Oracle Voice 12/10/2013
Alexander Wolfe, Oracle
Planning to take some time off to celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s? (If you’re waiting on Hanukkah, you’re too late.) Don’t let 2013 lapse before you read through our curated collection of worthy links, guaranteed to raise your IT and management IQs.
What does it take to be a leader? Oracle president Mark Hurd weighs in with his latest LinkedIn Influencer post, “Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have.” Hurd puts some daylight between his observations and the typical management bromides by offering up nuanced insights on strategy, execution, and team building. Most sophisticated, in my opinion, is his adroit transposition of the reality that the world isn’t binary into the astute observation that business isn’t an “either/or” proposition. I won’t undercut your reading experience by explaining this in plain English, so you’ll just have to go check it out for yourself.
Next, read Mark Hurd’s previous LinkedIn Influencer posts: “How CEOs Can Transform HR into a Revenue Driver,” “Why CEOs Must Become Customer-Experience Evangelists,” and “Enterprise IT’s New Mandate: Drive Austerity and Innovation.” If you’d like to be alerted to future posts, you can click on the “follow” button in the top right-hand corner of any of these pages, or you can see all of Mark’s post on his LinkedIn Influencer landing page here.
Enterprise IT isn’t an “either/or” proposition, either. There’s gotta be at least 57 different varieties of cloud computing. Even the traditional on-premise model isn’t so legacy anymore, because these days it’s heavily infused with cloud. So maybe it’s time to try this stuff for yourself. In that regard, I’m going to point you to a place where you can set up your very own multilayer application environment running in the cloud. It’s the hands-on lab demo called “Oracle Solaris 11 in the Cloud.”
Hosted on the Oracle Technology Network and aimed at system administrators and developers, the self-paced course will take you through all of the technical steps necessary to create a WordPress blog within an Oracle Solaris Zone. You’ll build a ZFS file system, work with Apache web server, and configure a MySQL database.
And you thought this was gonna be boring!
After you’ve finished the demo, you can continue your tech learnings with heaps of free software and documentation. Complete Solaris 11.1 admin documentation is here, a collection of Solaris how-to articles is here, and don’t forget your free copy of Oracle Solaris 11 (x86 and SPARC versions available). It can be downloaded here.
Is Big Data on your bucket list? Then I suggest the hands-on lab “How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris.” Hadoop is the open-source framework which lets you process large data sets—hence its big-data momentum—across large numbers of distributed computing nodes.
Aimed at sysadmins with basic proficiency in Linux or Solaris, this free course covers Hadoop installation, including the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). It also details how to load data into a Hadoop cluster and how to run a MapReduce job.
Still unclear as to exactly what Hadoop is? Then watch this three-minute video:
Want to dive deeper into unstructured data? Then you need to know about Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. (Note that Oracle Endeca Commerce is a separate solution supporting delivery of consistent customer buying experiences.) Endeca Information Discovery is essentially a power tool for IT business intelligence (BI), finding patterns invisible amid large pools of seemingly disconnected data.
The good news is that Endeca Information Discovery got an upgrade in early November. OEID 3.1 adds data mashup features, which allow users to combine data from multiple sources and analyze the complete set. The not-as-great news is that there’s no bite-sized content morsel which will teach you all about OEID in the time it takes to eat your pumpkin pie. However, much as the OEID software might, I’ve analyzed all the content data, to surface the following suggestions as starters:
- White paper providing OEID technical overview [PDF download; registration required].
- Data sheet: What’s new in Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 [PDF download; registration required].
- Video tutorial series: Getting Started with OEID 3.1.
- 30-minute conference session on OEID. (Video shows session PowerPoints.)
Are you pumped up yet about system administration? If the cloud and Hadoop demos didn’t do it, Oracle community manager Rick Ramsey has just the metaphor. His post, “The Jack LaLanne School of System Administration,” analogizes that keeping one’s skills current is the key to becoming as “unstoppable” as the personal-fitness pioneer was back in the pre-steroids day. Since LaLanne lived to the ripe old age of 96, perhaps that’s a message worth mulling.
Ramsey points to five pieces of worthwhile content. If that’s not enough, he leads with a picture of a Mustang Shelby GT500, which he took at the Gateway Auto Museum in Colorado. Rick’s writings reside on the OTN Garage page, which is the official blog of the Oracle Technology Network’s sysadmin and developer community. Along with numerous worthwhile posts, there are many additional car pictures, like this one of a 1957 DeSoto:
I see my initial plan to offer up a collection of light year-end appetizers has devolved into deep-tech hors d’oeuvres. Blame it on the four years I spent at a formerly tuition-free engineering school.