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Why your business needs APIs (and why your APIs need IBM API Connect)

By Alan Glickenhouse posted Thu February 16, 2017 02:19 PM

Many businesses are trying to figure out how or if APIs and the API economy are applicable or needed for their business.  And if they are needed, what API management vendor is the right choice to help them succeed.  The paper, “Why your business needs APIs (and why your APIs need IBM API Connect)” is now available to help answer these questions.


Is “API” just the latest IT buzzword?  What are the drivers causing companies to execute API initiatives? I already have APIs, how does raining moneythis differ from all the APIs that have existed for decades? Why do APIs need to be managed? What is truly required to obtain the promise of the API economy?  The first half of the paper responds to these questions covering the following topics:

  • Becoming an industry disrupter

  • What is a business API?

  • Using APIs in today’s business environment

  • Common business drivers for API initiatives

  • Exploring other drivers for API initiatives


apiconnect logoNow that we know we want/need to execute an API initiative, the second half of the paper answers the question, why select IBM as your API management solution partner?  To address this question I cover the following topics:

  • What does a basic API management solution provide?

  • Identifying an optimal API management solution

  • Why IBM for your API business initiatives?

  • Where does API Connect fit in the enterprise architecture?


I conclude the paper with some thoughts on how to get started and some recommendations.


If you are wondering if an API initiative is appropriate for your business, the first half of this paper should help.  If you are trying to determine who to partner with to help you succeed with your API initiative, the second half of this paper should help.  And, if you need to answer both questions, then this paper should REALLY help.


You can click here to download the paper.


To understand more about IBM’s thoughts on the API Economy visit the IBM API Economy website.  IBM API Connect is IBM’s complete foundation to Create, Run, Manage, and Secure APIs.  You can find more information about IBM API Connect at the API Connect website.  And you can also experience a trial version of API Connect.


If you have questions, please let me know.  Connect with me through comments here or via twitter @Arglick to continue the discussion.