by Raghav Murthy – Principal Cloud Architect
What is Oracle Transportation Management (OTM)?
Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) is a cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) designed to help companies manage their logistics and transportation operations. It is a software solution developed by Oracle and is part of their supply chain management (SCM) product suite.
With its comprehensive suite of features, OTM allows organizations to plan, execute, and settle transportation operations efficiently and effectively. It supports multiple modes of transportation, such as truckload, less than truckload (LTL), parcel, ocean, and air, and integrates with other Oracle SCM products such as Oracle Global Trade Management, Oracle Warehouse Management, and Oracle Logistics Execution.
By automating transportation processes and providing real-time visibility into transportation operations, OTM helps organizations reduce transportation costs, make informed decisions, and improve customer satisfaction. Additionally, as a cloud-based solution, OTM provides customers with easy access to their transportation management data through a single platform.
Database Replication Enablement for OTM Cloud Service
However, as OTM is hosted on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product, customers do not have direct access to the underlying databases. To access OTM data, customers can use external resources such as XML, CSV, and REST, but these methods do not provide real-time data. To overcome this limitation, customers can use the OCI GoldenGate and Data Replication Service to replicate OTM data to the OCI Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), providing real-time data that can be further integrated with data lakes, data warehouses, and lakehouses.
This service combines the Database replication functionality of OGG (Oracle Golden Gate) and the data of OTM. It leverages OCI Marketplace/OCI GoldenGate Service to store the replicated data in a Database for reporting purposes. All components are in the Cloud.
Why is OTM Data Needed?
OTM data is leveraged for real-time data consolidation to On-Premises/multi cloud from OTM for Datawarehouse / DataLake / Business Analytics and data science projects.
The OTM database is used to extract the real time data and push for reporting.
Components Required for Data Replication from OTM
- OCI GoldenGate PaaS Service / GoldenGate Marketplace VM (Virtual Machines)
- OCI Database DBaaS / ExaCS: Used to hold OTM data as a staging database
- OTM Data Replication SKU: This SKU enablement required for SaaS Cloud Operation team to enable GoldenGate extract and send the data to PaaS Compartment
- Block Storage
- Object Storage OTM
The Key Takeaways for the Downstream Integration of OTM Data
- Enterprise customers using OTM require real-time access to the data from the SaaS platform for further integration with other applications.
- Real-time analytics can be performed on the OTM data by transferring it to a data warehouse, data lake, or lakehouse.
- The movement of data from the SaaS platform to the PaaS platform is secure, ensuring the protection of sensitive information.
- Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW), Database Cloud Service (DBCS), Object Storage, and Lakehouse concepts can be proposed as solutions for OTM customers to move to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) cloud.
By leveraging the OCI Marketplace and the OCI GoldenGate Service, organizations can store the replicated data from OGG and OTM in a database for reporting purposes. This makes it easier for them to analyze and gain insights into their transportation operations in real-time.
All components of this solution are in the cloud, providing organizations with the convenience and scalability of a cloud-based solution. This eliminates the need for expensive hardware and reduces the overhead associated with managing and maintaining an on-premises solution.
In conclusion, the combination of OGG, OTM, and OCI provides organizations with a comprehensive, real-time solution for managing and analyzing their transportation data. By leveraging the power of the cloud, organizations can benefit from increased efficiency, scalability, and cost savings.