Ashutosh AggarwalVice President at a comms service provider
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The developer portal has been the most useful feature."
"The solution is very stable."
"The most valuable feature is the security we get from this solution. I know of a bank that uses it to ensure that everything is secure. The second feature I like is the retail environment, where we actually want to be able to provide as many suppliers and consumers with APIs as possible. If you are well-trained in the writing of RESTful API's, you can actually publish an API in a matter of minutes, test it, and publish it."
"The solution is very scalable because it's on the cloud."
"API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs."
"It is quite stable. We've not had any problem. It has made for a good buy because we are finding that other companies that have similar set ups go down maybe once a month."
"Our version supports containerized integration. I can write APIs, which can be moved into a testing environment without needing a forklift. It can check if APIs are compliant before moving them into production."
"It allows enterprises to expose some of their tech to outside stakeholders."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to have different packages based on the API keys. The same core system can have different packages based on different environments."
"The reason why we selected the solution originally was because of its ability to have a gateway both on-premise and in the cloud. This is the most valuable aspect of the solution for us."
"The solution is a good general API manager. They have a few propriety features but are offering items that are standard in the industry as well."
"When we did the product evaluation, we saw that TIBCO Mashery offers end-to-end API life cycle management. It provides all API features that are required for managing the complete life cycle. It includes the developer portal and tools for API monitorization. The out-of-box security features that TIBCO Mashery provides are enterprise-grade, which gives it an edge over other API products."
"Like any typical IBM infrastructure setup, you need to learn to set it up yourself. It's not one of those simple zip files or an archive unzip and you're up and running in some few minutes. Knowledge to set it up is key."
"The solution is not scalable."
"The new version is very unstable."
"In the next version, I don't know if they've already been included it or not, but the designer and all the tools should be on the cloud. I don't want any external installation or local installation."
"They seem to have left out a feature for microservices and also a certification module for OIDC."
"I would like to see support for non-Java based services. We struggle a bit to be able to deploy and connect our .NET services because of things like data types. We had to map a couple of things. For one solution provider, we had to move them to .NET Core before we could use it properly. I would like to see more agnostic tool service platforms rather than moving it more towards Java or open source."
"There are issues with upgrading in the cloud version. The cloud version is extremely buggy. We prefer to use the on-premise version."
"I would like to see automation of the installation. If there could be a single-click function where you could automate everything, that would be helpful."
"The way agile life cycle is working needs improvement. I also want to see more support for open API standards. I want to see some improvement on the protocol transformation. That is quite missing now. These are the three main issues."
"The security needs improvement, specifically, propagation of security to an API. Calling other APIs is something that is missing in the product and that makes us think about going to a competitor."
"Policy management has been a bit of a concern."
"They can fix some stability issues and probably make it more user-friendly so that not only an IT savvy person but an end-user can also easily navigate through this solution."
"API Connect is quite pricey."
"I haven't seen anyone go from on-premise to the cloud. In fact, I am seeing people go from the cloud to on-premise because the costs can quickly grow on the cloud."
"It would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent."
"The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight."
"It is expensive when compared to other products in this class. There were no extra fees for add-ons or technical support."
"It's an expensive product."
"IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
"It is quite an expensive product."
"Its price is pretty reasonable. There are some lightweight API options available in the market, but given the feature set that TIBCO provides, its price is really reasonable."
TIBCO Mashery Enterprise is a modern API platform for digital business that covers the entire API lifecycle.
IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 21 reviews while TIBCO Mashery API Management is ranked 18th in API Management with 4 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, while TIBCO Mashery API Management is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Provides good security and scales to quite a large number of products but needs to stabilize Version 2018 rapidly. Still too many fixpacks and outstanding issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Mashery API Management writes "Has the ability to have different packages based on the API keys but the setup is complex". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and Microsoft Azure API Management, whereas TIBCO Mashery API Management is most compared with Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Layer7 API Management, Kong Enterprise and SwaggerHub. See our IBM API Connect vs. TIBCO Mashery API Management report.
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