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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"I found all features valuable. There are a lot of connectors.""The most valuable feature is that it's robust and its time to market is very short.""The product is a user-customized tool so that you can adjust it to your specific needs pretty well with little trouble.""Content is easily infiltrated in the eclipse infrastructure.""Seamlessly integrates your different applications.""The most valuable feature is that it is clear and easy to learn.""The cost is pretty cheap, compared to what else is available in the market.""The interface is quite stable."

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"Operationally, I consider the solution to be quite good.""The solution has a very comprehensive and versatile set of connectors. I've been able to utilize it for multiple, different mechanisms. We do a lot of SaaS and we do have IoT devices and the solution is comprehensive in those areas.""It's a visual tool, so our transformations can be quickly implemented without a lot of fuss. The fact that we have an easy way to expose REST services is also very interesting. It offers the possibility to connect over GMS to synchronize message brokers.""The development is very fast. If you know what you're doing, you can develop something very easily and very fast.""We needed a tool that was able to orchestrate and help us configure our APIs so that we could maintain and see the heartbeat, traffic, trends, etc.""The most valuable feature is stability.""One [of the most valuable features] is the webMethods Designer. That helps our developers develop on their own. It's very intuitive for design. It helps our developers to speed the development of services for the integrations.""It's very flexible and a good platform to use."

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Cons
"We have come across many customer complaints about the excessive time it takes for IBM to provide customer and technical support.""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.""The tracing and debugging features are not up to date with more modern technology available.""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.""There are a couple of things I want improved, but I think they have already touched upon all those things in the most recent version. I'm not using the most recent version—I use a version older than the most recent—but I'm sure that if I looked into and explored it, I would see more support on the CI/CD and more support for unit testing automation. I've read that they released all these things in the new version of App Connect. Once I explore the new version of this tool, I'll probably have a better idea of suggested improvements.""Today, the IBM business rule engine, the DataPower is outside the Enterprise Service Bus. It's sold as a different feature or application. If it could be integrated, then it's able to handle a lot more of what we are doing now rather than just have a stateless ESB that you can't do much on, and a set of normal business rules.""It needs improvement in terms of technical support as well as in terms of integration of data mining. I am not convinced about many things in this solution, such as the conversion of the DFDL or copybook file, which is the conversion from a text file to XML. It is very complex. They should also provide more information about this solution in the IBM Knowledge Center. I can get a lot of information from the IBM Knowledge Center about DataStage, but I don't get that much information about IBM Integration Bus. There is hardly any information even on the internet and various channels such as YouTube. They can provide good step-by-step documentation based on a company's requirements. It would be really helpful. My company is mainly looking for data mining and communicating with multiple servers. IBM Integration Bus is good for communicating with multiple servers, but it needs improvement for XML conversion and data mining. We have a lot of old systems that use XML.""Storage capacity of the product should be addressed."

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"I would like to see the price improve.""The deployment should be simplified.""The price should be reduced to make it more affordable.""The solution has big instances when deployed under microservices or in a containerized platform. They need to improve that so that it is competitive with other integration solutions, like Redis and Kafka. Deployments under microservices with those solutions are much more lightweight, in the size of the runtime itself, compared with Software AG.""It would be nice if they had a change management system offering. We built our own deployer application because the one built into webMethods couldn't enforce change management rules. Integration into a change management system, along with the version control system, would be a good offering; it's something that they're lacking.""The installation process should be simplified for first time users and be made more user-friendly.""I would like to have a dashboard where I can see all of the communication between components and the configuration.""A while ago, they were hacked, and it took them a very long time to open their website again in order to download any service packs or any features. I don't know what they could do differently. I know that they were vulnerable, and there was some downtime, but because they were down, we were unable to download any potential service packs."

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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 pricing and licensing costs for webMethods are very high, which is the only reason that we might switch to another product."
  • "The vendor is flexible with respect to pricing."
  • "This is an expensive product and we may replace it with something more reasonably priced."
  • "It's a good deal for the money that we pay."
  • "Currently, the licensing solution for this product is pretty straightforward. The way that Software AG has moved in their licensing agreements is very understandable. It is very easy for you to see where things land. Like most vendors today, they are transaction based. Therefore, just having a good understanding of how many transactions that you are doing a year would be very wise. Luckily, there are opportunities to work with the vendor to get a good understanding of how many transactions you have and what is the right limit for you to fall under."
  • "Pricing is the number-one downfall. It's too expensive. They could make more money by dropping the price in half and getting more customers. It's the best product there is, but it's too expensive."
  • "I do think webMethods is coming under increasing pressure when it comes to their price-to-feature value proposition. It's probably the single biggest strategic risk they have. They're very expensive in their industry. They've been raising the price recently, especially when compared with their competitors."
  • "The price is a little bit high, especially regarding their support."
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    I found all features valuable. There are a lot of connectors.
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    It's a visual tool, so our transformations can be quickly implemented without a lot of fuss. The fact that we have an easy way to expose REST services is also very interesting. It offers the… more »
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    I don't think webMethods is the cheapest but I think the quality is worth it. But it's not cheap. We're satisfied with our choice and the price is not a reason to look for something else.
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    In terms of improvement, it would be better if it adapted quicker to open standards. It took a while for API specification before the last version was available. The spec of version two was rather… more »
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    Overview
    IBM Integration Bus is an enterprise integration engine that offers a fast, simple way for systems and applications to communicate with each other. As a result, it can help you achieve business value, reduce IT complexity and save money.

    The award-winning webMethods Integration Server, our Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), is a complete enterprise application integration solution. It's standards-based so it "speaks" any technology. You can integrate any technology from any vendor: ERP systems, databases, mainframes and legacy apps. SaaS platforms, Web services, JMS messaging systems and packaged apps.

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    Sample Customers
    Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks
    Fujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux, GTA, CosmosDirekt
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm52%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Government3%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Insurance Company12%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    IBM Integration Bus is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 29 reviews while webMethods Integration Server is ranked 1st in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 16 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 7.6, while webMethods Integration Server is rated 8.0. 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 webMethods Integration Server writes "Its single hybrid-integration platform makes it easy to troubleshoot and quickly resolve issues. Upgrades are complex". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM DataPower Gateway, Oracle Service Bus and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, whereas webMethods Integration Server is most compared with Mule ESB, SAP Process Orchestration, Mule Anypoint Platform, Oracle Service Bus and Azure Data Factory. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server report.

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