API Strategy and Architecture: A Coordinated Approach
How do disruptive digital enterprises align API design and strategy with their wider business goals?
The rise of the API represents a business opportunity and a technical challenge. For business leaders, APIs present the opportunity to open new revenue streams and maximize customer value. But enterprise architects are the ones charged with creating the APIs that make backend systems available for reuse in new web and mobile apps.
It is vital that all stakeholders understand that the business goals and technical challenges of an API program are intimately related. Program managers must take responsibility for clearly communicating the key business goals of a proposed API to the architects who will actually build the interface.
Architects, meanwhile, must take responsibility for maintaining a clear focus on these goals throughout the process of deploying an API infrastructure and designing the interface itself. All technical decisions should contribute to the creation of an interface that empowers developers to build client apps that end users will really value.
To learn more, read the CA Technologies eBook API Strategy and Architecture, which outlines best practices for designing results-focused APIs that will form the cornerstone of your API program’s success.