Many organizations still operate on legacy systems that still function but underperform. The challenge is determining what you keep, extend or replace to make the most effective investments. Sometimes an API is needed to integrate two dissimilar modern systems for efficiency. API platform modernization services, provide a proven framework and the critical expertise needed to make decisions, increase velocity and capture the value latent in your systems.
API Platform Definition:
API platform is a program or script which brings together two or more distinct but interdependent groups through a programmatically consumable service or an Application Programming Interface (API), creating a foundation for automated interactions between them. These API expose data and/or capabilities to become the defacto way by which others conduct their business, i.e., they are used as verbs in conversation, are a catalyst for multi-market disruptions, and are what smart leaders utilize to implement their message!
Your digital business requires API platforms to enable API-led innovation and agility, new business models, and enterprise-scale security to protect your assets. APIs are connective tissue of every digital business platform, from powering digital marketplaces to seamless API-led connectivity of legacy, cloud, and data from the edge. As enterprises increasingly adopt cloud-native tools for more speed, agility, and scale, your API programs must similarly evolve. Cloud-native API programs can supercharge key transformation enablers like micro services, containers, and serverless computing.
An API usually is related to a software library. The API describes and prescribes the “expected behavior” while the library is an “actual implementation” of this set of rules. A single API can have multiple implementations in the form of different libraries that share the same programming interface.
The separation of the API from its implementation can allow programs written in one language to use a library written in another. API use can vary depending on the type of programming language involved. An API for a procedural language such as Lua could consist primarily of basic routines to execute code, manipulate data or handle errors, while an API for an object-oriented language, such as Java, would provide a specification of classes and its class methods.
An API can also be related to a software framework which can be based on several libraries implementing several APIs; but unlike the normal use of an API, the access to the behavior built into the framework is mediated by extending its content with new classes plugged into the framework itself. Moreover, the overall program flow of control can be out of the control of the caller and in the hands of the framework by inversion of control or a similar mechanism.