Understanding Integration Cloud and how to get the most out of your implementation

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Book Birthday

I had an interesting conversation today, where it was pointed out to me that our book Implementing Oracle Integration Cloud Service, the first ever Oracle PaaS book is five years old today (according to Amazon). This website was also five years old back in August last year.

While some parts of the UI have become more sophisticated than shown in the book, and the choice of adaptors has grown significantly the core fundamentals of the book still hold true.

Of course the book is only as good as the technology, and Oracle Integration continues to fly in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

So Happy Birthday us, and congratulations Oracle, and thankyou to our readers.

Continued Evolution of OIC and this site

The transformation of Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) into Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) continues to progress. If you’ve read our earlier posts (such as this) on the subject you’ll remember that ICS becomes part of OIC, and depending on which version of OIC you take you will also see other components including:

  • Visual Builder Cloud Service (VBCS)
  • Process Cloud Service (PCS)
  • Insights

Whilst the product is evolving, the heart of  our book remains very relevant to the integratiobn capabilities of OIC, even if the screen shots have changed a little.  But what does this all mean to this website?  As authors we’ve been a bit preoccupied with our current writing projects as they come to a close (Implementing API Platform and Blockchain Across Oracle). But worry not, we will be adding content.  At the very least in the immediate time we have continued to capture and maintain the list of external articles we think are helpful and informative here.

On the subject of the of this catalogue, as the scope of OIC has grown and we’ll start to see lots of material around the PCS capabilities under the OIC title, and of course PCS in its pre-OIC form are still very relevant.  In the coming days we’ll incorporate into the catalogue an additional filter to separate sections to cover the different underlying products/capabilities and add start to pickup related content. it maybe necessary to go as far as plitting the catlogue as we already have over 100 referenced entries.

As for articles on this stie, we’ll continue to focus on the integration side of things.  For a good look at PCS, we’d recommend checking out the award winning Jarvis Pizzaria material – check it out here.


ICS Book Contents

As we close in on the completion of the book, we can start to share lots more details about what the book covers, the resources you might find helpful to go with the book examples. So here are the books contents …

  • Part 1 – Setting the Scene
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1 – Introducing the concepts and terminology
  • Part 2 – Implementing your first integrations
    • Chapter 2 – Integrating your first two applications
    • Chapter 3 – Distributed messaging using publish and subscribe model
    • Chapter 4 – Integration between SaaS applications
    • Chapter 5 – Going Social with Twitter & Google Mail
  • Part 3 – Making More advanced Integrations
    • Chapter 6 – Creating Complex Transforms
    • Chapter 7 – Conditional Routing and Filtering
    • Chapter 8 – Publish & Subscribe with external applications
    • Chapter 9 – Managed file transfers with scheduling
    • Chapter 10 – Advanced orchestration with branching and asynchronous flows
    • Chapter 11 – Calling an on-premise API
  • Part 4 – Managing your Cloud
    • Chapter 12 – Are my integrations running fine, and what if they aren’t?
    • Chapter 13 – Where can I go from here?


Public FTP Services that could be used with Chapter 9

In chapter 9 of the book we work through a number of examples of using ICS with FTP.  If you don’t have a web provider that already offers you an FTP server to use you, we’ve found a few services you might consider using. We provide no guarantees for their trustworthiness and reliability. But they maybe sufficient to enable to run the scenarios described in the book:

The alternate option is to exploit the fact that website hosting compaies usually provide FTP access to upload content. Here are a couple of options:

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