Implementing Oracle Integration Cloud Service

Understanding Oracle's Integration Cloud Service and how to get the most out of your implementation

Author: Phil Wilkins (Page 1 of 3)

Oracle Integration Cloud Update

As previously mentioned, ICS is going to be incorporated into Oracle Integration Cloud.  Since we have had the announcement we have had some more information about OIC released.

The keypoints here are:

OIC Standard Edition

OIC Enterprise Edition

What we used to know as Integration Cloud Service, which includes …

  • Various integration patterns including Orchestration
  • All tech and SaaS adaptors available – more flexibility (not a licensing factor now)
  • MFT style features

Visual Cloud Builder – ability to build simple UIs

Standard Edition plus ..

Process Cloud capabilities

Analytics features – Streams and Insight product

Enterprise Solutions Adaptors – e.g. Seibel, EBS etc

Requires a DB Requires a DB

To support Integration and Stream Analytics …

  • Oracle Event Hub (Kafka)
  • Big Data Cloud Service – Compute Edition
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud Service – Compute Edition (needed for Spark)

 

This and related information can be found in a new presentation that can be seen at:

Integration Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service or Integration Cloud, are you confused?

Oracle have announced Oracle Integration Cloud, the next evolution in their cloud integration capabilities. So how does it relate to the existing Cloud based integration products and what is the future of different products?

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Oracle integration cloud service (ICS) best practises learned from the field (OOW17)

Here is the slide deck from the presentation that the book authors delivered at Oracle OpenWorld 2017. It covers a number of recommendations, practises and tips…

Using REPL to Simplify ICS Mgmt Tasks – Definitive Tip 10

Earlier in 2017 the Oracle A-Team released a Python library that abstracts the ICS REST API to make some management tasks that you may wish to perform easier. For example identifying a set of integrations and activating or deactivating them, or simply importing and exporting them. In this Definitive Tip we will look at the REPL tool and its benefits. The REPL tool can be downloaded here.

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Come hear us talk at Oracle Open World 2017

The authors of this book will be speaking at Oracle Open World 2017.  Come hear us, and if you have a copy of the book, we’ll be happy to sign it for you.

 

Open World 2017 – ICS Sessions

As we like all things ICS here. We have teased out of the OOW17 Session Catalogue the ICS sessions for you to consider.

2 Minute Tech Tip

We have released a 2 minute tech tip through the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) which talks through the creation of a simple end to end integration using Oracle’s Integration Cloud Service (ICS).

 

ICS Pricing – ICS Definitive Tip #9

Cloud Costs

ICS pricing is based on two aspects – the number of connections and the number of messages processed.  But what constitutes a connection?  What happens if I exceed the number of messages or connections?

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Interfacing with HCM (or other file source) via FTP – ICS Definitive Tip #8

HCMThe techniques for integrating Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) and several other Oracle SaaS solutions can require the use of Oracle Transactional Business Analysis (OTBI). The need for OTBI comes down to the fact that to  access to the relevant data an API is not available. OTBI can be configured to generate a report and then transfer the report using FTP. When the report needs to be consumed by ICS then an obvious FTP location is needed. One such option to hold a file for ICS to retrieve is the FTP server provided with the SaaS services (details here).

However,  it has come to light that the original intent for this FTP service was for holding bulk data intended to be used for ‘priming’ your HCM instance. As a place for staging data for ICS is in the mid to long term it isn’t recommended. The roadmap for the SaaS product team may result in removing the FTP server.

FTP Data Staging

So the question begs, where should we put the data coming out of OTBI to be consumed elsewhere? Well the next option would be to use Oracle’s Managed File Transfer (MFT). Although historically listed with SOA Cloud Service (SOA CS), it is independently priced and has  become a 1st class citizen of the PaaS family more recently. For MFT to be an option it needs to include an FTP server which it does. But MFT also has the abilities for doing a number of orchestration processes, such as calling web services when files are ready. Meaning no need for downstream processes to have to pole for available files.

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Connecting directly to DBaaS – ICS Definitive Tip #7

DBaaSEnriching an integration from data in a database or DBaaS (Database as a Service) is not an unusual requirement. Many integration use cases today need to access a database that is on-premises. The means to connect to the database is fairly obvious – the connection agent. Our book goes into a lot more detail as to why that is, and the implications of using database connections.

However when it comes to Oracle’s DBaaS a service it would be very easy to assume that given that you’re using two different parts of Oracle’s PaaS that it would be straight forward to connect the two together without an agent. However, at least today whether its on-premises or DBaaS you need to use a connection agent. This does mean that you’ll need an IaaS node to host the connection agent.

This quirk is driven by the fact that there are some scenarios that this does actually make sense. For example – the Oracle domains need to have a high level of isolation, so when the DBaaS is in another domain then the decoupling via the agent makes sense. When your database is in a different zone of the cloud – then you’re running DB calls across what is effectively a wide are network – not good.

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