What's New In Oracle Data Integrator?

This section summarizes the new features and significant product changes for Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) in the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c release.

This chapter includes the following sections:

New and Changed Features for Release 12c (12.1.3)

Oracle Data Integrator 12c (12.1.3) introduces the following enhancements:

ODI FIPS Compliance

ODI now uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) as the standard encryption algorithm for encrypting Knowledge Modules, procedures, scenarios, actions, and passwords. You can configure the encryption algorithm and key length to meet requirements. Passwords and other sensitive information included in repository exports are now encrypted and secured by a password.

For more information, see "Advanced Encryption Standard".

ODI XML Driver Enhancements

The following XML Schema support enhancements have been added:

For more information, see "Oracle Data Integrator Driver for XML Reference" in Connectivity and Knowledge Modules Guide for Oracle Data Integrator.

JSON Support

The ODI Complex File Driver can now read and write files in JSON format. The JSON structure is defined through an nXSD schema.

For more information, see "JSON Support" in Connectivity and Knowledge Modules Guide for Oracle Data Integrator.

Hadoop SQOOP Integration

ODI can now load the following sources and targets using Hadoop SQOOP:

SQOOP enables load and unload mechanisms using parallel JDBC connections in Hadoop Map-Reduce processes.

For more information, see "Hadoop" in Application Adapters Guide for Oracle Data Integrator.

Hadoop HBase Integration

ODI now supports Hadoop HBase through a new technology and the following knowledge modules:

For more information, see "Hadoop" in Application Adapters Guide for Oracle Data Integrator.

Hive Append Optimization

Knowledge Modules writing to Hive now support the Hive 0.8+ capability and can append data to the existing data files rather than copying existing data into a new appended file.

For more information, see "Hadoop" in Application Adapters Guide for Oracle Data Integrator.

Multi-threaded Target Table Load in ODI Engine

ODI can now load a target table using multiple parallel connections. This capability is controlled through the Degree of Parallelism for Target property in the data server.

For more information, see "Creating a Data Server".

Improved Control for Scenario and Load Plan Concurrent Execution

You can now limit concurrent executions in a scenario or load plan and force a concurrent execution to either wait or raise an execution error.

For more information, see "Controlling Concurrent Execution of Scenarios and Load Plans" in Developing Integration Projects with Oracle Data Integrator.

Create New Model and Topology Objects

The Create New Model and Topology Objects dialog in the Designer Navigator provides the ability to create a new model and associate it with new or existing topology objects, if connected to a work repository. This dialog enables you to create topology objects without having to use Topology editors unless more advanced options are required.

For more information, see "Creating a Model and Topology Objects" in Developing Integration Projects with Oracle Data Integrator.

Documentation Changes

The information that was previously available in the Oracle Data Integrator Developer's Guide is now reorganized. The following new guides have been added to the ODI documentation library:

For more information, see "What's New In Oracle Data Integrator?" in Developing Integration Projects with Oracle Data Integrator.

New and Changed Features for Release 12c (12.1.2)

Oracle Data Integrator 12c (12.1.2) introduces the following enhancements:

Declarative Flow-Based User Interface

The new declarative flow-based user interface combines the simplicity and ease-of-use of the declarative approach with the flexibility and extensibility of configurable flows. Mappings (the successor of the Interface concept in Oracle Data Integrator 11g) connect sources to targets through a flow of components such as Join, Filter, Aggregate, Set, Split, and so on.

Reusable Mappings

Reusable Mappings can be used to encapsulate flow sections that can then be reused in multiple mappings. A reusable mapping can have input and output signatures to connect to an enclosing flow; it can also contain sources and targets that are encapsulated inside the reusable mapping.

Multiple Target Support

A mapping can now load multiple targets as part of a single flow. The order of target loading can be specified, and the Split component can be optionally used to route rows into different targets, based on one or several conditions.

Step-by-Step Debugger

Mappings, Packages, Procedures, and Scenarios can now be debugged in a step-by-step debugger. You can manually traverse task execution within these objects and set breakpoints to interrupt execution at pre-defined locations. Values of variables can be introspected and changed during a debugging session, and data of underlying sources and targets can be queried, including the content of uncommitted transactions.

Runtime Performance Enhancements

The runtime execution has been improved to enhance performance. Various changes have been made to reduce overhead of session execution, including the introduction of blueprints, which are cached execution plans for sessions.Performance is improved by loading sources in parallel into the staging area. Parallelism of loads can be customized in the physical view of a map.You also have the option to use unique names for temporary database objects, allowing parallel execution of the same mapping.

Oracle GoldenGate Integration Improvements

The integration of Oracle GoldenGate as a source for the Change Data Capture (CDC) framework has been improved in the following areas:

Standalone Agent Management with WebLogic Management Framework

Oracle Data Integrator Standalone agents are now managed through the WebLogic Management Framework. This has the following advantages:

Integration with OPSS Enterprise Roles

Oracle Data Integrator can now use the authorization model in Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) to control access to resources. Enterprise roles can be mapped into Oracle Data Integrator roles to authorize enterprise users across different tools.

XML Improvements

The following XML Schema constructs are now supported:

Oracle Warehouse Builder Integration

Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB) jobs can now be executed in Oracle Data Integrator through the OdiStartOwbJob tool. The OWB repository is configured as a data server in Topology. All the details of the OWB job execution are displayed as a session in the Operator tree.

Unique Repository IDs

Master and work repositories now use unique IDs following the GUID convention. This avoids collisions during import of artifacts and allows for easier management and consolidation of multiple repositories in an organization.