APIs run the world and 2020 saw a huge increase in the dependency on API creation, management, and consumption. We will see this increase even more in 2021.
Since almost every mobile app and website is powered by APIs, understanding these trends will equip you to make business decisions that will impact how competitive you can be in this ever changing world.
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A global shift to remote work and online ordering has brought awareness of APIs to the masses. This will only grow as APIs are elevated to product status in enterprises.
The increased development and adoption of APIs has made proper API design a critical step. Initiatives for standards such as OpenAPI and AsyncAPI will also continue to grow.
Feature rich applications mean more content is being sent over APIs. Adoption of Streaming and Async APIs lowers bandwidth and costs by allowing data to be streamed to consumers on any platform.
This competitive API market means that APIs can no longer be haphazardly released. APIs must follow best practices and have great documentation and support to succeed today.
A post-COVID world has forced enterprises to solidify their API strategy to reach an API maturity that allows them to succeed in a very competitive world.
APIs do not live exclusively on-premise or in the cloud. Real-world APIs are a mixed bag and enterprises depend on proven Hybrid API Platforms to manage them properly.
Developing APIs using Low-Code API platforms gives enterprises the flexibility to create and manage their APIs using a wider range of technical skill sets.
Enterprises are now managing APIs as products. This requires defining the right KPIs and measuring them in order to communicate business value to stakeholders.
With API usage skyrocketing, they have become a target for hackers and thieves. Securing APIs has never been more important than it is right now.
Privacy concerns have led to an increase in encrypted APIs (such as the Signal and Telegram apps) and a public outcry over APIs being used to track people and their private data.
Brenton House is Vice President of Digital Evangelism at Software AG. As an API and Digital Transformation Evangelist and Strategist, he has connected enterprises with API solutions and microservices, to help drive innovation and overall business growth for many organizations.
In his 25+ years of experience, he has worked across many industries including broadcasting, advertising, retail, financial services, supply chain, transportation, technology, and publishing -- gaining a breadth of knowledge on all things APIs and Integrations. His diverse experience set and unique creative skill sets have enabled him to equip organizations in creating captivating and innovative products that delight users.
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