Behind the curtain: Oracle WebLogic in the mortgage world.
November 18, 2016

Behind the curtain: Oracle WebLogic in the mortgage world.

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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle WebLogic Suite

Oracle weblogic suite is one of our go to middleware platforms at my company. It is used across the company as a whole for hosting various internally developed applications. More than any other middleware hosting platform, this is the one that we use. True, most of the company are end users and are unaware of what their applications sit on, but that back end is Oracle weblogic, with tools like OSB, SOA, WebMethods and in-house applications deployed on top of the suite.
  • First and foremost it is (as far as these things go) relatively simple to install. The whole process, for at least a small server set up can take an hour or two manually, or as with our company, about half an hour when run through bladelogic scripts. This is key for being able to stage up new instances on demand.
  • Flexibility. You can configure and develop just about any kind of Java web app to be hosted on Oracle Weblogic. That adaptability is important in the industry these days.
  • Support. Oracle has an amazing back end support group for any issues you encounter with their products. I make this comment about any Oracle Product I review - their support and ticketing team is fantastic (at least, that has been my consistent experience). Having that to fall back on is a must.
  • Error messages. This is perhaps the biggest area that needs improvement. They can be cryptic as all get out sometimes. Then again, that can be a fault for the whole system.
  • Backend configuration - sometimes you just don't know where things lay on the backend: where data-stores are located, what directory is this really pulling a deployed file from. There are reasons that Oracle provides (for a fee) training and certification classes.
  • I don't have much insight in my position to the actual numbers for ROI. I do know that we keep rolling out more and more WebLogic instances, so the company as a whole must be pleased with them.
For as long as I have been with my company (and longer) we have leveraged WebLogic as our hosting/middleware platform of choice. I haven't actually had any in office experience with other alternatives. We've had an exclusivity contract with Oracle the whole time. Then again, Oracle Weblogic Suite is the industry standard for a reason.
If you have one or two users needing to access the same set of data or process something, then you really don't need to go full core on an Oracle WebLogic Suite. It’s designed for handling a lot of users accessing applications, and supporting high availability/fail-over nodes for web hosted applications. That is where the product thrives. You can configure it to aggregate data from multiple back end data sources, allow users to access hosted applications, filter, route, and host. This is where it shines.