Thanks again for making IBM’s API Management the undisputed #1 in market share– for the second year in a row!

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IBM’s API Connect solution has repeated this year as the undisputed leader in the IDC Worldwide Integration and API Management Software Market Shares, 2018: Portable Cloud Integration Is a Fastest-Growing Segment*.


Thank you

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Thank You!
We couldn’t have achieved this market success without the hundreds of clients who have partnered with IBM and selected our API Connect solution to power their digital transformations. Thank you especially to our clients who have shared your API experiences and amazing business results at industry events.


Undisputed, really?

Yes, really. IDC reports IBM’s market share in API Management is almost twice the nearest competitor, with the highest growth rate of the top 3 vendors.

How is API gateway revenue counted?
Virtually every other API Management vendor only sells their gateway with their API Management solution. So, when their revenue numbers are being totaled by IDC, you are seeing 100% of their gateway revenue in the calculation, along with their API Management revenue. This is in line with IDC’s market share methodology.

IBM on the other hand is fortunate to have thousands of DataPower Gateway clients worldwide. A subset of these clients have embarked on an API management strategy. As such, we only considered DataPower API Gateway revenue that is tied to API use cases, not the entire DataPower gateway revenue in this IDC report.


So What?

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Big deal, what is in it for me?

Wow, tough audience 😉 But a fair question.

Think about your own companies or organizations, and you’ll likely agree, “success begets success”. The leading companies across all industries have put their trust in IBM for their API strategy.

Products that are successful get additional investments in the next budget cycle. This allows the product to innovate faster, close gaps faster and close customer requirements faster. This leads to acquiring new customers faster, which feeds into additional investments and the growth cycle continues. There is also the benefit of more users to collaborate with across companies, and more skills available for the solution in the marketplace. I hope you’ll agree these are benefits for you, and why clients often pick the #1 share vendor.

Once again, thank you to the clients and partners that made this possible.

We look forward to working with you on your API management strategy with IBM API Connect.


You can download the report here –

It can also be directly downloaded from IDC using the link below.  Note that the IDC report covers both API and the full Integration segments.  IBM is the undisputed leader in both areas.  Also note that Red Hat 3Scale is listed in 5th place and not considered as part of the IBM market share as Red Hat was an independent business at the time of this report



Worldwide Integration and API Management Software Market Shares, 2018: Portable Cloud Integration Is a Fastest-Growing Segment



*Source: IBM, Worldwide Integration and API Management Software Market Shares, 2018: Portable Cloud Integration Is a Fastest-Growing Segment, June 2019


To understand more about IBM’s thoughts on Digital Transformation 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.


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9 comments on"IBM’s API Management Undisputed #1 in Market Share – Again"

  1. I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read. I learn new information from your article.

  2. Nice Article Thanks for share this.

  3. Love like minds converge story. Love it. IBM #1st nice

  4. Ok send me more details

    • Shrikant, The details are provided by clicking on the link which takes you to the IDC marketshare report. I am not sure what other details you are requesting.

  5. Really amazing blog, it’s a good converge story. IBM is really #1 company.

  6. Using the IBM API management tool for quite a long time now.

  7. The license to download the report has expired

    • Hi Michelle,
      IBM acquires the distribution rights to analyst reports for 1 year. Unfortunately this year is up and we no longer have the rights to distribute the report. If you are an IDC client you can still access the report directly from IDC. If you are not a client and would like to see the report, reach out to me directly and we can set up a meeting where I can show you the report. However, I am not authorized to send you a copy directly.


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