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Get a Bird’s-Eye View of IT Architecture: IT Strategies from Oracle

Putting together a strong IT architecture requires strong attention to detail and the ability to grasp the big picture—you need to see both the forest and the trees, so to speak. But although there is plenty of material about individual technology components, that big-picture view is often hard to find. That’s where IT Strategies from Oracle, an authorized library of guidelines and reference architectures, can help.

“We wanted to come up with something more focused on conceptual and enterprise architecture that helps architect-level people fit myriad products together to make a single unified architecture at their company,” says Bob Hensle, director, technology business group, Oracle.

The central piece of the Oracle library is the Oracle Reference Architecture, which can be viewed from different perspectives, such as service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM). “We are very careful to use consistent terms and definitions throughout our perspectives for continuity,” says Hensle. Oracle Reference Architecture perspectives include application infrastructure foundation, management and monitoring, security, software engineering, service-oriented integration, service orientation, user interaction, engineered systems, and a master glossary.

The library also contains a series of practitioner guides containing pragmatic advice and approaches on current topics such as SOA, event-driven architecture, BPM, and cloud computing.

Available to everybody, the library constantly adds and refreshes material, so Hensle advises people to check in frequently. “If you’re new to the site, the overview documents will give a good general introduction to all the resources available,” he says. “We really hope it helps people focus their research.”

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