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We performed a comparison between Oracle Service Bus and webMethods Integration Server 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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"Monitoring feature that allows tracking of the web's UI development.""The communication between applications is already defined, which means that you don't have to redefine your service infrastructure at the lower level.""The routing and aggregation are the most valuable features. It's split and join.""We've been pleased with the level of technical support.""The solution is quite stable overall. We haven't witnessed any performance issues so far.""What I found most valuable in Oracle Service Bus is its time to market. It's excellent.""Overall it is a pretty good solution.""The interface is fine and the solution is quite robust."

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"webMethods Integration Server is an easy-to-use solution and does not require a lot of coding.""One of the most important features is that it gives you the possibility to do low-level integration. It provides a lot of features out of the box, and over the years, it has matured so much that any problem that is there in the market can be solved with this product. We can meet any requirements through customizations, transformations, or the logic that needs to be put in. Some of the other products struggle in this aspect. They cannot do things in a certain way, or they have a product limitation, whereas, with webMethods, I have never faced this kind of problem.""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.""It's very flexible and a good platform to use.""I like the stability of the webMethods Integration Server.""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.""One valuable feature is that it is event-driven, so when new data is available on the source it can be quickly processed and displayed. Integration is definitely another useful feature, and B2B is one area where webMethods has its own unique thing going, whereby we can do monitoring of transactions, monitoring of client onboarding, and so on.""Application integrations are offered out-of-the-box, and that is extremely important to us. This is one of the main use cases that we have for it. It is about 60 to 70 percent of the workload in our application today."

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"We have faced a problem with the heap memory side, but that is stable now.""Security needs to be more integrated.""Security features can be improved to better protect the server.""The interface console is very slow. Even in production, we need to increase the RAM or CPU. And even after that, the performance is still not good in production.""The inconvenient part about working with this product is that it's very heavy, requiring a lot of people and a lot of resources.""The pricing of the product could be better. It's a bit high.""It would be ideal if they could optimize it a bit.""An area for improvement in Oracle Service Bus is the roadmap for its product launch. Currently, it's unclear, so Oracle should develop a roadmap for version 12c, so people can see what's coming out of that version of Oracle Service Bus. Cloud hosting is an additional feature I'd like to see in the next release of Oracle Service Bus."

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"The Software AG Designer could be more memory-efficient or CPU-efficient so that we can use it with middle-spec hardware.""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 quick.""The certifications and learning resources are not exposed openly enough. For instance, they have a trial version which comes with only a few basic features, and I think that community-wise they need to offer more free or open spaces where developers can feel encouraged to experiment.""Support is expensive.""There should be better logging, or a better dashboard, to allow you to see see the logs of the services.""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.""We'd like for them to open up to a more cloud-based solution that could offer more flexibility and maybe a better rules engine or more integration with rules engines.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is a very expensive product and the price varies depending on factors such as the number of processors and the number of users. Our licensing fees are approximately $300,000."
  • "We have an unlimited yearly license."
  • "I'm not aware of how much Oracle Service Bus costs."
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  • "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."
  • "I would like to see better pricing for the license."
  • "With our current licensing, it's very easy for us to scale. With our older licensing model, it was very hard. This is definitely something that I would highlight."
  • "I signed a three-year deal with them. It is a yearly locked-in price for the next three years."
  • "There are no hidden costs in addition to the standard licensing fees for webMethods. For corporate organizations, it's a very cheap or fairly priced product, but for growing or small businesses, it's quite expensive. These businesses would probably need to consider an enterprise services bus at some point. Thus, from a pricing point, it closes out non-cooperate businesses."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I like the ease of deployment and the ease of implementation.
    Top Answer:The licensing process needs to be simplified. It's confusing and tedious. It's very hard to get concrete details out of Oracle in a timely manner. It would be ideal if they could be more exact and… more »
    Top Answer:What I like most about Oracle Service Bus is that you can use it for many integrations. For example, you can use it for on-premises to on-premises integrations, on-premises to cloud integrations, and… more »
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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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    Oracle Service Bus transforms complex and brittle architectures into agile integration networks by connecting, virtualizing, and managing interactions between services and applications. Oracle Service Bus delivers low-cost, standards-based integration for mission critical SOA environments where extreme performance, scalability and reliability are critical requirements.

    Oracle Service Bus enables companies to use the values of their enterprise applications portfolio. From on-premise, to the cloud to mobile devices, Service Bus allows companies to leverage their existing investments in new ways by extending the performance and scalability leadership of Oracle SOA and API Management.

    webMethods Integration Server is widely considered to be the best integration server available in the marketplace today. The solution can help users integrate everything and anything.

    webMethods Integration Server allows organizations to display and integrate existing and new business activities. The solution offers components that help users create, test, and install new services. webMethods Integration Server can automate, organize, and construct various gathered services and traditional legacy systems into productive value-added processes. webMethods Integration Server works as a secure platform for distributing and running services. The solution obtains and translates user requests, recognizes and records the requested service, translates and moves the data in the necessary format, receives the information back, and returns the information to the user in the appropriate original format. webMethods is the primary solution used by enterprise organizations for integrating functional coordination with application servers, custom applications, and databases. webMethods makes it easy for enterprise organizations to share electronic documents seamlessly.

    Users have several options to audit webMethods Integration Server processes using some of the component metrics below:

    • Adapters: Using the SOA extension for webMethods, users can easily monitor the performance of every adapter users have deployed. Available metrics include Adapter Services, Adapter Connection Pools, and Adapter Notifications nodes.

    • Business Processes: A business process is a process that uses a specific set of rules to perform tasks in a prescribed order. Many business processes depend on the successful integration of numerous systems, involving many people in varying roles. With the SOA extension for webMethods, users can easily monitor that workflow, ensuring that processes are being performed as defined.

    • Java Services: This includes services created in Java or in languages coordinated with Java.

    • WebServices: This includes services regarding webserver endpoints and performance.

    • XSLT Services: This service will allow users to transform XML data into other formats and includes the transformation to other services.

    • Thread Pools: This metric uses threads to conduct services, gather documents from the webMethods Broker, and initiate triggers. Documents can be published locally on the server or to the broker that will send the document out. A JMS trigger receives inbound messages and then processes those messages accordingly.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    “There are a few things about this product that we definitely like. It is very robust. If you build it nicely, you can't go wrong with it. It's rock solid. The development is very fast. If you know what you're doing, you can develop something very easy and very fast.” - Rohit S., Integration Lead at a wellness & fitness company

    “One of the most important features is that it gives you the possibility to do low-level integration. We can meet any requirements through customizations, transformations, or the logic that needs to be put in. When clients come to me with any problem, in about 99% of cases, I say, "Yes, it is feasible to do through webMethods." It has reached such a level of flexibility and maturity. Most of the things are available out of the box, and even if something is not available out of the box, we can customize it and deliver it for a client's requirements.” - Sushant D., IT specialist at Accenture

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    Sample Customers
    MakeMyTrip Ltd., Griffith University, Colab Consulting Pty. Ltd., Pacfico Seguros Generales, IGEPA IT-SERVICE GmbH, Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Pacfico Seguros Generales, Bank Audi S.A.L., Rydges Sydney Airport, Intelligent Pathways, Nacional Monte de Piedad IAP
    Fujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux, GTA, CosmosDirekt
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle Service Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Service Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Oracle Service Bus is ranked 6th in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 12 reviews while webMethods Integration Server is ranked 1st in ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) with 22 reviews. Oracle Service Bus is rated 7.6, while webMethods Integration Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Service Bus writes "Oracle Serice Bus is a beautiful platform for integration based on Orchestraion with a powerful process engine and many connectors and additional tools". 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". Oracle Service Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM Integration Bus, Red Hat Fuse, TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus and IBM DataPower Gateway, whereas webMethods Integration Server is most compared with Mule ESB, SAP Process Orchestration, IBM Integration Bus, TIBCO BusinessWorks and Boomi AtomSphere Integration. See our Oracle Service Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server report.

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