IBM Integration Bus Room for Improvement

Jagan Chidella
Systems Software Specialist III at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 the configuration settings, or Transactional instead of Non-transactional, then the whole meaning changes and it is difficult to track down the problem. This is the reason that many of our projects are progressing slowly. We just don't know what is going to happen with different parameter settings. It makes it very difficult to be creative. The only other difficult part is that IBM adds its own meta-data, in addition to the normal, generic XML data, into the tree. It's hard for us to understand how to navigate the tree and pick what we want or figure out where our own application data lies, because of the additional IBM specific data. We understand that they do things this way in order to reduce the programming, but it's more of a learning curve. View full review »
Qudrat Khan
Sr. Manager Software Quality Assurance at UBL
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 session management issue may be a bigger problem for us because our support team is not so highly trained. Also, sometimes our developers are not able to dig down to locate the actual problem. To resolve the issue when it occurs, we have to at least restart the server. It is not really solving the problem, it just relieves the symptoms. These session management problems are the basic issues we are having, but otherwise, our services have become better after bringing in the Integration Bus. One thing I would like to have added to Integration Bus is a plugin — or some other software, — to enable testing the performance of our services from the application hosted on the IBM service. I think that the users of the system should be able to get something like that and somehow do performance testing on their own. Currently, I have used some studio or some plugin to find these results. Another option is using services that are available that I have also tried. If IBM could provide this same type of testing capability in its application, that that would be great. It would enable us to report to our business on the facts about how much we have improved from the earlier architecture. View full review »
Integration Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It needs improvement in terms of technical support as well as in terms of integration of data mining. I am not convinced about many things in this solution, such as the conversion of the DFDL or copybook file, which is the conversion from a text file to XML. It is very complex. They should also provide more information about this solution in the IBM Knowledge Center. I can get a lot of information from the IBM Knowledge Center about DataStage, but I don't get that much information about IBM Integration Bus. There is hardly any information even on the internet and various channels such as YouTube. They can provide good step-by-step documentation based on a company's requirements. It would be really helpful. My company is mainly looking for data mining and communicating with multiple servers. IBM Integration Bus is good for communicating with multiple servers, but it needs improvement for XML conversion and data mining. We have a lot of old systems that use XML. View full review »
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Pavel Shcherbukha
Team Leader of the Development Team at IBM/IT-Innovation
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 the hardware resources. I would like to be able to run and install this solution on different platforms and using containers and using modern micro-service and cloud environments. View full review »
Channu Kambalyal
Senior Leader - Architecture, Mars Global Services at Mars Information Services China
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 user friendly. The solution needs to be a little bit more business-friendly in its API management capability. The solution needs to improve its security and its proactive notification of security issues. The expiry of the passwords, certificates, and things like that need to be powered by alerts so that it's more obvious that it's something we need to update (before everything actually expires). View full review »
CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
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 of a community, more people would know about the product. They should push to create a developer community around it and make the products more accessible to developers. I've heard some clients are asking for autoscaling capabilities. It could improve DevOps. They might have something similar in other products, however, if they could introduce it within this product at some small level, it would make many clients happy. View full review »
Enterprise Solution Architect at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 ensures you are only using the number of CPUs that you have paid for. This license monitoring tool is very complicated. View full review »
Managing Director at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
The solution itself is quite expensive for smaller companies because of a complex architecture setup if you just start. Easier and a more plug and playable solution which make an MVP easier in being able to show the value faster to the customer. View full review »
Integration Team Leader /Integration Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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 . View full review »
Sandeep Chukkapalli
Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
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 adaptable. View full review »
Mahmoud Emara
IBM Integration Bus Developer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The interface could be more user-friendly. View full review »
Nnamdi Ndukwe
Application Development Team Lead at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
One drawback that I have found is that there are issues with using the Java connector. I was running out of heap space. View full review »
Operations Officer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Documentation is not easy to understand. There should be inclusion of more and more adapters that make this product more usable. View full review »
Steven Lien
Solution Consulting Director at PCCW
The integration is difficult to manage. Migrating to this solution is complex and it would be helpful if they had a way to convert existing integrations. View full review »
Team Lead and Senior Architect at FCL
Currently, we have some custom solutions for logs; it would be nice if these solutions could be provided out of the box. The solution doesn't have a standard testing framework that can be used for integration performance and other tests. The user interface could be improved in a future release. View full review »
Head of Information Systems Development Department at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Technical support is something that should be better. Lowering the price would be an improvement. The deployment should be easier. View full review »
Cameo Mbowane
Chief Executive Officer at Customersoft Innovation
I would like for them to make the training much easier. Once you work with a sphere of people that can integrate the solution, then it's stable. But just to educate people, it's not that easy to do. It's not easy content to teach people. View full review »
VP at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Licensing is too high. It is quite expensive. We don't have a lot of clients who apply for it because they cannot justify the price. They know it's a good product but it just is too expensive for them. So we have to send them to products that are cheaper. View full review »
Sr. Manager CRM Platform and Integration at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
In terms of improvement, the UI should be more user-friendly. View full review »
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