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"The solution offers good integration capabilities.""It's highly stable, and the redundancy is amazing. B2B Integrator also has a high availability option to work in a cluster environment. You rarely have issues operating it because of the HA.""I find the codeless communications, SFTP or FTP, valuable.""B2B Integrator is multi-platform, so it can be integrated with Windows, Unix, or whatever, and it can work with almost all programming languages. It can also transfer a lot of data in a short time. For instance, a system I recently implemented exchanges about 20 million files a day.""The technical support on offer through the portal is very helpful and responsive.""The most valuable features assist with understanding data formats and transforming data."

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"Mule ESB has a user-friendly design, and everything is in one place. The API and architecture are popular right now. Also, MuleSoft has a large and supportive online community.""The solution has a good graphical interface.""I like that Mule ESB provides fast and good technical support.""The most valuable feature is that it's programmer-friendly, so it's very easy to develop APIs.""This tool has exceptional API management and integration connectors in addition to multiple out of the box connectors.""The cloud and integration abilities are most useful allowing us to use applications such as Salesforce and DataWeave.""The most valuable feature for Mule is the number of connectors that are available.""Everything runs in Java, which is a useful feature."

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"The mapping, visibility, deployment, and the dashboard could be improved and updated. The communication logs are very poor. They are not easily understood, and we need to navigate to many places for many reasons. You can't just pull the information; it's very tough.""They do not have a solid partner ecosystem, and they do not have a clear roadmap for down the line; they're missing that clear roadmap.""The reporting features could be better. right now, they are lacking a bit.""Patching or upgrading the product is a bit of a nightmare. It would be nice if they removed the installation manager port. We find it complicates upgrading and patching a great deal.""The tool requires you to write a lot of code in Java and XSLT, which makes development tough.""The user interface is outdated. B2B Integrator was developed in the United States in the nineties, and the graphical user interface hasn't improved since. It's tough because you have to program the software in XML. Nowadays, other methods are easier to work with."

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"We would like the ability to use our own code. This would allow us to develop customizations with ease. Additionally, it would be nice to have more analytics or insights on the exchanged information between databases.""There are some issues with both stability and scalability.""Community editions need more attention.""In the next release, I would like to see improvement in the generator for the DataWeave language so that it's a little more graphic.""It's not easy to troubleshoot and we still can't make it work.""Lacking some connectors that could be included.""In order to meet the new trend of active metadata management, we need intelligent APIs that can retrieve new data designs and trigger actions over new findings without human intervention.""In an upcoming release, I would like to see more additional concept for exception handling, batch processing, and increased integration with other application."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay an annual fee based on the number of VPUs. It's fairly reasonable. We're in the middle of analyzing other products, and they're all pretty much in the same range."
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  • "The licensing is yearly, and there are additional fees for services."
  • "This product is cheaper than some offered by other vendors, although there is a problem because you have to pay for some third-party adapters."
  • "Most of the challenges that I had with this solution were for smaller customers. There is not a good licensing model or pricing model. It is more expensive than other solutions, and that's the downside of MuleSoft. I had to be creative to be able to sell it to the business, but we did. This is something they have to work on because for large companies, it's affordable, but for small and medium businesses, it's very hard to sell."
  • "This product is expensive, but it does offer value for money."
  • "I think the price is very high. If you use TIBCO BW, the license is for the CPU usage, then the IPS, and support. I also think the license for the product is a one-time expense."
  • "The price of the Mule ESB commercial version is expensive. However, they have a free community version."
  • "Mule ESB is a costly solution. We pay approximately $80,000 annually for the system. The cost of the number of instances, annual subscription, and cloud hosting services are expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features assist with understanding data formats and transforming data.
    Top Answer:There are multiple kinds of offerings. If the customer is going to deploy on-premises, we have a perpetual license. If the customer is going to use the solution like a software as a service cloud… more »
    Top Answer:The tool requires you to write a lot of code in Java and XSLT, which makes development tough. There are other tools such as Dell Boomi that do not need as much coding. The initial setup can be made a… more »
    Top Answer:I was previously part of the Oracle SOA/OSB development team. In my current capacity I architected solutions using MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes and on PCE/RTF on… more »
    Top Answer:Our team ran a comparison of IBM’s Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB in order to determine what sort of ESB software was the best fit for our organization. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM Integration… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Mule ESB are its ease of use, documentation, ease to adapt to newer security and vulnerabilities, and a lot of help available. Additionally, there is a lot of… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, Sterling Gentran Integration Suite
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    IBM B2B Integrator helps you securely integrate complex B2B processes with your partner communities. It provides a single, flexible B2B gateway that enables your organization to meet a wide range of B2B integration needs. The solution can improve business processes beyond enterprise boundaries and increase visibility into and across supply and demand chains.

    For companies looking to modernize and unlock the value of existing on-premises systems and applications, an enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture serves as a critical foundation layer for SOA. When deployed as an ESB, the Mule runtime engine of Anypoint Platform combines the power of data and application integration across legacy systems and SaaS applications, with a seamless path to the other capabilities of Anypoint Platform and the full power of API-led connectivity.
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    Sample Customers
    Bonnie Plants, Toshiba Europe, Florida Hospital
    Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Transportation Company14%
    Logistics Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
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    IBM B2B Integrator is ranked 4th in Business-to-Business Middleware with 7 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 19 reviews. IBM B2B Integrator is rated 8.0, while Mule ESB is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM B2B Integrator writes "Great technical support with excellent integration capabilities and good scalability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mule ESB writes "Scaled easily, had good ROI and time to value, and didn't require taking care of the infrastructure". IBM B2B Integrator is most compared with SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite, IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services, SAP Process Orchestration, Mule Anypoint Platform and SPS Commerce Fulfillment (EDI), whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite.

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