Oracle Integration Cloud Service Review

Integration between Oracle and SAP is very beneficial for our needs; lacks a fully fledged workflow feature


What is our primary use case?

Our use case is for its different modular compartments. We have different target integrations with different applications such as Ariba, Concur, Workday, where we're using the connectors to connect to those applications. We're using both mechanisms and lookups and the database systems that come with OIC. We've started our DVC simple config and have integrated that database. We pulled from Ariba and Concur and pushed it into the database and we've done some mappings and changes. We're exploring more features of OIC to see what else we can use. Right now it is in lookups connections and integration, we're planning to use ATP for our transactions in the future. 

We also use the Visual Studio Builder and embed some customizations into this app. We will be using the VPN that comes through the Oracle PaaS and that's the strategy right now. We need to complete a final evaluation before deciding in which direction to proceed. We're customers of Oracle and I'm a customer solutions architect. 

What is most valuable?

In the past, connectors were pretty much the same in all environments. In this instance, the out-of-box integration between Oracle and SAP is really beneficial for us because we have a lot of business events in Oracle cloud and we need to subscribe to them from within the PaaS. It's a very helpful feature for us. The database is also great because it's using tech cloud and we can do a traditional database like securities, which is why we're using the DB system. So there are a few good features, and of course the lookups is also good. That's a cool feature. These features are helpful to us. 

What needs improvement?

IDCS doesn't currently have a fully fledged workflow feature like they have in OIM for provisioning lifecycle management of the user, which means having to create a user in IDCS, getting approval for the financials and security before pushing into the Oracle Financial Cloud setup. They have a light version for now and that should be improved. If you want to provision a user with IDCS, you need to kick an approval process and rely on PCS for that, which is risky. We are currently using OIM as an on premise application, where you get the full suite of approval and don't have to go to other cloud applications. That's lacking in ICS. 

There's no out-of-the-box solution like OIM in IDC. There's also no in-built hierarchy for approval. You can't directly use your HR hierarchy for the approval process. It requires writing custom approval policies and maintaining the provision to do that. More approvals features would be good.

Finally, there are two options of database. You can bring your own license, or take the enterprise license and use it as a loan license which unfortunately costs. Given that we're already paying for the database enterprise, why should we go and pay again for the PaaS. We've asked about that but haven't had a good response. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for the last five months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I believe the solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're not in production, but they've said that as long as we're not using the VM for any services, they will automatically scale it. There are a few from my team using the solution and also some developers. It will be extended as we move forward to our development and QA, UAT stage. We currently have up to 25 users but we know we can have 300 or 400. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We're already talking to technical support and they are investigating some of our issues. They've been able to solve some things but not others. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was tricky. When we integrate with Concur, there were some errors and nobody knew why. Eventually we found the solution but it took some time - the solution doesn't handle all the characters that a password could have, which is a small thing. Sometimes we also need to manually restart the virtual machine because some script can run through and doesn't automatically come up. That's a problem. We're struggling with the small virtual machines. We have a system integrator in our team, but we're not quite at that stage yet. 

What other advice do I have?

In general, the solution is functioning well. We already have Informatica Cloud established and we've been using it for a few years as our integration tool. We bought PaaS specificlaly for this project. Our challenge now is to test the comparison between Informative Cloud and PaaS. Informatica is a set price whereas PaaS has the meter running every time the database is extended in the virtual machine. On the other hand PaaS has the front client, the workflow, Ariba, everything. We're still evaluating.

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

20C
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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