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Gartner Once Again Recognized IBM API Connect as a Leader in 2019 Magic Quadrant

By Alan Glickenhouse posted Mon October 14, 2019 04:55 PM


Effective API programs lay the foundations for digital transformation by enabling organizations to build a platform and develop an ecosystem.


With this statement Gartner introduces their most recent Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management.

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In 2012 IBM API Connect (V1) was introduced.  In their 2015 evaluation of the API Management market Gartner recognized IBM (API Connect) as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management (published in 2016).  IBM (API Connect) has maintained a position as a Leader through every subsequent evaluation including the most recent report issued this year (linked below).


Gartner’s comments about Leaders in general include:

  • “Leaders are vendors that execute strongly and that lead and influence the market

  • The most distinctive attribute of Leaders is that they can address the widest variety of API use cases: mobile and multi-experience, integration using APIs, data as a service, B2B and open banking.”


Please note IBM completed its acquisition of Red Hat on 9 July 2019, after the cut-off date for this Magic Quadrant. Both IBM and Red Hat met the inclusion criteria for this Magic Quadrant as of June 2019 and are expected to continue operating as before as separate products and were evaluated separately in this report.


For Gartner’s full evaluation of IBM (API Connect) and (Red Hat (3Scale)), please see the reprint url listed below.



Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management

Published 9 October 2019

Paolo Malinverno, Mark O'Neill, Aashish Gupta, Kimihiko Iijima





To understand more about IBM’s thoughts on Digital Business and the API Economy visit the IBM API Economy website.  IBM API Connect is IBM’s complete foundation to Create, Secure, Manage, Test, and Monitor APIs.  You can find more information about IBM API Connect at the API Connect website.  And you can also experience a trial version of API Connect.


If you have questions, please let me know.  Connect with me through comments here or via twitter @Arglick to continue the discussion.


Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management, Paolo Malinverno, Mark O'Neill, Aashish Gupta, Kimihiko Iijima, 9 October 2019

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