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Ivan Herlambang
Real User
SOA Governance at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 20 2018

What is most valuable?

The Integration Server It's obvious that the heart of the product lies here. It's comprised of all aspects of ESB (Enterprise Gateway, Adapter, TN, Java) and BPM (task… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Time effective by cutting down development time and resource efficient to developer burden, enhance agility and integration between end-to-end applications, platform

What needs improvement?

The Java Service section, which is probably needs more different manners for a new developer. It doesn't represent OOP very well, just a method and proprietary interface… more»

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

I suppose webMethods aim for large-scale enterprises which is why the price is high, but with high output and better outcomes. Some of the licensing is "component-ized,"… more»

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

No, they won the PoC in the beginning. And mentioned as Leader in Gartner

What other advice do I have?

I have to say that all SoftwareAG products are tightly proprietary, which means you can't just download and install for study purposes or to play around with them. You… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, TIBCO (was good enough IMHO) and Oracle Fusion Middleware (it's quite complicated IMHO).
Hassan Hussien
Consultant
Consultant at AXA
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

There are actually a lot of valuable features. Terracotta is a very good component that enables us to arrange data caching and look at the solid state. Also, the API gateway is a very good component that can handle relevant caching and… more»

What needs improvement?

I think they need to improve the API gateway to be able to replace F5 for example. Also, handling the certificates and their implications with other applications needs some improvement. We need more dashboards and reporting engines that can… more»

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

It is expensive, but we reached a good agreement with the company. It is still a little bit expensive, but we got a better deal than the previous one.

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

I have an establishment of the IT department and the solution team but we were migrating from an old architecture and old application integration. It wasn't a platform, but rather a mix of solutions including webMethods but an older… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to put more focus on implementation rather than on the platform itself. This is more important than the platform because finding someone that knows how to fit the components is more important than having very good components… more»
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Prashanth Abboju
Consultant
System Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 18 2018

What is most valuable?

All of the following three features provided by webMethods are valuable: * Application integration * Business process integration * B2B partner integration But among these, I feel B2B partner integration is the most valuable. This module integrates two business partners and exchanges data through… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When my organization wanted to migrate the front-end applications from a Genesys framework to .NET for various security reasons, webMethods was used for ESB integration. At the time of migration, there was no work being done on the ESB side, which reduced developers' efforts and all the services… more»

What needs improvement?

When migration happens from the one release to an upgraded release from Software AG, many of the existing services are deprecated and developers have to put in effort testing and redeveloping some of the services. It would be better that upgrade releases took care to support the lower-level versions… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to 10, I would rate this product an eight. I feel comfortable using this product with its ease of building interfaces for developers. This is a better integration tool for integrating with various applications like Oracle, Salesforce, mainframes, etc. It works fine in the… more»
techarch546fsgf
Consultant
Technology Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 25 2017

What is most valuable?

CentraSite for governance and life cycle management. It frankly fills the gap between IT and business by having approval and policy enforcement on each state and cycle of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It becomes the only integration platform through which any external/internal data exchange does any web services. Below are more details: * There are many projects in the… more»

What needs improvement?

Rapid application development has to be considered, especially for UI, where user interference is crucial.

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

Always plan five years ahead and don’t jeopardize the quality of your project by dropping items from the bill of materials.

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

Yes, Adobe LiveCycle ES4. Adobe LiveCycle is superior when it comes to UI and process development, whereas, the integration capabilities are less compared to webMethods.

What other advice do I have?

* Requirements for API life cycle model should be gathered carefully. * Consider SOA governance and don’t impose lots of policies that restrict the visibility of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
SeCo78281
Consultant
Senior Consultant
Mar 08 2018

What is most valuable?

In my opinion, the best advantages are: * platform scaling * graphical data mapper (Designer and webMethods Developer in oldest versions) * integration BPM process layer with services * service… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Typically, webMethods Server and Mediator is used as an ESB. webMethods platform is used to build an EAI platform, enabling communication between many internal systems and third-party operators.

What needs improvement?

Business monitoring (BAM) needs improvement because the analytics and prediction module very often has performance problems. Additionally, this product has too many gaps. You find them after update… more»

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

Pricing has to be negotiated with the local Software AG representative. SAG can always prepare an appropriate pricing model for every client.

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

Yes, even currently I am using other suppliers' products. The main reason for this situation is that the solution was chosen by the company, and changing technologies is very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I think this is a very good and mature solution, but you have to be aware of the pricing. You can use an open-source solution and spend the money saved on licensing for a custom implementation.
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 18 2018

What is most valuable?

I would say the core Web-based integrations work the best with webMethods. They are the most efficient and robust implementations one can do with webMethods. There have always been some ups and downs in its specialized modules, but I have found its core integration platform the most reliable.

How has it helped my organization?

Given that you have one integration API in place, it takes very minimal effort to scale it to any other application that might want to use the same. Its flow-based development environment is a breeze and makes it really easy to re-use most of the existing components and build up a new API. The second most important aspect is managing the components. It’s fairly easy to view, move, and mange access… more»

What needs improvement?

The stability of the various modules of the product suite have been a bit of a concern lately. Though their support team is always easy to reach out to, I would prefer it not come to that.
SrSoftwaDev
Real User
Sr. Software Developer | Systems Integration Specialist | Project Manager | EDI Technical Lead at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 06 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a reusable code that we can replicate for any new interfaces.

What needs improvement?

The newest version, which we are not on, has all the features that we are looking for, meaning managed files transfer adapter.

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

We did not use another solution previously.

What other advice do I have?

Look at the stability of the company, and also take a close look at the pricing. Lower pricing doesn't necessarily mean it's a better product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Price… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have only heard of Software AG, Talend, and MuleSoft.
Real User
WebMethods / Java Developer at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 25 2017

What is most valuable?

How simple it is to create new solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

It is an integration platform, so it has improved my organization by giving it one common platform to work with multiple systems.

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

I'm not involved in this.

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

Yes. I was sent to a different company, and due to this, I switched solutions that I was working in. The company hasn't switch integration platforms since I have been working in this position (almost 10 years).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The company evaluated that. I wasn't included in this. Also, we did another evaluation a few years back when the company was wondering if we shouldn't switch to a different solution. We stayed with webMethods.
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The award-winning webMethods Integration Server, our Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), is a complete enterprise application integration solution. It's standards-based so it "speaks" any technology. You can integrate any technology from any vendor: ERP systems, databases, mainframes and legacy apps. SaaS platforms, Web services, JMS messaging systems and packaged apps.

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