What is the API economy?

In today’s world of ever-expanding interconnectivity, application programming interfaces (APIs) have emerged as important tools for providing access to data and capabilities beyond the firewall. Organizations increasingly use APIs to bring together an ecosystem of partners and unlock new sources of value.

To take advantage of these capabilities, companies must understand the forces driving API usage, as well as the potential business models and monetization strategies APIs can help create. Successful organizations will see APIs not just as technical tools, but as sources of strategic value in today’s digital economy.


Create differentiating experiences

Employ responsive websites, custom mobile apps and user-friendly digital interfaces to enhance your customer interactions.

Extend your reach into a larger ecosystem

Use external data and services by reducing the costs of obtaining, sharing and applying of those technology resources.

Deliver innovation to market faster

Use advanced technologies without having to develop them internally. Efficiently manage APIs being produced and consumed.

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