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API essentials for every stakeholder

APIs, by virtue of their openness and utility, tend to touch many areas of an IT organization. As a result, API success usually means devising an API strategy that will serve the diverse needs of people in various roles who rely on them. The right tooling for API design and management are essential to ensure that all roles feel served by the API strategy. This can be as much an organizational issue as a technical one.

This paper reviews some of the key players who have a stake in API strategy, including API designers, integration developers, API product managers, operations leads, security architects, and enterprise architects. It looks at how an API platform (or platforms) can address the distinctive needs of each role as they come to devise and implement an API strategy.

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Key findings from the Global State of API Security survey 2015

The front lines of information security risk management evolve in parallel with the dominant technologies in common use. The emergence of the web brought web-based threats and resulting countermeasures. The rise of SQL databases brought SQL injection and its mitigations. Now, we have the increasing usage and business importance of application programming interfaces (APIs), which are vital the development of mobile applications and the digital enterprise in general. APIs, like all technologies, have security vulnerabilities. In fact, the very openness that makes them so useful in expanding the enterprise into the digital realm can itself be an avenue of risk exposure.

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API-driven app development on hybrid cloud

It is crucial for IT owners to deliver data and process management with efficiency and security, as chief marketing officers aim to reach their customers using mobile apps that provide new ways to interact with services and products. To marketers and their development team, the complexity of data is someone else’s problem; they wish only to combine the most useful information as possible into apps and make, say, banking customers enjoy deep, fulfilling experiences when managing accounts on their mobile phones. The traditional ways to deliver that data are joined by methods oriented on cloud platforms that require data to fully serve business goals. These methods, immensely powerful, can nonetheless distract companies and overburden staff and misuse resources.

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