IBM WebSphere Ratings

Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
3.5/5
Customer Service
3.5/5

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Dominic R.
Systems Architect
Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 13, 2018

“A solid base for your web applications”

OverallYou will always be able to accomplish what you need to with WebSphere, but be prepared to learn! Also, take all tutorials with a grain of salt. Things have changed drastically between versions and also depending on who's doing the video. Some people take shortcuts that may impact (or may not) what you're trying to accomplish.
ProsWebSphere has support for nearly any type of web server you need. While we've mainly used WebSphere Application Servers to run Maximo and related 3rd party applications, we've also tested using Tomcat, Liberty, and other server options/configurations with great success. Control is handled nicely from a web-based dashboard.
ConsThere is a steep learning curve to configuring WebSphere even for a simple use. If you're already familiar with basic web servers (such as Apache Tomcat), you'll be able to get a basic server set up and running fairly quickly, but as soon as you need any additional functionality, it can often take a long time to figure out how to accomplish it in the web-based UI. While guides abound for just about any functionality, there is always multiple ways to do it that seem to conflict with each other at times. The web-based UI is really just executing some .bat files on the backend, and if you learn those, you can accomplish certain tasks much quicker. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of trial & error is the only way to learn.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 13, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 8, 2018

“The implementation of services and microservices in the latest version is simple and agile. Integrat”

OverallUnderstanding of application development concepts in ESB due to the easy application of concepts within the tools. Understanding of application development concepts in ESB due to the easy application of concepts within the tools. The almost zero administration of the tool that contributes to almost 99% of service availability and easy integration with third-party applications. Versatility for design and development of customized frameworks in an agile way due to the diversity of prefabricated components that are included in the Enterprise Service Bus. The development of support packages either by IBM or by the community is of great help when implementing or obtaining specific features such as traces, quick statistics on the behavior of the integrations and evaluation of resources based on work load.
ProsHighly scalable High availability in hardware and software mode Easy maintenance Simple and easy-to-use development tools
ConsLimited web console Managed security in operating system and not in application layer Desktop tools for administration very poorly optimized Poor emphasis on JCA standards
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 8, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Financial Services, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018

“Powerful & Stable Application server”

OverallIt's been a smooth experience working with IBM Websphere. Integration with other Websphere tools is very easy and quick. The deployment and hosting, both are stable and secure.
ProsIt is one of the oldest running application servers from IBM, though they keep upgrading it to a newer version. It has all the basic functionality that you will look for in an application server. You can host all your applications especially the Java built applications on it. Our complete middleware tools like MQ and Message Broker were integrated very easily and securely with it.
ConsThe administration part of the tool is little difficult to understand at first. One really needs to go through the documentation thorougly to get the hang of it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 12, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 5, 2019

“WebSphere it's the corporate j2ee application server you need”

OverallI'm a WAS admin from several years and i'm happy to work with was. It's not completely easy to be used but it's powerfull and stable.
ProsIt's robust, it's based on standardize j2ee engine build by IBM and also have SSO technology available out of the box. IBM support is excellent .
ConsNot so easy to be used, you need to take some course to have a fast start.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 5, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Banking, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019

“WEBSPHERE MESSAGE BROKER”

OverallEasy to get suport and escalate cases
ProsIs an integration layer software that allows easy communication With the service components of an organization which makes ir highly profitable system for companies due to its stability and management
ConsEase of integrating bussiness components
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Management Consulting, Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 31, 2018

“Clean and simple console interface.”

ProsSecurity enabled, easy to deploy, stable, reliable, the console is very easy to use. Ease of installation/management, Stays current with patches/updates
Consnot lightweight, Takes a bit time to get a server up and running. pricey as well, the support was not up to the mark, if you are struck somewhere.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 31, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018

“I wouldn't chose it”

ProsI worked as WS admin for a number of years. It's a generally stable software, once it's properly installed and configured
ConsMainly, WS suffers common issues in IBM software - Can be REALLY hard to install, specially in non-default scenarios - Support is terrible - Very steep learning curve
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018
Shiva R.
Sr Director
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 18, 2018

“probably the best in class in the market for application development”

Overallapplication development and deployment
Prosit is a very stable server for application development and nodes/clusters can be configured/connected. Has a good console interface too.
Consit takes longer than usual to start the server and the other thing is that documentation could have been more comprehensive too
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 18, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 16, 2018

“Easy to implement”

ProsStability and robustness. Its easy to learn and new versions are well tested. The development tools are easy learning
ConsPrice. Is expensive and the licenses are adquiere by core. Depending on your contract and the infraestructure this could mean a lot of money yearly
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 16, 2018
siddharth g.
Team Leader
Computer Software, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: Capterra
May 16, 2017

“Being a case manager, navigator dev websphere has been usefull for us for ease of deployment/ config”

ProsIt's very easy to install and as a java supporting web server it can host large scale of applications like filenet and case manager, other supporting tool are also easy to configure and syncing and organizing diffrent nodes in single websphere installation is very good.
Source: Capterra
May 16, 2017
CANH V.
Software Engineer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Source: Capterra
October 28, 2016

“Experience with IBM WebSphere”

OverallAn app with a full set of functions and tools about business integrations. It also offers templates to easily build customized tools/apps.
ProsA rich set of tools and services to make business to business operations
ConsA little bit complicated to use, especially for new users
Recommendations to other buyersShould take training classes offered for WebSphere. It offers many useful classes
Source: Capterra
October 28, 2016
Hemant C.
Integration Consultant
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Source: Capterra
July 18, 2017

“IBM Websphere Platform is a very stable product.”

OverallStable implementations
ProsVery stable product that can handle large volumes of loads. It is very reliable for large implementations.
ConsCost is on the higher side and Issues are sometimes very hard to trace. Working through support can be cumbersome.
Source: Capterra
July 18, 2017
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Verified Reviewer
IT Administrator
Information Technology and Services, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 7, 2019

“It's a web server”

ProsIt is expensive tool so most of the clients are big companies or banks
Conshard to use, complicated to deploy, expensive
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 7, 2019
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sandeep s.
Software Engineer
Computer Software, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019

“Websphere Review”

ProsIt provides the feature of creating custom queue managers and put custom messages on it for your component. Main benefit of this software is it helps to customize it according to your requirement.
ConsAny tutorial video can be provided for the beginner users.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019
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Frank W.
Senior Software Engineer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 27, 2018

“Very Good Java Application Server”

ProsWhat I like most about this software is how easy it is to deploy. There's a simple wizard and step by step guide that makes setting it up pretty easy and straightforward. Another thing I like is that it's highly customizable.
ConsOne major thing I don't like about this product is the cost. I think the price is rather too high, especially when compared to similar products. Another thing is the really bad support. I hope IBM can improve on that
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 27, 2018
Gopi M.
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Source: Capterra
April 21, 2017

“Good Product for small and large enterprises - iBM BPM, Process server, WESB”

OverallIBM Business Process Management Product has benefited greatly from the acquisition of a Lombardi, an industry leading BPM product which specialized in Human workflow oriented business processes. Furthermore IBM had their own legacy BPM product which was pretty strong on the back end integration and process orchestration front. WebSphere Process Server while dealing with the problem of systems integration there often arises an opportunity to incorporate some company-specific business processes to the service bus. In case when a business process requires responses from a number of systems, requests to a number of systems to get some reference information or even some sort of human workflow to receive approval, etc. then such processes may be implemented within one solid medium being able to interact with each and every system using specific adapters. WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus our main focus was to implement integration across a bunch of systems interacting separately with each other. In this context, IBM's service bus came up to be good candidate for reducing the amount of relations between distributed systems. This feature has proved itself as a more or less easy to be set-up, tuned and customized for the specific company means.
Source: Capterra
April 21, 2017
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2019

“IBM WTX”

Overallgreat tool for integration and ease of use is good. one of the best tools for handling EDI data of various domains such as HEALTH CARE, RETAIL, LOGISTICS
ProsEASE OF USE ANY TO ANY TRANSFORMATION VARID FUNCTIONALITY GREAT TOOL FOR INTEGRATION OF BUSINESS AND ERP Systems
Consdocument tracking is a bit difficult. a better document tracking system should be needed
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 20, 2018

“Big enterprise solution and comes with a lots of problems”

OverallI would recommend to anyone to really think do they really need IBM WebSphere or if their business problem could be solved using some other (more stable and cheaper) options.
ProsI have been using IBM WebSphere Application Server and Portal for a long time, and it does come with tons of options and integration features, which is great for big enterprise systems.
ConsI've had many issues with it - official docs are really bad, the community is small and it is hard even to describe some problems you experience, and it takes more time to learn than other options available. And since not many people are familiar with it, it is sometimes not easy to find a good engineer to support it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 20, 2018
Ashish A.
Software Engineer
Computer Software, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 23, 2018

“Best Java EE application Server”

OverallOne of our old Java project is deployed on IBM WebSphere. We have found no issues related to deployment and server performance and it have bee very stable so far.
ProsIBM WebSphere is 20 years old project that aims to provide Java application server for Enterprise applications. Its latest version was released in 2016 that supports Java 8. It works best with Linux systems. Application deployments is easy and fast with WebSphere.
ConsBeing a Commercial Web serve, One has to pay high fees to get the licenses. It takes some time to make grip on using the software.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 23, 2018
Nestor Z.
Integration Engineer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 12, 2018

“All the tools at your fingertips”

ProsIBM WebSphere provides us with a wide variety of integration tools to make our work easier. It provides us with a library of examples to learn from them. Creating execution groups is very easy.
ConsWhen I'm in debug mode, sometimes the execution groups do not respond and I have to reboot them manually. I have problems with using the SVN plugin. It is difficult to install it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 12, 2018
Jonathan S.
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
2/10
Source: Capterra
October 27, 2016

“How did this become the enterprise standard?”

OverallI like that it has JNDI support and some Eclipse integration. Other than that, the layout for the administration console makes little sense and changes frequently, the memory footprint is huge (it takes far more resources to run the server than to run an application on the server), and there are generally bugs that result in memory leaks or even storage over utilization before even installing an application.
ProsJNDI and Eclipse integration
ConsBugs that result in using up my server disk space
Source: Capterra
October 27, 2016
Balu S.
Service desk analyst
Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 9, 2018

“I would say the best middle ware that anyone can get”

OverallIt always prefer Websphere for deploying any Java based application
Prosthe applications deployed in it works awesome and very rarely the servers crashes. It improves the total service of the application deployed in it.
ConsIt is a bit hard to maintain, if the server crashes the applications deployed in it will be halted and it's a big con
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 9, 2018
Alpeshkumar G.
Seniro Software Integration
Banking, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2016

“WebSphere creates more problems than it solves”

OverallMy experience with WebSphere is not so good. there is no user friendliness for user. Customization is not possible and tool is rigid and has less scope for configuration, most of the things are preconfigured and documents is not well orgnized.
Pros- robust application server - provides very good logging mechanism , very good clustering support
Cons- Customer Services is very poor , IBM needs to urgently address issue of customer dissatisfaction. - Ease of deployment of applications needed like tomcat,JBoss server - Not very good community support for WebSpeher.
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2016
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Henry W.
Information System Chief
Telecommunications, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 26, 2019

“Enterprise application integration ”

OverallIBM WebSphere is a good middleware to send messages from a system to others and integrate several applications.
ProsIt is recommended to implement enterprise applications integration with different platforms. Security is a key point when we work on several platforms because the information is sending through a middleware across different operating systems.
ConsIt is important that implement monitoring systems to ensure the delivery of the messages. It could increase the costs in other applications
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 26, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
3/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 23, 2018

“Very hard learning curve”

ProsI am a software developer, I use this software because it works relatively well if it can be configured properly
ConsI really dislike it because there is little to no customer support whenever I encounter a problem as well as it has a small supporting community
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 23, 2018
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Gonçalo C.
Android Developer
Computer Software, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
1/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
0/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 18, 2019

“Awful framework, hard to work with”

Pros- Good amount of features and customization ability
Cons- Very hard to work with, a specialized team had to be brought in to customize it - Expensive - Has performance issues if you stray too much from the "conventional" features
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 18, 2019
Gregory L.
AE
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 4, 2018

“WebSphere review”

Prosexcellent options, pricing, and smooth integrations
ConsThere are not any really significant drawbacks to this
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 4, 2018
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Carolina U.
Especialista en Sistemas
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2018

“Stable application server”

OverallStability
ProsWe used Websphere IBM for messaging applications, it's satble, reliable, the console is very easy to use.
Conslack of documentation, the license fees are high, as any application server has to be well configured to have a good performance. It was well integrated with ibm MQ
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2018
Suresh P.
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
1/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2016

“CastIron-Texans”

OverallMy experience with IBM Cast Iron cloud integration tool is too good. IBM Cast Iron integration tool enables you to integrate on premise to on premise, on premise to could and could to cloud application.
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2016
Vasu G.
Student
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 21, 2018

“Provides secure run time and flexible set of Java Enterprise Applications”

Pros* A number of useful applications are provided * Lightweight Web services and Micro services can be deployed saving time and cost
Cons* Other alternatives and opensource middle wares can replace saving cost * Import file issues due to xml files
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 21, 2018
Verified Reviewer
51-200 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 31, 2018

“The best Application Server i've used”

ProsFor me it's the most stable application server i have ever used and the integration with other IBM software is bulti in.
ConsThe licensse fee is high, setting the server could be very hard if you're not too experienced in administration
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 31, 2018