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Main Features
Oracle SOA Suite is a comprehensive, hot-pluggable software suite for the building, deployment, and management of a Service-Oriented Architecture. This includes the service-oriented development of applications, service-oriented integration of applications and IT systems, and process orchestration of system services and human workflow. It plugs into heterogeneous IT infrastructures and enables enterprises to incrementally adopt SOA. The components of the suite benefit from common capabilities including a single deployment and management model, tooling, end-to-end security and unified metadata management.

Oracle SOA Suite improves an organization's ability to predict change by improving its visibility to happenings in the business environment in real time and to respond to change by enabling it to develop and optimize business processes rapidly. It simplifies the IT environment by being provisioned, deployed, monitored, and managed as a single cohesive infrastructure. It leverages existing investments by being modular, open, and extensible; it may be adopted it in a heterogeneous environment without needing to remove or replace existing systems as well as in an incremental fashion.
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Manufacturer: Oracle Software
Model: For Oracle Middleware
Product Line: Oracle SOA Suite

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ORACLE SOA STE F/MIDDLEWARE N/U P/P is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REST adapters have now been upgraded so that there is no explicit need to translate REST and JSON on in/outbound. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are BPEL orchestrations, mediations and tight integration with Oracle Service Bus, and adapters.A very useful feature in SOA Suite 12c has been REST adapters, which have now been upgraded so that there is no explicit need to translate REST and JSON on in/outbound.Also, BPEL extensions and templates have been very useful.Improvements to My Organization:SOA Suite 12c can significantly simplify the integrations and orchestration, including human workflow. In complex IT environments, it can lead to loosely-coupled architecture and reduce the integration complexity considerably. Also, it can contribute to service reuse.Room for Improvement:In my opinion, an important aspect that will probably be covered in future versions is support for micro-services and the ability to scale on PaaS and Docker-like environments.Use of Solution:I have used this product since it was introduced as BPEL Process Manager 10g. For 12c, I was among the beta testers.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues with deployment.Stability Issues:SOA Suite 12c has improved stability considerably. In the past, we had encountered some minor stability issues with WSM. However, in 12c this has been greatly improved and we have not noticed major problems in production. Also, JDeveloper has been improved.Scalability Issues:12c has improved scalability dramatically and now uses fewer server resources. Also, Enterprise Manager provides better tools to monitor load.Technical Support:We have always gotten prompt and useful responses from support.Previous Solutions:No, however we also have experience with IBM BPM. We, however, prefer Oracle SOA Suite due to better integration and richer functionalities.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward, particularly for development environments. For production and separate domains, you need to know what you are doing. However, the provided documentation is adequate.Other Solutions Considered:We have evaluated IBM BPM, JBoss jBPM, and Activiti. We have figured out that SOA Suite 12c currently offers the richest functionalities and is the best integrated product.Other Advice:It is essential to have a good understanding of the features provided, including BPEL, services, adapters, mediations, human workflow and other features. It is also good to get familiar with SOA concepts and patterns. Using this product is the right way to go and following sound development practices brings results quickly. However, using the product in wrong way might not provide all the benefits.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REST adapters have now been upgraded so that there is no explicit need to translate REST and JSON on in/outbound. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are BPEL orchestrations, mediations and tight integration with Oracle Service Bus, and adapters.A very useful feature in SOA Suite 12c has been REST adapters, which have now been upgraded so that there is no explicit need to translate REST and JSON on in/outbound.Also, BPEL extensions and templates have been very useful.Improvements to My Organization:SOA Suite 12c can significantly simplify the integrations and orchestration, including human workflow. In complex IT environments, it can lead to loosely-coupled architecture and reduce the integration complexity considerably. Also, it can contribute to service reuse.Room for Improvement:In my opinion, an important aspect that will probably be covered in future versions is support for micro-services and the ability to scale on PaaS and Docker-like environments.Use of Solution:I have used this product since it was introduced as BPEL Process Manager 10g. For 12c, I was among the beta testers.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues with deployment.Stability Issues:SOA Suite 12c has improved stability considerably. In the past, we had encountered some minor stability issues with WSM. However, in 12c this has been greatly improved and we have not noticed major problems in production. Also, JDeveloper has been improved.Scalability Issues:12c has improved scalability dramatically and now uses fewer server resources. Also, Enterprise Manager provides better tools to monitor load.Technical Support:We have always gotten prompt and useful responses from support.Previous Solutions:No, however we also have experience with IBM BPM. We, however, prefer Oracle SOA Suite due to better integration and richer functionalities.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward, particularly for development environments. For production and separate domains, you need to know what you are doing. However, the provided documentation is adequate.Other Solutions Considered:We have evaluated IBM BPM, JBoss jBPM, and Activiti. We have figured out that SOA Suite 12c currently offers the richest functionalities and is the best integrated product.Other Advice:It is essential to have a good understanding of the features provided, including BPEL, services, adapters, mediations, human workflow and other features. It is also good to get familiar with SOA concepts and patterns. Using this product is the right way to go and following sound development practices brings results quickly. However, using the product in wrong way might not provide all the benefits.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I value the flexibility of using the JDeveloper development tool for web service. Valuable Features:The features of this product that are most valuable to me are the dashboard creation ability of BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) product. Also the flexibility of using the JDeveloper development tool for web service and Oracle Service Bus development.Improvements to My Organization:One example of how this product has improved my organization functions is in the shortening of the development time to market in delivering custom solutions. Another example is in the technical agility and flexibility to adapt to business process change that happens at a very fast pace in companies daily.Room for Improvement:One area for improvement that I would like to see change in the next release is in the JDeveloper toolset. Occasionally, when you have open to many windows the tool acts erratic and has memory leaks.Use of Solution:I have used this solution since 2010-2011 for various companies. Also across different industries I have been successful to develop and implement solutions using this toolset.Deployment Issues:One of the main issues is figuring out how to do what you want in the toolset.The documentation occasionally misses steps. OSB development can get trickyStability Issues:I have encountered the occasional JDeveloper memory leak.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Customer Service:Oracle customer service is very helpful. The website is full of on demand tutorials and documentation.Initial Setup:The Initial setup of the product is straightforward as long as you do your pre-planning and follow the prerequisites. Also, occasionally you encounter an issue that requires that a ticket be created with support or independent research must be done to resolve the issue (i.e. search the web or read blogs for missing steps.)Implementation Team:I have implemented the solution as a mixed implementation between vendor resources and in house. This model has been used at all my implementations across industries. My advice would be to identify your pre-requisites and also hold pre-planning meetings to identify business and technical requirements.Other Solutions Considered:I have previously investigated other products in the quadrant and I choose to align myself with the Oracle SOA Suite. This is due to the robust features available and the scalability of the product suite.Other Advice:My advice for people looking to implement this product is that training is a must.You have to make that investment in your in-house resources to be successful in supporting the product. If they fix the memory leak issues with JDeveloper toolset and make the training needed less intensive I would give it a 10/10.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scalability is a strength, and customer support is responsive. Valuable Features:The following features of this product are the most valuable to me:Integration to underlying applications and technologies via its OOTB adaptersScalability of deployed solutionsBusiness Process Management (BPM)Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)Improvements to My Organization:For my most recent customer, we automated an accounts payable process that integrated four different ERPs into an approval process.Room for 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 configuration, but there is nothing currently out of the box to ease difficulty the installation issues customers run into.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for 8+ years.Stability Issues:SOA has been stable through the years, other portions of the suite have had issues when they rolled out. Customer support is very responsive when issues are found and the product is stable.Scalability Issues:Scalability is one of the strengths of the product. We did not encounter any issues with scalability.Technical Support:I know others with issues, but our experience has been that they have been outstanding. Escalations are handled timely and the expertise of the support techs we've been assigned has been outstanding.Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution. We works exclusively with Oracle SOA Suite.Initial Setup:This is a complex environment so 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 configuration, but there is nothing currently out of the box to ease difficulty the installation issues customers run into.Implementation Team:The vendor team was not used. Full disclosure - I work for a consulting company and we were brought in to facilitate the BPM and integration aspects of the project.Other Advice: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.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have a long relationship with Oracle as a consultant to their customers.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The integration possibilities with other Oracle Fusion middleware products is the most valuable feature of the SOA Suite solution. Valuable Features:The integration possibilities with other Oracle Fusion middleware products is the most valuable feature of the SOA Suite solution.Improvements to My Organization:I'm a contractor, so my client organizations are the ones who benefit from SOA Suite. With it, it's quite visible the number of both internal and external processes that are more integrated. Another organizational benefit is that less human intervention is required when running the suite of products in SOA.Room for Improvement:Although the SOA Suite solutions integrate well with Oracle Fusion middleware products, it lacks similar integration with Enterprise Manager. This is something that, in my experience working with clients, is needed for SOA Suite to be a better product.Use of Solution:Including its predecessors, we've been using SOA Suite since 2004.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:There were regular issues with the stability of SOA Suite, but they were fixed with help from Oracle technical support.Scalability Issues:There have been no issues scaling it.Technical Support:8/10Previous Solutions:I work exclusively with Oracle software.Initial Setup:Until version 10, the initial setup was cumbersome. Over the years and subsequent upgrades, with 11g setup became easier and, now, setting up with 12c is a walk in the park.Implementation Team:I implement SOA Suite for my clients.Cost and Licensing Advice:You need to make a good estimate of the licensing costs for the first year.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The main benefit is to integrate proprietary systems that can't naturally communicate through services, through APIs and to be able to reuse those services into composite applications. Valuable Features: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 internally and externally. To be able to do transformation, translation of data so that two proprietary systems can communicate. Also really to be able to create services and APIs that can be able to support business processes as well as consumer and composite applications. Oracle SOA Suite is really designed for those types of features.Improvements to 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, being able to manage that transaction and an end-to-end business process.Orchestration, the ability to be able to apply business rules and different types of rules on top of what your integration and your business processes are. The main benefit is really to integrate proprietary systems that can't naturally communicate with each other through services, through APIs and to be able to reuse those services into composite applications. Be able to reuse those services in workflows, in business processes or whatever the pattern may be. The ability to expose data between these systems as both a provider of information and a consumer of information.Room for 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 lightweight, light-scale versions of it. It's like one of their greatest assets can also be one of their greatest detriments which is it comes so feature-rich in such a big product that it sometimes can be an expensive product. Some customers just want a low-scale, lightweight version of the tool and we see quite a bit of need for that. Some improvements on API management, the ability to create APIs on top of services to manage those and the analytics of those, would be some good features that we'd like to see as well.Scalability Issues:Oracle SOA has been a rock solid enterprise-level tool for many years. It's really foundationally built on WebLogic and so it has a lot of scalability built into it. I've seen implementations that support millions of transactions per day, hundreds of trading partners, hundreds of web services and APIs. The scalability and the ability for capacity growth has always been there and has always been a fundamental tenet and one of the fundamental principles of Oracle SOA Suite. Because it is an enterprise service bus, it has to be able to have that level of scalability. The implementations really are dependent on what the customer use cases are. Because it's such a feature-rich product there's a lot you can do with it and there's a lot of good ways to implement SOA and there's a lot of bad ways to implement SOA.Previous Solutions: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, that's a good time to say, "Hey, I may need more of a commercial platform approach where I can get features such as air handling, login, analytics, transaction management." All these that are built in into a battle-tested product, that's when you start hitting that tipping point. At about 25 integrations is when a customer should begin to look at making that type of investment.Implementation Team:Some of the good ways to implement SOA in a traditional, agile, system development lifecycle is really trying to understand what are the functional use cases. What is the business process that needs the support? Some of the other key aspects are being able to understand what is the universal data model that you're going to be integrating? Right? What are the fields and elements on the back ends' system that's providing the information and what are fields and elements on the consuming system? Then be able to come up with a semantic level, canonical level mapping between those two and be able to create a universal data object. Create a loosely coupled implementation.Traditionally building integrations does follow a system development lifecycle. Traditionally going through requirements, design sessions, integration, development, testing and so forth, There's a lot of techniques to do those rapidly in an agile-like way but there's also some ways to also blueprint those so that they're well documented, well understood. It helps keep your technical debt low for organizations who have to manage and maintain these over the course of many different years. Oracle SOA is well-designed, it is a product that we've implemented many times over and we've built a lot of best practices to help customers understand the complexity or take some of the complexity out. Because at the end of the day it is a platform, it's not a shrink wrapped solution. It's a platform that you have to be able to build things on and if you're not building things the right way, you can easily create what we call 'spaghetti architecture'. Which is building a bunch of point-to-point integrations between these systems that is not loosely coupled, not reusable and not scalable because they're not following good design patterns. If you're going that approach which unfortunately we see some customers do, then that could get you in trouble. We've got some frameworks and some solutions on how to avoid those types of architectures and designs.Other Solutions Considered: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 not the only product out there. There's other products such as MuleSoft, WSO2, they all have integration platforms too that Oracle is competing with. It really is what platform is the best for the customer? Some of the key criteria, what we see are how easy is it for a developer to build integrations, how quickly can they do it, how quickly can they deploy their applications to products? Does it integrate well with DevOps and version control systems? How robust is their login and analytics? Some of these are key fundamental features for a lot of enterprise-level customers. Those need to work or the customer can really get themselves in trouble if for example a transaction fails. What do I do? If you don't have good features in the product to recover from such situations, that can lead to a lot of headaches for a lot of our Fortune 2000 clients.Other Advice: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 of adoption, a lot of Oracle customers have bought it and it's got a lot of good features. The reason why I may not give it a nine or 10 are some of the things that we talked about earlier, some of the potential weaknesses around cloud enablement, lightweight enablement, pricing, things like these. That have been a little bit of inhibitors to some of the smaller and medium-sized customers and around API management as well.From an enterprise service bus, SOA-level product, we definitely think it's one of the leaders out there. We can certainly help a customer with an evaluation and selection, you can learn more at our website, visualintegrator.com. Some of the things I would absolutely look at, at least three to five vendors in this space, come up with your key use cases, your key functional use cases, your key technical use cases, provide waiting criteria on those and scorecard these vendors. Scorecard then on their capabilities, ask them to do a proof of concept, always important. A lot of them will do developer day workshops with you.Ask them to do something like this and really take a look at a selection of vendors to see what is the best fit for your organization. Because the reality is you have choices out there and SOA Suite maybe the perfect fit for you, it may not be the perfect fit for you. You really have to take a look at it and say, "Does it fit my needs with their features, with their pricing, with support and so forth?" Really do that level of evaluation and selection. That's one of the things we actually incidentally specialize in helping customers with as independent advisors. Certainly if a customer were to do that, those are the things I would certainly focus on.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. 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Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.Technical Support:7/10Initial 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.Cost and Licensing Advice: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.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like the all-in-one installation, management from one console, enhanced JVM for great throughput, and memory management. Valuable Features:* 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, management from one console, enhanced JVM for great throughput, and memory management.12c play around reviews12.1.3== SAP adapter dave so much trouble while configuring it.Not proper documentation is helpful from Oracle.After the installation and configuration the classes and jars are not loaded which leads to issues with Fusion SAP connectivity.Over all the The look and feel of the EM console is ok.I would recommend to use this version of product with 1.7_81_ version of Java/jre environment.The rcu is combined inside the soa infra jar installation so that is good thing that I found as I don't have to worry about the RCU to download and install and then configure the SOA_INFRA schema's.so good this is fair deal of my experience. Happy SOA.!!!!Improvements to My Organization:This product provides a robust and scalable integration solution for our organization’s business needs.Room for 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 been solved.Use of Solution:I've been using it for the last six years.Stability Issues:Stability is sometimes a challenge.Scalability Issues:It’s a very scalable application.Technical Support:3/5Previous Solutions:Oracle being reliable, robust and scalable is always chosen.Initial Setup:Initial setup was full of learning.Implementation Team:We implemented it on our own, although on certain modules the Oracle team had helped us.Cost and Licensing Advice:It’s a bit costly.Other Advice: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 Oracle is the one.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-26
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