5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 2, 2016
Our overall experience has been very positive. SoftwareAG has been very helpful in helping get the platform installed and configured after the sale.
Invest in time up front to gain a full understanding of the product suite capabilities before contract negotiation. Be prepared to invest in training up front post purchase and commit the time to plan the installation. Commit to bring experienced 3rd party partners/consultants in for vetting designs and assisting with configuration and setup. Consider not only functional and technical requirements of the platform itself but consider how development on this platform will fit into the organizations' practices around SDLC, automated testing and continuous integration, as well as deployment strategies currently adhered to. The webMethods development and testing tools can fit into any type of environment but certain aspects are different from tradional Java or .NET methodologies utilizing JUnit, etc.
Our organization selected the webMethods platform in part because we had requirements that the platform work well with Microsoft solutions such as MSMQ and SQL Server. Other vendors reviewed in the selection process advertised products that worked in a Windows infrastructure yet when reviewed, had many issues or did not function according to advertised specs. SoftwareAG products to date have worked as advertised. Furthemore, the webMethods Suite had capabilities that met our requirments but more importantly, there are many capabilities of the platform we had not considered that we discovered offered many opportunities not considered and capabilities we had not thought of leveraging with what was initially viewed as simply another ESB.
Given our limited history, we have not seen any issue nor have we experienced any hidden problems or issues to date. The most confounding thing about SoftwareAG is that every capability is another product with another license. Also, the licensing is complex when it comes to licensing per core - they also consider the processor type and rating. This is complicated and confusing at best. However, given the level of pre-sales and post-sales support from SoftwareAG, these concerns are relatively minor.
Given our organization has only had the webMethods Suite in house for 6 months, there has not been a lot of history to reflect on. The one issue that we would have is that until SoftwareAG is engaged in the sales process, it is very difficult to get access to the details of what all the components are and how they are inter-related until access to product documentation is granted.
We should have spent more time understanding what all the webMethods components and related products such as Trading Networks and Terracotta were capable of and how they could be leveraged.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Dec 1, 2016
Software AG has been a great company to work with. Their software is robust and stable.
Engage good consultants to assist with the implementation/upgrade.
The capabilities of the Integration Server, adapters, Broker, and TN components
Active Transfer is still not production ready.
Produced a better MFT solution.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Nov 7, 2016
During implementation we found that we were testing the limits of the system in terms of product performance. The vendor was very committed to solving issues, but we wish we didn't have to be the first to find them as the project had a significant overrun
Stae the non-functional requirments clearly
share product limitations so client did not have to discover them
have the vendor conduct and confirm performance berfore starting the project;