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September 17, 2018

What delays your Digital Transformation? APIs can help

Nicholas Gimenes
Growth & Product Marketing Leader

Many traditional companies have perceived the imperative of Digital Transformation and rushed to modernize themselves. This transformation goes beyond the simple digitalization of existing processes, requiring new strategies and technological tools that can enable the implementation of these new strategies.

Many of these companies have complex architectures and legacy systems, which are critical for the business and which present difficulties of evolution. However, they need to work with new technologies, connect partners, applications and devices in a secure and stable manner. In addition, they have the need to quickly launch new services and digital products, integrating all those parts and promoting innovations to face the competition and meet the expectations of customers.

Main challenges for the Digital Transformation of companies

  • Designing strategies and choosing appropriate solutions / tools
  • Training and stimulating the commitment of the collaborators
  • Promoting agility, integration, scalability and security for legacy systems
  • Combining legacy systems with new technologies (AI + Analytics, IoT, Blockchain, etc.)
  • Quickly launching initiatives and digital products
  • Providing favorable environments to test innovations and create MVPs and hackathons
  • Making agile integration and management of partners
  • Integrating the different existing channels (omnichannel) and reaching new channels
  • Monetizing assets and services
  • Monitoring transactions for fast and accurate troubleshooting
  • Mounting dashboards + analytics to obtain technical and business insights
  • Carrying out the governance of authentications, dependencies, versions, deployments, etc.
  • Offering effective support, generating clear documentation and applying best practices

Why are APIs fundamental to Digital Transformation?

The APIs are a standardized and agnostic means to make integrations between applications, devices and business ecosystems, in an agile and scalable way, and with the possibility of applying mechanisms for security and monitoring.

This simplified and monitored integration reduces support costs, streamlines problem solving, and provides information on the operation of the businesses. In addition, the ability of APIs to combine resources from different elements places them as key enablers for digital transformation, favoring innovation and the rapid launch of new products.

The use of APIs alongside a complete API Management Platform offers key features such as scalability (vertical / horizontal, autoscaling), support for API creation, security and authentication mechanisms, Portal for Developers, testing environment, dashboards, and monitoring of integrations and services.

Benefits for Technology: Full Lifecycle API Management Platform

Legacy and ESB Protection

  • Greater Scalability (vertical/horizontal) and traffic management
  • Security and Authentication Mechanisms

Monitoring of Integrations and Partners

  • Realtime vision of Technical and Business indicators
  • Complete call logs
  • Reduction of Support and Troubleshooting Time and Partner Onboarding

Simplified development and reduction of the Product Launch Time

  • Interface to support the creation of APIs
  • Developer Portal and Test Environments
  • Governance: authentications, dependencies, versioning, deployments, etc.

Architecture Flexibility and Modernization

  • Standardization of Integrations with REST APIs
  • Decoupling, reuse, minor deployments
  • Integration with New Technologies via APIs (AI + Analytics, IoT, Blockchain, etc.)

Benefits for Businesses: Full Lifecycle API Management Platform

More Income and Reach

  • Monetization of Services and API-as-Products
  • Composing new Products and arranging them in other Channels, Journeys, Interfaces, Devices – via APIs
  • New Business Models supported

More Innovation

  • Easy to create MVPs and launch new products by combining internal and external services
  • Possibility of carrying out Open Innovation initiatives and Hackathons

More Insights

  • Real-Time Business Dashboards
  • Agile and monitored integration with AI/Big Data tools via APIs

Best Customer Experience

  • Omni-channel: services can be accessed via APIs by different interfaces, apps, and devices
  • More features and agility in the services available

To help your company in the process of Digital Transformation, Sensedia offers a complete API Management Platform with support modules for:

  • API design with drag-and-drop / low-code graphical interface
  • Application of security mechanisms (OAuth 2.0, encryption, Injection protection, etc.)
  • Advanced analytics and custom dashboards with technical and business metrics
  • Performance optimization (Auto-scaling, Caching, Quota control, etc.)
  • Data transformations (default and custom interceptors, WSDL / SOAP and DBs => REST, etc.)
  • Governance (permissions, dependencies, versions, deployments, etc.) and monetization of the APIs (plans, billing hits, etc.)
  • Dev Portal for the commitment of developers with documentation of the APIs, sample codes, test environment, and complete call logs.

With the Sensedia API Platform, you will be able to protect and offer agility to the backend, launch services and products for different applications and devices via APIs, develop your partner ecosystem, and carry out Open Innovation initiatives.In addition to having the leading API Management solution in Latin America, Sensedia offers a consulting team to assist in its digital business strategies, IT architecture, Microservices and API design, with the best security and Dev Experience practices.

Want to know more about how APIs can help your business deploy an agile IT architecture and enable its digital transformation strategies?

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