Completeness of Vision
Last week Gartner released the new Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management*, and we're very proud of where Apigee is positioned. Gartner ranks vendors on two axes: “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” Apigee is positioned in the Leader quadrant by virtue of its placement on both axes, which we think is a strong testament to the work we've done on building our products and our business.
In particular, for the second year in a row, Apigee was positioned the furthest of any vendor in this space for completeness of vision. We are particularly pleased with this recognition, as we believe it’s a reflection of the innovation and enthusiasm of our customers as much as it is of our efforts. The insights we've gained that have enabled us to craft a more compelling vision for where APIs are going has come from our work with many of the largest and most innovative companies in the world.
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Our long-standing position on the strategic role of APIs and API management has been cultivated and reinforced over years of working with our customers. We’ve had the honor of helping companies build extended value chains that link up their partners, and we’ve been at the center of countless mobile initiatives. We’ve empowered new forms of customer interactions and been part of new application architectures. And as we have worked to make APIs a central part of our customers’ digital strategies and businesses, we have freely shared what we learned in eBooks, webcasts, and our conferences.
API management as a category has evolved in important ways, and we applaud Gartner’s re-branding of this Magic Quadrant to “Full Life Cycle API Management.” Initially, many of the analysts who covered the market viewed it as an extension and evolution of enterprise integration and simply a new type of governance for service oriented architectures (SOA). While we understand the long lineage of machine-to-machine communication and integration technologies that have brought us the modern web API, we have always held a firm belief that businesses need to think about APIs in a much broader way in order to fend off digital disruption.
We’ve spent a lot of time comparing notes with the folks at Gartner, sharing anecdotes, and incorporating their feedback into our strategies. This virtuous circle of learning and iteration is the foundation for how we evolve our product, business, and vision for the industry.
We have a lot of exciting things happening at Apigee, and we can’t wait to play an even bigger role in the digital transformation of our customers. This process of learning from our customers—and sharing these learnings—will continue. We believe that this is the best way for us to continue to manifest the qualities of a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader, defined as companies that “execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow.”**
*“Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management”, October 27, 2016. http://www.gartner.com/document/3488151?ref=TypeAheadSearch&qid=b007a9a25f930d512fdb6beeebb4dcaf
** Gartner Research Methodologies, Gartner Magic Quadrant, http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/methodologies/research_mq.jsp
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