"Swiss army knife" of the Integration world
May 26, 2022

"Swiss army knife" of the Integration world

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with IBM App Connect

We have hundreds of applications that need to exchange data with each other. It has to be safe (no message lost, no message duplicated) and secure. it has to be transactional. We need to be able to investigate later what was the initial message received, how was the mapping done, and what was the end message sent to the destination. We need also a robust error handling framework, capable of storing the error for long-term storage and retrieval and for immediate triggering of necessary alerts. We need also a robust routing capability so that a specific message received from one application could be easily routed to one or many other applications. We realize this via MQ PubSub and Publication node in AppConnect.
  • Mapping through different formats
  • Lots of different connectors available
  • Flexible, allows you to be creative
  • Documentation - Documentation for older versions of the product was more detailed, with more examples.
  • Sometimes not very intuitive, you need a certain learning curve.
  • Some concepts are difficult to grasp or explain, due to "legacy" reasons (e.g. when to use DFDL vs MRM?)
  • We can integrate different applications in just few hours
  • We can validate the received/sent messages
  • We can monitor any error appeared in the flows
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 the latest version are preparing it for a Cloud/containers world without losing the previously learned knowledge.

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- 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

IBM App Connect Feature Ratings

Pre-built connectors
Connector modification
Support for real-time and batch integration
Data quality services
Data security features
Monitoring console