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TIBCO Cloud Integration (including BusinessWorks and Scribe): "Interconnect everything fast and accurate"
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Updated November 28, 2018

TIBCO Cloud Integration (including BusinessWorks and Scribe): "Interconnect everything fast and accurate"

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Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO BusinessWorks

TIBCO BusinessWorks is our main platform for enterprise application Integration within the logistics domain. We successfully implemented integration solutions using the ESB pattern (soapatterns.org) , supporting our core operational processes like parcel sorting. Right now we are in the process of transforming the platform into a cloud native microservices architecture which is feasible mainly due to the zero-code capabilities of the development toolkit.
  • Zero-code development. Model driven which makes it more easy to explain integration solutions to less technical stakeholders.
  • A lot of configuration options to make robust solutions. Think of fault-tolerance, loadbalancing, session pooling etc.
  • Openness so it van be integrated in your own CI/CD pipeline.
  • The (Java fat client) UI of BW5 feels outdated compared to current user interface standards. Successor BW6 is Eclipse based and allthough it's an improvement you still need to cope with the ux quirks. In the future I would like to see a webbased UI.
  • The BW process development tools heavily lean on XML and Xpath. Therefore, processing big documents isn't recommended. You need to consider this upfront.
  • Due to the ease of use of the development tools, you can build robust solutions very quickly. It would be nice if the tooling would provide optimization tips during development.
  • Docker base image of BusinessWorks Container Edition is quite big.
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
The platform has a lot of capabilities and can be overwhelming at first to learn. The official training is structured and has a low learning curve. Which is good because it helps you to understand the capabilities veryquick. The training books are very suitable as reference material afterwards.
  • Less opex cost
  • Less development cost
  • Initial investment is quite high. You need to have solid SOA governance in place to earn it back.
  • Allthough the platform is "open", you need to take into account that considerable effort goes into automation (CI/CD). You need to have solid DevOps practises in place.
When you have your process templates and patterns in place, creating new components is very easy and could be done fast. Developers only need to focus on data mappings using the visual data mapper. Visual OOTB Application Monitoring is provided and helps you analyse the inner-process working.
I think it's still the best data mapper. The newest BWCE version supports JSON-to-JSON mapping so no need for intermediate XML-mapping any more. I've compared with middleware platforms from other vendors like Oracle, RedHat, Progress/Aurea.
Debugging your process flows works very nice. It doesn't kill productivity in the sense that the UI responds as expected. You need to assign enough system memory though. What I miss is a ootb unit testing capability where you can for example use assertions. Newest BWCE version has advanced its unit testing capability which can be integrated into your CI/CD pipeline which improves software quality.
Aspects that helped with decision making: TIBCO support, ease of use, vision on integration, customer references.
Well suited in environments where solving business or domain problems fast and efficiently is more important than coding a state-of-the-art technical solution. Less suited in organizations that are on a small budget.

TIBCO BusinessWorks Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Yes - We use TIBCO as a mission critical solution within our IT eco system.
Overall, support from TIBCO is good. The latest releases of version 5 are very stable so no real big issues encountered there. Currently we're in the process of implementing solutions with Container Edition (BWCE). Also no big issues encountered yet.