API Management and Portal Platform and Vendor Analysis Best Practices


When evaluating API Management and Portal platforms, there are a number of capabilities to consider. Below I have provided a list of such capabilities for API Management and Portals that you should score the platforms (and vendors) on. This is a high-level list, and I have a more detailed list if interested in reviewing for evaluation purposes. Also, this article is focused just on API Management and Portal capabilities. I will have published another articles focused on more capabilities to evaluate platforms (and vendors) on, such as API Gateway at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/api-gateway-vendor-analysis-best-practices-jordan-braunstein/

Please reach out to me if you would like to discuss or review these capabilities in more detail with your team at: Jordan.Braunstein@visualintegrator.com . I have personally evaluated and score-carded the following API Gateway Platforms (in no particular order):

  • MuleSoft
  • WSO2
  • Kong
  • AWS API Gateway
  • Azure API Gateway
  • Gravitee
  • Boomi
  • Redhat 3Scale
  • CA Layer 7
  • Apigee
  1. Ability to Onboard Providers and Consumers
  2. API Marketplace, Catalog, or Exchange features (beyond API Portals)
  3. Shared Repository Integration if using an external repository such as Artifactory or Nuget
  4. Version Control
  5. CI/CD Integration
  6. Manage Consumer Groupings
  7. Testing Tool Integration
  8. Debugging Features
  9. Mocks and Data Virtualization
  10. API Provider and Consumer Analysis
  11. API Contract Designer Tools
  12. Policy Re-use across Consumers
  13. API Monetization Features
  14. Generate Documentation
  15. Integration to ticketing systems
  16. Features for Mobile App Consumers


Jordan Braunstein, CTO