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Oracle Unwraps Application Integration Architecture Release 3.1

Oracle has announced its Application Integration Architecture (AIA) release 3.1, a product positioned as a 'comprehensive update' with the first releases of its prebuilt integrations based on and certified for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. Containing nine cross-industry Process Integration Packs (PIP), Oracle AIA release 3.1 also includes eight vertical PIPs and two direct integrations certified for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.

Oracle's website describes Process Integration Packs (PIPs) as prebuilt integrations that sit across best-of-breed Oracle applications, such as Siebel CRM, Oracle E-Business Suite, Agile PLM, and Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (Portal) and SAP. The packs themselves are intended to allow developer/DBA pros to rapidly deploy fully orchestrated business processes. The company says that Oracle AIA release 3.1 speeds deployment time when building loosely coupled process integrations by harnessing a combination of predefined application integration and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.

Debuting in Oracle AIA release 3.1 are three new PIPs including Agile PLM for Process and Oracle Process Manufacturing, as well Health Sciences industry-specific PIPs, namely the Oracle Clinical Trial Payments and Oracle Serialization and Tracking product.

The company's central proposition with AIA release 3.1 is to work towards providing predefined architecture to help reduce complexity, accelerating delivery through prebuilt integrations across all major Oracle applications, including support for newer versions of applications. This standards-based approach for organizations to integrate cross-application business processes is intended to allow leverage for a broad range of custom, Oracle, or third-party applications, while standardizing enterprise integration efforts around a common framework and methodology.

"Oracle Application Integration Architecture Release 3.1 supplies an entirely new opportunity for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g customers to discover further value," Michael Weingartner, VP of product development at Oracle. "As we continue to innovate across the board, the core focus of Oracle AIA remains constant by enabling organizations to do more with their existing IT investments, provide business and IT agility, and lower the total cost of ownership."

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