This article is a summary of Rafael Rocha's presentation, head of Solutions Architecture @ Sensedia, during APIX 2019.
API Governance is becoming increasingly important as API strategies quickly grow into complex scenarios, involving different teams and business units, and being available for consumption by up to thousands of developers.
In turn, the adoption of server-based and microservice architectures, as well as integrations with ecosystems, bring even more governance challenges to digital businesses.
These challenges are also reflected in specific difficulties for several areas, that need to be addressed by the governance team:
Beyond these specific needs, digital businesses require control without reducing agility and autonomy that drive innovation, and this control must also be context-driven, allowing a continuous and gradual evolution.
Adaptive Governance is the ability to determine styles and governance controls required to different contexts of digital businesses.
This capability, when developed and tailored for digital strategies, has a direct impact on business critical outcomes such as:
To develop this capability, the API Governance Team needs to establish basic API governance pillars (policies, processes, KPIs, responsibilities, materials, tools) that enable:
Sensedia Adaptive Governance is the new Sensedia's module that offers a low-code interface with advanced features for API Adaptive Governance, including:
These features go with governance-related funcionalities already native to Sensedia API Platform, for instance:
In addition to the Sensedia Adaptive Governance module, Sensedia's consulting team has developed an API Governance playbook to support its clients in building an API Governance Team and in several activities like defining governance models, policies, standards, security mechanisms, KPIs, impact analysis, prioritization, workflow configuration ... - to ensure control and evolution of your digital strategies with APIs.
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