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"Good interface, intuitive solution."

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"It allows enterprises to expose some of their tech to outside stakeholders.""The capabilities are very good.""It is easy to use and stable.""The gateway is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""The functionalities on offer are very good.""The services that I consume through IBM API Connect are beneficial. It can handle multiple API management.""IBM API Connect is a good product, and their technical support is excellent.""API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs."

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"Lacks an integrated billing feature."

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"Different versions of the same thing can mean unnecessary duplication.""The solution would be better if it had cloud functionalities.""The solution could improve security and performance.""The automation and the simplicity could be improved.""The design time setup has a lot of customizable fields, but we need certain standard fields to be added, such as what all of the consuming systems are. This needs to be very clearly articulated during the design time.""In terms of what needs improvement, some of the product documentation could be better.""The installation was difficult with the IBM toolkit.""The documentation needs to be a bit better."

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  • "API Connect is quite pricey."
  • "I haven't seen anyone go from on-premise to the cloud. In fact, I am seeing people go from the cloud to on-premise because the costs can quickly grow on the cloud."
  • "It would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent."
  • "The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight."
  • "It is expensive when compared to other products in this class. There were no extra fees for add-ons or technical support."
  • "It's an expensive product."
  • "IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
  • "It is quite an expensive product."
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    The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
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    We have an SLA we can draw from. I need to keep within certain numbers, however, I don't have a problem doing so. I can't speak to exact costs.
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    The documentation needs to be a bit better. It's very sequential, however, I don't understand what options to choose for certain tasks. I need to read all of the documentation to find what I need… more »
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    Akana helps businesses accelerate digital transformation by securely extending their reach across multiple channels – mobile, cloud and Internet of Things. Akana enables enterprises to share data as APIs, connect and integrate applications, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets, and provide intelligent insights into their business and operations.

    The IBM API Management family of products gives you software tools to create, manage and share application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. Available in both on-premises and cloud solutions, its detailed analytics and operational metrics allow you to monitor API usage to ensure that the developers' needs Ð and applications using the API Ð are being met.
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    Sample Customers
    British American Tobacco, Credit Suisse, Daimler, eBay, FOX, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Skandia, Tata communications
    M2M Technologies Inc.
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
    Financial Services Firm35%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Akana API Management is ranked 24th in API Management with 1 review while IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 25 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 7.0, while IBM API Connect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Akana API Management writes "Intuitive solution with good interface; currently lacks an integrated billing feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and easy to set up but might be too costly for small businesses ". Akana API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and 3scale API Management, whereas IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and Amazon API Gateway.

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