API Integration: Top 5 “Must Haves” in the Future of APIs

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As time goes by, technology leaders are having a hard time improving IT architectures by using API integrations. Also, data management has become more complex because of the acceleration of digital transformation in companies that want to remain competitive in the market.

Do companies know that the urgency of digitalization is here? Are companies aware of the importance of workflow automation and what is the role of APIs in connecting services, applications, and clouds?

There are potential changes that businesses should be aware of when improving IT operations. The 5 “must haves” in the future of APIs are:

1. APIs High Protection

Cyberattacks are breaking out of any regular IT control, and cybercriminals are aware of how vulnerable APIs are becoming. Therefore, APIs should prioritize a high level of security by being well-designed, thoroughly documented, and consistent; this will greatly reduce the risk of failure.

Any firm will need to be proactive to protect API integrations here because the majority of security breaches go undiscovered for hundreds of days (IBM reports that the average time to detect and contain a breach is 285 days). The development of the sector over the next five years will be significantly influenced by organizations’ ability to modify their security procedures to include API-specific safeguards.

2. Automation For Easy Control Over Your API Ecosystem

While the number of API integration projects is increasing and becoming more popular within the IT departments, integration issues in the systems are more often found, which are affecting customer expectations. As a result, businesses started looking for time-saving tech solutions to accelerate digital transformation.

The use of machine learning technologies to handle the planning and control of API integrations based on consumption statistics is less common, but it is considered to be a valuable new capability to integrate systems and personalize experiences.

3. Single API Management Solution

Adding applications into your system by using different sources isn’t the best approach for your business. Therefore, it is important to centralize API management so various departments within the company can remain connected and developers can use the same tool while cultivating collaboration for every part of the process.

It is good to mention that, even if it is a company with low IT resources, several options for API management don’t require you to have a large team of developers. A good solution might be a third-party integration platform that allows you to customize your products and services with low-code configuration and high time-saving.

4. Reusable APIs to Increase Productivity

Developers are continuously adding more tasks to their workflows, investing more time in building new products to maximize business values, and communicating their updates within the IT department. That means they have to find ways to increase productivity through API integrations.

Reusable APIs will speed up the development process of applications. A good way to do it is by predesigning blocks within the same application network that allow you to connect multiple applications and systems.

5. Multi-cloud and Hybrid Architectures

The majority of businesses now use the cloud to have the flexibility of having resources available everywhere. Depending on the size of the business, some might use several cloud vendors according to their needs.

Either you choose multi-cloud integration or hybrid integration, you should be able to identify the best approach for your business operations and know how you will manage the API integrations within your system.

The future of digital is embracing technology to achieve autonomy, and flexibility, and evolving to cloud-centric operations so all resources will be connected within the same environment.

It is interesting to see the evolution of APIs and how versatile they can be for businesses looking to enhance their focus on digital transformation. I’m sure IT departments are taking this advantage to automate non-exciting tasks and focus their time on solving big problems or improving the customer experience.

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Kevin Mobbs

Kevin has a background in Molecular Microbiology research and technological product development. Following a brief academic research career Kevin first experienced product development with the succesful startup Genera Technologies. This was then followed by seven-year’s experience as a Product Manager with QIAGEN and Lonza in the biotech devices industry, over 5 years successful innovation consulting for crowd-sourcing SaaS pioneers InnoCentive as well as the world’s largest re-insurer, Munich RE. Kevin is an advocate of design thinking methods and enabling ‘dumb questions ‘ to be asked and answered. ‘If something cannot be made fun, then it may not be worth doing!’

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