IBM App Connect vs TIBCO BusinessWorks comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM App Connect and TIBCO BusinessWorks based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud Data Integration solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed IBM App Connect vs. TIBCO BusinessWorks Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"The solution is fast and supports Open UI 3.0 certification.""Very scalable, flexible, and user-friendly.""The most valuable feature is the security.""When using IBM stacks, IBM App Connect is suitable and integrates well with other IBM products like WebSphere.""Provides good security features.""It's stable to use, connect with the cloud, and to deploy.""It's a powerful application for collaboration. It has many features for customization and integration.""Technical support is good."

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"Good performance and reliability.""It is a seamless and sophisticated tool.""One of the most valuable features is that it's a simple development. It takes a short time to get services to work.""Areas for improvement would be the cloud fitness of the product and the ease of migrating to newer versions.""One of the most valuable features is data transformation. We have some legacy systems which are in old technology, like SOAP, whereas the new ones are in REST. So we use BusinessWorks to transform data from one format to another, from SOAP to REST.""The high availability, tolerance, and load balancing features are top-notch. Its scalability features are also pretty cool.""It is very stable. It is a market leader, and it has connectors to many of the legacy systems. It also has enterprise cloud connectors.""Good TIBCO BusinessWorks features are the admin console and the ability to roll back to the previous version."

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"The interface could be better.""Plugins for the repositories are difficult to find.""The addition of string functionality would be a benefit, particularly in the ESQL space that IBM already uses internally.""Updates are constantly delayed.""IBM App Connect is scalable. From the administration side, they need to improve the RBAC model, as well as the clustering of this product. It will be good if we can start up the cluster, via IBM Connect Console. Some other products like MuleSoft, are providing this type of administration. MuleSoft is easy to use and user friendly.""They reply in one or two hours at most, but they could be better.""In the next release, I would like to get some quality connectors.""The installation of containers could be simplified, as it currently requires a senior-level installer."

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"Scaling with the solution is costly because if we need to scale up, we have to buy more memory. That means more money. Solutions like Camel or Pulsar come with built-in options to scale horizontally, vertically, region-wide or country-wide.""Could be more user friendly in the development area.""This solution's cloud could be improved. I don't know whether it was because we didn't have the internal expertise or if it was the product itself, but since they came later—I think only two or three years into the cloud—after many other iPaaS that had been in the cloud for longer, I feel that maybe they haven't matured in terms of the cloud.""There are multiple plugins which increase the number of product installations.""TIBCO BusinessWorks could be improved with cloud support.""Cloud fitness is lacking""Its price can be improved. For medium enterprises, it is a very expensive tool. In the market, you won't get many resources for this solution. You won't find many developers in the market very easily. The latest version of TIBCO (6.4 or 6.x) is not very stable. It has got many issues. We have raised this with TIBCO, and they are taking a lot of time to come up with a fix, which is making us move away from this product. Some of the performance-tuning aspects are also missing in version 6. They should provide performance-related fixes, which will be helpful for the customers. If you are migrating from the current version to the container-supported version, it is quite expensive. The product has evolved, but it is very pricey. That's one of the challenges. They have provided all the features that are there in other products, but this is a platform upgrade. The platform has completely been changed from 5.x to 6.x, and we can't use the same environment. We can't run both versions on the same server as VM. The development environment is entirely different. In version 5.x, there was a proprietary designer. Now, it has common plug-ins developed on top of Eclipse.""The Business Studio tool can be improved, which is the tool for designing the processes. Improving the Business Studio tool will make this solution more stable. It has a steep learning curve, and it is pretty tough to learn."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price could be better."
  • "The licensing cost for IBM App Connect is very high."
  • "The cost depends upon the consumer."
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  • "It is a bit expensive for medium-sized companies. If you are migrating from the current version to the container-supported version, it is quite expensive. The existing licensing will not work because the product platform itself is different."
  • "Its price policy has changed quite a lot in the last two years. It was extremely expensive previously. Nowadays, you can buy a license for BusinessWorks for €2000. Looking at what you get in return in terms of support, TIBCO community, and stability, it is fairly reasonable. It is not too expensive."
  • "I think BusinessWorks is more expensive compared to other products. We have the ELA, so at least we have some sort of bargain or discount with that. But for a start-up, it's very expensive compared to other ESBs."
  • "Licensing scheme is too rigid"
  • "I don't have the prices of the products, but I know that TIBCO is not a cheap solution. I think that this solution is more suitable for large companies because I don't think that small- or medium-sized companies would have the money for this solution. WSO2 has the community version for free, so many of the smaller companies can use it. I'm not sure what the prices are for support, though, so I suppose the support for WSO2 is not cheap either."
  • "The solution is too expensive. It's one of the most expensive solutions out there, particularly because there are so many open-source competitors on the market. I don't know the exact numbers, however."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The pricing could be better. Licensing is on a yearly basis.
    Top Answer:This solution is used as the integration hub between the internal application of any enterprise.
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether TIBCO BusinessWorks or Mule Anypoint platform integration and connectivity software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Mule… more »
    Top Answer:The high availability, tolerance, and load balancing features are top-notch. Its scalability features are also pretty cool.
    Top Answer:Its price policy has changed quite a lot in the last two years. It was extremely expensive previously. Nowadays, you can buy a license for BusinessWorks for €2000. Looking at what you get in return in… more »
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    Rapidly connect public clouds, private clouds and on-premises application

    App Connect Professional is IBM’s cloud integration offering which delivers an integration solution
    • With ease-of-use, flexibility and increased responsiveness to the evolving business needs, while removing the daunting complexities of integration.
    • Provides the powerful combination of a ‘simple integration experience’ for business users looking to automate how their applications talk to each other; coupled with a ‘configuration based integration’ approach for IT.
    • App Connect Professional is for the teams and integration developers who need to solve more complex problems and need powerful tooling for integration scenarios

    TIBCO BusinessWorks allows to connect applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud, providing proven reliability and scalability, out-of-the-box. With a drag-and-drop graphical development environment, TIBCO BusinessWorks eliminates the pain and cost of point-to-point application integration, connecting and unifying business processes across applications, data sources, and APIs, with access to real-time data across all your platforms.
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    Sample Customers
    United Way of Allegheny County, Saint-Gobain CPS, Ricoh, SunTrust Banks Inc.
    Euler Hermes, QSuper, Scandinavian Airlines
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Financial Services Firm46%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Consumer Goods Company8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM App Connect vs. TIBCO BusinessWorks
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM App Connect vs. TIBCO BusinessWorks and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM App Connect is ranked 11th in Cloud Data Integration with 8 reviews while TIBCO BusinessWorks is ranked 14th in Data Integration Tools with 8 reviews. IBM App Connect is rated 8.6, while TIBCO BusinessWorks is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM App Connect writes "Very flexible and user-friendly; embeds with other technologies; no dependency on queue manager". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO BusinessWorks writes "Useful features, but needs monitoring and cloud improvements". IBM App Connect is most compared with IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, Mule Anypoint Platform, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, SAP Process Orchestration and Oracle Integration Cloud Service, whereas TIBCO BusinessWorks is most compared with Mule Anypoint Platform, Spring Cloud Data Flow, webMethods Integration Server, Boomi AtomSphere Integration and TIBCO Spotfire. See our IBM App Connect vs. TIBCO BusinessWorks report.

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