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Consultant Principal on: MuleSoft Expert, Oracle Fusion Expert, webMethods Expert; Dev, SA, EA, PM at Visual Integrator Consulting
Apr 03 2017

What is most valuable?

Some of the valuable features of SOA Suite are obviously integration, integrating two different systems together to be able to create web services on top of back end systems and expose those both… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Some of the benefits of Oracle SOA are like I was talking about earlier, transformation of fields and data elements. Transaction management as you're integrating two different proprietary systems… more»

What needs improvement?

More cloud adoption would be good because SOA Suite has a lot of adoption for a lot of on-premise customers and they're just getting started with the cloud adoption model. We'd also like to see some… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Usually the tipping point is about 25 integrations. If a customer is hand-coding or hand developing their integrations in a custom platform like Java or .NET. Once you hit about 25 integrations… more»

What other advice do I have?

Rating: I would give it a solid eight. I want to say ten but nothing is perfect. Gartner does rate it as one of the leading vendors in their quadrants, so that's always good as well. We've seen a lot… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a checklist because we actually end up being independent advisors, we've helped a number of customers with evaluation, score carding and selection. Because at the end of the day SOA Suite is… more»
Phil Wilkins
Consultant
Enterprise Integration Architect at Capgemini
Mar 03 2017

What is most valuable?

There are many facets to this product, but we have primarily been making use of SCA, BPEL, Mediators, and JMS, along with a number of extension products. We are expecting to make extensive use of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to build integrations using an enterprise-class platform. It has also meant that we have been able to purchase prebuilt integrations from Oracle for their products, meaning we have… more»

What needs improvement?

Configuration of the product is a very complex and demands a lot of knowledge, but we do recognize this is the process to pay for a flexible platform. Nevertheless, providing simplified tools for… more»

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

Do some upfront work to figure out what you're likely to want to do with the technology and get some meaningful volumetrics before you start negotiating on licensing. The Oracle PaaS platform offers… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have in the past heavily used Red Hat's Fuse products. They're also good, but require a far greater level of investment in good development skills to exploit. The need for more basic development… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're starting from scratch with Oracle, seed your team with some resources who have knowledge and reputation. Invest in your own people to develop knowledge in the breadth of the tool. Even if… more»
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Vendor
Sr. Manager Supply Chain Applications at Art.com
Jan 16 2017

What is most valuable?

We utilize SOA(Service Oriented Architecture) as a service tool to integrate between Oracle and the websites. Primarily as a service integration tool to communicate from many sources into our ERP system. Oracle SOA suite is the middle-ware (middleman) responsible to import all the orders into the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's a very critical tool for us. It not only helps us import the orders from our eCommerce platform, but it also helps us to integrate to other third-party products. Those third-party products could be home grown, or other B2C sites or business-to-business sites. It also helps us keep up with the… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better mobile-friendly services. Desktop use is diminishing and customers have moved to smart phones and other Mobil devices . SOA has some mobile services already, but they're not very user-friendly (may be also depending on what version of SOA you are using). We would like to… more»

What other advice do I have?

It all depends on the business model of the company selecting a solution. It's not a complex tool in terms of building/utilizing services. It is a comprehensive service mediation tool and can handle heterogeneous service integrations . Businesses can utilize it as key performance tool as well. SOA… more»
Daniel Atwood
Real User
Director of Training at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

The following features of this product are the most valuable to me: Integration to underlying applications and technologies via its OOTB adapters Scalability of deployed solutions Business Process Management (BPM) Business Activity… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For my most recent customer, we automated an accounts payable process that integrated four different ERPs into an approval process.

What needs improvement?

Customers experience issues standing up environments. Unless an experienced administrator is involved, having an environment that is clustered and load balanced requires quite a bit of time. There are third-party tools to automate this… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not previously use a different solution. We works exclusively with Oracle SOA Suite.

What other advice do I have?

Get training up front. Hire an experienced administrator. Bring in experienced consultants to help on the initial project to help mentor and provide best practices.
Vendor
Senior Integration Developer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 19 2016

What is most valuable?

* The EM console * The WebLogic Server * The SOA suite * The BPEL processes. * I think it's good, as we have done our POC on 12c, and it comes with great features, like all-in-one installation… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product provides a robust and scalable integration solution for our organization’s business needs.

What needs improvement?

In the current version of SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.8, we are having fewer issues as compared to earlier versions. We have had severe issues being denied, and upon following up with Oracle these have not yet… more»

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

It’s a bit costly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Oracle being reliable, robust and scalable is always chosen.

What other advice do I have?

I think the world is moving is towards Cloud solutions and in the same path Oracle has cloud solutions, if you are ready to shell out few extra bucks for your Business’s IT infra and solutions, then… more»
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 06 2016

What is most valuable?

The ease of use, service virtualization capabilities, support for integrations with multiple communication protocols and applications, seamless integration with other Oracle products, mobile enablement, and cloud enablement are all features… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle SOA Suite has allowed for more productive development, allowing not only quicker release cycles, but also integration between systems and vendors that was previously done point-to-point. The monitoring capabilities granted the… more»

What needs improvement?

An area with some room for improvement is the development tool used (JDeveloper) with regard to stability. Also, there are three administration consoles available with some overlapping functionality, which should be better segregated.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used a few other integration suites, such as JCAPS (formerly a Sun product) and TIBCO Business Works. SOA Suite is a much more complete solution and quicker evolving to fulfill the market's emerging needs. Oracle is putting a lot of… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try it out and explore the existing features and how they would positively impact your business. Identify the use cases for the several products/components in the suite and see what makes sense for you to license and then build on it.
Vendor
Architect at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 27 2016

What is most valuable?

We use two components within SOA suite: * Oracle Service Bus * Oracle SOA Suite (BPEL) It covers all uses for services with and without states. This solution is an Enterprise Service Bus for company strategy with all the expected features *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The bus virtualizes services with OSB (Oracle Service Bus) as it guarantees a secure and holding performance with throttling downstream. It allows us to hide systems like SAP, AS400 and more modern systems. SOA Suite takes over the services… more»

What needs improvement?

This version supports Maven for the first time. Some features need to be added for a complete support. A system trace for Oracle support would be useful.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very good ESB if your team has JEE knowledge.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I compared this solution to others. The Oracle SOA Suite solution respects Java bases with WebLogic. It allows us to build ESB and BPEL solutions on known technologies and mastered by systems teams. It has a corporate problem as its… more»
Consultant
Oracle SOA BPEL Developer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 04 2016

What is most valuable?

It has an easy-to-use interface for development. SOA also includes many in-built technology adapters to connect and integrate with different technology servers.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has helped a lot with major integrations with different partners and clients. It's now easy to manage customers, order, bills, invoices, etc. We depend on it for registering devices and to sync their data. For example, we sell… more»

What needs improvement?

As this is not the best product, it comes with minor or major bugs which Oracle keeps improving from time to time. For example, it loads and works slowly, using huge amounts of CPU and RAM. It'd like to see it work more smoothly in the next… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

You have to have patience and struggle with it, as with all technologies!
Consultant
SOA Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
May 31 2016

What is most valuable?

* 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… more»

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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

What is Oracle SOA Suite?

Oracle SOA Suite is a comprehensive, standards-based software suite to build, deploy and manage integration following the concepts of service-oriented architecture (SOA). The components of the suite benefit from consistent tooling, a single deployment and management model, end-to-end security and unified metadata management. Oracle SOA Suite helps businesses lower costs by allowing maximum re-use of existing IT investments and assets, regardless of the environment (OS, application server, etc.) they run in, or the technology they were built upon. Its easy-to-use, re-use focused, unified application development tooling and end-to-end lifecycle management support further reduces development and maintenance cost and complexity.

For more information on Oracle SOA Suite, visit Oracle.com

Also known as
SOA Suite
Oracle SOA Suite customers
7-Eleven, Arcor SAIC, Banca Transilvania, Eaton Corporation, Emdeon, Ferrovial, Griffith University, National Instruments, Pella Corporation, Vodafone Group Plc,
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