Integration Cloud Service: How to keep all data residing in your applications in sync? by Philipp Langer

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Because things in IT change fast, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish the important trends from the less important. And that’s true for Oracle as well. It’s not that long ago when Oracle CEO Larry Elisson thought of Cloud Computing as just another short-living fashion trend (great audio by the way). But that began to change soon. And at least since Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we know for sure how serious Oracle became about Cloud Computing.

“The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion.” – Larry Ellison, chairman, Oracle

Today, Oracle’s stack on the Cloud is complete. From infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to software as a service (SaaS) there is everything. But especially with all those wonderful SaaS products being available (and probably being used by your line of businesses) new challenges arise: How to keep all the data residing in those applications in sync? In other words: How to integrate those products? A neat way to address this is the Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) which I would like to introduce to you in this blog post.

Besides ICS I’m also going to mention two other integration services provided by Oracle namely SOA Suite Cloud Service (SSCS) and Process Cloud Service (PCS). Though for this blog post I won’t go into much detail there.

Integration Cloud Service

The main reason to use Oracle ICS is to map and synchronize data between all different kinds of SaaS applications. For example, you might use Salesforce as your primary CRM application but another one for ERP activities such as order and invoice tracking. In such a case, if a new customer is created in Salesforce it should be created in the ERP application as well – automatically and immediately.

The attentive reader might be wondering whether Oracle ICS is limited to cloud integrations. The answer is no. Hybrid integrations are supported as well but more on this later.

ICS Components

Based on the main menu, functionality in ICS is organized into four main views: home page, designer portal, monitoring (dashboard) and administration. Before going into detail of monitoring functionality and administration, let’s have a look at the Designer.

As you can see, the designer portal in turn is organized into five views: Integrations, Connections, Lookups, Packages and Agents. You might notice as well how clear and simple the UI appears. That clearly indicates the target audience of ICS: not only developers and IT but LOB users as well. Read the complete article here.

SOA & BPM Partner Community

For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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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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