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We performed a comparison between Apigee and IBM Rational Test Workbench based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two API Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Apigee vs. IBM Rational Test Workbench Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"Apigee makes proxy management very simple.""This is a front-layer gateway that helps to improve our overall performance.""Apigee is a strong-featured solution. It leads in Gartner Quadrant ratings and it is a full-slated API solution that has the features that an API gateway requires.""It is scalable.""One of the best parts of this solution is the implementation as we did not need to use code or out-of-box policies. When it comes to the cloud-based architecture, there is a high level of reliability.""The initial setup was easy - there was an onboarding document with steps that we followed.""The most important feature is the security capabilities and the way it integrates very quickly with other security providers. We have integrated it with Azure and it integrates quite seamlessly.""I use it because it's simple, it automatically updates, and It hasn't given me any issues."

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"Reporting is pretty good. Its interface is also good. I'm overall pretty happy with the functionality and use of IBM Rational Test Workbench.""This solution provides for API testing, functional UI testing, performance testing, and service virtualization."

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Cons
"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 entire user across all the layers should be singly authenticated through an external authentication system.""The initial setup for the on-prem solution is a little complex.""An area for improvement would be to provide more information while troubleshooting.""More documentation on the Open Banking Standard will help.""Sometimes there are glitches, which means there's still room for improvement in the platform.""What my clients don't like is that the on-premises solution is not being treated and maintained as well as the cloud solution.""We are experiencing some performance issues."

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"There are a number of things that they can do to simplify the tools, but the most important thing that they need to do is simplify the installation.""It should have more interfaces. In terms of interfaces or protocols, what you can do with Rational is far limited as compared to other products out there. What it does, it does great, but it only gives you limited types of protocols. It supports between 8 to 15 types of protocols, whereas other test tools give you 20 to 30 types of protocols with which you can do testing and convert to script. It records Javascript-based scripts, and you got to know a little bit of Java to basically be able to edit them, but the level of editing you got to do is very low. I like that, but the ability to edit the script is not as good as Parasoft or LoadRunner, which have C-Script."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I would like to see the implementation of further options for billing because as it is now, the opportunities you have in terms of a package are limited."
  • "The iicense is subscription-based."
  • "It is a bit on the expensive side. Its licensing cost is a bit high, and that's where we've seen people going back on their decisions."
  • "The price of Apigee could be less expensive. The solution can be purchased monthly or annually."
  • "Apigee is slightly expensive, but again, it can depend on the type of usage. All things considered, it is slightly expensive."
  • "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."
  • "The cost increases as the usage increases."
  • "In Latin America, Apigee is expensive. It's not for small businesses; it's more for big businesses."
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  • "The pricing is a little bit on the higher side, although it is really good."
  • "It doesn't really concern me. Licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Apigee offers both cloud-based and on-prem options while Microsoft Azure API Management currently only offers a cloud-based solution. Both solutions are easy to use. Apigee allows for the… more »
    Top Answer:Amazon API Gateway is a platform that supports the creation and publication of API for web applications. The platform can support thousands of simultaneous API calls, and it provides monitoring… more »
    Top Answer:Apigee makes proxy management very simple.
    Top Answer:This solution provides for API testing, functional UI testing, performance testing, and service virtualization.
    Top Answer:The pricing is a little bit on the higher side, although it is really good.
    Top Answer:There are a number of things that they can do to simplify the tools, but the most important thing that they need to do is simplify the installation. This includes the workbench as well as the other… more »
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    Rational Test Workbench, IBM Rational Performance Tester, IBM Functional Tester, IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server
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    Overview

    Apigee is a platform for developing and managing APIs. Apigee offers an interface for your core services by wrapping them with a proxy layer which is then accessed by other developers. With Apigee, you can design and build APIs and then securely share their services and data without exposing any code.

    Because app developers make HTTP requests to an API proxy rather than directly to your services, your services are separated from the developers. All the developer needs to know is the URL of the API proxy endpoint, necessary query parameters, authorization credentials (if they exist), and the response data format.

    The API proxy isolates the app developer from your backend service. Therefore, you are free to change the service implementation if the public API remains consistent. By maintaining a consistent frontend API, existing client apps will continue to work regardless of changes on the backend.

    Key capabilities of the Apigee API management platform include:

    • Security: Protect APIs, messages, and backends with configurable policies such as OAuth, API key verification, XML/JSON threat protection, and access control.

    • API gateway: Secure and mediate the traffic between clients and backends, and between a company’s APIs and the developers who use the APIs.

    • Developer portal: Attract and engage application developers, enabling them to discover, explore, purchase, and test APIs and register to access and use the APIs.

    • API console: The console helps developers learn and work with APIs.

    • API lifecycle management: Manage the process of designing, developing, publishing, deploying, and versioning APIs.

    • Automated documentation: Automate the development of API documentation and software development kits.

    • Machine learning: Utilize machine learning and analytics to generate actionable insights and reports.
    • API monitoring: Apigee offers monitoring tools for API troubleshooting, security, and optimization.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Apigee stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its rich developer portal, its advanced analytics, and its central monitoring system.

    Carlos R., a software architect at Caja Los Andes writes, “The central monitoring feature is the most valuable. It also provides security for the APIs and high availability for our use cases. Apigee is the best product in the industry in comparison to other API management solutions. It helps in fast development, which is a top point. It also supports a lot of industry standards and has excellent documentation.”

    An associate vice president at a tech services company notes, “The analytics function and the developer portal are the two valuable features of Apigee. The analytics part is very good, and the developer portal is quite rich in features. The authentication mechanisms are quite easily built into Apigee, which is something that most of the other products have also now started supporting.”

    IBM Rational Test Workbench provides a comprehensive test automation solution for mobile applications, regression testing, integration technologies and performance and scalability testing. It helps you build intelligent and interconnected enterprise applications that can be deployed on traditional and cloud infrastructures. With Rational Test Workbench, you can significantly reduce test cycle times, moving integration testing earlier in the development lifecycle.
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    Adobe, advance.net, Amadeus, AT&T, Bechtel, Belly, Burberry, Chegg, Citrix, Dell, eBay, Equifax, GameStop, First Data, Globe, HCSC, Intralinks, Kao, Meredith, Mitchell, Orange, Pearson
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Retailer18%
    Insurance Company12%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise75%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    Apigee vs. IBM Rational Test Workbench
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apigee vs. IBM Rational Test Workbench and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Apigee is ranked 1st in API Testing Tools with 37 reviews while IBM Rational Test Workbench is ranked 10th in API Testing Tools with 2 reviews. Apigee is rated 8.2, while IBM Rational Test Workbench is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "Good automation and documentation with good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Test Workbench writes "Good reporting and interface, but supports limited types of protocols and requires low-level script editing". Apigee is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, IBM API Connect and Layer7 API Management, whereas IBM Rational Test Workbench is most compared with IBM Rational Performance Tester, HCL OneTest, Tricentis Tosca, Selenium HQ and Postman. See our Apigee vs. IBM Rational Test Workbench report.

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