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Critical Capabilities for Full Life Cycle API Management

Published: 15 November 2022


Full life cycle API management solutions enable users to create, execute and maintain an effective API strategy, but selecting the right products is difficult. Software engineering leaders should use this research to assess and compare the capabilities of 17 products across five use cases.

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Key Findings
  • Full life cycle API management tools continue to be popular among developers that adopt APIs as central to application and service development. Given the wide range of technology options, software engineering leaders find it difficult to select the right products for their needs.

  • API management vendors are maturing their capabilities for API access control, API design and implementation, and deployment flexibility, while their API monetization, business value reporting, and microservices and service mesh support are generally less mature.

  • Most API management implementations fall into five use cases: multiexperiencearchitecture, integration using APIs, internal API management, productizing APIs and distributed API

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  • Amazon Web Services
  • Axway
  • Boomi
  • Broadcom
  • Google (Apigee)
  • IBM
  • Kong
  • Microsoft
  • Postman
  • Salesforce (MuleSoft)
  • SAP
  • SmartBear
  • Software AG
  • TIBCO Software
  • Tyk
  • WSO2
  • API Access Control
  • API Protection
  • Deployment Flexibility
  • API Design and Implementation
  • Developer Portal
  • API Monetization
  • Business Value Reporting
  • API Testing
  • API Consumption
  • Microservices and Service Mesh
  • Event-Driven and Streaming
  • API Mediation
  • Versioning and API Governance
  • Gateway Federation
  • Multiexperience Architecture
  • Integration Using APIs
  • Internal API Management
  • Productizing APIs
  • Distributed API Management

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As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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