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"The best aspect of the solution is that we can have everything integrated with a rather large capacity in order to personalize and configure specific rules.""The reporting feature is quite good.""The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective.""The most valuable features are load balancing and WAF."

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"IBM's deployment box is one huge black box. We can create all the services with our own code or without a codebase, however, we have a huge amount of space with practically no limitation.""The most valuable features are the integration capabilities - BPM can connect with almost any legacy or advanced system.""IBM BPM is both scalable and stable.""This solution has always been lacking in the user interface (UI), it needed to be improved a lot. However, from the acquisition of Spark UI, the UI is much better. Overall the solution is robust and has the ability to integrate with any product for complex workflows.""This is one of the best tools to support the business and the way we work, and the numerous processes we need to implement.""It has an elaborated way to explore the IBM BPM processes.""The solution offers great notifications.""IBM BPM is equipped with all the functionalities which are needed for building BPM enterprise-level applications."

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"I had trouble with high availability deployment in my environment.""They could use YAML or JSON if they wanted to make it a little bit easier for us.""Integration with VAS is something that they need to work on.""The solution should improve pricing. It's expensive in comparison to other American solutions."

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"We are a government organization, and we are the largest government power sector in India. We generate around 30% of power in India. Therefore, our processes are quite complex. Although IBM BPM is a low-code or no-code software, if you want to have extremely complex workflows, just the business process diagrams are not helpful in creating those workflows. While implementing complex workflows, only the process flow diagrams did not help us. We had to write a lot of Java scripts and Java queries to achieve what we wanted. Its integration capabilities with the SAP environment have to be improved. At present, we are only talking at the web services environment level. Its price also needs to be improved. It is currently expensive. Previously, Active Directory required a heterogeneous environment, but now they want a homogeneous environment. We had onboarded employees through Microsoft Active Directory, and now I have to implement Microsoft AD only from the cloud for my vendors.""The price and the overall installation process could be improved.""Could increase vulnerability and security patches to make it more robust.""You must have good experience to work with it. It is not that easy. Its installation is complex, especially in the new version for business automation, and it could be improved. It has a safety application embedded inside it, and you need to do a lot of configuration to install it. I have been working for two days to resolve an issue.""Importing and exporting between multiple environments is more difficult with other tools.""IBM BPM integrated with Spark UI and the UI is now much better, but they still need to improve the UI because competitors have predefined templates and other additional features. In these competitor's solutions, you are able to use the templates, map your data, and the form is ready to use. With this solution, you need to write a lot of code to have the same quality as the competitor's templates. It would be a benefit to make this platform more towards low-code or no-code.""The configuration is not that easy, and the initial deployment took three months.""Some of the features are not enough for my business. We need to build custom user management for the many end users affected by BPM."

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  • "Its price is on the higher side, and it can be improved. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
  • "IBM could improve the price. It is far too expensive."
  • "I wish it was less expensive. I don't know why their pricing model is so high for a piece of software that could benefit so many. It just seems to me that they could have a lower cost, maybe with fewer features or whatever, but it should be possible to do a lower cost workflow software that uses the same interface and underlying engine but does not cost so much that you have to be a Fortune 50 company to buy it. It is annoying to me. There are a lot of solutions that IBM has that are really powerful but nobody can afford them. They know their business, but I still feel that there are a lot of customers who would benefit from this sort of thing. I don't know what this elitism is all about. I am sure they have people doing the money numbers, but it seems like you can make a lot more money by selling it to way more people for a little bit less."
  • "When considering the features of the solution the price is expensive compared to competitors."
  • "It's expensive. All software is always extremely high. The manufacturing cost that we have compared to the selling cost, it's not like you're building a house or building a car. But putting that aside, considering that it's expensive, it's a lot of money. If you compare it with some of the other alternatives in the market, it's a similar price. For instance, if you compare it with Pegasystems, it's a similar price."
  • "The price of the solution is fair for an enterprise solution that has both cloud and on-premise deployments and when comparing to competitors. Recently IBM has introduced Cloud Pak which allows for more flexible licensing options for automation and other features."
  • "Licensing is managed by the client, but we know it is yearly. Camunda is relatively cheaper. There is not much difference in pricing of IBM and PEGA. For large licensing, there are discounts as well."
  • "I already compared some solutions related to business process management, and I saw that the cost of IBM BPM is more expensive compared with that of Camunda, for example."
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    We had a yearly license. I believe that if the license were cheaper, it would have a greater impact.
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere Lombardi Edition, IBM Business Process Manager, IBM WebSphere Process Server
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    Overview

    F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management provides a unified point of visibility and control for the entire F5 portfolio, ensuring administrators remain aware on the pulse of F5 devices, modules, and licenses and enabling them to deliver optimal application availability, performance, and security.

    BIG-IQ manages policies,licenses, SSL certificates, BIG-IP images, and configurations for F5 appliances and for the following BIG-IP moduals across hardware and virtual editions:

    • BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM)
    • F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall™ (WAF)
    • BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager™ (AFM)
    • F5 SSL Orchestrator®
    • F5 DDoS Hybrid Defender®
    • BIG-IP Access Policy Manager® (APM)
    • F5 Secure Web Gateway Services
    • BIG-IP DNS
    IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program harnesses complexity in a simple environment to better meet customer needs.
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    Barclays, EmeriCon, Banca Popolare di Milano, CST Consulting, KeyBank, KPMG, Prolifics, Sandhata Technologies Ltd., State of Alaska, Humana S.A., Saperion, esciris, Banco Espirito Santo
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm59%
    Insurance Company15%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IQ vs. IBM BPM and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    F5 BIG-IQ is ranked 14th in Process Automation with 4 reviews while IBM BPM is ranked 4th in Process Automation with 27 reviews. F5 BIG-IQ is rated 7.0, while IBM BPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of F5 BIG-IQ writes "Easy to manage, saves time and offers good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM BPM writes "A very stable and powerful tool for handling lots of concurrent users, but it is expensive, and the Eclipse-based tool has performance issues when you have a lot of developers". F5 BIG-IQ is most compared with ServiceNow Orchestration, whereas IBM BPM is most compared with IBM Business Automation Workflow, Camunda Platform, Pega BPM, Apache Airflow and Appian. See our F5 BIG-IQ vs. IBM BPM report.

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