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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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"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.""The comprehensiveness and depth of Integration Servers' connectors to packaged apps and custom apps is unlimited. They have a connector for everything. If they don't, you can build it yourself. Or oftentimes, if there is value for other customers as well, you can talk with webMethods about creating a new adapter for you.""The ease of mapping... is the single largest feature. It gives us the ability to craft anything. A lot of single-purpose technologies, like Mirth, are good for healthcare messages, but we use webMethods not only for healthcare messages but for other business-related purposes, like integrations to Salesforce or integrations to Office 365. It's multi-purpose nature is very strong."

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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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"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.""It would be nice if they had a change management system offering. We built our own deployer application because the one built into webMethods couldn't enforce change management rules. Integration into a change management system, along with the version control system, would be a good offering; it's something that they're lacking.""I'd like to see the admin portal for managing the integration server go up a level, to have more capabilities and to be given a more modern web interface."

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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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"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.""Pricing is the number-one downfall. It's too expensive. They could make more money by dropping the price in half and getting more customers. It's the best product there is, but it's too expensive.""I do think webMethods is coming under increasing pressure when it comes to their price-to-feature value proposition. It's probably the single biggest strategic risk they have. They're very expensive in their industry. They've been raising the price recently, especially when compared with their competitors."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: It's a visual tool, so our transformations can be quickly implemented without a lot of fuss. The fact that we have an easy way to expose REST services is also very interesting. It offers the… more »
Top Answer: I don't think webMethods is the cheapest but I think the quality is worth it. But it's not cheap. We're satisfied with our choice and the price is not a reason to look for something else.
Top Answer: In terms of improvement, it would be better if it adapted quicker to open standards. It took a while for API specification before the last version was available. The spec of version two was rather… more »
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WebSphere Message Broker
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Overview
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.

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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WestJet, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Sharp Corporation, Michelin Tire
Fujitsu, Coca Cola, ING, Credit Suisse, Electrolux, GTA, CosmosDirekt
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Insurance Company9%
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Manufacturing Company21%
Energy/Utilities Company16%
Computer Software Company16%
Financial Services Firm11%
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Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider15%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Retailer6%
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Small Business14%
Large Enterprise86%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. webMethods Integration Server and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
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IBM WebSphere Message Broker is ranked 7th in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 5 reviews while webMethods Integration Server is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 9 reviews. IBM WebSphere Message Broker is rated 7.8, while webMethods Integration Server is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Message Broker writes "Easy to setup and deploy, with easy mapping, and it integrates well with MQ". 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 WebSphere Message Broker is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, Mule ESB, IBM BPM, IBM DataPower Gateway and Red Hat Fuse, whereas webMethods Integration Server is most compared with Mule ESB, SAP Process Orchestration, IBM Integration Bus, Mule Anypoint Platform and Talend Open Studio. See our IBM WebSphere Message Broker vs. webMethods Integration Server report.

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