It has a lot of implications, one of the most relevant being the need for fast, reliable, modern, adaptable and ready-made cloud integration platforms. Thus the concept of iPaaS is already here, and it is here to stay:
"...a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations" - iPaaS definition by Gartner.
It's about time Oracle gets onto the playing field with an iPaaS offering of its own. And an interesting one it is, especially because the elements are all there to make it work, and even to produce a world-beating platform:
- Oracle Cloud Application Framework
- Oracle Service Bus
- Oracle SOA Suite 12c
- Oracle WebLogic 12c
- Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
- Oracle ADF
- Oracle Public Cloud
These are all best-of-breed assets Oracle already possesses, which would lead us to think that a Cloud Integration Platform built on top of them would not only be exciting, but also able to compete coming out of the blocks with some of the iPaaS hotshots (Dell, Mule, etc.)
The Oracle Cloud Integration Platform will be here anyday now, most probably sometime before the end of the year 2014. We've heard it will initially consider only cloud to cloud integration, with Cloud to On Premise and viceversa to follow. I'm also looking forward to Oracle Open World, where i hope this will definitely be one of the top trending topics.
As good friend Scott Haalan would say, it's an exciting time to be alive!!