Integration Cloud Service Use Case: Closed Loop Order Management Sven Bernhardt, Alexander Däubler, and Cornelia Spanner


Integrating distributed systems with each other has been a challenge for many years. In the context of digital transformation, companies are using more and more Software as a Service (SaaS) applications to address standard processes, so that they can focus on improving and evolving the core business. This means even more complexity in integration, since cloud and on-premise systems need to be integrated.

There are three typical integration scenarios:

  1. On-premise to on-premise: Integration is done on-premise, based on, for example, Oracle SOA Suite
  2. On-premise to cloud: Integration is done in the cloud (e.g., using ICS) or on an on-premise integration platform
  3. Cloud to cloud: Integration is done in the cloud

The arising integration challenges can be addressed by either hybrid cloud integration or a full Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) approach, depending on a company’s center of gravity:

A hybrid approach (left) should be chosen if both cloud and on-premise applications must be integrated.

In a full iPaaS scenario (right), most of the integrations need to be done between cloud-based applications, because the center of gravity has moved to the cloud. The need for integrations with on-premise applications is low, because there are usually only a few legacy applications still hosted on-premise.

Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is a complete and strategic cloud-based integration platform that can be used in the context of a hybrid approach as well as when taking a full iPaaS approach. Using ICS, the definition of integrations comes to a new level. Pre-built integrations available through Oracle Cloud Marketplace that implement common integration scenarios can be used as a basis for new integrations and adapted to specific user needs. For data mappings, recommendations are shown based on knowledge derived from the same mappings done by other users. In conjunction with a very clearly structured and intuitive UI, which also enables non-technical users to define integrations between systems and applications, new integrations can be created rapidly and efficiently.

One key differentiator of Oracle ICS with respect to its competitors is that cloud-to-on-premise integrations are done using a lightweight agent concept. The so-called “connectivity agent” has to be hosted and deployed on premise, ensuring communication between ICS and the on-premise applications, without the need to open firewall ports. 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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