IBM API Connect vs. Stoplight

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
Stoplight
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Stoplight is an API Design, Development, and Documentation platform that aims to enable consistency, reusability, and quality, all with an easy, enjoyable developer experience. Presented as a solution to help utilize and integrate design-first workflows to scale up standardized, collaborative, and well-governed API programs.
$0
Up to 3 Users
Pricing
IBM API ConnectStoplight
Editions & Modules
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Free
$0
Up to 3 Users
Starter
$99
Up to 10 Users
Pro
$399
Unlimited Projects
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM API ConnectStoplight
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
IBM API ConnectStoplight
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Connect
9.2
27 Ratings
13% above category average
Stoplight
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Ratings
API access control9.527 Ratings00 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies9.622 Ratings00 Ratings
API usage data9.027 Ratings00 Ratings
API user onboarding9.327 Ratings00 Ratings
API versioning9.027 Ratings00 Ratings
Usage billing and payments8.819 Ratings00 Ratings
API monitoring and logging9.127 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM API ConnectStoplight
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(27 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(19 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM API ConnectStoplight
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
IBM Connect is well suited for enterprises with enhanced security requirements and compliance monitoring for access. In our financial domain, we can centralize connectivity and monitoring and thus reduce our workload. It works great across our hybrid cloud deployment. However, it may not work that well for smaller firms, as the initial setup and maintenance costs may outweigh the benefits of using a central tool.
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Stoplight
API mocking, testing, and sharing are all built in functions for StopLight that work quite well. They even have functionality for generating OAI and RAML code as well, which is a huge plus. AS for as areas where StopLight is not appropriate, if you're doing anything other than API testing, StopLight may not be appropriate for use.
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Pros
IBM
  • Security. I would say creating and applying scopes to each operation is intuitive and clear.
  • Managing multiple path at the same time. Creating new path and operation is straightforward.
  • The analytics tab is good to see what APIs have trouble with errors
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Stoplight
  • OpenAPI support
  • Markdown supports
  • Git integration
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Cons
IBM
  • One thing that could be improved is that it requires heavy hardware support. So making it less dependent on the hardware could free up the resources.
  • The hardware comes at a high cost which easily cross your budget if you try to scale the business through it.
  • It is quite time consuming and complex to setup and requires a technical person to set it up which again can increase the overall cost.
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Stoplight
  • Simplicity of set up. Although it's not difficult, there are tools out there that are easier to set up for testing endpoints.
  • Again, it's perfectly functional, but some competitors I think have a more user friendly UI to them.
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Usability
IBM
It is an extremely easy platform to manipulate and productively develop. The IBM API Connect features and dashboard are very easy to access, and the navigation strategy is also cost-effective. IBM API Connect offers some capabilities that simplify the entire development operations while providing the most accurate and profitable data results, and the development project management is amazing.
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Stoplight
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
IBM API Connect and Apigee are both robust API management platforms. IBM API Connect was selected for its strong integration capabilities, hybrid cloud deployment options, and comprehensive analytics. It aligns well with organizations seeking flexibility and control over their API ecosystems, especially when dealing with complex integration scenarios across diverse environments.
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Stoplight
I'd like to also throw Runscope and Fiddler into the mix. Between StopLight and all these competitors, we've chosen StopLight primarily for the support, ease of use, and reliability. Most tools out there today are top-notch, so it really comes down to personal preference and different use-cases. Having used other API testing frameworks, StopLight definitely stacks up against the competition.
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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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Stoplight
  • Increased efficiency
  • Improved comminication between backeend and frontend
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