It is part of the larger suite called Active Integration which includes the T4x tools (T4S, T4O and T4EA), Teamcenter Integration Framework (TcIF) and the Linked Data Framework (LDF). The T4x tools are a direct point-to-point integration (coupled) where as TcIF is an Enterprise Service Bus connection (decoupled). You use LDF to display external application data within Teamcenter. Hope that helps!
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T4S is meant for integrating SAP with Teamcenter and other Siemens PL products, whereas T4O is meant for Oracle EBS integration. T4EA is a generic integration tool which can be customized according to needs. These are part of Active Integration.
TcIF is also meant for integrating, as Randy mentioned based on a ESB and thus provides a modular approach to integration.
LDF on the other hand is different from these other frameworks, which mainly integrates using a "data exchange" philosophy, whereas LDF uses a "data linking" paradigm for integration. In many cases (specially ALM integration) the tools and underlying data model are so different that only data linking makes sense. LDF is the framework that provides the data linking capability. LDF is OSLC compliant.
TcIF and LDF are not part of Active Integration.
Thanks @Projyal and @RandyEllsworth for the reply, It gave a fair idea. Im currently using T4O for integrating Oracle EBS with teamcenter. Now planning to integrate another enterprise system(quality tool) with teamcenter. In this case im stuck between choosing TCIF or T4EA. Is there are best approach or recommended way to select from these set of applications.
It will somewhat depend on your use-cases. But largely if there is CAD data involved use TcIF else use T4EA.
You are correct. But please see the following too:
It is the future desired state. It is not a part yet. I believe there was a it of miscommunication there. I will update the collateral, thanks for bringing that to attention.
This does not affect any licensing though. Active Integration is a logical collection. The products are licensed separately.