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Sam Bachman
Real User
Owner at Clarity Iq Inc
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it enables me to present data in the format that the client wants to consume it. That client might be a visualization tool, that client might be a report, that client… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are rapid development and deployment of APIs, which means that your information, your ability to handle information, to receive it and to send it, to visualize it, to report on it, to get… more»

What needs improvement?

The latest version that just came out at the first of October really was a powerful move in the right direction. I was very, very pleased with that because it allows now beginning to use information… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

You look where your pain is. If you can perceive pain, you know what you need to do. Where does it hurt? That's what you need to work on. A different solution didn't exist. You developed things in… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, there are a couple of things that you have to look at. One is: Are they going to be around? That's always a concern because if you've committed to something and the rug gets… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Where I got involved with CA on this product, there were not really competitive products. Since that time, there probably are some companies that have come out, but honestly, I am busy enough, I don't… more»
Real User
Solution Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 30 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the flexibility. It's very configurable. Each policy is very customizable, where we can accommodate different capabilities that our trading partners actually have. Even though from a textbook… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gave us new capabilities that we really didn't have before. We didn't have a good way of exposing APIs to the internet in a reliable, secure way. It gave us that ability. It also gives us a focal… more»

What needs improvement?

The tool itself, I think, could be better. Along with the flexibility it does have, I wish it had a little more modern user interface. For troubleshooting, debugging, that kind of thing, it could… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It was a gap in our company. We knew we had APIs that we wanted to leverage and work with our trading partners, for them to access it. But working with our security team, we knew that we didn't have a… more»

What other advice do I have?

What's important to us when selecting a vendor, besides the product, the vendor needs to be of significant size to be able to continue to evolve the product. It needs to be able to provide… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did consider other vendors. I wasn't part of the original selection, but it came down to two different vendors, CA being one of them - at the time it was Layer 7. Then we did a proof of concept, so… more»
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Venkatesh Vanigalla
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It takes an existing service, like JSON or SOAP, and converts it for use on the application (e.g., REST services). From a security point of view, there are different types… more»

How has it helped my organization?

APIs can be developed to provide security. We can show them in one single pane of glass, such as the CA API Management API Developer Portal. It is there that we can… more»

What needs improvement?

Based on the method an API, we need to be able to access that particular API. They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

CA API Management has a licensing path. If you want more features, it requires more licenses and more installation time.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, there was only SOAP services. When you are making an API call with SOAP services, It has a lot of impact on the application by taking too much of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product is available on-premise, in the cloud, and Docker.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to other tools, like Apigee, this is the best tool that I have used.
Real User
Integration Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

From the security point of view it provides lot of features, as well as performance. I think it's 4000 transactions per seconds, per node, is what the performance is. So those two are major features… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It can be scaled, especially the current version. It can be scaled as we need. And it can be used in different regions. We have different data centers in the U.S. and Beijing. We use it on-premise… more»

What needs improvement?

Microservices gateway is one thing in which we thought would be really good. It has come up, we just have to see how it's going to play out. Obviously, it's not going to replace the classic gateway… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Forum before, but we wanted a much more flexible solution that scales and has better performance. That's why we chose CA's API Gateway, to resolve our security, and provide the best… more»

What other advice do I have?

Among most important criteria when selecting a vendor, the first thing is pricing. After that features, obviously, and then the performance and stability. We would definitely recommend implementing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Forum, obviously. Layer 7 is one we looked into. Axway. IBM, because we use it a lot for e-commerce, so that is an API gateway we have been looking into.
Sekar Purushothaman
Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The out-of-the-box security features are useful. Right now, you can just right-click and drag and drop the assertions with the rate limit. That, as well as the x-amount… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the main things is the call-ahead feature, where people can call ahead of time with our mobile app to reserve a table at these restaurants. We also have private… more»

What needs improvement?

On the monitoring side, we need a better way to monitor it. CA has not given a clear understanding of what external tools we can use to do this. We also need a total… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think it's competitive. It's not that expensive when you compare CA with the Oracle product. I also haven't seen the latest pricing for the virtual gateways, but what I… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This is the first one we've picked and then we were pretty happy with it so far.

What other advice do I have?

I rate CA API Management as an eight out of ten due to the overall stability of the product. So, we had this implemented and running fine unless we had increased traffic… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were thinking about the Apache system at that time, as well as the Oracle server and architecture. I used CA in my previous organization so I'm committed to it. To me… more»
LiemNguyen
Real User
Enterprise Architect at DXC Technologie
Dec 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature, as I mentioned, is the composability, because we use a lot of functionalities. Also, right now we're looking into the Dockerized version of API Gateway because that would allow us to flow nicely into our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It definitely helps a lot with the DevOps and the support. Reliability is one thing, and having visibility into who is using which APIs. Some of the performance matrix that API Gateway gives off - we monitor them via SNMP traps - and then… more»

What needs improvement?

The more automation the better. I think CA is stepping in the right direction. I went through the micro API Gateway presentations here at the CA World conference, on how you can automate more of the policy deployment via the JSON format, so… more»

What other advice do I have?

I like that CA is continuing to improve the product, looking for new solutions using the API Gateway. That's something that we're familiar with. And that they're trying to make it work for different types of architectures. As I mentioned… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did do some evaluations against other products. Just to name a few, we looked at Mulesoft, WS02. We went with CA because the solution is simple to implement, it fits our use case well, and in terms of price point it also chimes well with… more»
Atyab Tahir
Real User
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

* Containerization * The monetization module They're quite unique for an API tool. Although we didn't test the monetization, the flexibility of the tool could be quite… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are a bank, and any API management tool helps us find the right partners to build new products in new markets. Given that we are going down the path of open banking… more»

What needs improvement?

This is not specific to CA's tool, but API tools in general. There are two schools of thought: There is the "Apigee" school of thought that says that we don't need… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We weren't comfortable with the pricing of licensing. It was slightly more expensive than its competitors.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In terms of using this solution to modernize legacy systems via microservices/APIs or developing a new platform for mobile/IoT, we haven't used CA's API tool, but the API… more»

What other advice do I have?

With respect to supporting a large number of APIs and/or a large number of transactions, we didn't use it for a large number of transactions. It was a PoC so we only used… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We found that API Connect had superior features. The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.
Tanmoy Bandyopadhyay
Consultant
Technology Analyst at Infosys Technologies Ltd
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

I think it's very valuable because of the support desk in one application. It protects us well. That is very important. In terms of security, it's mostly been enough until now. I had used them in my local work. I was playing with them and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I mostly used it when working in the banking sector. There are many bank connections going on every day, especially during the holiday season, which can be kind of tough. We need to straighten the books, which can include how much money… more»

What needs improvement?

From the last version, they have added more dashboard support, but there is still a lot they need to improve. The thing is, on the chart you can set it to forty seconds or one minute. That's fine, but if you hold any request it should be… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Apigee and API Connect. I found that CA is more stable than the others. When you are deploying code, you also need the previous versions. With CA I can track all the changes. It's more stable and reliable.

What other advice do I have?

I would say implement it. If you are new to APIs and things, you won't understand it, but if you have some experience it will be okay. I would rate this as eight of ten.
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