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Partner with Copado to accelerate your digital transformation to the cloud

The three ingredients of a successful transformation: Open communication, data protection and the transfer of information. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are a powerful way to connect enterprises, government entities, service providers and customers.

There are many different types of APIs: Public or open APIs, private or internal APIs, partner APIs, composite APIs, data APIs and service APIs. Depending upon your business model, you may need to leverage hundreds or more. Keeping track of all this activity requires oversight with API management and DevSecOps essentials.

API Management Essentials

How your APIs are managed can be the difference between disjointed wasteful resource allocation and efficient, cost-effective cloud computing. Achieving the latter is only possible if your API management solution institutes best practices, utilizes the most appropriate tools, optimizes integration and prioritizes security. These are the cornerstones of successful API management:

Adopt the Best Practices

When undertaking any endeavor, there is a right way and a wrong way. Your API management solution should be tailored to meet today's needs and be flexible enough to scale for the future. As you create or choose how to structure the management of your APIs, be sure to include:

  • Comprehensive monitoring
  • Analysis and reporting capabilities to ensure necessary programs are accessible to all potential users
  • All pertinent information is secure

Use Best of Breed Tools

It's tempting to reinvent the wheel. For example, you may want to retain popular legacy applications and use API management tools to improve on them. However, selecting the best tool can be a challenge — there are many options that vary in capability and availability. Selecting the wrong tool could render your digital transformation less than successful.

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Optimize Integration Capabilities

Having intelligence doesn’t mean you have all the answers — often it’s about asking the right questions. With numerous integration options available today for APIs, knowing what questions to ask will help you arrive at the best solution for the outcomes your business is trying to achieve.

Today's market includes a wide range of cloud offerings, including: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (IPaaS).

Determining the best option for integration between various APIs and API management tools requires asking questions that uncover the value stream behind the API use cases being implemented. These can be found by partnering with experts in compliance automation, data storage and data security — all of which are essential for managing APIs.

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Prioritize Security

Cyberspace is full of danger — yet security is relegated to an afterthought behind development and operational concerns. To avoid the devastating fallout from a data breach, your API management solution should prioritize blocking access to proprietary information, PII, and secrets used by APIs. This requires you to understand the cloud security vulnerabilities you may face and take steps within your API management solution to fill the gaps and mitigate risk.

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Finding an Experienced API Management Partner

Migrating to the cloud can revolutionize your business operations and help you expand the functionality, capability and access of your products and services. However, you need cyberthreat intelligence to make sure security compliance and other data protection measures exist for API management after deployment and across your cloud migration. DevSecOps professionals can help you integrate security and asses it at every critical point.

Copado specializes in creating API solutions for enterprises that leverage the best tools on the market for optimal integration, monitoring, analysis and reporting that prioritizes security compliance automation. Work with us to achieve a secure compliant data platform for your cloud-based data management system.

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