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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

February 28, 2017

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APIs are critical for digital transformation because they are central to software as the backbone of modern business. Many application development and delivery (AD&D) pros mistakenly think of APIs only as a technical strategy for application integration and mobile apps. But 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 52 reports. This is an update to a previously published report. Notable additions include guidance on justifying API strategy to executives, an overview of global firms using open web APIs, API platform strategy, a vendor landscape for API gateways, The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2016 and a related vendor landscape, and a vendor landscape for services vendors that can help with API strategy and delivery. 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 And SOA
  • Effective API Strategy Requires Agile Processes And Governance
  • Mature API Platforms Cover Five Major Areas
  • Recommendations

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

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