IBM API Connect Review

Internal re-usability of APIs are encouraged by cataloguing all the APIs, but the automation of deployments is needed.

Valuable Features

V3 is way better then v2, and v4 has further improvements. We have the ability to secure, control, transform, catalogue and optimize access to our APIs for external and internal partners and developers.

Improvements to My Organization

The APIs are exposed to B2B partners in a secured, and better way. Internal re-usability of APIs are encouraged by cataloguing all the APIs.

Room for Improvement

It lacks the ability for billing and metering the API usage to invoicing in v3, however, v4 does have this. Automation of deployments is needed.

Use of Solution

We've used it over a year, v3 was purchased in Q2, 2014.

Deployment Issues

Manual steps for deployment is needed.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issue with scalability as the run timefor API Management is proven and time tested i.e. Datapower which all fortune 1000 companies use.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

The IBM customer rep was very helpful in the POC phase, and helped us escalate custom/new features which we requested.

Technical Support:

Ir's excellent.

Previous Solutions

No other product was used, and the service was just exposed by Datapower.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was straightforward as 50% of the solution was already in place. IBM API runs on IBM Datapower so the setup was only needed for IBM API Management itself.

Implementation Team

We did it in house using the same set of Datapower developers supported API Management.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked at WS02 which was way too complex and needed almost 14-15 VMs to run. As we had Datapower, it was a natural choice for us.

Other Advice

If the customer is already using IBM Datapower then it is a no brainer that IBM API Management will complement their existing investment.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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