Integration Cloud Service (ICS) Preview” by The SOA mythbusters



So, do you really like SOA? That’s great because so do we, and we’ve been working with it every single day since a long time ago. As Oracle professionals, we’ve seen the SOA stack grow, change, incorporating new products and technology with each version, from 10g to 12c.

We’re Rolando Carrasco and Arturo Viveros, the SOA Myth Busters from Mexico, and as we go with this series we will put to the test a number of questions, myths and urban legends regarding integration, SOA & the Oracle FMW Platform in seek of finding out which myths are true and which are not.


In this short episode, we will preview the imminent (and much awaited) launch of Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS).

In this era of digital disruption, Cloud Integration is and will keep being one of the hottest and most relevant topics in the SOA / Middleware realms.

So, as we usually do, let’s identify a bunch of questions which we will attempt to clarify throughout this article:

  • Why is Oracle bringing to the table an iPaaS offering of its own?
  • What is the difference between ICS and SOA Suite in the Cloud?
  • Where does this leave my on premise SOA Suite implementation?
  • What is running underneath the curtains and how does Oracle ICS stack up against its main competitors?
  • Which business scenarios would be better suited for the implementation of such a tool?
  • What benefits can organizations expect to achieve by leveraging this kind of offering?
  • What about common concerns such as performance, security, ease of adoption / use, portability, standardization, etc.?
  • Are there any clear guidelines for ICS’s implementation / adoption from an architectural standpoint?
  • Can I do SOA with ICS?
  • Is ICS suitable for on premise integrations?

Let’s get started

Since the product has yet to hit the market, this time around we don’t have a de-facto myth revolving around it; but don’t worry, the myths will surely come swiftly and we will be there to tackle them whenever they arise.

For now, let’s focus on the questions at hand. It seems to us that a good way to get started in the matter is by going over some elemental definitions and concepts:

First things first

Oracle ICS is an integration product in the cloud. Let’s first nail this.

ICS stands for Integration Cloud Services. Oracle has addressed a strong Cloud need: the integration among Cloud based Applications. Oracle has been very active to become a Cloud type of monster. If we go back five years ago, maybe Oracle was not perceived as a strong Cloud player, but those days are very far away now. Oracle has a very clear cloud offering in the different recognized flavors: PaaS, SaaS and IaaS.

A set of Cloud based applications, such as: Taleo, Right Now, Big Machines (Oracle CPQ) are very well-known in the market. A very large set of customer around the globe use them.

But what about having to integrate those different Clouds? Or even more, what about integrating an Oracle Cloud with a different vendor Cloud? (e.g. or Success Factors).

There is where we meet with our first question: Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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