Compare IBM BPM vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server

IBM BPM is ranked 1st in Application Infrastructure with 49 reviews while IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 3rd in Application Infrastructure with 3 reviews. IBM BPM is rated 8.0, while IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM BPM writes "The most valuable feature is the Analytics, but more emphasis is needed on process improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Enables us to to integrate with IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, in a mixed Windows/AIX environment". IBM BPM is most compared with Camunda BPM, ARIS BPM and Pega BPM, whereas IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, Oracle WebLogic Server and Tomcat. See our IBM BPM vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server report.
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Pros
This solution has streamlined our operation and improved the TAT of sales, operations, and underwriters.This solution is very stable.It excels at analytics. It provides visibility across all activities of a company's processes and performance.It helps improve your process through continual measurement.It helps maintain, and in many instances, lower costs, as well as to maintain those costs, keeping them stable.It continues to keep up with the changing needs of the business. That is the strong value proposition of BPM. It's not a one-time automation.Provides the power to understand and automate processes.Our customers use the solution as a workflow platform to manage their processes.

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High availability, alert management, and deployments are the most valuable features for us. We have the ND version so we can do deployments.Starting with version 8, WAS provides a special folder called monitor deployment. Once you put the .war or .ear file in there, it is deployed automatically without human intervention. This greatly helps us in our continuous integration server. Once the deployment binary is ready, we write a script to copy it to that folder and then, voila! The application is up and running and accessible from its context root.Ease of administration: It has an Integrated Solutions Console, what we call the administrative console, with very detailed configurations and Help pages for each configurable item.Security: It is compatible with the latest Java 8 security features, supports FIPS 140-2 and NIST SP 800-53 with strong ciphers and cryptography keys, and supports TLS 1.2 completely. Also, configuring client and server certificates is relatively easy.IBM WAS is the backbone for our enterprise content management suite which delivers the primary processes for our customers. Without a good application server, it would be hard to provide a secure layer of midddleware upon which the other applications run. IBM WAS improves the stability of the entire solution and provides a high quality platform for running web-based solutions.Without the Admin Console it would be very hard to configure JVM settings, JDBC datasources, mail session settings, and security providers.IBM WAS is extremely scalable. It is easy to add additional servers and to divide the load over servers in all kinds of ways.

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We care about technology and support because support is very important and a BPM is not easy to implement.I would like to see a lot more case studies.The user experience, while it has improved, should continue to improve.The business would like to use the product with a lot less IT and equipment involvement.Better integration with other products in the automation suite.Also, we would like to see integration with artificial intelligence, machine learning-type of technical capabilities. Right now, there are a lot Watson libraries out there. Building those integrations more, out-of-the-box, from IBM would be a good direction.I would like it more documentation during the design phase.We would appreciate more user-friendly definitions of processes with a more user-friendly interface for documenting processes.

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The footprint could be reduced so that we can use a smaller virtual machine to run the application. We could also use more scripts. I would like this solution to be more script oriented, rather than GUI oriented.IBM needs to pay attention to market changes more quickly. We now have Java 9 and very soon Java EE8. We do not want to wait for two or three years after their release until they are supported by the new version.Installing or configuring a WAS server instance as a Windows Service causes a lot of problems, especially when the server needs credentials to stop.Initial setup is very simple. Just use the IBM Installation Manager and add the packages. The install wizard takes care of the rest. The only thing that can be difficult is to find the right packages on the IBM website, because of all the changes that IBM does on its website(s).

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It should provide more flexibility to connect with external systems, and there should be in-built services that can be used to integrate with other systems quickly.The cloud and license of the subscription model for IBM BPM can be complex. There are a lot of alternatives to choose from.It has a low cost to implement. You'll get your money back in the same year that you complete the project.Our customers do see ROI. They'll identify some particularly painful or uncoordinated processes to start with, then build out from there, picking off low hanging fruit.We chose to purchase IBM BPM because it was bundled with the actual RPA program/solution that we decided to purchase. We decided to use Automation Anywhere tool (RPA), and it is was bundled with IBM BPM.It gives us a good return on investment.​We have definitely seen ROI. When we first kicked it off, we said it had to pay for itself within three years, and it did.Starting out with Express can also help reduce the cost for adopting the product.

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I don't remember the price, but there are no additional costs.There is an Eclipse Plugin provided by IBM, so no need to buy IBM Rational Application Developer or Rational Software Architect tools.If your application is just a web app that does not need to scale big, you can obtain a single core license of WAS Express edition, which has almost the same features with limited processing cores. If you manage a very big application farm (i.e. need to run 10 or more WAS servers) it is better to get IBM WAS Hypervisor Edition.IBM WAS base is part of the deal when you purchase IBM FileNet P8 Content Engine.Room for improvement would only be in the licensing. As with all IBM products the licensing can be complex and expensive. Bargain well and try to get as much discount as possible. Discounts of 85% are possible. Without the discount, I think the product is overrated.

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Also Known As
WebSphere Lombardi Edition, IBM Business Process Manager, IBM WebSphere Process ServerWebSphere Application Server
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Overview
IBM Business Process Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial project to a full enterprise-wide program harnesses complexity in a simple environment to better meet customer needs.IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.
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Sample Customers
Barclays, EmeriCon, Banca Popolare di Milano, CST Consulting, KeyBank, KPMG, Prolifics, Sandhata Technologies Ltd., State of Alaska, Humana S.A., Saperion, esciris, Banco Espirito SantoTalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
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Financial Services Firm62%
Insurance Company29%
Healthcare Company5%
Non Tech Company5%
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Financial Services Firm25%
Comms Service Provider17%
Software R&D Company13%
Security Firm5%
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