Comparing Oracle ICS connectors with Workday, Mule, Boomi and Azure by Luis Weir

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As SaaS adoption continue to increase in organisations of any size, it’s only expected that different cloud vendors will stretch their cloud capabilities to try and increasing their SaaS/PaaS/IaaS footprints. This is particularly true for iPaaS related capabilities, as it seems that every cloud vendor has its own related offering and they push it really hard even if it doesn’t really satisfy the majority of integration needs.
The challenge is though, that organisations that don’t carefully elaborate a cloud integration strategy and think this through, will almost certainly end up implementing point solutions using whichever iPaaS capability is available for the individual project.  This not only results in vendor lock-in but also increases the complexity and cost of integration.

To avoid this, first step is to of course create a well thought cloud integration strategy however with a clear objective in mind. This should be delivering a platform capable of supporting all integration needs (cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-on-premise) in a seamless and consistent fashion without redundant infrastructures and capabilities. The concept should be something like this:

However the devil is in the detail, or so it goes.
One of the key reason vendor lock-in occurs is simply because of misinformation. From my point of view, SaaS integration is all about connectivity. So without properly understanding 1) what are the connectivity requirements and 2) what platform best fits these connectivity needs in the short and long term, there is high probability that a solution will not be the right one (may be it will solve the short-term needs, but in the long-run it will probably add more complexity, cost hence risk). 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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