Comparing Oracle ICS connectors with Workday, Mule, Boomi and Azure

As SaaS adoption continue to increase in organisations of any size, it's only expected that different cloud vendors will stretch their cloud capabilities to try and increase their SaaS/PaaS/IaaS footprints in a clients landscape. This is particularly true for iPaaS related capabilities, as it seems that every cloud vendor has its own related offering and they are pushing it really hard to customers even if there really isn't a one to one fit.

The challenge is though, that organisations that don't carefully elaborate a cloud integration strategy and properly think this through, will almost certainly end up implementing point solutions using whichever iPaaS capability is available for the individual project.  This not only results in vendor lock-in but also increases the complexity and cost of integration.

To avoid this, the first step is to of course create a carefully thought cloud integration strategy with a clear objective in mind. This should be delivering a platform capable of supporting all integration needs (cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-on-premise) in a seamless and consistent fashion without redundant infrastructures and capabilities. The concept should be something like this:

However the devil is in the detail, or so it goes.

One of the key reasons vendor lock-in occurs is simply because of misinformation. From my point of view, SaaS integration is all about connectivity. So without properly understanding 1) what are the connectivity requirements and 2) what platform best fits these connectivity needs in the short and long term, there is high probability that a solution will not be the right one (may be it will solve the short-term needs, but in the long-run it will probably add more complexity, cost hence risk).

The following table compares Oracle's Integration Cloud Service (ICS) connectors to other major iPaaS vendors (or at least the ones I've come across recently). The table is specially useful if you're in an Oracle SaaS adoption project and want to explain/justify why using ICS will make life easier.

# Connections Oracle Integration Cloud Workday Integration Cloud Mulesoft Anypoint Dell Boomi Microsoft Azure Connectors
1 Adobe eSign (in Using the Adobe eSign Adapter) Y N Y N N
2 Advanced Queuing (AQ) (in Using the Advanced Queuing (AQ) Adapter) Y N N N N
3 Concur (in Using the Concur Adapter) Y N Y N N
4 DocuSign (in Using the DocuSign Adapter) Y N Y N N
5 Email (SMTP, POP3 or IMAP) Y N Y Y Y
6 Eventbrite (in Using the Eventbrite Adapter) Y N N N N
7 Evernote (in Using the Evernote Adapter) Y N N N N
8 Facebook (in Using the Facebook Adapter) Y N Y N N
9 File (in Using the File Adapter) Y N Y N Y
10 FTP (in Using the FTP Adapter) Y N Y Y Y
11 Gmail (in Using the Gmail Adapter) Y N N N N
12 Google Calendar (in Using the Google Calendar Adapter) Y N Y Y N
13 Google Task (in Using the Google Task Adapter) Y N Y Y N
14 Integration Cloud Service Messaging Y N N N N
15 JMS (in Using the JMS Adapter) Y N Y Y N
16 LinkedIn (in Using the LinkedIn Adapter) Y N Y N N
17 MailChimp (in Using the MailChimp Adapter) Y N N Y N
18 Microsoft Calendar (in Using the Microsoft Calendar Adapter) Y N Y N Y
19 Microsoft Contact (in Using the Microsoft Contact Adapter) Y N Y N Y
20 Microsoft Email (in Using the Microsoft Email Adapter) Y N Y N Y
21 Microsoft SQL Server (in Using the Microsoft SQL Server Adapter) Y N Y Y Y
22 MS Dynamics (via REST or Native) Y N Y N Y
23 MySQL (in Using the MySQL Adapter) Y N Y N N
24 NetSuite Adapter Capabilities Y N Y Y N
25 On-premise integration agent  (not just an ESB onpremise) Y N N Y N
26 Oracle Commerce Cloud (in Using the Oracle Commerce Adapter) Y N N N N
27 Oracle CPQ Cloud Capabilities Y N N N N
28 Oracle Database (in Using the Oracle Database Adapter) Y N Y Y Y
29 Oracle E-Business Suite (in Using the Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter) Y N Y N N
30 Oracle Eloqua Cloud Y N N N N
31 Oracle ERP Cloud Capabilities Y N Y N N
32 Oracle Field Service (in Using the Oracle Field Service Adapter) Y N N N N
33 Oracle HCM Cloud (excluding Taleo) Y N N N N
34 Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (in Using the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Adapter) Y N Y N N
35 Oracle Messaging Cloud Service Y N N N N
36 Oracle RightNow Cloud Y N Y N N
37 Oracle Sales Cloud Y N N N N
38 Oracle Siebel (in Using the Oracle Siebel Adapter) Y N Y N N
39 Oracle Taleo Y N Y Y N
40 Responsys (in Using the Responsys Adapter) Y N N N N
41 REST Adapter Capabilities (not just HTTP) Y Y Y N N
42 Salesforce Y Y Y Y Y
43 SAP (in Using the SAP Adapter) Y N Y Y Y
44 SAP Ariba (in Using the SAP Ariba Adapter) Y N Y Y N
45 SOAP Adapter Capabilities Y Y Y Y Y
46 SurveyMonkey (in Using the SurveyMonkey Adapter) Y N N N N
47 Twilio (in Using the Twilio Adapter) Y N N Y Y
48 Twitter (in Using the Twitter Adapter) Y N Y N Y
49 Workday (via REST or Native) Y Y Y N N

Below the sources of information I used in the comparison: