Manage your API Lifecycle: Free ebook
Were you an avid Lego builder when you were younger? If you are a developer or a technology geek, then the chances are pretty high. After all, those small plastic blocks from Denmark allowed you create whatever your imagination could conjure up. And the more bricks you had, the more stuff you could build.
APIs are just like Lego. These ‘building blocks’ are the glue that makes modern web applications work. APIs provide a standardized and relatively easy way to connect data sources to each other. By using platform-agnostic technologies like HTTP, JSON and XML, they are the ultimate enablers for integrating all those data sources into innovative applications and solutions.
The drive for APIs
In today’s competitive landscape, businesses need to make decisions quickly; whether it’s a new marketing campaign, a new product enhancement, a new partner portal or an employee productivity app, businesses are competing on speed. This is why APIs have become the central tool to help businesses re-orientate themselves in their digital transformation: For example, they aid the emerging customer-centric focus of many industry sectors where data is connected across various systems to better understand and pre-empt customer needs.
The Application Network
So what better way to be able to rapidly respond to a fast evolving market then to create purposeful, agile application building blocks that can be easily pieced together. Connecting these building blocks results in a network of interchangeable functionality. This network of sub-functions, or applications creates what can be called ‘the application network’.
Manage your API Lifecycle
But how can organisations make sure that their APIs are designed and managed well throughout their lifecycle within such a network? Download our ebook, which takes a look at MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform’s unique capabilities for managing APIs throughout their full lifecycle from design to implementation.