Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with IBM API Connect.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
Extracting the data could be improved. My team members sometimes find it difficult to get something out of this solution.
In terms of what needs improvement, some of the product documentation could be better.
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 hooks into the API. E.g., it should be able to check credit, then limit access to people who don't have credit anymore. They need to have more training for people.
They seem to have left out a feature for microservices and also a certification module for OIDC. So it would be a good idea for the authentication module to have OIDC certification.
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.
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 you to search as well.
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 lost in. For example, other APIs make it so easy to do a couple of things from the portal, not at the management portal itself. Maybe if IBM can improve on that, it would be most helpful.
IBM is also a bit pricey. On top of that, they have bugs that need to be fixed.
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 of the uncertainty of what the moving parts are, and that's why we'll have to wait and see. I would like to see more stability, however, and I do believe the newer version will offer that.
Business applications could be exposed to users.
Automation for our Domino applications could be improved.