Businesses are now widely using application programming interfaces (APIs), but despite widespread use, a recent study has found most companies are struggling with challenges ranging from getting infrastructure in place to finding suppliers to simply setting strategy and objectives.
"APIs can add tremendous value to a business, but simply having them is not enough," says Rahim Bhatia, general manager, Developer Products, CA Technologies. "Like products, they have to be properly created, managed, monitored and secured or bad things can happen, as we saw in recent connected car incidents or the Snapchat breach two years ago."
API management specialist CA Technologies sponsored the study, APIs and the Digital Enterprise: From Operational Efficiency to Digital Disruption, conducted by IT industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics. The study was based on an online survey of 1,442 senior IT and business executives in July 2015. The respondents represented larger organizations across 16 countries and nine industries. The survey was augmented with in-depth telephone interviews with key industry executives.