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"The solution is extremely scalable.""We are able to monitor all B2B messages, and we are able to see or track each message on it from an error perspective. That's a good side of it. It is working well, and we're able to do our current job.""They have best-in-class, quality support."

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"It is easily deployable and manageable. It has microservices-based architecture, which means that you can deploy the solution based on your needs, and you can manage the solution very easily.""The most valuable feature is that it's programmer-friendly, so it's very easy to develop APIs.""The solution has a good graphical interface.""It was pretty fast to develop APIs on this platform, which is something I liked about it. So, the time to value was pretty good.""I like that Mule ESB provides fast and good technical support.""The most valuable feature for Mule is the number of connectors that are available.""What Mule provides out-of-box is a sufficient product.""The transformation and the data format are the features that I like the most."

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"Onboarding on the solution is complex. It's hard to onboard partners and customer suppliers. It's one aspect that is not that straightforward.""They can improve APIs because they are still lagging behind in API connectivity. With non-API connectivity, they're market leaders, but API connectivity, they're still in the immature space.""It can be now classified as a legacy system because there are no more updates. From what I know, there will be no updates for the current version, which is an issue. Therefore, we are looking for a compatible new software that we can use. We're currently researching what is there in the market. We would consider something that would give us better speed on our current processor. There is also room for improvement in terms of its scalability and GUI. It is an old system, and its scalability can be improved. Its GUI can also be more appealing."

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"Mule ESB could be more user-friendly. I think users must learn about the architecture before they start coding. The price could be better. In the next release, I would like to see an EDIFACT integration.""The price of Mule ESB could improve.""The current version will not be supported for much longer.""It's not easy to troubleshoot and we still can't make it work.""MuleSoft is not so strong in method-based integration, so they're not so functional in that regard.""It should have some amount of logging.""There are limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""Community editions need more attention."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing is a little bit on the higher side because they give you the best support. Out of ten, I would rate pricing at seven or eight."
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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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    Top Answer:Pricing is a little bit on the higher side because they give you the best support. Out of ten, I would rate pricing at seven or eight.
    Top Answer:They can improve APIs because they are still lagging behind in API connectivity. With non-API connectivity, they're market leaders, but API connectivity, they're still in the immature space.
    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:Mule ESB is a very easy-to-use and user-friendly solution.
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    Overview

    IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services are designed to alleviate the burden on internal resources by providing secure connectivity and collaboration with your customers, suppliers, and business partners. The solution is built on the cloud-based B2B integration and visibility capabilities of IBM Sterling B2B Collaboration Network and provides comprehensive service offerings for partner onboarding, B2B process management, and trading partner support.

    • Facilitate growth by rapidly growing and adapting your B2B community without burdening internal resources and capital
    • Reduce B2B total cost of ownership by reducing the cost and increasing the reliability of B2B operations

    Accelerate B2B collaboration with global customers and suppliers by leveraging our B2B expertise.

    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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    Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
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    IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services is ranked 5th in Business-to-Business Middleware with 3 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 18 reviews. IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services is rated 9.0, while Mule ESB is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services writes "Flexible and scalable with great pricing options". 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 Sterling B2B Integration Services is most compared with SAP Process Orchestration, IBM B2B Integrator, OpenText Trading Grid, SPS Commerce Fulfillment (EDI) and SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and OpenESB.

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