API Economy best practices for building a digital platform

New Research from Gartner: 

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“Despite the escalating hype about digital platforms, application leaders must always remember that the most essential elements of digital business platforms are the APIs.”

Written by Gartner Analysts: Paolo Malinverno, Mark O'Neill, Kristin R. Moyer

Your product’s APIs provide a first step towards building a platform, by allowing developers and partners to do business with you more easily. But a digital platform strategy requires more than an API. You must shift the burden of integration away from customers and developers, and provide embedded integration within your product.

This report will provide information for an application leader involved in the strategy, governance and delivery of a digital platform based on APIs.

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Recommendations From Gartner: 

As an application leader involved in the strategy, governance and delivery of a digital platform based on APIs, you should:

  • Start with a developer portal and work your way into a digital marketplace by adding more programmable components to APIs.

  • Discover value scenarios well beyond your current business horizon by mixing your APIs with APIs from another vertical.

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Gartner, Inc., From APIs to Ecosystems: API Economy Best Practices for Building a Digital Platform, Paolo Malinverno, Mark O'Neill, Kristin R. Moyer, 13 July 2017.

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