Using APIs to support digital transformation presents multiple challenges for IT architects: complexity, cyberthreats, disruption, and legacy systems. Here are six ways an open API management platform can help you overcome these obstacles, manage APIs securely across your digital ecosystem, and future-enable your business for continued growth.
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No. 1: Use what you have
An open API management platform lets you secure and govern APIs across multiple API gateways, teams and vendors – on-premises or in any cloud – using your heritage IT infrastructure. A central management plane and unified catalog empower IT and business teams to create secure, modern digital experiences for customers, partners, and employees while making the most of your existing investments.
No. 2: Rein in the chaos
Take advantage of common services across all data planes to easily discover, trace, and register all API assets without impacting service performance. Agents collect data and provide insight across diverse vendor landscapes without having to rip and replace existing systems Surface all your APIs while beefing up security and usage tracking across your entire enterprise.
No. 3: Take security to the next level
Shore up security with agents that communicate over an encrypted channel – leveraging token-based authentication and existing proxies. Identify vulnerable endpoints with automatic detection of all gateways and APIs.Leverage the power of an AI engine to pinpoint and block cyberattacks. And customize policies for securing individual APIs – or all of them.
No. 4: Aim higher with low-code integration tools
Empower technical and business teams to build robust APIs, design integration flows, manage digital asset policies, and more, with a highly intuitive, low-code interface. Line of business users can create and execute their own integration-based projects by tapping into self-service GUI tools, lightening the load on IT.
No. 5: Speed up data delivery
Quickly deliver data where it’s needed and enhance the user experience by adding event-driven architecture. No need to ditch legacy systems or change their current code – security and lifecycle management are consistent across assets. New data is pushed in real time, so you can manage events like all your APIs – with total visibility and governance from a single point of control.
No. 6: Deep dive into microservices
Get an accurate picture of your microservices with agents that discover API traffic running in multiple meshes and Kubernetes-based clouds. Automatically pinpoint and consolidate mesh services alongside other APIs – putting control in the hands of the teams that built them. Monitor mesh services usage and sample transaction metadata for better business and operational insights.
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