IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Event Monitoring tools. It is most often compared to BigPanda: IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus vs BigPanda

What is IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus?
Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus provides near real-time service assurance for business infrastructure, applications, servers, network devices and protocols, Internet protocols, storage and security devices.

IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus is also known as Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus.

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IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus Customers
Consolidated Communications, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Capgemini
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus pricing:
  • "Its license cost is a little bit more than other solutions. Our customers expect a standard market price that is comparative to other products. For each and every NetCool OMNIbus component, we have to purchase a separate license. These components are not free with the product."
  • "You have to have the right level of budget to afford this solution."

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Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
It is customer-centric and has support for multi-layered protocols, but it needs better integration and GUI

What is our primary use case?

We use it in the banking services domain. We have many devices and interfaces from different vendors. To perform monitoring, we have deployed NetCool at the high-level architecture. We have 50 lines of business (LOB), and we are using NetCool as a central point. It acts as an event manager. For each and every LOB, we deploy other monitoring tools, and from there, we collect all the events and point them to NetCool. We are using NetCool/Impact for ticketing into BMC Remedy. We are now bringing out apps on top of NetCool for predictive analytics. They would be useful for predicting what is going… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It is customer-centric. Customers can access the event list from their location or desktop and view the event. There is no need to go and connect to any other server and run events to have a view of all the events happening in the environment. We get a good response from customers about this feature and the main architecture of NetCool. Its processing is very good. Deduplication and correlation functionalities are good in this solution as compared to other solutions. A big advantage of NetCool is that it also supports multi-layered protocols. We can receive multiple events from different protocols like UDP, HTTP, and those events can be captured in NetCool."
  • "Its integration could be better. They should provide an easier integration for all the monitoring stuff, and it will make things easier for us. Currently, there is a complexity in integrating it with a vendor application, and we have to use another tool to integrate it with a vendor application. To integrate some applications with NetCool, I need to install an IBM tool on top of it. It would be good if they can provide an API or any kind of interface that we can leverage while developing a new protocol interface or application. We should be able to use an API or interface with NetCool. Its GUI can also be better. As compared to other tools, it is not user friendly, and it is not easy to do stuff through GUI. Whenever we do anything on the GUI, it takes time. They need to focus on the GUI part, especially the dashboard. They should focus on how users can effectively drill down from one box to another. The visual appeal of the dashboard is as important as the data and functionality."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution for event monitoring. I would advise using AI apps or other tools on top of it for predictive analytics. You need to have a solution on top of it as a central solution to manage everything. Based on my analytical background and a lot of experience, I would rate IBM Tivoli NetCool OMNIbus a six out of ten.
Lead Engineer at JCPenney Co.
Real User
Top 20
Good event management features and supports SNMP devices well

What is our primary use case?

This is one of the monitoring tools that we use in-house for our infrastructure. This is not one of the services that we provide to our customers. I use it primarily for event management, where I can do the correlation and analysis I need to configure policies.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the event management capability."
  • "The web portal and typical event controls are a little outdated."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a great tool and one that I recommend but it depends on the cost. You have to have the right level of budget to afford this solution. If you do, then it is the best choice. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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Department Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Easy to use with good monitoring capabilities and good stability

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to monitor our environment.

What is most valuable?

The monitoring is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The cost of the product is quite high. They should work to adjust their pricing models.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for almost ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

For our purposes, the solution has been scalable. Right now we have the solution on seven computers.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good; it's worth the rate they charge.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is…