Compared to baked-in static data paths, offering access via API can multiply web services’ value and enable agility, delivering data services to a variety of clients—web-based, headless, or app-specific. When an API-delivered service is patched for security or gains features, every client benefits. A polished API can even be turned into a separately packaged offering for your clients. But APIs bear their own challenges, and managing them on the cloud isn’t a turnkey operation. Managing APIs is more complicated than setting those APIs live and opening the ports that reach them.
Efficient delivery through a secured gateway, rather than ad hoc delivery, is key—whether the APIs are specifically monetized or not, and whether or not access crosses your firewall, or a cloud provider’s. A management solution from iSOA can implement federated access credentials and robust security mechanisms for secure, integrated, trackable access.
Lean into the Learning Curve
Exposing and consolidating APIs isn’t enough in isolation. For a robust API management solution, you need to account for authorization, anticipate bandwidth and other resource needs, and more—especially in the cloud, where new terminology and a whole new methodology prevails. Particularly for your customers or third-party partners, trustworthiness is vital.
The iSOA method
The iSOA Group approach to transforming API management hinges on cohesion and cost effectiveness. iSOA offers consultation and expert guidance based on review of your actual needs, then applies expertise in planning for secure, unified access, intelligent tracking and analytics, and—enabling responsive design—delivering API results appropriate to a wide range of endpoints.