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IDC PeerScape: Practices for Building Enterprise Application Programming Interface Platforms

IDC PeerScape: Practices for Building Enterprise Application Programming Interface Platforms

The potential of APIs can go beyond industry boundaries, and increasingly, it is becoming an essential fabric of the modern-day enterprise IT architecture. "It is very encouraging that many organizations in Asia/Pacific have already started on their respective API journeys, if not adopting an API-first strategy most commonly found among digital natives. However, there remains persistent challenges around development (specifically, developers' skill sets and quality of APIs), integration, and management as not all organizations are well equipped with the resources or know-how to manage the entire life cycle of an API. A robust API life-cycle management process (from designing, developing, deploying, publishing, and versioning) must be in place for API-related endeavors to succeed," says Chris Zhang, research manager on software research, IDC Asia/Pacific.This IDC PeerScape discusses four practices that can help organizations build enterprise APIs that maximize return of technology investment. Business and IT leaders should take note of these practices and prepare the key stakeholders with the right procedures and guidance.

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Practice 1: Develop an API Community/Ecosystem Proactively
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Practice 2: Start Small, and Collect Requirements Iteratively and Continuously
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Practice 3: Grow an Agile Mindset Within the Organization
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Practice 4: Separate Access Control for Different User Groups
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