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We performed a comparison between IBM Integration Bus and IBM WebSphere Message Broker based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features of the IBM Integration Bus are the flexibility to easily integrate with other solutions, such as SAP or any other vendors.""It aligns well with containerized environments, which increases its scalability and high availability.""It's easy to develop things, and it's easy to handle.""One of the most valuable features is App Connect Enterprise makes it possible to deploy it in the OpenShift cluster, which is very good. Overall the solution is very flexible.""I am into microservices using Java Spring Boot, but if we are using legacy systems, IBM Integration Bus is very good for them. They have their own computational logic called EC12, their own proprietary language. You can do any kind of complex logic and can implement other ESVs that I have seen.""The most valuable feature is the security.""The message queue feature is very valuable.""The stability is mostly pretty good."

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"Straightforward development and deployment.""Message Broker is valuable because most of the applications are using MQ. Even in my current engagement, the few applications which I audit to onboard the bank are using MQ."

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"The performance needs to be enhanced when working with the Toolkit.""Its documentation is currently lacking. We have different environments where we use our configuration services, but we are not able to find documentation about how to deploy the local code to the server and how to set it up on a server level. I would like more documents from IBM that explain which variables should be in your machine while building a project, and when you deploy the code into the server, what should be their values. There are some variable values. I could not find such documentation. While working on a project, I developed the code on a local machine, and while deploying the code to our test environment, I made a couple of mistakes. We had to change some values at the server level, but we couldn't find any documentation regarding this, which made the task difficult.""The version of the technology and current knowledge is a bit outdated.""Storage capacity of the product should be addressed.""It provides all the features that are required for day-to-day work. So far, I haven't seen any major issues that impact our work. I have been told that IBM App Connect Enterprise, which is the next version of IIB, is really good. It is better than IIB, and it gives you more coverage in terms of application integration.""IBM Integration Bus could be easier to manage, but this is true of all vendors. It doesn't always do what it says on the box.""The memory footprint should be minimized.""I would like to be able to build an Integration Bus cluster that is active-active."

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"There is some lag in the GUI. There have been some performance issues and maybe it's because of the application data.""Today I probably wouldn't go for Message Broker because of the cost structure, support, and the whole ecosystem around IBM."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The solution requires a license and is very expensive here in India."
  • "The pricing could be improved to make it more competitive."
  • "The price of the license could be cheaper."
  • "The maintenance and support of the product are very expensive."
  • "IBM Integration Bus itself is prices fair but App-Connect is a bit expensive which we use in conjunction with it."
  • "IBM provides a quite complicated licensing model."
  • "I generally do not get involved in the licensing or pricing because I'm a hardcore technical guy, but I'm aware of the fact that IBM is highly expensive, so not everybody can afford it. All the products are licensed."
  • "It is not cheap. It has its cost. It is one of the high-cost solutions."
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    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 message queue feature is very valuable.
    Top Answer:I'm using this tool for my application. We configure it according to my application. For any new applications that are being onboarded, we engage this tool so that they interconnect and the datas are… more »
    Top Answer:I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. My advice is to make use of the tool 100%. I have seen many people who aren't using it properly. There's a lot more to configure and monitor. I see they use 60%… more »
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    IBM Integration Bus is a market-leading software solution for application integration. It facilitates universal connectivity across enterprise systems, applications, and data, and offers a full range of integration capabilities on a flexible, secure, high-performance platform. You can use IBM Integration Bus to connect apps regardless of the communication formats or protocols they support. This connectivity enables interaction and data exchange among your varied applications in an adaptable, dynamic, and extensible infrastructure. IBM Integration Bus routes, transforms, and enriches messages from one location to another. It offers support for a wide range of functions, including routing, manipulating, filtering, enriching, monitoring, distribution, collection, correlation, and detection.

    You can choose between IBM Integration Bus Advanced Edition, which is appropriate for a production setting, and IBM Integration Bus for Developers (Developer Edition), which is cost-free for development and testing purposes.

    The interactions with IBM Integration Bus can be split into two categories:

    1. Development, testing, and deployment of applications. To program your applications, you can choose from one or more of the available options:
      • Patterns offer reusable solutions that distill a tried-and-true strategy for resolving a typical architecture, design, or deployment task in a specific context. You can use them as-is or tweak them to meet your needs.
      • Message flows describe your application's connectivity logic, which specifies the precise route your data takes in the integration node and, consequently, the processing that the message nodes in that flow perform on it.
      • Message nodes contain the integration logic that must be applied to your data when it passes through your integration node.
      • Message trees describe data in an efficient, format-independent manner. Many of the included nodes allow you to study and edit the contents of message trees, and you can add additional nodes to your own design.
      • You can implement transformations using graphical mapping, JavaTM, ESQL, and XSL, and choose based on the expertise of your workforce without having to provide retraining.
    2. Operational management and performance. The following features of IBM Integration Bus support your deployment's management and performance:
      • A wide range of administrative and system management choices for developed solutions.
      • Support for a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems.
      • A scalable, high-performing architecture built on the needs of traditional transaction processing environments.
      • Tight integration with software solutions from IBM and other suppliers that provide similar management and networking services.

    IBM Integration Bus Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing IBM Integration Bus. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Use the platform’s powerful capabilities to handle various integration requirements to meet the demands of any size project.
    • Help your entire organization make better business decisions by offering quick access, visibility, and control over data as it moves through your business applications and systems.
    • Connect using a variety of diverse applications and web services, eliminating the requirement for complex point-to-point connectivity.
    • To make the most of your existing Microsoft.NET expertise and software investment, use the extended support for Microsoft applications and services.
    • Provide a standardized, simple, and flexible integration base to allow you to more quickly and effectively serve business needs and scale.

    Reviews from Real Users

    IBM Integration Bus stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its robust data enrichment and its event correlation tool. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Richard W., Chief Executive Officer at Responsiv, writes of the solution, “It reduces the need for programmers of consumer applications to understand where data is sourced, or how it is combined. It allows us to avoid the need for consumers to understand multiple API protocols and security arrangements, and in some circumstances can reduce the impact of systems being unavailable.

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, an Integration Architect at a tech services company, notes, “One of the most valuable features is how seamless and easy to use this solution is. It's compatible with the cloud, it's a very seamless and fantastic tool.” He adds, “I rate this solution a nine out of ten.”

    WebSphere Message Broker is an enterprise service bus (ESB) providing connectivity and universal data transformation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and non-SOA environments. It allows businesses of any size to eliminate point-to-point connections and batch processing regardless of platform, protocol or data format.
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    Sample Customers
    Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks
    WestJet, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Sharp Corporation, Michelin Tire
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm53%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company8%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Company Size
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Integration Bus vs. IBM WebSphere Message Broker
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. IBM WebSphere Message Broker and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM Integration Bus is ranked 3rd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 27 reviews while IBM WebSphere Message Broker is ranked 11th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 2 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 7.8, while IBM WebSphere Message Broker is rated 6.0. The top reviewer of IBM Integration Bus writes "Good integration capabilities with an easy-to-learn language but is very expensive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Message Broker writes "For new applications that are being onboarded, we engage this tool so the data can flow as required but there's some lag in the GUI". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM DataPower Gateway, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus, whereas IBM WebSphere Message Broker is most compared with webMethods Integration Server, IBM BPM, Mule ESB, IIS and IBM DataPower Gateway. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. IBM WebSphere Message Broker report.

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