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Product Overview
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

Product Reviews
Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 27reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The platform comes with a standalone, first-class Service Bus component that can be used for service virtualization. Valuable Features:A definitive differentiator is the very good integration capability the platform provides: It has a broad spectrum of connectivity adapters to integrate with third party enterprise information systems, like SAP, Siebel, and JD Edwards, and also cloud solutions like Salesforce.In addition, the platform comes with a standalone, first-class Service Bus component that can be used for service virtualization. This enables customers to create and edit new integrations efficiently and helps to adopt new trends or concepts, like cloud, very fast.Aside from that, the platform also addresses business needs (process automation with BPEL), allows to further transparency for business transactions (audit trails, Business Activity Monitoring) and provides rich capabilities in the direction of fault handling and resiliency.EDIT: In the newest version (, Real-Time Integration Business Insight is directly included. Isights allows to declaratively define monitoring milestones for complete business process flows, without touching the implementation. The declared monitoring model can be adjusted at any time at runtime and the data can be displayed in different ways using different dashboard components. Another great thing to achieve more visibility regarding how business is performing.Improvements to My Organization:The product allows you to visualize how a company is working currently by providing rich possibilities for analysis such as the audit trails and therefore shows where improvements might be valuable. This becomes more and more important for companies to differentiate themselves from competitors.Room for Improvement:The Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which is JDeveloper in this case. Also, the integrated development environment could be better in some points such as the stability and the comprehensibility of errors.EDIT: The Maven integration in JDeveloper is very basic and might be enhanced to allow the proper use of Maven.Use of Solution:I've used it for over eight years in different projects, in different industrial sectors, and with different project focuses, ranging from pure integration scenarios to process automation and optimization projects.Deployment Issues:In the beginning we were facing some ddeployment issues, due to some strange behaviour of the used Maven plugins, but after working around those issues, deployments went well and consistent.Stability Issues:There have been no issues aside from the local development environment.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.Technical Support:The level of technical support is satisfactory, but it depends highly on the affected components and on the way the error can be described and what information can be provided, e.g. by providing a reproducer or a detailed error log.There is also a lot of documentation. In addition, the development community is also responsive and provides a lot of information in the form of blog posts, webcasts, and presentations.Previous Solutions:There was nothing in place previously.Initial Setup:The initial setup is neither straightforward nor complex. It always depends on the specific situation, like the available IT system landscape, the already existing applications, and the needs of a project.The platform as such can be installed following best practices provided by the vendor, such as the Enterprise Deployment Guide. Oracle partners also provide tools that support you in infrastructure setup and maintenance.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is necessary to evaluate the requirement regarding the platform usage and what the main operation area of the platform will be. Because depending on that, the initial sizing of the infrastructure has to be done. Typical questions are:* How many instances do you expect per day/month/year?* What is the average amount of data?* Should the environment have High Availability?* What kind of integrations/processes will you have - stateless or stateful, long running processes derived from the requirements, and evaluated at the very beginning?A topology blueprint should be created and validated against these requirements.Other Solutions Considered:There were no other options evaluated.Other Advice:Collect your requirements and be clear with what you need. Before starting a concrete project or even before doing the final sizing, talk with others who have already implemented the solution or have reliable experience in this area. This will help you to get things right from the beginning and help you to avoid running into pitfalls. Do not undersize the environment and always keep in mind what will come in the future.The product can be used to build a company's robust foundation regarding a enterprise-wide integration platform without hesitation, which we already did in different project contexts. Because the platform helps to solve complex problems, it is complex itself and so not that easy to understand and to learn. The learning curve is high accordingly.EDIT: To ensure robustness and easy changeability of the developed services and components, my recommendation is to set up a Continuous Integration (CI) environment as a first step in every project. The CI environment is the central platform for automated test executions as well as for deployment automation and is - from my point of view - absolutely needed to succeed with complex integration implementations.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:My company is an Oracle Platinum Partner and has worked with Oracle technologies for more than 25 years. October 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We have primarily been making use of SCA, BPEL, Mediators, and JMS, along with a number of extension products. Valuable Features: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 several other aspects of the SOA (and its containing WebLogic server) in the near future, specifically OSB and Coherence.Improvements to 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 been able to focus largely on our own solutions.It should be noted, and we have proven with our own experience, that to really get good value out of the product you need to have some good development approaches, as well as knowledgeable people on the team because middleware is very easy to do badly, and then it becomes an impediment. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility.Room for 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 common activities would be very helpful.Use of Solution:My employer has been using Oracle SOA Suite for three to four years. I have been working as an architect for this amount of time as well.Deployment Issues:Deployments are complex.Scalability Issues:Once correctly configured, scaling and stability have not been an issue. When issues have occurred, we have traced the problems back to poor deployment configuration, particularly environment factors such as the network, etc.Technical Support:Oracle official support channels can be a bit slow (although no worse then any other significant vendor, e.g. Red Hat). But there is a wealth of information in the Oracle community that can help, and it is possible to seek help through the community if you know how.Additionally, if you have appropriate contacts within Oracle, then you can reach out that way as well and typically see friendly, responsive engagement.Previous Solutions: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 skills has meant the development of the ISO of on-site integration practices.Initial Setup:It's complex for 11g, but in getting started with the new 12c platform, we have seen far greater development although production environment are still a fairly sophisticated task.Implementation Team:The majority of the work we have had done with Oracle SOA Suite has been through a major systems integrator with a few internal individuals with some knowledge for basic operational support. Given the choice, use smaller specialist Oracle partners -- they may cost more per person, but they know how to get the most out of the platform and can deliver a lot more in the same time. The big SIs we have seen approach things with just training staff to use the tools and then assume that is good enough, rather than invest in the underlying principles and support the development of good skills through experience.Cost and Licensing Advice: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 an opportunity to try and see and understand the art of the possible before you start ramping up. Without this, you may find that you buy into license constraints to keep the cost down and then later regret the constraints. Understand how to get the most of the pre-sales engagement. Oracle can offer a lot here to help you bottom out the right solutions to make sure you get it.Other Advice: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 you use SLS to deliver, having some knowledge of your own can help hold them to account. This is most critical if you've engaged them on a fixed-price model as they will want to keep the cost down, which might work to your best interests.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 3, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Improvements to My Organization:Ability to integrate ERPs together with web front endRoom for Improvement:Software is bulkyUse of Solution:1 YearDeployment Issues:NoneStability Issues:noScalability Issues:noTechnical Support:Good technical supportPrevious Solutions:NoInitial Setup:I bit complex to set up with multiple componentsImplementation Team:combination of inhouse and vendorCost and Licensing Advice:Negotiate discountsOther Solutions Considered:No as we are an Oracle shopDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Valuable Features:connectors, bamImprovements to My Organization:we need lot of visibility into all the key functions like OM, PO etc and also have lot of systems running on different platforms. So SOA was used as central hub to orchestrate all that.Room for Improvement:I want to see how easy we have integration connections with other cloud based tools.Use of Solution:8 yearsDeployment Issues:yes, there are some issues with deployment so if there can be a feature or add on for connecting major repository versions in market that will help.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Valuable Features:Web ServicesImprovements to My Organization:Integration with sales forceRoom for Improvement:Scheduling of servicesUse of Solution:3 yearsDeployment Issues:NoneStability Issues:Yes. configuration of web logiScalability Issues:NoneInitial Setup:Too many configuration optionsImplementation Team:Vendor (NTT)Cost and Licensing Advice:Its complex to understandOther Solutions Considered:NoDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Valuable Features:the integration with various products. seemless integrationImprovements to My Organization:it helped in transfer of date from one system to anotherRoom for Improvement:the webservices need to be more robust and also the error handling should be imporivedUse of Solution:4 years+Deployment Issues:severalStability Issues:most of the timeScalability Issues:yes.Customer Service:4Technical Support:4Previous Solutions:noInitial Setup:it was complex with no proper documentationImplementation Team:vendorROI:n/aOther Solutions Considered:noDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Valuable Features:webservices development and cloud connectivityImprovements to My Organization:We are using SOa suite for all cloud integrationsRoom for Improvement:SOA,AP,ARUse of Solution:2 yrsDeployment Issues:connectivityStability Issues:noScalability Issues:noCustomer Service:verygoodTechnical Support:goodPrevious Solutions:noInitial Setup:noCost and Licensing Advice:lessOther Advice:nopeDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Review about Oracle SOA Suite Valuable Features:Connectivity between discrete systems and availability. It has more features to connect using connectors and Adapters and also cloud integrations. The re-usability of the services makes us reliable and reduces the development efforts.Improvements to My Organization:It enables seamless integration and accountability. It has adapters for Salesforce and other cloud adapters and also it has the infrastructure to reprocess and troubleshoot the failed instances.Room for Improvement:decrease the number of internal resources which the product uses.Use of Solution:10 yearsDeployment Issues:NOStability Issues:in the previous versions we used to get the stability issues but now it is improved a lot.Scalability Issues:NODisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 21, 2016
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