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AITsolution56
Real User
AIT Solution Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jul 23 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution enabled our business to get our solutions quite fast. Instead of waiting for weeks, or even months in some cases, it actually helped the movement from a bimodal to a faster depth of… more »

What needs improvement?

It is still a very new product. We're still finding our feet on the latest version of it because it gives you the capability to move into the cloud. We have not yet taken that leap into cloud because… more »

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

The basic appraisal based on the two models is available on their website. The one is PVU-based and the other one is consumption-based. But that is a ballpark figure. Obviously, when you engage with… more »

What other advice do I have?

The product itself delivers on what is documented and we don't need any additional features. Currently, there are some features that are not working because of known errors. I would like to see an… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate a lot of other options. We were led by Gartner and Forrester with regards to that, and then we did site visits to other companies that implemented products, and we had a look at their… more »
AdemolaOsindero
Real User
CEO at Lopworks Limited
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

The developer can connect to the back-end services and exclude APIs through API Connect. It is very robust, e.g., I can exclude web services. We can paste the code into… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The workflow allows for different parties to work independently of each other, e.g., business people can work independently of the developers. If the rules are well… more »

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in the reporting and monetization. With monetization, I want to be able to provide my own pricing and platform. I would like them to add… more »

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

API Connect is quite pricey. The developer builds the API and determines what should be put together. However, the business people determine the price. The product plan… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Some of our clients tried to use a customer design. They switched to API Connect because it is more advanced.

What other advice do I have?

The client needs to understand the service to use it. They need to make sure that they have the back-end infrastructure to support API Connect. API Connect is known for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The integration is quite fast compared to others. Other companies combine their API platforms, but API Connect is as straightforward as you can get it. Oracle doesn't… more »
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Oladipupo-Aina
Real User
Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The developer portal has been the most useful feature.

What needs improvement?

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. A more user-friendly portal could be helpful. Something you won't really get… more »

What other advice do I have?

Infrastructure setup was a bit painful. Knowledge up-take was not too painful if you are not doing anything complex. But when you start getting into complex APIs then maybe you need some bit of patience if you decide to use this solution. At the end of the day, it's a great product, I can't fault it… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing IBM API Connect, we looked at 3scale API and API G-Box.
Augustine Ayo
Real User
Middleware Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

The exception and error management have been the most valuable feature. We take steps for how many transactions we can create. It has a dashboard that allows us to see where transactions are coming from, which clients use it more, etc. This… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously what we used to do is deploy different endpoints for different clients that we have onboard. In the last two years, what we've been doing is using API Gateway Manager so we have only one endpoint with different uses.

What other advice do I have?

To cut down on your implementation time, read the documentation. It's long but explanatory. I would rate this solution as an eight (out of 10).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've played around with other API managers, like Tyk, and the setup is much simpler. The reason why we took IBM was because of its resilience and name brand. Our clients trust the fact that we are not just going for an open source or free… more »
Real User
Team Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 17 2020

What is most valuable?

It is a complete API solution for everything having to do with application development. It is an automated and all-in-one solution. It helps provide the API, expose the API, manage their exposure, and affect monetization. I have the… more »

What needs improvement?

One place that I think the product could improve is that it could be lighter on computing resources and cheaper. We did not expect to have to add additional services for data processing.

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

I do not deal directly with the area of budgeting. We are partners with IBM, so maybe we get different pricing. I do not know about standard prices other than that this product can be expensive. We did not need to pay them anything extra… more »

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate IBM API Connect as an eight-out-of-ten comparing what I know to other products.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Initially, we did not do any exhaustive research on competing products. We are looking at the market more in-depth now. I think that API Connect is too expensive for us. For some companies that have a higher demand for using this type of… more »
Alexis Aguiluz
Real User
Senior Technological Architect at Banco de Chile
Jun 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are: 1. The centralized management: this provides a management module that can deploy and apply security policies to all APIs, including all the gateways that are deployed on-premises and on any cloud because the gateway component can run at a VMware or in a Kubernetes… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product has a little use at the enterprise because the APIs have functionality with low use. The next steps are to enforce and grow the use of APIs through the creation of a governance department that aligns the construction's standards and defines the classifications of APIs. This is the main… more »

What needs improvement?

The product can be improved in the following areas: 1. The monetization because it doesn't include an online method to pay through a web system or with a credit card, where the analytics can be calculated. 2. The integration of an API gateway that implements the sidecar pattern, which can be… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Another team selected the product.
Shiri Traum
Consultant
Open API Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 23 2019

What needs improvement?

It still does not support open API 3. Another problem is the designer. I want the whole solution to be on the cloud. For the installation, I have to install locally. There are many improvements it needs if I want to implement a MockServer or sandbox. In the future, I hope it will be more intuitive for building a MockServer. 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. The old designer should be less complex and more simple or intuitive for… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are testing and I'm working for the Bank of Israel and we have to implement the regulation of the PSD2, the open bank, open banking, open API. We would implement it on API Connect, so it's not a production system, it's just a sandbox. In terms of advice, I would suggest anyone to verify that the product support is the latest version and to find out the frequency of the new versions of the product itself. I think it's very important to go through a project like this before implementation. I would rate this solution seven out of ten. I'd like it to be more cloud-based, for the open API 3… more »
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 13 2020

How has it helped my organization?

It allows enterprises to expose some of their tech to outside stakeholders.

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

IBM sets the pricing, but it would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent.

What other advice do I have?

I would certainly recommend IBM API Connect for clients who are going with an enterprise version of implementation and when they have enough budget. Of course, if they have budget limitations, they can consider open-source solutions. As implementers, we have a big resource pool here in India. All our associates have expertise with API Connect as well as IBM App Connect. As of now, it is serving… 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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