This post covers the overview of Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) For Beginners and contains key points that a beginner should know.
1. Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) and SOA Cloud Service are two cloud integration products that have been launched by Oracle in recent times. Oracle Integration Cloud is a PaaS offering from Integrations.
2. The first question that arises is why two products?
- The primary difference between the two is the range of functions that can be done. While SOA cloud Service is basically SOA Suite in the cloud and intended for hardcore developers who are used to working with SOA Suite and want to continue leveraging its multiple capabilities like MDS and the ability to achieve very complex integrations.
- OIC is more of a lightweight service that can be used to achieve simple, lightweight integrations that do not require much complexity. Oracle intends OIC to be used by technically inclined clients without the need for a hardcore developer to come in and save the day!
In my opinion, the main differentiating factor of OIC from other integration cloud products is the rich variety of connectors that they offer (currently 50) that includes connections to other cloud products like RightNow, Eloqua, SalesCloud and various social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a lot more.
3. Oracle Integration let you:
- Connects your applications, on-premise with Cloud (Integration Cloud Service) and helps in design, monitor, and manage connections between your applications
- Automate & Manage business Process (Process Cloud Service)
- Build Applications Visually (Visual Builder Cloud Service)
Note: In a nutshell, Oracle Integration is a combination of 3 Services (Integration Cloud Service + Process Cloud Service + Visual Builder Cloud Service) as shown in the below image.
4. You can register for FREE Oracle Cloud Trial Account using our step by step guide at https://k21academy.com/cloud01
5. After registration, log in to Cloud Console and follow the below steps to navigate Oracle Integration Cloud Service.
- Log in to the Oracle Cloud Account.
- Click on the hamburger menu, Under the heading Solution and Platform, Click on Application Integration then click on Integration
6. The next task is to create an Instance of Oracle Integration.
Note: Stay Tuned for Step by Step instructions to create an Oracle Integration Instance in our next Post.
7. Once you have created an Instance of Oracle Integration, navigate the Oracle Integration home page and click on Integrations and it will show all the options available there.
An Introduction to the UI (User Interface) of Integration:
There are a number of tabs available on the homepage under the Hamburger menu. Here is a short introduction to each of these Tabs:
- Integrations: Integrations are processes that utilize connections (among other things) to implement a business process.
- Connections: Connections are the various connectors that can be utilized to communicate with external applications. Communication can be done with conventional systems like File, FTP, etc., and also with new social media and other applications, like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, etc.
- Lookups: A bit like DVMs in SOA Suite, can cross-reference values of the same attribute/element when mapping from one system to another.
- Packages: A bit like partitions in EM console, can be used to group together similar integrations.
- Agents: Agents are used to connecting to on-premise applications. For example, if you are using on-premise systems like ERP/SAP and also using Oracle OIC in the same implementation, you would have to use an agent to connect to the OIC application.
- Adapters: Adapters lists all the adapters that are available for external communication. Currently, about 50 adapters are offered.
Stay tuned to learn more about these Integration components like Integrations, Connections, Adapters, etc.
This is all in nutshell about Oracle Integration Cloud. We cover this in introduction module of our Oracle Integration Cloud Services Training (To register for FREE Masterclass, click here) where we also cover about configuring Adaptors and connections, Configuring integrations, Data Mapping, Lookups, SaaS, On-premises integration agents, Security, Schedules, Versioning, Activating, Monitoring integrations and much more.
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