Oracle SOA Suite Review

We use BPEL to integrate Oracle Retail V14 to legacy systems


What is our primary use case?

Nowadays I work for a retail company, and we deliver SOA Suíte 12c to integrate SAP Hybris REST API with legacy systems. Before, I used to work for a telecom company, and we used OSB and BPEL to integrate IVR with legacy systems.

How has it helped my organization?

SAP Hybris e-commerce needed to access orders, customers, inventory and products data on SQL server database. We developed a REST API using BPEL and OSB. We also use BPEL to integrate Oracle Retail V14 to legacy systems.

What is most valuable?

  • SOAP and REST services implemented with BPEL
  • Database/JMS/file adapters and authentication policies
  • Proxy, business services and pipelines of Oracle Service Bus.

What needs improvement?

The product is very good considering tracing, ease of use and troubleshooting.

However, the development environment requires a big machine with potent CPU/memory, and SOA server takes many minutes to be up, you can't run anything else on the computer.

In production, when you have lots of composites running on the SOA server, it takes up to 30 min to restart the server.

Microservice was created to solve these weaknesses of standard SOA approach.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

You need a qualified team to support production environments.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Good performance when using cluster environment.

Which solutions did we use previously?

yes, Mule ESB.

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

High price, now with Oracle cloud, there are more options of pricing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The client already had the Oracle license.

What other advice do I have?

Check also Oracle ICS and PCS on the cloud.

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