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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka

Despite the disadvantages I list, I really believe that Kafka is the right choice whenever you need a queueing or message broker system. Kafka is way too battle-tested and scales too well to ever not consider it. The only exception is if your use case requires many, many small topics. Also, Kafka doesn't support delay queues out of the box and so you will need to "hack" it through special code on the consumer side.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Shawn Ruff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.4
Dashboards
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.4
Standard reports
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.4
Custom reports
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.3

Process Engine

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.8
Process designer
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
5.3
Process simulation
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.3
Business rules engine
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.9
SOA support
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.6
Process player
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.7
Support for modeling languages
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
8.0
Form builder
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
5.7
Model execution
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.9

Collaboration

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0
Social collaboration tools
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0

Content Management Capabilties

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0
Content management
Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
7.0

Pros

Apache Kafka

  • Apache Kafka is able to handle a large number of I/Os (writes) using 3-4 cheap servers.
  • It scales very well over large workloads and can handle extreme-scale deployments (eg. Linkedin with 300 billion user events each day).
  • The same Kafka setup can be used as a messaging bus, storage system or a log aggregator making it easy to maintain as one system feeding multiple applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

  • Modeling business processes - it is providing an interface where users can drag and drop many kinds of shapes to build a business process.
  • HumanTask - I consider this as being the key strength of Oracle BPM. It allows you to create approval flows in different ways and it manages the long-running processes (while waiting for people to interact with the flow).
  • The user-interface for user tasks - it is one place where you can see all tasks and their progress. Admins can see and interact with other people's tasks.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Apache Kafka

  • Still a bit inmature, some clients have required recoding in the last few versions
  • New feaures coming very fast, several upgrades a year may be required
  • Not many commercial companies provide support
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

  • Again, it takes a decent amount of IT knowledge to realize the full potential of the Oracle BPM Suite
  • It can tend to feel sluggish unless you slightly exceed the minimum system requirements
  • There are so many features that it can be difficult to know which ones to use and which ones not to use in a given situation
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Kafka is quickly becoming core product of the organization, indeed it is replacing older messaging systems. No better alternatives found yet
Juan Francisco Tavira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

Oracle BPM Suite 6.0
Based on 2 answers
In many scenarios it should have provided more features. It took a lot of effort while debugging, making it difficult to maintain.
Shouvik Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle BPM Suite

Oracle BPM Suite 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Not easy to debug errors.
Shouvik Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka 8.8
Based on 6 answers
We are using the Apache open source version of Kafka. The community is a good place to ask questions. and we can get most of our problems resolved there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Apache Kafka

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Oracle BPM Suite

Oracle BPM Suite 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Overall satisfactory
Shouvik Das | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Apache Kafka

I would only use RabbitMQ over Kafka when you need to have delay queues or tons of small topics/queues around.I don't know too much about Pulsar - currently evaluating it - but it's supposed to have the same or better throughput while allowing for tons of queues. Stay tuned - I might update this review after we finish evaluating Pulsar. It's much less battle-tested though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Apache Kafka

  • Positive impact on ROI since now we can use one large deployment of Apache Kafka that can be used for multiple scenarios ( storage systems, log aggregate, messaging queue ).
  • It is open-source so there are no licenses or subscription fees reducing the cost of deployment.
  • Data can now be ingested and analyzed in real-time making it easy to fine-tune the customer experience and decision making for internal IT.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle BPM Suite

  • Documenting a flow to a client allows communicating the intention of a development and thereby minimizing changes that could delay the calendar.
  • Simulating macro processes allows you to visualize at an early stage the figures of a project in order to better manage resources.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Apache Kafka

General

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

Oracle BPM Suite

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Kafka
8.5
Oracle BPM Suite
5.3

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Kafka
9.0
Oracle BPM Suite
6.0

Usability

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.0

Support Rating

Apache Kafka
8.8
Oracle BPM Suite

Implementation Rating

Apache Kafka
Oracle BPM Suite
6.0

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