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Pros
"Quick development and the connection with the database are the most valuable and useful features. It is also very stable, scalable, and easy to set up. Its support is also good.""I like how we can actively develop and customize APEX because it's on the same database.""This is a good application for quickly creating public applications.""I like the way that it automatically goes into the spreadsheets and the users can deal with it.""It's fairly easy to make a user-friendly interface.""Oracle APEX improved our organization by making it possible for us to implement agile project development.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""It has a well-designed architecture and is a simple 3rd party application."

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"The solution has plenty of features that are useful.""The solution is very robust and easy to develop in.""When compared to Siebel, the Salesforce Platform is easier to use.""The solution provides a preferred method of backing up data.""The keyword search helps me in finding stuff quickly. So, I don't have to click around a lot.""I'm not sure what the most valuable aspect of the solution is, but I can say that their finance and auditing systems are quite impressive. You can audit in different invoices right to procurement. It's all quite seamless.""A great platform to import, manage and save customer data.""Salesforce's strongest feature is reporting especially. It's also a lot more usable than other platforms I've worked with. It has a great user experience, with the ability to filter and access information in real-time."

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Cons
"It has been reported that the technology is very hard to learn, and the service is expensive.""There is a problem with security because the applications store passwords in the configuration files.""It should have the functionality to develop mobile applications. It would also be good if they can improve development in videos and other formats.""Fixing bugs is difficult because of how the HTML code is generated. It is not always broadly compatible with browsers.""Occasionally when trying to un a page, I would be faced with an error number; however, not much information would be provided on the error itself outside of the programming language. It would be nice if more information could be provided.""Reporting needs to be accessed via third party tools.""Better connection and integration with non-Oracle databases is needed.""The solution has some stability problems that need to be resolved."

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"Salesforce also did not integrate well with some of the other systems that we had.""Better flexibility in editing emails created from templates would be great, and being able to add hyperlinks in emails for scheduling meetings would allow us to automate more.""The marketing automation needs improvement.""The solution offers upgrades at a slower pace. The solution needs to keep up with competitors.""It does need very specific resources to help deploy it and buy in from the users. It's one of those items it's pretty disruptive and if it's not deployed properly and if it doesn't get utilized efficiently, it won't be effective.""If you have resellers or distributors, you just need to figure out a way to set up the system in the backend. Since every company is different, it takes a little bit of time to figure that out.""UI needs to be more intuitive and user friendly.""There needs to be more documentation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When buying the data license, APEX is included."
  • "We have a full Oracle E-Business Suite license, and we use that license to develop applications. There's no license required for developing Oracle applications."
  • "There is a trial version available that can be used free of charge."
  • "Pricing is expensive, overall on an enterprise system but we consider that it gives corresponding value in the product."
  • "It's a free solution with no additional costs."
  • "We have an Oracle basic product license, and then we can use Oracle APEX for free. We have many licenses for Oracle for approximately 20 processors."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "I do not think this would be an ideal option for a small sized company or a startup when considering the salary requirements for Oracle DBA'a and developers."
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  • "The licensing is per user per month, which we took out a contract on a long time back. It's really an okay price for what solutions are available and for how many features and what kind of functionality you get."
  • "The solution is a bit expensive."
  • "It is expensive. Licensing is on an annual basis."
  • "It is quite expensive. Its developers come at a premium cost, which makes it expensive."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "I have heard that it is fairly priced. It offers ROI."
  • "It is very expensive. Its licensing is on a monthly basis."
  • "It is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    It has a well-designed architecture and is a simple 3rd party application.
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    Pricing is expensive overall on an enterprise system, but we consider that it gives corresponding value to the product. It becomes more expensive when more products are added to the main product. The… more »
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    It has been reported that the technology is tough to learn, and the service is expensive. The online supporting documentation could be better and offered in other languages, as Malaysian does not seem… more »
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    I think it depends on your use case. If your organization uses Microsoft Enterprise products, PowerApps will work better in your environment. Similarly, if you have a Salesforce integration in… more »
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    Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform is not easy or intuitive to deploy. The difficulty will be impacted by the type of application that you are trying to use the platform to build. Organizations that… more »
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    It works beautifully. I haven't had any errors.
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    Also Known As
    Oracle APEX
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    Overview

    Application Express enables users to design, develop and deploy beautiful, responsive, database-driven applications using only web browser. The Oracle Application Express engine runs directly in the Oracle Database and exploits the database's extraordinarily scalable and efficient architecture. Its framework provides numerous security features out-of-the-box and helps authenticate users using LDAP, Oracle Single-signon, Oracle Database credentials, or HTTP Header variable.

    The Salesforce1 Platform brings together Force.com, Heroku, and ExactTarget into one family of cloud services all built API first to help deliver apps that connect products, users, and next generation experiences. Designed for scale and speed, it provides a fast way to build apps with open APIs, back-end services, integration tools, starter templates as well as powerful developer environments; there's no limit to what you can build.
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    Sample Customers
    Hepart AG, pharmasol, SATLOG, Collège Bois-de-Boulogne
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    Top Industries
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    Government18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Computer Software Company40%
    Non Profit8%
    Recreational Facilities/Services Company4%
    Comms Service Provider4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Oracle Application Express (APEX) is ranked 7th in Rapid Application Development Software with 16 reviews while Salesforce Platform is ranked 4th in Rapid Application Development Software with 41 reviews. Oracle Application Express (APEX) is rated 8.2, while Salesforce Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Application Express (APEX) writes "Rapidly develop public-access applications that stay stable under load". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Salesforce Platform writes "Makes it easy to keep up with everything, close pending deals, and keep things organized". Oracle Application Express (APEX) is most compared with Microsoft PowerApps, Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service, Microsoft Azure App Service, OutSystems and Mendix, whereas Salesforce Platform is most compared with Microsoft Azure, ServiceNow, Microsoft PowerApps, Amazon AWS and Appian. See our Oracle Application Express (APEX) vs. Salesforce Platform report.

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