One of the key tasks of supporting a vital API program for your company is dealing with change over time. In previous articles, I’ve talked about the importance of managing the entire API lifecycle and how to recognize important milestones in the life of an API. These milestones often signal that a change in the way the API is treated, measured, and managed needs to change.
Like any product, APIs and client apps that use APIs have their own lifecycles. They each experience their own Create, Publish, Realize, Maintain, and Retire phases. When things go well, services will experience important use (and re-use) and grow to maturity to provide significant contributions to your company’s performance. And client apps will use APIs that connect to one or more services and, in their own way, create their own cycle of growth and maturity to increase revenue and/or customer use in ways that also spells success for your organization.
Just like any product, APIs have their own lifecycle with distinct phases. And recognizing them means you can take advantage of them by focusing on the right aims and the proper convenance at each step along the way. This was one of the key lessons we focused on when we wrote the “Continuous API Management” book in 2018.
There are situations when you need to invest lots of time and effort to get an API product ready for consumption.
In 1989, when Jan Carlzon, the now former CEO of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), published his bookMoments of Truth, he posited that a customer’s journey with any organization involves an untold number of seminal moments, each of which possesses the power to make or break that company’s future with that customer. Yet, somehow, long after his book was published, if you ask anyone who regularly travels by air about their experiences,
APIs are becoming critical to thriving in today’s digital economy. In our recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, we surveyed over 650 IT leaders and found that businesses across industries are realizing great benefits from APIs. This includes increased productivity (58%), increased innovation (48%), and increased employee engagement (43%).
Last week, Gartner published its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management, which covers “the planning, design, implementation, publication, operation, consumption, maintenance and retirement of APIs.” Proudly, MuleSoft is in the Leaders quadrant for the second year in a row. In the report, Gartner lists the following as one of MuleSoft’s strengths:
MuleSoft provides open-core enterprise service bus (ESB),
Full lifecycle API management covers the planning, design, implementation, publication, operation, consumption, maintenance, and retirement of APIs and services. Enterprise API management needs to comprehensively cover all stages in an API’s lifecycle, as different strategies and best practices are required for each.
MuleSoft’s strengths in full lifecycle API management noted in Gartner’s report include: product breadth,
Join us for the latest installment in the MuleSoft webinar series as we sit down with Julie Craig, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates, and Reza Shafii, Director of Product Management, MuleSoft to discuss some of the common pitfalls and questions businesses have when developing their API strategy. Craig and Shafii will talk about the essentials of an API-led approach to design,
I am very excited to announce the general availability of the Anypoint Platform for APIs July 2014 release. This release places a broad set of rich API tooling at developers fingertips, allowing them to address the entirety of the API lifecycle in a more efficient and effective manner. The release also enables API program owners to deliver a robust API platform that can easily integrate with existing enterprise assets.
MuleSoft provides the most widely used integration platform for connecting any application, data source or API, whether in the cloud or on-premises. With Anypoint Platform®, MuleSoft delivers a complete integration experience built on proven open source technology, eliminating the pain and cost of point-to-point integration. Anypoint Platform includes CloudHub™ iPaaS, Mule ESB™, and a unified solution for API management™, design and publishing.