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March 2011

Architect Community Newsletter

Architect Evolution

Spring is a time of new beginnings, of growth and promise. One of the most promising careers, according to a 2010 CNN/Money.com poll, is "software architect." Make sure you read the Focus item in this edition to learn how several members of the community landed in that role. What's your story?

Of course, as in any job in IT, architects have to deal with a perpetual learning curve. We're doing our part to help you in that effort with another month's worth of fresh stuff to keep your mind fully fertilized for maximum growth.

—The Oracle Technology Network Team (See Team Blog)


Article: On the Software Architect Trail

"Software Architect" was ranked the best job in America in 2010. How you get there depends on where you start. Community members share their stories in this article from Oracle Magazine. Read it.

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Podcast: IT Strategies from Oracle

Oracle Enterprise Architecture director Bob Hensle talks about IT Strategies from Oracle, an extensive library of reference architectures, best practices, and other documents now available to registered Oracle Technology Network members.
·  Listen to Part 1 (mp3)
·  Listen to Part 2 (mp3)

Podcast: Getting Past the Cloud Hype

Oracle ACE Director Ran Batra, director of cloud computing product development with AT&T, and Daniel Templeton, then the principal product manager for Oracle Grid Engine, voice their opinions in this ArchBeat Podcast. Listen.

Article: Governing the Process-Driven Enterprise

"Enterprise architects are not typically asked to define or optimize business processes," says Adam Boczkowski, "but they do need to be equipped to understand those processes in relation to their organization's overall business strategy." Read it.

White Paper: Oracle's Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management Consolidation

Authors Jacques Bessoudo, Tom Duell, Giri Mandilika, and Thorsten Früauf describe extensive testing of two modules in Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM). Read it.

Measuring Success in Enterprise Architecture Projects

"To measure the value of EA initiatives, you must look for tangible, concrete business benefits from every decision you make," says Hamza Jahangir. "Enterprise architects connect each decision to a specific outcome and a measurable business impact." Read it.

New Release: GlassFish 3.1

Arun Gupta shares a ton of information on the newly released GlassFish 3.1, the industry's first application server to support Java EE 6 with production-ready features such as clustering, centralized administration, and high availability. Read it.

Now Available: Oracle Linux 6

Free to download, install and use. Get the latest release of Oracle Linux 6, which includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Learn more.

Test Results: Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module with Intel X5670 Processors SPEC CPU2006

Check out the benchmarking test results for Oracle's Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module running the SPEC CPU2006 benchmark suite. Read it.

Whitepaper: Migrate IBM DB2/AIX Environment to the Latest Oracle Technologies

Download this migration guide and discover how to move sample applications with an IBM DB2 on an IBM Power System to Oracle Database 11g Release 2, install Oracle Linux and Oracle Database Release 2 on the Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 server, and migrate user databases from the IBM Power System to Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 server. learn more.

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From the Oracle Blogosphere

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

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Missed a live webcast? No problem! In most cases live webcasts automatically convert to on-demand. Just click the link and enjoy.

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Offers & Promotions

OTN Member Discounts for March

Save up to 40% on new books, including Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata by Rick Greenwald, Robert Stackowiak, et al; Oracle Business Intelligence by Yuli Vasiliev; and Oracle Fusion Middleware Patterns by Harish Gaur, Marcus Zirn, et al. Save now.

Oracle University: New Personalized Training Catalog

Searching for training classes just got easier with Oracle University's new Personalized Training Catalog. View upcoming course schedules for the topics that you select in your preferred locations. Login or set up an account to get started.

New Course: Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Advanced Administration

Advance your knowledge by learning more sophisticated techniques for working with WebLogic Server and integrating it within the rest of the enterprise. Topics covered include authentication, enterprise messaging, clustering and performance. Learn more.

Now available on the Oracle Store: Sun SPOT Java Development Kit

Each Sun SPOT Java Development Kit contains everything needed to start developing: Two free-range Sun SPOT devices (with processor, radio, sensor board and battery); One base station Sun SPOT device (with processor and radio); USB cable; Software development tools. Find out more at Oracle.com/Store.

My Oracle Support - Oracle Configuration Manager

Oracle Configuration Manager - part of your Oracle Premier Support service - provides proactive system health checks, patch advice, and other valuable information about your Oracle products. Download this PDF for more information. (Requires My Oracle Support Single Sign On.)

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Leon SmiersLéon Smiers is a Solution Architect for Capgemini in The Netherlands. He specializes in Oracle Technology and Architecture, having worked with Oracle technology for 20 years. His experience includes research in the field of Integration and new technologies, including RFID, Process, and GUI integration. Leon has presented at Oracle Open World, written several articles, and is a co-author of the book The CORA Model: A practical guide on using a Common Reference Architecture.
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