Oracle SOA Suite Review

It has enabled quick development of integration interfaces between multiple systems.


Valuable Features

  • Ease of development, the IDE (JDeveloper) is intuitive and well designed for developing SOA composites.
  • The technology adapters which provide connectivity to messaging systems, databases, and file systems all enable you to quickly integrate these components into your composite.
  • The product includes a well designed mediator (filtering, routing, transformation) component combined with a powerful BPEL engine all packaged as part of a SCA framework.

Improvements to My Organization

It has enabled quick development of integration interfaces between multiple systems (legacy and new). A proof of concept can be put together fairly rapidly.

Room for Improvement

The installation of the product is fairly cumbersome. The user interfaces for viewing data flows (consoles) seem to lag under load. Application server thread management can be improved.

Stability Issues

The product is stable if implemented properly.

Customer Service and Technical Support

It would depend on who you reach in Support. Sometimes issues get resolved quickly and some other times there is a long back and forth. The Oracle Support Portal provides some useful pointers to common issues.

Initial Setup

Installation is not a product strength as mentioned above. Depending on the components that you install and the scope of your project, things can get a bit complicated.

Implementation Team

We implemented it with a mixed team. Read the documentation and Oracle Support portal notes. Design error handling and monitoring upfront. Decide on your underlying Database infrastructure based on data volume and anticipated load.

Other Solutions Considered

The organization has evaluated other products, but felt that this is a more mature middleware platform solution. It met many of our needs.

Other Advice

The only advice I can give is to just make sure that you are very familiar with the products and the services that they offer. Ensure there is someone involved who is familiar with the product and its features for the implementation of an Enterprise Software solution.

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