API Development & Management

Application program interfaces (API) are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building and interfacing to software applications. An API specifies how software components should interact and are used when programming interfaces to the underlying application, whether it be graphical user interface (GUI) components, or communications between two or more independent applications.

The amount of APIs implemented in most IT departments these days, has resulted in the need for constant and measured management and monitoring of these APIs. ;

Good API design and management is essential.

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Efficiency

Providing API access allows for content to be created once and automatically published or made available to many channels.

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Automation

APIs allow machines to handle the workload, which would otherwise require the manual work of a human. This can be as simple as having one content update propagate to multiple data stores (or multiple websites) at once. More broadly, though, APIs enable not just your team but also your clients to update workflows so that they can be done with fewer steps and greater productivity.

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Apps

Providing API access to information or a service sets up the use of that information or service in mobile apps. Whether the goal is to support agency-created apps or third-party apps, the first step is enabling API access to the components that would go into a mobile app, thus providing flexibility in delivering information and services.

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Personalization

The users of your data benefit from the ability to personalize sessions with the information and services that are most useful to them.

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Future Proof

As needs change, APIs help to support unanticipated future uses. Making data available via API can support faster and easier data migration and improved data quality review and cleanup. APIs can provide greater flexibility in delivering services; for example, using a service that accesses a back end system to power a new product.

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Wider Reach

By allowing partners and departments to create a new presentation layer—like an app, a website, or a widget—APIs can be used to distribute services and information to new audiences and in specific contexts that can be customized to provide tailored user experiences.

SCAD simplifies API creation, interfacing and management.

If you’re not disrupting your industry, you’re dying.

APIs enable mobile, the Internet of Things, the connected car, and how you can work more easily with your partners. Your partners are looking to access your products and services faster via fewer clicks. The easiest and securest way to do this is with an API. Read: API equals efficiency. But struggling to juggle multiple APIs with multiple users doesn’t. APIs are your innovative solution, but you need the right tool, an API management service, to run it all effectively.

Security is everything.

But you knew that. You’ve probably already taken the first step for implementing single sign-on across your company, but you realize that you have a long way to go and little time or resources to do it all. Instead of managing all of your APIs and logins scattered across your staff and with all the external partners and API consumers that you may not even know, you should be using an API management platform to put it all behind the same wall, where you can create access control to decide who accesses what, when. This will also keep all of your software behind security walls. Plus it’s scalable so the API security grows right along with your business.

Strategic partnerships never run smoothly.

Each partnership is different, involving different API styles, release schedules, and standards. Sometimes when you give your developers access to an API exposed by your partners, you come to learn quickly that it’s poorly written and complex. If you expose it via your API management instance, you can suddenly measure it, create access controls, create thematic documentation, and fit that partner API into your workflow and point of view.

Clear boundaries make for stronger relationships.

When you open up your API, anything can happen and you might not know who your users are and what they are planning to do. You need to cover yourself by using an API management platform to monitor all usage and to state very clearly the terms of service you offer. An APIM manages access control, making sure only authorized developers access your APIs within your established limits. The relationship between you and your users becomes clearer, enabling mutual success.