Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition and the Future of Warehouse Builder
By antonio romero on Feb 16, 2009
We realize the blog has been quiet lately—lots of stuff going on internally, so the usual contributors have been a bit preoccupied. (Also, a nasty cold is going around HQ, which has left me, at least, almost literally speechless—if this were a podcast, you’d realize I’ve mostly lost my voice.) But given some changes in the atmosphere lately, I wanted to comment on how Warehouse Builder users should be thinking about the future of our product.
Oracle has made some licensing, packaging and pricing changes around data integration that should go a long ways towards settling any customer uncertainty around Oracle Warehouse Builder and Oracle Data Integrator. Most importantly, the new Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition product was announced, which incorporates both the old Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder Enterprise ETL as components of a single bundle with a single license.
The blogosphere was first informed of these changes over on the Data Integration blog, hosted by Oracle’s Dain Hansen:
Oracle has unveiled that it will now include both Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder Enterprise ETL, formerly an add-on option to Oracle Database, as the two components of Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition (ODI-EE). Going forward, these products will merge into a single unified data integration technology platform. This strategy fully preserves any existing development investments of all Oracle data integration customers and will provide a seamless, easy upgrade path from the current components to the unified platform. Customers can safely choose either component as the basis for implementations today. More information is available on this Oracle Data Integration Statement of Direction.
Rather than re-iterate the contents of this announcement, I want to ensure Warehouse Builder customers of a number of important points:
- All of the features of Oracle Warehouse Builder 11.1 as you’ve known it are still available, and will continue to be available going forward. (The features that were in OWB Enterprise ETL are now only available in the ODI-EE product. Essentially you get both, and then whichever product better fits your business and technical needs, you can implement.)
- Oracle Warehouse Builder 11.2 is still on track to be released with Oracle Database 11gR2.
- Support, training, and other resources (like this blog) for Oracle Warehouse Builder will continue to be available, Oracle University classes will be updated for 11.2, and so on.
- As stated above, “Customers can safely choose either component [i.e. either Warehouse Builder with Enterprise ETL features or Oracle Data Integrator] as the basis for implementations today”, with a smooth migration path going forward.
- Oracle Warehouse Builder data quality features are still available, but are now packaged as the Oracle Data Profiling and Data Quality option to the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition. (This is essentially just a name change for the data quality features.)
- OWB Application Connectors are still available, but are now re-named as Application Adapters for Warehouse Builder.
- The core OWB features that have been included with all Oracle database licenses (except XE) are still included with every Oracle database license.
So… you can still get everything you used to get, you can count on it being there for years to come, you can count on the 11.2 release being there when it’s supposed to, no fear. If OWB was the right product for you to adopt a year ago or six months ago, it’s still the right product for you to adopt now.
When you’re ready to purchase a license for data quality or the Enterprise ETL features, though, talk to Oracle sales to understand how the current packaging, naming and pricing map onto what you need.
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