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

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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?

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).

 

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.

Differentiating the ICS Agent Types – Definitive Tip #5

In our book we talked about the difference between the agents offered by ICS, namely the Connection  and Execution agents. Whilst we differentiated the two, we did focus on the connection agent as this is the type we expect to see used in most cases. However the execution agent still suffers from a level of confusion, and it has been helped by being called  ‘ICS on-premises’.

As part of a number of recent conversations the questions and confusion of what the execution agent is and how it works has come up. There is the well known saying ‘a picture is as good as a 1000 words’ which prompted us to develop the diagram below as a power point slide – in its power point form much of the detail is used as an animated build up.

ICS Agent Comparison

Selecting which iPaaS Product(s) to use – ICS Definitive Tip #4

In the last few years Oracle’s iPaaS offerings have progressed significantly from one or two solutions such as Mobile Cloud Service to in excess of 35 offerings. This makes it challenging to decide which product(s) to use. The means for selection depends upon a range of factors including:

  • Most suitable licensing model (ICS provides a lower cost of entry than SOA CS as you’re paying by message volumes)
  • Development skills and desire to resilience or invest in people (SOA on-premises to SOA CS is easier than a technology change such as ICS)
  • The amount of control you have in an environment – JCS offers more control than ACCS for example

Short Best Practices Presentation for Oracle Partner Event

The book’s authors presented a brief session on the best practices at a packed Oracle Partner event. The following presentation – shows the material that was presented.

Some of these points are expressed in the book already, others are our Definitive Tips and Guides posts.

Designer Content Filters – ICS Definitive Tip #1

Definitive Tips, like our Definitive Guide posts address features could not be incorporated into the book, either simply because the feature is new or simply down to the fact the new feature arrived since the book has been published. Unlike the Definitive Guide entries, the tips will always remain very short. The first tip will address content filters in the designer.

Designer Content Filters

Release 16.4.5 introduced a new filter feature to help improve the location of Integrations, Connections and other designer elements. If you visit the Integrations  parts of the designer for example, you will now see  additional options included in the banner as highlighted in the following screenshot:

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