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APIs have become the foundational technology for disruption, innovation, and digital transformation. APIs can help create new routes to market, increase business agility, and protect against becoming a victim of disruption. The use of APIs is further underscored by choosing the right API management solution. Independent research by industry analyst firms like Forrester Research can provide visibility into the relative strengths and weaknesses of the top API management vendors so you can make the right choice for your organization.
This summer, we were one of the vendors that participated in The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020. This research evaluation was authored by Forrester’s Vice President and Principal Analyst Randy Heffner, who recently was featured as a guest speaker in our webinar, “The Future of API Management: The Three Mistakes to Avoid.”
Forrester’s research is extremely thorough, putting vendors through an exhaustive process answering a lengthy questionnaire with multiple rounds of reviews, followed by a rigorous product demo and discussion. The great thing about Forrester’s research is that it provides a very detailed assessment of a product’s strengths and weaknesses. For that reason, Akana is especially proud of its recognition as a Strong Performer, and for building a product that received the highest possible scores in eleven criteria.
In their report, Forrester evaluated 15 API management vendors across 26 criteria. According to the report, Akana “showed strengths in numerous areas including tools for API users, portal customization, REST API specification and documentation, analytics, delivery management, federated API creator teams, formal lifecycle management, security policy, advanced policy tooling, and partner federation.”
Akana received the highest possible score in the “delivery management” criterion and was rated among the second highest scores in the “portal for API users” and “API policy and security” criteria, along with scores of 5.0 out of a possible 5.0 in 11 other evaluation criteria. The Forrester report notes, “…the solution well suits buyers aiming to align and coordinate API strategy across large diverse enterprises and/or federated ecosystems of partners and enterprise API users.”
The Forrester Wave™ also recognizes Akana’s place within the Perforce Software portfolio, stating “[Akana] sits within a broader product line for agile management, automated testing, CI/CD tooling, code management and collaboration, components, as well as enterprise support for open source software.” The report notes the possibility for deeper integrations between these other DevOps at Scale solutions and API management in the future.
We believe that this recognition in the Forrester Wave™ reinforces that Akana continues to deliver one of the top product offerings in the API management space. Counting global leaders across all industries as customers, Akana remains the solution of choice for large enterprises for its full set of capabilities, end-to-end management, delivery management, user portal, and policy and security.
You can read the full Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q3 2020 below.