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Feature Set Ratings

    Cloud Data Integration

    8.8

    IBM App Connect

    88%

    Microsoft BizTalk

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM App Connect ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Pre-built connectors

    9.0
    90%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Connector modification

    8.0
    80%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support for real-time and batch integration

    9.0
    90%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data quality services

    9.0
    90%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data security features

    9.0
    90%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring console

    9.0
    90%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM App Connect is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
    • IBM App Connect and Microsoft BizTalk Server are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    IBM App Connect

    90%
    7 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft BizTalk

    80%
    7 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    IBM App Connect

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Microsoft BizTalk

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.0

    IBM App Connect

    80%
    1 Rating
    7.0

    Microsoft BizTalk

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    IBM App Connect

    80%
    4 Ratings
    5.0

    Microsoft BizTalk

    50%
    5 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    IBM App Connect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Microsoft BizTalk

    90%
    1 Rating

    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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    Pricing Details

    IBM App Connect

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM App Connect editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Microsoft BizTalk

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Microsoft BizTalk editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        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

        No answers on this topic

        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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