IBM Integration Bus Reviews

IBM Integration Bus is the #1 ranked solution of our top ESB tools. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Mule ESB - IBM Integration Bus vs Mule ESB

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Jagan Chidella
Real User
Systems Software Specialist III at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 19 2019

What is most valuable?

My favorite feature is the XML-based DFDL mapping, which is a tool that allows you to graphically map legacy data formats to modern data formats. I like it because there is less programming involved… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I did only one PoC which is critical to the organization so I'm not an expert. We had consultants who developed most of the prior applications, but my part involved a new project to integrate with our… more »

What needs improvement?

This solution would benefit from improvements to the configuration interface. It is hard to understand, and one small change can have a huge impact. For example, if you say Yes instead of No in one of… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we used TIBCO. I was not involved in the integration bus, so I don't know the history before we moved to IBM.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very large and complex product. It takes several people to understand every feature in it because nobody understands it completely. I am an architect but I also develop. I really love this… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Most of our products are IBM, which makes it easy to integrate them.
Qudrat Khan
Real User
Sr. Manager Software Quality Assurance at UBL
Sep 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The Integration Bus has provided us with a certain level of security. For instance, before we used this solution, we were directly connecting to databases through a DB link. We were able to stop that practice and make it more secure using Integration Bus. It has also provided us with the capability… more »

What needs improvement?

Surely something that can be improved is session management. Sometimes sessions hang. Practically every day we hear about session congestion and this kind of thing. Troubleshooting the issue has become a long-standing problem. Where the true problem lies is a challenge for our support team. The… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously have another solution called BixTalk which we were using four to five years ago. One major problem with BizTalk was that we had very few people available who were actually trained on it. Secondly, there were some sever issues as well. We had a synchronization problem on top of… more »

What other advice do I have?

It is a little hard to suggest a product for someone else without knowing anything about their situation. I would surely recommend it for companies that have lots of applications that they want to integrate. This is mostly what I would recommend it for. If you want a platform that seamlessly… more »
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Pavel Shcherbukha
Real User
Team Leader of the Development Team at IBM/IT-Innovation
Sep 28 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very reliable and it is easy to learn. There are many connectors to different sources and it's easy to scale. Also, it is easy to parametrize the integration of bus applications… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Before, we used to use client-server applications with strong interaction. Using the integration bus we quickly broke through the border between client-server and service-oriented architecture… more »

What needs improvement?

I like the IBM Integration Bus and I hope that it will change in micro-service architecture. My understanding is that it will change to be less connected, and less depends on the operating system or… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use client-service applications with strong integration between application. The company implemented many other applications with different interfaces and aimed to link with external… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to start with reading the documentation. Have a good understanding of how to integrate Integration Bus with different resources, and to have… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have gone through different comparative solutions and other integrated systems, and IBM Integration Bus is better for enterprise.
Channu Kambalyal
Real User
Senior Leader - Architecture, Mars Global Services at Mars Information Services China
Sep 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution has a variety of valuable features. The ESB characteristics are great. The transformation, protocol bridging and routing are great. The list of features on offer are both useful and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has improved our organization in the sense that it offers new graphical user interfaces and protocols. The fact that they have been made available has helped out business.

What needs improvement?

The monolithic architecture is an issue. Due to the fact that it's a built on monolithic architecture, the solution is not very lightweight. It's not highly productive, so, in that sense, it's not so… more »

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

The pricing is pretty good. We've noticed that it's quite reasonable, whereas, for example, solutions like MuleSoft are rising. Salesforce recently acquired MuleSoft and has grown its market share… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Although we didn't use another solution per se, we do use MuleSoft. MuleSoft is more lightweight. It's not as monolithic. We use MuleSoft and another IBM solution. However, we've been using IBM… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're IBM customers. We don't have a business relationship with IBM. The solution is deployed on an underlying platform in the traditional MQ. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. I'd rate it… more »
Real User
CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Aug 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution offers pretty good pricing. The technical support is great. The solution is stable and can scale relatively easily. The user interface is easy to navigate. The performance is decent. The solution offers good dashboards. The management and monitoring on offer are very good.

What needs improvement?

IBM doesn't really have a very strong community surrounding the product. Most of its direct competitors are open source solutions, and those have an excellent and well-developed community around the tech to help users navigate the ins and outs of the product. IBM is lacking in this area. If they had… more »

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

The pricing is pretty good. What they charge isn't unreasonable.

What other advice do I have?

We're IBM partner-resellers. The reason we've implemented the solution is driven more by our clients' demands. The clients want IBM Integration Bus, or they already have some investment in IBM Integration Bus. We want to build capability in it to support the clients. We don't have a level of… more »
Real User
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 27 2019

What is most valuable?

This product provides a relatively easy way to develop integration solutions. This solution has very good, high-availability features. From a performance point of view… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The whole of the radar data that we receive from the ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) is transformed by the IBM Integration bus.

What needs improvement?

This product uses the PVU (Processor Value Unit) license model from IBM, and it is something that should be improved. It requires you to install monitoring software that… more »

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

Our licensing is based on a five-year contract, and as far as I know, there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fee.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When I started at the facility, they were using CORBA (Common Object Request Broker) for the integration. It was used very intensively, and the project to introduce this… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody implementing this solution for the first time is to have people from IBM on-site to help you establish the operating procedures and the development… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated several similar products including solutions from Oracle and Software AG, and we chose this solution not only because of its technical features but also… more »
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 »
Sandeep Chukkapalli
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is similar to Adobe X Pro. We can intersect with any of those items. The scalability is very good. The integration with other tools is excellent. It integrates well with batch issues. Overall, the solution works very well.

What needs improvement?

IBM could improve its connectivity. The solution needs to be better integrated with the cloud version of the solution. The solution is constrained by the environment - whether it's on-premises or the cloud. The cloud seems to be more… more »

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

I don't have any information about licensing or costs. It's not something that I am in charge of.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I didn't previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We're just IBM customers. We're not partners and we don't have a relationship with the company. In terms of on-premises vs cloud, I'd suggest users go to the cloud. It obviously depends on the market and the adoption rate. I'd rate the… more »
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What is IBM Integration Bus?

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.
Also known as
IBM WebSphere ESB
IBM Integration Bus customers
Salesbox, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Road Buddy, Swiss Federal Railways, Electricity Supply Board, The Hartree Centre, ESB Networks
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