If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering webMethods Integration Server, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would rate this product as an 8 or a 9 out of ten.
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 that no one knows how to use. I would rate this as eight out of ten, because of the scope we have already implemented. We didn't face many complex issues or troubles.
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 * Features * Support.
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 have to call their partner/product representative just to download the trial, which is quite different from their competitors. That makes the product unfamiliar to mid-low enterprises. Also, their products are "componentized" in terms of licensing and tightly coupled, which means that some components may be licensed while some are a prerequisite to other components. So it could be that you have to buy two to get one and a half (pretty amazing isn't). But overall it is a great product. Another thing is that made me bit upset was that the certification/training in South East Asia (which is my region) is not "individual friendly," meaning that if you want to get developer certified, you have to join to one of their partner companies or bulk order.