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We performed a comparison between Mule ESB 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 Mule ESB vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus report (Updated: September 2022).
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The solution improved my company by modernizing the way we offer services and improving the user experience.""The solution offers multiple deployment options.""Everything runs in Java, which is a useful feature.""I'm not using ESB directly. It is the integration layer, so it's running under the hood. However, the conversion and transformation performance is excellent. Anypoint Enterprise Security is also solid.""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.""Mule ESB is a very easy-to-use and user-friendly solution.""The solution has a good graphical interface.""The solution doesn't require much code writing and we can develop APIs very easily."

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"The technology is really easy to learn.""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""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 most attractive and beneficial feature is the ease of development.""It's very stable and reliable."

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Cons
"The price of Mule ESB could improve.""In an upcoming release, I would like to see more additional concept for exception handling, batch processing, and increased integration with other application.""From the product perspective, it was sometimes hard to manage the dependencies. When we had to add dependencies on a couple of different packages, it was sometimes confusing. It was hard to update them with Anypoint Studio, as well as with MuleSoft. There were challenges with that. So, that's one of the areas that could be improved.""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.""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.""There are limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""The current version will not be supported for much longer.""There are some issues with both stability and scalability."

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"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.""Issues with the support, the fees, and the termination of the professional services are reasons we are looking for other solutions.""We'd like to see improvements in product support.""The stability of their latest version is not on par with their classic version 5.X.""The solution is very expensive when you use multiple components, it would b better if this could be reduced."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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: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.
    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
    ActiveMatrix Service Bus
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    Overview
    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.
    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
    Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
    Colonial Life, CTBC Bank, New World Mobility, QUALCOMM, Swisscom Mobile, T-Mobile USA, Tata Teleservices, Telecom Italia
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Mule ESB vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Mule ESB vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Mule ESB is ranked 2nd in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 18 reviews while TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is ranked 9th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 5 reviews. Mule ESB is rated 8.4, while TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is rated 7.4. 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". 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". Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and Mule Anypoint Platform, whereas TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, Red Hat Fuse, Oracle Service Bus, webMethods Integration Server and IBM DataPower Gateway. See our Mule ESB vs. TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus report.

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