Oracle SOA Suite Review

By being more agile and reusing services, it shortens software development lifecycles.

Valuable Features

  • Pure play integration (ESB)
  • Orchestration (BPEL)
  • API Management (Rest Adapters, API manager, etc.)

Improvements to My Organization

We're an SI, so I can only comment on behalf of our customers. By implementing SOA, underpinned by Oracle SOA Suite, we have been able to help customers save thousands of dollars by optimizing business processes, shortening software development lifecycles by being more agile and reusing services, and APIs. Our business is able to deliver products to the market quicker and cheaper.

Room for Improvement

API Management and BPM both need work, but I believe Oracle is already working on this.

Use of Solution

We've been using it since its inception, 10.3.x, so that's nine to 10 years.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

There were no issues in v11.1.1.7, but in 12c, the very early releases were a bit unstable. However, with Oracle's new release cycles were able to release patches very quickly, and now v12.1.3.x and v12.2.1.x are very stable products.

Scalability Issues

There were issues scaling, but mainly because the customer didn't set up the product properly, and didn't do capacity planning properly. If the product is setup properly according to the right capacity design, it scales as expected.

Customer Service and Technical Support


Initial Setup

The complexity of setup depends on the set up. For developers and/or development environments, setup is very simple. With SOA Quickstart, it only takes a few minutes to have SOA Suite and full IDE up and running. For production environments, it takes a bit longer. However, there are several ways including products that will automate full installation out-of-the-box.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Do proper capacity planning. Engage an expert in the field to assist in defining what the requirement is, what approach to follow when licensing (Oracle processors, named users, metered/unmetered if cloud), and then size to the actual needs throughout time. This approach will almost certainly result in much cheaper license costs, probably less than other competing products that have less flexibility when licensed.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked at Mule ESB/CloudHub, TIBCO, and IBM. There were many reasons that we chose Oracle, including that it's a more robust and scalable product, more features, better future roadmap and product vision, better integration with Oracle Apps, and Oracle Cloud SaaS.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

11g and 12c
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