IBM API Management Administration and Developer Portal - license + 1 Year S

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  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 PVU
  • hosted
  • non-production
  • Passport Advantage Express
IBM API Management provides companies with the tools for creating, proxying, assembling, securing, scaling and socializing web APIs. Equipped with a customizable developer portal, this solution enables them to attract and engage with application developers to foster an increased usage of the published APIs. IBM API Management's robust administration portal allows companies to easily establish policies for critical API attributes like self-registration, quotas, key management, and security policies. The robust analytics engine provides valuable role-based insight for API owners, solution administrators, and application developers.

IBM API Management is a unified solution, with an intuitive user experience, for managing the complete API lifecycle from creation, publish, and adoption, to support and monitoring, enabling companies to realize the maximum value from their APIs.

IBM API Management Administration and Developer Portal - license is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides DevOps integration and a catalog for microservices. Valuable Features: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 are able to share those APIs instantly within the organization; even if we want to share it outside publicly, then we can have those capabilities.Improvements to 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 takes an iterative approach to come out with what you need. Instead of that, we have this microservices solution, where you can just enable the required part in quick delivery using DevOps. These are the main benefits of this product.Room for 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 a more DevOps-friendly solution is needed.Stability Issues:Stability has still not matured. We are still growing with the industry. We will find out after some time how it is going. But, as of now, it's stable.Scalability Issues:Right now, in terms of scalability, everything we have is on-premise. However, we have this Bluemix capability, with which we can scale as and when we need.Technical Support:We have used IBM professional support/premium support. We use them for any of the solutions, such as if we need some guidance on the future roadmap as to how it's going, etc; we engage them. They are excellent. They are always not only there to help us resolve the problem, but also to be able to guide us as to how the trend is going and what we should start thinking in regards to those changes.Previous Solutions: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 utilize that in order to start serving the business, with an expedited return on the investment. So, this API, DevOps, and microservices are the things which are happening right now.The most important criteria while selecting a vendor are that they should be able to help us not just with solving problems, but they also need to advise us in terms of how the trends are moving and how we can be strategic partners, instead of it just being a one-time solution.Other Advice: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 microservices with the API Connect and the DevOps, to provide quick returns for your business. It will be more valuable to you.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like how it runs within DataPower, and adds the extra OAuth security. Valuable Features:I like how it runs within DataPower, and adds the extra OAuth security. It gives me a common place to do security for all my API services.Improvements to My Organization:The biggest benefit is the availability provided to the people that will use my services. They can go to a portal and look for services to identify which ones they'll use.Room for Improvement:We use it for existing IIB services. We call on multiple back ends from the same service where the record layouts are different. It's difficult to describe and use them in the product.Stability Issues:Actually, we're in production for demo purposes, so I really can't speak to this. So far, we've had no issues.Technical Support:We have used technical support and we have a good response.Previous Solutions:The decision to switch was made before I had left IBM and went to this company four months ago.When selecting vendor, support and longevity are the most important criteria.Initial Setup:I was involved in portions of the initial setup. It was complex from the standpoint that there were a lot of components, but it wasn't difficult.Other Advice:Make sure to understand its purpose and what it's used for and not used for.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It offers GUI-based accelerated API development that addresses advanced use cases in a collaborative environment. Valuable Features:* GUI-based accelerated API development* Segregation of ownership and control for different stakeholders* Self-service Developer Portal: a highly customizable portal based on Drupal ( ) CMS* Security support for oAuth, basic authentication and keys* Analytics* High-performance solution when used with DataPower IDG. DataPower IDG can support 8K TPS per appliance* Easy-to-implement, configurable API security and analytics* LoopBack projects allow API creation using a datasourceThis product has been designed very well and addresses many advanced use cases of API development in a collaborative environment, which are not yet available in other existing products, for example, Layer 7.Improvements to My Organization:* Self-servicing portal allows users to explore APIs, create and manage keys. and manage subscriptions.* Advance infrastructure load balancer/cluster management features* GUI-based accelerated API development and deploymentsRoom for Improvement:* Production traffic monitoring features can be better.* A few advanced API management features such as monetization and portal syndication are not yet available in the product, but are included in the product road map for the near future.* API hosting needs a separate product (for example, DataPower) or Micro Gateway (a node js component). However, in a few cases, this can be seen as a better overall solution.* Frequent product design changes were observed during the early stages of this product evolution; however, currently this product is very stable.* A few minor quality issues were observed during the early stages of this product evolution; however, currently this product is very stable.Use of Solution:I have used it for 1+ years.Stability Issues:Current versions are stable. However, a few minor issues were observed during the early stages of product evolution.Scalability Issues:No scalability issues were found.Technical Support:Technical support is 9/10:* Highly responsive* Quarterly enhancement/bug fix releases* Detailed product documentationPrevious Solutions:We previously used Apigee ( ). We switched due to version upgrade cost issues and a need for performance improvement.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very well documented and straightforward. However, please refer to API Management experts for the most-optimized solutions.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's available in SaaS and on-premise versions. This product comes in three offerings: Essentials, Professional & Enterprise.As per the required API Management components, pricing and licensing might vary on a case-by-case basis.Enables a cost-effective solution when implemented properly.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, we also evaluated CA Layer 7 ( ), Akana ( ), and Mashery ( ).Other Advice:API Connect is an easy-to-learn, very advanced, reliable, business-to-business API management product. However, understand your requirements clearly and use expert help for the most optimized yet secure solution.The API Connect product comes with API management, developer portal, offline API development toolkit and a node js component called Micro Gateway. Licensing can differ for these components.From an API development features perspective, API Connect and API Management might appear significantly different. However, inherently both products exhibit a very easy, refined and mature API implementation process. I would personally recommend to everyone to use API Connect over API management.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Internal re-usability of APIs are encouraged by cataloguing all the APIs, but the automation of deployments is needed. Valuable Features:V3 is way better then v2, and v4 has further improvements. We have the ability to secure, control, transform, catalogue and optimize access to our APIs for external and internal partners and developers.Improvements to My Organization:The APIs are exposed to B2B partners in a secured, and better way. Internal re-usability of APIs are encouraged by cataloguing all the APIs.Room for Improvement:It lacks the ability for billing and metering the API usage to invoicing in v3, however, v4 does have this. Automation of deployments is needed.Use of Solution:We've used it over a year, v3 was purchased in Q2, 2014.Deployment Issues:Manual steps for deployment is needed.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issue with scalability as the run timefor API Management is proven and time tested i.e. Datapower which all fortune 1000 companies use.Customer Service:The IBM customer rep was very helpful in the POC phase, and helped us escalate custom/new features which we requested.Technical Support:Ir's excellent.Previous Solutions:No other product was used, and the service was just exposed by Datapower.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward as 50% of the solution was already in place. IBM API runs on IBM Datapower so the setup was only needed for IBM API Management itself.Implementation Team:We did it in house using the same set of Datapower developers supported API Management.Other Solutions Considered:We also looked at WS02 which was way too complex and needed almost 14-15 VMs to run. As we had Datapower, it was a natural choice for us.Other Advice:If the customer is already using IBM Datapower then it is a no brainer that IBM API Management will complement their existing investment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We know that our implementer had some problems while implementing the platform but IBM responded very quickly and professionally. Valuable Features:The most important feature is, for sure, the security gateway. But if we think commercially, the possibility for easily creating and exposing service plans and charging is also valuable.Improvements to My Organization:We are planning the usage possibilities of API management inside our company, and outside, as well. Plenty of our web services are spread throughout various enterprise infrastructures and we want to control them in a better way with this tool. Of course, the valuable part outside the company is possibility for tracking and exposing telco services, as well as a commercialization aspect, through a developer community.Room for Improvement:We have no suggestions so far.Use of Solution:After six months testing the platforms we now have a preparation period for commercial usage. The platform is technically ready for use. We are using a Data Power XG45 v6.0.0.4 as the gateway layer alongside API Management.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:We have no such information so far.Technical Support:We know that our implementer had some problems while implementing the platform but the main vendors technical support (IBM) responded very quickly and professionally.Previous Solutions:No, we didn't. This is our first tool with this functionality.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very simple. Later implementation is a little bit complex (disagreement of reference in documentation, different recommended OS versions for additional parts of the environment etc.)Implementation Team:The implementation team did it with the support of a main vendor team. They have high level of expertise.Other Solutions Considered:No we didn't. Maybe ESB (Enterprise Service Bus which we already use) is one of the solutions for exposing different kind of web or other services for sharing usage data but we realized that API management will be more useful for our wider purposes.Other Advice:It's a good solution with a simple user interface. It has many different possibilities as a business solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exchange integration would be a good improvement however it has made it very simple to expose new services securely. Valuable Features:The seamless conversion between rest and soap and service catalog.Improvements to My Organization:I am a consultant so I can explain how this product has improved my customer's organization: it has made it very simple to expose new services securely with a specific general policy in DataPower and also keeping track of their use (amount of calls, etc.).Room for Improvement:Integration with Exchange Server. Also if it could be easier to configure or direct the DataPower policies that would help. I'd like to see a combo box to choose which processing rule to apply.Use of Solution:I've used it for a few months.Deployment Issues:Only issue is with connecting it to Exchange Server.Stability Issues:No issues with stability.Scalability Issues:No issues with scalability.Customer Service:I did not require the customer service.Technical Support:I did not require technical support.Previous Solutions:It was an addition and not a substitution to anything.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.ROI:Seems good so far, as it saves a lot of time. It used to take a long time to expose services, whereas now it's just a few clicks.Other Advice:It's pretty simple, there's no need for any special advice actually.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-03-22
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