Oracle Application Express (APEX) Review

Easy initial setup and scalable but lacks process management

What is our primary use case?

We primarily want to use the solution for rapid development.

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable aspect is its Graphics Form Design.

The initial setup is quite simple. I was able to handle it myself.

The product can scale if you need it to.

What needs improvement?

The solution does not offer everything under one umbrella solution.

In terms of the VPNs and process management, Oracle can make it better. It's an area that definitely could be improved upon. They really don't have anything going on there.

The solution has some stability problems that need to be resolved.

The product should add a separate site with a development language supporting Java, or other languages such as this.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about three months or so. It's quite a new solution for us. We're still in the testing phase.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The software seems to have stability issues. It can crash or the software can shut down and sometimes it doesn't return. I'm not sure what causes these issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product has inside solutions for scalability. You can expand using a talented application server. We tend to have loads of balance there and we find it to be scalable.

We're currently in evaluation mode, and therefore have a limited amount of users on the solution currently. It's not fully rolled out.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't been in touch with technical support per se. We have referenced documentation and other materials to assist us. I can't speak to the effectiveness or knowledgeability of their services.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't use any previous solution. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex at all. It was very easy and quite straightforward. A company shouldn't have trouble with the implementation.

What about the implementation team?

I handled the initial setup myself. I did not need the assistance of a consultant or integrator.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at other options. We thought about doing a combination of two solutions due to the fact that the process management was very weak.

What other advice do I have?

We are just customers and end-users of the product.

We are still running a test, or a POC, to see if we like how the system operates for our organization.

I would rate the solution at a six out of ten. If it had VPN process management, I would likely rate it higher.

While I would recommend the solution, it would depend on an organization's requirements.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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