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In recent months, I have had a lot of dealings with middleware administrators, responsible for the management of WebLogic Server and other Fusion Middleware components such as SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, WebCenter and UCM. My role is frequently one that allows me to step back a little and observe. These observations made it very clear that not only is middleware administration a challenging task – one that is underestimated in many organizations – it is also one that is frequently made much harder than necessary by actions that developers take or do not take. Developers create the artifacts that administrators will deploy and manage on the middleware infrastructure. These developers can make life easier for the administrators if they adhere to certain best practices in creating and handing over these artifacts. However, out of ignorance, disinterest or lack of time it is unfortunately common for administrators to experience severe frustrations over the work of developers.
I am trying to compile a list of various points of frustration for middleware administrators caused by developer ignorance or carelessness. Below is the list if have compiled so far – with some help from More >
One of the perhaps somewhat counterintuitive challenges with at least the initial stages of adopting Fusion Middleware is the fact that there is too little work in terms of administration.
On the one hand, Fusion Middleware administration entails quite a bit, starting with WebLogic Server
and typically extending to one or more FMW components:
all of which the administrator – or rather the administration team – needs to deal to with. Typically even around the clock to ensure the availability required by the business.
On the other hand, the actual workload for FMW administration for a small number of applications, services and processes does not justify a dedicated resource. This proves a serious problem for many organizations: 24/7 availability requires 3 FTE while the effort is on average less 0.5 FTE.
Organizations can adopt several strategies to address this challenge, as is illustrated in the next picture.