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November 21 – New OIC Articles

Another month and another raft of great content. Lot of activity springing up around the new Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform (OHIP) with its new OIC Adapter.

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Clone an Existing Integration Flow in OIC Basics of OICOIC 
OIC: Synchronous versus Fire-and-Forget Process to Process InvocationJan KettenisOIC 
Oracle Integration Cloud – Gmail AdapterDaniel TeixeiraOICGMail
Between Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) And Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)Atul KumarOIC 
How to call the OCI AI Language Service from the Oracle Integration CloudDaniel TeixeiraOICOCI AI Language Service
Creating Custom Messages/Notifications in Visual BuilderShay ShmeltzerVBS 
FlexDeploy for Oracle Integration CloudJürgen KressOIC 
Connecting Opera Cloud to the World – PaaS Partner Community Webcast November 30th 2021Jürgen KressOICOPERA (Oracle Hospitality)
OIC November Release New Features – Oracle Hospitality AdapterNiall CommiskeyOICOPERA (Oracle Hospitality)
OIC November 21 Release New FeaturesNiall CommiskeyOIC 
DB adapter – overcoming 10 MB limitNiall CommiskeyOICDB
Leveraging OCI AI Language Service from Oracle Integration (Part 1) (Part 2)Niall CommiskeyOICAI Language Service
Fetch & update Integration lookup using Visual BuilderAnkur JainVBS & OIC 
OHIP and Oracle Integration Cloud: Simplifying hospitality integrations even moreLuis WeirOICOHIP (Hospitality Integration)
November 2021 New Third Party Application AdaptersMadhav PoosarlaOICSugar CRM, eBay
Delivering Real Customer Value with Agile Innovation: Heathrow rapidly moves to Oracle Cloud and connects with hybrid Integration – Webcast November 16th 2021Jürgen KressOIC 
November 2021 Oracle Integration UpdateAntony ReynoldsOIC 
Answers are never far away with Oracle AssistantKevin HopkeOIC 
Exporting Data from Oracle HCM Cloud using OICHemanth LavesattiOIC 
CI/CD for Oracle Visual Builder ApplicationsVijayaraj GovindharajVBSFlexDeploy
Decouple complex flows into simplified multiple resource REST flowMadhav PoosarlaOIC 

Oracle Hospitality OIC Adaptor

Oracle Integration Cloud is rich in adaptors for technology and major SaaS services both Oracle (E.g., HCM, ERP, CX) and non Oracle (e.g., Salesforce, ServiceNow). But the more observant may have noticed a new addition to the list of Oracle industry (vertical) adaptors joining the Utilities vertical is a new adaptor for Hospitality.

OPERA, and it’s integration service OHIP have been developing to bring first of all its 3000+ APIs upto date as RESTFUL and self service enabled as the OPERA product becomes a SaaS delivered solution. Not to mention provide a good developer experience with Apiary and resources such as Postman collections (more about this here).

The latest step (from 21.4.2) has been to further the simplify the development process through the use of low code integration OIC provides. You can read some initial blogs about it here, and I’m sure there will be more to come.

Today the Adaptor just supports the Property Management System (PMS) that is for us uninitiated the system element handling the hotels core operations such as rooms, housekeeping and associated tasks – the heart of a hotel based business. Areas such as marketing, cruise ships, point of sale (PoS) etc fall out side of PMS and are not covered today.

Why OHIP and OIC

OHIP and OIC really comes into its own because it is very easy to wire the hotel management solution to common services such as ERP and HCM functions.

For example if you’re operating a group of hotels, then each hotel will use an OPERA instance, but the group may well make use of ERP Cloud for the overall accounting, taking the costs etc identified in the hotel operations via OPERA and then those figures are put into the group ERP to provide the overall financial controls and picture.

Adaptor Foundations

The OIC Adaptor builds on top of the OHIP APIs, as a result the same restrictions on invocations, security needs exist as going to the native API. Like all OIC integration development we need to establish a connection definition which needs the URL of you OHIP instance, plus the same credentials you would use for a rest connection.

Connection Palette in OIC with oracle Hospitality highlighted

October 21 – New OIC Articles

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Field Level Encryption with Oracle Integration and OCI VaultStan TanevOIC, Vault 
Process Excel files with OIC + Oracle FunctionsStan TanevOICExcel
Setup Email Notifications with the Oracle Integration CloudDaniel TeixeiraOICOCI Email
Oracle Integration Cloud – Twilio Adapter for SMS and WhatsAppDaniel TeixeiraOICTwilio
Visual Builder – A Crash Course by Shay ShmelzerShay ShmelzerVBCS 
Configuring OIC NotificationsNiall CommiskeyOICOCI Notifications
Leveraging Grafana for OIC MetricsNiall CommiskeyOIC 
Using OIC Logging Analytics for searching OIC Activity Stream logNiall CommiskeyOICOCI Log Analytics
Surfacing OIC Design Time audit logs in OCI Logging AnalyticsNiall CommiskeyOICOCI Log Analytics
Using OCI Logging for searching OIC Activity Stream LogNiall CommiskeyOICOCI Log Analytics
OIC docs link for restricting access to OIC instancesNiall CommiskeyOIC 
Create a fixed-length file in Oracle IntegrationAnkur JainOIC 

September 21 – New OIC Articles

Latest updates, lots about use of Streaming with OIC ….

August 21 – New OIC articles

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Oracle Assistant for OICNiall CommiskeyDigital Assistant to help with using OICN/A
OIC & Blue Prism Part 3 – Invoking an OIC Integration from Blue PrismNiall CommiskeyOICRPA (Blue Prism)
Tracing and Monitoring Business Objects in Visual BuilderShay ShmeltzerVBCS 
New Features in Visual Builder – August 2021Shay ShmeltzerVBCS 
OIC Activity Stream to OCI Log analyticsShreenidhi RaghuramOICLog Analytics
Extending Oracle Fusion SaaS with OCI – IntegrationAngelo SantagataOICHCM, CX, ERP
Extending Oracle Fusion SaaS with OCI – User InterfaceAngelo SantagataOICHCM, CX, ERP
Extending Oracle Fusion SaaS – Best PracticesAngelo SantagataOICHCM, CX, ERP
Advisor Webcast: OIC JDeveloper PluginTanya HeiseOIC 
Migrate Your Oracle Integration Cloud Classic Services to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)Elizabeth EarleOIC 
CI/CD for Oracle Integrations with Visual Builder StudioShay ShmeltzerOICOVBS
OIC Integration Lifecycle Using REST EndpointsAmy Simpson GrangeOIC 
Create Free Trial OIC Instance for one MonthKabir YadavOIC 
Tips and Tricks for handling numbers in BPEL or OICPranav DavarOIC 
Convert JSON to String in Oracle IntegrationAnkur JainOIC 
https://oracle-integration.cloud/2021/08/26/oic-scheduling-for-end-of-month-style-processes-tip-11/Phil WilkinsOIC 

July 21 – New OIC articles

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) & octet-stream MIME-typeAmy Simpson-GrangeOIC 
delete a schedule from an IntegrationKabir YadavOIC 
How Granular Should My Microprocesses Be?Jan KettenisPCS 
How to perform FBDI GL File UploadDeb MukherjeeOIC 
Load FBDI and callbackDeb MukherjeeOIC 
Basic File Encryption and Decryption in OICDeb MukherjeeOIC 
Oracle Digital Assistant – Backend Integration with the Oracle Integration CloudDaniel TeixeiraOICODA
Oracle Integration Message Packs and PricingAnkur JainOIC 
Business Identifiers in Oracle IntegrationAnkur JainOIC 
FlexDeploy Support for Oracle CloudJurgen KressOICCI/CD
OIC & Blue Prism Part 1, Part 2Niall CommiskeyOICBlue Prism (RPA)
August 2021 Oracle Integration UpdateAntony ReynoldsOIC 
OIC Monitoring and Logging Analytics – adding Business Data to DashboardsNiall CommiskeyOICLog Analytics
OIC and Logging Analytics – steps towards fleet management and more stepsNiall CommiskeyOICLog Analytics
Logging Analytics for OICNiall CommiskeyOICLog Analytics
Event Driven Integration with Oracle Commerce CloudNiall CommiskeyOICCommerce Cloud
Turning SFTP Cloud NativeJohan LouwersOIC 
Authenticating Oracle Integration flows using OAuth token from 3rd party providerPrakash MasandOICOAuth
August 2021 New Third Party Application AdaptersPrakash MasandOICSAP, Zendesk

Feb 21 – New OIC articles

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Subscribing to Fusion Custom Business Events in OICKishore KattaICSBusiness Events for Finacials, SCM, Engagement
Linking Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to ServiceNow via Oracle IntegrationMichael ChenICSOCI, ServiceNow
Edit XSLT Source Code in OIC Mapper UIIshruthilaya MalarvizhiICS 
February 2021 Oracle Integration Fusion Application Adapters EnhancementsPrakash MasandOICDescriptive and Extended Flex Fields, Atom Feeds,
Embedding Oracle Integration Insight dashboards : Quickly and EasilySandhya Lakshmi GopalanInsights 
OIC & OCI API Gateway Integration: Quick and EasyVarinder KaurICSOCI API Gateway
Automating Oracle Integration Cloud SFTP Server ConfigurationSiming MuFTP Server 
Guidelines when moving Integration Workloads from SOA to Oracle IntegrationShreenidhi RaghuramOICSOA
OCI Streaming Adapter as TriggerNiall CommiskeyICSStreams
OIC Feb 21 New Features – Adapter ImprovementsNiall CommiskeyICSVarious
OIC February 21 Release – New FeaturesNiall CommiskeyOIC 
OIC Feb 21 Release New Features – API Gateway DeploymentNiall CommiskeyICSOCI API Gateway
Oracle HCM Integration via the HCM Adapter / REST API – Managing EmployeeNiall CommiskeyICSHCM

Nov 20 – new OIC Articles

This month’s articles …

Article / LinkAuthorSubject MatterConnecting
Netsuite to Object StorageNiall CommiskeyOICNetsuite; Object Storage
DB Adapter –> Master/Detail InsertNiall CommiskeyOICDatabase
Complex SQL processingNiall CommiskeyOICDatabase
Netsuite adapter New FeaturesNiall CommiskeyOICNetsuite
new Monitoring/Mgt featuresNiall CommiskeyOIC
Data RetentionNiall CommiskeyOIC
Oracle Field Service via RESTNiall CommiskeyOICOracle Field Service
Generic Invoke for Scheduled JobsNiall CommiskeyOICSchedukler
How to configure Integration Properties in OICAmit Kumar SumanOIC
Oracle Integration Announcements On Home PageKundan VyasOIC
Recover unsaved changes for an Integration edit sessionVijay KendaiOIC
Oracle Integration November 2020 Update for Technical AdaptersPrakash MasandOICVarious
Track scheduled instances from submissionArya SanyalOIC
How to Invoke an OCI Function from the Oracle Integration CloudDaniel Martins TeixeiraOICFn
Oracle Integration: ICS to OIC Migration using an ATP DatabaseMichael MeinerOIC
Navigate between pages in Oracle Visual BuilderAnkur JainVBCS
OIC Health Check by OCI Monitoring and AlarmJin ParkOIC
OIC Log Management with VB Studio, OCI Bucket and OCI Logging AnalyticsJin ParkOIC

ICS to OIC

We have had a number of interesting conversations of late about the transition from ICS to OIC and to spice the discussion whether it should be OIC or Autonomous OIC. The reality of the situation is that the transition between ICS and OIC is a relatively straight forward one using the export and import tooling.

The real challenge is the impact to organisations appears to be the change in licensing models as OIC works with the newer Universal Credit Model (UCM) where as ICS is in the older arrangement of traditional accounts where you buy the use of specific services, in some ways not too different from traditional Oracle traditional product licensing. For organisations that operate with corporate level buying teams this is organisationally more challenging. As just buying credits can feel like your giving the IT children pocket money and you don’t trust them to ensure the money is spent wisely and they don’t come running back a day later when they say spent all the money can we have some more.

IOC or Autonomous OIC

For the smaller customers where they’re generating less than 5000 Messages per hour (think Integration triggers where each message is <50k – which is fairly big for most needs. Although be aware but moving large files is going to eat through your messages as the transfer cost is file size / 50k = no. messages used (consumed or sent), of effectively 250MB per hour. The autonomous option is a no brainer for smaller use cases in terms of cost as it means on current pricing you have your integrations operating for a lot less than £500 per month (£0.5867 x 24 x 30 – using standard with the flex schemehttps://cloud.oracle.com/en_US/OIC/pricing). With that the SaaS adaptors are also included – that means you could operate say Workday to Oracle Financials for an SME without much problem.

Note: Presently June 2018 Edition of Oracle PaaS and IaaS Universal Credits Service Descriptions - does not clearly define KB and mixes KB and Kb. Having raised this with product management it has been confirmed to mean KiloBytes and NOT Kilobits

As the volumes increase, the differences are going to change, whilst we haven’t done the maths, we’d expect the increasing volumes to eventually favour traditional OIC.

The rules do go beyond simple messages when the Visual Builder (VBCS) and Process (PCS) elements gets involved. The formulas do boil down to users and message counts so the maths are relatively managable. Note the explination for concurrent users is a little more complex than may first appear, and worthy of a blog explination in its own right.

There are other considerations as well for Autonomous OIC vs standard OIC, such as whether you want to have more or less control on the processes such as absorbing updates, handling backups, whether you need to isolate the data from everyone else – and this is a question that is likely to be driven by compliance over anything else for most. Whilst we’ve just highlighted the list prices, when doing the calculations of the cost benefit, you need to factor in the skill sets involved in the different options and the ability to respond to dynamic demand.

Just to link it back to the book, whether its OIC or Autonomous OIC the integration engeine is essentially still the same as ICS. So reading about ICS is still going to help, of course there will be some cosmetic differences, but the fundamentals remain the same.

Integration Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service or Integration Cloud, are you confused?

Oracle have announced Oracle Integration Cloud, the next evolution in their cloud integration capabilities. So how does it relate to the existing Cloud based integration products and what is the future of different products?

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