As you, your company, or Digital/API development team undertake Digital Transformation projects, key technology decision you’ll face is selecting the right API Management solution.  In this blog series we’ll cover common questions we’ve been fielding from clients and developers like yourself. These questions center around Security, Performance, API Socialization, API Analytics, API Standards and API Lifecycle Management.

While we believe that IBM API Connect is the best API Management solution for Digital projects, we don’t like to brag. So take a look at the analyst reports below, because they tend to agree! Furthermore read along here to understand the key considerations for your API Management Solution. Seeing how IBM API Connect stacks versus alternatives, namely MuleSoft.  While we can compare to other API Management vendors, and we intend to in future blog series, we have to start somewhere.  I guess you can say all those Google Ads for MuleSoft had a subliminal impact in our decision to start with them.

 

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Proven API Policies for Successful API Projects (Click Here)

Out of the box and custom API Gateway policies are central to an API Management solution.  Simple product demos or comparing which vendor has a larger list of policies often overlooks which policies are field tested and easy for your developers to use, easily modify and extend.

 

Improving Brand Reach through API Developer Portals (Click Here)

API Developer Portals are often an afterthought for Digital teams making API Management decisions. They shouldn’t be, even for internal API projects. The right API Developer Portal can extend your brand reach and improve developer engagement, paying dividends with new Digital projects.

 

3 Reasons your API Strategy Needs to be Open (Click Here)

Digital teams need to deliver new applications and services faster than ever before. But digital teams sometimes view open standards as an unnecessary hindrance to their work. Nothing could be further from the truth if you care about developing applications faster, reducing vendor lock-in and getting the latest from community innovation. Most API Management vendors, including IBM and Google, agree, but MuleSoft seems to be taking a different approach. 

 

Ensuring High Performance of API Projects (Click Here)

A well designed API providing a valuable service to developers is guaranteed to attract increasing API call volumes yearly. How can your business keep up with these performance demands? A non-blocking architecture is your best choice to meet the growing performance demands of your API project.

 

Secure your API Strategy (Click Here)

For all its prominence in the news, security can still be an afterthought when companies expose new back end services to internal and third party developers driving digital innovation. This can be especially true when your focus is away from your base API infrastructure.  But make no mistake: a robust API Gateway is critical to reduce security risksJava-based API Gateways offer a false sense of security on the cheap, a fact that API developers and project leads don’t often grasp until it’s too late. A well planned API security strategy, built off a purpose-built gateway, is what keeps the bad guys/gals at bay.

 

Is a Combined ESB and API Management a Good Idea? (Click Here)

Initially this may seem like a good idea.  A single interface can be used and integration logic from the ESB can be brought forward into the API capabilities.  Certainly having one architectural construct to deal with is simpler than two, no? (Hint, the answer is “no”.)

 

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