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Aug 11, 2011

Oracle Application Integration Architecture - What is it?

What is AIA?

Oracle´s Application Integration Architecture is an open standards based solution that allows customers to create loosely coupled end to end business processes across their applications, which can be continually modified and optimized over time.  The key thing here is that it works between Oracle applications as well as non-Oracle apps.

AIA helps reduce some of the major SOA implementation challenges associated with the complexity of the architecture, building business connections, messaging and exception services, metadata fragmentation, designing canonical data models and data transformation.

AIA Implementations come in two flavors:

         Foundation Pack – mostly used to integrate non-Oracle applications, the Foundation Pack
consists of a SOA Toolkit with pre-built artefacts, including pre-defined best practice design patterns, utility services, templates & code samples.  It provides for a consistent business and developer framework including guidelines and SOA governance pre-defined policies.

         Process Integration Packs (PIPs), mostly used to integrate Oracle Applications, PIPs are composed of pre-built Oracle Applications process integrations, out of the box,  for quick implementation of business processes (i.e. Siebel CRM to Oracle E-Business Suite)

AIA Terminology

         Enterprise Business Service (EBS)
        These are application-agnostic web services that are used by calling applications to interface with different applications. This helps the cross-application processes to be participating-application unaware. The EBM containing the canonical object is the payload of the enterprise service and contains business-specific messages.
         Enterprise Business Object (EBO)
        EBOs provide a shared semantic framework for applications to communicate through a standard business data object definition used in the canonical data model. Enterprise business objects contain components that satisfy the requirements of business objects from participating application data models. Together with EBSs, they provide an application-independent representation of key business components.
         Enterprise Business Message (EBM)
        The EBM is the payload that is paired to an EBS. The response returned by the EBS will also be an EBM.
         Enterprise Business Flow (EBF)
        EBF is a cross-functional Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) flow used to coordinate the flow of a single EBS operation that is complex, potentially long-lived, and spans multiple services. These flows only interact with EBSs to keep them agnostic of participating applications.
         Application Business Connector Service (ABC Service)
        The name for APIs developed to transform application business objects into enterprise business objects, and vice versa. Components of this service include the ABC implementation service and the ABC interface service.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Friends,

    Oracle application integration architecture is the most complete integration solution for orchestrating agile, user-centric business processes across your enterprise applications. It contains very informative matter. I would like to come here again. This type of posting should go on.