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:

Monday Jan 06, 2014

2013 Top 10 OTN Articles for Architects

One of the things I get to do as manager of OTN's Architect Community is work with community members who submit articles for publication on OTN. These articles typically deal with SOA, middleware, business intelligence, and other topics relevant to software architects. Thirty-seven such articles were published in calendar year 2013. The list below represents the Top 10 most popular of those articles.

Congratulations to the authors of these technical articles!

  1. Cookbook: Installing and Configuring Oracle BI Applications [August 2013]
    by Mark Rittman and Kevin McGinley
    Oracle ACE Directors and business intelligence specialists Rittman and McGinley take the #1 slot with their step-by-step guide to installing, configuring, and loading an initial set of tables within Oracle BI Applications using data sourced from Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3
  2. Enterprise Service Bus [July 2013]
    by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann , Danilo Schmeidel , Guido Schmutz , Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
    Members of the Masons of SOA, including several Oracle ACE Directors, use concrete examples to provide answers to some of the most important questions surrounding the term "enterprise service bus." Part of the Industrial SOA Series.
  3. Set Up and Manage Oracle Data Guard using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c [August 2013]
    by Porus Homi Havewala
    Havewala is the author of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Center Chaos (2012, Packt Publishing) and Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control: Advanced OEM Techniques for the Real World (2010, Rampant TechPress), as well as a prolific blogger. In this article he describes how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c's Oracle Data Guard setup and management capabilities to control downtime and simplify disaster recovery.
  4. SOA Blueprint: A Toolbox for Architects [April 2013]
    by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann , Danilo Schmeidel , Guido Schmutz , Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
    Also from the Industrial SOA Series, this article introduces the foundations that need to be established in order to implement functional SOA processes, defining a broadly applicable SOA blueprint whose individual modules can be topped up with commercial products or increasingly available open source offerings.
  5. SOA and User Interfaces
    by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann , Danilo Schmeidel , Guido Schmutz , Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
    Yes, it's another chapter from the Industrial SOA Series -- and a clear indication that OTN readers have SOA on their minds.  This article examines best practices for overcoming the challenges to developing user interfaces in a service oriented architecture.
  6. Fanning Out Events on the Oracle SOA Suite 11g Event Delivery Network [February 2013]
    by Lucas Jellema
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema is a prolific blogger, frequent OTN contributor, and a familiar speaker on SOA and middleware at Oracle user group events. His article describes how events can be used in Oracle SOA Suite 11g to have business processes impact each other in a meaningful way with maximum decoupling.
  7. Industrial SOA: Preface [April 2013]
    by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann , Danilo Schmeidel , Guido Schmutz , Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
    No, it's not deja vu! The lead-off chapter in the Industrial SOA Series is the fourth article from that series to appear in this Top 10 list. This time the by-now familiar team of SOA experts describes how "service-orientation continues to evolve towards a factory approach, towards industrializing integrated platforms, such as BI, master data management (MDM), mobile front-ends, BPM, adaptive processes, Big Data and Cloud Computing."
  8. On the Integrity of Data [April 2013]
    by Lucas Jellema
    Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema makes his second appearance in the 2013 Top 10 list with this introduction to the basics of data integrity enforcement in a variety of environments.
  9. Moving to Oracle WebCenter Content 11g Web Services [April 2013]
    by Jon McDonald
    McDonald, a principle solutions architect with the Oracle WebCenter Content Architecture Team (A-Team), offers examples for working with the generic and native web services provided in Oracle WebCenter Content 11g.
  10. Track Down a Memory Leak
    by Dr. Frank Munz
    Munz, an Oracle ACE Director and 2011 Oracle Technologist of the Year, shares provided this sample chapter from his latest book, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes.

Do you have an idea for an OTN technical article? You'll find guidelines here. And if you have any questions, pop them into the comments section and I'll respond as fast as I can type. Who knows, maybe your article will make it to the Top 10 list for 2014.

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for December 4, 2013

Thought for the Day

"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."

Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher
(December 4, 1795 – February 5, 1881)


Monday Nov 25, 2013

Archbeat Link-O-Rama Top 10 Facebook Faves for November 17-23, 2013

More than 4,600 people follow the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page for daily links to content created by community members. The list below represents the Top 10 items shared on that page for the week of November 17-23, 2013.

  1. Small Steps to Becoming a Better Architect
    Want to be a better architect? Working architects share tips and steps you can take today.
  2. Effect of Queue and JCA Settings on Message Retry by JMS Adapter | Shreenidhi Raghuram
    Fusion Middleware A-Team architect Shreenidhi Raghuram examines the effects of Queue Level Redelivery Settings and Adapter level Retry Settings on JMS Adapter message processing.
  3. Internet of Things - The Oracle platform | Torsten Winterberg
    Oracle ACE Director Torsten Winterberg (one of the authors of the Industrial SOA article series available on OTN) shares an informative summary of an Oracle Openworld presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT).
  4. Setting up Oracle JDeveloper for WebCenter Portal Asset Development | Mitchell Palski
    Oracle WebCenter Portal's round-trip development features allow you to download assets from Oracle WebCenter Portal and upload them to JDeveloper for maintenance or enhancement. In this article Mitchell Palski shows you how to set up your development environment for WebCenter
  5. DOAG 2013 WebLogic 12.1.2 Talk | Frank Munz
    Oracle ACE Director Frank Munz shares the slides from his DOAG 13 presentation "10 Things You Should Know about WebLogic 12.1.2."
  6. Python for the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) | Frank Munz
    "To be able to code more than the most basic WLST scripts for WebLogic you should have reasonably good Python skills, " says Oracle ACE Director Frank Munz. He shares several resources for learning Python in this post.
  7. Changes In Attitude | Floyd Teter
    Preparing for the demise of the commercial version of GlassFish, Oracle ACE Director Floyd Teter builds a new Oracle Linux VM, installs WebLogic 12.1.2 -- and shares insight gained in the process.
  8. Why ODI, DW and OBIEE Developers Should Be Interested in Hadoop | Mark Rittman
    "Hadoop is the classic disruptive technology," says Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman, "cheap, and starting-off with far less functionality than regular, relational databases – but it’s improving fast, and as BI&DW developers it offers the potential of both massive benefits." Get more of Mark's insight in his extensive post.
  9. YouTube Video: Design - Transactions and Data Controls | Chris Muir
    Chris Muir returns with another video from ADF Architecture TV. This video focuses on "the need for transactions and how they're implemented & supported via ADF Data Controls."
  10. Video Interview: Cloud Service Brokers - A SOA Symposium Preview
    In this video interview SOA community maven Jurgen Kress and Oracle ACE Rolando Carrasco preview "Cloud Service Brokers," the session they will present as part of the Cloud Computing Architecture, Brokers & Patterns track at the SOA, Cloud, and Service Technology Symposium, December 4-5, 2013 in Mexico City.

Thought for the Day

"There is little success where there is little laughter."

Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist
(November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919)


Friday Nov 22, 2013

ArchBeat Link-o-Rama for November 22, 2013

Thought for the Day

"When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them."

Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian.
(November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004)





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