That’s one of the myths you hear quite often when you want to use Oracle Application Express to create bigger applications. But what is the reality? Just have a look at the new Oracle Shop. Phase II just did go-live and includes now almost all the products Oracle offers.
The shop is a good example of an Oracle APEX application and uses a lot of features APEX provides out-of-the-box. Like Interactive Reports, multi-language support (the shop is available in four languages), web service integration (to verify credit cards) and a nice user interface which has been exactly done as the graphic artists defined it. The shop also integrates with our back office Application Suite for further order processing.
If this new public shop application isn’t a mission critical application for Oracle – hey it’s about the money! – then I wouldn’t know what a mission critical application is!
But is just Oracle betting there money on APEX? Have a look at this presentation done by Dietmar Aust where he showcases an ordering solution for the shops of T-Punkt (subsidiary of German Telecom) which is used by about 3.500 employees and generates more than 25.000 orders a day.
I’m sure there are many more APEX applications out there which are used for mission critical tasks in companies which I’m just not aware of. But the next time when you hear this myth, just refer this person to this posting to shorten the discussion!