By Asantaga-Oracle on Jan 03, 2012
Firstly Happy New Year to you all
Secondly, in late December a friend of mine, who works for an Oracle Partner, asked me questions on how to "correctly" integrate Oracle eBusiness Suite with a 3rd party application, the answer is "it depends".. There are many ways to do integration and depending on what you need to accomplish depends which one is the "best" approach..
It depends on :
- What version of
EBS you are using, if its 12.1.3 then you can use the ISG (integrated Service
Gateway) to call services within EBS as Web services.
- If your on a EBS prior to 12.1.3 (also 11i I guess) then you have something called the Applications SOA Adapter within SOA Suite. This adapter basically acts as a facade between SOA Suite and the Oracle eBusiness Suite PLSQL APIs, quite easy to use and works well.. This adapter is also available in 12.1.3, but its generally recommended to use the previously mentioned ISG Gateway instead.
However beware that the devil is in the detail, it does depend who the 3rd party is and what they are trying to do, you might for example need to use the Oracle Service bus for some complex credential mapping, or maybe the Oracle B2B product is a better fit.. Also consider if its a batch process then perhaps one of the data integration products is a better fit (e.g. ODI)
Finally, what about validating the solution? Does oracle provide validation services?
Yes we do!
If its custom code, or a one off for a client, then the best people do validate the solution is probably Oracle Consulting Services, if you are a partner who are creating a reusable asset then the partner program has a validation program called "Oracle Validated Integration" which provides a number of benefits