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Bulent BASIM
Managing Partner & Oracle ERP Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Top 5Leaderboard
A customizable web-based software development solution
Pros and Cons
  • "I like how we can actively develop and customize APEX because it's on the same database."
  • "I don't like the URL syntax."

What is our primary use case?

We use Oracle Application Express (APEX) to integrate solutions with E-Business Suites.

What is most valuable?

I like how we can actively develop and customize APEX because it's on the same database. We use all the E-Business Suite custom environment features in APEX. We use it because developers can fully leverage it. For example, in Oracle Application Framework, you have a download time of about half an hour before deployment. But there's no deployment time in APEX. You can see it after refreshing the page.

What needs improvement?

I don't like the URL syntax—for example, the parameters in the URL for the pages. If there are any parameters, all the users see all the parameter names. This may require some caching. The UI could be improved as well. Sometimes, based on the customization, load balancing isn't running behind the F5. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using Oracle applications for about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

APEX is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

APEX is scalable. We have two deployments, two of them behind a local APEX and another in Turkey. The installation is on the local area network. We got three servers that run on the APEX and an APEX installation on a single database in a lab.

What about the implementation team?

There's a technical team, but I install APEX by myself.

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

We have a full Oracle E-Business Suite license, and we use that license to develop applications. There's no license required for developing Oracle applications. It's just for the Oracle development tools we use until the final product is ready. 

What other advice do I have?

The forums are quick, and I follow those to lookup features, and I just recall it. I follow all the online seminars and that was enough for me.

There are some restrictions when using this product, but it can be valuable for developing and integrated with E-Business Suite. Because in some instances, some tools aren't available in the E-Business Suite environment. 

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Oracle Application Express (APEX) an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Mike Moxcey
Computer Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good design features, easy to use, straightforward and easy to deploy
Pros and Cons
  • "I like the way that it automatically goes into the spreadsheets and the users can deal with it."
  • "There is not a lot of Wiki help or in Google, but there is some."

What is our primary use case?

We have several projects with 200 to 300 users. 

It is used by developers, building applications for people who want to track things in spreadsheets.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part of this solution is the database design features. We are able to create tables and prototypes for people during design meetings.

The use of the platform seems straightforward.

It's easy to use.

I like the way that it automatically goes into the spreadsheets and the users can deal with it.

What needs improvement?

There is not a lot of Wiki help or in Google, but there is some.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Oracle Application Express (APEX) for a year.

We are still on version 5.1. We are trying to upgrade and move to the cloud.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is an area of concern, as we are not sure. We have not explored its scalability.

We have the source code in the database and also produce the forms at the same time.

I don't believe that it is a problem. In most of our use cases, we are either going to have small amounts of people and small amounts of data. 

We have many different teams using it in different areas. For example, we have a big glassware ordering team that uses it, a national management team that uses it to schedule groups and managing programs or agricultural programs. There are nine or ten different teams.

How was the initial setup?

I was not a part of the installation, but it is straightforward when deploying the updates.

We have a team of three or four developers and one admin to maintain this solution.

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

There is a trial version available that can be used free of charge.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest trying it for free on the web to see how well it works. You start with the free version, which is version 5.,1 and it's really good. Once you download it and implement it, you have the newest version.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Alvaro Lozada
Coordinador de inteligencia empresarial at Grupo Orbis
Real User
Rapid deployment, good support, and highly scalable
Pros and Cons
  • "Oracle Application Express is easy to use, people don't have to be developers to use it."
  • "Some of the application interfaces of Oracle Application Express are not very attractive and could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are using one application developed in APEX for COVID information control, and all our employees are reporting the symptoms.

What is most valuable?

Oracle Application Express is easy to use, people don't have to be developers to use it.

What needs improvement?

Some of the application interfaces of Oracle Application Express are not very attractive and could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle Application Express for approximately two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Oracle Application Express is highly scalable. We are running it on Oracle RAC with a 60-terabyte database and we dedicate one schema for the user databases. In the database, we are running Oracle Business Suite and APEX, it is running very well.

We have approximately 1,000 people using this solution in my organization. Many of them are analysts and business users.

We plan to increase the usage of the solution.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support has been good.

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

We previously were using Java deployments, but it was difficult to maintain standards for the applications. We are using, access development desktop databases. Every department used different people for the applications and different standards.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is simple and the time it took was approximately two weeks.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation of the solution myself.

We have approximately three technicians and two engineers that do the maintenance of the solution.

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

We have an Oracle basic product license, and then we can use Oracle APEX for free. We have many licenses for Oracle for approximately 20 processors.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated other options before choosing Oracle Application Express.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle Application Express it's a very good solution for many use cases. It can be deployed rapidly and I highly recommend it for the replacement of users' databases, such as Access.

I rate Oracle Application Express a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Muhammad_Bilal
Specialist EHR Implementation at siut
Real User
Top 10
Works like a rapid application development concept so it's a big time saver for clients
Pros and Cons
  • "Efficient software delivery and a solution that works quickly."
  • "Reporting needs to be accessed via third party tools."

What is our primary use case?

Our company developed several health care portals where patients can go and find doctors and things like that. We are now testing whether we can shift a few things from the previous alignment tool which is managed by our data service team. We work on small projects and have around 50 users. We're customers of Oracle and I'm an EHR implementation specialist. 

What is most valuable?

This solution is like a rapid application development concept. Given that it's all about time and everything happens within a much shorter time span, it makes for efficient software delivery and a good product. If the client is happy, I'm happy. 

What needs improvement?

I think Apex is like many similar tools that are currently available. If you want specific reports, you have to implement third party tools. It would make a big difference if the reporting was included in the product so that we wouldn't need to get it from third parties. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for 18 months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Apex is still evolving and we initially had scalability issues. You can't make large applications with the limitations we had, but you can make small apps really fast, if you have the extra backup.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had to use technical support, we track our own flow. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little complex. You have to run some steps on it. That said, deployment took maybe an hour or two. We have minimal maintenance requirements. If there's an issue you just look back at the cache but most of the time it's okay. 

What other advice do I have?

Apex is a great tool, you can use it for your regular business affairs and it's a very productive solution with great features. I really appreciate the people who created it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Great tool with simple architecture for fast webpage deployment
Pros and Cons
  • "Oracle APEX allows our company to complete webpage projects easily in a fast turnaround time."
  • "Occasionally when trying to un a page, I would be faced with an error number; however, not much information would be provided on the error itself outside of the programming language. It would be nice if more information could be provided."

What is our primary use case?

I used this to deploy some web pages. It did not have a difficult or complex architecture.

How has it helped my organization?

Oracle APEX allows our company to complete webpage projects easily in a fast turnaround time.

What is most valuable?

Oracle's simplicity is the most valuable aspect. You are able to deploy simple websites that have several pages easily. Minimal consideration is required for design. You can just make a few configurations and your website is ready to use. It is as quick as making the coffee.

What needs improvement?

Occasionally when trying to un a page, I would be faced with an error number; however, not much information would be provided on the error itself outside of the programming language. It would be nice if more information could be provided.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two months.

How are customer service and support?

Due to sanctions, many users in Iran are not able to access support. For those who can, it is not an easy process.

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

Before the Oracle APEX, we used the traditional tool or write your web page by PHP, HTML, etc. And as a database, we used to use MySQL, Cassandra, and other options. I don't know why the company decided to use Oracle APEX.

How was the initial setup?

As a programmer, the setup was very easy. I do not know what the setup looks like for database administrators.

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

I do not think this would be an ideal option for a small sized company or a startup when considering the salary requirements for Oracle DBA'a and developers.

What other advice do I have?

Oracle APEX would be great for a big company and with a strong client base where project web pages are needed as soon as possible. The product reduces the time to market for your product and you can write websites by different configurations.

Overall, I would rate the product an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Krishnan Ambady
Founder and Technical Director at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, easy to set up, and easy to use
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the ease of use."
  • "Better connection and integration with non-Oracle databases is needed."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is to develop secure applications for the Oracle Database. It is like an administrator for data processing functions.

How has it helped my organization?

This product allows us to manage our data processing using simple screens.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of use.

The user interface is not complex.

What needs improvement?

Workflow capabilities should be added.

Better connection and integration with non-Oracle databases is needed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle APEX for the past four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had a problem where it has crashed. However, it may be that our application is not complex enough.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately eight people using Oracle APEX. At this point, we are trying to reduce our usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not personally been in contact with technical support.

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

We did use another similar product before implementing APEX.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not very complex. Our deployment took four or five months.

What about the implementation team?

A consultant assisted us with implementation and deployment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently in the process of migrating from APEX to Microsoft PowerApps.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing APEX is to use the default parameters and do not do anything that is customized.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Age Van Den Berg
Developer at Watronix Information Technology Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to make a user-friendly interface and is quite stable

What is our primary use case?

We make software for municipals.

What is most valuable?

It's fairly easy to make a user-friendly interface. 

What needs improvement?

It has a bit of a strict framework, you have to make all the time adjustments in their JavaScript. Another downside is that it's only available for Oracle databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Oracle APEX for a year now. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is quite stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability will depend on your database. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with their support. 

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

As a developer, I…

What is our primary use case?

We make software for municipals.

What is most valuable?

It's fairly easy to make a user-friendly interface. 

What needs improvement?

It has a bit of a strict framework, you have to make all the time adjustments in their JavaScript. Another downside is that it's only available for Oracle databases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Oracle APEX for a year now. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is quite stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability will depend on your database. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have any experience with their support. 

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

As a developer, I used to work with Delphix which was a little different. 

How was the initial setup?

The installation is quite difficult. Because somehow it doesn't work if you begin with a clean installation. It's much easier to use it with the cloud setup or do a box. If you want to install it from scratch, then it's a bit difficult.

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

Oracle is very expensive. Too expensive in my opinion.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering this solution is to look into older applications. 

I would rate Oracle APEX an eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
FernandoPerez
General manager at Temporis Latin America Spa
Real User
Top 10
Helpful for quick development and has good stability, scalability, and support

What is our primary use case?

We are developing an operational excellence platform.

What is most valuable?

Quick development and the connection with the database are the most valuable and useful features. It is also very stable, scalable, and easy to set up. Its support is also good.

What needs improvement?

It should have the functionality to develop mobile applications. It would also be good if they can improve development in videos and other formats.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has good scalability. We have 10 developers and 150 users.

How are customer service and technical

What is our primary use case?

We are developing an operational excellence platform.

What is most valuable?

Quick development and the connection with the database are the most valuable and useful features. It is also very stable, scalable, and easy to set up. Its support is also good.

What needs improvement?

It should have the functionality to develop mobile applications. It would also be good if they can improve development in videos and other formats.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Its stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has good scalability. We have 10 developers and 150 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up. The deployment duration depends on the complexity, but in general, if your requirements are clear, it takes a couple of days.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Oracle Application Express (APEX) an eight out of ten.

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