Several weeks ago we began
a twitter campaign on the OracleMiddle
channel following #OracleOutperformsIBM which outlined several reasons (you guessed it already) that Oracle out-performs IBM in middleware. 40 of them to be exact. I’ve summarized what
we learned as well as some anecdotes that didn’t originally fit on Twitter’s 140
character limit. I’m looking forward to seeing what comments you may have or
if you have some reasons of your own!
Overall, compared to IBM,
Oracle offers the most complete, integrated, open, and best-of-breed middleware
solution. These advantages help Oracle customers simplify complexity, lower
TCO, and improve efficiencies. Each claim is based on
real proof-points which were compiled across several product categories in application servers, SOA,
BPM, data integration, identity and access management, user experience platforms, and finally, the middleware platform as a whole.
All of this information is
available to you by going to our website at www.oracle.com/goto/OracleOutperformsIBM
let’s begin with the 40 Reasons Oracle Out-performs IBM in Middleware
Comprehensive. “When you look at the comparative benefits of Oracle
Fusion Middleware over IBM’s grab bag of products, what stands out is that
we have a comprehensive offering that is both complete and integrated.
This is something that IBM either cannot or does not want to offer.” Said Alex
Andrianopoulos, vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Marketing.
- Better Performance
- This world record benchmark provides a clear
comparison between Oracle and IBM," said Juan Loaiza, senior vice
president, Systems Technology, Oracle. "Oracle software running on
Cisco UCS Blade and Rack Servers using Intel Xeon processors easily
outperformed IBM's software stack running on Power7 servers.”
- IBM is 41% more costly. – This particular
study analyzed a set of customers on a specific product (Oracle WebLogic) to
come to this specific conclusion.
- Less training required. – This goes
faster than IBM by 30%. – Does IBM actually have a ‘Coherence’?
- #1 in
Application Server Market. – I probably should have made this the #1
reason, but this just hit the wire mid stream.
- No Contest
with WebLogic. – In this webcast we summarize a number of the claims
we’ve made around performance, TCO, and complexity.
- Save $$$
moving off the mainframe. – Although this is not an apples-to-apples
comparison, Oracle’s strategy for moving off the Mainframe does have
merits. Only with Oracle can companies make the transition effectively, at
lower cost, and without loss of down-time.
requires 30% more Prof. Srvcs. – No surprise. See #10
labor cost advantage – Did we say this already? Worth calling out
twice, this particular study points out the labor saving specifically when
developing SOA, BPM configurations.
frequent product overlap – Explains reason #10.
- Too many
steps with IBM. – Quantifiable actually. Again explains reason #10.
- IBM too complex in SOA. – I thought the
whole point of SOA was to simplify?
vs. Pre-integrated? - I’ll take
pre-integrated pretty please.
- IBM's BPM
stuck in the past. - While IBM
represents the past, Oracle’s BPM strategy looks to the future with one
unified platform that manages all types of processes. Oracle’s unified
process model delivers a tool set that works across both business and IT
departments, and its unification with Oracle Fusion Middleware brings even
more capabilities to the table.
- Unified BPM. – Explains #15
Process Foundation. – I see a pattern emerging.
tooling for SOA, BPM. – The tooling between BPM and SOA are also
- Support industry standards in BPM. – We didn’t
just say ‘BPEL’ because actually there’s more to it than that. There’s
also SCA, BPMN and the way that these standards are implemented across all
the products in a unified way. Have I mentioned that term already?
- Social BPM. – Consumerization of IT, meet Oracle
- 10X Query
Performance. – That’s not a typo. It’s 10 times quicker running our
Data Integration solutions on Exadata, from our customer, Avea that is
using Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integrator together with Oracle
- More Value
from Data Integration – Among the performance advantages there’s a
host of other great things to talk about that we do differently than IBM.
How about Real-time Data Integration?
- Lower TCO
in Data Integration – Due to E-LT approach, real-time data
integration, zero downtime capabilities.
- 47% faster
with WebLogic –Is this a repeat to Reason #2? Actually it is a
separate benchmark study. But we beat IBM in this one too.
- Faster Data Movement – Faster in bulk data
handling, faster in real-time movement.
- Better Reliability – with Oracle
GoldenGate provides continuous availability and reduces both planned and
Data Quality –Does IBM unify their multiple DQ products like Oracle does
into a single solution?
- Save $
Move off the Mainframe. – A thematic repeat of Reason #8, but worth
sharing this white paper study that outlines some of the details of why Oracle’s
solution for moving off the mainframe ultimately saves you loads of cash.
- Unified Governance.
– Have I said the word unified yet in relation to Governance?
Now for some of the finale reasons
that cover all of Fusion Middleware
- Complete and Integrated. – The “and” is
the keyword here. It’s one thing to say you have all the parts. It’s one
thing to say that one part works with another part. But it’s a different thing
altogether to say that all of your solution is complete and is integrated together.
Design Time. – We don’t just mean for one product or even two, we mean
for all the Middleware products.
Metadata for Middleware. – Again this is harder to get right as the
product set gets bigger. Nevertheless, Oracle delivers on this common
metadata above and beyond what IBM can do.
Run-time. – Helps get your run-times ready for the Cloud as it meets
many of the horizontal as well as vertical scaling - this as opposed to so
many various run-times.
Identity Management. – Why would you want it any other way?
- Comprehensive Management. – This is an
area Oracle excels. Management is not something we take lightly. All the
tools in Middleware work with our Enterprise Manager solution.
- More Open. – Means less closed
- Best of breed – See many of the
previous reasons to show how individual product segments stack up to
provide the complete best of breed offering with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
Innovators use Oracle. – Are you one of these innovators? Hear a
couple of good examples of some on this webcast.
- #39: Oracle's
Cloud Integration – Oracle’s Cloud story is pretty compelling, take a
look if you haven’t already seen our new Cloud integration page on
- #40: See 1-39! – A worthy read to go
through this list again and again.
reasons can you think of? Look forward to hearing from you on www.twitter.com/OracleMiddle