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Break New Ground

links for 2010-11-12

Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

  • "The book, by Shane Warden and James Shore, is a great introduction to agile development methodologies by covering both XP and scrum. Practical examples are generally from XP projects because that is where the authors have the greatest experience. The authors identify a broad set of practices that would be considered as characteristics of agile development methodologies in way or another." -- Peter O'Brien

  • "The most likely new foundation for business is the ability to mobilise stakeholders – from employees, through partners to customers and the market in general. Your value will be defined by your ability to make things happen, rather than the assets you own. This would be world where all costs are operationalized, and our businesses look more like World of Warcraft than the hierarchal command-and-control structures of old. You, as an organisation, will be measured on the strength of your organisation’s social graph. Social business design will be the first port of call when designing your new business, rather than the last." Peter Evans Greenwood

  • "Database disaster recovery, sometimes also lumped into the broader category of business continuity planning, is a topic that many EBS sysadmins seem to struggle with.  Oracle Data Guard is a set of services that create, manage, and monitor one or more standby databases to enable a primary database to survive disasters and data corruption. If the primary database becomes unavailable because of a planned or an unplanned outage, Oracle Data Guard can switch a standby database to the primary role, minimizing the downtime." -- Steven Chan

  • "Architects don't manufacture nails, assemble windows or chop down trees. Instead, they take existing components and assemble them in interesting and important ways. It used to be that if you wanted to build an organization, you had to be prepared..." Seth Godin

  • "We - the engineers in the computing environment - aren't at the top of the food chain ... we are somewhere in the middle. The business people are the ones, who decide. We are just the people that enable the business people to do business. We have to help them, by creating solutions to business problems, creating alternatives to solutions and assess the technological risk of all solution. When you start to work on the technical solution, you are already working in a set of constraints: That's what i've called the 'the sequence' a while ago: Business need leads to application, application leads to operating system, operating system leads to hardware architecture, hardware architecture leads to hardware components." -- Joerg Moellenkamp

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