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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

20 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Oracle BPM Suite

135 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

We use PDF forms for our submissions to the USPTO as well as for obtaining signature documents. With LiveCycle, I can update forms, save them, load them into my docketing database, and have them pre-populated with data. This process ensures continuity, less chance for error, and the ability to save the paralegals time when it comes to preparing filings.
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Oracle BPM Suite

Oracle BPM is well suited to organizations and environments that have a good understanding of their business processes and organizational structures. Trying to introduce a tool such as Oracle BPM into the organization without a good grasp on how the business operates is a recipe for disaster as the implementation will uncover all of the dirty secrets of an organizations business processes and bring them to light. BPM is not to be utilized for smaller service orchestrations or technical service implementations, these should be handled by the Oracle SOA Suite using the BPEL process manager, leaving BPM to handle the organizational business processes, referring to and including lower level services and BPEL processes as needed.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.3
Dashboards
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0
Standard reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
9.0
Custom reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0

Process Engine

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
7.4
Process designer
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
6.5
Process simulation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0
Business rules engine
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
6.0
SOA support
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.5
Process player
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0
Support for modeling languages
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0
Form builder
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0
Model execution
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0

Collaboration

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0
Social collaboration tools
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0

Pros

  • It enables me to quickly update and distribute forms that have been changed.
  • The layout features help ensure that the forms look professional.
  • The ability to preview what the final form will look like and how it will work, while still editing, is extremely helpful.
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  • The web-based Process Composer and BPM Studio IDE is very user friendly (for both tech and business users) and gives you a nice WYSIWYG interface for modeling and building business processes.
  • There are many adapters that provide easy integration with many third-party applications, databases, files, email, social and other integration points.
  • Process Accelerators are available for many commonly used business processes to provide a "jump start" for organizations with a common need - they are releasing new accelerators regularly.
  • Many of the commonly used basic and advanced work flow and process activities are easily configured through the Composer or Studio and advanced features can be easily developed by users with expertise in XML and Java.
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Cons

  • There are so many bells and whistles it can be intimidating.
  • It is not a product you just pick up and use, there is some training needed.
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  • It's a very complex piece of software and documentation is poor. Examples and explanations appear to be non-existent.
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Oracle BPM Suite6.0
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We are invested in the Oracle BPM Suite technology and are very comfortable with direction is has been moving and excited to see the roadmap enhancement items that are planned for the Oracle BPM 12c release in the future. We expect that additional support for BPMN 2.0 events and additional adapters and Process Accelerators will continue to enhance our use of the product.
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Usability

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Oracle BPM Suite6.0
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Not easy to debug errors.
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Implementation

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Oracle BPM Suite6.0
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Overall satisfactory
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Alternatives Considered

I have only ever used LiveCycle for our PDF form creation. I am not sure what other options there are, but we have never needed to look into anything else as LiveCycle works for us.
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IBM's Rational RequistePro was considered as an alternative but due to the client's good experience with existing Oracle services, BPM Suite was finally decided upon.
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Return on Investment

  • LiveCycle has ensured that we are able to get a lot done, with little manpower.
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  • You'll most certainly need a deep dive and extensive training before your users can even think of using the product and they are very expensive.
  • Lack of documentation makes it very difficult to manage the application if any error is encountered which will result in you ending up hiring a dedicated person to look into the application once it's deployed.
  • For a very large org., if properly implemented and used, it can help identify the cost-intensive and inefficient processes.
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Pricing Details

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Oracle BPM Suite

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details