Oracle Enterprise Manager Review

You can get a healthful overview of all your targets in one snapshot.

What is most valuable?

You can get a healthful overview of all your targets in one snapshot in Enterprise Manager. You can see what's up or what's down and then take corrective action. It's a valuable tool for an admin like me.

How has it helped my organization?

Another feature of the Enterprise Manager is a plug-in, which crosses multiple teams. I've seen multiple teams coming to us and then asking for the tools to be deployed for their team. It's a cross-team effort, which streamlines a lot of things in terms of monitoring.

Also, since it's an Oracle-based product, it can talk to the Oracle-related products very well. The plug-in extension extends the functionality. I see a lot of benefits in terms of monitoring costing less effort; streamlining the monitoring has helped.

What needs improvement?

There are functional areas were you have extensions. Those extensions, or plug-ins, are one way to incorporate more products.

There are extensions that are available.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's too early to know about stability, because right now we have 12c and we're looking to go to 13c.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We'll see what we can do in terms of scalability and operational deployment. We are still evaluating it. We're working with Oracle on that.

How is customer service and technical support?

We're fortunate to have direct access to the product managers and the product support managers. They have been on our case for Enterprise Manager deployment.

How was the initial setup?

It was already deployed to some extent when I entered into the team. I'm extending the deployment with the other team members. We did have some hiccups in working with Oracle.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At our company, we have multiple monitoring tools, so we do look at Precise as one other tool. There are a couple of other homegrown tools also. We'll be evaluating against all them next.

I didn’t choose Oracle. It was already picked for me.

What other advice do I have?

PoC is a good starting point. It doesn't hurt to have a PoC and have some of the environmental test or something monitored by that environment. You learn from that. Then you take the best practices, which are already there from the various laws and Oracle published notes and you incorporate that. It's not hard.

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