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Gartner Once Again Recognized IBM as a Leader in 2020 Magic Quadrant

By Alan Glickenhouse posted Tue September 29, 2020 11:16 AM



API usage, and the need to govern it, is increasing rapidly driven by remote
working, platforms, ecosystems, innovations, digital transformations and


With this statement Gartner introduces their 2020 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management.

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 2020 report (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 multiexperience, integration using APIs, data as a service, B2B interactions, and open banking.
  • The need to prepare for life after COVID-19, the splitting of the API economy into sweeping digital transformations and the rise of the platform/ecosystem business model have put API programs on the agendas of CIOs and some CEOs. Leaders make sure their offerings can help clients thrive in this dynamic environment.
  • Leaders understand the market trends that will benefit them and their clients’ business strategies by enabling them to restructure their business operations or advance digital transformations. Leaders see the business potential of API programs, communicate this potential to business units and help their clients realize that potential.”


For Gartner’s full evaluation of IBM (API Connect) and other vendors please see the reprint url listed below.


Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management

Published 22 September 2020

Paolo Malinverno, Kimihiko Iijima, Mark O'Neill, John Santoro, Shameen Pillai, Akash Jain




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 via twitter @Arglick to continue the discussion.   


*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management, Paolo Malinverno, Kimihiko Iijima, Mark O'Neill, John Santoro, Shameen Pillai, Akash Jain.

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