Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Why I'm Excited About Oracle Integration Cloud Service - New Video

Having worked with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) products for many years, I have come to the conclusion that,

in the early days, SOA was a solution looking for a problem.  

Businesses deployed standalone CRM, ERP, and other applications that were closed off from easy integration and had few if any small services that could be assembled as part of a composite application, thereby limiting the value of SOA.

Pre-integration Video LinkFast forward to today and “services“ are everywhere providing easy justification for SOA. If you want to deliver new offerings on your web site for your customers quickly, you don’t start from scratch. You leverage internal and external services (ex: GetCustomerRecord, GetCreditScore, etc.) and your project is already partially completed. That’s great progress but it took over 20 years for the concept of SOA (coined in 1994) to become the accepted standard in most medium-to-large enterprises.

Integration complexity

In contrast, Oracle Integration Cloud Service marks a dramatic shift in how we approach integration… equal to the shift from EAI to SOA but with one major difference. Instead of requiring a new learning curve on how to integrate with loosely coupled SOA, Oracle Integration Cloud Service goes in the opposite direction with a focus on ease of use. And instead of integration from scratch, its pre-integration; instead of your best guess, its crowdsourced recommendation ratings. In the past, it was a shame that the application developers who knew their respective CRM, ERP, service, marketing, etc. applications best didn’t embed the integrations themselves into the integration platforms. With Oracle Cloud Integration Service and the Oracle Cloud Adapters…that’s what happened.

And so I wrote the script for this video to graphically convey the ease of use and dramatic shift that Oracle Cloud is bringing to integration into a story of how Oracle Integration Cloud Service can connect a disconnected business.

It’s not very often that a solution to a long-standing problem is such a major shift in the right direction. It’s my belief this has happened with Oracle Integration Cloud Service.Built by Oracle

Watch the new video now to see for yourself.  I expect it will be 3 minutes of time well used. 

Link to video

Monday Aug 19, 2013

Integrating with Salesforce.com - Video Demo and Whitepaper

A few months ago, I posted a video demo showing how easy it is to integrate with cloud applications such as Oracle RightNow using Oracle SOA Suite 11g. The post got a tremendous response, and I got quite a few requests to show the same ease of integration with non-Oracle SaaS vendors e.g. Salesforce.com. Check out the following videos and whitepaper developed by one of our close partners, Bristlecone, to demonstrate this integration.

The first video shows the runtime Opportunity record synchronization between Salesforce.com and a custom application, a common integration use case with Salesforce.com to avoid errors and inefficiencies associated with dual-data entry. The second video demonstrates the design-time for this solution and shows nuances you need to be aware of in the SaaS world e.g. handling polymorphic operations in BPEL. The accompanying white paper goes into the technical details and provides step-by-step instructions to use these patterns in your projects. All the videos are also available in this YouTube playlist.

Video 1: Runtime synchronization

Video 2: Design-time experience

Whitepaper: Integrating with Salesforce.com with Oracle SOA Suite 11g (Bristlecone)

For more information on Oracle's solution to simplifying hybrid cloud integration complexity, download the white paper "Cloud Integration - A Comprehensive Solution"

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