IBM API Connect - Leaders in the API Management Space
Overall Satisfaction with IBM App Connect
- Securely expose APIs to Intranet/Internet
- The pn-premise set up of API Connect is fairly easier compared to Apigee.
- The development of API proxy is fairly easy.
- The development and the transformation capability is not so great. I believe IBM is looking to incorporate some of features of IBM App Connect into API Connect.
- The authentications features are no way close to CA API Management (f.k.a Laye r7).
- The development experience is not as good as Apigee's.
- The GUI should be improved. Maybe the product team should see the other API management tools in their offering.
- It helped our organization seamlessly integrate the on-premise services with partner organization.
IBM API Connect is positioned ahead of Apigee in the Gartner report. But in my opinion the development experience and the data transformation capability is way better in Apigee and it’s a proved solution and has a huge client list. (I have worked on an American Express implementation where the Apigee platform supported millions of transactions).
The analytics features are not available in the free Bluemix version of API Connect. Whereas it is available in Apigee. The security features in Layer 7 (now known as CA API Management) are way better than Apigee or IBM API Connect.
From my research, the cheapest version of a cloud subscription is more [expensive] than Apigee. I think Apigee's cheapest is around ~300-400 USD/ month.
IBM App Connect Feature Ratings
Using IBM App Connect
2. Daily, Monthly and Weekly data loads and feeds.
3. File Handling
4. Securely exposing Web Services (REST and SOAP) to applications outside the ecosystem.
5. Bulk data loads in Salesforce.com
2. Good understanding of Application integration concepts, Web Services (SOAP and REST)
3. Understanding of XML, CSVs, JSONs
4. Understanding of the endpoints and their functioning like Salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle (At least the basic concepts)
- Salesforce.com integration. IBM App Connect has pre built connectors for different endpoints (Like Oracle, SAP, Peoplesoft etc) which will save lot of development time
- File Handling in different data formats like JSONs, XML, CSVs and Fixed Length and scheduling of Data loads and feeds
- Web Service Integration (RESTful and SOAP)
- User friendly Web Management Console access through a browser for monitoring purpose
- Handling huge files for daily, weekly, and monthly data load jobs
- Integrating Oracle with Salesforce.com
- Integration of web services
IBM App Connect Support
Support understands my problem
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