In recent years, every digital transformation has been API-led. In today’s enterprise world, be it for internal or external apps, API traffic goes through the enterprise’s API platform. A full lifecycle API management layer is both mission and business critical, thus, having a full lifecycle API platform is a necessity. This is the first part of a blog series that is aimed to help the technology leaders, who have taken the first step towards an API-led model and are looking for answers on “what to look for when investing in an API management platform?”. Let’s start with the basic understanding of what an API management platform does well: Easy development: Enterprises can focus on building meaningful products and APIs that add to the top-line. Developers can focus on developing innovative outcomes and not spend a lot of time on gateway operations. For instance, keeping the API ecosystem bug free, fixing constant errors and spending less time managing issues like OAuth, traffic, user access control, token authorization or scaling within their application can get complex for any digital business. Increased security: Gartner predicts that “by 2022, API abuses will be the most-frequent attack vector resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications. Most API platforms are usually stacked with all the security layers and policy based security configurations, which prevents malicious attacks by acting as an additional layer of protection from attack vectors like SQL injection and DDoS attack. Powerful insights: API gateways come out of the box with monitoring and analytics tools that help API developers, app teams, DevOps teams and business owners collect, analyze and visualize mission critical information. Some of the powerful insights like monitoring API performance, latency, API retention, response time, etc. will help make informed technical and business decisions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder & CEO - DigitalApiCraft
Bharath is a Product Evangelist with strong technology and business experience at leading cloud computing companies, including Apigee. At Apigee, he was part of Customer Success, Pre-sales, Engineering and Product Support. Played a key role in early API Platform consulting days. Led many successful API Programs for Fortune 100 customers, on Apigee.
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