Is AIA Really that Special?

People often ask me if AIA really provides a strategic solution to reducing integration development cycles, costs and improving quality of service and consistency.

Based one what we are hearing from customers, the short answer is a resounding, "Yes!".

If you are looking to consolidate your application integrations on a standardized platform and/or move to SOA, AIA Foundation Pack is the way to go. Customers are telling us that AIA Foundation Pack has helped accelerate efforts by anywhere from 20-30% because of our prebuilt content. (For the sake of legal, I better temper this by adding that individual results may vary.)

A lot of this is attributed to our Enterprise Business Objects and Enterprise Business Services, which are core to what makes AIA so special and where customers are seeing real value. Many of our global customers have tried to build objects themselves. In the end, their experiences have taught them that they would much rather hand this onerous task over to Oracle. A frequent quote is "I wish AIA was available when I first embarked on SOA years ago..."

If you are not familiar with our EBOs/EBSs, the beauty of them is that they are not specific to any application because AIA is designed to be application agnostic. So what you get is a non-proprietary framework to integrate ANY application within your portfolio. This is where the real challenge comes into play, right? It's one thing to integrate Oracle to Oracle apps and an entirely different beast when it comes to integrating legacy apps that have absolutely nothing in common with each other.

So whether you are integrating Oracle applications with FP, or plan to integrate non-Oracle apps to each other, consider AIA Foundation Pack. Either way, you will reap the same benefits of resuability, configurability, extensibility, cost savings, reduced risk, and faster time to value. It's a win-win situation.

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