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"The most valuable feature of this solution is Portal Virtualization.""The solution is robust. The connection management and the scalability, which IBM provides to the Stack, are also valuable.""It has good stability of the application server in the long term compared to other solutions.""We needed this type of integration and WebShepere is the best tool for it.""The scalability of the product is quite good.""This solution is easy to use with a GUI that is intuitive and very helpful.""It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.""As compared to other applications, it has tremendous support. We have built internal capability so that we use it extensively internally. It is also easier to use with the outside data. You can write in ESQL, Java, or any other technology that you want to use for development. So, it is a lot more flexible in the language that it supports."

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"It has many interfaces and you can connect to any backend source that has another format, and convert it to the desired format.""We only use the basic features, but the most valuable one for us is the Publish-subscribe pattern.""The solution has good integration.""Performance-wise, this solution is really good.""Integration and mapping are easy, which is a major advantage."

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Cons
"In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for the Arabic language.""They should make the solution more lightweight and not bundle everything into a single product.""It should be able to serve more concurrent requests like Oracle. Oracle has more powerful stability, availability, and real-time serving.""I think that this is a good product but I think that the cloud environment could be improved. I think that the future is in the utilization of the product in a product as a service way which is something that is lacking at this moment.""The availability of the solution needs improvement.""Some things are very difficult to do, so the interface and usage could be more intuitive for those.""Based on the field and based on the build that was provided, we've noticed a lot of constraints in terms of the performance now.""The business logic side of it is sort of missing in the sense that if I want to track and measure velocity, it is not really available. You have to buy another application and embark on a separate implementation. Instead of having different licensing, IBM DataPower should be integrated with WebSphere. It will allow us to build the business layer and rules a lot more efficiently, rather than developing rules within the application. It would be good if we can set up the business layer through parametrization rather than development. IBM DataPower has the business rule and the controls, and if it can be integrated, it would be fantastic. It will help the application in working better in terms of security features and business logic. If you're going to use it for open banking, you will be able to monitor velocity on the total pricing."

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"The user interface is designed mainly for experts, much in the way a BPM or another integration tool is.""Technical support is very slow and needs to be improved.""The installation configuration is quite difficult.""The images and size of the containers are too big and I think that they should be more lightweight.""Technical support is good but they could have a better response time."

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"We pay around $200,000 annually.""The price of this product is higher than that of competitors.""We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue.""It is very expensive.""The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution."

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"IBM products are generally more stable and have more features, but also come at a greater cost.""The price is very high and it's the main reason that we are searching for alternatives.""This product is more expensive than competing products.""I feel with IBM, when you want certain functions or features, you have to continuously purchase add-ons. There are always additional fees."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.
Top Answer: We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue. You need to pay for both software licenses and software support, which was the… more »
Top Answer: I'm not certain if the WebSphere solution was deployed by IBM. There are a lot of complexities in how the solution was actually built and deployed, which means troubleshooting on management for us is… more »
Top Answer: Integration and mapping are easy, which is a major advantage.
Top Answer: If you want to connect to the database, it provides solutions in India, but you have to purchase it separately. They are not mature enough and we have difficulties using them. They are expensive and… more »
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WebSphere Message Broker
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Overview
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.
WebSphere Message Broker is an enterprise service bus (ESB) providing connectivity and universal data transformation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and non-SOA environments. It allows businesses of any size to eliminate point-to-point connections and batch processing regardless of platform, protocol or data format.
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Sample Customers
TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
WestJet, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Sharp Corporation, Michelin Tire
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Government22%
Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company22%
Healthcare Company11%
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Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
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Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm13%
Insurance Company9%
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Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise59%
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IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 7th in Application Infrastructure with 9 reviews while IBM WebSphere Message Broker is ranked 8th in Application Infrastructure with 5 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2, while IBM WebSphere Message Broker is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Bad documentation, does not scale well, and has a lot of complexities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Message Broker writes "Easy to setup and deploy, with easy mapping, and it integrates well with MQ". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, Tomcat, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and Apache Web Server, whereas IBM WebSphere Message Broker is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, Mule ESB, webMethods Integration Server, IBM BPM and IIS. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. IBM WebSphere Message Broker report.

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