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Oracle Integration Cloud Service - Overview

 

Oracle Integration Cloud Service - Overview

Software as a Service(SaaS):

We're using cloud applications more and more. Software as a service, or SaaS, adoption rates are increasing all the time. SaaS is simple and hence its usage is increasing. It's orders of magnitude are easier than deploying on premise software. You need new SaaS applications to be integrated with your existing SaaS applications and you're on premise applications. Cloud integrations should be as simple as SaaS and should be able to integrate your applications in minutes not months.

Platform as a Service(PaaS):

This is a service on which software can be developed and deployed. It is little above SaaS. The vendors of platform maintain the application servers, databases etc., and let the client focus on the development of application code. One of the example of PaaS is Oracle BICS.

Oracle BI Cloud Service Overview:

Oracle BI Cloud Service is the first Oracle's PaaS offering. BI Cloud Service is a proven enterprise-class BI platform on Oracle data centers and completely operated, managed by oracle. It helps to consolidate the data from any source and quickly create BI applications for agile analysis. Oracle handles all the patching, upgrading activities. The service can be either used on web browser or any mobile devices. All the interactive capabilities of doing analysis on the clouds like pivoting, doing all up style selections and groupings are available. And the ability to surface events analytics metrics, the ability to do time series analysis, hierarchical navigation, all available as BI cloud service user experience.

Integration Challenges:

Cloud integration can be very challenging. That is the reason so many companies have experienced cloud integration problems.  IT needs to understand various integration options supported by Cloud applications. Developers often need to be trained on Cloud applications and their integration technologies. Security is an issue. And there are usually multiple integration options. This results in a lot of manual development effort which increases cost and time to market. When what you really need is agile delivery of integrations between your Cloud applications and between your Cloud and on premise applications.

Solution:

The solution is Integration Cloud Service which integrates applications across clouds and on premise. It simplifies connectivity between key enterprise applications like Fusion Applications, Rightnow, E-Business Suite, and other third party SaaS and on premise applications.

Benefits:

With integration Cloud Service you get automated backup, path updates and upgrades leaving you to concentrate on the tasks of creating and integrating applications. Also there's no data mapping from scratch. In fact, no hand coded integration is required. Integration cloud service gives you an intuitive point and click experience to create your integrations. And you get enterprise grade security and governance capabilities. Integration cloud service comes with a library of adapters for Oracle and 3rd party applications. And you can purchase pre-built integrations for common scenarios. All this means you can integrate your applications faster thereby increasing your business agility.

Development Life cycle:

The first step in integration design is to identify the applications you want to integrate, and then configure the connection details for these applications. You do this by creating connections which are based on pre-built adapters. After your connections are in place, you create integrations by dragging and dropping these connections into the designer. You use the graphical mapper to tell integration cloud service how to map data between your applications. Then you're ready to activate, test and use your integration. To see how well how your integrations are running you use the monitoring dashboard. Here you can pinpoint the bottlenecks, monitor errors, and see details of each running integration. 

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