Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Getting started with Oracle SOA, BPEL, ESB, AIA

As I do SOA projects for a few years, many users are just entering this service oriented architecture world. For me the technology is common sense and I expect often that SOA/BPEL/ESB is well known. But off-course this is not the case. When I started working with SOA/BPEL/ESB it was, and still is, a steep learning curve. The Oracle developers world comes from a traditional approach; thinking in functions and entities and since Java came to us, we are even thinking about objects and inherited them.

With SOA it is different, you have to think about processes; functional and technical. The gap between the functional people and technical people is reduced. Processes are part of the business, otherwise they do not have any reason for existence. While processes are running, the can fail, wait on other process, they finish, started, run in parallel etc. So SOA is a mind shift from the traditional development approach point of view.

Last year Oracle announce the Oracle Application Integration Architecture. This is an add-on on the Oracle SOA Suite, which defines an abstract message layer that can be used to interface various systems; Siebel / SAP / Protal BRM / Cordys via a centralized system (Oracle SOA + AIA). This messages layers are created specific for different industries, for example the telecommunication market.

To start with Oracle SOA here are some of useful links:

Oracle SOA Suite general
Oracle SOA Suite software

Oracle Application Integration Architecture
Oracle Blogs
Oracle Forum
Oracle General
Useful tools
Webservice standards

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