A full featured tool of yesterday; lacking in automation, testing and support.
December 06, 2018

A full featured tool of yesterday; lacking in automation, testing and support.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with TIBCO BusinessWorks

TIBCO BusinessWorks is being used to integrate a wide variety of tools across all of our units of business.
  • Ease of connecting platforms that use different communication methods.
  • Quick to learn designer interface.
  • Resilience of business data through the use of JMS.
  • Limited support for continuous integration and automated deployment tools.
  • Very limited options for integration testing.
  • The designer tool has a very poor user experience. Lots of basic functionalities that I've come to expect when using tools in the Windows ecosystem are missing.
  • A number of bugs and error codes require reaching out to TIBCO Support due to the limited availability of documentation.
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
I found this approach gave me more real life scenarios to work through, which provided valuable learning experiences. There definitely are a number of features of the platform that I have limited knowledge on, and require ongoing guidance from my co-workers / TIBCO Support as problems arise. I would appreciate an open portal of online training, covering the breadth of tools.
  • Most of our applications use JMS as the primary form of communication, and this has provided a level of resilience to our data and process flows.
  • The ability to easily configure and run services as fault tolerant / load balanced across many different servers has saved us from countless hours of downtime.
I have not used any other integration platforms, so I cannot speak to the comparison of this to others. I can say that I am able to whip up an application in a fraction of the time than I can when developing in code.
Once again I don't have experience with other integration products, but I can say that TIBCO BusinessWorks does this exceptionally well. There is a very noticeable ease to mapping & integration.
Regrettably, TIBCO BusinessWorks does not offer many options in terms of testing. We use TIBUnit for automated testing, and SmartBear's ReadyAPI for simulating SOAP / REST calls. The tester interface is a nice to have when watching the flow of data through when testing / troubleshooting, but that requires taking the application off the Server and running it locally; more of a reactive approach. When developing code in other platforms it feels as though the IDE's were developed with testing as a core functionality in mind. With TIBCO BusinessWorks, it feels more like an afterthought.
TIBCO BusinessWors is definitely well suited where you need the ability to provide a large number of solutions quickly, which is largely due to the ease of developing with its interface. It provides you a very high level to development and operations. Where it is less appropriate is when you are using a wide range of open source tools, including most continuous integration and automated development tools.