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Analyst Firm Lists IBM API Connect as an API Management Leader

By Alan Glickenhouse posted Wed August 05, 2020 03:44 PM


Forrester Research has released their 2020 report “The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020: The 15 Providers That Matter Most and How They Stack Up” by Randy Heffner with Christopher Mines, Abigail Livingston, and Kara Hartig.  The report lists IBM API Connect as a leader.


Here are some highlights from the report.

The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020

In their opening section, “Why read this report”, Forrester says: “In our 26-criterion evaluation of API management solutions providers, we identified the 15 most significant ones — Axway, Broadcom, Google, IBM, Kong, Microsoft, MuleSoft, Perforce Software, Red Hat, Sensedia, Software AG, TIBCO Software, Torry Harris Integration Solutions, Tyk Technologies, and WSO2 — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the right one for their needs.

IBM is proud that Forrester research has recognized IBM API Connect as a Leader in their Wave report.

Some Forrester comments about IBM in its report profile include:

  • IBM continues its rapid pace of investment in its API management solution refining its gateway architecture, API design, and multicloud capabilities.
  • Recognizing the importance of non-REST APIs, IBM’s support for publishing GraphQL APIs is among the best.
  • With features including integration, API testing, API monitoring, and a broad cloud platform, IBM has the broadest set of offerings to accompany its API management. In particular, IBM bundles API management and integration in its IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, a containerized offering that customers can run in their own environment or on diverse cloud platforms.
  • To help customers start small, IBM offers a free-forever tier.
  • IBM showed strength across most of the criteria Forrester examined, particularly the depth and flexibility of its product architecture.
  • IBM’s forward-looking vision has important focus on business agility, API products, multicloud, microservices, service mesh, infusing intelligence into API strategy, edge computing, and going beyond REST APIs.



Please read the full Forrester Wave report for additional information about IBM API Connect and other API Management vendor’s offerings.  You can find a copy of the report at:

The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020


As per Forrester guidelines, the wave graphic is only available via the full report downloaded from the link above.


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.


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