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We performed a comparison between IBM Integration Bus and TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus 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.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Integration Bus vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus report (Updated: September 2022).
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"Content is easily infiltrated in the eclipse infrastructure.""It aligns well with containerized environments, which increases its scalability and high availability.""It makes the communication between multiple and heterogeneous applications so easy. We can bring together different messages and applications from different platforms and connect them through IBM Integration Bus.""The most valuable feature is the API integration.""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.""I have found the inbound and outbound adapter confirmations valuable.""IBM Integration Bus is flexible, easy to use, and easy to configure.""I use the integration of Kafka and the message flow, which is really good. It is also good for moving any file from one location to another. Using IBM Integration Bus in the data stage is pretty simple. You can see the preview and other things. The MQ server integrated with IBM Integration Bus is really great. I don't have to do a lot of configuration from that side. It is really good."

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"It is easy to develop. It has a very wide range of features. The older versions are very stable, and there are no issues with the product.""The technology is really easy to learn.""It's very stable and reliable.""The GUI and IDE features of this solution are easy to work with and to develop. We find application management easy using this solution. It is a stable product""The most attractive and beneficial feature is the ease of development."

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"Storage capacity of the product should be addressed.""I would like to be able to build an Integration Bus cluster that is active-active.""Some of the runtime properties need to be improved because if you want to load certificates as sales security, you have to restart the server.""The tracing and debugging features are not up to date with more modern technology available.""I think security should be more simplified.""I don't mind the pricing.""I would rate the support from IBM Integration Bus a seven out of ten. They are very helpful but sometimes it takes too long for them to respond.""They need to come up with Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). It should also have a feature for integrating with those applications that are on the cloud."

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"We'd like to see improvements in product support.""The intermediate version that we are using has stability issues. These stability issues should be resolved, but it seems like TIBCO is not focusing on resolving these issues. The resolution timelines are quite high even for high-priority incidents. Its price should be lower. Its licensing cost is considerably high as compared to other ESBs.""The solution is very expensive when you use multiple components, it would b better if this could be reduced.""Issues with the support, the fees, and the termination of the professional services are reasons we are looking for other solutions.""The stability of their latest version is not on par with their classic version 5.X."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of this product could be lower."
  • "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."
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  • "The price is on the higher side. For the same price, if I go to the previous version, I would have got a lot more capacity with similar kinds of features."
  • "Its licensing cost is considerably high as compared to other ESBs."
  • "The biggest issue disadvantage of TIBCO is that it is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 thing is the loose coupling and making the change in only one stack of the ESB layer or the middleware layer.
    Top Answer:It is easy to develop. It has a very wide range of features. The older versions are very stable, and there are no issues with the product.
    Top Answer:Its licensing cost is considerably high as compared to other ESBs.
    Top Answer:The intermediate version that we are using has stability issues. These stability issues should be resolved, but it seems like TIBCO is not focusing on resolving these issues. The resolution timelines… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM WebSphere ESB
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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.”

    TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is a platform for developing, deploying, and managing applications that conform to a service-oriented architecture. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is a lightweight enterprise service bus that helps organizations bridge the mediation gap in their SOA infrastructure. It reduces complexity and increases flexibility and reuse by replacing hard-coded service dependencies with configuration, and can be used to onboard services from a third-party environment or a TIBCO-based infrastructure. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus provides service mediation capabilities to the TIBCO ActiveMatrix SOA platform. Service mediation allows you to adapt to changing requirements for developing mediation flows.
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    Sample Customers
    Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks
    Colonial Life, CTBC Bank, New World Mobility, QUALCOMM, Swisscom Mobile, T-Mobile USA, Tata Teleservices, Telecom Italia
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm51%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Integration Bus vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    IBM Integration Bus is ranked 3rd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 31 reviews while TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is ranked 9th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 5 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 7.6, while TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is rated 7.4. 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 TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus writes "Easy to learn and easy to deploy, but the support and and the pricing need improvement". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM DataPower Gateway, Oracle Service Bus and webMethods Integration Server, whereas TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, Red Hat Fuse, Oracle Service Bus, webMethods Integration Server and IBM DataPower Gateway. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus report.

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