Oh, How Great It Would Be to Have One Consistent Architecture!
By MT:15 on Jan 04, 2008
Happy New Year, everyone!
I thought I would provide an update on Oracle's exciting new initiative, first announced last April, the Application Integration Architecture. With AIA, Oracle is attacking the common, widespread problem faced by many of our customers of high cost to build and maintain integration between key enterprise-wide business applications. The methodology of AIA anticipates the need for business process change over time due to external trends and new requirements. AIA includes an infrastructure that is completely based on open standards, so that adoption will be widespread and not just Oracle-centric. On top of the infrastructure, AIA provides a series of industry reference models for common business processes. Integration deliverables from AIA-based projects are reusable, and designed to be relatively low-cost for sustaining engineering, such as version upgrades.
AIA takes advantage of Oracle's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities, which are steadily being introduced throughout our business applications. This becomes a solid proof point for SOA, and an opportunity for Oracle customers to try a real, viable SOA project to gain experience.
Who will be using AIA? Well, it is designed to be a common method to be used across the Oracle-PeopleSoft ecosystem. Oracle Consulting and Oracle's systems integrator Alliance partners are becoming versed on AIA tools and methodology. Oracle Development is actively using AIA in a number of integration-related tasks. Oracle is also using AIA in the same manner as our customers, as we perform integration among the recently acquired product lines. So AIA is really enabling the "Protect -- Extend -- Evolve" philosophy espoused by our Applications Unlimited program! Oracle is introducing several pre-built "Process Integration Packs" using the AIA methodology, including Order-to-Cash based on Siebel's Order Capture tied to Oracle E-Business Suite Financial Management.
Oracle Applications Integration Architecture has great potential for our customers in Higher Education. Many of our institutions follow a "best of breed" systems philosophy. AIA becomes the solidifying platform to pursue combinations of packaged applications from diverse vendors, custom-written applications, legacy systems, and open source components. Oracle is already working with our independent software vendor partners, such as ImageNow and SciQuest, to utilize AIA for the benefit of our mutual customers in higher education. Inside Oracle Development, we have started our designs to use AIA for incorporation of Master Data Management techniques into the PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions line. AIA methods are also being planned for future versions within our Academic Enterprise Initiative, where we are improving the 2-way integration with Learning Management systems, such as Sakai. If you have ideas about high-potential AIA deliverables, please contact your Oracle account executive or Oracle Consulting sales manager.
If you are interested in learning more about AIA, there is a seminar roadshow series, "Oracle Days," coming around the U.S. during January-February. The agenda includes a breakout session on the topic of applications integration.