IBM App Connect vs. IBM MQ

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM App Connect
Score 8.7 out of 10
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IBM’s App Connect is a cloud-based data integration platform with data mapping and transformation capabilities within connectors between high-volume systems. App Connect also offers near-real time data synchronization and an API builder that is adaptable to the user’s coding skill level.N/A
IBM MQ
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
IBM MQ (formerly WebSphere MQ and MQSeries) is messaging middleware.
$5
per month
Pricing
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
IBM App Connect
8.8
7 Ratings
9% above category average
IBM MQ
-
Ratings
Pre-built connectors9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Connector modification8.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for real-time and batch integration8.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Data quality services8.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Data security features8.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring console8.67 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Small Businesses
Make
Make
Score 9.3 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Zapier
Zapier
Score 8.9 out of 10
Apache Kafka
Apache Kafka
Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
SAP Integration Suite
SAP Integration Suite
Score 8.7 out of 10
Apache Kafka
Apache Kafka
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(8 ratings)
9.0
(42 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(30 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(28 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM App ConnectIBM MQ
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
- great when you need to integrate applications without any message lost or duplicated and when transnationality is important - if you need the highest throughput possible and not much (or not at all) mapping is required, a system like Kafka is more appropriate
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IBM
In the context of Internet of Things (IoT) applications, IBM MQ plays a pivotal role in managing the substantial data streams emanating from interconnected devices. Its primary function is to guarantee the dependable transmission and processing of data, catering to a diverse range of IoT use cases, including but not limited to smart city initiatives, healthcare monitoring systems, and industrial automation solutions. In the telecommunications sector, IBM MQ is employed for message routing, call detail record (CDR) processing, and network management to ensure real-time data exchange and fault tolerance. When managing the supply chain and logistics, IBM MQ is used to ensure timely and accurate communication between different entities, including suppliers, warehouses, and transportation providers. IBM MQ can be cost-prohibitive for smaller organizations due to licensing and maintenance costs. In such cases, open-source or lightweight messaging solutions may be more appropriate. For scenarios requiring extremely low-latency, real-time data exchange, and high throughput, other messaging technologies, like Apache Kafka, may be more suitable due to their specialized design for such use cases.
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Pros
IBM
  • Just the ability to display and consume data through a single dashboard makes this a great application for our business purposes.
  • With the ability to consume their exposed API, data validation and manipulation becomes a breeze.
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  • The documentation is very clear,It is understandable and the support helps to configure it in the best way.
  • Server guidelines make it possible to get the most out of work management. It's broad, we can work with different operating systems, I really recommend using linux.
  • It is highly compatible with systems, brockers, applications, and data accumulation programs, it is possible to configure everything so that after the installation of programs, they can communicate with each other and then throw data to an external program that accumulates it and represents in clear details of steps to follow and make business decisions.
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Cons
IBM
  • The development and the transformation capability is not so great. I believe IBM is looking to incorporate some of features of IBM APP Connect into API Connect.
  • The authentications features are no way close to CA API Management (f.k.a Laye r7).
  • The development experience is not as good as Apigee's.
  • The GUI should be improved. Maybe the product team should see the other API management tools in their offering.
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IBM
  • There is limitation on number of svrconn connections you can have to MQ on the mainframe which has been an major issue for us. This has been an issue for us for over 4 years and still no fix although I am aware IBM have been working on a solution over the last year.
  • When upgrading to MQ V9.3 on our MQ appliances there is no fall-back option. This was the same for MQ V9.2 upgrade from MQ V9.0. For production upgrades this I believe is not acceptable.
  • AMS is not supplied as part of the standard mainframe MQ licence. You need an extra licence. IBM tell customers how important security and protecting data is yet they still want to charge for this software. The cost of MQ on the mainframe is not cheap so I would expect AMS to be part of the base product.
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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
It is the best on-premise application to cloud integration in the market. I guess IBM is planning to integrate IBM App Connect with the IBM API Connect solution.
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IBM
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Usability
IBM
You can do some really powerful things with this system. The overall design is an attempt to make configurable some of the routine tasks/common functionality, but allow for development/customization of the core of the application.
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IBM
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Reliability and Availability
IBM
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IBM
The messages are delivered instantly with this software and it integrates with our technology stack, in terms of availability we only had one failure when we were doing some testing and integration with third parties, the features of this software make it always available and its deployment is easy for the company, it does not generate expenses due to failures
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Support Rating
IBM
Support is good, however it takes longer than expected to get responses. When bugs are reported they often seem to fall into a black hole.
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IBM
There are very specific things that must be elevated to more specialized areas of support, but the common support is very agile when receiving questions or when we leave concerns in real time. I recommend the support of the program in this regard.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
We did not select Cast Iron as our iPaaS solution, it was the weakest competitor in the field that we evaluated. Our experience was that it was not nearly as easy to learn, without in-depth training and guidance, and the developer UI was extremely buggy. We subjected each of the vendors to a battery of integrations, from simple to challenging, and it fell short on each one. One of the most simple integrations was grabbing a CSV file from an FTP source, parsing the data, doing a small amount of transformation, then inserting that data into an Azure MSSQL DB. After 2 hours on the phone with the Cast Iron support team, we were still unable to get this working.
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IBM
We found IBM MQ very easy to get started and quick to learn by the new users with a short learning curve and seamlessly integrates with IBM products, and quick to perform self-service analytics and make informed business decisions. IBM MQ is also very straightforward in creating simple and best reports, which are very profitable and productive.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • I don't see any negative Impact .
  • I like using this tool to do my job.
  • I am comfortable using this tool.
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IBM
  • Positive- Message Reliability and Reduced downtime, increases the ROI many times.
  • Positive- Increased stability and enhanced customer experience
  • Negative- cost is very high - Both licensing and integration cost
  • Negative- Learning and training cost of IBM MQ is high as its complex to use and integrate
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