Maintaining leadership in a shifting market

CA has been recognized as a leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management.

In 2003, a small company, Layer 7 Technologies, was founded in Vancouver, BC. The founder was interested in an emerging architecture – SOA – but felt that security was not as strong as what was needed for regulated industries. Their first product, SecureSpan SOA Gateway, burst onto the scene, was quickly embraced by the financial industry, with other industries quickly following suit.  By 2007, Layer 7 was recognized by Gartner as a Visionary in the Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets1.

Recognition such as this continued to drive success for Layer 7, but the engineering team saw that while the SOA market was growing, so was web services – and developed a way to securely join the two primary protocols together through the SecureSpan XML Gateway.  In 2009, Gartner for the first time recognized Layer 7 as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technology Sets2, based on its completeness of vision, and ability to execute to market requirements.

In 2011, Gartner adjusted the name of the Magic Quadrant, with Layer 7 continuing to improve their completeness of vision and ability to execute in the Leader’s quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies3.

About this same time, the mobile revolution was kicking into high gear, and enterprises were being forced to deal with more nimble architectures – combining their SOA or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) architectures with solutions that could address the crush of mobile apps in both the workplace and with consumers – and the API evolution had begun.  Layer 7 saw this market emerging, and moved quickly to integrate API management (with a full set of security policies) into their SOA gateway.

Layer 7 also saw that enterprises needed a way to gain education on APIs, as well as how to design and implement them. With that in mind Layer 7 introduced API Academy, bringing some of the biggest names in the API world together to focus on promoting and supporting API-related technologies, including API design and strategy, as well as best practices – without a product bias.

From start-up to enterprise

In the spring of 2013, CA Technologies saw API management as a key component of what would become the Modern Software Factory, and acquired Layer 7 Technologies – based on their security, flexibility, and integration with enterprise solutions. A few months later, Gartner released the Magic Quadrant for Application Services Governance4, continuing to view CA Layer 7 as a Leader, based on ability to execute and completeness of vision.

In 2014, CA Technologies released CA Mobile API Gateway,  our first gateway optimized for mobile environments.  It included a software developer kit (SDK) that allowed mobile developers to integrate enterprise-grade security into their apps. We believe this was the kind of forward thinking for CA Technologies to once again be recognized as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Applications Services Governance5 in 2015.

In 2016, CA Technologies introduced a new gateway – CA API Management SaaS – using the same hardened security model of the existing gateway family as a cloud solution.  At the same time, we shifted our focus beyond “just” API management, and started looking at the entire API lifecycle, developing tools for each step of the way.  Gartner also had a focus on  full lifecycle API management, and in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management6, CA Technologies once again was recognized as a Leader, based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Later in 2016, CA rolled out CA Live API Creator – a tool that allows developers to easily connect disparate data together, as well as design and deploy low-code solutions quickly and easily. And seeing microservices as the next evolution, CA rolled out CA Microgateway in 2017 to address the coming tide.

Which brings us to the here and now.  Gartner has just released the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management7, and CA Technologies has been recognized as a Leader for the sixth consecutive time (see Figure 1).

The marketplace has shifted dramatically since that first Layer 7 reference in the 2007 report. Where will the next ten years take us?  We know that IoT will play a big part, as will mobile.  Will automation relieve us from the drudgery of driving, as well as take over farm work?  Will AR and/or VR emerge as the next client? (Spielberg’s Ready Player One certainly will have you think so).

We can’t predict the future, but we do know that there WILL be change.  And security will continue to be paramount, integration will continue to be crucial, and CA Technologies, along with the Modern Software Factory, will continue to show the vision and ability to execute as a leader in full lifecycle API management.


1 Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2007 – 31 December 2007

2 Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets – 31 March 2009

3 Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies – 17 October 2011

4 Magic Quadrant for Application Services Governance – 08 August 2013

5 Magic Quadrant for Application Services Governance – 09 April 2015

6 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management – 27 October 2016

7 Gartner Inc, Full Life Cycle API Management Magic Quadrant; Paolo Malinverno, Mark O’Neill, April 30, 2018

 *In the 2009 & 2011 versions of the report, CA Technologies is listed as Layer 7 since it acquired Layer 7 in April 2013. This report was previously titled “Magic Quadrant for Application Services Governance,” “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies,” and “Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets.”

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Bill Oakes, CISSP, is director for product marketing for API management at CA Technologies. Bill…


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