Last week, I was in Santa Clara, California for SYS-CON Media’s Ninth International Cloud Expo. While there, I was demonstrating Layer 7’s API Portal, which helps organizations build communities of third-party developers around their APIs. I’m pleased to say my demos were very well attended.
Our comprehensive API management solution addresses the varied needs of an enterprise looking to securely publish and manage APIs: runtime policy enforcement using our API Proxy and intelligent lifecycle management and operational reporting through our Enterprise Service Manager. The addition of design-time developer on-boarding tools and robust usage reporting within the API Portal really completes the picture. Here’s the thing – just because you’re securely publishing APIs doesn’t mean anyone will be able to find and use them, or that the people who do will use them appropriately.
For a true full-featured API management solution, you also need ways to bring developers on board and to manage these developers. You need to make it easy for them to register for your APIs and manage their own accounts. You need your API owners to have the administrative capability to define service levels, account plans and access rules that will be enforced on a flexible, scalable runtime platform. And you need both business managers and developers to be able to analyze usage patterns for prioritizing future API investments. The fact that my demos were so well attended tells me there’s a growing awareness of these requirements, which is a good thing for all concerned.