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IBM App Connect is #12 ranked solution in top Cloud Data Integration tools. PeerSpot users give IBM App Connect an average rating of 8.6 out of 10. IBM App Connect is most commonly compared to IBM Cloud Pak for Integration: IBM App Connect vs IBM Cloud Pak for Integration. IBM App Connect is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 67% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 28% of all views.
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What is IBM App Connect?

Rapidly connect public clouds, private clouds and on-premises application

App Connect Professional is IBM’s cloud integration offering which delivers an integration solution
• With ease-of-use, flexibility and increased responsiveness to the evolving business needs, while removing the daunting complexities of integration.
• Provides the powerful combination of a ‘simple integration experience’ for business users looking to automate how their applications talk to each other; coupled with a ‘configuration based integration’ approach for IT.
• App Connect Professional is for the teams and integration developers who need to solve more complex problems and need powerful tooling for integration scenarios

IBM App Connect was previously known as IBM Cast Iron.

IBM App Connect Customers

United Way of Allegheny County, Saint-Gobain CPS, Ricoh, SunTrust Banks Inc.

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What users are saying about IBM App Connect pricing:
  • "The cost depends upon the consumer."
  • "The price could be better."
  • "The licensing cost for IBM App Connect is very high."
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    DhivakarSekar - PeerSpot reviewer
    Enterprise Software Engineer at Wolters kluwer
    Real User
    Top 5
    Provides security and is useful for monitoring APAC and API
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature is the security."
    • "In the next release, I would like to get some quality connectors."

    What is our primary use case?

    App Connect is useful for monitoring APAC and API. It allows us to do analysis based on the dashboards, and it's mostly used for security.

    We have almost 10 million transactions per day.

    It's a cloud solution.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the security. The agreement relies on DataPower, so if you're calling APIs to publish to the internet, you definitely need the security.

    What needs improvement?

    In the next release, I would like to get some quality connectors. With the configuration of MuleSoft, they have multiple connectors if you're going with the quicker stuff. There's IBM Professional and IBM Enterprise solution. IBM Professional will have all the connector things, but I'm expecting that to be included on-premise as well.

    IBM should be competitive on the third party cloud side of integration so that we can do the development quickly. It would also be very useful for the cost effectiveness of project development.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using this solution for almost one year.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    There is a laptop vulnerability, so we connected with IBM's tech support about that.

    How was the initial setup?

    The amount of people needed for deployment and maintenance will depend on the project. For example, we are a financial team working as a GBS, Global Business Service. Based on the project, we have two developers and a DBA.

    What was our ROI?

    We always have ROI when we use IBM products. If you're using multiple products from IBM, you will see ROI. If not, you'll definitely see some variation.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost depends upon the consumer. Right now, the cost is within $10,000 per year, based on the transactions. The license depends on if you're a premium partner, platinum partner, or golden partner.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution nine out of ten.

    I would definitely recommend this solution to those who are interested in using it. Banks around the world use IBM App Connect.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Chief Solutions Architect at Solutions by STC
    Real User
    Great security features and includes everything that's required for VBI management
    Pros and Cons
    • "Provides good security features."
    • "Updates are constantly delayed."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our company is in Saudi Arabia. We provide end to end solutions to our customers. I'm chief solutions architect.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution provides a lot of good features, particularly when it comes to security. It also includes everything that's required of a VBI management solution and also as an ESB. The beauty of IBM App Connect is that it provides end-to-end middleware.

    What needs improvement?

    Updates are constantly delayed and that is something IBM could improve. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with this solution for close to two years. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    App Connect is built on OpenShift which is included in the solution so if we need to scale it's much easier and is a strong feature of App Connect.

    How are customer service and support?

    IBM has a good presence here and the remote support is good. Getting on-site support is more difficult but it's the same with all the products. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The deployment itself is somehow complicated and not as easy as Apigee or even WSO2 which are very easy to deploy. We have another issue which is that there are not many developers or engineers working with App Connect here in Saudi Arabia. We require two or three engineers to deploy but it's not easy to find certified people. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Licensing costs are expensive, we have a contract for three years. IBM provides good quality solutions and there's a price for that. We pay 200K every year. We haven't had any issues with our customers because they are all enterprise organizations so the cost is not an issue for them. Licensing fees include technical support. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    App Connect is similar to Apigee but is less complicated. Apigee is very good when it comes to VBI management, but it's not an ESB solution. 

    What other advice do I have?

    Overall, I rate this solution eight out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    SOA & BP Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Good support, choice of deployment infrastructure, scalable, and stable

    What is our primary use case?

    This solution is used as the integration hub between the internal application of any enterprise.

    What needs improvement?

    The installation of containers could be simplified, as it currently requires a senior-level installer.

    In the next release, I would like it to be integrated with lifecycle management.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using IBM App Connect for 15 years.

    We started working with version 2, but now we are using version 11, which is the newest version. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable solution, we have not had any issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable product. We have more than 20 users who are using this solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    You can install both on the cloud and on-premises.

    If you go with a container-based installation, it's more complex than a traditional installation.

    We need only one person to deploy this solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The pricing could be better.

    Licensing is on a yearly basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    This is a cloud-based and Microsoft-based solution. It was called Message Broker previously.

    We plan to continue implementing this product and I would recommend it to others.

    I would rate IBM App Connect a ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud
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    DameerSiddiqui - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Associate Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Reseller
    Top 20
    Integrates well, scalable, stable

    What is our primary use case?

    This is an integration product. Some of our financial customers, banks, and financial institutions are using IBM App Connect for integration and their services.  We work with the banking clients' transaction processes included in their APIs. We work with payment transactions, cash flow, ATM services, ATM cards, and the Internet banking side.

    What is most valuable?

    When using IBM stacks, IBM App Connect is suitable and integrates well with other IBM products like WebSphere.  

    What needs improvement?

    There needs to be an IBM App Connect web console clustering feature. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using IBM App Connect for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    IBM App Connect is a stable product.  However, they need to be more user friendly.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    IBM App Connect is scalable. From the administration side, they need to improve the RBAC model, as well as the clustering of this product.  It will be good if we can start up the cluster, via IBM Connect Console. Some other products like MuleSoft, are providing this type of administration. MuleSoft is easy to use and user friendly.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The licensing cost for IBM App Connect is very high.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    AdelAmer - PeerSpot reviewer
    Integration developer at Central bank of Egypt
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    It has powerful collaboration and customization features

    What is our primary use case?

    We use App Connect for integration and creating APIs. 

    What needs improvement?

    The integration with HR systems could be better. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using IBM App Connect for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    App Connect is stable

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    App Connect is scalable 

    How are customer service and support?

    I don't deal with IBM support, but the administrator of this operation had some issues. They reply in one or two hours at most, but they could be better. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate IBM App Connect eight out of 10. It's a powerful application for collaboration. It has many features for customization and integration. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    MOHAMED RAMI GARALI - PeerSpot reviewer
    Full Stack JS(ReactJS/NodeJS) & IBM Integration at Edifixio
    Real User
    Top 20
    Stable to use, connect with the cloud, and to deploy

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution to connect with MQ. We manage the solution and send the results.

    What is most valuable?

    It's stable to use, connect with the cloud, and to deploy.

    What needs improvement?

    The interface could be better.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support takes time to respond.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initial setup isn't easy. It's medium difficulty.

    You need between two and five people for deployment.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 8 out of 10.

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