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  • August 25, 2011

40 Reasons Oracle Out-Performs IBM in Middleware

Several weeks ago we began
a twitter campaign on the OracleMiddle
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

let’s begin with the 40 Reasons Oracle Out-performs IBM in Middleware

  1. More
    . “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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. Less training required. – This goes
    without saying.
  5. Coherence
    faster than IBM by 30%.
    – Does IBM actually have a ‘Coherence’?
  6. #1 in
    Application Server Market.
    – I probably should have made this the #1
    reason, but this just hit the wire mid stream.
  7. No Contest
    with WebLogic.
    – In this webcast we summarize a number of the claims
    we’ve made around performance, TCO, and complexity.
  8. 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.
  9. IBM
    requires 30% more Prof. Srvcs.
    – No surprise. See #10
  10. 50-60%
    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.
  11. IBM's
    frequent product overlap
    – Explains reason #10.
  12. Too many
    steps with IBM.
    – Quantifiable actually. Again explains reason #10.
  13. IBM too complex in SOA. – I thought the
    whole point of SOA was to simplify?
  14. Patchwork
    vs. Pre-integrated
    ? - I’ll take
    pre-integrated pretty please.
  15. 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.
  16. Unified BPM. – Explains #15
  17. Unified
    Process Foundation.
    – I see a pattern emerging.
  18. Unfied
    tooling for SOA, BPM.
    – The tooling between BPM and SOA are also
    unified. Nice!
  19. 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?
  20. Social BPM. – Consumerization of IT, meet Oracle
  21. 10X Query
    – 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
  22. 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?
  23. Lower TCO
    in Data Integration
    – Due to E-LT approach, real-time data
    integration, zero downtime capabilities.
  24. 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.
  25. Faster Data Movement – Faster in bulk data
    handling, faster in real-time movement.
  26. Better Reliability – with Oracle
    GoldenGate provides continuous availability and reduces both planned and
    unplanned downtime.
  27. Unified
    Data Quality
    –Does IBM unify their multiple DQ products like Oracle does
    into a single solution?
  28. 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.
  29. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Unified
    Design Time.
    – We don’t just mean for one product or even two, we mean
    for all the Middleware products.
  3. Common
    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.
  4. Cohesive
    – 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.
  5. Unified
    Identity Management.
    – Why would you want it any other way?
  6. 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.
  7. More Open. – Means less closed
  8. 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.
  9. More
    Innovators use Oracle.
    – Are you one of these innovators? Hear a
    couple of good examples of some on this webcast.
  10. #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
  11. #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

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Comments ( 4 )
  • guest Thursday, August 25, 2011


  • LED street light Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Good resources, thanks for your sharing.

  • mprove Thursday, August 25, 2011

    #41 Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure http://blogs.oracle.com/mprove/entry/vdi_33_overvidw

  • guest_lockheed Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Amazing article. Very well documented. reasons #2 and #4 should be #1.

    thanks for sharing.


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