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webMethods Integration Server Room for Improvement

ZD
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is probably the future and direction that many companies and organizations are looking at. Software AG is also rolling out robust solutions for this. So, if I was a brand new customer, that is where I would be looking. This is also the direction that I think Software AG is moving into along with almost every vendor in the industry. However, the integration platform, as it currently sits, runs really well. It's very robust and does what you would expect it to do.

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Rully Feranata - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk.

We would like to achieve a multi-site, soft data center. Multi-site meaning that we would like to have more than two Active-Active data centers because Indonesia is a big region with three time zones. We would like to have many data centers serve us across the islands to support the massive number of transactions. We need to have a good amount of availability. Hence, we would like to have a multi-site data center. To support that, the solution needs to be capable of Active-Active implementations, an Active-Active integration server. We would like to get to the point where transactions are not only coming into one data center but, simultaneously, could be redirected to several other data center sites. Integration Server needs the capabilities to help us to achieve that goal.

Also, 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. They need to improve it to be scalable enough and lightweight enough to run on the microservices/containerized platform.

We are paying them a lot so we have access to their product development engineers. We are waiting for them to revamp the microservices areas. We are waiting for the new version of that. They have come back to us with something that is much more lightweight, but to us, it has still not reached the lightweight level that we want.

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Scott Jaynes - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Deploying is something we have found to be lacking with native webMethods tools, as is the ability to plug into a change management system, so we built our own deployment system. But again, we built it with webMethods' foundation tools and then interfaced with sub-version, version control, and our own home-built change management system. We used it to enforce that things can't go to prod unless they pass the QA stage and have had successful QA acceptance testing.

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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RohitSingh1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration Lead at a wellness & fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees

For the latest services, the product is lacking in terms of connectors. For example, there are a lot of SaaS providers and if you look for the connectors out-of-the-box, they are definitely not going to be there. They have a lot of traditional options but they are basic. If you have an advanced use case then you are better to build your own.

For the most part, this solution supports the latest standards and makes it possible to plug in modern tooling and third-party products for automation and innovation. However, there are some things that it doesn't support and we find ourselves having to wait for a newer version. For example, when we were using version 9.10, it did not support OAuth.

In general, I would like to see the vendor release newer features sooner. Or, it would be helpful if we can use a newer feature but don't have to upgrade the entire product.

The UI for the admin console is very old. It hasn't been updated for years and is pretty much the same one that we started with. This is something that could be refreshed and made more modern.

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A. Smart - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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Sushant Dayal - PeerSpot reviewer
IT specialist at Accenture

Version control is not very easy. The packages and the integration server are on Eclipse IDE, but you can't compare the code from the IDE. For example, if you are working on Java code, doing version control and deployment for a quick comparison between the code isn't easy. Some tools or plug-ins are there, such as CrossVista, and you can also play with an SVN server where you have to place your package, and from there, you can check, but you have to do that as a separate exercise. You can't do it from the IDE or webMethods server. You can't just right-click and upload your service. CrossVista came up with a solution, which was with the upgraded version of webMethods, but even that was lagging. CrossVista was a bit delayed in coping with the new versions of webMethods. Many times, we get into a situation where we want to know who made a change, when it was made, and how it was before the change. When something that was working well previously suddenly stops working, we want to go back and see who made that change, but because of these version control restrictions, we have to take a longer path. We have to go to the version control system. There is no direct feature in webMethods for that.

There should be more visibility. Currently, Software AG has multiple tools. They have webMethods, and then they have Terracotta as a different product. They have an API governance tool as a different product. They also have Trading Networks. Some of the tools have a very good UI, and some of them don't. For example, earlier, there was a message broker, and you were able to visualize what is happening to a document on the server. You could plug in a broker and see everything. You could see the number of documents that are there on a broker. You could see different queues and topics created. They then moved to Universal Messaging, which is a nirvana-based universal messaging solution. Now, the plug-in is gone, and from the MWS server, you cannot see what is happening in UM. A different view is created for that in Enterprise Manager, which is a desktop UI application. It is not a browser-based application. So, sometimes to monitor different tools, you have to go to different screens. Everything can't be monitored centrally. If you have MWS, not everything is on MWS. Command Central is a different screen altogether. There should be a centralized UI on which every component can be plugged in so that it's easy to control, view, and monitor everything. That's what I really want to have. The Universal Messaging Enterprise Manager is especially very difficult. Sometimes, it takes time to launch on your desktop. It is basically a desktop application, and you need to have a powerful laptop or hardware to launch it. They should make it a browser-based solution.

Their support could also be improved. They could be more responsive and quicker.

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BC
Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I'd like to see the admin portal for managing the integration server go up a level, to have more capabilities and to have a more modern web interface.

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Dries Vanmarcke - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Architect at Colruyt

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. 

With an integration platform, it sometimes needs to happen faster because you sometimes have clients or providers that already use new specifications.

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Yeshwanth Rajendran - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Expert at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. The rules should also be more centralized. 

We'd like to see more documentation. We feel like we may be missing some things and would like some documentation to lay out the entire product better. We need better use cases. They don't offer many examples to showcase their product's capabilities. 

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EE
Chief Operating Officer at a non-profit with 11-50 employees

The development tools need to be improved. They aren't very effective for us to use as the requirement to use the Software AG Designer is quite big. Sometimes our developer doesn't have a really high-end spec laptop or desktop computer. They sometimes have trouble opening the Software AG Designer to develop something.

The Software AG Designer could be more memory-efficient or CPU-efficient so that we can use it with middle-spec hardware. That would be a great improvement for us in development.

For a new user, the initial setup is hard. 

The quality of the message queuing could be improved. In webMethods they have something called Universal Messaging. Future modules could be included in the Integration Server for different queuing. Currently, they have the basic queuing for messaging. Maybe in the future, they can have built-in different priority queuing to make it a lot faster.

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Ameer Alhadidi - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Integration Developer at ROP

We would like to have a gateway server included, where we can control the number of requests.

There is an interface in webMethods for building a portal, but we are not using it because the price of the license is too high.

I would like to have a dashboard where I can see all of the communication between components and the configuration. As it is now, it is a lengthy search process. When a request comes in, sometimes you have to go to the administration page and then search the web after that. I need to be able to trace the flow from the port to the service to find the issue and there is no diagram to show me the parts. This is something that would be helpful.

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JB
IT Application Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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EE
Chief Operating Officer at a non-profit with 11-50 employees

I must be blunt. The solution is really hard to use, as the manual and documentation fail to provide proper explanations, especially to people who are first time users of webMethods, Software AG. I struggle with the installation. I sometimes think that the Integration Server is fine and that I had no problem with the API gateway, only to find myself having to redo this, as I lack a dedicated person who can instruct us on installation. I must rely on the Software AG forum. 

The installation process should be simplified for first time users and be made more user-friendly. 

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RG
Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I would like to see the price improve.

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Martin Moralo - PeerSpot reviewer
Applications & Integration Consultant at Ulwembu Business Services

On the monitoring side of things, the UI for monitoring could be improved. It's a bit cumbersome to work with.

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RS
Regional Integrated Platforms Tech Lead at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

We have been experiencing problems with using Terracotta for clustering, which is something that they should improve.

Technical support is an area where they can improve.

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Hassan Hussien - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect Manager at AXA COOPERATIVE INSURANCE

There should be better logging, or a better dashboard, to allow you to see see the logs of the services. 

Also, storing the message bodies in the database and allow you to search them would be a nice feature to have.

These features should be enhanced to facilitate the work for the developer.

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KK
Technical Consultant at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The installation process is very complex, there being many products, each having its own. The deployment should be simplified. 

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