Your Digital Score

Your Digital Score

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  • 1. Unite Business Strategy and API Design
  • 2. Use APIs for All Digital Experiences
  • 3. Go Beyond IT Modernization
  • 4. Develop Front-end API Skills
  • 5. Launch a Developer Portal
  • 6. Use API Analytics to Drive Business Strategies

1. Unite Business Strategy and API Design

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Top digital enterprises unite technical and business talent into product teams and empower these teams to drive impact.

  • Design user experiences first, then design APIs that empower developers to build those experiences.
  • Discover new business models and create new experiences as rapidly as possible, regardless of back-end systems.
  • Operate from the outside-in, using a customer focus—rather than IT roadmaps—to define strategies. Business and technology workers should develop digital strategies collaboratively. APIs shouldn’t be built in silos, with business teams dictating requirements and simply handing them off to IT.

    Create APIs that enable front-end developers to rapidly deliver new apps and digital products while back-end teams maintain systems of record at their own pace. Businesses tap a number of Apigee services to decouple the front-end from back-end complexity, such as SOAP-to-REST conversion.

    When designing APIs, start with desired customer experiences, then move to required product features. Use end-to-end analytics to understand how API usage impacts business results, then use this information to guide API product iteration

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Outside-In
Vision

2. Use APIs for All Digital Experiences

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To continually improve user experiences, design APIs for developer consumption, not just to expose systems.

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APIs
Vision

3. Go Beyond IT Modernization

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Successful digital enterprises apply APIs to solve business problems directly, not just to modernize IT infrastructure.

  • Align senior business and technology leaders around an API-first platform vision.
  • Demonstrate proof by applying an API-first approach to a significant in-flight project.

Top digital businesses are agile—they combine and recombine their software to bring new capabilities to market, seize short-lived opportunities, and rapidly respond to user needs.

To iterate quickly and respond rapidly to changing customer needs, create easy-to-consume API products that empower developers to leverage your core systems and functions to build apps and digital experiences. Legacy architectures and traditional systems integration techniques can’t deliver the speed and agility that digital business demands.

To build the credibility you’ll need to align executives, start with projects that can immediately benefit from an agile, API-centric approach, such as web and mobile apps. Design the projects’ APIs for developer consumption, not just to expose systems. Use them as references to drive wider platform adoption.

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Platform
Vision

4. Develop Front-end API Skills

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APIs skills are foundational to a digital enterprise’s ability to rapidly deliver new products and capabilities. API skills should be required for all software roles, not just for middleware specialists.

  • Begin building API capabilities now by setting your developers loose on meaningful projects.
  • Focus on agile management practices, not on heavyweight control and governance.

Developers are a key link in the digital value chain: They translate the raw materials of your data and functions into apps and digital experiences that create value for your business. Your ability to attract and develop strong technical talent is among your most important digital competencies.

Organizations struggle to develop digital capabilities and retain top technical talent when API usage is confined to innovation projects outside the core business. Kickstart your API program, and increase developer satisfaction, by choosing projects that will have a meaningful strategic impact on your company.

Developers can only iterate and drive impact if they’re unencumbered by slow legacy SDLC approaches. Empower your developers by pairing your API program with agile governance.

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Talent
Execution

5. Launch a Developer Portal

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Successful API platforms provide maximum leverage when developers can access the API resources they need in minutes.

  • Identify and eliminate procedures that stop developers from quickly accessing resources.
  • Accelerate adoption of your APIs and improve developer productivity with a self-service developer portal.

The biggest cost in digital economies is opportunity cost. Measure progress by methodically driving down the “Time To First Hello World.” When developers have to go through manual approval processes or wait weeks to use resources, the business’s ability to compete can be severely impaired.

Self-service tools are one of the best ways to empower your developers to deliver new capabilities more quickly. Companies use Apigee’s customizable framework to build self-serve portals that let developers get up and running with APIs in minutes. Portals typically include API catalogs to help developers quickly find the resources they need; sample code, interactive documentation, and testing tools that let developers start using APIs immediately; and forums and blogs to foster community. Apigee customers employ role-based account management to make APIs easily accessible while maintaining control over how and by whom APIs are used.

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Self-Service
Execution

6. Use API Analytics to Drive Business Strategies

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Digital businesses use API consumption metrics to shape strategies and guide investments.

  • Shape strategies by tracking API metrics that connect to business results.
  • Look for diamonds in the rough.

Because APIs are at the heart of digital business interactions, enterprises should embrace metrics rooted in API consumption patterns. Traditional enterprise ROI metrics assume certain conditions—e.g., long payback periods and predictable patterns around transaction volume and pricing strength. Digital business operates under different conditions, such as shorter opportunity windows and more fragmented customer segments, that require different metrics.

Apigee customers use the platform’s built-in dashboards and granular analytics tools for end-to-end visibility into the API platform’s health and to inform strategies by tracking API metrics that reflect business results, such as which APIs are attracting the most developers or used in the most apps.

Use API metrics to align business leaders around digital strategies and to act quickly when short-lived opportunities arise. Assess your API platform like a venture capitalist placing bets. Many APIs may fail to generate significant traffic but a few outsize successes can produce huge rewards.

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Metrics
Alignment

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