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Senior Software Engineering Manager & Directector of Architecture at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We have looked at MuleSoft as well, which is a competitor. MuleSoft has a richer set of integrations for an iPaaS solution. There's an IP gateway that we're using Apigee for, however, it cannot be used as an iPaaS, whereas the MuleSoft solution can be used as both an API gateway and an iPaaS. We've started talking to Google about their iPaaS solution, however, it doesn't play nice yet. 

They have an external developer platform that was a little bit painful. They do have some built-in developer tools, however, you can build an external development portal. It would be nice to have a built-in bundle that was more complete.

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Associate Vice President at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

iPaaS is something that we would like to see. For example, MuleSoft is kind of an integrated platform as a service (iPaaS), and it provides a lot of out-of-the-box connectors and other such things. This is where Apigee lacks. I'm not sure if that's the roadmap for Apigee, but any improvements on those lines would be helpful where things become easier to implement.

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Senior Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Right now we can create custom policies using Java scripts and other supported languages. That's the good thing. But if you are supposed to have created some APIs that are available on the market as public, it would be good if you can share it. It would give a bit more flexibility and then connect configurations that you can do on your own which are not supported by APIs.

From a connector perspective, it would be good if it could allow you to create a custom connector, or it could provide out-of-box connectors, or some in the backend. That would be great.

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Director System Architecture at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

Apigee is demanding on the infrastructure so the setup cost is very high for an on-premises deployment.

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Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is a user-friendly solution, but it would help if Google could provide a container-based solution instead of just a standalone one. With a container-based deployment and support for Terraform, it would be better for our deployments and that would be great. Right now we have to configure different areas manually. Some areas can be automated, but the deployments are not as fully automated as they could be otherwise. 

so, they currently have a software as a service offering or a standalone offering. I want to see something like a hybrid cloud deployment. I also want to see a private cloud deployment. 

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Líder de Proyecto at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The caching capabilities are somewhat limited. This is more on the developer-oriented capabilities.

At this point, we aren't sure of what else could be improved since we are migrating some pieces of code that are really legacy and really difficult to model as a standard REST API. We are not sure in which areas Apigee is going to fall short. I think that next year we will have a more clear picture of some issues that we are going to find that could be addressed by a new feature, or by enhancing some existing feature in the next versions of the tool.

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Senior Software Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The product has a few restrictions I'd prefer weren't there.

We have trouble finding use cases. For example, when we google "data locator" we can't find a use case scenario at all. We can't find more than, approximately, five use cases, however, we need more.

We needed to do more than 20 configurations, and we weren't able to do that as the limit is 20 on the solution.

The solution tends to hide the limitations to keep selling the product. I can't blame them for doing it, however, it makes it difficult for those of us who eventually sign on.

The solution is expensive.

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MADHAV CHABLANI - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Officer at Tippingedge

We are experiencing some performance issues. Except in terms of performance, we can't find anything that needs improvement. This is something that we are trying to understand, and we will fix it soon.

I'm dealing with the Google and Apigee teams directly, so I can't go into specifics. But I believe we will be able to fix it sooner rather than later. It will be one of the most extensive implementations. And while we did not find any performance issues during testing and development, we did find some in production. We will be in a position to fix it soon.

Our environment consists of multiple clouds. The usual question is whether you have a single environment or a multi-cloud environment. What I've answered is applicable to all multi-cloud scenarios. I haven't specifically mentioned the Apigee-related issues. In CA Cloud, that is Google, I am working in a multi-cloud environment with settings and cross-components.

More platform integration, lower prices, and improved performance are all potential improvements; however, when it comes to standardization, all of them are converging on standardization, but, my criteria are more performance-based.

Either one is focusing on the API or on alternative exchanges that can improve performance. As a result, making a choice of API and the use cases that surround it, as well as how the implementation is done for scale, can be difficult at times. When we talk about the scale, there are definitely a lot of considerations that must be understood, and one of them is performance, which is our primary focus area.

If you are going to use APIs or even exchanges, you should be more concerned with performance.

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Systems Architect at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees

As of now, we have not found anything major that needs improvement. It is not something that we are heavily using, it's something that is still in the process of being adopted company wide.

Maybe securing the APIs could be a little bit more straightforward. There might be some room for improvement in the process of securing the applications that we're exposing through the API. We would like additional documentation on this or some examples of how to do it. Overall, we have had to invest more time than expected to do that setup.

It would be good if the Apigee management allowed us to be able to consolidate many operations into a single one for the gateway functionality.

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Tolulope Adeniji - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead - Integration/Middleware at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

In terms of the functionalities of a typical API gateway, Apigee is actually doing its job, but when it involves integration with backend applications, which some gateways have, I don't believe it has this functionality. You have to do Java or do some other low-level coding before you are able to do the integration.

Apigee has a lot of components, which means that management will be a bit difficult. It probably has ten different components, and all of these components leverage open-source utilities, such as NGINX. When those open-source vendors upgrade their utility, Apigee usually lags behind because they need to do a lot of tests and any required development in their own platform. They need to do rigorous testing to make sure that nothing breaks. Because of that, it takes them a while to upgrade whatever components have been upgraded by the open-source vendor that owns the utility. We've been chasing them for a particular upgrade for well over a year and a half, and they have not done that upgrade. It is creating a security risk for us as an enterprise, but that upgrade has not been done, even though the open-source vendor, the owner of the utility, has upgraded it a long time ago.

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Rajender Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Development Manager at Reliance Jio

When compared with other products and tools in the market like MuleSoft or other API management solutions, I see some lagging in regards to integration capacity — where we don't have all of the connectors. It's not the perfect ESB, it's only for API management solutions. For example, MuleSoft will provide you with the API management solution as well as ESB, allowing you to integrate with large, complex IT systems. So, there is some lagging there that needs to be fixed. 

The main area they should improve is the integration capability. They should have useful connectors that we can use to provide code so that we can integrate with other systems. This needs to be improved.

When compared to other products, such as MuleSoft and other tools in the market, Apigee has some lagging issues. 

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Digital Native Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The pricing of the solution could be improved upon. We'd like it if it was less costly.

The solution needs something that supports real-time streaming.

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Risk Management & Business Continuity Manager at STC Solutions

The integration could be improved within the solution. There is a need to pay more attention to this. 

It would be ideal if the solution could provide publishing capabilities as API middleware.

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Head of API at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We started using the solution not so long time, however, it still started from scratch. So far, we have no improvements to note.

The solution could add even more functionalities. 

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Senior Technical Architect at ManuLife Financial

The only concern overall, with the organization, is cost-wise. I believe there is already a plan, within our organization, for moving to Azure API Management. The main reason is one of the features is a cloud-based, pay-per-use. And then, because a lot of our services are moving towards Azure, why have another network of API gateway.

The testing feature is one additional feature that I see is in APIM and it is not here. We can build our own demo web service and test your proxy. That feature has been provided in APIM, not in Apigee.

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Bert Van Vugt - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder & CDO at AppyThings

As it is now, the rotation of certificates is a manual task and is something that can be improved. It only has to be done once every two or three years, but I would state that there is still room for improvement.

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Digital Finance and IFRS 17 Capabilities at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

The ability to work across different management solutions in a plug and play fashion would make it easier for faster uptake.

Pricing is an area that can be improved, as it is a little on the higher side. It is more expensive when you compare to open-source products or other vendors.

I think it would be helpful if Apigee had support for voice-activated activities, rather than having to type.

More intelligence in terms of being able to learn from previous activities would be a good addition in the future.

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Sr. Technology Specialist at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

More documentation on the Open Banking Standard will help. For example, WSO2 supports the Open Banking API, but I can't find relevant documentation from Apigee. I'm not sure whether Apigee even supports the Open Banking Standard. If they do, then I think they have left out the documentation for that. For example, WSO2 has extensive documentation and training available to everyone. In that sense, I think, Apigee can improve.

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Global Practice Head at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution isn't really lacking any features.

The user interface could be better. It could be easier to navigate and more user-friendly.

The pricing model could be improved. Things can get expensive for larger companies, or organizations that are growing.

The solution should offer more training to partners. It would help in the understanding of the product by quite a bit.

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Chief Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It would help with Apigee if we could make a list of our assets. If the client knows more about all the extensions they can use to work with through the Google cloud and we have an extensions database it would be easier to let them know what is available and we could do more to recommend Apigee for all different kinds of customer needs.  

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Carlos Maximo Ramos - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Architect at Caja Los Andes

The developer portal's adoption of the OpenAPI standard needs to be improved. In the latest version of the developer portal, they have adopted the OpenAPI standard. This feature, however, can be improved by supporting more characteristics of the OpenAPI standard.

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Prabhas-Mishra - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We found a glitch in Apigee, and we raised it with them: It's the response overlapping from the API with high traffic.

They have been working on that, and they have shared a patch with us, but I'm not sure if that is publicly available for all users. It was made available to our organization: one single patch of Apigee.

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Sachindra S - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at Amadeus

We are experiencing issues with automation; the production in Apigee is quite time-consuming. 

The integration with serviceability also needs improvement. It gives our developers access. We have a developer who can deploy the APIs to the platform. As a result, they are encountering some difficulties in automating those processes. Stability relies on whether those issues can be addressed in any other API gateway.

I'd like to see the automation, time to release, time to market the new APIs, and pushing the APIs from one environment to another, to production, improved in the next release.

It is time-consuming; according to the information I have received, it can take up to two months for any new API to be published for production. I'm not sure what the difficulties are in between, but this is what I'm dealing with in this segment.

While I don't have the hands-on experience, in my opinion, and based on my research, it is not very user-friendly in terms of user experience, or UIUX.

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Managing Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

What my clients don't like is that the on-premises solution is not being treated and maintained as well as the cloud solution.

I know that they are working on the integration of no-code and low-code solutions to make it more accessible to users that have no technical background. This is something that I find very interesting and they should continue working on that.

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Balakrishnan Vinchu - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The cost of this solution could be improved and it would be better if it were on private cloud. 

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Product Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

If the budget is not a concern then I will choose to go with Apigee over WSA-2, but if it is then I would prefer the latter solution. Apigee is quite pricey. The price is a thorny issue as there is little room for negotiation. 

Unlike WSA, Apigee does not have a partnership model, something which makes it a bit easier for companies such as ours to go with the former solution. 

While I cannot comment definitively on the partnership issue, as the company has yet to get back to me, I can say that this issue and the one of the pricing are why I choose to rate the solution as a six out of ten. 

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CEO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

The definition of the APIs should improve because you can't easily validate the inputs and outputs. Better functionality for validating inputs and outputs would be helpful.

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Sr. Solution Architeect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I think the portal could offer a better user experience. It's functional and does what it's supposed to but it's not user friendly. I'd also like to see better routing features. Currently routing is limited and the setup is complicated. From a VPN management perspective, I think we would like to have more user training available, particularly for advanced users, without having to pay. There is generally a learning curve for advanced usage and configuration, and troubleshooting is a steeper curve. Whenever we have an issue, we're dependent on support. We'd like our personnel to be better trained by Apigee so we can handle issues in-house. 

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Pradeep Pavuluri - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Access restrictions can be improved. For example, you can't restrict access to some people or some groups. You have to give them total access. 

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Group CEO at Mmusi Group

The analytical aspect of it could be better. I think it is fair if Apigee lets you configure some of the metrics of the key details you want to monitor in terms of analytics.

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Senior IT Supervisor at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

Apigee's user interface could be more straightforward and have more options. Also, it would be nice if it were ready to work out of the box without so much configuration. Regarding features I'd like to see, they could add self-recovery from the last hour, the last day, etc.

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SOA & BP Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Support of integration is what is most challenging in Apigee, as well as the complexity of the components. When setting up an environment, you have many components with open-source content.

When there is an update on a new version or an automatic update, you have to be present and double-check that the update is reflected in the environment with no issues.

The implementation should be easier.

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General Manager at HCL Technologies

When it comes to the rate limit, we don't have a specific category for rate limits for a particular customer.

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Director API Management and Integration at Fresh Gravity

There should be an integrated continuous integration and continuous deployment approach with Apigee. Currently, for development at a more integrated level, you have set it up yourself.

It lacks the connectors and connectivity. That's something that would be good to have. 

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Nakul Bali - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The Apigee cloud admin UI could be more user-friendly by adding a few more features.

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Brajmohan Papneja - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Lead Consultant at Allstate

An area for improvement would be to provide more information while troubleshooting. In the next release, Apigee should allow product owners to use its tools instead of just platform engineers.

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