Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and API management are critical business assets. Today’s businesses are scaling APIs to meet different business needs with varying types of APIs, specifications, and functions across enterprise environments and complex architectures. Smart developers understand the business value of APIs and the need to have an API strategy independent of API gateways and host locations.

Any workable API strategy must include gateway-agnostic APIs so they can run on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. APIs also must be easy to port to any new gateway provider. Whether the organization uses APIs custom-built by the DevOps team or purchased as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), using APIs to connect applications throughout the organization requires effective API management. As the speed of business accelerates, APIs need to move faster as well, which means APIs need to be unified and self-service to be more agile and more portable.

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