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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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"A great solution for creating program solutions in a framework for Microsoft Windows quickly and easily.""The most valuable features are the Domain Controller and the WBFS Manager.""The most valuable feature is the financial accounting.""When it comes to the user interface, the context is better than other tools because it is easier to use.""The .NET framework is a mature platform that is very helpful and saves time during the software development process.""As we are a software company, we find that accessing resources using this technology is easier compared to the others.""I'd rate the solution as highly stable.""Ease of use, the richness of the libraries and basically very good development tools."

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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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"It would be nice if the framework were able to work with additional environments and systems like Linux.""Better integration with other tools to make the operation faster would be an improvement.""This solution should include Power BI so that we don't have to use any third-party tools.""They should have more training materials available that are specific to .NET. We spend a lot of money training our engineers.""If Microsoft would provide a monthly subscription at a cost that a developer can afford then it would be really helpful.""In the next release, I am looking for more advanced technologies such as socket communication and enhanced features like realtime chat with the clients.""The pricing is a bit expensive.""The .NET open source community could be larger."

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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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"The product and support for this solution are free for everyone.""The pricing could be cheaper.""There is a Community Edition that can be used free of charge, but the licensing cost for the Enterprise version is quite high.""If you want to develop an enterprise-level application, you have to purchase the enterprise-level development license.""The Microsoft .NET Framework is free of charge, without licensing cost.""For the moment I can only give the product a rating of five out of ten since only some of the customers will be satisfied, those that have the financial resources for hosting a platform on Windows Server."

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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: If we take low code, no code platform such as RPA platforms, you might end up writing 100 lines of code and you might do it in a single line of code using. NET.
Top Answer: You need to have the technical expertise to use this product.
Top Answer: We are using this solution for Forms. Website for basic monitoring of the tools, and we have developed intelligent automation which is like a service and is running in the backend to monitor bots. We… more »
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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.
.NET Framework is a software framework that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It includes a large class library named Framework Class Library (FCL) and provides language interoperability across several programming languages. Programs written for .NET Framework execute in a software environment named Common Language Runtime (CLR), an application virtual machine that provides services such as security, memory management, and exception handling. FCL and CLR together constitute .NET Framework.
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TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
Curtin University, Rockwell Automation, Aruba Networks, Insurity Inc., City of Barcelona, Pennsylvania DCNR, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, A1 Telekom Austria AG, Eastman Chemical Company
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Government22%
Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company22%
Healthcare Company11%
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Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company5%
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Government25%
University13%
Mining And Metals Company13%
Computer Software Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm6%
Educational Organization5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise35%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Microsoft .NET Framework and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,057 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 7th in Application Infrastructure with 9 reviews while Microsoft .NET Framework is ranked 2nd in Application Infrastructure with 13 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2, while Microsoft .NET Framework is rated 8.4. 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 Microsoft .NET Framework writes "Has improved our efficiency in the time it takes to program a solution". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, Tomcat, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and IBM WebSphere Message Broker, whereas Microsoft .NET Framework is most compared with Magic xpa Application Platform, Apache Web Server, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal and NGINX Plus. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Microsoft .NET Framework report.

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