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Oracle Fusion Middleware tops Gartner SOA Report

If you’re in the market for a fully featured ‘soup-to-nuts‘ SOA platform, it seems that Oracle and their Fusion Middleware products are your best bet.

Oracle’s recent acquisitions of BEA and SUN along with their own in-house enterprise middleware developments have enabled Oracle to create a comprehensive suite of products capable of supporting most long term SOA programmes.

Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant places Oracle in top position for the ‘ability to execute’ (i.e. the ability of the products in the suite to deliver on their promised SOA functionality). IBM and Microsoft also do well, with IBM doing slightly better for ‘vision’ but slightly worse for ‘ability to execute’.

From experience this first place result for Oracle feels justified to me.

Oracle have a very comprehensive SOA suite, albeit with some migration and upgrade issues due to the rapid pace at which the suite has been growing. IBM’s second place fairly reflects Websphere’s over complicated installation and integration process which has often prevented even IBM’s own consultants from delivering the full set of benefits and features promised by their offering.

You can find InfoQ’s brief article on the report here.

If you’d like more information yourself, you can read a full reprint of the Gartner report “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Systematic SOA-Style Application Projects” here.