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This Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) is a comprehensive evaluation to help enterprise/solution/integration architects, integration competency center/integration center of excellence directors/managers, API product/business owners, and digital business and line-of-business (LOB) leaders select an API management solution best suited to their specific requirements.


  • Specialized API management vendors and a couple of major middleware vendors are among the market leaders.
  • Ovum forecasts the global spend on standalone API management solutions to grow at a CAGR of 31.8% between 2015 and 2020, crossing the $1bn mark in the first half 2019.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand which vendors are strongest in terms of developer enablement and community management and analytics.
  • Understand who the leaders and challengers are in the rapidly evolving API management market.

Key questions answered

  • Which vendors are strongest in terms of developer enablement and community management and analytics?
  • Which vendors have high scores across the technology, execution, and market impact dimensions?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings
  • Inclusion criteria
  • Exclusion criteria
  • Ovum ratings

Market and solution analysis

  • Settling the SOA governance versus API management debate: focus on differences and not synergies
  • Global API management market size forecast
  • Key and emerging API management use cases
  • Market developments
  • Ovum Decision Matrix: API management, 2016-2017
  • Market leaders: Akana, Apigee, Axway, CA Technologies, IBM, MuleSoft, and Tibco Mashery
  • Market challengers: Dell Boomi, Oracle, SAP, and WSO2
  • Market follower: Fiorano

Market leaders

  • Market leaders: technology
  • Market leaders: execution
  • Market leaders: market impact

Vendor analysis

  • Akana (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • Apigee (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • Axway (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • CA Technologies (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • Dell Boomi (Ovum recommendation: challenger)
  • Fiorano (Ovum recommendation: follower)
  • IBM (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • MuleSoft (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • Oracle (Ovum recommendation: challenger)
  • SAP (Ovum recommendation: challenger)
  • Tibco Mashery (Ovum recommendation: leader)
  • WSO2 (Ovum recommendation: challenger)


  • Technology assessment
  • Execution assessment
  • Market impact assessment


  • Further reading
  • Author

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