Oracle SOA Suite Review

Using OSB, we can have now a single point of access for all our systems, including legacy solutions. BAM's level of maturity is far below the rest of the product.


Valuable Features

It's a good suite of products designed to implement an SOA architecture. In this sense, OSB is for us the best product in the suite, providing us a tool to integrate our components with a high level of stability that's easy to use.

Improvements to My Organization

Using OSB, we can have now a single point of access for all our systems, including legacy solutions. Using Event Processing, we can manage a high amount of data in real-time, detecting patterns.

Room for Improvement

Indeed BAM needs improvement. Its level of maturity is far below the rest of the product. In version 12c, it's unusable. It doesn't do what it's suppose to do (collect and show KPIs).

Use of Solution

We have been using OSB for three years, BPEL and other products for only one year.

Deployment Issues

There have been no issues deploying it.

Stability Issues

We had issues with BAM. We couldn't get it to work. Right now, we are looking for other solutions, as it's clear for us that in 12c BAM is not usable at all.

Scalability Issues

We've had no issues scaling it for our needs except with BAM.

Customer Service and Technical Support

As with other big software companies, if you don't escalate and put pressure, you are not attended to in time.

Initial Setup

It was medium. The initial setup is not very complex, but you need specific skills to do it right.

Implementation Team

We implemented it using a third-party team of integrators.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated Open Source solutions and chose Oracle SOA Suite because it has a lot of products inside and due to the experience of other known companies.

Other Advice

Some products like OSB and BPEL engine can be rated 9/10, but some others like BAM are indeed below 3 or 4/10 due to their immaturity.

My best advice is to be careful with reporting using BAM. If you need real-time reporting, you will have to use other solutions.

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