Next big disruption happening is the cloud way of doing things. Cloud is all about a complete new way of accessing, consuming and developing technologies. IDC’s forecast says that public IT cloud services spending will reach $127 billion by 2018, as the markets enter the stage of critical innovation.

There are some very obvious reasons as to why companies these days are choosing to move to cloud. Flexibility, the need for an agile infrastructure, rapid innovation, standardization, higher efficiency and competitive advantage.

As more and more companies are adopting cloud; the need for making cloud apps talk to each other in the most simplified way becomes even more important. Incidentally integration is also one of the major challenges faced by organizations worldwide. One of the areas of the Oracle’s PaaS portfolio is focused completely on integration which includes Integration Cloud service (ICS) and SOA cloud service (SCS). Oracle has infact made it simple for all to use; for everyone from IT staff to line-of business can employ to maximize the value of their SaaS offerings. With Oracle ICS, businesses can deliver new services faster and adapt to rapidly changing business requirements to get a leg up on the competition. ICS integrates applications across clouds and on-premises and helps in faster integration of applications. In case majority of the SaaS applications are on Cloud, then ICS is the way to go.

Key Features of ICS:
1. Simplified: It’s completely web based and simple to use
2. High Visibility: Detailed monitoring and error management handling
3. Lifecycle Support: This support both on-premise and cloud lifecycle tools
4. High Availability: Data Guard and RAC ensures high availability
5. Completely Managed: with Oracle Back Up, Patches, Upgrades
6. Completely Portable: On-premise to Cloud

Oracle ICS answers the need for integration of on cloud with on premise in most cases. While few things to keep in mind is that ICS is not Oracle SOA in the cloud. Also if it’s only a question of integrating on premise apps, ICS is not the answer. Finally, the recommendation is to go with Oracle SOA Cloud services in case of Oracle SOA Suite. In some cases it could be a hybrid approach too depending on where the integration center of gravity lies (on-premise or cloud). Oracle ICS is definitely the next big thing coming across as disruptive and innovative. The offering definitely has a great potential if executed in the right manner.

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