Discover the advantages API management platforms offer organizations

Last updated:May 2017

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Editor's note

These days it seems like the majority of businesses, both in- or outside of the tech sphere, are taking advantage of web and/or mobile applications. Whether for internal workplace purposes, to connect with consumers or as means of revenue, their widespread usage cannot be ignored.

One of the most beneficial aspects of modern apps is their ability to connect with one another and share all sorts of data and information, which only reinforces the importance of mobile app security. This data-sharing ability doesn't just happen on its own, of course, so how is it done? The easiest and most effective method to accomplish it is through the use of application program interfaces, more commonly known as APIs.

Today, API development continues to evolve to keep up with the large (and ever-increasing) number of apps made available for public and private use. No longer niche items, APIs have today become valuable business tools and have even spurred an "API economy." They play pivotal roles in app development, as well as app modernization. Despite their increasingly widespread development and use, however, APIs can be difficult to create, maintain and monitor without the proper resources. This is where API management tools come into play.

There is a tremendous amount of API management tools on the market today, ranging in specialty from analytics to documentation to security, just to name a few. However, many of these tools only provide services for one particular aspect of API management, which means this piecemeal approach would feature a less-than-ideal mixed bag of vendors and products. The resolution to this multitool method is simple, though: use singular, all-in-one API management platforms instead.

API management platforms provide the full gamut of tools necessary to ensure successful API development, deployment and upkeep. This buyer's guide, written by TechTarget contributor Zachary Flower, details the benefits organizations can expect from implementing API management platforms into their overall API strategy. He offers up real-world use cases that further highlight the advantages API management platforms have over piecemeal API tools. He also discusses the key capabilities that worthwhile API management platforms should have and examines the leading vendors in today's API management marketplace. The guide concludes with a detailed product roundup that features essential data, such as pricing and licensing information, on the products available from the leading vendors in the API management marketplace.

1Is an API management platform the right choice for your business?

Learn about the various use cases of API management platforms and how these multifeatured tools address the API development and deployment needs of your organization better than piecemeal API management tools are able to.

2The important features to look for in API management platforms

Learn about the notable functions and capabilities that API management software offers users and which of these features are most important when evaluating which API management platform(s) would be most suitable for your organization.

3Identifying the leaders in the API management field

Learn about the leading vendors in today's API management market and whether or not their product offers the tools and capabilities your business is looking for in an API management platform.

4A look at the leading API management tools available today

The API management market offers a diverse range of products for IT buyers to choose from. Use these in-depth overviews of today's leading API management platforms -- with information on items including features, pricing and licensing -- to help you decide which one best meets the needs of your business.