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NaveenTak
Consultant
Senior Integration Consultant at a tech services company
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* REST API design and development support are useful. Building and exposing APIs using GUI API designer with editor makes implementation a breeze. * Pub/Sub support (using… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We were able to implement REST APIs quickly by using out-of-the-box support for design and implementation. * IBM support is exceptionally competent and quick. * It has… more»

What needs improvement?

* My biggest concern is its MQ dependency, which are still not 100% independent. E.g., in the case of aggregation flows, IIB needs a complete overhaul for aggregation… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

* The IIB setup is still very command-based. The implementation is not so easy. * It still needs a lot of environment and OS-related tweaking. * Pricing is on par with its… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not switch. Wherever I have implemented it, it was either: * IIB/WMB was already there. * It was the preferred choice.

What other advice do I have?

IIB is a great product. It could use some minor improvements, such as: * IIB toolkit needs design overhaul; maybe some themes. * Current aggregation implementation should… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Mule ESB. We didn't consider because: * Mulesoft was relatively new. Hence, it lacked skilled resources. * The cost was high compared to IIB. * The client had… more»
Yogesh Bhardwaj
Real User
Offshore Delivery Head (US) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

With respect to our enterprise and SOA compliance (this product fits within the SOA compliance category), we want to talk about microsolution architecture, as enterprises generally enable SOA first before going to microsolutions. It will… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our company a lot. We have added a lot of adapters. The microservice has provided an advantage for us, so we have a lot of adapters with REST Node.js, which have been added. IBM used to provide multiple adapters. For… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM does not support orchestration, which is how they designed it, and other BPM tools in the market support orchestration. IIB wasn't designed for short and small transitions which are preferred to be stateless. If they merged the BPM… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine out of 10, because of: * The community. * They provide freeware. * The support that IBM provides. * It fits its purpose. IIB is one of the top-rated solution in this category. If looking for a tool which is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Oracle.
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Real User
Integration Team Leader /Integration Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

IIB is feature rich product it is hard to point to a single feature , but most important is IIB supports most communication protocols out the box (SOAP/REST/HTTP/MQ/JMS/TCP/Files) Native support of Asynchronous calls . support of multiple message formats (XML/JSON/ CWF/CSF/SWIFT/HL7....) Global… more»

How has it helped my organization?

IIB helped our clients having clean Overall solution , doing decoupling between different systems , eliminating duplicate point to point integration points . replacing legacy integration products ,and having high performing stable trouble free Enterprise service bus

What needs improvement?

It would be better with more API management features. More Micro-service and container based support. IBM is already working on it on Version 11, but it still needs improvement. Also IIB have cloud version ,it is doesn't have all features of the On premise version , and needs more improvement .

What other advice do I have?

IIB very flexible.nearly limitless , You can easily overload it with duties that it's not meant to hold. Organizations needs to have strong their architecture team and SOA governance during and After implementation .to avoid overloading the ESB Layer. I would give IBM Integration Bus an 11 out of… more»
Wael Alhasan
Real User
Middleware Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 14 2018

How has it helped my organization?

There is a concept behind the project of this technology, the ESP technology, it is just the layer because of the bus between front systems and back systems, So if I want to change anything in the back system, no need to change in the front… more»

What needs improvement?

The resources about IBM are hard to find, and it is not enough material. Finding people who know this product is problematic.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I have no comment on pricing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have prior experience with Oracle. The work bus and the the word map is totally different from Oracle. In Oracle you're doing the job management most of the time, in IBM product, their version, it's much easier. You just try to sync with… more»

What other advice do I have?

IBM recently changed the name of this solution to IBM API-Connect. With the new name, they have added two new features, such as connecting to the cloud.

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IBM Integration Bus is an enterprise integration engine that offers a fast, simple way for systems and applications to communicate with each other. As a result, it can help you achieve business value, reduce IT complexity and save money.
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