CA API Management Review
The solution kits are customizable. We can implement micro-services architecture.

Valuable Features

Although a lot of features come handy, the most usable feature is that solution kits are customizable. We were able to cater to a large variety of implementation and customizations with ease.

Improvements to My Organization

We have developed frameworks around this product set. It provides the ability to customize and has tremendous depth.

The frameworks are configuration driven, which gives the ability to implement micro-services architecture with ease and provides DevOps agility in terms of continuous deployment, etc.

Room for Improvement

The feature set is quite diverse and community driven, which is a good avenue to promote future features into this product.

The policy manager UI shows signs of aging, but it is not a must.

Policy manager is probably built using Java SWING, it has all the features, but loses some points on the look and feel, compared to some new generation IDEs.

It would be nice to see the PM revamped and some additional features added, such as step debugging for encapsulated assertions etc.

Use of Solution

I have been using CA API Management for five years.

Stability Issues

We have not had any issues with stability.

Scalability Issues

We have not had any issues with scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I would give technical support a rating of 10/10.

Previous Solutions

We did have a previous solution, but the lack of a feature set, only cloud-based implementations, and lack of customizations drove us towards CA.

Initial Setup

The setup was very simple and straightforward.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

It is definitely competitively priced. Working with your local AM can help you achieve a pricing level that’s suitable to your needs.

It comes with many options, so do discuss your future roadmap with a CA Solution Strategist to advise you on the proper model.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked at Apigee, Mashery, IBM, MuleSoft, WSO2, and others.

Other Advice

  • The product is feature rich and can solve a myriad of use cases.
  • We have noticed that building frameworks on the product set, with the help of a senior architect who drives the adoption early on, is a key. They can help create reference architecture for your organization that pays dividends in the end.
  • Aim for CA certified resources or partners for a good quality solution.
Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.

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