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Oracle Magazine
January/February 2010

From the Editor

Packs, the Past, and the Future

By Tom Haunert

Getting behind Oracle Application Integration Architecture, looking back, and looking ahead

Over the last few issues, Oracle Magazine has included information about several Oracle Application Integration Architecture point releases. The updates and new features in each release have been many, however, and it’s been difficult to provide a description of the key product components behind those updates with each release. So I thought I’d take a moment here to offer a quick description of Oracle Application Integration Architecture and its key components.

The Naming of Parts

First, Oracle Application Integration Architecture is built on Oracle Fusion Middleware, and it provides open standards-based, packaged solutions for integrations across all your applications—Oracle, third-party, or homegrown.

Foundation packs and process integration packs are key components of Oracle Application Integration Architecture. Foundation packs contain the building blocks and templates (process models, business objects, and business services) needed to integrate any combination of custom, Oracle, and non-Oracle applications into agile business processes. Process integration packs are prebuilt, end-to-end business process integrations that connect specific Oracle and non-Oracle (SAP, for example) applications. Oracle offers both cross-industry and industry-specific prebuilt integrations. You can buy prebuilt process integration packs or build your own integrations. Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack is used to build each process integration pack.

In addition, Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack itself includes several components, each of which is designed to help developers create their own custom integrations:

Reference process models provide a quick-start method for modeling business processes so you can begin an integration with a clear view into your business processes, user roles, tasks, and activity levels, and how those map to underlying systems.

Enterprise business objects and services are prebuilt, reusable, standards-based building blocks. They provide the ability to create loosely coupled integrations that can be modified, extended, and configured as business demands.

SOA governance and lifecycle management tools are business process change-control tools that help you manage, maintain, and optimize your integration. Predefined reference architecture and methodology is the documented Oracle approach to implementing a proven SOA.

Finally, as noted in Briefs, Oracle has released Oracle Application Integration Architecture 2.5, which includes new cross-industry and industry-specific process integration packs and new enterprise objects and services.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This is the first issue of Oracle Magazine for 2010, but it’s caused me to reflect on some particular events in 2009. Looking back, I’m reminded of the Kaleidoscope conference held by Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) in Monterey, California, where I caught up with a variety of folks who had great ideas for new content in Oracle Magazine. (Thanks to Lonneke Dikmans, Steven Feuerstein, Tom Kyte, Tracy McMullen, Mike Riley, Mark Rittman, Edward Roske, Dan Vlamis, and many more.) “Building a Cube” by Tracy McMullen and Edward Roske is the result of one conversation at the conference, and new magazine content for 2010 based on other meetings at Kaleidoscope 2009 is forthcoming. 

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At their keynote at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco in October 2009, Oracle Presidents Charles Phillips and Safra Catz presented Oracle Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards to the five CIOs of the Year: Giovanni Chiarelli, João Cumerlato, Hideo Higuchi, Hyojoong Kim, and Andy Platt. Congratulations to all the winners.

Looking ahead at 2010, I’m eager for several events, including COLLABORATE 10, April 18 through 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada; and Oracle OpenWorld 2010, September 19 through 23 in San Francisco, California. And there are some changes coming to Oracle Magazine later in 2010 that I’m very much looking forward to. Stay tuned.

Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief

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