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1) What is Oracle Data Integrator (ODI)? Oracle acquired Sunopsis in 2006 and with it "Sunopsis Data Integrator".

Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is an E-LT (Extract, Load and Transform) tool used for high-speed data movement between disparate systems. The latest version, Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition (ODI-EE) brings together "Oracle Data Integrator" and "Oracle Warehouse Builder" as separate components of a single product with a single licence.

2) What is E-LT? E-LT is an innovative approach to extracting, loading and Transforming data. Typically ETL application vendors have relied on costly heavyweight , mid-tier server to perform the transformations required when moving large volumes of data around the enterprise. ODI delivers unique next-generation, Extract Load and Transform (E-LT) technology that improves performance and reduces data integration costs, even across heterogeneous systems by pushing the processing required down to the typically large and powerful database servers already in place within the enterprise.

3) What components make up Oracle Data Integrator? "Oracle Data Integrator" comprises of: - Oracle Data Integrator + Topology Manager + Designer + Operator + Agent - Oracle Data Quality for Data Integrator - Oracle Data Profiling

4) What is Oracle Data Integration Suite? Oracle data integration suite is a set of data management applications for building, deploying, and managing enterprise data integration solutions:

Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition Oracle Data Relationship Management Oracle Service Bus (limited use) Oracle BPEL (limited use) Oracle WebLogic Server (limited use)

Additional product options are:

Oracle Goldengate Oracle Data Quality for Oracle Data Integrator (Trillium-based DQ) Oracle Data Profiling (Trillium based Data Profiling) ODSI (the former Aqualogic Data Services Platform)

5) What systems can ODI extract and load data into? ODI brings true heterogeneous connectivity out-of-the-box, it can connect natively to Oracle, Sybase, MS SQL Server, MySQL, LDAP, DB2, PostgreSQL, Netezza.

It can also connect to any data source supporting JDBC, its possible even to use the Oracle BI Server as a data source using the jdbc driver that ships with BI Publisher

6) What are Knowledge Modules? Knowledge Modules form the basis of 'plug-ins' that allow ODI to generate the relevant execution code , across technologies , to perform tasks in one of six areas, the six types of knowledge module consist of:

Reverse-engineering knowledge modules are used for reading the table and other object metadata from source databases Journalizing knowledge modules record the new and changed data within either a single table or view or a consistent set of tables or views Loading knowledge modules are used for efficient extraction of data from source databases for loading into a staging area (database-specific bulk unload utilities can be used where available) Check knowledge modules are used for detecting errors in source data Integration knowledge modules are used for efficiently transforming data from staging area to the target tables, generating the optimized native SQL for the given database Service knowledge modules provide the ability to expose data as Web services

ODI ships with many knowledge modules out of the box, these are also extendable, they can modified within the ODI Designer module.

7) How do 'Contexts' work in ODI? ODI offers a unique design approach through use of Contexts and Logical schemas. Imagine a development team, within the ODI Topology manager a senior developer can define the system architecture, connections, databases, data servers (tables etc) and so forth. These objects are linked through contexts to 'logical' architecture objects that are then used by other developers to simply create interfaces using these logical objects, at run-time, on specification of a context within which to execute the interfaces, ODI will use the correct physical connections, databases + tables (source + target) linked the logical objects being used in those interfaces as defined within the environment Topology.

8) Does my ODI infrastructure require an Oracle database? No, the ODI modular repositories (Master + and one of multiple Work repositories) can be installed on any database engine that supports ANSI ISO 89 syntax such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase AS Enterprise, IBM DB2 UDB, IBM DB2/40.

9) Where can I get more information on ODI? The OTN Data integration home page : http://www.oracle.com/us/products/middleware/data-integration/index.html

10) Does ODI support web services? Yes, ODI is 'SOA' enabled and its web services can be used in 3 ways:

The Oracle Data Integrator Public Web Service, that lets you execute a scenario (a published package) from a web service call Data Services, which provide a web service over an ODI data store (i.e. a table, view or other data source registered in ODI)

The ODIInvokeWebService tool that you can add to a package to request a response from a web service

11) Where does ODI sit with my existing OWB implementation(s)? As mentioned previously, the ODI-EE licence includes both ODI and OWB as separate products, both tools will converge in time into "Oracles Unified Data Integration Product". Oracle have released a statement of direction for both products, published January 2010: http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/oracle-data-integrator/sod.pdf OWB 11G R2 is the first step from Oracle to bring these two applications together, its now possible to use ODI Knowledge modules within your OWB 11G R2 environment as 'Code Templates', an Oracle white paper published February 2010 describes this in more detail: http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/warehouse/pdf/owb-11gr2-code-template-mappings.pdf

12) Is ODI Used by Oracle in their products? Yes there are many Oracle products that utilise ODI, but here are just a few:

Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Oracle Agile products Oracle Hyperion Financial Management Oracle Hyperion Planning Oracle Fusion Governance, Risk & Compliance Oracle Business Activity Monitoring

Oracle BI Applications also uses ODI as its core ETL tool in place of Informatica , but only for one release of OBIA and when using a certain source system. Future plans are to have ODI fully available through the OBIA offering. Which projects are suitable for Oracle Data Integrator? Oracle Data Integrator can be used in several projects including:

Conventional Data Integration Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Modernization Initiatives Migrations and Consolidations Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Initiatives Master Data Management

What platforms does Oracle Data Integrator support? The Oracle Data Integrator system requirements and supported platforms can be found athttp://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html Which technologies does Oracle Data Integrator integrate with?

A list of the source and target technologies supported by Oracle Data Integrator is included in theOracle Data Integrator system requirements and supported platforms. Where can I find the Oracle Data Integrator documentation? The Oracle Data Integrator documentation can be found in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Documentation Library. I want to get started with Oracle Data Integrator, is a demo environment provided? Yes you can find the Getting Started Guide and the Demo Environment on the Oracle Data Integrator OTN page.

New Features
Where can I find a list of all the new features in this release? A summary of the new features is available in the Oracle Data Integrator 11g New Features Overview white paper available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

Installation
Where can I download Oracle Data Integrator? Oracle Data Integrator 11g is available in the Oracle Data Integrator Downloads on OTN and oneDelivery (Oracle Fusion Middleware > Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Media Pack). Where can I download Repository Creation Utility (RCU)? RCU 11.1.1.3.x can be downloaded on eDelivery (Oracle Fusion Middleware > Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Media Pack) or in the Oracle Data Integrator Downloads on OTN. There is no installer available for my platform, is a generic install available? Yes, the Oracle Data Integrator Companion CD contains all the files required to do a manual installation of ODI. The manual installation process and the configuration steps are detailed in theOracle Data Integrator Documentation.

Architecture
Where can I find some information about the Oracle Data Integrator concepts and its architecture? You can find such information in the Introduction to Oracle Data Integrator in the Oracle Data Integrator Documentation. Where can I find the High Availability Guide for Oracle Data Integrator? You can find more information about High Availability in ODI 11g in the Fusion Middleware High Availability Guide.

Upgrade
Can I upgrade from a previous version of ODI to ODI 11g? Yes, previous version of ODI can be upgraded to ODI 11g. You can refer to the Upgrade Guide in the ODI 11g Documentation for more information. Why should I upgrade to Oracle Data Integrator 11g? Oracle Data Integrator 11g includes numerous fixes and performance enhancements and Oracle invested in the following key areas in this release:

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Enterprise Scale Deployment Patterns High availability, failover, and security Developer Productivity and Run-Time Performance new IDE and core features improving integration flow design efficiency, simplicity, and performances

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Component Administration template-driven deployment, Enterprise Manager integration Run-Time Management, Debugging and Diagnosability code simulation, enhanced error management and session control Hot Pluggability and Heterogeneous Connectivity continuous improvements each release to support new technologies and features for integration

You can refer to the Oracle Data Integrator 11g New Features Overview white paper available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for a list of all the new features included in ODI 11g.

Customers
Where can I find more information about current customers and how they implemented Oracle Data Integrator? You can find more information about our ODI customers in the Oracle Data Integration Successes.

Licensing
Where can I find information about the Oracle Data Integrator Pricing and Licensing? The latest Oracle pricing and licensing information can be found in the Global Pricing and Licensingpage on Oracle.com. Does Oracle Data Integrator 11g include WebLogic Server? No, the Oracle Data Integrator 11g license does not include a WebLogic Server license. Both products need to be installed separately. What is the Oracle Data Integration Suite? The Oracle Data Integration Suite which includes the following products:

Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management Oracle BPEL Process Manager Oracle Service Bus Oracle WebLogic Suite Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition combines Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Warehouse Builder into a single unified product offering. Which products complement Oracle Data Integrator? The following products are integrated with and complimentary to Oracle Data Integrator:

Oracle GoldenGate: real-time change data capture and replication Oracle Data Profiling: data investigation and quality monitoring

Oracle Data Quality: data cleansing Oracle Data Service Integrator: federated data services Oracle BPEL Process Manager: business process orchestration Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management: financial and analytical master data management ODI is also embedded in several Oracle products including Business Activity Monitoring, Complex Event Processing, Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management etc.