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IBM API Connect vs. Mule Anypoint Platform
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Mule Anypoint Platform and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"This is a very easy to use solution.""It is easy to use and stable.""I have found IBM API Connect to be highly secure, efficient, easy to deploy, and has a great GUI. It can operate and integrate well with other vendors, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.""Using API Connect allows us to quickly create proxy APIs and saves time on end-to-end testing, which lets us deliver quickly to clients.""The functionalities on offer are very good.""The statistics component is easy to use.""API Connect is a good product, and everything works fine. All the analytics are good, and it is easy to follow up. I like it in that sense. I'm more focused on following up on analytics by seeing how many API calls we are getting and where we see a lot of problems. I was working on that API level.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is that it protects our backend system. We are exposing services to external parties and using this solution to protect the backend system, and to have a navigation in between."

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"The flexibility has been great overall.""It is very easy to use for building connectors. It comes with a lot of connectors. For example, it has different adapters for NetSuite, which are very easy to use. It also has Salesforce connectors. The object store feature is also really easy to use. Mule Anypoint Platform is also good in terms of performance and how it is managed behind the scenes.""It has improved our organization a lot because of the increase in productivity, and it has simplified the development of products. MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is a highly effective tool where you can build integrations so effectively. If you establish the integration platform, it increases productivity. It helps us to do effective re-authentication, and it speeds the integration.""It's easy to develop APIs.""The monitoring capabilities of this product are very good because of the feedback it supplies in statistics.""Customers can make use of Runtime Fabric, an RTF environment.""The API toolkit is the solution's most valuable aspect at this time, for our organization.""The ability to define multi-tiered APIs and reuse them is a fantastic platform feature."

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Cons
"Our main pain points are in these two areas: creating a better developer portal and improving stability in terms of synchronization and monetization.""We've had some issues upgrading to the latest version of the solution.""Support for this platform could still be improved. It also needs to have more levels of versatility. Its compatibility and integration with different platforms also need improvement.""The solution would be better if it had cloud functionalities.""The developer portal could be easier to customize.""The documentation needs to be a bit better.""The initial setup and installation could be easier.""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."

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"What I hear from my customers is that it's very expensive compared to the cost of other integration suites. The cost keeps increasing. MuleSoft should come up with customization factors by using a different way of getting the cost-related stuff to attract customers. That is, they should come up with some cost optimizations.""It doesn't work well when you try using it for the processing layer.""Pricing is one aspect of the solution that is troublesome. It's too expensive for smaller organizations.""The terms of use and how it's priced has become very difficult to manage, which is forcing us to look for alternatives already - and we haven't even been using it for that long just yet.""The solution is very expensive. They need to work on the pricing.""Adding connectors for new upcoming applications would add extra value to this product.""We would like an entire DevOps in place in this particular solution.""The runtime management and connectors could use some work and are vulnerable to breakage after upgrades."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's an expensive product."
  • "IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
  • "It is quite an expensive product."
  • "It should be cheaper. It has a yearly licensing."
  • "The price of the solution is very expensive, it can turn many customers away."
  • "API Connect's license cost could be a little lower. But, unfortunately, there aren't many open-source API gateways. Ideally, some new developers could come up with a minimum-functionality open-source solution."
  • "This is a licensed product. If your company is looking to obtain a license, you have to work with IBM partners."
  • "API Connect was highly expensive for us, but the decision to switch was made before I joined the company. It seems like the company bought it, but they didn't know how to use it. After two years, they decided to reevaluate and conduct some cost estimates."
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  • "Mule is not the cheapest integration platform out there, but it deserves the price we are paying."
  • "The product comes complete at one set price including support."
  • "The licensing is core-based. My customers tell me that it's very expensive compared to the cost of other integration suites."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:I architected solutions using Oracle SOA/OSB, Spring Boot, MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes; What I see is though if you are an enterprise and have enough money… more »
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether TIBCO BusinessWorks or Mule Anypoint platform integration and connectivity software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Mule… more »
    Top Answer:We are very satisfied with the DevOps support.
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    Overview
    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.

    With connectivity, composability, and control, Anypoint Platform solves the most challenging connectivity problems across SOA, SaaS, and APIs. It's a unified, highly productive, hybrid integration platform that creates an application network of apps, data and devices with API-led connectivity.

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    VMware, Gucci, MasterCard, Target, Time Inc, Hershey's, Tesla, Spotify, Office Depot, Intuit, CBS, Amtrak, Salesforce, Gap, Ralph Lauren
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Retailer12%
    Insurance Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Insurance Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Consumer Goods Company11%
    Mining And Metals Company11%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM API Connect vs. Mule Anypoint Platform
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Mule Anypoint Platform and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,949 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM API Connect is ranked 2nd in Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with 21 reviews while Mule Anypoint Platform is ranked 1st in Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with 15 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 7.6, while Mule Anypoint Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and scalable solution for API management, but it needs more versatility and integration with different platforms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mule Anypoint Platform writes "Constantly improving to help connect applications, data, and devices". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and Amazon API Gateway, whereas Mule Anypoint Platform is most compared with SAP Process Orchestration, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, TIBCO BusinessWorks, Informatica Cloud Data Integration and Mule ESB. See our IBM API Connect vs. Mule Anypoint Platform report.

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