IBM App Connect Reviews

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Score 9 out of 10
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We use it to build the orchestrations in the App Connect studio to load the data, implement the logic and functions. It has many options to connect to different platforms compared to other tools. It's easy to set, user friendly and easy to understand as all the tabs and fields under them are descriptive and very detailed.
  • Easy to connect to databases. Ex: DB2,Salesforce
  • Easy to build the activity flow
  • Easy to validate and verify the logic
  • Cannot open multiple orchestrations in the same studio
  • Need to install another studio if we need to refer to other orchestrations
  • Sometimes the system behaves unusually
It is well suited to building orchestrations, and using different activities. All the activities have their own features allowing users to select the appropriate activity like (insert,Update,Get,Delete). We can monitor activities in the web console (WMC) and will have the systems log where we can debug things. I feel this is a very easy and intuitive tool.
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Score 8 out of 10
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At my previous organization working for a web startup company, we had an application designed that consumed lots of web traffic and displayed extracted data in a meaningful manner. We decided to go with IBM App Connect to help aggregate data from our various apps into a single data store.
  • 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.
  • Due to the inherent complexity of the product, the learning curve for a beginner can be fairly steep.
  • Since it's an enterprise scale offering, the pricing is towards the higher side.
IBM App Connect is ideal for consolidating data from a wide array of sources. It supports multiple file and data formats and handles interconversions seamlessly. Reporting atop this application is also a very straightforward process.
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Praveen P profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM App Connect is used for exposing business APIs to external consumers and other partner applications in a secure manner. It provides an integrated platform for running, creating and managing APIs. It is also integrated with IBM App Connect Professional (f.k.a IBM Cast Iron). The APIs developer in Cast Iron can be exposed securely through API connect.
  • Securely expose APIs to Intranet/Internet
  • The pn-premise set up of API Connect is fairly easier compared to Apigee.
  • The development of API proxy is fairly easy.
  • 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.
They are one of the market leaders in the Gartner's report. Since it uses Datapower as the gateway, an organization which uses DP as a gateway can easily integrate IBM API Connect to their ecosystem.
From my research, the cheapest version of a cloud subscription is more [expensive] than Apigee. I think Apigee's cheapest is around ~300-400 USD/ month.
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Score 1 out of 10
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Cast Iron was one of many iPaaS solutions that we chose to evaluate to solve several integration problems we had across the business. This product was evaluated by myself and several of my colleagues but never brought into a production environment. The primary reason for us never bringing into production is the numerous issues we had just during the evaluation as well as the non-intuitive interfaces.
  • During our evaluation the support was fairly good as they were willing to spend literally hours on the phone trying to work through some of our issues. Unfortunately, they were unable to resolve them all.
  • The UI crashed constantly while trying to develop integrations.
  • The UI was not nearly as intuitive as many of its competitors in the iPaaS space, which lead to a much larger learning curve.
It simply didn't work in our environment and compared to the other iPaaS solutions on the market it falls really, really, short. It is almost like IBM bought Cast Iron and never really put any effort into making it better.
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February 24, 2016

Lightweight Development

Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used to develop enterprise wide integrations. You can quickly develop integrations between systems that are done in other software would take much longer and difficult to achieve.
  • Integrations with systems.
  • Data transformation.
  • Batch processing.
  • Documentation and support are not the best.
WebSphere Cast Iron is not the best for reporting solutions, but excels in data transformation and system integrations.
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Score 6 out of 10
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We are an IBM reseller and consulting partner. In my role leading our Salesforce practice, my main area of interaction with IBM is WebSphere Cast Iron as an integration middleware for integrations with Salesforce.
  • WebSphere Cast Iron allows us to integrate Salesforce with other cloud and on-premise systems quickly and efficiently.
  • Templated Integrations and connectors for Salesforce and other systems allow us to integrate with confidence and speed.
  • The variety of form factors allows us to right-size our solutions for customers and the complexity of initial integrations vs the roadmap a customer has for future integrations.
  • WebSphere Cast Iron is not aligned with the Salesforce product roadmap in the way that other ETL competitors are. When I speak with Salesforce reps and other partners they see Cast Iron as lagging significantly behind in that ecosystem.
If an integration is highly complex, it requires extreme throughput or high levels of transformation in the middle tier, and WebSphere Cast Iron is a better candidate than other ETL providers in the Salesforce space.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pre-built connectors (5)
8.0
Connector modification (4)
8.5
Support for real-time and batch integration (5)
8.5
Data quality services (5)
9.0
Data security features (5)
8.5
Monitoring console (5)
8.5

About IBM App Connect

IBM’s App Connect is a cloud data integration platform with a high-volume capacity to perform many core integration functions. The vendor offers near-real time synchronization, as well as data mapping and transformation within the connectors between programs. These connectors are also scaled to support various SaaS and mainframe systems.

App Connect uses a foundation of API’s to connect businesses’ various platforms and programs. The platform provides an API builder, which includes a wide range of accessibility and capacity, from simple codeless custom API’s, to more complex API’s using code from the user. This API builder uses the variability in complexity to scale to the technical skill of the user.

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