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"With the latest version what I find to be the most valuable are the REST, SuccessFactors, and Ariba Network adapters.""The solution provides very good and central logging systems. It offers high flexibility with vertical and horizontal extend capacity.""The initial setup was straightforward.""Great monitoring tools and has its own alert framework.""SAP Process Orchestration is middleware where we are able to manage and interact with everything from a single location. One of the most beneficial areas is monitoring which is very easy because it is all in one place. There are many adapters added recently that can be used for new functionality. The solution is easy to operate and it is more mature than the cloud solution provided by SAP.""In my opinion, SAP PO is the most mature suite of tools to integrate processes across SAP environments at this moment. It's really unbeatable because it allows you to integrate whatever scenarios you can imagine.""The solution offers very good documentation and manuals to assist with understanding the solution.""The solution is stable."

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"The tool is very powerful and user-friendly.""The comprehensiveness and depth of Integration Servers' connectors to packaged apps and custom apps is unlimited. They have a connector for everything. If they don't, you can build it yourself. Or oftentimes, if there is value for other customers as well, you can talk with webMethods about creating a new adapter for you.""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 solution's ease-of-use is its most valuable feature, in which complex issues may be resolved.""The Software AG Designer has been great. It's very intuitive.""The ease of mapping... is the single largest feature. It gives us the ability to craft anything. A lot of single-purpose technologies, like Mirth, are good for healthcare messages, but we use webMethods not only for healthcare messages but for other business-related purposes, like integrations to Salesforce or integrations to Office 365. It's multi-purpose nature is very strong.""It's very flexible and a good platform to use.""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."

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Cons
"The older version of the solution will no longer be supported.""It is not a scalable solution for the cloud. I would not recommend this for the cloud.""The cloud capability features need improvement.""I feel that support is an area that needs improvement. They need to improve the response time and address the customer's issues as soon as possible.""In terms of technical support, it would be helpful if they handled the tickets a bit faster when queries are sent to them.""It does not have all of the industry-standard solutions available in PO and it is not plug and play, so we have to do a lot of development.""The monitoring governance offered by SAP is too technical and needs to be geared more toward business users.""The usability is an area where it can be improved upon."

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"The logging capability has room for improvement. That way, we could keep a history of all the transactions. It would be helpful to be able to get to that without having to build a standalone solution to do so.""I'd like to see the admin portal for managing the integration server go up a level, to have more capabilities and to be given a more modern web interface.""I would like to have a dashboard where I can see all of the communication between components and the configuration.""I would like to see the price improve.""The deployment should be simplified.""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.""Technical support is an area where they can improve.""The price should be reduced to make it more affordable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost of SAP products is quite high but the quality is really good."
  • "The pricing for this solution is fine."
  • "There are fees in addition to the licensing."
  • "It's not an expensive solution."
  • "Looking at market conditions, vendors nowadays are giving products at very low price levels. However, SAP Process Orchestration have not yet reduced their prices. The prices could be reduced a lot to stay competitive."
  • "The license is a one-time payment, and additional costs are only incurred on the infrastructure side since it's an on-premise solution."
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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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    Questions from the Community
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    Looking at market conditions, vendors nowadays are giving products at very low price levels. However, SAP Process Orchestration have not yet reduced their prices. The prices could be reduced a lot to… more »
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    The solution could be more scalable. SAP doesn't recommend anyone to use this tool for high-volume transactions. SAP does not recommend users to connect PI Process to be connected to third-party… more »
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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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    Also Known As
    SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, NetWeaver Process Integration
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    Overview
    SAP NetWeaver Process Integration facilitates the integration of business processes that span different departments, organizations, or companies. SAP PI is based on general standards so as to enable 3rd-party systems to be integrated. At the center of SAP PI is an XML-based communication that uses HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). Irrespective of the scenario used, the application-specific contents are transferred in messages in user-defined XML eXtensible Markup Language) from the sender to the receiver either via the Integration Server, or directly between the systems involved. SAP PI can be installed in different ways: Dual usage type installation: Based on both AS ABAP and AS Java. and Advanced Adapter Engine Extended (AEX): Based on AS Java only.

    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
    Lenovo, Dansk Supermarked A/S, Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd, Kaeser Kompressoren
    Fujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux, GTA, CosmosDirekt
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Energy/Utilities Company18%
    Recreational Facilities/Services Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Energy/Utilities 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%
    Company Size
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    Small Business31%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business6%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise86%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise77%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    SAP Process Orchestration is ranked 3rd in Business-to-Business Middleware with 13 reviews while webMethods Integration Server is ranked 1st in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 16 reviews. SAP Process Orchestration is rated 8.0, while webMethods Integration Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SAP Process Orchestration writes "Gateway for all integrations that is stable and quick to install". 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". SAP Process Orchestration is most compared with Mule Anypoint Platform, SAP Data Services, Boomi AtomSphere Integration, IBM Sterling B2B Integration Services and TIBCO Cloud Integration, whereas webMethods Integration Server is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM Integration Bus, Mule Anypoint Platform, Oracle Service Bus and Red Hat Fuse.

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