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API Management, iPaaS and Mobile Back-End Services — Choosing the Right Tool(s) for the Job

Published: 19 August 2016

ID: G00311336

Analyst(s): Jason Wong , Elizabeth Golluscio , Mark O'Neill , Marty Resnick


Application leaders are often confused by marketing messages of vendors in the API management, iPaaS and mobile back-end services/mBaaS categories, leading to uncertainty about which tool(s) are necessary for their organization. In this research, we outline each category's differences and uses.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Differences in Functionality and Areas of Overlap Between API Management, iPaaS and Mobile Back-End Services
  • Employ API Management If Governance, Promotion and Life Cycle Management of APIs Are Core Objectives
  • Adopt iPaaS for Cloud and On-Premises Integration, and/or the Creation of APIs for Existing Applications and Data
  • Use Mobile Back-End Services as the Foundation If Application Initiatives Are Mobile-Oriented

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