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Andrew Clark
Real User
Technology Manager at PNC
Mar 30 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the most valuable feature is the fact that it sort of combines IBM DataPower being a security gateway with some of the features that are... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For full transparency, at this point, we brought the solution in and we've used it for a couple of internal hackathons, but we haven't actually... more»

What needs improvement?

I think that some features that would be kind of cool are around the whole idea of a subscriber being able to subscribe to a plan. Not only... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did not previously use a different solution. Let's face it: This is a relatively new space and we’re a bank. Of course, we knew that the... more»

What other advice do I have??

I think if you're working with IBM and you're looking at possibly using Bluemix now or in the future, the other thing is, if you're using IIB or... more»
Mayank
User
Principal Information System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

For on Premise Solutions: Out of the box policies for Gatewayscript, JWT generate and validate. Oauth support . Since... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We utilize API connect to proxy to backed micro services or Datapower. We also do JSON to SOAP mapping / rest to soap... more»

What needs improvement?

IBM has improved this product significantly in last 2 years but it is still not stable and require further... more»

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

Not sure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I have used APIGEE in a different project.

What other advice do I have??

Troubleshooting any issue can be very difficult.
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SeniorIncd2d
Consultant
Senior Integration Consultant at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 14 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the ability to distribute work among our API developers, so we don't have to do all the work as IBM API... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It simplifies development and allows us to do more for less money.

What needs improvement?

Based on my meetings at this conference, I'm satisfied with their roadmap, where they're going. Possible improvement is mainly around having... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using IBM DataPower without any additional layer. By adding this new obstruction layer with IBM API Connect, we're simplifying... more»

What other advice do I have??

You should consider how much value you can derive specifically from the solution with all the features that are available. For instance, the... more»
Solutione573
Real User
Solutions Developer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Apr 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Most of the business value that we are getting out of this solution, is that it provides DevOps integration and a catalog for microservices. We... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is a trend to move towards microservice-based solutions, where we have to decouple all our legacy SOA-based services, when sometimes it... more»

What needs improvement?

Mostly, I would like to see more tools that are DevOps-friendly. We would have more capability to interact with the catalog and inventories, so... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We have this monthly inter-tech meeting, where we go through as to what is going on in the market, how the industry is going, and how we can... more»

What other advice do I have??

Advice depends; if you have a preferred technology and IBM has a solution for that technology, then I'd definitely advise you to use more... more»
Architeccf5a
Real User
Architect Advisor at a health, wellness and fitness company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 19 2017

What is most valuable?

It gives a holistic environment for us to set up the APIs and that's the main value that it adds. It gives end to end for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We moved from another manager to this one and latency has improved a lot. It has improved the latency response by maybe 20-25%.

What needs improvement?

In fact, we have had a discussion with IBM and it's agreed upon that they would give us the features that we have asked for, just in three... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previously, we were using Layer 7. The reason as to why we decided to switch solutions was because the current environment was not working for us.

What other advice do I have??

Go for it! Getting a perfect rating depends on the product and how they give us support or not. We haven't gutted it, thoroughly. It is in... more»
PankajGupta
Real User
Solution Architect at Aetna
Mar 29 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides a good, simplified user interface to design and secure your APIs.

How has it helped my organization?

First of all, it gels well with the other IBM products that we have. It resolves some of those integration problems that we earlier used to... more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of the features require improvement, such as better integration with the other suites of the product and a more secured way to put it on... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We have a relationship with IBM. They approached us with this product and as I mentioned earlier, it integrates pretty well with our other IBM... more»

What other advice do I have??

It's good. They have really good use cases. So, it's worth investing time in these products, and if it suits your needs, then you can really go... more»
Thac Tran
Real User
Chief IT Engineer at Kaiser
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides a few features such as security and discoveries.

How has it helped my organization?

What we look for most is security. API Connect can provide that. On top of that we use it to replace the old version. The current WSR was for... more»

What needs improvement?

Additional features probably will be easier to develop. Right now the UI is using quadruples. On the policy, they are using SSLT, but I would... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Beforehand there was the older generation of API Connect. API Connect came out maybe two years ago, before that was WSR combined with data... more»

What other advice do I have??

I think IBM is very innovative and maybe that will give them an edge into their industry.
LeadManac059
Real User
Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 28 2017

What is most valuable?

We've yet to realize real value in the solution. The goals that we were trying to achieve from it were to implement microservices and a lot of... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits would be that we'd have a great platform for our microservices and API management. But since we haven't had a lot of success with... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like greater stability and greater ability to actually administer the product without needing to go to technical support. It's very... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We weren't using a different solution. This is a new approach. We do have alternatives that we are using, including other IBM products. But we... more»

What other advice do I have??

Certainly look at other options that are out there and absolutely go with the latest and greatest version of the product, because there have... more»
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The IBM API Management family of products gives you software tools to create, manage and share application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. Available in both on-premises and cloud solutions, its detailed analytics and operational metrics allow you to monitor API usage to ensure that the developers' needs Ð and applications using the API Ð are being met.
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