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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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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.
Pavel Shcherbukha
Real User
Team Leader of the Development Team at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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»

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

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