API Management 101 Essentials
A digital transformation to the cloud can revolutionize your business, opening up countless opportunities for more efficient internal operations locally and across your enterprise. It can also provide more comprehensive and advanced functionality for users of your products and/or services and improve accessibility for B2B partnerships. However, these interactions between enterprises, government entities, service providers across all industries, and customers require that programs be able to communicate openly, while simultaneously protecting the data and information being transferred. Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, fill this critical need.
The importance of APIs for enabling connectivity across the internet cannot be overstated and there are many different types. These include public or open APIs, private or internal APIs, partner APIs, composite APIs, data APIs and service APIs. The actual number of APIs in service at any given time is incalculable and depending upon your business model you may utilize dozens, hundreds, or even 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 the right way, the wrong way, and the best way for you. Your API management solution should be tailored to meet your specific needs for today and scalable and flexible enough to do so well into the future. When creating or choosing how to structure the management of your APIs, you want to include comprehensive monitoring, analysis, and reporting capabilities, ensuring that necessary programs are accessible to all potential users and all pertinent information is secure.
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Use the Best of Breed Tools
Many times when seeking to enhance operations or provide a better UX for registered and potential customers, it is tempting to reinvent the wheel. For example, you may have very popular legacy applications that you want to retain but improve upon – API management tools are designed to enable this approach. However, selecting the best tool can be challenging, as 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 that you have all the answers—often it’s about asking the right questions. With the plethora of integration options available today for APIs, knowing what questions to ask is essential to arrive at the best solution for the outcomes your business is trying to achieve. There are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (IPaaS), and many more cloud offerings available on the market today. Determining the best option for integration between the various APIs and API management tools requires asking questions that uncover the value stream behind the API use cases being implemented. And 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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To paraphrase an often used saying, “The only thing needed for those with bad intentions to succeed is that good people do nothing.” And there is no shortage of people with bad intentions in cyberspace. Too often, security is relegated to an afterthought behind development and operational concerns. Adopting this failed philosophy may result in your company being added to the list of significant, but avoidable data breaches that garner headlines. Instead, your API management solution should prioritize blocking access to proprietary information, PII, and secrets, which are all utilized by APIs. This requires an understanding of the cloud security vulnerabilities that you may face and ensuring that your API management solution incorporates steps to mitigate your risk of being victimized by them.
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Finding an Experienced API Management Partner
Migrating to the cloud can revolutionize your business operations and provide a landscape for the continual expansion of functionality, capability, and access to your products and services. However, cyber threat intelligence is critical to ensuring that adequate protection measures such as data security compliance exist not only for API management after deployment, but are incorporated throughout your cloud migration. This is best accomplished by employing DevSecOps professionals to ensure that security is integrated and assessed at every critical point.
Copado has decades of experience creating solutions for enterprises, including developing API management solutions that utilize the best tools available for optimal integration, monitoring, analysis, and reporting that prioritizes security compliance automation. Working with us will ensure that you achieve a secure compliant data platform for your cloud-based data management system. If you want more information, contact us.