APIs that live their best lifecycle

You want to get the most out of your APIs, but you can’t successfully socialize and monetize them without powerful API management. That’s why IBM API Connect® includes API manager, a robust service for managing API lifecycles with the capabilities necessary to make your APIs easily consumable — so you can externalize and manage your services in either REST or SOAP API formats. Access API Connect capabilities through the intuitive graphical user interface, the powerful command-line interface or as full featured REST APIs for seamless integration into any existing continuous integration or automated processes.

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API manager makes it easy to do it all

Expand your services

Define and import REST or SOAP APIs, enabling you to continually evolve and expand the kinds of services you can offer.

Target new markets

Package APIs into products tailored to target specific API consumer markets while also easily managing user access.

Broaden your reach

Publish and promote APIs across different environments to reach developers while aligning with DevOps practices.

Increase lifecycle oversight

Gain extensive control over API versioning from staging to deprecation, meeting corporate governance needs.

Manage growing communities

Harness subscription and community management capabilities to effectively grow go-to-market channels.

Act on insight

Filter, sort and aggregate API event data into charts, tables and maps to manage service levels and analyze trends.

A modern approach to monetization

Once your APIs are externalized, you can explore new ways to use them to help drive revenue. In addition to making it easy to implement a simple tiered monthly access model, API manager can assist with other revenue-driving models, including models based on transaction fees, zero fees and developer payments, as well as indirect revenue drivers like partnerships.

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Intuitive tools for monetizing APIs

Flexible billing options

Configure your billing and payment options to include multiple API pricing models to use the built-in billing system or integrate your existing one.

Easy pricing strategies

Choose from commonly used pricing models, such as free, flat-fee or usage-based, and then easily configure pricing without having to write custom code.

Subscription capabilities

Take advantage of subscription pricing support to enable recurring payments, which are popular in SaaS go-to-market strategies.

Key software support

Use built-in integration support for Stripe online payment software to quickly get up and running for smooth user onboarding and payment collections.

Integrated analytics

Get detailed insight into revenue streams and usage of your monetized APIs with analytics and customizable reports.

Effortless data transfer

Handle customized invoicing processes by easily offloading API usage data to your existing enterprise tools.

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Managing APIs in the banking industry

To stay competitive and gain new customers, banks need to churn out large volumes of APIs — for digital wallets, partnerships in credit card and reward programs, social analytics, and even ATM-related geolocation purposes. The sheer number of internal and external APIs for different business lines and mobile apps, as well as the retail bank, requires a solution like IBM API Connect. The specialized API manager interface can help swiftly handle the complete end-to-end management and monetization of innumerable APIs.

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Take control of your API ecosystem while propelling your API strategy forward. IBM API Connect is a market-leading API management solution for automated API creation, simple asset discovery, self-service developer access and built-in security and governance.