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Maximizing assets through APIs

Maximizing assets through APIs 

Customer records, risk profiles and product catalogues were once considered confidential and guarded. Today, more and more companies are flocking to application developers and programs to turn their assets into APIs.

IBM API Management is one such program. Businesses can now use simple, non-coding mapping exercises to control, share and optimize their APIs.

An API Manager walks users through the process. With an emphasis on simplicity and efficiency, users can configure, run, revert and reactivate APIs at the click of a mouse. A new duplication capability lets companies copy and build on old APIs, instead of starting fresh every time.

Once designed, APIs are exported to new environments for testing and modifications. Following approval, users can share their APIs directly from the program.

As company leaders share business assets externally, concerns are raised around security scalability. To make sure company assets are safe, IBM API Management deploys the IBM WebSphere DataPower Service Gateway. This Gateway moderates traffic and allows leaders to control of enterprise resources with an optional secret ID.

To protect a company from breaches, the gateway also serves as a policy enforcement point (PEP). The program’s prioritizes simplicity allowing users to focus their time and energy elsewhere.

Once secured, the API must be socialized. Developer portals nurture relationships within developer communities. Customization of the portal’s pages can be used to enforce a business’ brand, allowing the portal to serve as a virtual “storefront” for their API. With access to approximately one million developers in over 90 countries worldwide, it is truly a global marketplace.

To find out more about how APIs can extend the value of a company’s assets, read the full whitepaper.

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