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IBM BPM vs. Oracle SOA Suite
May 2022
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Pros
"I like the APIs and the BPM coach is a good tool. But if I had to pick one, it would be the API.""It has an elaborated way to explore the IBM BPM processes.""The most valuable feature for the organization is the Document Store.""Setting it up is fairly easy. If somebody has knowledge of the system, he or she will be able to do it fairly quickly.""IBM BPM is equipped with all the functionalities which are needed for building BPM enterprise-level applications.""Some of the features that I like the most are team management and process performance. They are both very useful and very powerful with regard to the workflow.""IBM's deployment box is one huge black box. We can create all the services with our own code or without a codebase, however, we have a huge amount of space with practically no limitation.""This solution has always been lacking in the user interface (UI), it needed to be improved a lot. However, from the acquisition of Spark UI, the UI is much better. Overall the solution is robust and has the ability to integrate with any product for complex workflows."

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"This is one of the critical products for my company and we use it extensively. We currently use each and every feature of Oracle SOA.""In Oracle SOA Suite some applications are not able to use REST, but it can support both SOAP and REST. You're able to integrate quite a lot of systems, which may not be able to in other solutions. You can also use XML and JSON. It is a standardizing type of tool. It doesn't matter whether I'm using JSON or XML, it can convert them.""In case there is something that doesn't work out of the box, you have the flexibility to customize it."

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Cons
"The interface is limited and should improve in the future.""Finding errors and bugs on the system is not easy. We can't seem to use the events or logs to find them, so it makes it difficult to debug the system. They really need to work on their debugging features to make is much, much easier. It would improve the solution considerably and should be something they add in a future release.""I would like to see the solution be able to interact with other customer software solutions.""You must have good experience to work with it. It is not that easy. Its installation is complex, especially in the new version for business automation, and it could be improved. It has a safety application embedded inside it, and you need to do a lot of configuration to install it. I have been working for two days to resolve an issue.""They don't have a mechanism to achieve processes, data sources, and data.""If you want to use IBM BPM, you will have to invest a lot of money for licenses and you need to learn that there are limitations in developing applications. You cannot create anything you want.""IBM BPM integrated with Spark UI and the UI is now much better, but they still need to improve the UI because competitors have predefined templates and other additional features. In these competitor's solutions, you are able to use the templates, map your data, and the form is ready to use. With this solution, you need to write a lot of code to have the same quality as the competitor's templates. It would be a benefit to make this platform more towards low-code or no-code.""The price and the overall installation process could be improved."

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"They supply lots of documentation but finding what we need is challenging at times.""An important area that can be improved is the product's data monitoring. When we use the solution for interfacing or end-to-end data monitoring, we want to know exactly where the data is going and exactly where it is failing, or where there is an issue.""The technical support is good, we have premier support which costs extra."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is on the higher side, and it can be improved. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
  • "IBM could improve the price. It is far too expensive."
  • "I wish it was less expensive. I don't know why their pricing model is so high for a piece of software that could benefit so many. It just seems to me that they could have a lower cost, maybe with fewer features or whatever, but it should be possible to do a lower cost workflow software that uses the same interface and underlying engine but does not cost so much that you have to be a Fortune 50 company to buy it. It is annoying to me. There are a lot of solutions that IBM has that are really powerful but nobody can afford them. They know their business, but I still feel that there are a lot of customers who would benefit from this sort of thing. I don't know what this elitism is all about. I am sure they have people doing the money numbers, but it seems like you can make a lot more money by selling it to way more people for a little bit less."
  • "When considering the features of the solution the price is expensive compared to competitors."
  • "It's expensive. All software is always extremely high. The manufacturing cost that we have compared to the selling cost, it's not like you're building a house or building a car. But putting that aside, considering that it's expensive, it's a lot of money. If you compare it with some of the other alternatives in the market, it's a similar price. For instance, if you compare it with Pegasystems, it's a similar price."
  • "The price of the solution is fair for an enterprise solution that has both cloud and on-premise deployments and when comparing to competitors. Recently IBM has introduced Cloud Pak which allows for more flexible licensing options for automation and other features."
  • "Licensing is managed by the client, but we know it is yearly. Camunda is relatively cheaper. There is not much difference in pricing of IBM and PEGA. For large licensing, there are discounts as well."
  • "I already compared some solutions related to business process management, and I saw that the cost of IBM BPM is more expensive compared with that of Camunda, for example."
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    Questions from the Community
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    We researched both IBM solutions and in the end, we chose Business Automation Workflow. IBM BPM has a good user interface and the BPM coach is a helpful tool. The API is very useful in providing… more »
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    The pricing is quite high, I would rate it two out of five.
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    This is one of the critical products for my company and we use it extensively. We currently use each and every feature of Oracle SOA.
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    An important area that can be improved is the product's data monitoring. When we use the solution for interfacing or end-to-end data monitoring, we want to know exactly where the data is going and… more »
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    We mainly use the solution internally to interface between two applications. We also use it for our external customers. They send us data and we transform that data to use in our applications, or we… more »
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere Lombardi Edition, IBM Business Process Manager, IBM WebSphere Process Server
    SOA Suite
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    Overview
    IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program harnesses complexity in a simple environment to better meet customer needs.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Barclays, EmeriCon, Banca Popolare di Milano, CST Consulting, KeyBank, KPMG, Prolifics, Sandhata Technologies Ltd., State of Alaska, Humana S.A., Saperion, esciris, Banco Espirito Santo
    7-Eleven, Arcor SAIC, Banca Transilvania, Eaton Corporation, Emdeon, Ferrovial, Griffith University, National Instruments, Pella Corporation, Vodafone Group Plc,
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm57%
    Insurance Company14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Insurance Company5%
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    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Computer Software Company37%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Government6%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM BPM vs. Oracle SOA Suite
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM BPM vs. Oracle SOA Suite and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM BPM is ranked 1st in Application Infrastructure with 28 reviews while Oracle SOA Suite is ranked 9th in Application Infrastructure with 3 reviews. IBM BPM is rated 7.6, while Oracle SOA Suite is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM BPM writes "A very stable and powerful tool for handling lots of concurrent users, but it is expensive, and the Eclipse-based tool has performance issues when you have a lot of developers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle SOA Suite writes "Integrates well, versatile, and high level support". IBM BPM is most compared with IBM Business Automation Workflow, Camunda Platform, Pega BPM, Apache Airflow and Appian, whereas Oracle SOA Suite is most compared with WebLogic Suite, Mule ESB, Microsoft System Center and IBM WebSphere Application Server. See our IBM BPM vs. Oracle SOA Suite report.

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