IBM App Connect

IBM App Connect

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3.9 out of 5 stars

IBM App Connect is a multi-tenant, cloud-based platform for rapidly integrating cloud applications, on-premises applications and enterprise systems in a hybrid environment using a “configuration, not coding” approach.

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IBM App Connect review by <span>Meredith M.</span>
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"Intuitive tool"

What do you like best?

-Cast Iron is easy to learn, intuitive layout of the product and creating a feed is simple

-Handles large amounts of data easily (at least with on-premise)

What do you dislike?

-Wish there were more user level to help with SOX concerns

-wish that with our physical appliances, we could load balance across several appliances so that we can mange from one WMC

Recommendations to others considering the product

I believe they are reducing support and/or eliminating the ability to have on-premise appliances in favor of using cloud based versions. We have benefited from on-premise, especially in that it handles large amounts of data better.

IBM also doesn't seem to be investing in additional features, endpoints, etc especially when compared to competitors

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Cast Iron to do the following:

-Integrate our product databases with Salesforce

-Send and receive files with external stakeholders via FTP

-Generate reports for internal stakeholders

-Connect with various other cloud based vendors

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IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Government Administration
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"You get the benefits of the cloud - other than that it's an Integration Bus"

What do you like best?

Having it on the cloud means that there is really no overhead to set up the servers and install the product. Same goes for upgrading the hardware. Unfortunately due to prior experience This overhead with most IBM products is quite big and we are very happy to avoid it.

On other points I would mention of course, the security and reliability of the cloud.

What do you dislike?

Development has to be done traditionally on normal developer machines. Unfortunately the development environment is not what you would call sleek and developers complain about losing time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the on-site integration bus then it's definitely worth it to at least try the cloud version.

If not then make sure that this is the right solution for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sovling: Enterprise integration problems

Benefits: Reusability, Scalability

What iPaaS solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
IBM App Connect review by <span>jesus alberto c.</span>
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"connect your applications and automate your workflow faster and easier"

What do you like best?

It allows increasing productivity through automation of workflow or maintaining the consistency of the data in the application, allowing the work to be done more intelligently from wherever the person is, from their mobile phone

What do you dislike?

so far I have not found anything that does not gsute me of the use of this application

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend the use of this application connect the applications allowing access to the information stored in the cloud faster, is easy to use and very light

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

has greatly improved the optimization of the work, in addition to its graphical environment makes it very easy to manage that program, the ability to create and expose API

IBM App Connect review by <span>Jason G.</span>
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"the best Hybrid cloud platform for me"

What do you like best?

What I like the best with IBM Integration Bus on cloud is the support they are offering. This is the first time I have hands-on experience with cloud and IBM integration bus made it easy for me to learn it. They explain everything to me in details those things I don't know

What do you dislike?

The support SLA, for every service down ticket, I wish that the SLA response would be just 30 minutes instead of an hour

Recommendations to others considering the product

The price is cheap compared to others, plus you will get discounts too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are integrating all our software/platforms with cloud as we all know cloud would be the future.

IBM App Connect review by <span>Brian S.</span>
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"Best Hybrid cloud!"

What do you like best?

The support people are very knowledgeable! If you don't know anything, they will surely explain everything for you!

What do you dislike?

user support, I guess the promised 1 hour response time for service down issue can be lessen to 30 minutes? only a suggestion though :(

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is cheap! Plus you will get discounts too!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With IBM Integrations we have move your existing integrations to the cloud as we all know cloud is the future so this is the best.

IBM App Connect review by <span>Jacob J.</span>
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"Simple and secure "

What do you like best?

It is intuitive and simple to use. It also provides reliable security that gives me peace of mind.

What do you dislike?

there is nothing about IBM App connect that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend IBM App Connect to anyone who is looking for a safe, easy, and reliable cloud solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped me get organized and save a ton of time.

IBM App Connect review by User in Internet
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"Good Software for Enterprise"

What do you like best?

It is relatively easy for developers to develop applications through IBM softwares, and it can be easily integrated into our main application

What do you dislike?

Deployment can sometimes be frustrating because it is like a third part application inserted into our main application, and sometimes backups will not work as expected

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is relatively straight forward app and I would recommend it to any support; it is offering some really cool features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We generate reports that is otherwise not that easy to do using our application; it saves a lot of development time

IBM App Connect review by <span>Danielle P.</span>
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"Great analytics and analysis tool"

What do you like best?

Great data warehousing features, good business analytics and decision engine

What do you dislike?

Complicated to use if you don't understand key principles

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't get frustrated! Use frequently and do trial and error. Also, take online webinar or training to get you familiar with the navigation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Catering, sales optimization

IBM App Connect review by <span>Ajai L.</span>
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"IBM Integration Bus"

What do you like best?

Very stable Enterprise Data Integration product from IBM, its been in market for more than a decade with different names and currently its being called IBM Integration Bus. Have used it from v8, easy to install and administer, lot of adapters to connect with different third party software. With the latest versions, MQ dependency has been removed and makes it a much more feasible for SOA implementation in an organization.

What do you dislike?

Adapters for cloud application can be added in toolkit e.g, salesforce.com. Heard newer versions might be an hardware appliance which might be costlier than the earlier software installations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration of different internal and external software applications.

IBM App Connect review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Integration Developer in Healthcare"

What do you like best?

IBM integration bus is market leading tool which helps communications of multiple applications enterprise wide with simplicity and lot of options. In Healthcare, this tool has simplified the way the end applications are connected to front EMR with ease

What do you dislike?

It is costly tool as compared to other integration service bus. Although not every function available in this tool is used for small companies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration within applications and EMR

IBM App Connect review by User
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"Enterprise Application Integration Manager"

What do you like best?

Fast develop of integration solutions using the Design Studio.

What do you dislike?

Limitation is the Java hep size and the limitation of files sizes. Including all the features in the Cloud Version of App Conn, and additional connectors to AWS, like S3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good product for integrating with SF, assuming you are already using IBM IIB.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration with Salesforce, rapid development of integrations using Studio,

IBM App Connect review by <span>Shawn M.</span>
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"Saved me!"

What do you like best?

Saved me when my computer crashed. thought I lost everything

What do you dislike?

Set up took a little bit and I couldn’t figure out out to auto sync at first

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Back up content

IBM App Connect review by <span>Jorge B.</span>
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"Easy to use integration software that does integration right"

What do you like best?

Development environment is very easy to install use. Learning curve is relatively small compare to other competitor software. The connectors do a very good job of hiding repetitive tasks and hideous details. It is very intuitive to use.

What do you dislike?

Runtime environment requires using a virtual image, some customers initially dislike this, but it is much easier than installing similar software from scratch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very good entry point for an integration product in terms of price, complexity and capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration with Salesforce.com. I have done integration to Salesforce directly via Web Service API, and the Salesforce connector abstracts a lot of the hideous implementation details that you should not need to worry about. It is definitely a time saver.

IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Cast Iron gets it done"

What do you like best?

Flexibility in form factor deployment - choose SaaS, Virtual SW, or a Physical Appliance and easily move data between them all with little to no hiccups. It is also great to have an Unlimited Endpoint configuration option. In addition it is easy to generate documentation of the orchestrations - better if you really leverage comments. the TIPS are helpful to get started also. The up-time is 99.8% i believe which is huge!

What do you dislike?

They could have more diverse connectors - of course all the major ERP connectors available, CRM and major Cloud applications; however, they are not quick enough to respond with adding new connectors especially to some of the new cloud apps in the market

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

streamlining quote-to-cash processes, revenue recognition, orders, invoices, RMA's, inventory management, contract management - all these business problems can be solved when Cast Iron is the tool leverage between your CRM and ERP systems. The tool is equipped to manage complex business rules and also for robust error handling

IBM App Connect review by <span>David W.</span>
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"Cast Iron delivers results, but not always reliably"

What do you like best?

The one thing that cannot be denied about Cast Iron is how easy it can be to drag and drop together a fully functional system integration in only a few hours. Anyone with basic knowledge of programming and control flow can easily put together a simple integration.

What do you dislike?

On large scale deployments with dozens of separate integrations running concurrently, troubleshooting issues is nearly impossible. Unless you work directly with IBM support, certain troubleshooting is actually not even possible (looking at/understanding logs and accessing the system shell in particular.)

Our deployment had memory issues that ended up being the result of a bug in one of the connectors. After working for weeks with IBM on the issue, they released a patch to fix it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been very successful with integrations between our ERP and CRM systems.

IBM App Connect review by User in Insurance
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"Hybrid cloud integration: Connect your applications"

What do you like best?

I like the potential for business users and non-traditional developers with some technical skills to create interfaces between disparate applications. Also like the ability tfor event driven processing.

What do you dislike?

Many steps in the lab were either out of order or not explained fully. A few more screenshots would have also helped.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Event driven processing, change data, ease of Salesforce integration

IBM App Connect review by <span>Nitin J.</span>
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"Very useful even in complicated designs"

What do you like best?

I am doing Cast Iron implementation more than three years now and I can tell you, its a great product from IBM. One can easily integrate the system as per their requirement. Most importantly it has a lot of standard functions and logic activities, which help to build a complicated logic very quickly.

What do you dislike?

Cast Iron studio can not take much load, it gives a java heap size error. For that you need to enhance the heap size. But ideally the product should take care of that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

From my experience I can say it can solve any problem regarding the data transformation from a source to a target. You just need to know, how the logic can be write. If you can build a logic with the help of activities, you can avail a great benefit.

IBM App Connect review by <span>pankaj g.</span>
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"Good start towards containerization"

What do you like best?

User interface and ease of starting a server

What do you dislike?

Performance / delay in UI and devops integration

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enterprise wide intgration solution

IBM App Connect review by <span>Miroslav R.</span>
Miroslav R.
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"Application Developer & Integrator"

What do you like best?

Ease of starting developing. Visual development

What do you dislike?

Toolkit crashing. Low testing capabilites (code test)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrations SOAP REST

IBM App Connect review by User in Outsourcing/Offshoring
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"App Connect is a great program"

What do you like best?

I like being able to log in to Connect then it will automatically sign me into App connect websites.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, it will hang up and cause problems with websites.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is one of the main tools that we use in my job. It helps us be able to do what we do.

IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Good product with great unit and regression testing capabilities "

What do you like best?

It’s easy to install which can be difficult with these products. I’m also impressed by the data warehousing features and analytics capabilities of the product.

What do you dislike?

I didn’t use previous versions so definitely a learning curve getting used to the product. It’s complex as a product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business analysis, data analysis, data warehousing, sales optimization results.

IBM App Connect review by User in Computer Software
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"The Quickest and most Economical Integration Product so far"

What do you like best?

I like the Web Management Console feature. It helps us maintain the Integrations, view logs, set up user accounts. Also, the Studio is very user friendlly, it helps build comples logic with just drag and drop of activities

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the orchestration status get "stuck" while starting/stopping orchestrations. The status button gets greyed out and the only way out is to restart the WMC or choose the "Stop All Jobs in Progress" command.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cast Iron works very well with real time and small data volume integrations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are Integrating People Soft with Oracle On Demand by pulling in Accounts information. We also have a very robust Data Wareshouse into which the data from Oracle On Demand is pulled and stored. We use this data warehouse to further build important reports.

IBM App Connect review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Research
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"Installation process"

What do you like best?

it is precise and robust. If you are a programmer, you can customize it.

What do you dislike?

I really want it to make the process simple. I don't think all processes are necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please make it user-friendly not a developer-friendly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm trying to connect with real business with this program. Not yet!

IBM App Connect review by User in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"A decent product that could be so much better"

What do you like best?

For simple orchestrations and point to point connections, this app works great. It is very easy to use and the learning curve is very small.

What do you dislike?

For large data volumes, the cast iron application generally has performance issues. While they have fixed these in the newer releases, the upgrades have been a bit painful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do consider data volumes before going cast iron

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Point to point integration of master data and transactional data in to Salesforce

IBM App Connect review by <span>Tom P.</span>
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"Have been a savior!!"

What do you like best?

Ease of integrating with various databases and salesforce.

has most of the text and numeric functions.

What do you dislike?

Date functions could be better.

The UI needs to improve as it become a difficult to navigate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please build a better UI.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrating Peoplesoft with Salesforce.

IBM App Connect review by User in Logistics and Supply Chain
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"IBM WebSphere Cast Iron works really well."

What do you like best?

It greatly reduced the developing time, compared to Java.

What do you dislike?

Some display bugs in studio are annoying, I had to close and re-open the orchestration to restore the view.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a transportation and logistics company. Our software are built in CRM salesforce.com. We use IBM WebSphere Cast Iron to perform integration between our EDI server and force.com platform. Cast Iron works really great, the implementation is much quicker than using Java. It also provides friendly UI, which is also very help.

IBM App Connect review by <span>Praveen P.</span>
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"Cast Iron - Good tool for integration"

What do you like best?

1. No Coding approach

2. Inbuilt connectors can be used for integrating application in no time.

3. The CI Web Management console is user friendly.

4. SFDC Integration.

5. Working with Web Services/ WSDL is very easy.

What do you dislike?

1. Costly (Data Power Cast Iron XH40 firmware)

2. Data manipulation is a bit difficult for certain requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Oracle to SFDC integration.

2. Ariba to Oracle integration.

3. Mobile front end with Oracle integration.

IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Management Consulting
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"CastIron review"

What do you like best?

Castiton is a very good tool to develop interfaces with very little programming experience. East to use drag and drop developing interface.

What do you dislike?

Castiron does not provide ability to provide global variables. Configuration properties at each interface level is not sufficient for all requirements. Not having single log file for entire interface activity, sometimes its tedious to go thorough each and every step to get complete picture of the log.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used castiron for developing various interfaces between salesforce and various heterogeneous applications. The benefits were the amount of time taken is very optimal to develop and test interfaces.

IBM App Connect review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"A great tool for building quick integration."

What do you like best?

No coding approach, light weight and easy to configure

What do you dislike?

Not concept of subroutines. Version management

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s great to integrate cloud with on premise applications.

IBM App Connect review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent cloud software"

What do you like best?

It's very user friendly after the learning curve.

What do you dislike?

The cost and time to integrate the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Connect integrations securely to on premise applications

IBM App Connect review by <span>Ravi C.</span>
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"IBM websphere intergration solves enterprise wide application integration issues."

What do you like best?

The well thougth out design and architecture of the product.

What do you dislike?

Complexit of the product. Complex to maintain and install.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enterprise wide integration problems

IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Accounting
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"We use CI for our integrations. We've run it here for 7 years."

What do you like best?

Ease of development, support from IBM, virtual server deployment is easy to manage.

What do you dislike?

Performance of the Studio software is slow sometimes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integrations between various ERP, ecommerce and point solutions.

IBM App Connect review by User
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"Great tool"

What do you like best?

The variety of platforms you can connect too.

What do you dislike?

Some of the work I felt was unnecessary. Complex to maintain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sales optimization. Business analysis

IBM App Connect review by <span>Mark M.</span>
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"Integrate in Days? Yes, many, many days."

What do you like best?

For simple integrations, it's easy to set up and start working with out-of-the-box. It can handle connections to web services very easily - just upload the WSDL, a few clicks and you're good to go.

No coding or past integration development experience needed.

What do you dislike?

Configuration, not coding approach means it isn't extensible for some common enterprise business scenarios. For example, a client had a requirement that involved encrypting a file and transferring it to an FTP server. After going back and forth with IBM support for days, they admitted it's not supported and have no idea when it will be.

The product does drag-and-drop as advertised, and is capable of complex integrations without ever having to write code, but reminds me of a Rube Goldberg contraption. Lots of steps and complication to complete a seemingly simple task.

Debugging is a real pain, speed is not one of its virtues, and it often would crash when dealing with big data. Should also mention it's expensive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Unless you're only interested in using out-of-the-box connectors and don't plan on needing to customize standard functionality, look elsewhere.

IBM App Connect review by <span>Kryz O.</span>
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"integration really quickly however sometimes coding is easier"

What do you like best?

Its really simple using a drag and drop interface to very quickly integrate two or more solutions. Now the IBM has taken over, they have good backing so you know they aren't going to vanish

What do you dislike?

Sometimes with integration, coding can be a lot quicker compared to drag and drop. E.g. if you look at excel it can be quicker to write a formula that using an interactive wizard to drag and drop all the cells you need.

Also as IBM has taken over I can see the number of days to integrate things will go up. As IBM are a consultancy they will be looking for Billable hours

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand your integration requirements before engaging anyone. Get either a big bit of paper of use Visio nad plot out what has to talk to what, which fields are the master etc. Then take another look and ask, Do I really need to be this complex?

IBM App Connect review by Consultant in Management Consulting
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"Customer positioning"

What do you like best?

One point with a clear integration model and presence in cloud integration with effective use of API's and services.

What do you dislike?

Not having a better wrokflow and process model comparable to datapower.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good thing to try, very few in this space

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cloud integration specific to Salesforce

IBM App Connect review by <span>Erich R.</span>
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"Decent Middleware"

What do you like best?

We used to use this product offering for integrations to ERP for loading of products and other data. The product itself is pretty good for straight forward, simplistic integrations, however complicated integrations require a detailed knowledge of the product and may consume a large amount of resources.

What do you dislike?

A basic training class for this product may cost you thousands of dollars, in addition the solution itself is far more expensive than competing solutions like WebMethods which essentially do the exact same thing, but at a much lower price point.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider WebMethods, it does many of the things that Cast Iron does, at a much lower price.

IBM App Connect review by <span>Petr D.</span>
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"Used WebSphere to integrate 6 applications in for a banking customer"

What do you like best?

Variety of connectors, easy to setup and test, we have used it to integrate applications based on WebServices, Oracle + others, Currently, the platform is extended by at least one more system a year.

What do you dislike?

Some work had to be done when changing the version of the connectors which I thought was unnecessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a reliable multi pier integration platform, IBM WebSphere is a good option

IBM App Connect review by <span>Peter B.</span>
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"Strong but needs work"

What do you like best?

I can handle the most complex integrations with large volumes of data.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is painful and confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Depending on the volume of data you plan on integrating, there are better solutions out on the market.

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