IBM API Connect vs. MuleSoft Anypoint Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM API Connect
Score 9.0 out of 10
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IBM API Connect is a scalable API solution that helps organizations implement a robust API strategy by creating, exposing, managing and monetizing an entire API ecosystem across multiple clouds. As businesses embrace their digital transformation journey, APIs become critical to unlock the value of business data and assets. With increasing adoption of APIs, consistency and governance are needed across the enterprise. API Connect aims to help businesses…N/A
Anypoint Platform
Score 8.1 out of 10
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The Anypoint Platform developed by MuleSoft and acquired by Salesforce in early 2018 is designed to connect apps, data, and devices anywhere, on-premises or in the cloud. This platform was built to offer out-of-the-box connectors as well as tools that architects and developers can adopt quickly to design, build and manage the entire lifecycle of their APIs, applications, and products.N/A
Pricing
IBM API ConnectMuleSoft Anypoint Platform
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM API ConnectAnypoint Platform
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
IBM API ConnectMuleSoft Anypoint Platform
Considered Both Products
IBM API Connect
Chose IBM API Connect
IBM API Connect is easier to use and develop API flows. The developer community and IBM Support are outstanding compared to other peers.
Anypoint Platform

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
IBM API ConnectMuleSoft Anypoint Platform
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Connect
9.2
25 Ratings
13% above category average
MuleSoft Anypoint Platform
-
Ratings
API access control9.525 Ratings00 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies9.620 Ratings00 Ratings
API usage data9.025 Ratings00 Ratings
API user onboarding9.325 Ratings00 Ratings
API versioning9.025 Ratings00 Ratings
Usage billing and payments8.818 Ratings00 Ratings
API monitoring and logging9.125 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Data Integration
Comparison of Cloud Data Integration features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Connect
-
Ratings
MuleSoft Anypoint Platform
8.6
10 Ratings
6% above category average
Pre-built connectors00 Ratings8.810 Ratings
Connector modification00 Ratings8.510 Ratings
Support for real-time and batch integration00 Ratings8.510 Ratings
Data quality services00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Data security features00 Ratings8.610 Ratings
Monitoring console00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM API ConnectMuleSoft Anypoint Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(25 ratings)
9.1
(20 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(17 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.8
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM API ConnectMuleSoft Anypoint Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
I love the IBM API Connect features, performance, and security level for all our business data. The workload balancing and integration with other third-party products are very simple. The data migration speed is beneficial, especially for time management, and creating process reports through IBM API Connect is incredible.
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Salesforce
MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is best tool in the market for developing APIs with complex structures communicating with various different types of applications including web applications as well as legacy applications. Also applications including database connectivity for fetching and updating data in the DB tables. I cant think of any scenario which MuleSoft Anypoint Platform could not be used for developing the integrations.
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Pros
IBM
  • High security with multiple types of authentication so no need to worry about security.
  • API creation, automation and management all can be done form a single interface which guarantees security and increases efficiency.
  • Highly rated among it's competitors which proves it has given a good service over the years.
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Salesforce
  • API Manager provides easy API Policy Governance. You do not have to manage multiple platforms for managing the policies.
  • Supports hybrid Mule EBS environments. You can configure both CouldHub-based and on-premise-based API using Mulesoft API manager in a similar manner.
  • It's very easy to implement API proxy.
  • User friendly UI.
  • Single platform to manage all.
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Cons
IBM
  • The first thing challenge we faced with the product was that if you deploying it to a third party cloud, that was very challenging and we need IBM team help at every step of the way and as well all know IBM support doesn't come cheap. A reason for that is that there isn't enough documentation done on the subject from IBM side.
  • The upgrade process is not that seamless and involves a lot of hassles.
  • You really need to have our requirements sorted out clearly because it is not very easy to customize the UI according to your needs, So you need to involve IBM from the start and give them clear requirements and then work with them to achieve it.
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Salesforce
  • Has more features than what we really need so we're paying for more than we use. Sort of like paying for an Abrams tank when all we really need is a Toyota Corolla.
  • Not a value product, tends to be expensive.
  • Takes a while for developers to learn to use Mulesoft Anypoint.
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Usability
IBM
IBM API Connect may be less appropriate for small-scale projects with minimal API management requirements, where simpler and more cost-effective solutions suffice. Organizations lacking the necessary technical expertise or resources to harness its full potential may face implementation challenges. In static environments with infrequent API changes or limited developer engagement, the platform's comprehensive features may be excessive for the task at hand.
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Salesforce
simple and easy graphics and containers helps developers to write complex flows
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Support Rating
IBM
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Salesforce
Anypoint Platform support is very responsive. There is also a huge knowledge base and an active online forum where answers to most questions can be found. When needed support engages the engineering group so adequate solutions or workarounds are always provided.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
There are two main reasons for choosing IBM over others. 1) Pricing 2) The conversation during the sales stage. The team at IBM understood our requirements and acted as consultants instead of sales people. They genuinely focused on providing a solution to our pain points which reflected during the implementation and continued after go-live in the form of technical support
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Salesforce
Once we have moved all of our system integration APIs to the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform, we will need to communicate with a wide variety of external systems. All of our business and service logic is stored in the aforementioned core systems. Anypoint Platform (and all of our APIs) makes it easy to connect to various other platforms. In order to link to these many other systems, connectors and/or components are utilized, and they are simple to configure and integrate.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • I consider IBM API Connect as a business capability enabler - the ROI level is practically secondary.
  • With this platform at the core, associated architectural framework and guardrails ensure that we can progress with distributed development and automation in autonomous teams - a key factor to deliver required time to market performance.
  • At this time, security and trust is key. A flexible yet secure API manager layer is necessary to ensure our relationships with partners and customers.
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Salesforce
  • Mulesoft can be used to provide an integration platform to a large number of systems like Salesforce, ODBC, JDBC, SAP, Mongo DB, etc.
  • An excellent option to develop microservices and real-time integrations.
  • Not as robust in handling large data volumes, Informatica is better in that respect.
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ScreenShots

Anypoint Platform Screenshots

Screenshot of Connect any endpoints using out-of-the-box connectors, dynamic connectivity to API specifications, or by building reusable connectors with Anypoint DevKit™.Screenshot of A reporting suite that provides a real-time view of API consumption trends and operational performance. Analytics provides insight into how your API is being used and informs forward-looking design decisions.Screenshot of A platform to engage with API developers and drive adoption. Share documentation, examples and manage developer access from a single platform.