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Creating new products, apps, and services that businesses need to flourish in this digital age requires connected systems, data, and devices. There’s no way around it. But current integration approaches fall short of meeting those business needs.

In a recent MuleSoft survey, 84% of businesses said integration challenges are hindering their digital transformation efforts. With project volumes expected to grow 32% this year alone, each with their own integration requirements, IT demands will only intensify in the years to come.

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To meet these complex technological architecture needs – inclusive of hybrid infrastructures and rapidly exploding number of endpoints – many businesses are beginning to rally their organizations behind an API-led integration strategy. It allows them to connect an increasing number of technologies together with a set of standardized, reusable API services. These services are key to unlocking value opportunities and reducing the burden of integration of digital transformation.

Services created for reuse internally dramatically improve developer productivity and project quality. Their benefits then multiply across the organization. As developers complete more projects, time to market is reduced. IT’s focus shifts from keeping the lights on to innovating and the business saves operational cost.

When businesses build APIs with an outside-in strategy, external parties can consume the API products, opening up new revenue streams and improving security for data exposed to partners and communities.

The value of adopting a new integration approach is significant. It creates opportunities to improve project speed and security and reduce costs. It also unlocks business value. Extra revenue, automation, and faster time to market are a few examples.

Download the integration value framework to find out how leading businesses align their organizations for success.