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Abdel Moneim Emad
Real User
Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intercom Enterprises
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability: Once you deploy your application, it will be very stable with no issues at all. * Ease of administration: It has an Integrated Solutions Console, what we call… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use IBM WAS Developer Edition in our development machines for free. There is an Eclipse Plugin provided by IBM, so no need to buy IBM Rational Application Developer or… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM needs to pay attention to market changes more quickly. We now have Java 9 and very soon Java EE8. We do not want to wait for two or three years after their release… more»

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

If your application is just a web app that does not need to scale big, you can obtain a single core license of WAS Express edition, which has almost the same features with… more»

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

I used Oracle GlassFish and Apache Tomcat but found them good only for small applications. Also, they need a lot of XML configuration and are not really production-ready.

What other advice do I have?

IBM products, in general, need a lot of experience. They are very similar, have much in common, but to avoid getting into trouble and strange issues, it's important to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Red Hat JBoss EAP, but since we need to integrate with IBM MQ and the IBM Integration Bus, all in a mixed Windows/AIX environment, we found that IBM WAS was… more»
Erik Huisman
Real User
FileNet Technical Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The Admin Console is most valuable to us since we have to use it to configure the application server for using it as middleware for our IBM FileNet, IBM Content Navigator and IBM Case Manager software… more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM WAS is the backbone for our enterprise content management suite which delivers the primary processes for our customers. Without a good application server, it would be hard to provide a secure… more»

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

Room for improvement would only be in the licensing. As with all IBM products the licensing can be complex and expensive. Bargain well and try to get as much discount as possible. Discounts of 85% are… more»

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

We used BEA WebLogic before using IBM WAS. The reason we switched was because of the licensing. BEA WebLogic has to be purchased separately, while IBM WAS base is part of the deal when you purchase… more»

What other advice do I have?

Get a good feeling for how many users your system has and work out a system architecture before starting to implement IBM WAS. It is a product that can be implemented in many ways. Making a wrong… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated other products, like BEA WebLogic and JBoss.
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Gurvijay Bhatti
Real User
Senior Solutions Architect at Department of Justice
Aug 14 2019

What is most valuable?

Stability, high availability, alert management, and deployments are the most valuable features for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We have about 3,000 users concurrently using this application. This application has achieved more than 99.9% up time which has resulted in increased productivity and efficiency.

What needs improvement?

The computing resources required to run WAS could be reduced so that we can use a smaller virtual machine to run the application. I would like WAS administration tasks to be completed via scripts, rather than GUI.

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

I don't remember the price, but there were no additional costs.

What other advice do I have?

Use an expert WAS Admin to set up the deployment scripts and automating as much as possible. Implement DevOps concepts by working in conjunction with administrators and developers I would rate this solution as eight out of ten.
Akkari Fay
Real User
Director of Operations at ufi
Oct 10 2019

What do you think of IBM WebSphere Application Server?

What is our primary use case?

I am a specialist in content management solutions, especially IBM and other open-source products. I am the director of my team, and we specialize in this solution. We use this in many areas including banking, insurance, and public administration.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is Portal Virtualization.

What needs improvement?

In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for the Arabic language. Better and easier integration with other solutions, such as DB2, would be an improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about fourteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very good in terms of stability. It is…

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What is IBM WebSphere Application Server?

IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.
Also known as
WebSphere Application Server
IBM WebSphere Application Server customers
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