2019-08-11T06:26:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering IBM WebSphere Application Server?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM WebSphere Application Server, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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LV
Solutions Architect at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-10-10T22:00:11Z
Oct 10, 2022

I think IBM WebSphere Application Server is a dead solution and will probably fade out. So, I would not recommend it to anyone. On a scale from one to ten with one being the worst and ten being the best, I'd rate this solution at one.

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SK
Sap Financial Accounting Senior Consultant at Infosys
MSP
2022-08-29T20:40:00Z
Aug 29, 2022

I would give WebSphere Application Server a rating of nine out of ten.

EC
Senior Business Development Manager at SL Information System Sdn Bhd
Reseller
2022-05-11T12:44:00Z
May 11, 2022

I would definitely recommend this solution to users, but there is always room for improvement.

DP
Enterprise Technical Leader at kyndryl
Consultant
Top 5
2022-03-02T21:54:18Z
Mar 2, 2022

Its best platform, in my opinion, is AIX on Power. Unfortunately, AIX on Power is being phased out. However, if you have a Power VM/AIX shop and are committed to Power and AIX, WAS is the app server of choice. If you're considering ESXi or a hyper-converged solution, WAS works just as well on those platforms, the more cloud platforms. For the space that it plays best in, I would rate IBM WebSphere Application Server a nine out of ten.

ZM
Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-12-21T11:47:00Z
Dec 21, 2021

I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

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Yapı Kredi şirketinde Application Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-07T09:55:15Z
Nov 7, 2021

We are also customers of the product. In our organization we use the WebSphere Network Deployment edition. We use this product in our core, internet and mobile banking, which means it is used by 20 bank tellers and eight million customers. I rate IBM WebSphere Application Server as an eight out of ten.

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Viktor Dolyna - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at Integrity
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-08-16T14:12:03Z
Aug 16, 2021

I recommend this solution to others. I rate BM WebSphere Application Server an eight out of ten.

PRINCEWILL OPARA - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Banking Application Customization and Reporting at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-07-06T21:53:37Z
Jul 6, 2021

I would advise others to have a very strong partner who understands IBM WebSphere very well. They should be mindful of the architecture that they're going to put in place for the IBM solution. You should ensure that load balancing and the architecture of the implementation are right. Otherwise, there could be issues. Having a stronger partner for handling implementation makes life a lot easier and more meaningful. I would rate IBM WebSphere Application Server an eight out of 10.

SR
Head, Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-11-19T09:48:12Z
Nov 19, 2020

The solution that we have now, one of the challenges we have is with the WebSphere portal. The WebSphere application and WebSphere content management software are no longer IBM products. IBM would have sold it off to ETL back in 2018 or 2019. Maintaining that as a full end to end IBM solution has become very difficult. They basically have a hands-off approach now. Anybody who's using this needs to be aware of what is available to them by way of manufacturer support and then other support. The licensing entitlements for the product need to be very carefully understood. There are limitations to the hardware configuration that goes together with the implementation. The other thing is that we've recognized that there are few resources that have the experience and capability of monitoring this system. If you are going to deploy it, you should ensure that you either have strong and continued backline support with your vendors or third party managers or that your in-house team is well skilled in order to monitor and maintain everything and administer the system. If you can get to a point where the build, implementation, and commissioning could be done in house, that will give you a lot more visibility to all the different elements of the solution and how they integrate and interoperate so that it makes the management on troubleshooting a lot easier. I'm biased due to my previous experiences. My experiences are really more influenced by the build and not necessarily the product as a standalone product. I would rate the solution at a three out of ten.

PC
Sen. Fab Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-08-06T06:44:46Z
Aug 6, 2020

We're just users. We don't have a business relationship with IBM. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. I'd rate it higher if they offered more customization capabilities and was more responsive.

MV
Service Relationship Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-05-11T06:07:00Z
May 11, 2020

If you need a small system that needs to be exposed on the web for simple transations, or if you are considering a cloud environment you should consider a different solution. I would rate it an eight out of ten because for complex system development, it is the best solution at this moment.

Nicolae - PeerSpot reviewer
System and Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-04-13T06:27:36Z
Apr 13, 2020

IBM WebSphere Application Server works well and fulfills all of the requirements that are demanded of it, so it is a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

SherifHassan - PeerSpot reviewer
Application Integration Engineer at EFG-Hermes
Real User
2020-03-16T06:56:00Z
Mar 16, 2020

I would rate it an eight out of ten. It has a sensitive implementation. If you do a wrong step, it will destroy the whole thing and you will need to start from scratch.

GE
Principal Architect with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-01-12T07:22:00Z
Jan 12, 2020

The solution is deployed in the UX operating system. Although the solution is good, open-source options keep getting better and better, so I'd recommend others to look into that. This solution is expensive. So is Oracle. I find open-source more innovative and they often have a good community around them that offers helpful support. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. I'd rate it higher, but there are basic features that have minimum capabilities that can be very dissatisfying. Apart from that, they provide good support, offer a good clustering model that's reliable, and it's properly tested with certified code.

Akkari Fay - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Operations at ufi
Real User
2019-10-10T09:25:00Z
Oct 10, 2019

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Gurvijay Bhatti - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architect at Department of Justice
Real User
2019-08-11T06:26:00Z
Aug 11, 2019

Use an expert WAS Admin to set up the deployment scripts and automating as much as possible. Implement DevOps concepts by working in conjunction with administrators and developers I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.

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Gurvijay Bhatti - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Solutions Architect at Department of Justice
Aug 11, 2019
The computing resources required to run WAS could be reduced so that we can use a smaller virtual machine to run the application. I would like WAS administration tasks to be completed via scripts, rather than GUI.
Akkari Fay - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Operations at ufi
Oct 10, 2019
In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for the Arabic language. Better and easier integration with other solutions, such as DB2, would be an improvement.
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