of the fabric of IT. In other words, those technologies and trends grow up. As that happens—and believe me, it will never stop happening—every person in every role in IT faces an important question: What do you want to be when IT grows up?

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-07

  • Free OTN Architect Day - Boston - Sept 12
    Oracle Technology Network Architect Day is coming to Boston, September 12, 2012. The event will be held at the Boston Marriott Burlington (One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803), and features a full day of sessions with technical experts, along with plenty of opportunity to interact with your peers. The event is free, but seating is limited, so register now.
  • Cloud and business transformation: this time, it's different | ZDNet
    "The real revolution is only just begun," says Joe McKendrick. "At the high end, private and hybrid clouds are shifting the business models of many non-IT corporations and organizations, turning them into technology or cloud providers themselves. At the lower end, we have a whole generation of startups and small businesses that are built entirely on the cloud. In between, we have 'loosely coupled' corporations that essentially serve as brokers of services they get from somewhere else and deliver to their customers."
  • Adding and removing WebCenter Content cluster nodes | Kyle Hatlestad
    "If you find yourself needing to add or remove nodes after the cluster has been established, there isn't much documentation covering that," says Oracle Fusion Middleware A-Team blogger Kyle Hatlestad. Not to worry, though. Kyle fills that gap with this step-by-step how-to guide.

Thought for the Day

"Weeks of programming can save you hours of planning."

— Unknown

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Friday Aug 03, 2012

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for 2012-08-03

  • Oracle Public Cloud Java Service with NetBeans in Early Access | Markus Eisele
    Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele got to take the Oracle Java Cloud Service for a test drive. Now that he's had a chance to kick the tires he shares in insight in this detailed post.
  • ADF BC Passivation/Activation and SQL Execution Tuning | Andrejus Baranovskis
    "There is an added cost to passivation/activation - additional SQL execution," says Oracle ACE Director Andrejus Baranovskis. "During an activation event, it's not only temporary data that gets initialized, the complete VO SQL gets executed again." Baranovskis helps you avoid problems with this how-to post and sample application.
  • Real-time Oracle data integration takes forethought | Frank Ohlhorst
    "Bringing real-time processing and data integration into corporate Oracle databases can get complicated," says TechTarget's Frank Ohlhorst. "Building the business case can be straightforward, however, especially if IT professionals can fully explain to the business side the multitude of advantages real time offers."
  • Free Oracle/Infoworld "IT Transformation Guide"
    This "IT Transformation Guide" consists of two brief Oracle/Infoworld white papers. Strive for Simplicity describes IT infrastructures that cut through complexity to drive business benefits, and Transforming Business Through Extreme Performance discusses the "radical rethinking of traditional data warehousing" that is necessary to make better use of information as it moves through daily operations. The guide is free, registration is required.
  • Four Ways to Wrestle a Big Data Elephant | Dain C. Hansen
    Wrestling the Big Data elephant? "While Hadoop technologies are cool to say, and can seem to add an impressive buzz to your LinkedIn/Twitter profiles, a word of caution that not every big data technology may actually be necessary," says Dain Hansen.
  • Best Practices for Securely Deploying the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
    Glenn Brunette, Ramesh Nagappan, and Joel Weise examine the security capabilities designed into the SPARC SuperCluster, and describe architectural, deployment, and operational best practices for taking advantage of them in this new article from Oracle Technology Network.
  • Oracle Announces the Oracle Music Festival San Francisco 2012
    The roster of artists for the Oracle Music Festival at this year's Oracle Open World in San Francisco includes Macy Gray, Joss Stone, The English Beat, The 500s, American Steel, Blues Mix, Dirty Ghosts, The Dodos, Red Meat, Young Prisms, DJ Don Lynch, DJ Josh One, DJ Mei Lwun, DJ Panic City and DJ Zaq -- and that's only a partial list.

Thought for the Day

"The art of programming lies in that nether region between the hopeful wishes of an elegant architecture and the hard grindstone of technical details."

Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas

Source: SoftwareQuotes.com

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Architecture: Bringing Value to the Table

A recent TechTarget article features an interview with Business Architecture expert William Ulrich (Take a business-driven approach to application modernization ). In that article Ulrich offers this advice:

"Moving from one technical architecture might be perfectly viable on a project by project basis, but when you're looking at the big picture and you want to really understand how to drive business value so that the business is pushing money into IT instead of IT pulling money back, you have to understand the business architecture. When we do that we're going to really be able to start bringing value to the table."

In many respects that big picture view is what software architecture is all about. As an architect, your technical skills must be top-notch. But if you don't apply that technical knowledge within the larger context of moving the business forward, what are you accomplishing?

If you're interested in more insight from William Ulrich, you can listen to the ArchBeat Podcast interview he did last year, in which he and co-author Neal McWhorter talked about their book, Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation.

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