IBM App Connect vs. Microsoft BizTalk Server

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
Microsoft BizTalk
Score 6.3 out of 10
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Pricing
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk Server
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk Server
Considered Both Products
IBM App Connect
Chose IBM App Connect
IBM App Connect started as MQSeries Integrator (MQSI) more than 20 years ago. In the IT environment, this is like an eternity. And this allowed a lot of customer experience and needs to be embedded in the product. Without it becoming a legacy application. The changes done in …
Microsoft BizTalk

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk Server
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
IBM App Connect
8.7
7 Ratings
7% above category average
Microsoft BizTalk Server
-
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 console8.47 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(8 ratings)
8.0
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
5.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM App ConnectMicrosoft BizTalk Server
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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Microsoft
BizTalk is well suited as middleware. Where you wish to translate an input file into an output file and send it to some endpoint. In our case, we used it to convert and send files to SAP. In many ways, it very flexible, and you can do almost anything you want with it. In many ways, it's a better solution than your SAP XI or PI as middleware, since it's much less expensive, and allows you do interface with non-SAP systems.
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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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Microsoft
  • It is very user friendly. Users can change rules during run time and change workflow.
  • Huge capacity for queueing messages. It supports all types of adapters like Oracle, Salesforce, SMTP, FTP, etc. Also users can built custom adaptors.
  • If users want to dynamically deploy their solution without any downtime, this is a perfect solution. BizTalk will be a good fit, especially for public-facing websites.
  • Well-proven in the market. I used it when developing a website for Virgin Trains, catering more than 800K user requests per day.
  • Helps in load balancing.
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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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Microsoft
  • Microsoft BizTalk is over engineered for some situtations
  • Microsoft BizTalk can be frustrating to use as it forces you to use the GUI as opposed to code
  • Microsoft BizTalk is very resource intensive to create integrations
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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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Microsoft
BizTalk will always be required at this hospital.
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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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Microsoft
I gave a 7 because this product BizTalk does need time and training to get familiar with the usability and features, it is not that easy to use.
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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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Microsoft
BizTalk Server has been supported for more than 15 years. It is well proven in the market. Microsoft has provided excellent support with technical issues.
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Implementation Rating
IBM
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Microsoft
Make sure you have everybody and all depts. On board during testing on test server.
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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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Microsoft
BizTalk was selected here mainly because it is easy to integrate to a .NET application (most of them are Web Service, WCF SOAP, WCF REST and Web API) and many backend databases are Microsoft SQL Server. Another benefit is that the monitoring job is easy to set up and centralize with other .NET application monitoring jobs.
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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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Microsoft
  • A positive impact has been the quicker turnaround time of a part request and that part showing up in SAP using Biztalk as middleware.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the somewhat insufficient error logging/message capture settings that Biztalk provide. This has caused occasional delays when attempted to create parts for the business.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the need to have a specialized developer who understands Biztalk to troubleshoot issues with the Biztalk and SAP interaction when creating parts, and when adding new fields to the parts.
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