by • October 17, 2023
Any organization that uses diverse applications and web services need a comprehensive way to manage its application programming interfaces (APIs). As two of the biggest names in technology, Oracle’s and IBM’s tools tend to stand out to people reviewing their options. Can Oracle API Manager or IBM API Management meet your needs while staying within your budget? The following review compares and contrasts the API solutions to help you make an informed decision.
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Here’s the key things to know about Oracle API Manager vs IBM API management:
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Oracle API Manager is a piece of the larger Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration. Oracle API Manager has features intentionally created for IT professionals looking for on-premises or Oracle Cloud API management.
Key features of Oracle’s management tool include:
When you want an API management tool built specifically for professionals, it makes sense to consider Oracle.
IBM API Management, also known as IBM API Connect, is a comprehensive API management solution offered by IBM. It is designed to help organizations create, publish, secure, and manage APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) effectively. APIs are essential for enabling the integration of various software systems, services, and data sources, both within an organization and with external partners.
IBM API Connect has robust features that make it appealing to organizations of all sizes. Noteworthy features include:
When you want a flexible API management tool that isn’t restricted to developers, you should learn more about IBM to determine whether it fits your organization’s needs.
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Looking for an even more comprehensive, low-code API creation and management tool? Browse the features that come with DreamFactory. You will find that the platform offers a spectacular API solution at a price few companies come close to beating.
Closely evaluating the pricing models of API management platforms is crucial for organizations aiming to make informed decisions about their technology investments. Let’s explore how these two solutions differ in terms of pricing and what factors should guide your decision-making process
Oracle API Manager has a pricing system that varies depending on whether you sign up for other Oracle solutions. Large organizations might find that they can save money by getting non-metered systems.
Unfortunately, IBM API Connect has an opaque pricing system that forces you to request a price quote. The service comes in three plans. Even when you choose the smallest plan, you still have to contact IBM for a price quote, which can make it difficult for companies to compare the ROI of investing in technologies.
Both platforms have received a fair amount of reviews on different review platforms. We’ve accumulated a few of those reviews and have summarized them below.
Reviewers give Oracle API Manager Cloud Service 4.3 out of 5 stars on G2. Some positive things users say about Oracle API Manage focus on the platform’s:
While most users like Oracle API Manage, they do complain about some aspects of the platform, including:
IBM API Connect users give the software 4 out of 5 stars on G2. Some features users like most include IBM API Management’s:
Things that users don’t like about IBM API Connect include:
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While IBM API Management and Oracle API Manager offer robust API management solutions, it’s essential to explore alternatives like DreamFactory for those seeking an even more comprehensive and efficient API management tool.
DreamFactory stands out as a formidable API generation tool, offering a host of advantages that set it apart from the competition, including IBM and Oracle solutions. Its seamless automation of REST API creation simplifies development workflows and elevates security measures, fostering a more rapid pace of innovation and enhancing application dependability. Let’s delve into how DreamFactory caters to the needs of various stakeholders:
DreamFactory’s ability to handle various APIs, both within and outside of the Oracle ecosystem, provides unparalleled flexibility. It allows organizations to avoid the vendor lock-in often associated with Oracle solutions.
In terms of support and documentation, DreamFactory offers comprehensive resources, ensuring that users receive the assistance they need to succeed. Additionally, it stands out by providing outstanding technical support and responsive community forums.
So, while IBM API Management and Oracle API Manager have their merits, exploring DreamFactory as a superior and cost-effective alternative is a smart choice for organizations seeking a more comprehensive, user-friendly, and flexible API management solution.
As you weigh the options between Oracle API Manager, IBM API Management (IBM API Connect), and DreamFactory, it’s essential to find the best match for your organization’s needs. Each platform has its strengths:
Oracle API Manager: Ideal for businesses deeply rooted in the Oracle ecosystem. Offers seamless integration with Oracle products but may pose vendor lock-in concerns.
IBM API Management: A versatile choice for various industries, featuring strong security and scalability. However, its pricing model and debugging complexities should be considered.
DreamFactory: A comprehensive and cost-effective solution with an intuitive interface and support for diverse APIs. Offers flexibility without vendor lock-in and boasts responsive support.
Your choice should align with your organization’s requirements, existing tech stack, budget, and long-term goals. In the upcoming sections, we’ll delve into specific aspects to guide your decision-making process, helping you find the perfect API management solution for your unique circumstances.
Luckily, your choice isn’t limited to solely Oracle API Manager or the IBM API management solution. DreamFactory gives you all of the features you need to create, deploy, and monitor APIs throughout their lifecycles.
With DreamFactory, you get instant API creation that integrates with SQL and NoSQL databases. When connecting to an SQL database, DreamFactory’s REST API will automatically generate endpoints for your parameters, functions, schema, stored procedures, and data. You can even use DreamFactory to transform SOAP APIs into REST APIs automatically.
Experience DreamFactory in action by signing up for a free 14-day trial. Once you see how easy API management becomes with DreamFactory, you will know that you’ve found the right solution for your team.
Terence Bennett, General Manager at DreamFactory, has a strong operational, business, and extensive experience in government IT systems and Google Cloud. He started his career as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, then honed his skills on Google’s Red Team and later became the COO of Integrate.io.
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