APIs enable mobile, the Internet of Things, the connected car, and how you can work more easily with your partners. Your partners are looking to access your products and services faster via fewer clicks. The easiest and securest way to do this is with an API. Read: API equals efficiency. But struggling to juggle multiple APIs with multiple users doesn’t. APIs are your innovative solution, but you need the right tool, an API management service, to run it all effectively.
But you knew that. You’ve probably already taken the first step for implementing single sign-on across your company, but you realize that you have a long way to go and little time or resources to do it all. Instead of managing all of your APIs and logins scattered across your staff and with all the external partners and API consumers that you may not even know, you should be using an API management platform to put it all behind the same wall, where you can create access control to decide who accesses what, when. This will also keep all of your software behind security walls. Plus it’s scalable so the API security grows right along with your business.
Each partnership is different, involving different API styles, release schedules, and standards. Sometimes when you give your developers access to an API exposed by your partners, you come to learn quickly that it’s poorly written and complex. If you expose it via your API management instance, you can suddenly measure it, create access controls, create thematic documentation, and fit that partner API into your workflow and point of view.
When you open up your API, anything can happen and you might not know who your users are and what they are planning to do. You need to cover yourself by using an API management platform to monitor all usage and to state very clearly the terms of service you offer. An APIM manages access control, making sure only authorized developers access your APIs within your established limits. The relationship between you and your users becomes clearer, enabling mutual success.