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IBM Integration Bus Room for Improvement

PRINCEWILL OPARA - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Banking Application Customization and Reporting at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

There are experiences we have on the application, such as latency issues. There are no inherent components for you to throttle and measure the velocity of transactions. For that, you have to get a separate application and set up more robust rules. Then, you can handle API throttling and a number of business logic and rules. You need to implement DataPower, in order to have this. It should have been integrated into a single application rather than having to deal with various applications and components. It would be nice if everything could be packaged under one solution.

Today, the IBM business rule engine, the DataPower is outside the Enterprise Service Bus. It's sold as a different feature or application. If it could be integrated, then it's able to handle a lot more of what we are doing now rather than just have a stateless ESB that you can't do much on, and a set of normal business rules.

If you have the business rule engine that can help us measure velocity, throttle, monetization, et cetera, within the ESB, it would be better than it is now. There won't be any need for one to start looking out for any possible change in the near future.

The initial setup is a bit complex. 

This is a very expensive product.

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Richard Whyte - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at Responsiv

The product has been well managed and continually improved throughout the time I have used it. 

There is very little that can be improved. It already contains adapters for MS-Dynamics and other enterprise packages and supports many protocols and transmission structures. 

The next versions are moving toward container use. It would be a shame to make the product highly complex just to support one pattern of deployment. It is my hope that IBM continues to focus on practical functionality that is simple and cost-effective.

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Qudrat Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Manager Software Quality Assurance at UBL

Surely something that can be improved is session management. Sometimes sessions hang. Practically every day we hear about session congestion and this kind of thing. Troubleshooting the issue has become a long-standing problem. Where the true problem lies is a challenge for our support team.  

The session management issue may be a bigger problem for us because our support team is not so highly trained. Also, sometimes our developers are not able to dig down to locate the actual problem. To resolve the issue when it occurs, we have to at least restart the server. It is not really solving the problem, it just relieves the symptoms. These session management problems are the basic issues we are having, but otherwise, our services have become better after bringing in the Integration Bus.  

One thing I would like to have added to Integration Bus is a plugin — or some other software, — to enable testing the performance of our services from the application hosted on the IBM service. I think that the users of the system should be able to get something like that and somehow do performance testing on their own. Currently, I have used some studio or some plugin to find these results. Another option is using services that are available that I have also tried. If IBM could provide this same type of testing capability in its application, that that would be great. It would enable us to report to our business on the facts about how much we have improved from the earlier architecture.  

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KL
Integration Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It needs improvement in terms of technical support as well as in terms of integration of data mining. I am not convinced about many things in this solution, such as the conversion of the DFDL or copybook file, which is the conversion from a text file to XML. It is very complex.

They should also provide more information about this solution in the IBM Knowledge Center. I can get a lot of information from the IBM Knowledge Center about DataStage, but I don't get that much information about IBM Integration Bus. There is hardly any information even on the internet and various channels such as YouTube. They can provide good step-by-step documentation based on a company's requirements. It would be really helpful.

My company is mainly looking for data mining and communicating with multiple servers. IBM Integration Bus is good for communicating with multiple servers, but it needs improvement for XML conversion and data mining. We have a lot of old systems that use XML.

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SM
Integration Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

There are a couple of things I want improved, but I think they have already touched upon all those things in the most recent version. I'm not using the most recent version—I use a version older than the most recent—but I'm sure that if I looked into and explored it, I would see more support on the CI/CD and more support for unit testing automation. I've read that they released all these things in the new version of App Connect. Once I explore the new version of this tool, I'll probably have a better idea of suggested improvements. 

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CK
Enterprise Architect, Mars Global Services at Mars Inc.

The monolithic architecture is an issue.  Due to the fact that it's a built on monolithic architecture, the solution is not very lightweight. It's not highly productive, so, in that sense, it's not so user friendly.

The solution needs to be a little bit more business-friendly in its API management capability.

The solution needs to improve its security and its proactive notification of security issues.

The expiry of the passwords, certificates, and things like that need to be powered by alerts so that it's more obvious that it's something we need to update (before everything actually expires).

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YD
CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

IBM doesn't really have a very strong community surrounding the product. Most of its direct competitors are open source solutions, and those have an excellent and well-developed community around the tech to help users navigate the ins and outs of the product. IBM is lacking in this area. If they had more of a community, more people would know about the product. They should push to create a developer community around it and make the products more accessible to developers.

I've heard some clients are asking for autoscaling capabilities. It could improve DevOps. They might have something similar in other products, however, if they could introduce it within this product at some small level, it would make many clients happy.

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AJ
Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

I do not think there are any improvement areas because it depends on what exactly the use case for this ESB is. Some organizations are having a lot of integration and they will choose a regular ESB. While others will choose the security purpose route, making an extra layer. It depends from organization to organization, to determine how this solution can be improved from their specific use cases. Otherwise, I think that there are not any relevant improvement areas to give.

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AvinashArepaka - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It provides all the features that are required for day-to-day work. So far, I haven't seen any major issues that impact our work. I have been told that IBM App Connect Enterprise, which is the next version of IIB, is really good. It is better than IIB, and it gives you more coverage in terms of application integration.

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BN
Solution Engineer at Capgemini

IBM Integration Bus can improve JSON Schema validations. We don't have any kind of nodes that can support that kind of validation. If we want to containerize it by means of the docker's containers in the clouds, we are not able to manage it very well.

In a future update, IBM Integration Bus could add better API management. It only supports Swagger at this time.

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DI
Software Services & Cloud Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We have come across many customer complaints about the excessive time it takes for IBM to provide customer and technical support. 

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JG
Integration Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

IBM Integration Bus could be easier to manage, but this is true of all vendors. It doesn't always do what it says on the box. In terms of new features, we have a roadmap, and it's looking quite comprehensive. However, we may not necessarily need everything they're putting out. I know that's probably driven by global demand. 

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JB
Managing Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

The solution itself is quite expensive for smaller companies because of a complex architecture setup if you just start. Easier and a more plug and playable solution which make an MVP easier in being able to show the value faster to the customer.

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Ismail Aboulezz - PeerSpot reviewer
MD at It Business Edge

While it is very user-friendly there is another open-source tool in the market you can use instead of it.

The integration could be better, especially when it comes to integrating with older systems or solutions. 

The solution needs to simplify its documentation, such as the user and operation manuals, to make them even easier to understand. 

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AA
Head Of IT Development at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

IBM Integration Bus could have better REST API, which could be more powerful,  and this accounts for why we are looking for alternative solutions concerning this and open banking. 

The initial setup was complex. 

Technical support is below what I would consider to be very good. It's good, but not too much or very much so.

The solution is complex and there is a need for more resources and greatly improved quality. 

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MM
Group CEO at Mmusi Group

IBM Integration Bus could improve by having a more lightweight installation. Additionally, automation could improve.

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FR
Technical Lead at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

An issue which should be addressed concerns the difficulty of the product connecting to SAP.  In contrast, Mule has developed many connectors so that it can interact with multiple points. This allows us to write our own Java programming for, say, better database connectivity.

As the databases have different versions, we have different connectors for opening them. 

With Mule Force, we will write our own connector.  

While we do have different types of storage capacity, including that of hardware, RAM and transactions per minute, this is an area that should be addressed. There needs to be more storage capacity for logins and database file storage. Transactions per minute is a point that will need to be hammered out by senior management in its SLA. 

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AA
Technical Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

They need to come up with Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). It should also have a feature for integrating with those applications that are on the cloud.

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Mansoor Ivanovic Mohammed - PeerSpot reviewer
CDO - Data & AI at BDC

The cloud deployment of the IBM Integration Bus should be made easier.

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BalvinderBalouria - PeerSpot reviewer
Specialust at Infotrellis

Its documentation is currently lacking. We have different environments where we use our configuration services, but we are not able to find documentation about how to deploy the local code to the server and how to set it up on a server level. I would like more documents from IBM that explain which variables should be in your machine while building a project, and when you deploy the code into the server, what should be their values. There are some variable values. I could not find such documentation. While working on a project, I developed the code on a local machine, and while deploying the code to our test environment, I made a couple of mistakes. We had to change some values at the server level, but we couldn't find any documentation regarding this, which made the task difficult.

Everyone is moving to the cloud. There is Bluemix from IBM. There should be more connectors that can connect with cloud systems.

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Mahmoud Emara - PeerSpot reviewer
IBM Integration Bus Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The interface could be more user-friendly.

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Jahanzaib-Khan - PeerSpot reviewer
Operations Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Documentation is not easy to understand.

There should be inclusion of more and more adapters that make this product more usable.

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Steven Lien - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Consulting Director at PCCW

The integration is difficult to manage.

Migrating to this solution is complex and it would be helpful if they had a way to convert existing integrations.

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AA
Solution architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Its licensing or subscription model should be improved for more flexible adoption. There should also be more ease of use.

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KA
Head of Information Systems Development Department at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

Technical support is something that should be better.

Lowering the price would be an improvement.

The deployment should be easier.

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Kothagundla PhaniDeepak - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at Eidiko

The solution could improve by having built-in implementation and secure monitoring without the need for API Connect.

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RT
Senior Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The tracing and debugging features are not up to date with more modern technology available.

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CF
VP at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

Licensing is too high. It is quite expensive. We don't have a lot of clients who apply for it because they cannot justify the price. They know it's a good product but it just is too expensive for them. So we have to send them to products that are cheaper. 

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Siropani Bhattamishra - PeerSpot reviewer
Middleware Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are a few issues; the memory footprint needs to be improved. Memory replacements for on-prem should be minimized. Nowadays, if an application takes 4GB of RAM, that should be the minimum. Having this solution on-prem, is taking more memory and that memory footprint should be minimized.

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Viktor Dolyna - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at Integrity

I would like to be able to build an Integration Bus cluster that is active-active.

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SF
Software developer at Prime Source

Some of the runtime properties need to be improved because if you want to load certificates as sales security, you have to restart the server. There are also some bugs with file transfer protocol.

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DhivakarSekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Software Engineer at Wolters kluwer

Sometimes migration takes too long.

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IBM Integration Bus
July 2022
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