Monday Sep 21, 2015

Your Next Business Transformations will require a Hybrid Cloud Architecture

This posting represents highlights of the upcoming presentations at the annual Oracle ECA Summit, October 27 at Oracle OpenWorld.  Talk to your Oracle account manager for an invitation - Today!

The public cloud has typically been outside of the domain of enterprise architects. On the surface, it has been considered an external silo where procurement decisions have been driven by line of business executives. But not anymore. Business processes extend into the cloud. And, the cloud extends into the enterprise.

However, this state of affairs is changing rapidly as customers increasingly embrace cloud computing. Enterprise architects are called on not only to review public cloud implementations but also to understand how best to integrate new cloud offerings with existing on-premises information systems. Most companies will have a combination of assets combining public cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS with their existing on-premises systems. The marketing folks are calling this Hybrid IT. Enterprise architects therefore face a new set of challenges as they figure out how to integrate these systems with each other.

Today's enterprise architects face a shifting set of circumstances. In the next two years, a growing number of companies plan to move key parts of their computing workloads to public clouds to take advantage of lights-out automated software provisioning and management, rapid project implementation, elastic scalability, and subscription-based pricing models. To keep up with consumer demand, IT has become an external service broker. In some cases IT pros have been forced to support heterogeneous cloud "silos" that may have proprietary methods of security, integration, management, and governance. These trends are forcing core IT departments to formalize enterprise governance and enterprise architecture to mitigate risk.

Oracle ECA Summit Agenda 

The Oracle Enterprise Architecture team has helped a number of large-scale early adopters on their journey to a variety of Hybrid implementations. At this year’s Oracle Enterprise Cloud Architecture Summit, held at Oracle Open World on October 27, 2015, three customer architects will speak to their experiences in building these next generation platforms. See the full agenda and abstracts here.

  • Dev/Test in the Oracle Public Cloud
  • Big Data in the Oracle Public Cloud
  • Integration in the Oracle Public Cloud
As a bonus, Peter Magnusson, SVP Cloud Development, Oracle will clarify the requirements and plans for Oracle’s enterprise-class and production workload cloud services.  Last year, Thomas Kurian, President, Development, Oracle also spoke to the landscape of technology cloud services. You can read that article here.

To learn more about Hybrid IT and Oracle’s Cloud Services, come to Oracle’s ECA Summit, October 27 at Oracle OpenWorld in SF. Talk to your Oracle account manager for an invitation - Today!

Thursday Jan 19, 2012

Enterprise Architecture vs. SOA Architecture Part III

It's nice (and humbling) to know that people read one's blog.  I got a note from a reader that said:

"I understand that SOA is more concerned with business services integration and EA is concerned with dealing with enterprise-level infrastructure and business components.

If you could, would you be able to provide a brief definition of them both in your own words that clearly distinguish the differences? (that's different from my one?)"

Good question.  SOA, I'll give it a try (forgive the pun).  This is strictly off the cuff, my cuff, recognizing that there are plenty of places to dig up various definitions of the two.

Enterprise Architecture - The documenting and mapping of corporate strategic initiatives and strategies to the technological underpinnings that need to be in place to optimally deliver on those strategies.  What makes EA more than an intellectual or academic exercise is that it provides the governance scaffolding to ensure that the required work gets done to plan and deliver on required/key IT products/services/capabilities.  Importantly, EA is not focused on any one technology or technology bucket in isolation, but how they work in consort to ultimately provide business capabilities.

Service Oriented Architecture – An architectural approach to creating software applications and system integrations which focuses on the notion of Services; reusable software components that leverage open standards.  This provides a vehicle for companies to create applications more rapidly than ever before through composite service assembly/orchestration.  Because they are Service-based, they are, at the same time, more flexible. Though SOA itself has nothing to do with any specific technology (it is architecture and an approach), Service creation/assembly/orchestration is often enabled through technologies such as Java, XML, and Web services.

Is that useful?


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