1 Introduction

This chapter introduces the terminology used in this guide and provides information about how to use the guide.

Oracle Data Integrator uses Application Adapters to integrate data from and to enterprise applications.

This book describes how to configure and work with the Application Adapters in Oracle Data Integrator for the following technologies:

This chapter includes the following sections:

1.1 Terminology

This section defines some common terms that are used in this document and throughout the related documents mentioned in the Preface.

Knowledge Module

Knowledge Modules (KMs) are components of Oracle Data Integrator' Open Connector technology. KMs contain the knowledge required by Oracle Data Integrator to perform a specific set of tasks against a specific technology or set of technologies.

Combined with a connectivity layer such as, for example, JDBC, JMS, or JCA, Knowledge Modules define an Open Connector that performs defined tasks against a technology, such as connecting to this technology, extracting data from it, transforming the data, checking it, integrating it, etc.

Application Adapter

An adapter is a group of Knowledge Modules. In some cases, this group also contains an attached technology definition for Oracle Data Integrator.

Oracle Application Adapters for Data Integration provide specific software components for reverse-engineering metadata from, and extracting bulk data from various applications.

1.2 Using This Guide

This guide provides conceptual information and processes for working with application adapters and technologies supported in Oracle Data Integrator.

Each chapter explains how to configure a given technology, set up a project and use the technology-specific application adapters to perform integration operations.

Some knowledge modules are not technology-specific and require a technology that support an industry standard. These knowledge modules are referred to as Generic knowledge modules and are designed to work respectively with any ANSI SQL-92 compliant database and any JMS compliant message provider. See "Generic SQL" in the Connectivity and Knowledge Modules Guide for Oracle Data Integrator for more information.

When these generic knowledge module can be used with a technology, the technology chapter will mention it. However, we recommend using technology-specific knowledge modules for better performances and enhanced technology-specific feature coverage.

Before using a knowledge module, it is recommended to review the knowledge module description in Oracle Data Integrator Studio for usage details, limitations and requirements. In addition, although knowledge modules options are pre-configured with default values to work out of the box, it is also recommended to review these options and their description.

The chapters in this guide will provide you with the important usage, options, limitation and requirement information attached to the technologies and application adapters.