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Apigee named a leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Full Life Cycle API Management

November 18, 2022
Vikas Anand

Director of Product, Business Application Platform, Google Cloud

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We’re thrilled to announce that Gartner has recognized Google Cloud’s Apigee as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management, the seventh time in a row we’ve been recognized. We believe we are consistently recognized for the depth of our capabilities to help organizations monetize their data by creating external-facing API products and providing highly customizable developer portals. In this year’s report, Apigee has once again placed highest among the evaluated vendors for our ability to execute.

At a time when organizations are in a bind with increasing pressure from disruptors and economic headwinds, IT teams are increasingly relying on APIs to do more with less. As the business value and critical volume of APIs increase, providing the right controls for development and operations teams is vital for our customers’ operational success  - it’s a challenge we take very seriously and are honored by the recognition from our customers, users, and community.


Year over year, API traffic and usage grows rapidly because APIs enable easier and more standardized delivery of services and data - and this in turn enables business growth. In fact research shows that organizations that adopt external APIs grow 38% faster than those that don’t. We believe that one of the reasons that the Gartner Magic Quadrant in API management is so competitive and highly valued is that building, managing, and securing APIs at scale is an immense challenge - finding the right vendor is a technology decision with a significant business impact. The Magic Quadrant helps you quickly ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against Gartner market view. This report can be valuable in making the best API Management decision for your organization. 

Customers like Jackson National, Renault, Booking.com, L'Oreal, and Cathay Financial Holdings trust Apigee as their API Management partner. Our mission is to help our customers build an API strategy that drives organizational growth and digital excellence.  We know that APIs are no longer just the connective tissue of applications, they’re now products that deliver unique customer experiences and revenue streams. 

While we believe we have been recognized for the investments we make day in and day out, we’re only getting started when it comes to Apigee product innovation. We’re continuing to invest in a few key areas:

  • Commercial model flexibility - In August we launched Pay-as-you-go, a new consumption based pricing model that can enable you to unlock the value of Apigee with little upfront investment. While Apigee subscriptions continue to offer pricing predictability and can be  cost effective at scale, Pay-as-you-go now lets you experiment with the flexibility to pay only for what you use, just like other Google Cloud products. We’re continuing to better align our commercial models to the needs of our customers.

  • API Governance - We know from your feedback that easily discovering all the APIs in your organization and applying governance policies can generally be the best way to enable rapid , safe growth. That’s why this year we introduced a public preview of Apigee API hub, a universal API catalog that accommodates APIs of across styles (OpenAPI, gRPC/protobuf, AsyncAPI, SOAP/WSDL, GraphQL, etc) and lifecycle stages or gateway choices. We’re looking forward to enhancing this functionality at general availability.  

  • API Security - The rise in API traffic has unfortunately been accompanied by growth in malicious API attacks - API security is becoming the new battleground for business security. This year we released a feature of Apigee called Advanced API Security that helps make it easier to secure APIs by automating bot detection and identification of misconfigured APIs. We’re continuing to invest in API security with the urgency it demands, including leveraging Google Cloud’s AI/ML portfolio.

  • Developer experience - Our users and their feedback are the very reason we’re here today - we’re never finished improving their experiences. For example, this year we launched the Apigee Cloud Code extension for VS Code, which enables API developers to build and test their Apigee API Proxies locally without connecting to a live Apigee Instance. These locally developed artifacts can then be staged for deployments as part of regular SDLC automation. We’re also continuing to invest in helping to make it easier to use Apigee with other products at Google Cloud - for example, customers can benefit from new integrations with Cloud Armor, and Anthos Service Mesh.

  • Integration - The number of SaaS and custom built applications in use for business processes has continued to sky rocket. Now, organizations are faced with integrating these systems - which often requires time consuming custom coding and a full team of integration platform engineers. This is why we’re continuing to invest in Apigee Integration, which can  improve productivity and agility by enabling you to create and configure new business process integrations - without code. In fact, we recently released a preview of Application Integration, the next generation of Apigee’s integration functionality, with core integration tools to help connect and manage the multitude of applications and data required to support business operations.

We believe the Gartner Magic Quadrant is a good source of vendor evaluations, and we’re delighted that our ongoing investment in supporting our customers was recognized in this report. Most importantly, we’re thankful to our customers for the support and for sharing our belief that for Apigee, the best is yet to come. 

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