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Boomi AtomSphere Integration is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Integration Platform as a Service providers. It is most often compared to Mule Anypoint Platform: Boomi AtomSphere Integration vs Mule Anypoint Platform

What is Boomi AtomSphere Integration?

The Boomi AtomSphere integration platform as a service (iPaaS) supports all your application integration processes – between cloud platforms, software-as-a-service applications, and on-premises systems. Your entire team has online access to a powerful range of integration and data management capabilities, that can be realized in a fraction of the time of legacy middleware technologies.

Boomi AtomSphere Integration is also known as Boomi.

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ITCS user
Self Employed/Independent at a consultancy
Real User
The iPaaS functionality and browser-based IDE are mature and stable.

Pros and Cons

  • "The iPaaS functionality is very mature. The browser based IDE is also very mature and stable."
  • "There are more mature (dedicated) API management and master data management (MDM) solutions available in the market."

What is most valuable?

  • Dell Boomi offers a leading Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) platform worldwide by an elastic single-instance, multi-tenant cloud.
  • An atom (the run-time) can also be deployed on an on premise infrastructure or private cloud, and has cluster capabilities (called a molecule) for high availability (HA).
  • The iPaaS functionality is very mature. The browser based IDE is also very mature and stable.
  • Integrations are configured visually by dragging and dropping them on a canvas, and by this it offers a (near) zero code IDE. Coding can be applied by scripting through Javascript or Groovy.
  • The platform offers over 200 standard connectors for applications and technology, such as HTTP(s), databases, SOAP, XML, and REST. It furthermore offers EDI connectors, including HL7 for health, exposing APIs, Master Data Management (MDM) and a hpaPaaS with ManyWho for BPM use cases. ManyWho was acquired in March 2017 by Dell Boomi and was then added to the offering.
  • The Boomi Suggest feature offers crowd sourced data mapping suggestions based on use cases of metadata of over 7 million maps. it is quite impressive and accurate.
  • Automatic crowd-based regression testing is offered by Boomi Assure in which the quality and productivity for application integration is increased substantially when compared to a conventional approach and/or other iPaaS offerings in the market.
  • Boomi Resolve offers automatically suggested solutions for commonly occurring errors.
  • Offers an additional efficient means for delivering application integration when compared to other offerings in the market.

How has it helped my organization?

The Dell Boomi integration platform allows an organization to quickly integrate their possible dispersed application landscape of SaaS of on premise and private cloud applications.

AtomSphere has a bi-weekly release calendar through which improved and new functionality is automatically released to its customers.

This allows an organization to quickly use new features and/or improvements. The platform’s time-to-market can be considered as distinctive with such a short release calendar.

What needs improvement?

  • There are more mature (dedicated) API management and master data management (MDM) solutions available in the market.
  • Dell Boomi does not offer an option for local version control/repositories. (As is also the case usually with other SaaS vendors)
  • This may be seen as a disadvantage, but it does not really have any implications other than to rebuild the integrations when moving away from it to a new integration platform. The same holds true when moving away from other integration platforms available in the market.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this product for seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues so far.

How are customer service and technical support?

No experience yet with their customer service and technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to work at a MuleSoft implementation partner. MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is used there for stage-event driven architectures (SEDA) for both ESB patterns, iPaaS, micro-services, and API management. Dell Boomi was added to the product stack in January, 2017.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward and was as you would expect with a cloud platform and a service.

What was our ROI?

The ROI is that application integration is delivered much faster and efficiently than in a conventional approach. This the case with other integration platforms available in the market with similar capabilities

As a result, less FTE is involved during delivery and support. The time-to-market of new initiatives is greatly reduced and organizations are able to innovate and differentiate in the ever growing competitive and changing market.

As data and information is no longer ‘locked’ in systems of record and/or are no longer opened up by point-to-point integrations through which vendor lock-in increases, an organization using an integration platform such as Dell Boomi gains and takes control over their own data and information.

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

The licensing model of Dell Boomi is based on a ‘pay-per-use’ model. I would advise an organization adopting Dell Boomi to make a clear plan on which integrations should be delivered, so that all needed investments are known up-front.

The technology type of integrations should also be taken into account when creating this complete overview for licensing, as well as the expected number of messages per interface/API.

If a company is replacing an existing integration platform, such as the ones that were available around 10 years ago, I would advise on migrating step-by-step to Boomi.

By doing this, all new integrations can be realized on Dell Boomi and existing connections can be migrated in time and when required (before license renewal of the former integration platform).

This would allow an organization to have the proper type of cost control in place, and would not require a ‘big bang’ approach for migrating to the new platform, while such an approach is still be possible and viable.

What other advice do I have?

I worked at a Dell Boomi implementation partner. A large part of the in-house team of integration consultants who work with the customers have been certified upfront to guarantee a level of quality in delivery.

If an organization wants to implement and support the integration platform with their own development staff, I would advise them to partner up with a Dell Boomi partner for best practices and to receive training.

When selecting a vendor team, my advice would be to have a formal RFI/RFP and to have a Proof of Concept (PoC) in place for the short list based on customer specific use cases.

Secondly, I would base a final decision/selection on the ‘organizational fit’ between the organization in question and a possible implementation partner. How much the partner can unburden an organization in this field, as the partner chosen should be the expert, is also important. Not only is qualitative and on-time delivery key, but also support.

Additionally, I would look for a partner with a proven track record of support.

In both cases, on-site reference visits can help to get additional insight in the product and a possible implementation partner.

Besides the advice on partnering up with an official Dell Boomi partner, it is good to know that by using the very visual and mature IDE, non-IT minded and skilled people can also learn the platform rather quickly.

We have several integration trainees who are on-boarding the platform and have no knowledge, background, nor experience in IT. This seems in line with, and a confirmation of, the ‘citizen developer’ idea.

The platform is offered standard as an iPaaS on the Dell cloud platform. I am not aware enough of the capabilities of this cloud platform. Considering AWS as an option for a private cloud for hosting seems logical.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I worked at a Dell Boomi implementation partner in the past and I went independent/self-employed in 2017. I give independent advice and support in the adoption of strategic technologies, and these include among other iPaaS offerings such as Dell Boomi.
it_user669348
Dell Boomi Atomsphere, Jitterbit, Lotus Notes Lead / Analyst/ Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
This is a cloud-based and multi-tenant tool.

Pros and Cons

  • "The best features are that it is a cloud-based and a multi-tenant tool."
  • "There are still some areas that need improvement. For example, when updates are going on, the product becomes very slow."

What is most valuable?

  • The best features are that it is a cloud-based and a multi-tenant tool.
  • The licensing feature is its USP.
  • Boomi charges are based on the number of connections used, rather than the number of users in a company who use the tool. This cuts down the licensing costs by a great deal.

How has it helped my organization?

We are a consulting firm that works closely with Dell Boomi. Since we have started using this product, we have added multiple clients. Many clients are moving away from the traditional integration tools to cloud-based integration tools. Dell Boomi is a leading iPaaS tool.

What needs improvement?

Dell is constantly improving because it follows agile development. Every month, Dell keeps adding more and more features.

There are still some areas that need improvement. For example, when updates are going on, the product becomes very slow.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Dell is a very stable product. It also lists all the updates and issues the tool is having on its website. I do not know of any other tool that constantly updates their website for performance issues/slowness. They also give updates without hiding anything.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Dell is a highly scalable product. We have not seen any issues in terms of scaling the product to the enterprise level. However, Dell Boomi is not an ETL tool. It is an integration tool.

How is customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 10/10.

How was the initial setup?

The great thing about Dell Boomi is there is no setup involved. It is a cloud-based tool. All the integration is done in a browser. Only a light-weight Java runtime engine needs to be installed for the process to run. Other than that, there is no other setup needed.

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

Dell follows a very unique licensing model. They do not charge by the number of people using the software (client-server model), but rather they charge based on the number of connections used. This makes it very cost effective.

What other advice do I have?

I would very much advise other companies to give it a try. Dell Boomi gives away a 30-day free trial. They also do corporate training, if required.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We work very closely with Dell Boomi. We are one of the many preferred partners that they have.
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it_user643635
Specialist - Enterprise Integration at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
I appreciate the access through the browser and the B2B integration. They should create a custom connector option.

Pros and Cons

  • "I really appreciate the on-the-go access through the browser and the B2B integration."
  • "They should create a custom connector option. With this, they could improve where the user can create the connector, based on their usage."

What is most valuable?

I really appreciate the on-the-go access through the browser and the B2B integration.

How has it helped my organization?

It is mainly a carrier and it provides an integration platform as a service. This, in itself, provides the solution for an easy and mature way to communicate.

What needs improvement?

They should create a custom connector option. With this, they could improve where the user can create the connector, based on their usage.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were some issues with logs and integration in terms of the size of the messages.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were issues with the size of the logs generated. They need to improve the code.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support was good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with ESBs, such as MuleSoft. However, based on the usage and the end-user requests, we moved to Dell Boomi.

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

The Platinum package is good for licensing, but I’m not sure about the cost and improvements.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated alternatives.

What other advice do I have?

It’s a good product and easy in terms of development.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Supervisor, Application Development & Integration at RSM US LLP
Real User
A platform used to build enterprise level integrations.

Pros and Cons

  • "The Salesforce and NetSuite Application specific “connectors” provide a layer of abstraction on top of the SOAP-based APIs to streamline integration development."
  • "There is no validation in the mapping profile custom scripting, such as IntelliSense or advanced error checking."

What is most valuable?

As a NetSuite application developer, Dell Boomi is a great integration platform to build enterprise level integrations in a quick and easy way.

The Salesforce and NetSuite Application specific “connectors” provide a layer of abstraction on top of the SOAP-based APIs to streamline integration development.

In a narrow sense, the most beneficial feature is the ability to quickly create request/response data model “profiles” to map and transform the data being integrated.

Profiles can be generated through the “import wizard” that is rather time consuming with other integration development platforms, or in a custom .Net application.

How has it helped my organization?

Using Boomi as our preferred integration platform has allowed us to more quickly develop, deploy, and maintain integration for clients. This is especially the case with NetSuite clients who are already familiar with the benefits of cloud-based business software applications.

What needs improvement?

Since the application is Java-based, custom scripting within the map data, used to transform shapes to handle more complex process, is lacking in some ways.

There is no validation in the mapping profile custom scripting, such as IntelliSense or advanced error checking.

If one wants to do custom scripts within a map shape, they must have knowledge of Groovy or JavaScript. Only Groovy has the ability to use Java-based libraries.

The scripting capabilities are lacking, in my opinion, based on the user experience. There is not much tooling assistance. There are no “helpers” or examples on how to do more advanced post/pre-processing of data.

For example, if I wanted to parse an XML document using XPath, how would I do that? How do I know the code that I write will compile without having to unit test through trial and error over and over again?

The IDE is lacking in the ability to script. So the biggest benefit of Boomi, being a graphical integration IDE, is a weakness in this sense. Also, you are locked into Groovy as the only language to do advanced scripting.

I’m used to writing code in my preferred IDE, Visual Studio. In VS, there are lots of tools to assist in the writing of scripts (even JavaScript) to have Intellisense and autocomplete help, which cuts down on development time, as well as code quality.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Dell Boomi for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The only issue we have had with performance is tied to the performance limits of the APIs being used, such as the NetSuite SuiteTalk API. This can be slow at times when querying large amounts of data in a start shape.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support, through support tickets and the Community Forum, is relatively responsive. Our organization has taken advantage of technical solution experts for our clients, since we are a partner/reseller of Boomi.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have evaluated Jitterbit. We find Boomi much easier to use, since the AtomSphere IDE is more streamlined and intuitive.

The IDE runs completely in a browser and requires software on the user’s machine.

How was the initial setup?

There is no setup required to develop and manage integrations in Boomi.

What about the implementation team?

Our consulting practice delivers Dell Boomi integration projects to our clients as stand-alone or as a part of larger NetSuite implementations.

What was our ROI?

We recommend pricing/licensing based on the client’s needs and requirements.

What other advice do I have?

Since it is Platform as a Service (PaaS), we recommend that clients plan for future growth based on the type of licensing model they use.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are a Referral Partner with Dell Boomi – especially for our clients running on NetSuite.
it_user631629
System Analyst / Programmer at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
The valuable features are the GUI and the any-to-any process creation.

Pros and Cons

  • "Extremely flexible for any kind of integration between systems."
  • "We encountered stability issues occasionally, one to two times a year."

What is most valuable?

  • The GUI
  • Any-to-any process creation
  • Extremely flexible for any kind of integration between systems

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy to create workflows from one system to another, drawing on multiple systems at the same time. For example:

  • Creating a process from EDI transmissions to WMS
  • Creating marriages of data from multiple systems (time clock/payroll/HR/WMS/financial) to create reports
  • Taking information from one system to update it to another system (legacy EDI to WMS, payroll to financial, time clock to payroll, WMS to Legacy)

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Boomi AtomSphere for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We encountered stability issues occasionally, one to two times a year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not encounter scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would give technical support a rating of 8/10.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other systems at other companies.

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

For integrations, it is one of the best products available.

What other advice do I have?

Talk to other companies who have done it before.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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