IBM App Connect vs. Zoho Flow

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM App Connect
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
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
Zoho Flow
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Zoho Flow allows the user to integrate business apps to automate a workflow.
$10
per org / month
Pricing
IBM App ConnectZoho Flow
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Standard
$10.00
per org / month
Professional
$25.00
per org / month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM App ConnectZoho Flow
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Features
IBM App ConnectZoho Flow
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
IBM App Connect
8.8
7 Ratings
8% above category average
Zoho Flow
9.3
1 Ratings
14% above category average
Pre-built connectors9.07 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Connector modification8.26 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Support for real-time and batch integration8.97 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Data quality services8.97 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Data security features8.97 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Monitoring console8.67 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM App ConnectZoho Flow
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(8 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM App ConnectZoho Flow
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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Zoho
Zoho Flow helps us greatly in connecting other Zoho apps. We use Flow to connect Zoho Creator with Zoho Books so an invoice is created when a record is entered into Zoho Creator. We use Zoho Flow when certain fields containing data in Zoho CRM to send that data over to the Zoho Creator record. We use it to add a contact from the Zoho Creator record to a list in Zoho Campaigns. Zoho Flow has proved very worthwhile.
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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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Zoho
  • Works with all other Zoho apps to connect them together and share data
  • User interface and dashboard are nice. Gives you a detailed look into flow history and/or audit of your flows
  • The ability to set logic responses and incorporate custom functions makes the app even more powerful
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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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Zoho
  • A deeper resources section, with more "how-to" videos
  • More user functionality to tell you when an app fails, and not just after failing 3 or 5 times in a row.
  • Maybe add some scenario flows connecting two apps with examples of how the flow works and benefits a user.
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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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Zoho
No answers on this topic
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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Zoho
No answers on this topic
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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Zoho
I've reached out to the support team several times with assistance requests in Zoho Flow. Each time the team has answered my questions promptly and accurately. And because we are mainly integrating other Zoho apps their teams are perfectly positioned to solve our problems.
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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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Zoho
I've used Zapier and both programs are similar. Zapier has deeper integrations or more apps to integrate with but considering Flow's association with other Zoho apps this does it for us!
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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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Zoho
  • It's part of our Zoho One package, so it's hard to comment on this one.
  • Assuming we did pay full price, I would say the ROI would be justified. For our example of sending invoices to Books from Creator saves us a great deal of time.
  • It takes a bit of time to configure each Flow but once you get the hang of it the flows really do save time and ensure data quality.
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