KuppingerCole Report
Buyer's Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

API Management and Security

The complexity and breadth of the challenges to discover, monitor and secure all APIs within your enterprise can be daunting. This KuppingerCole Buyer’s Compass will provide you with questions to ask vendors, criteria to select your vendor, and requirements for implementing consistent governance and security along the whole API lifecycle.

1 How to Use the Buyer´s Compass

This KuppingerCole Buyer’s Compass on API Management and Security provides information about

  • Use Cases
  • Functional Selection Criteria
  • Non-funct ...
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2 Market Segments Defined

As companies are struggling to maintain their business agility, to react to the ever-changing market demands and technology landscapes, the need to de ...

Nowadays, APIs can be found in just about any IT environment, on-premises, in the cloud, or in various virtualized, containerized or serverless platfo ...

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3 Top Use Cases

The top use cases for API management and security solutions are listed below. This list is by far not exhaustive, yet it highlights the most notable c ...

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4 Top Selection Criteria – Functional

When considering a new product, there are many factors to assess. This Buyer’s Compass identifies the top functional criteria to look at when select ...

In the later stages of the evaluation process, there will be other functional criteria that become relevant. However, the criteria listed above remain ...

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5 Top Selection Criteria – Non-functional

In addition to the functional criteria listed above, there are non-functional criteria to consider. These considerations deal with the organizational ...

As stated previously, there will be more criteria to consider at the later stages of the evaluation process.

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6 Use Cases / Selection Criteria Matrix

Having identified the most important use cases and selection criteria for vendors, this section provides a matrix that maps use cases and functional s ...

KuppingerCole Advisory Services can support you with adapting criteria to your specific requirements and further services around selecting the appropr ...

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7 Top Prerequisites – Technical

Your organization should be equipped with the appropriate foundation to support full-featured API management and security architectures. Even though w ...

Still, perhaps the most crucial technical prerequisite for any API management solution is understanding and harmonizing requirements of all involved s ...

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8 Top Prerequisites – Organizational

Success in rollout depends on more than the technology selected. There are also various organizational prerequisites. The following table lists the To ...

We sometimes see situations where organizations struggle not because of technical weaknesses or underperforming products, but because of a lack of org ...

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9 Top Questions to ask the Vendors

In addition to requesting information about the solution’s features, there are other critical questions to ask vendors. This list provides a guide t ...

These are a sampling of the many possible questions to ask vendors. For further assistance, KuppingerCole Advisory Services helps clients in the vendo ...

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