IBM MQ vs. TIBCO Enterprise Message Service

As of March 2019, IBM MQ is ranked 1st in Business Activity Monitoring with 63 reviews vs TIBCO Enterprise Message Service which is ranked 4th in Business Activity Monitoring with 1 review. The top reviewer of IBM MQ writes "I like that the ability to add applications to it is simple". The top reviewer of TIBCO Enterprise Message Service writes "Allows us to achieve synchronous as well as asynchronous communication". IBM MQ is most compared with RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka. TIBCO Enterprise Message Service is most compared with IBM MQ, Solace PubSub+ and TIBCO FTL.
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It improves reliability and guarantees that messages are not lost.Reliable integration between MQ servers is the most valuable feature.Data integrity, reliability and security are valuable features that IBM MQ possesses.There is no dependency on the end party service's run status.We use queue managers/concentrators for message flow going upstream and downstream on applications with enterprise licenses.It runs everywhere, from the mainframe in the US to the PCs in the Gobi desert attached to an analog modem.Has helped integrate between applications, reduce rework, and costs by reusing working components of existing applications.Integrates between distributed systems: For example, it can help integrate processing between mainframe, client-server, web-based applications by integrating the messages, supporting Service Oriented Architecture.

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It allows us to achieve synchronous as well as asynchronous communication with the added advantage of making the communication reliable.It is very useful tool. It is also very easy to learn and implement.​We have implanted the core middleware solution for the organization using this product and it is responsible for communication between different applications.​The initial setup is straightforward and the product documentation is very good.​

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I believe there is too much code to be done in order to handle the elements that you develop.I believe the stability of the product has decreased since we began using it initially.MQ needs instruments for connection with new modern queues like Kafka or RabbitMQ.SonicMQ CAA (continuous availability architecture) functionality on auto failover and data persistence should be made available without a shared drive, as it exists in multi-instance queue managers.It could get a face lift with a modern marketing campaign.the level of training as well as product marketing for this product are not that great. You rarely find a good training institute that provides training. Many of the architects in several organization are neither aware of the product nor interested in using it. IBM should provide good training on products like this.It needs a User Interface which is better than the aging MQ Explorer. The existing solution MQ Explorer is outdated.The installation of product upgrades and patches is very difficult. It requires the use of the IBM Installation Manager (IM).

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​Since all the communications goes through this product, it acts as a single point of failure.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
To implement such an IBM solution, a company has to pay a lot in term of licensing and consultancy. A pricing model might be a better option.In terms of cost, IBM MQ is slightly on the higher side.IBM MQ appliance has pricing options, but they are costly.99.999 percent availability for less than a penny per message over the past 25 years. IBM MQ is the cheapest software in the IBM software portfolio, and it is one of the best.Pricing could be better, as with all IBM products. But their performance in production, along with security and scalability, will pay returns in the long run.I think the pricing is reasonable, especially with IIB as a part of it.Use the new and lightweight version (Liberty) to lower licensing costs. It is also easier to upgrade/maintain.IBM MQ has a flexible license model based on the Processor Value Unit (PVU) and I recommend it.

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​The cost of licensing is very high. One should go for the product only if they need to ensure message reliability and they cannot afford to lose messages.​

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Also Known As
WebSphere MQEnterprise Message Service

    IBM MQ provides the universal messaging backbone for service-oriented architecture (SOA) connectivity. It connects virtually any commercial IT system, whether on premise, in the cloud, or a mixture. For more than 20 years IBM has led the market in messaging middleware and more than 10,000 businesses across all geographies and industries rely on IBM MQ.

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TIBCO Enterprise Message Service is a standards-based messaging solution that can serve as the backbone of an SOA by providing Java Message Service (JMS) compliant communications across a wide range of platforms and application technologies.
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Sample Customers
Deutsche Bahn, Bon-Ton, WestJet, ARBURG, Northern Territory Government, Tata Steel Europe, Sharp CorporationBNL, SunGard, TUI Group, UTi Worldwide, Yellow Pages Group
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm29%
Insurance Company15%
Healthcare Company8%
Financial Services Firm34%
Insurance Company17%
Engineering Company8%
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Company Size
Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise88%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise86%
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