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IBM App Connect (formerly IBM Cast Iron) is a cloud data integration platform, for integrating cloud and on-premise applications.IBM API Connect - Leaders in the API Management SpaceIBM 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.,8,It helped our organization seamlessly integrate the on-premise services with partner organization.,Apigee and CA API Management,Thrive, Apigee, CA API Management, IBM App Connect,3,4,Salesforce.com integration. IBM APP Connect has pre built connectors for different endpoints (Like Oracle, SAP, Peoplesoft etc) which will save lot of development time File Handling in different data formats like JSONs, XML, CSVs and Fixed Length and scheduling of Data loads and feeds Web Service Integration (RESTful and SOAP) User friendly Web Management Console access through a browser for monitoring purpose,Handling huge files for daily, weekly, and monthly data load jobs Integrating Oracle with Salesforce.com Integration of web services,Continue using for dataloads and for web service integration,9,8,Yes,For one of our clients, we were having performance issues in production for some bulk data loads. IBM's Ops team was very prompt to get into a call and assist in resolving it.IBM used the wrong Cast for this Iron... it is head and shoulders BELOW competition.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.,1,We never implemented Cast Iron in production. When compared to five competing products in the iPaaS space it didn't make it past the first few test scenarios we threw at it.,SnapLogic, Boomi, Jitterbit and SAP Data Services,Azure CDN, Okta, Amazon Web ServicesLightweight DevelopmentIt 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.,9,Much faster development time. Easier to support once services are developed. Easy monitoring of processes through the management console.,7,Yes,when not understanding how to do something or why something is not working(user error not a bug),Routine/common tasks - scheduling, timing of processes, connecting to endpoints/common systems,if you have needs to customize the standard functions, i.e. need to schedule a task on a different schedule than what the built in tasks can do Node programming, needs a bit of learning and practice new versions/upgrades can be buggy,8IBM Cast Iron within Salesforce integrationsWe 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.,6,WebSphere Cast Iron has allowed us to shorten sales and delivery cycles for integration projects.,Jitterbit,Salesforce.com
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March 20, 2017

IBM App Connect Review: "IBM API Connect - Leaders in the API Management Space"

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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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December 14, 2015

IBM App Connect Review: "IBM used the wrong Cast for this Iron... it is head and shoulders BELOW competition."

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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

IBM App Connect Review: "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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December 11, 2015

IBM App Connect Review: "IBM Cast Iron within Salesforce integrations"

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 (3)
6.0
Connector modification (2)
5.8
Support for real-time and batch integration (3)
5.0
Data quality services (3)
6.0
Data security features (3)
6.0
Monitoring console (3)
5.0

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IBM App Connect (formerly IBM Cast Iron) is a cloud data integration platform, for integrating cloud and on-premise applications.

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