Red light, green light: The importance of good API management

Securing APIs is only the first step. With API management tools, you can also throttle access, monitor traffic, and establish policies -- for third-party APIs and your own

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Modern enterprise applications depend on APIs. They simplify linking line-of-business services to mobile apps, they let you build third-party cloud services into your business, and much more. With APIs, a field service engineer can run an app on a smart device that’s using your in-house warehousing system to deliver parts to customers managed by Salesforce, while navigating them to a customer site via Nokia’s Here.

APIs make it easier to build complex applications, encouraging a new generation of “quick fix” and custom apps that run alongside larger systems -- and not just professional developers are building those new tools. With users developing their own apps, it’s important to control access to your APIs, as well as to third-party APIs for your users.

API management tools let you control and version APIs, as well as stipulate users’ level of access. Such tools as Microsoft’s Azure API Management, Apigee’s Edge, and Intel’s Mashery are gateways between APIs and developers, mediating connections and handling service authentication.

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