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Discover the advantages API management platforms offer organizations

There are a large number of products to choose from in today's API management marketplace. Settling on just one may seem like a challenge, but the information found in this guide will point you in the right direction.

Introduction

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.

1What is?-

API management platforms provide organizationwide benefits

API management tools make API development and application integration projects simpler and less time-consuming for the modern enterprise. To reap these benefits, buyers must first learn what types of tools exist, the capabilities of these tools and the impact these tools have on their organization.

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The growing use of APIs highlights the need for proper API management

As organizations use more APIs in their software projects, keeping track of these APIs has become increasingly difficult. API management tools help simplify the tracking process. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Is 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.

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API management platforms offer developers, organizations major benefits

A large number of different products are available to help with individual aspects of API development, but API management platforms provide all the tools you need in one package. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

The 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.

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There are only a few key features to look for in an API management platform

What are the major features you should look for in an API management platform before you ultimately make a purchase? The answer isn't nearly as complex as it may seem. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Identifying 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.

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Who are the leading vendors in the API management platform market?

The API management market is a crowded space, so where do you begin when it comes time to purchase one? Make the decision easier using in-depth info on today's leading vendors. Continue Reading

5Product roundup-

A 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.

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Breaking down today's leading API management platforms

With detailed information on features, licensing and pricing, our roundup of today's leading API management platforms will help you select the one that's best for your business. Continue Reading

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