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A Developer's Guide To Forrester's Strategies For API Success

A Guided Tour Of Forrester's Research On APIs And SOA

March 6, 2018

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APIs are critical for digital transformation. Beyond their architectural role in app integration, APIs enable new business strategies, rapid business change, broad ecosystem connectivity, and world-class customer engagement. To help clients establish and evolve a well-grounded API strategy, this report ties together Forrester's body of research on APIs, making a cohesive whole out of 75 reports. This is an update to a previously published report. Notable changes include new API business strategy connections to insurance, open banking, and extended ecosystems; more links between APIs and other technology and platform domains; further clarity between APIs and microservices; API design and documentation research; and updated adoption data. Significant changes since the prior edition of this report are marked with "[NEW]" or "[UPDATED]" as appropriate.

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Table of Contents

  • APIs And SOA Are Critical For Digital Business Success
  • How To Set Strategy For APIs And SOA
  • Architecture Sets The Proper Context For Design Of APIs
  • Effective API Strategy Requires Agile Processes And Governance
  • Mature API Platforms Cover Six Major Areas
  • Recommendations

  • Make Agile-Plus-Architecture The Foundation Of API Strategy
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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