IBM Integration Bus Overview

IBM Integration Bus is the #3 ranked solution in our list of top ESB tools. It is most often compared to Mule ESB: IBM Integration Bus vs Mule ESB

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.

IBM Integration Bus is also known as IBM WebSphere ESB.

IBM Integration Bus Buyer's Guide

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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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Integration Team Leader /Integration Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Great for productivity ,and Run-time performance , easy to learn and use.

What is our primary use case?

The IBM Integration Bus platform is Advanced Enterprise service bus , Typically used in SOA Environments . with newer version it can work it container based platforms and can be used to implement Micro services. We have implemented IIB/WMB Based Solution in multiple organizations helping them to adopt Service oriented architecture , and eliminating point to point integrations.

Pros and Cons

  • "IBM Integration Bus has a complete set of tools that are implemented between rules when it comes to run time, but it's not easy to understand."
  • "I would like to see more metered rest and API support. IBM is already working on it on Version 11, but it still needs 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 10. I have tried solutions from competitors Brands. There is no comparison.
WA
Middleware Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
The tech support is very good.

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case of this solution is for establishing an enterprise service between the orchestrated transactions of two different channels. This is the main purpose of this product.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very straightforward. It is very user-friendly integration."
  • "To scale virtically, is difficult."

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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Yogesh Bhardwaj
Offshore Delivery Head (US) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
One of the most stable products which I have seen in the market

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is a content-based tool for system messaging. IIB comes with IBM MQ as its messaging backbone. With respect to our requirements, IIB fits well, and it does its job.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is one of the most stable products which I have seen in the market."
  • "IBM does not support orchestration, which is how they designed it, and other BPM tools in the market support orchestration. If they merged the BPM capability into this product, then it would be a better solution."

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 SOA compliance, you can blindly go for this particular tool. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is support. We are looking for the 24/7 support in respect to that particular product. It should be compliant within our business requirements. Technology is evolving day-by-day and should have an additional features added-on as long as we are…
NaveenTak
Senior Integration Consultant at Candela Labs (AWPL reborn)
Consultant
Easy to understand documentation with a huge list of examples and tutorials

What is our primary use case?

We have used IIB as a complete ESB solution with IBM MQ for various financial institutions. IIB supports various connectors, message formats, and transport protocols. Its transformation language, ESQL, is easy to learn and use. Rich support of the mapping node (GUI mapping), JavaCompute Node, XSL, etc. make it useful and developer friendly. IIB 10's primary features: * REST API design and development support out-of-the-box. OpenAPI compliant. * Lightweight run time, hence it is ideal for Docker/microservices implementation. * Several ways to admin using web interface, REST API admin… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Easy to understand documentation with a huge list of examples and tutorials."
  • "Web interface, REST API for viewing services, admin, stats, and deployment are premium features, which makes IIB stand among its competition."
  • "REST API design and development support are useful. Building and exposing APIs using GUI API designer with editor makes implementation a breeze."
  • "IBM support is fantastic and quick."
  • "Development toolkit (based on Eclipse) should be improved in terms of responsiveness."
  • "Current aggregation implementation should be deprecated. MQ independent, as well as an intuitive solution, should be proposed."

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 be deprecated. MQ independent, as well as an intuitive solution, should be proposed. * App Connect Enterprise (IIB's newer version) might solve the above issue.
it_user638694
Senior Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
The most valuable features are load management, high availability, and web standards connectivity. I would like to see ESQL be equipped with more functions.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend implementing this with proper planning such as: * Create and implement IIB in a High Availability (HA) environment * Create all required integration servers (execution groups) and assign them with HTTP/HTTPS ports explicitly * Configure SSL from the start * Use proper naming conventions for integration nodes, integration servers, and queue managers.