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API Lifecycle Management at Scale
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How companies like Google, Facebook or Amazon manage their APIs.
Application programming interfaces, or APIs, are the de facto mechanism for connecting applications, data, and systems—but they’re also much more.
As businesses have realized that APIs can be pivotal to their evolution and growth, they have increasingly begun to manage APIs like products, supported by full lifecycles, long-term roadmaps, a customer-centric approach, and constant iteration to meet business needs. In our experience on API360™ team, organizations that treat APIs as products—as opposed to one-off technology projects—are more likely to win with developers and realize the potential value of APIs as business accelerators.
When a digital company treats APIs as a full lifecycle products for developers, They have API Product Team. Typical roles on an API product team include an API Product Manager who owns the processes and cross-functional coordination critical to the API’s success; an API Architect responsible for designing and guiding the creation of APIs; an API Developer who builds APIs from the API Architect’s designs and implements security policies and other protocols; an API Evangelist who serves as the voice of API consumers and owns partner and developer outreach; and an API Champion who works closely with internal executive sponsors to communicate the value of the API program to the rest of the organization.
The API product team typically carries several critical responsibilities:
Design secure and easy-to-use APIs and bring them to market
Deliver a world-class API developer experience
Drive ongoing API improvements with monitoring and analytics
Maximize the business value of APIs through API monetization, ecosystem participation, developer evangelism, etc.
Here we dive deeper into one important aspect of this process: design secure and easy-to-use APIs and bring them to market.
Building a word-class API products: design, develop, secure
Full lifecycle API management involves all of the things it takes to get an API up and running and into the hands of developers, so that they can both begin innovating and start providing feedback to inform how the API is iterated upon over time.
Though the numerous stages of the lifecycle may suggest a lengthy process, remember: speed is the goal.
The lifecycle should focus on releasing MVPs (we call it Maximum Value Products) that present the core value proposition to developers and can be rapidlyscaled or improved based on user feedback.
When managing the lifecycle of these MVPs, keep these principles in mind:
Build APIs developers love and that are easy to use
Protect your APIs
Test and deploy APIs
Sync the API lifecycle with a modern, agile, iterative software development lifecycle (SDLC) and automate API testing and deployment.
Establish the right KPIs
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