As part of the UKOUG SIG committee for middleware I have had the opportunity to contribute to the planning of the conference in December (Tech17). The agenda looks really exciting with a range a high class submissions covering on-premises to cloud, from micro to monolith, API to application, source to SOA.
Presenters go from newbies to world class names, not to mention key Oracle product managers.
Here are a couple of tweets from the planning day …
My presentation for UKOUG Tech 16 can be seen by following the link – Introduction to SOA CS. or see below It was a tremendous 4 days (if you include the Tech stream’s Super Sunday). If you are a UKOUG member and didn’t make it to the conference I’d look out for the material to be become available.
Whilst I’m not a big Apex fan (stitching business logic into the persistence layer feels wrong to a middleware person), i did attend the keynote session which covered Apex’s history and future direction, and there are some very exiciting things coming and if everything materialises as I understand it then some big steps to getting developers engaged with Oracle cloud offerings.
Oracle has done a lot of work on the middleware layer with apps container (using common Docker configurations without needing to worry about Docker), Kafka, Node.js and others to engage developers and provide the means to offer a polyglot microservices platform that is not just attractive to the traditional Oracle customer base but also those wanting the middle ground of supported open source. What Oracle are missing is the means to get developers trying the technology and being creative with it. Amazon and Red Hat have got this by offering limited footprints for a long time. Oracle offer 30 day trials which is fine to do a project sponsored PoC. But to hook grass roots users you need a lengthy period where people in spare time can built some cool/geeky solutions.
Now this maybe down to the fact that Oracle cloud is built on their Exa machines with clever on silicon security features, and Oracle can’t manufacture it quick enough. Whereas other cloud providers work with largely commodity components. But if they want to challenge Amazon as Ellison says they need to change this.
So no new blog entries as I have been busy publishing elsewhere, with the Oracle User Group we appear in the latest edition of the Oracle Scene Journal:
We also have a submission in for the November edition, which will be published before the user group’s Tech 16 conference – which I will be presenting at.
We have been posting a lot on our website that supports the book – oracle-integration.cloud. Lots of useful references to supporting resources, and some blog posts providing supporting information (and more in the pipeline). Not to mention with pressing on with the last couple of chapters.
Then finally a webinar, the first in a series for the UKOUG about adopting cloud – details at – http://www.ukoug.org/events/ukoug-applications-journey-to-cloud-webinar-1/. The webinar was recorded and the presentation that went with it are accessible if you are a UKOUG member.
My review of the Oracle API Management 12c has been published the the UKOUG at http://www.ukoug.org/what-we-offer/news/review-of-oracle-api-management-12c-implementation/ – rather than repeat the review here, I’d recommed people go read the page. But I will say here is that it is an excellent book. The book can be found at:
Along with a range of other book sellers.
We’ve just passed the submission deadline for the next edition of Oracle Scene. So the submitted articles have been shared with the review team. I have to admit, I look forward the week after the deadline, a chance to read the raw articles before all the art work is applied, layout applied etc.
Each article teaches you something new and you’re reminded just how big the Oracle ecosystem is (something that is easy to forget when you’re working day to day in your own specialism).
The review process does throw up the odd bump – the occasional article that reads more like an Infomercial (which usually result in a recommendation not to include) and occasionally the article where you’re not entirely sure what the author is trying to get across. But these later scenarios, the reviewers will make suggestions on how to refine a submission.
The sense of joy and reward in reviewing is easily beaten by submitting an article and seeing it published and feeling the published article in printed form. Don’t just take my word for it – Martin Widlake writes about it on his blog here.
I‘ve had 1 proper article in Oracle Scene here and a couple of smaller pieces such as book reviews included. The reward of being published can only be topped by your article being used to inform the cover art. I have been fortunate enough to have achieved that with an article for the Oracle Apps User Group (OAUG) with an article called Journey To The Cloud. The only down side is OAUG are more restrictive on access, and you have to be a member to see the article.
So go on, write an article – I hope that i’ll be reviewing it in the near future.
It has been a while coming but the Oracle SOA Cloud was announced yesterday. Surprisingly, the fanfare for this key product hasn’t been held back for Oracle Open World which is only a few weeks away now. So no more building SOA on top of the Java Cloud Service. Along with SOA CS (Cloud Service) is API Management. But the release of information with yesterday’s announcement is coming quickly – for example UKOUG are running an innovation day which has had SOA Cloud session included in it. Here are a few resources that I’ve seen so far :
It looks like from the details available that SOA Cloud includes the core composites, BPEL and OSB pieces, but BAM, Scheduling, B2B are yet to be released.
The Oracle Customer Advisory Board on the end of Open World should be a very interesting day.
Been a busy couple of days reviewing submissions for the Oracle Scene Journal as part of the UKOUG. Some really good articles, have been submitted around a broad range of Oracle technologies from core database to mobile and beyond.
I have also been working on a mindmap relating to the IT Solutions from Oracle (ITSO) – you can see previous posts on this including ITSO Mind Mapped here is the latest update which is also available via WiseMap here.
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As the build up to the Oracle Applications User Group conference (Collaborate) progresses the presenters have been informed of whether there submissions have been accepted. Among many I made several submissions.
Before I share what I think I should have learnt from making submissions let me give some background to how we got to where we are. So my boss is keen that we have a member of the Enterprise Architecture team who has a strong Oracle recognition. As we are a customer rather than partner the only opportunity really is through the Ace programme as an Associate. Well I have been as active as the demands of the day job allows With the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG). We agreed presenting at something as big as OAUG’s annual conference Collaborate would be the next step to making a case.
So whilst at Oracle Open World we finally agreed that step and joined OAUG and found we only had a couple of weeks to get our submissions together – during which time I had to get internal sign off for my submissions plus deal with a family emergency.
So with the scene set, perhaps lesson one, don’t work in haste. OAUG run webinars about how to create submissions – a worthwhile exercise to attend although it does focus on what OAUG provides in the form of submission information (any themes for the conference identified and the amount of information needed) and the process & mechanics of selection. The important message is to temper your expectations as selection success rate is about 1 in 6 submissions. I looked at their themes and identified what I had in mind more or less fitted (big tick for me).
All of this meant I could assemble my submissions including details for my employer of what internal work and sources likely to be drawn from. Mistake here is perhaps I should have done this as soon as we had agreed to try as it would have meant I could give focus on getting my submission together sooner.
Perhaps the biggest missed opportunity, was having joined OAUG was to immediately look through previous conference papers and presentations, and most critically the ‘abstracts’ with these to get a feel of the messages, language and themes of presentations that had been accepted. Understanding how the presentation submission might resonate with those voting on which presentations to accept could have made a big difference. In hindsight I suspect my submission wording was a little to academic rather than informed by battle worn insights and how we’ve beaten some challenges.
All of this would help by having actually attended a previous Collaborate conference and got a feel for the ‘character’ of the conference and the people attending. I do know from Oracle Open World and Oracle’s one day sessions have some commonality in character and attendance but feel different and have some slight differences in attendance (Oracle sessions are slightly more abstract except customer presentations) and attendance can be a bit more decision maker in attendance. Where as UKOUG attendance is more orientated to those who execute delivery or drive the delivery aspects. Then open source events differ a bit again.
To help inform thinking and learning how to progress I have been reading the excellent book Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun (amusing and insightful book on public speaking and full of useful practical simple advise). Some may say a little masochistic given my submissions weren’t selected. But, certainly helped thinking about the approach for example really focusing down on the key message, and then how to prepare if a submission is selected.
To conclude, what now? Well we will be applying these observations going forward, and will have done the reading of previous submissions and got together my submission ideas by the time submission opportunities open for next year – so no haste. With a little luck will have attended Collaborate as just a delegate. Then of course there is perhaps Open World as an opportunity.
It has been an active time with Oracle User Groups. In addition to the recent SIG we have been reviewing articles for the next UKOUG Scene magazine, and there have been some great submissions. In addition whilst at Oracle Open World I signed my employer up to join the OAUG and quickly put together several submissions for Collaborate 15 (OAUG conference in April). For me, OAUG also extends to being an organisational Ambassador. Then finally we have shared a profile on the UKOUG site as to why we have become members.