As businesses increasingly push to respond to business events faster than ever, implementing real-time data integration is an important part of maintaining a competitive edge. Using IT systems in the most efficient way possible often requires adoption of middleware to unite disparate system components. Oracle's Fusion Middleware, while appealing, can also be difficult to implement in-house. Administrators must have knowledge of Fusion, service-oriented architecture (SOA), business process management (BPM) and other technologies to make in-house adoption successful. There are open source middleware options as well, though these may not be the right choice for every company.
Integrating non-Oracle applications with Oracle applications poses additional challenges, yet this may be the best option for some businesses. DBAs and IT directors must set appropriate expectations for integration project plans, whichever systems are involved.
This guide provides expert advice for evaluating middleware technologies, preparing for middleware implementation and facilitating data integration projects.
1Oracle application integration tips and tools
While the outcomes of data integration are promising, carefully preparing for the integration process is essential to success. The articles in this section address all aspects of application integration, from real-time integration tools and best practices to recommendations for setting realistic expectations and addressing challenges of integrating non-Oracle applications with Oracle systems.