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We are excited to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2020 based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Our placement is a testament to our continued innovation in enterprise API management capabilities and broad customer adoption of Azure API Management.

With the rapid shift to and increasing adoption of digital channels for all business transactions, APIs are becoming increasingly important for organizations, enabling them to innovate, increase agility and take advantage of new business opportunities by building thriving API ecosystems. Azure API Management helps organizations of all sizes to design, secure, publish, scale, and observe APIs across clouds and on-premises and make them discoverable and consumable by internal, partner, and public developers.

Azure API Management is available in more than 50 regions worldwide. Thousands of global enterprise customers across every major industry vertical use Azure API Management including Alaska Airlines, CEMEX, SwissRe, Chipotle, Finastra, Bosch, Zeiss, Legrand.

Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management

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API management is an essential component of digital transformation: Microsoft Power Platform empowers professional and citizen developers with no and low code app development tools to rapidly build business applications and provides a complete solution for digital transformation with bi-directional integration with Azure API Management. With Azure API Management, you can create, design, test, and quickly publish APIs to Power Platform to enable easy discovery and consumption. Once exported as a connector to the Power Platform, the APIs are accessible for anyone to use. For example, low code developers at T-Mobile rapidly built an internal initiative tracking app with Power Apps and a custom API connector built by their professional developers, using Azure API Management and existing internal APIs.

API management across clouds and on-premises: Azure API Management offers high throughput, low latency API gateway on Azure. With the self-hosted version of the gateway, customers can deploy a containerized version of API Management’s runtime component anywhere they host their APIs, on-premises or in the cloud, to support hybrid, multi-cloud API scenarios securely and efficiently. Self-hosted gateways are managed from Azure, enabling centralized visibility and unified management across internal and external APIs, regardless of where they are hosted.

API discovery and onboarding: Azure API Management offers a built-in developer portal for customers to effortlessly publish APIs for discovery and consumption by internal employees, partners, or external application developers. API consumers can use the portal to browse an always up-to-date API reference, request API access, interactively test APIs, and view their API consumption reports. The developer portal can be styled to reflect custom branding and extended for additional business logic, such as integration with support systems.

Developer and DevOps integration: Azure API Management can be integrated early into the API development process and as a part of the development inner-loop. API developers can configure, test, and debug APIs and policies in Azure API Management from within their primary tools such as Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio and orchestrate the deployment of API Management artifacts using popular DevOps solutions such as GitHub Actions.

Azure native service: Azure customers using Azure API Management enjoy a familiar and consistent experience and benefit from seamless integration with other Azure services such as Azure Monitor, Azure Active Directory, Azure App Service, Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, and others.

With Azure API Management, you can get started with your API innovation and ecosystem initiatives today. Learn how to get started.

Download the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management report.

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