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It’s not uncommon to have several threads of API strategy within a single organization and there is no common set of guidelines and best practices for designing and governing all Apis. In today’s world API strategy is no more limited to one’s organizations but should encompass using and sharing Apis from/to a variety of other organizations and Api providers. Across both providing and using Apis, an organization’s Api strategy should cover:
APIs as a foundation for broad-based business agility
Hyper connected world imposes tremendous pressure on business to be agile which translates to one and only one thing - ability of IT to react to business needs. APIs provide a layer of insulation whereby rationalization of vintage applications can proceed at its own pace without affecting customer engagement channels. This provides a clean, direct access to business queries and transactions, hiding siloed application complexity thereby establishing a base for rapidly evolving business capabilities for new styles of customer engagement and new business models.
APIs for business Innovation and Ecosystem engagement
When ecosystems collide, innovation explodes - As we move further into the digital age, it is becoming evident that the greatest value comes from ecosystems mashing up services with other ecosystems, whereby data, analytics and APIs bring things together that previously were disparate. Ability to plug platforms, partners, products and services together is how all kinds of companies will compete in the digital economy. Either competition or customer demand is forcing more companies to open up their platforms and other assets to third parties so partners can develop new applications resulting in new business models and generating revenue through channels not explored before. This, combined with on-demand capacity, enabled through network virtualization, cloud-based services, Internet of Everything and data analytics everywhere, will create undreamed-of opportunities and almost limitless permutations.
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APIs for mobile apps and customer engagement
It is fairly well understood that customer engagement holds the key to enterprise success and mobile plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal. Mobile apps (native and mobile web), web apps, kiosks, wearables, the internet of things (iot), and other customer touchpoints require multiple types of Apis, each with its own design requirements. Broadly these include Apis that: 1) serve individual touchpoints, 2) provide a familiar experience across touchpoints, and 3) connect to consistent back-end business operations.
APIs for B2B innovation and seamless operations
For business-to-business (B2B) integration on both the front side (e.g., customers, resellers) and back side (e.g., partners, supply chain), Apis enable seamless, ef cient, customized end-to-end processes. Beyond this, they can enable whole new styles of partnering and supply chain operations. While electronic data interchange (eDi), managed le transfer, and B2B portals are still common and useful B2B connections, Apis can support customized processes for competitive disruption and deep process optimization.
APIs for hybrid integration across SaaS and customer-managed solutions
Hybrid integration bridges the network divide between your existing enterprise (databases, warehouses, applications, and legacy systems) and SaaS/PaaS, B2B (partners & suppliers), B2C (customer engagement), BYOD (enterprise mobile), and big data. It leverages new systems to make way for innovation, competitive advantage, and driving new business models. Hybrid integration allows on-premises applications to seamlessly integrate with cloud based applications or packaged solutions and create a single platform for new services.
APIs for optimization and integration of infrastructure
Achieving optimized DevOps, continuous delivery, and end-to-end life-cycle automation and management across hybrid cloud environments requires yet another type of API usage scenario. In this case, one’s API strategy will leverage out- of-the-box APIs provided by development tools and cloud environments as well as custom APIs to drive deployment scripts and other elements of a hybrid cloud management setup.