Oracle Service Bus Review

It is flexible with accepting incoming messages, including handling JSON.


What is most valuable?

  • It’s a lightweight tool compared to Oracle BPEL
  • The design of the product.

How has it helped my organization?

Because it can handle JSON inputs, we can now use JSON.

What needs improvement?

The logging and error-handling framework can be improved.

Usage of DVMs, MDS and other additional features that are possible in XSLT in BPEL are missing in this product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for the past three years and I am satisfied with it.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were no issues with deployment; it was very straightforward.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues. The product is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues. The product is highly scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 3 out of 5; availability of materials and support related to OSB 11g is less commonly available.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Even though we had been using Oracle BPEL, we had to go with Oracle Service Bus because it is able to handle JSON inputs. We tried to implement one scenario using Oracle BPEL but couldn’t achieve it in BPEL, so we had to go for OSB and were amazed by its flexibility in accepting incoming messages.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup involves a learning curve; it’s not as straightforward as Oracle BPEL. For example, defining custom variables, assigning and replacing different activities is a bit intriguing compared to BPEL.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it through Zensar. Their level of expertise is 4 out of 5.

What was our ROI?

ROI is not tangible, but we have benefited highly from this product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I heard it’s available free with Oracle SOA Suite 11g, so don’t worry about additional licensing costs for this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we did not evaluate other options. We only explored different Oracle alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very lightweight product and has great processing speeds.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is Oracle’s first Global Cloud Elite partner.
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