Develop APIs That Work Properly for the Organization

Leverage APIs to connect your systems in today’s web-based world.


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Not managing your web API development effectively can risk:

  • Developers lack a common framework for how to develop APIs.
  • Application runtime issues due to the slow execution of the underlying APIs.
  • Frustrated third-party developers who need to invest significant time to custom code your published APIs after each update.
  • Inconsistent user experiences on different applications using the same API.

Implementing a standardized web API development process will enable your organization to:

  • Consistently design, develop, and test your APIs.
  • Release new and updated applications quicker because of the reusability of your APIs.
  • Connect existing business products and services to more development platforms (e.g. cloud and mobile); this offers additional above-the-line and below-the-line benefits.
  • Increase the quality of your business applications by providing reliable channels via APIs to deliver critical enterprise data.

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Module 1: Examine the Opportunities Web APIs Can Enable

The Purpose

  • Gauge the importance of web APIs for achieving your organizational needs.
  • Understand how web APIs can be used to achieve below-the-line and above-the-line benefits.
  • Be aware of web API development pitfalls.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding the revenue generation and process optimization opportunities web APIs can bring to your organization.
  • Knowledge of the current web API landscape.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Examine the opportunities web APIs can enable.

Module 2: Design & Develop Your Web API

The Purpose

  • Establish a web API design and development process.
  • Design scalable web APIs around defined business process flows and rules.
  • Define the web service objects that the web APIs will expose.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Reusable web API designs.
  • Identification of data sets that will be available through web services.
  • Implement web API development best practices.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Define high-level design details based on web API requirements.
  • High-level web API design.
2.2 Define your process workflows and business rules.
  • Business process flow.
2.3 Map the relationships among data tables through ERDs.
  • Entity relationship diagrams.
2.4 Define your data model by mapping the relationships among data tables through data flow diagrams.
  • Data flow diagrams.
2.5 Define your web service objects by effectively referencing your data model.
  • Identification of web service objects.

Module 3: Test Your Web API

The Purpose

  • Incorporate APIs into your existing testing practices.
  • Emphasize security testing with web APIs.
  • Learn of the web API testing and monitoring tool landscape.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Creation of a web API test plan.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Create a test plan for your web API.
  • Web API Test Plan.

Module 4: Monitor and Continuously Optimize Your Web API

The Purpose

  • Plan for iterative development and maintenance of web APIs.
  • Manage web APIs for versioning and reuse.
  • Establish a governance structure to manage changes to web APIs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Implement web API monitoring and maintenance best practices.
  • Establishment of a process to manage future development and maintenance of web APIs.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Identify roles for your API development projects.
  • RACI table that accommodates API development.
4.2 Develop governance for web API development.
  • Web API operations governance structure.
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