An Introduction to Oracle’s Integration Cloud Service (ICS) by Jennie DeRosa

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Last month, Oracle made available their latest tool within their integration cloud strategy, Integration Cloud Service (ICS).  With the number of SaaS applications growing, the need to integrate is becoming more important, making ICS even more relevant.

The intended usage of ICS are implementations of simple, light weight integrations between SaaS applications.  It resides within the cloud, is built off the Oracle Service Bus, and is available on a monthly subscription basis.

Pre-built solutions will be available in the marketplace (think app store), allowing for reusable integrations to be purchased, implemented in an accelerated manner. This will provide the option to reuse existing integrations as-is, or build on top of the existing, customizing for your business integration needs. If the pre-built solutions don’t meet your integration needs, the capability to develop your own from scratch is always on option. Either way, the development of an integration within ICS can be done using the capabilities detailed in this article.

Within ICS, there are 4 aspects: Integrations, Connections, Lookups, and Packages. Each of these will be discussed in further detail.

Integrations

Developing integrations between SaaS applications is done in ICS via a web based tool. Using drag and drop capabilities, an integration can easily be defined. Since the tool is built on top of OSB, the functions defined within the VETO (validate, enrich, transform, and operation) integration design pattern are available for implementation: 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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