IBM WebSphere Application Server vs Oracle SOA Suite comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM WebSphere Application Server and Oracle SOA Suite based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Infrastructure solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"As compared to other applications, it has tremendous support. We have built internal capability so that we use it extensively internally. It is also easier to use with the outside data. You can write in ESQL, Java, or any other technology that you want to use for development. So, it is a lot more flexible in the language that it supports.""The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting.""The solution is very stable and robust.""WebSphere Application Server's best features include the data subscription and connection viewer.""The performance is good.""The thing about WebSphere, as opposed to other ones that I am aware of such as JBoss and Liberty, is that WebSphere has the most comprehensive scaffolding available to it.""The only reason why we're currently using WebSphere is that the integration of the authentication with Azure is very quick. WebSphere has something that can immediately connect with Azure Active Directory.""The solution has good performance."

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"It performs better in real-time transactions.""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.""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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"The licensing could be improved, and I would like it to give the longevity of the lifespan of the visions. In the next release, I would like to be able to download and extract the files so that I can just use my application server.""When we run into memory or locking issues, we resort to using third-party tools. However, it would be preferable to have native tools for debugging this type of problem.""In spite of the solution's robustness, it is expensive and a bit difficult to support.""The current trend is to move to Liberty because of the portability of its cloud and its Kubernetes, which containerize the application.""WebSphere Application Server doesn't have an automated deployment option, forcing us to use third-party tools like Jenkins UCD and Palo Automated Deployment.""What could be improved in IBM WebSphere Application Server is its interconnection with other products, for example, Kafka. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is a better graphical user interface.""The business logic side of it is sort of missing in the sense that if I want to track and measure velocity, it is not really available. You have to buy another application and embark on a separate implementation. Instead of having different licensing, IBM DataPower should be integrated with WebSphere. It will allow us to build the business layer and rules a lot more efficiently, rather than developing rules within the application. It would be good if we can set up the business layer through parametrization rather than development. IBM DataPower has the business rule and the controls, and if it can be integrated, it would be fantastic. It will help the application in working better in terms of security features and business logic. If you're going to use it for open banking, you will be able to monitor velocity on the total pricing.""The solution could improve the integration."

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"It's also not developer-friendly.""The technical support is good, we have premier support which costs extra.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is very expensive."
  • "The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "The licensing policy is based on the PVU base."
  • "When you purchase Maximo, you get WebSphere for free."
  • "It costs more than some of the others, but, you get what you pay for."
  • "WebSphere Application Server is expensive, so it may not be a good option for small companies."
  • "My company is on a perpetual or permanent license agreement with IBM WebSphere Application Server. There's also a pay-per-use option, but customers rarely choose that option. Most of the customers are on the perpetual license deal that's all-inclusive. As the license cost is quite expensive, I'm rating it two out of five."
  • "The licensing cost is 1,000 of euros for a 30-year table."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:This solution is part of an enterprise web presence. It integrates well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system, which works as a single sign-on mechanism for other e-services that we… more »
    Top Answer:The only reason why we're currently using WebSphere is that the integration of the authentication with Azure is very quick. WebSphere has something that can immediately connect with Azure Active… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is 1,000 of euros for a 30-year table.
    Top Answer:There needs to be separate guided learning for the usage of tools. It's also not developer-friendly.
    Top Answer:We use this solution for real-time and B2B.
    Top Answer:I rate this solution a six out of ten. Regarding advice, I would recommend this solution if someone is looking for real-time transactions and B2B.
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    WebSphere Application Server
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    IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.

    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
    TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
    7-Eleven, Arcor SAIC, Banca Transilvania, Eaton Corporation, Emdeon, Ferrovial, Griffith University, National Instruments, Pella Corporation, Vodafone Group Plc,
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Non Tech Company7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Oracle SOA Suite
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Oracle SOA Suite and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 5th in Application Infrastructure with 10 reviews while Oracle SOA Suite is ranked 10th in Application Infrastructure with 3 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.6, while Oracle SOA Suite is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Very stable, supports many languages, and helpful for faster time to market". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle SOA Suite writes "Integrates well, versatile, and high level support". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss and NGINX Plus, whereas Oracle SOA Suite is most compared with WebLogic Suite, Mule ESB, Apache Web Server, SAP NetWeaver and TIBCO ActiveMatrix. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Oracle SOA Suite report.

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