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IBM Reviews

Paul Parisi
Consultant
Enterprise Architect at a tech consulting company with self employed
Apr 26 2019

What do you think of IBM BPM?

Since the blue-washing of Lombardi, IBM has introduced three variations on the core BPM product in order to provide different entry level costs to customers based on the how they intend to use the product suite. These levels are defined as Express Edition Standard Edition Advanced Edition Broadly speaking Express and Standard differ in how the customer is allowed to use the technology where Advanced edition differs in that it allows customers to use WebSphere Process Server (WPS) capabilities which have now been integrated into the technology suite (this includes Integration Designer which is the new WebSphere design too and also Business Spaces) Update: IBM is introducing additional changes to BPM Advanced edition that will result in a further divergence of the…
Rekha Chotara
Real User
IT Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 02 2019

What is most valuable?

As we have used most of the MQ stub, "MQ recording" is the most useful feature. Its flexibility to configure various MQ recording methods as per the implementation and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool is helping us to build various virtual services for various middle layer components: MQ, REST, and SOAP services. Using service virtualization, we are able to… more»

What needs improvement?

As per my working experience over the last three and half years with RIT/RTVS, I would consider the two following areas of improvement: * Reporting: In the recent release… more»

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

The product has a free trial available, which has saves on the initial investment costs.

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

I have used many tools for service virtualization, like IBM RIT, CA LISA (now known as CA Service Virtualization DevTest Solution), and SoapUI. Every tool has its own pros… more»

What other advice do I have?

Certainly, I would recommend it. The reason being that it supports the major, latest transport and data protocols, plus it has rigorous infrastructure implementation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We actually evaluated a couple of service virtualization options: CA LISA and IBM RTVS. We did try RTVS as the organization had a tie-up with IBM, and other software too… more»
Todd Ramirez
Real User
VP, Data Governance at Northen Trust
Aug 27 2019

What is most valuable?

Data rules, column analysis, virtual tables

How has it helped my organization?

Sometimes a project knows nothing about a particular set of data. IA is good at data profiling / data discovery. It can give insight into data about data type, format, uniqueness, completeness… more»

What needs improvement?

The interface is not the most friendly. Performance. There are also these following features - documented in the user guide - but do not work: 1. Global Logical Variables (GLVs) 2. Migrating projects… more»

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

No never had the chance.

What other advice do I have?

Get the latest version. Compare with competing products. Know that there are not many experts in the product and that they may pay a premium to hire them.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not involved in the selection.
Nitin Kaushik
Real User
Quality Assurance at Varroc Lighting System
Jun 14 2019

What is most valuable?

* Plan views * Reporting (JRS) * A clear picture of engagement * Resource orientation * Chartered views Plans clearly represent the team's availability with load balance… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization up to an extent, but it certainly has a lot of areas for improvement related to resource management. Teams need clearer pictures of… more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of room for improvement: * Report generation (.xls, .pdf) from filters. * "Contributor list" and "enumeration list" in plans and reporting. * Extending JavaScript… more»

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

It's an expensive investment to make, so the decision should be driven on individual requirements. Licensing: The solution cost is high and should be brought down to… more»

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

I have worked with Rational Synergy and Rational Change in the system development domain. It certainly has all the added advantages over its predecessors.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, it is a good solution. It is flexible and adaptable. Consider reviews before investing a fortune on it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated PTC Integrity and TFS.
Real User
Founding Partner at Altdata Analytics
Nov 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* Automated data cleansing, transformations and imputation of missing data. * Some basic form of feature engineering for classification models, automated binning, etc… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Pretty much the automated modeling process helps us to get going so quickly. * A lot of jobs that are stuck in Excel due to the huge numbers of rows are tackled pretty… more»

What needs improvement?

* Formula writing is not straightforward for an Excel user. Totally new set of functions, and it takes time to learn and teach. * Automating procedures: Writing macros is… more»

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

When you are close to end of quarter, IBM and its partners can get you 60% to 70% discounts, so literally wait for the last day of the quarter for the best prices if you… more»

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

I used SAS Enterprise Guide and Enterprise Miner. Compared to those, SPSS Modeler is easier to learn and utilize. when compared to Alteryx, Alteryx is a much more… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do not dive into the server directly. It is very hefty for just doing calculations that can already be done by SQL Server R or Oracle or teradata at hand... Maximize the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I checked out RapidMiner, which is a good alternative. However, SPSS Modeler is more capable and automated.
Real User
B.T. Güvenlik Yöneticisi at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is user-behavior analytics, where it will create logs based on the users' behavior and report suspicious events or other anomalies. I am working with the data analytics so it is a very good one for what I am doing.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution provides me with various alarms, and I have found security issues with some of my other products. We also have some special correlation rules that give me information about mail servers, websites, and other user behavior.

What needs improvement?

There is a lot of manual configuration required in order for the product to run smoothly, and I think that it could be made more automatic. There is no need for so much manual configuration. For example, it should be able to automatically… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are many good products and solutions on the market, but for implementation and maintenance, I can say that the most important thing is local support. We do not have any issues with this product, and we have seen the benefits of it. It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am familiar with products from other vendors, such as McAfee. We specifically evaluated Splunk, which is a good solution but there is no local partner in Turkey for support. Having a local partner is very important to us. We chose this… more»
Atul Thombare
Real User
Sr. Application Developer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The IBM B2B Integrator tool, as the name suggests, can be used to manage your trading partner's community and connections centrally, from one single application.

How has it helped my organization?

There are many benefits of this product. One unique instance was when the transaction mapping and transmissions both happened in the same application. We were able to translate the transaction from… more»

What needs improvement?

With the most recent releases of this product, the installation and administration have become much more complex. After SI v5.2.4 there are major changes happened to the product with some new features… more»

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

The pricing is a bit on the higher side for a small organization. If you have a large organization and have scope for using other IBM products, then you have a chance to negotiate with them.

What other advice do I have?

You should evaluate your business, as the statistics play an important role in deciding about this product. If you study the requirements in detail, then you will reduce the chances of failure quite a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other products before the choosing this one. During the upgrade, we gave a thought to the Oracle Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution for the same purpose.
Real User
Trusted Security Advisor at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 06 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has a lot of functionality and there are hundreds of use cases for it. We are talking about the database, which is the main business core for the company… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of our clients is a passport authority, and they were able to successfully apply this solution to detect corruption within their organization. There had been some… more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest complaint that I hear from customers and users is that using this solution requires database skills, yet it is a security and monitoring tool. Specifically, it… more»

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

In the past, the pricing of IBM Guardium was very complex. It was dependent on the number of CPUs and other things to support the servers. Nowadays, things have changed… more»

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

I cannot recall an instance where a customer switched to this solution from another one that they already had in place. We have been assisting people with migrating from… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to implementing this solution, it is important for people to know exactly what they need to do. This includes what they need to monitor, what they need to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The main competitor in the market is Imperva. They were originally not allowed in the Kingdom because of their country of origin, but they now have a local Saudi team… more»
Luis Yndigoyen
Real User
Partner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Mar 28 2019

What is most valuable?

It has an appealing DSA key interface. It is an out-of-the-box screen. It is uncommon among tools in the market. You don't need to switch between interfaces because… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It excels at analytics. It provides visibility across all activities of a company's processes and performance. It shows the activities, who is performing the activities… more»

What needs improvement?

The simulation feature is great and provides a lot of value, but its complex to use. People need a high level of statistics to use it.

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

The price is not great. The cloud and license of the subscription model for IBM BPM can be complex. There are a lot of alternatives to choose from, like a VAR, partner, or… more»

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

I used to work with Oracle BPM, but they changed the product's landscape. Instead of retraining, we changed to IBM BPM (Lombardi at the time).

What other advice do I have?

It is the Ferrari of BPM tools. To implement this product, you should have a process department and an ERP. Without an ERP solution, the transactionality of the BPM will… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I recently began working with Red Hat BPM JBoss BPM because IBM has became complex on its pricing. We also evaluate companies like Bonita, Documentum, and ProcessMaker… more»
SolomonChris
Real User
Founder at intellicon systems
Aug 11 2019

What is most valuable?

It does a 360 view of IBM and views the taxonomy on any documents. It flattens documents so you can see all the attributes of a document on one screen. The taxonomy feature helps with compliance and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using FileNet to increase the efficiency of our collaboration and in our organization overall. It has improved the decision-making efficiency, as managers can have access and do approvals while… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have easier steps for setting up the application. They should have an easy one step process for the whole installation. Right now, you have to know the application well to set it up… more»

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

Yearly, we pay for the maintenance, which is $20,000.

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

We previously used OpenText ECM. Previously, there was a lot of exchange of documents via email with outside parties and within the organization. This became cumbersome. We looked for a solution that… more»

What other advice do I have?

The overall package is a good product. It has good usability and scalability. Using it has to be planned properly. It will take baby steps to roll this product out throughout your organization. Assess… more»
Sergey Gorobets
Real User
Architect of ECM solutions at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most useful feature is its persistent storage. Also, the full-text search and attribute searching are valuable. It shows a preview of documents, and makes possible small, event-driven automation… more»

How has it helped my organization?

FileNet has many features which support our clients' compliance and governance requirements.

What needs improvement?

For end-users there is a lack of administrative features. The interface of basic FileNet is not very good. IBM is doing a lot of work to combine the abilities of its major products, BPM and FileNet… more»

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

Talking about the cost is difficult because IBM has offers that combine different products, and each of these offers has different types of licensing. IBM also has a policy that the actual price for a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Create a solution combining the strengths of all of IBM's products: IBM BPM, FileNet, or IBM Case Manager, a product which sits on top of IBM FileNet technology. We have banks as clients with 3,000 to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I didn't do a deep comparison. Previously, I compared FileNet with some open-source enterprise content systems, especially Alfresco, but I realized that this product is for a different type of… more»
Real User
CTO at Jutel
Nov 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features are the scaling from a small very cheap installation to a very large enterprise installation. In addition, the backups and assistance are good.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if it was easily available on all platforms because nowadays, it is not there as a general database.

What other advice do I have?

I suggest to anyone considering this solution to get hands-on experience with the solution, and run some tests and pilots. When evaluating a solution like this one, you must consider the product itself, the support available and how common or popular the product is. I find that if it is a popular… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Oracle. But, Oracle kept coming out with new versions and every time you had to change something in your application.
Paulo Ricardo de Mello
Real User
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

All features help me meet my requirements, but I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

With IBM Spectrum Protect, we optimize our costs of media and storage use, thanks to the Incremental Forever backup. The TDP software provides us many ways to protect our data, so we don't need to use monstrous scripts for doing backups now. My life is easier and the environment administration is… more»

What needs improvement?

In my opinion, the Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies.

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

In some small clients, we worked with Veritas Backup Exec, but just for small environments as a low cost option.
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.
Giancarlo Nocerino
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The scalability and availability of this solution are the most valuable features. It is a very stable product.

What needs improvement?

I don't have a general opinion about how they can improve this product. The performance could be improved.

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

We previously used Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL which is an open-source database.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution to somebody considering it. I would advise that if you are looking to install it, you should have internal competence and internal skill, don't only use external support that is provided by IBM. You should have internal knowledge and competency for Db2… more»

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Rav Bangalore
General Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 24 2019
Hi. I work for one of the largest integrators in the market, and I need to evaluate the differences between IBM Websphere Datapower and Apigee. How do IBM Websphere Datapower and Apigee compare? What are the pros and cons of each one? Thank you very much!
Daniel Medina1) Let us start from the base that Google APIGEE is an API Management platform… more»
SELVAVEL ARUMUGAM First, we should not compare data power and Apigee. Both meant for different… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Aug 23 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is IBM Integration Bus vs Mule ESB. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? What is the biggest difference between IBM Integration Bus and Mule ESB? Which of these two solutions would… more»
Franco Paolo CarranzaThe most important matter for me is the learning and deploy/maintenance curve to… more»
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
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Jul 16 2019
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fjb_saperThe biggest difference is the number of platforms supported. I have never heard… more»
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Content Specialist
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Oct 07 2019
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