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"IBM Integration Bus has a complete set of tools that are implemented between rules when it comes to run time, but it's not easy to understand.""My favorite feature is the XML-based DFDL mapping, which is a tool that allows you to graphically map legacy data formats to modern data formats.""From a performance point of view, it's very good and it doesn't need very much in terms of CPU resources.""This solution is very reliable and it is easy to learn.""The solution's features are all quite useful. We use all of them.""The integration with other tools is excellent. It integrates well with batch issues.""It has the ability to be deployed without rewriting the code.""The biggest advantage of this solution is that it is very easy to learn, and very easy to build applications."

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"We can arrange data caching and look at the solid state. Also, the API gateway is a very good component that can handle relevant cachings and integrations, as well as and also load permitting.""A product with good API and EDI components.""All of the components are very independent but are tied together to give the business value.""The most valuable feature is stability.""The tool is very powerful and user-friendly.""The solution has a very comprehensive and versatile set of connectors. I've been able to utilize it for multiple, different mechanisms. We do a lot of SaaS and we do have IoT devices and the solution is comprehensive in those areas.""One [of the most valuable features] is the webMethods Designer. That helps our developers develop on their own. It's very intuitive for design. It helps our developers to speed the development of services for the integrations.""Application integrations are offered out-of-the-box, and that is extremely important to us. This is one of the main use cases that we have for it. It is about 60 to 70 percent of the workload in our application today."

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"I would like to see more metered rest and API support. IBM is already working on it on Version 11, but it still needs improvement.""This solution would benefit from improvements to the configuration interface.""This product uses the PVU (Processor Value Unit) license model from IBM, and it is something that should be improved.""I would like to be able to run and install this solution on different platforms.""The user interface could be improved in a future release.""IBM could improve its connectivity.""I would like for them to make the training much easier.""One drawback that I have found is that there are issues with using the Java connector."

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"We need more dashboards and reporting engines that can provide detailed information for management. In short, we need better analytics.""The interface needs some work. It is not very user-friendly.""The price should be reduced to make it more affordable.""Technical support is an area where they can improve.""I would like to have a dashboard where I can see all of the communication between components and the configuration.""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.""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.""Upgrades are complex. They typically take about five months from start to finish. There are many packages that plug into webMethods Integration Server, which is the central point for a vast majority of the transactions at my organization. Anytime we are upgrading that, there are complexities within each component that we must understand. That makes any upgrade very cumbersome and complicated. That has been my experience at this company. Because there are many different business units that we are touching, there are so many different components that we are touching. The amount of READMEs that you have to go through takes some time."

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"Our licensing is based on a five-year contract, and as far as I know, there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fee.""The price of this product could be lower."

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"It is expensive, but we reached a good agreement with the company. It is still a little bit expensive, but we got a better deal than the previous one.""The pricing and licensing costs for webMethods are very high, which is the only reason that we might switch to another product.""The vendor is flexible with respect to pricing.""This is an expensive product and we may replace it with something more reasonably priced.""It's a good deal for the money that we pay.""Currently, the licensing solution for this product is pretty straightforward. The way that Software AG has moved in their licensing agreements is very understandable. It is very easy for you to see where things land. Like most vendors today, they are transaction based. Therefore, just having a good understanding of how many transactions that you are doing a year would be very wise. Luckily, there are opportunities to work with the vendor to get a good understanding of how many transactions you have and what is the right limit for you to fall under."

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IBM Integration Bus is an enterprise integration engine that offers a fast, simple way for systems and applications to communicate with each other. As a result, it can help you achieve business value, reduce IT complexity and save money.

The award-winning webMethods Integration Server, our Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), is a complete enterprise application integration solution. It's standards-based so it "speaks" any technology. You can integrate any technology from any vendor: ERP systems, databases, mainframes and legacy apps. SaaS platforms, Web services, JMS messaging systems and packaged apps.

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Financial Services Firm50%
Computer Software Company15%
Comms Service Provider10%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm8%
Insurance Company6%
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Manufacturing Company19%
Energy/Utilities Company19%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company13%
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Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Retailer7%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise68%
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Large Enterprise85%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Integration Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,536 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Integration Bus is ranked 2nd in ESB with 19 reviews while webMethods Integration Server is ranked 3rd in ESB with 9 reviews. IBM Integration Bus is rated 8.0, while webMethods Integration Server is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Integration Bus writes "A GUI that greatly simplifies data transformation and application developmet, but it is difficult to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of webMethods Integration Server writes "Its single hybrid-integration platform makes it easy to troubleshoot and quickly resolve issues. Upgrades are complex". IBM Integration Bus is most compared with Mule ESB, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, Oracle Service Bus, Red Hat Fuse and TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Bus, whereas webMethods Integration Server is most compared with Mule ESB, Oracle Service Bus, SAP Process Orchestration, IBM WebSphere Message Broker and Boomi AtomSphere Integration. See our IBM Integration Bus vs. webMethods Integration Server report.

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