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"Overall, it is a pretty good product. It is also very scalable.""This is a good platform for designing, flowing out APIs, and then doing API-based integrations.""The monitoring capabilities of this product are very good because of the feedback it supplies in statistics.""This is the easiest and best tool available.""The API toolkit is the solution's most valuable aspect at this time, for our organization.""Mule Anypoint Platform is our preferred platform for integration.""It is very easy to use for building connectors. It comes with a lot of connectors. For example, it has different adapters for NetSuite, which are very easy to use. It also has Salesforce connectors. The object store feature is also really easy to use. Mule Anypoint Platform is also good in terms of performance and how it is managed behind the scenes.""Mule works very well with Salesforce and CRMs."

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"The solution offers multiple deployment options.""The transformation and the data format are the features that I like the most.""The solution has a good graphical interface.""The connectivity the solution provides is excellent. There are often too many systems that we have to integrate and this helps with that.""Everything runs in Java, which is a useful feature.""What Mule provides out-of-box is a sufficient product.""Easy connectivity and easy integration.""The most valuable feature for Mule is the number of connectors that are available."

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"The runtime management and connectors could use some work and are vulnerable to breakage after upgrades.""Lacks intelligent management data and intelligent mappings.""Its documentation needed a little bit of work to make it more usable. It is a platform that is used mainly by developers and other people for connecting systems. Its documentation was confusing in some areas and was not very helpful in other areas. I had to go to a consultant to get some work done, which ideally shouldn't be required.""Mule should have better B2B integration.""An on-premise setup requires special skills and you need a lot of professional services.""The solution is very expensive. They need to work on the pricing.""It has different types of subscriptions. For platinum or lower subscriptions, there are not too many things that can be done. We don't see many features. They should release a basic version that has logging and monitoring features. These features should come with Mule Anypoint Platform for free instead of making customers pay separately for these features. Its dashboard can be improved to have a lot of charts so that it is easy to visualize information. The utilization part can be improved. The dashboard is good currently, but it can be better. Other solutions like Elastic have a good dashboard, and they allow you to administer the product from the UI. Currently, for RTF, there is a different dashboard or utility. It would be good to include the same utility in the cloud solution. It would be good if there is a centralized repository that includes the links to the information about various troubleshooting issues. The documentation is there currently, and it is good, but the troubleshooting information is too scattered. We have to go to different links to find troubleshooting information. This kind of centralized repository would be helpful for new customers who are implementing this solution. It will be helpful to see different kinds of issues that can occur.""It doesn't work well when you try using it for the processing layer."

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"In an upcoming release, I would like to see more additional concept for exception handling, batch processing, and increased integration with other application.""Lacking some connectors that could be included.""It's not easy to troubleshoot and we still can't make it work.""There are some issues with both stability and scalability.""The solution isn't as stable as we'd like it to be. There are some ongoing issues and therefore Mule has to provide frequent patches. Mule's core IP should be more stable overall.""It would be great to see implementing security modules as a feature.""There are limitations with the subscription model that comes with the product.""MuleSoft is not so strong in method-based integration, so they're not so functional in that regard."

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"The product comes complete at one set price including support.""Mule is not the cheapest integration platform out there, but it deserves the price we are paying."

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"This product is cheaper than some offered by other vendors, although there is a problem because you have to pay for some third-party adapters.""The licensing is yearly, and there are additional fees for services."

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Top Answer: I architected solutions using Oracle SOA/OSB, Spring Boot, MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes; What I see is though if you are an enterprise and have enough money… more »
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether TIBCO BusinessWorks or Mule Anypoint platform integration and connectivity software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Mule… more »
Top Answer: We are very satisfied with the DevOps support.
Top Answer: I was previously part of the Oracle SOA/OSB development team. In my current capacity I architected solutions using MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes and on PCE/RTF on… more »
Top Answer: Our team ran a comparison of IBM’s Integration Bus vs. Mule ESB in order to determine what sort of ESB software was the best fit for our organization. Ultimately we decided to choose IBM Integration… more »
Top Answer: The solution has a good graphical interface.
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With connectivity, composability, and control, Anypoint Platform solves the most challenging connectivity problems across SOA, SaaS, and APIs. It's a unified, highly productive, hybrid integration platform that creates an application network of apps, data and devices with API-led connectivity.

For companies looking to modernize and unlock the value of existing on-premises systems and applications, an enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture serves as a critical foundation layer for SOA. When deployed as an ESB, the Mule runtime engine of Anypoint Platform combines the power of data and application integration across legacy systems and SaaS applications, with a seamless path to the other capabilities of Anypoint Platform and the full power of API-led connectivity.
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Sample Customers
VMware, Gucci, MasterCard, Target, Time Inc, Hershey's, Tesla, Spotify, Office Depot, Intuit, CBS, Amtrak, Salesforce, Gap, Ralph Lauren
Ube, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Justice Systems, Camelot
Top Industries
Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Financial Services Firm43%
Computer Software Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm7%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise47%
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise63%
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise50%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise63%
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Mule Anypoint Platform is ranked 1st in Business-to-Business Middleware with 12 reviews while Mule ESB is ranked 3rd in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 9 reviews. Mule Anypoint Platform is rated 7.8, while Mule ESB is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Mule Anypoint Platform writes "Constantly improving to help connect applications, data, and devices". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mule ESB writes "Well performing and easy to use solution". Mule Anypoint Platform is most compared with TIBCO BusinessWorks, SAP Process Orchestration, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Informatica PowerCenter and Boomi AtomSphere Integration, whereas Mule ESB is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, webMethods Integration Server, Red Hat Fuse, Oracle Service Bus and Oracle SOA Suite.

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