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Apache Camel

Apache Camel is well suited for integration of existing software programs/components with newer and external systems. It supports SOAP and REST protocols pretty well. It was not designed to directly support front end systems. It has limited to non-existent support for Javascript. It is not suitable for creating simple standalone applications and meaningful deployment does require use of other frameworks like Spring/Karaf/JBoss.
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TIBCO B2B Integration Solution

If the environment has many different protocols for data exchange between partners and most of the protocols follow some standards like EDI X12, TIBCO BusinessConnect should be a good tool to take care this business use case.If the environment has a few simple protocols for data exchange, e.g. SFTP, FTPS or emails, some lighter weight tools will be enough and TIBCO BusinessConnect may be an overkill tool.
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Pros

  • The Java DSP is one of the primary reasons we chose Camel over Spring Integration's XML-based route definitions. It provides compile-time checking of syntax with auto-complete in an IDE (Eclipse, etc).
  • The component documentation on the website is phenomenal.
  • Error handling mechanisms are robust and easy to use and set up. Default settings are great and intuitive.
  • The ability to define distinct contexts within the same application and define context-wide, context-specific error handling is great as well.
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  • TIBCO EDISIM supports customizing X12 messages as per client requirment.
  • TIBCO EDISIM supports exporting customized messages to EDItoXML and XML to EDI transformation artifacts.
  • BusinessConnect engine architecture processes customized messages (an organization can customize message as per their need).
  • TIBCO BusinessConnect supports multiple hosts to exchange messages. One can build B2B hub/platform using this feature.
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Cons

  • I find the "seda" endpoint to be less obvious that it is doing multi-threading than Spring Integration's executor mechanism.
  • Integration with Spring Beans is pretty good, but I believe SI's is a bit better (for obvious reasons, both being Spring products).
  • SI's use support is probably a bit better/faster and I believe the user base is larger so that there are most questions/answers for SI on StackOverflow
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  • Ease of Installation and configuration.
  • More detailed reports.
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Alternatives Considered

Akka or Spring Integration/ XD are alternatives to Apache Camel and very good frameworks on their own (especially Akka which provides a single threaded illusion).
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The main reason TIBCO BusinessConnect was selected is because of the overall solution it provides with the different TIBCO products. Since TIBCO BusinessWorks and TIBCO Enterprise Message Service are already in place and the canonical model is already built and integrated into the Information Bus, TIBCO BusinessConnect is the best tool to work with them.
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Return on Investment

  • Apache Camel is open source and Java based. So if your engineering team is strong in Java this could be a good framework to adopt.
  • Apache camel is open source.
  • Camel could be run on OSGi containers like Karaf or Fuse.
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  • TIBCO BusinessConnect allows quick setup for the standard data exchange like EDI X12, which is heavily used in the utility industry.
  • TIBCO BusinessConnect is preferred to use with other TIBCO products, like EMS and TIBCO BusinessWorks. It will be more effective, if other TIBCO products are planned to be used as well.
  • The overall cost for all the TIBCO products may become high, if it's not heavily used. So TIBCO BusinessConnect may not be a good stand-alone tool to use.
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Apache Camel

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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No
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TIBCO B2B Integration Solution

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details