Recent Articles and White Papers


Creating Domains with WLST [June 2014]
by Martin Heinzl
A sample chapter from Advanced WebLogic Server Automation: Administration and Monitoring with WLST and JMX.

Virus-Proofing Oracle WebCenter Content 11g with Oracle API Gateway 11g [June 2014]
by Marcelo Parisi
Marcelo Parisi's article is a proof-of-concept for a basic infrastructure re-architecture and software configuration needed to implement a basic virus-checking routine on files before they get to Oracle WebCenter Content.

Installing Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Using the Management Tools [June 2014]
by Sam R. Alapati
A sample chapter from the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administration Handbook, from Oracle Press.

Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Catalog: Domain Index Best Practices and FAQs [May 2014]
by Lokesh Gupta
This technical how-to guide provides information on the Access Request Catalog feature in Oracle Identity Management (OIM), including optimizations required for domain-based indexing used in cataloging.

Why Would Anyone Want to be an Architect? [May 2014]
by Bob Rhubart
Working professionals discuss why they choose the career path the led them to become software architects.

Sample Chapter: eCommerce in the Cloud [April 2014]
by Kelly Goetsch
eCommerce in the Cloud author Kelly Goetsch shows you "how you can quickly and incrementally adopt cloud computing for any ecommerce platforms, whether packaged or custom, new or legacy."

Using Oracle WebLogic 12c with NetBeans IDE [April 2014]
by Markus Eisele
Oracle ACE Director Markus Eisele walks you through installing and configuring all the necessary components, and helps you get started on a simple Hello World project.

Building a Responsive WebCenter Portal Application [April 2014]
by JayJay Zheng
Oracle ACE JayJay Zheng's article addresses the essentials of responsive web design, shows you how to design and develop a responsive WebCenter Portal application, and reviews key development considerations.

SOA and Cloud Computing [April 2014]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
The final article in the Industrial SOA article series takes a look at the relationship between SOA and Cloud Computing, and offers insight into how SOA principles can help to insure the long-term success and business value of the migration to the Cloud.

Oracle Identity Manager: Implementing Additional Request Information [April 2014]
by Nitin Patel
Nitin Patel's article offers detailed step-by-step technical instructions for implementing the Additional Request Information feature in Oracle Identity Manager.

Speedy Perception versus Speedy Reception: Smart Asynchronous Interactions [March 2014]
by Lucas Jellema
When is a synchronous approach to application architecture like a bad restaurant? Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema explains -- and shows you a better way.

SOA's People Problem [March 2014]
by Bob Rhubart
Sometimes the biggest obstacle to successful SOA has little to do with technology. Community leaders share insight in this article from the latest issue of Oracle Magazine.

Oracle Identity Manager UI Customizations [February 2014]
by Gaurav Singh
Tips, tricks, and technical insight into customizations for the Oracle Identity Manager user interface.

Diagnosing Intermittent Authentication Failures and User Lock Outs in Oracle WebLogic [February 2014]
by Shailesh K. Mishrah
How login failures in WebLogic can be diagnosed with the help of available debug flags and log files.

Starting and Stopping a Java EE Environment when using Oracle WebLogic [February 2014]
by René van Wijk
Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Middleware specialist René van Wijk explores ways to simplify the life-cycle management of a Java EE environment through the use of scripts developed with WebLogic Scripting Tool and Linux Bash.

SOA and Business Processes: You are the Process! [February 2014]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
Part of the Industrial SOA series, this article looks at best practices for modeling and managing effective business processes.

Making the Move from Oracle Warehouse Builder to Oracle Data Integrator 12c [January 2014]
by Stewart Bryson
Oracle ACE Stewart Bryson's detailed guide to a phased migration to Oracle Data Integrator 12c that makes use of the integration and migration capabilities in ODI 12c.

Flexible Manipulation of Session Timeout for Oracle Identity Manager Web Applications [January 2014]
by Firdaus Fraz
Oracle Fusion Middleware Identity Management solution architect Firdaus Fraz's concise article focuses on session timeout configuration for Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2PS1 using an Oracle WebLogic deployment plan.

Working with Oracle Security Token Service in an Architecture Involving Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Service Bus [January 2014]
by Rolando Fernandes
A step by step guide to creating a single sign-on between Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Service Bus using Oracle Security Token Service (OSTS) to generate SAML tokens.

A Real World Guide to Invoking Oracle Service Bus and Event Delivery Network Using C++ and Web Services [January 2014]
by Sebastian Lik-Keung Ma
A demonstration of extreme decoupling using OSB and EDN in Oracle SOA Suite 11g, this article details a complete, end-to-end, working example of how a C++ application can produce an event to the SOA infrastructure, and how a JDeveloper application can consume that event.

Back Up a Thousand Databases using Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c  [January 2014]
by Porus Homi Havewala
Learn how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c as a faster and more efficient alternative to Unix shell scripting and cron jobs for backing up multiple databases.

Get Ready for IoT: Challenges and opportunities in the Internet of Things [January 2014]
by Bob Rhubart
As with any innovative technological wrinkle, launching an IoT initiative involves more than flipping a switch, and there are important considerations. In this Oracle Magazine article architects offer insight into the Internet of Things.

MDM and SOA: Be Warned! [December 2013]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
This article, part of the "Industrial SOA" series, offers a motive for using MDM, presents typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrates the interplay of MDM and SOA.

Programmatic Identity Assertion with Oracle Platform Security Services [December 2013]
by Shailesh K. Mishra
This short article from a member of the Oracle Identity Manager team shows how programmatic identity assertion can be performed using OPSS APIs in cases where code must run under the security context of a runtime identity.

Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 Reconciliation Events Processing [December 2013]
by Firdaus Fraz
Available options and the associated limitations for reconciliation and the sequencing of reconciliation events in Oracle Identity Manager.

SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture [December 2013]
by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio
This article presents a strategy for increasing the visibility and viability of SOA goverance as part of a global enterprise architecture.

Event-Driven SOA [December 2013]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
If we consider real companies and their business transactions, we see that the real world is not really service-driven at all, but much more event-driven. This article, part of the Industrial SOA series, examines event-driven architectures and their place in SOA.

Building an Oracle WebCenter Default Search Adapter [November 2013]
by Daniel Merchán Garcia
Solution architect Daniel Merchán Garcia shares sample code and step-by-step instructions for building a Twitter search adapter for Oracle WebCenter Portal.

SOA in Real Life: Mobile Solutions [October 2013]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
Consumers are no longer content to be chained to a desktop or laptop computer. This article, part of the Industrial SOA series, describes ways companies can take SOA to go.

Enterprise Grade Deployment Considerations for Oracle Identity Manager AD Connector [October 2013]
by Firdaus Fraz
Oracle Fusion Middleware solution architect Firdaus Fraz illustrates provides best practice recommendations for setting up an enterprise deployment environment for the OIM connector for Microsoft Active Directory.

Coherence*Web: Sharing an httpSession Among Applications in Different Oracle WebLogic Clusters [October 2013]
by Jordi Villena
SOA solution architect Jordi Villena shows how easy it is to extend Coherence*Web to enable session sharing.

Multi-Factor Authentication in Oracle WebLogic [October 2013]
by Shailesh K. Mishra
Using multi-factor authentication to protect web applications deployed on Oracle WebLogic.

SOA and User Interfaces [October 2013]
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
The eighth chapter in the Industrial SOA series addresses the challenges of developing user interfaces in a service oriented architecture, and describes a practical application of Thomas Erl's UI Mediator pattern.

Understanding Service Compensation [September 2013]
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
The seventh chapter in the Industrial SOA series, this article strives to provide a better understanding the implications of transactions and compensation within a service-oriented architecture.

Set Up and Manage Oracle Data Guard using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c [August 2013]
by Porus Homi Havewala
Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c's Oracle Data Guard setup and management capabilities to control downtime and simplify disaster recovery.

Cookbook: Installing and Configuring Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1 [August 2013]
by Oracle ACE Director Mark Rittman and Kevin McGinley
A step-by-step guide to installing, configuring, and loading an initial set of tables within Oracle BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1, using data sourced from Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.

A Case for Oracle Fusion Middleware [August 2013]
by Lucas Jellema
Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema created a composite of several real-world companies to produce this in-depth look at the interaction of people, processes, and technologies in the transition to a service-oriented architecture.

Protecting IDPs from Malformed SAML Requests [July 2013]
by Steffo Weber
Using Oracle API Gateway as an XML firewall to protect Oracle Identity Federation from receiving malformed SAML requests.

Securing the SOA Landscape [July 2013]
by Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmeidel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
Security requirements become more complex in the distributed system landscape of a service oriented architecture. This article, part of the Industrial SOA series, offers tips on how to handle security responsibly, using tried and true best practices.

Enterprise Service Bus [July 2013]
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
Answers to some of the most important questions surrounding the use of an enterprise service bus, using concrete examples to clarify correct areas of application. Part of the Industrial SOA article series.

SOA Maturity [July 2013]
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
This chapter in the Industrial SOA article series offers an exploration of the fundamentals of applying a factory approach to modern service-oriented software development.

Single Sign-On with Security Assertion Markup Language between Oracle and SAP [June 2013]
by Ronaldo Fernandes
Implementing Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to provide identity propagation from Oracle Web Service Manager (OWSM) in Oracle Service Bus (OSB) to SAP Enterprise Central Component (ECC).

Canonizing a Language for Architecture: An SOA Service Category Matrix [June 2013]
by Juergen Kress, Hajo Normann, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg, and Bernd Trops
Part of the Industrial SOA article series.

Top 10 List for Success in the Cloud [June 2013]
by Octave Orgeron

Large-Scale Transformation Programs: Discussion at Oracle EA Summit 2012 [May 2013]
Using Enterprise Architecture Principles to Enact Change

Fault Handling and Prevention for Services in Oracle Service Bus [May 2013]
by Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen
Part two in a series, this article concentrates on concrete fault handling and prevention measures in the integration layer that are realized through Oracle Service Bus.

On the Integrity of Data [April 2013]
by Lucas Jellema
An introduction to the basics of data integrity enforcement in a variety of environments.

Moving to Oracle WebCenter Content 11g Web Services [April 2013]
by Jon McDonald
Working with the Generic and Native Web Services provided in Oracle WebCenter Content 11g.

Oracle WebCenter Spaces Performance Analysis and Tuning in Practice [April 2013]
by JayJay Zheng
A post-development performance tuning practice for addressing Oracle WebCenter Spaces performance issues.

Fanning Out Events on the SOA Suite 11g Event Delivery Network [February 2013]
by Oracle ACE Director Lucas Jellema
This 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.

Track Down a Memory Leak [January 2013]
by Dr. Frank Munz
This sample chapter from Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Distinctive Recipes offers a simple solution.

Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c with Filer Snapshotting [December 2012]
by Porus Homi Havewala
This concise technical article includes a script for database backup using snapshots and cataloging in RMAN.

Fault Handling and Prevention - Part 1 [November 2012]
by Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen
In this technical article, part one of a four part series, Oracle ACE Directors Guido Schmutz and Ronald van Luttikhuizen guide you through an introduction to fault handling in a service-oriented environment using Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus.

Setting Up, Configuring, and Using an Oracle WebLogic Server Cluster [October 2012]
by Yuli Vasiliev
Yuli Vasiliev shows you how take advantage of multiple Oracle WebLogic Server instances grouped into a cluster to maximize scalability and availability.

Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence 11g MDS XML Source Control Management with Git Version Control [September 2012]
by Christian Screen
A tutorial for those interested in learning how to configure the Oracle Business Intelligence 11g (11.1.1.6) metadata repository for development using the new MDS XML source control management functionality.

Advanced Pub/Sub: Why Do We Need It? [August 2012]
by Daniel Amadei
SOA and Java architect Daniel Amadei explores the advanced publish and subscribe features in Oracle WebLogic Server.

Decisions, Decisions: The art, science, and politics of technology selection [August 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
When the time comes for a solution architect to make the final decision about the technologies, standards, and other elements that are to be incorporated into a particular project, what factors weigh most heavily on that decision?

SOA, Cloud, and Service Technologies [August 2012]
Best selling SOA author Thomas Erl and Oracle SOA experts Tim Hall and Demed L'Her explore the evolution of IT architecture and the emerging role of the IT architect in this edited transcript of an OTN ArchBeat podcast.

Scaling Service Oriented Architecture [August 2012]
Philip Wik explores what scaling is and what it means to a Service Oriented Architecture, and proposes Oracle-based solutions to SOA scaling and an Oracle-based SOA scaling roadmap.

Oracle WebLogic RESTful Management Services: From Command Line to JavaFX [August 2012]
by William Markito Oliveira
William Markito Oliviera offers code samples and scripts to illustrate the RESTful Management Services features in Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Storing SCA Metadata in the Oracle Metadata Services Repository [July 2012]
by Nicolás Fonnegra Martinez and Markus Lohn
The advantages of using the Oracle Metadata Services Repository as a central storage point for metadata.

The Role of the Cloud Architect [July 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
Cloud architects talk about the role's unique challenges and the skills needed to meet them.

Automation Framework Architecture for Enterprise Products: Design and Development Strategy [July 2012]
by Anish Shrivastava
The case for using an automation framework for implementing and testing ERP product suites.

Software Architecture for High Availability in the Cloud [June 2012]
by Brian Jimerson
A look at the paradigm shifts in designing fault tolerance from machine-based architectures to cloud-based architectures, and how enterprise applications need to be engineered to ensure the highest level of availability in the cloud.

Discussion: Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds [June 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
A panel of leading Oracle experts on cloud computing compares and contrasts the various flavors of cloud computing in this transcript of an OTN ArchBeat Podcast.

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure on SPARC: An Oracle Optimized Solution [June 2012]
by Roger Bitar
Recommendations and best practices for optimizing virtualization infrastructures when deploying the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure on SPARC.

Catching Up to Mobile Computing [June 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
Community members talk about the challenges and opportunities mobile computing presents for IT architects in this article from the latest edition of Oracle Magazine.

Driving from Business Architecture to Business Process Services [May 2012]
by Hariharan V. Ganesarethinam
This article from Service Technology Magazine discusses why "there should be a structured approach to drive enterprise architecture to service-oriented architecture and business processes."

Community Roundtable: Agility versus Architecture [May 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
What happens to architecture in the rush to deliver solutions? A community panel discusses finding a balance.

Community Roundtable: Architecture, Confidence, and the Cloud [May 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
Cloud computing may be a new take on not-so-new concepts, but getting it right still requires an architectural approach.

Securing Heterogeneous Systems Using Oracle Web Services Manager [May 2012]
by Ronald van Luttikhuizen and Jens Peters
A case study on using use Oracle Web Services Manager to secure interactions between Web Services exposed by Oracle Service Bus and an employee portal built in Microsoft .NET and Silverlight.

Interview: Oracle IT Architecture Certification from Oracle University [May 2012]
by Bob Rhubart
A conversation with the people behind the new Oracle IT Architecture Essentials certification from Oracle University.

Unit Testing Asynchronous BPEL Processes Using soapUI [February 2012]
by Daniel Amadei
Thanks to its support for Mocking and WS-Addressing, soapUI can be used to test asynchronous BPEL processes. Daniel Amadei shows you how.

Increasing Application Availability by Using the Oracle VM Server for SPARC Live Migration Feature [February 2012]
by Orgad Kimchi and Roman Ivanov
This white paper describes how to take advantage of the Live Migration capability in the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 software to increase the availability of an Oracle Database 11g Release 2 single-instance database.

Start Small, Grow Fast [January 2012]
by Edwin Biemond, Ronald van Luttikhuizen, and Demed L'Her
This article presents a set of pragmatic best practices for deploying a simple and sound SOA footprint that can grow with business demand.

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