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

Take A Guided Tour Of Forrester's Research On APIs And API Strategy

September 19, 2019

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  • By Randy Heffner
  • with Christopher Mines,
  • Abigail Livingston,
  • Kara Hartig

Why Read This Report

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 improved customer engagement. To help application development and delivery (AD&D) clients establish and evolve a well-grounded API strategy, this report ties together Forrester's body of research on APIs, making a cohesive whole from more than 85 reports. This is an update to a previously published report. Major changes include the addition of digital bonding (Forrester's vision beyond REST APIs), more research on platform businesses, deeper detail on the relationship between APIs and microservices, and updated Forrester Wave™ evaluations of API management, API strategy services, and related areas. 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 Are Critical For Digital Business Success
  • How To Set Strategy For APIs
  • 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
  • Related Research Documents