API Metrics: How to Measure Your Impact

Along with the business strategy comes the measurements you’ll use to determine success. In this post, we’ll consider three common categories of API metrics: Raw API Usage: Data on calls and users Business Value: An API’s value to your bottom line Innovation and Partnership: Value to longer term business goals Ideally these three areas of…

Three API Governance Patterns and How to Choose One

Most organizations maintain dozens or even hundreds of APIs. Maintaining consistency and avoiding redundancy quickly becomes a major issue. API governance helps organizations declare and adhere to guidelines for new and existing APIs. There are different approaches to encourage conformity in API design, including governance review and automated restrictions. In this post, we’ll explore both…

Developers Aren’t the Users of Your API

Hang around the API community long enough and you’ll hear about design, developer experience, and ways to appeal to someone integrating with your programming interface. That may lead you to think of developers as the users of your API. While an important audience, developers are a conduit for the actual end users of the software…

The Longest Stage of the API Lifecycle

Right now someone is powering up an original iPhone. On their home screen, they’re tapping the icon for a 10 year old app. As it loads, it calls an endpoint that a development team would rather not maintain. For many APIs, a life of suspended animation is a big part of their story. In API…

API Security Architect Certification

The new certification course for API Security Architect is now available. This is an in-depth, self-paced course, and by completing this course, you will be able to: Explain the unique security risks of APIs and identify typical areas of API vulnerabilities  Explain the purpose of OAuth 2.0 as a framework for authorization  Describe the current…

Two Questions Behind Your API Strategy

Over the last 10 years, APIs have become the de facto tool of modern software development. “Let’s build an API for that,” is a natural reaction to a technical problem. While APIs play a key role, many engineering organizations are now overflowing with non-strategic services. Developer confusion might have been limited if those groups had…