DreamFactory Reviews & Product Details

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What do you like best?

Dreamfactory is super easy to configure new endpoints in. Connecting to both closed and open source dbms is easy and the consistent way of exposing endpoints take make libraries of code really easy to reuse. The support is also really good - often just a few second on chat. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The hardest part are the upgrades. For a mission critical app, downtime needs to be minimal. The upgrades certainly don't require much downtime, but it does .ean we have to do upgrades off hours. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

They provide excellent support and are will to work with you to get your environment set up. Even for free users, the forums are pretty good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid application development, secure data communication . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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DreamFactory Overview

What is DreamFactory?

DreamFactory is a modern, lightweight ESB built to purpose to enable corporations to connect & govern their data. DreamFactory builds you a prototype of your project needs for free before any commitment is needed, and is a fraction of the cost of traditional ESBs. As an API-integration focussed platform, DreamFactory offers the ability to use frameworks to rapidly connect any data source via REST APIs, create custom logic to automate data flows, while also adding security and governance via roles and access layers. Finally, DreamFactory has a data distribution system that allows for dispersed teams and modern/legacy applications to pull from a centralized repository of data, or alternatively receive pushed data as required. This enables competitive best practices by making live organizational data available, empowering teams with data-driven insights. Find out how companies like Slack, Magic Leap, McKesson, NETGEAR, William Hill, Moodys Analytics and Bosch are sharpening their competitive advantage through modern data supply chains, and how your business can catch-up.

DreamFactory Details
Languages Supported
English, Italian
Product Description

Never build an API again. Get the backend you have been Dreaming of. Created & deployed instantly. No coding or ESB required. Instant REST or GraphQL APIs let you remove IT's biggest bottleneck - so you can save significant amounts of money, develop faster, win more client deals and integrate new or legacy technologies for instant strategic agility. Find out why companies like NETGEAR, William Hill, Moodys Analytics and Magic Leap are accelerating their technical tempo, and how your business can benefit.


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DreamFactory
Company Website
Phone
650-641-1800
Year Founded
2005
HQ Location
Campbell, CA
Twitter
@dfsoftwareinc
4,630 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
15 employees on LinkedIn®
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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This tool is basically an open source platform, which offers different benefits that differentiate it from other similar software, for example; Security is critical and indispensable for APIs, but DreamFactory makes it easy enough for its users, it has specifications that applications must follow to communicate with each other, and the user interface facilitates human-software interaction. This tool has a type of API that turns out to be innovative, this because it provides users with all the essential middleware content so that they can create continuous and powerful connections between a wide number of systems, without worrying about technical or infrastructure scopes. The software allows you to attach your systems or databases to the system itself, which makes DreamFactory a fully flexible and automated function tool, the latter could also be highlighted as being compatible with different equipment and operating systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I had a few mishaps to set up the app at first, despite having read and gone through the manuals over and over and watching video tutorials on how to use it, it took me longer than estimated, plus updates are usually very invasive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you only need to use the basic functions of the API, it is best to use the free version, so you can avoid both increasing the cost and making the tool unnecessarily more complex. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because DreamFactory is designed to be security shielded, easy to use, flexible to customize, and with various options to be expandable, I have been able to satisfy most of the needs that APIs need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CTO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The ease of connecting relational data sources with file systems and objects, generating understandable and extraneous powerful APIs in a few clicks, coupled with ACL control and triggered script processing in internal API events, is extremely scalable, run it all on the infrastructure provider I want. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Debugging scripts is not always easy, deploying role modifications also requires extra attention. A command line tool to represent configuration state through code would be very welcome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With DF it was possible to envelop the legacy systems that we have, adopting a granular strategy in the migration to microservices. Centralizing access control with support for several roles for different types of users and applications was a significant milestone for us. We reduced implementation time and kept the team lean. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

DreamFactory provides you commercially ready APIs instantly via what I guess you could call an API Framework. Many of the decisions are made for you, and intentionally so. Building APIs is mundane and involved, so a tool that moves you through this process fast by automatically providing best practices allows our team to focus on higher value add tasks.

DreamFactory is also very lightweight and fast for a full lifecycle API Management tool. By that I mean that you don't need to firstly incorporate an enterprise message bus that realistically requires its own full time developer. As DreamFactory is ROA based, you don't need to worry about this.

The API orchestration afforded by DreamFactory is also fantastic. The ability to incorporate multiple, unrelated data sources in single API calls enables us to develop some great services that would otherwise be cumbersome. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a little dated, but this in no way takes away from the functionality.

Some of the documentation was a little lacking (the wiki), but the new guide that has just been released has been a fantastic resource for us on how to leverage the solution to its fullest. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have a call with them. We had a senior engineer on the first call, so fitting our need to their solution was very easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We digitized our quality assurance process in our manufacturing plant from a previously paper based system using DreamFactory in combination with AppSheet (AppSheet for the front-end). This mobile application using dynamic forms and plugging live data from multiple systems saved a big time delay for our production line, and also reduced duplicated data entry & human error.

We additionally had a number of legacy data sources that we modernized, especially moving from difficult SOAP APIs to standardized REST APIs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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It is a great tool to plan and execute work plans.
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

is a great tool that allows you to manage and carry out the control and proper handling of the data handled by the entire work team, thus helping to improve the performance of the entire work team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

When you want to debug problems, it does not allow you to do it for me to be the main inconvenient because I try to eliminate information and do not allow it to be done. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to this tool, it is easy to access and manage all the data that is handled by the work team, thus facilitating the organization and accessibility of said data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Team Member
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

APIs are built for you - and not just any APIs. Fully documented, fully secured (OAuth, LDAP, Active Directory, SAML Integration...) and accessible through a 3rd party client.

Very easy to import Active Directory. Very easy to create roles with appropriate limits.

Logging functionality great as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

UI isn't very pretty, but its an 11/10 on functionality, & productivity. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Think of the true cost of DIY APIs & the cost of other API Management tools. For us, DreamFactory cost in a year what an API team would have in a month, and what slower API Managers would cost in 2 months. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For us it was a question of what was the best way to build our new apps. Our APIs would honestly have taken 6-8 (expensive) developers a few months to build or was going to take me and my organic team longer - but we would have to stop everything to do it. I have built APIs in the past and it is messy and never finished on time - so DreamFactory's solution of instantly creating and deploying the APIs for a fraction of the cost of that development team, and a fraction of the cost of what we would be giving up to do organic development, was a no-brainer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Fastest and easiest API Management tool my department has ever used. We used DreamFactory to build the REST APIs we needed for a series of projects and were able to save tens of thousands on the developer hours it would have taken otherwise.

The UI is also very easy and made our particular use case involving turning SOAP services to REST a dream. Once we configured server side scripting it our SOAP to REST translation automatically for us. Support has been fantastic! Erik, one of the engineers there, has been notably excellent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that we didn't find DreamFactory earlier! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The Open Source is free and functions just like commercial versions. Try it out! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As above really - but we have delivered our SOAP to REST project to onboard a large customer over 2 months early and integrated our new database, MemSQL, weeks ahead of schedule. We have also I would say started to achieve real productivity gains through having all our data within reach through a single interface. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

DreamFactory has saved us countless development hours by providing an extremely easy way to bridge our data sources. Before we replaced our homegrown solution with DreamFactory, we constantly had to make code updates on our end. Now it all happens behind the scenes without any manual intervention.

One feature that we didn't know existed at first is the abiliity to write you own transformation scripts/routines. You can think of it as a the "T" layer in a ETL process, but applied directly to your API. This was our original concern with using DreamFactory, but after seeing they had this already bulit-in, it washed all our concerns away. They have this stuff set up really well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We haven't run into any issues with the product yet. It's a pretty intuitive UI so all of our team members have been able to get up and running pretty quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

They have an OSS version of their software. I recommend giving it a spin. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have many disparate data sources that we need to eventually aggregate into an API, and a lot of transforming that needs to happen as well. This is all plug-n-play with DreamFactory. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The full documentation and testing features of the API Docs section of the software. It allows even a novice user to spin up Postman and start experimenting. It is truly one of the best features of the package. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Current pricing is a bit high for the enterprise level connections. Going from open-source and free to use to tens of thousands of dollars is a big wall to climb. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you really need an API that's robust and very detailed to access your hard to obtain or virtually inaccessible data, DreamFactory will probably ease your pain considerably. Oracle, SAP, SQL Server, SQL, MySQL, and many more become REST API's with a snap. Once installed, there is very little configuration and then you have users, permissions, roles, and the ability to write custom scripts in your preferred language that do even more. I can't describe in just a few words how powerful this software is. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A problem we've overcome is the ability to make legacy and third party data available to our web development team form our internal ERP system. The benefits are being realized nearly every day that we discover something new. For instance, we have now realized that we can pipe in other REST services or even SOAP services and output them in a consistent and normalized way using DreamFactory's services modules. Want to serve up MS-SQL to a custom React project? Knock yourself out. Thinking of doing iOS development on top of an Oracle DB or SAP? Do it. The sky is the limit. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

Simplicity - DreamFactory's easy API solution to put on our db's makes life really easy. Gets us our data quickly and easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, there's not a lot I don't like. Things can always be a bit easier, a bit simpler, etc., but overall they do a great job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Accessing our data in multiple random databases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Just a few clicks and cut-and-paste of Swagger-based API endpoints definition to create a serverless custom API endpoints. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The editor to write serverless function to handle endpoints does not support versioning, and there is no advanced real-time error checking feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to map Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Lead, Artificial Intelligence
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The kind of ease with which it provides API automation capabilities is superb! It makes almost all the automation task free from much required very difficult and complex development activities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There was once some issue while integrating data from mobile applications. However, it was resolved later and from then has been working fine. It might be some interface issues in the beginning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A must try for any organization which is trying to ease its automation. In today's scenario anyways if you want to beat competition and stay ahead you need to leverage data and make your systems as efficient as possible. Dreamfactory makes that work a lot easier so that the company can focus on more strategic issues and helps the organization to grow much faster! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company is a growing at a much faster pace and we aim to occupy the top spot in the logistics industry in the country. To achieve this, we rely heavily on data and leverage automation as much as possible especially while dealing with the regulatory issues. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Associate
Logistics and Supply Chain
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A smart and easy way to create APIs. No need to code and develop from scratch. Makes a lot of work a lot easier. The tool helps save a lot of time and energy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Data integration is a little tricky process. And once there was also a complaint regarding security breach. It would be great if dashboard has more options. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend using DreamFactory to develop APIs in an extremely simple manner and gain advantages from that. Its one of the most reliable tools to do the same. A must software to help your technology team succeed at a faster rate and get ahead of competition. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a logistics company who leverages technology to stay ahead of the competition. We used to develop applications from scratch and it used to take a lot of time. But after using DreamFactory the work became extremely simple and APIs could be developed in just almost no time. It helped us move ahead especially with online forms filing work and saved a lot of fines for the organization. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Development Engineer
Online Media
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This is an awesome

1. Live documentation of REST API's is a pain for developers DreamFactory solved this using Swagger-UI this is most interesting and lovable thing done by DreamFactory. (Note;This type of feature is also available with Strongloops' Loopback.io)

2. Security is the main concern for anyone whoever you name it from a serious developer to Enterprises DreamFactory handles it in a very decent way.

3. Compare to DreamFactory - 1.0 user interface got improved in DreamFactory-2.0 (Yes this means a lot for me !!) which reduced a lot of mismanagement while working with admin related stuff.

4. Ready made installers for every cloud provider and for local development this made my life easier.

5. Node.js(javascript) and PHP support for Server-side scripting simplifies the amount of work I have to do.I don't have to hire a separate person to use DreamFactory. In every companies In-house teams will have an Idea on these languages a proper understanding of documentation is enough to handle day to day tasks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Technical Support team irritated us a lot though we have contacted DreamFactory only once that was a bad experience. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend DreamFactory for small seized teams in IoT,& Sector as it reduces the amount of time spend on managing,creating and bug fixing while working with custom build REST API's Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we have used DreamFactory for 2-3 web and mobile applications it not only reduces amount of work done for setup,installation but improved our team productivity.

For Web & Mobile Backend as a Middleware Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

dreamFactory is a great product with awesome features to build an enterprise grade API, it's let you focus on your application developpement Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

dreamFactory takes out control of your API and data source and file storage if there a security problem with the system it's your entire data is in danger. but there is no problem so far. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

building an API is always difficult to implement, with all endpoint to write and secure, dreamFactory do that for us this help us to build your application quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

quick deployment once components are determined Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

some configuration still need to be done manually Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

yes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

quick deployment for big projects. it made release management simple. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. Implementation Consultant
Computer Software
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The Form Factory Application was very easy to learn and with just a small amount of training. Easy to use and can be a good replace to Conga Merge which is NOT free. Support via email was very quick and resposive to my needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much .. fairly basic though. I fyou are looking for hig end form creation, then this is not the tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Definitley worth the try, especailly since it's free. Install in your sandbox and see how far it takes you .. you won't be disappointed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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