As a child, my mother made me consider several things before I was allowed to dive into the swimming pool: did I eat within the last hour, where are the lifeguards, who are you swimming with, and so on. Before we dive into the details of the roadmap, there are a few things to consider:
1) We are sailing on a sea of change. Technology components such as Portal, Workflow and mod pl/sql are desupported, upgraded, or otherwise changed very quickly. The rate of change is so great that portions of this roadmap will likely be obsolete shortly after posting. You need to stay current.
2) Much of my timing is speculative. Although I won't include my best guesses for release dates of Oracle products in this series of articles, it's fairly obvious that much of the timing in this roadmap is based on those release dates. If I'm right, lucky me! If I'm wrong, then the timing of some elements could change. Wish I could offer more comfort but, frankly, that's just the nature of the business these days.
3) This is a proposed roadmap for my shop. It's built around the issues, concerns and needs of my enterprise. Although I'm sharing this information in the hopes that it will help others, your optimum roadmap (should you decide to pursue this path) will likely be very different.
With all that being said, let's get to the details...
NEXT UP: The Database Layer Roadmap