“The API management solutions market is growing because more AD&D [application development and delivery] pros see APIs as a critical foundation for agile software to support customer engagement, operational excellence, digital transformation, and business agility.”
This is according to independent research firm Forrester, which has just named Software AG a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018*.
We believe that an important factor in the success of webMethods API Management platform is that we recognize that APIs and integration are interwoven and yet distinctly separate. A proper balance is critical. While the building of API-based apps is essential for a modern integration strategy, many customers have broader ambitions for APIs, including monetization.
While our webMethods Integration platform accelerates the ability to build API-based apps, our API Management platform facilitates key aspects of integration. API projects require integration technologies and API-enabling technologies are essential components in each strategic integration infrastructure.
The Forrester Wave said: “Software AG’s new architecture improves its ability to serve diverse API strategies. With an improved product architecture and a new microgateway, Software AG’s solution provides breadth of capability for many types of API strategies.”
The report noted that Software AG’s solution has very strong life-cycle management that, “[being] optional but well-integrated with API admin and user portals, provides a solid foundation for mature and disciplined API programs.”
For businesses to create exceptional digital experiences, build new business models, interconnect as well as connect apps, and deploy them at scale inside and outside their enterprise, they need the right starting point – a solid integration infrastructure loosely coupled with an API platform. It is this loose coupling that allows for maximum agility along the unpredictable path of digital transformation.
Software AG was evaluated among 15 software vendors on 26 criteria based on the categories of current offering, strategy and market presence. Software AG received among the highest scores in the strategy category.
Forrester said that Software AG’s “articulation of the future for API management recognizes major forces like the need for dynamic ecosystems, business-focused API management, and diverse means of B2B integration, and its product enhancement plans reflect this.”
As we move into the API economy, there are huge opportunities for new and innovative solutions. In our view, Software AG’s positioning in this Forrester Wave demonstrates the strength of our API management product vision and roadmap.
We feel that our focus on further development of our API management offering continues to enable our customers to keep pace with the key requirements of digitalization with robust and scalable applications and the development of new digital business models. Software AG’s webMethods API Management platform provides the strong foundation they need.
Click below for a complimentary copy of the report.
*The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018, authored by Randy Hefner with Christopher Mines, Allison Vizgaitis, and Diane Lynch (October 29, 2018).