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The AppAdvantage of Oracle Cloud & On-premises Integration

Bruce Tierney
Director of Oracle Cloud Integration
Are you an Oracle application customer wondering:

“How do I avoid a nightmare of
complexity while expanding my application integration infrastructure from on-premises to a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premises?”

If so, your awareness of the complexity that results when
departments develop a growing patchwork of cloud integrations independent from
a cohesive enterprise strategy, is an important first step. This naturally evolving complexity, known as
the “Accidental Cloud Architecture” returns enterprises to the painful
pre-SOA days of point-to-point integration. Much has been written on this phenomenon including a recent Forrester
report (“The Hybrid2 Integration Challenge” by Stefan Ried, PH.D.,
May 1 2013) which states:

“…the existing
integration tool landscape at most large enterprises is simply too varied and
disparate to support full implementation of a digital business design strategy”

The image below shows a visual description of the challenge
of managing a growing collection of disparate integration toolkits and their
associated disparate standards and non-standards.

Disparate Toolkits Oracle’s solution to simplifying the complexity of cloud and
on-premises integration is based on removing the distinction between cloud and
on-premises integration with a unified approach to integration regardless of
deployment location. As shown in the
image below, this includes a single standards-based toolkit (using Java, BPEL, etc.) across
all applications.

Unified Cloud Integration

In addition to the simplified complexity of a unified approach
to integration, the following additional features describe the AppAdvantage
that Oracle customer’s benefit from when using Oracle Fusion Middleware to
integrate Oracle applications.

  • Developed by Oracle Application Software Developers – When using
    Oracle SOA Suite to integrate with Oracle E-Business Suite, the implementation
    for selecting application data was developed by the Oracle E-Business Suite software development team for Oracle SOA Suite. This close level of collaboration between Oracle’s application and
    integration teams minimizes risk by providing you a fully integrated and
    application version-aware integration solution.
  • Oracle Fusion Applications
    are Pre-integrated with Oracle SOA Suite
    – Oracle Fusion Applications already
    include the core features of Oracle SOA Suite such as the BPEL Process Manager
    for orchestrating flow between applications and other data stores. When you are ready to expand your integration
    into an unified platform across your enterprise, you are simply extending
    the foundation embedded within Oracle Fusion applications.
  • Common Policy Management Between Oracle Fusion
    Applications & Oracle SOA Suite
    – Instead of one policy management
    implementation for your applications and another for your integration platform,
    Oracle Fusion Applications shares the same Oracle Web Services Management
    policy management solution with Oracle SOA Suite which simplifies complexity and reduces time to integrate. Policy management for signing messages,
    performing encryption, authentication, and role-based access control is greatly
    simplified. Furthermore, changing
    policies is done independent of the end-points (such as services) so you have
    greater flexibility and security throughout your enterprise.
  • Mobile-ready Application Enablement & Integration
    Instead of splintering off a new mobile enablement and integration
    that will eventually require some form of integration with your
    enterprise integration
    platform, Oracle SOA Suite spans the needs of the enterprise developer
    building SOAP-based services as well as newer mobile application
    with RESTful services within Oracle SOA Suite's enterprise service bus,
    known as Oracle Service Bus.  Your enterprise
    developers can immediately expose services for mobile, cloud, and whatever
    comes next with this unified approach to integration.

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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