Analyst house Gartner, Inc. recently released the 2019 version of its Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management. The researcher defines APIs as “connection points between platforms”, adding: “Every connected mobile app, every website that tracks users or provides a rich user experience, and every application deployed on a cloud service” uses an API. The number of APIs within an organization can grow on a constant basis, meaning that having the right tool for API management is increasingly important. Companies are encouraged to at least follow the tenets of basic API management that include the use of an API gateway and API developer portal.
Full life cycle API management solutions help to coordinate the planning, design, publication, operation, consumption, and maintenance of APIs. They often include delivery of a developer portal through which to target, market and govern developers who ultimately publish and embed APIs. More sophisticated products even offer an estimation of API value and analytics to track and understand patterns of API use. Gartner notes that API management software vendors are more commonly adding API security features to the products as well.
In this Magic Quadrant, Gartner evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of 20 providers that it considers most significant in the marketplace, and provides readers with a graph (the Magic Quadrant) plotting the vendors based on their ability to execute and their completeness of vision. The graph is divided into four quadrants: niche players, challengers, visionaries, and leaders. At Solutions Review, we read the report, available here, and pulled out the key takeaways.
This year’s Magic Quadrant features two new vendors. Broadcom, which acquired CA Technologies last November, makes its debut — though in a wildly different place on the visual. German-based SEEBURGER is also a newcomer to the report, in large part due to its new API management platform release. CA Technologies (acquired), Cloud Elements, digitalML, and Kony have been removed from the 2019 Magic Quadrant for no longer meeting Gartner’s inclusion criteria.
Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.
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