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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM API Connect ranks higher in 1 feature set: API Management

API Management

8.9

IBM API Connect

89%
8.4

Postman

84%
IBM API Connect ranks higher in 5/7 features

API access control

9.1
91%
12 Ratings
9.3
93%
33 Ratings

Rate limits and usage policies

9.6
96%
5 Ratings
7.8
78%
19 Ratings

API usage data

8.4
84%
12 Ratings
8.6
86%
18 Ratings

API user onboarding

8.9
89%
12 Ratings
8.8
88%
22 Ratings

API versioning

9.1
91%
12 Ratings
8.4
84%
25 Ratings

Usage billing and payments

8.1
81%
5 Ratings
7.2
72%
13 Ratings

API monitoring and logging

8.8
88%
12 Ratings
8.6
86%
33 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Postman is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

IBM API Connect

85%
12 Ratings
9.0

Postman

90%
40 Ratings

Usability

IBM API Connect

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

Postman

85%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

IBM API Connect

N/A
0 Ratings
7.1

Postman

71%
22 Ratings

Ease of integration

IBM API Connect

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Postman

90%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

This quite powerful and helpful tool to keep your organization working excellently in terms of workflow, speeding up everything assigned in the company with greater accuracy and without any errors, since it has a powerful automation system. The total system of the entire company will be controlled in a central part where you will stay informed department by department, streamlining processes, saving time and generating more money, keeping customers and employees happy.
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Postman

Postman is very good for easy entry into testing. Thanks to snippets it is easy to use, but also provides a lot [of] possibilities for testing thanks to the in-line editor. Easy to use on multiple environments (versioning) thanks to sets of environment variables. The Collections view can get very full with time and it is not possible to reuse or link requests so that they have always been copied and maintained manually for each copy if changes have to be applied.
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Pros

IBM

  • Great and unmatched consumer management features in developer portal; support for setting up consumer teams with multiple developers.
  • Out-of-box support for multiple authentication security mechanisms for API, like OAUTH, MTLS, JWK, etc.
  • Extensive workflow and lifecycle approval customization were best among peers.
  • DataPower, as runtime engine is very robust and high performing.
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Postman

  • It has opened a door for me to explore more out of it, as it is associated with so many APIs that I never felt any difficulty in finding the right API template, which are well organized and easily available.
  • It is very secure to use and provides great services which are user-friendly.
  • Due to this software I have got rid of the excessive emails and the slack channels, Now I am using my own private API and even it give me an option to produce my personal Postman’s API Builder from its Private API Network and this features has shared my excessive workload.
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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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Postman

  • Wherever you need to automate tests that involve database verification or rely on data from databases, Postman is less suitable.
  • Postman's disc usage is extremely high, and it occasionally causes the computer to fade.
  • It doesn't have the ability to generate random data. To achieve randomness in my tests, I've been working around scripts.
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Pricing Details

IBM API Connect

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM API Connect editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Postman

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    Postman editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Postman Free Plan$0.00 US Dollars1
    Postman Basic Plan$12 US Dollars2
    Postman Professional Plan$29 US Dollars3
    Postman Enterprise Plan$99 US Dollars4

    Footnotes

    1. none
    2. per month per user
    3. per month per user
    4. per month per user

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    1. Postman Free plan: Start designing, developing, and testing APIs at no cost for teams of up to three people. 2. Postman Basic plan: Collaborate with your team to design, develop, and test APIs faster; $12/month per user, billed annually 3. Postman Professional plan: Centrally manage the entire API workflow; $29/month per user, billed annually 4. Postman Enterprise plan: Securely manage, organize, and accelerate API-first development at scale; $99/month per user, billed annually

    Usability

    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Postman

    I think from a non-technical perspective there are a few things that could be more clearly labeled to better understand what is being asked for or where to add certain parts of the request.
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    Support Rating

    IBM

    No answers on this topic

    Postman

    There is a lot of in-depth documentation for Postman available online, including detailed guides with screenshots and videos. They provide example APIs for new users to explore while learning how to use the tool. Generally, bugs in the client are quickly addressed through frequent free updates. Community and professional support options are available - most of the time, the free/community level support is adequate
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    Alternatives Considered

    IBM

    As we have already have deep work relationship with IBM, when it comes to API gateway, we start looking at the API service IBM provides. And that is when we found out IBM API connect. It is very reliable and convenient tool to manage our API. It works with our cloud agnostic strategy.
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    Postman

    Previous to using Postman, I would either use browser tools directly, or write an in-house tool to send requests. Postman eliminates that need while providing a much better experience and more features. At the base level, Postman is as simple as typing in the address as you would in a browser. Authentication can be provided simply as well.
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    Return on Investment

    IBM

    • The product helped us ensure our API’s are secured, helped us to build trust with our customers and partners
    • The TAT to doing integration using traditional methods like VPN etc has improved cos of API Connect by 80%
    • The cost of maintenance of the product is way lower than any other tech product we are using.
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    Postman

    • Postman is free (although there's a paid tier that offers more features) so using it for testing APIs comes with little to no risk (besides learning curve).
    • The learning curve is a little steep for non-developer users, but developers should find it easy to pick up and use right out of the box, so to speak.
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