Much has been said about Oracle SOA Suite 10g (or JCaps) upgrades to 11g
and how features map between both versions. There is also plenty of
information online about this topic both official and unofficial. It’s
not news to many that for example SOA Suite 10g is currently in
extended support and product will enter sustaining support by the end
of 2014 (I will explain more about what extended and sustaining support
means later in the blog). However one fact remains truth: There
are still many companies out there running platforms that are (or soon
will be) in sustaining support, and that don’t yet have an upgrade
strategy. I say this based on my own experience as I am currently helping several customers do exactly this.
said that, I wrote this blog in an attempt to give SOA experts,
Integration Leads and Architects key pointers that can serve as
inspiration to come up with a transformational approach when defining an
upgrade strategy. Note that I am using the word “transformation”
deliberately and I will explain why shortly.
although this article is mainly related to the Oracle SOA 10g to 11g
technology stacks, the approaches, tips and information provided in this
blog should also be applicable when defining any technology upgrade. In
fact, once 12c is more mature I will probably refresh this blog to
cover 11g to 12c upgrades.
Following my key pointers to help you define your upgrade as a SOA Transformation:
1)Understand the product roadmaps and planning to move in advance
2)Take a SOA Transformation approach and not just a technology upgrade
3)Elaborate a SOA Transformation Roadmap
4)Understand current and future technology stacks and identify potential risks and challenges in advance
5)Define a service transformation methodology
6)SOA transformation also requires organisational changes and maturity
1) Understand the product roadmaps and planning to move in advance
is one of the most important points and one that many have either
failed to understand or have just ignored (hence why many companies
still stuck in 10g and have no plan to upgrade yet). This is important
because by understanding the product releases and features, release
dates, and support lifeline you can plan in advance an upgrade approach
and avoid having to do something tactically, in a rush and with limited
Before getting further into this topic, it is critical that you understand the basics of Oracle product releases: Read the complete article here.
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