Consistency and continuity in code is greatly improved – When using APIs, developers have these pre-built APIs to use across their enterprise. This can provide greater consistency across apps on the same platform. Using APIs can lead to less code maintenance and better code continuity.
Device agnostic – With APIs, teams can take input from as well as execute functions on any user device. Compatibility is no longer a roadblock.
Facilitates the adoption of multiple tech principles – By using APIs, you can really begin to leverage more modern tech principles. First, there’s the ability to create IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence) apps and deploy them with less friction, which can create a variety of efficiencies throughout your enterprise. Additionally, APIs can assist with automation functionality, reducing the amount of manual work across your workforce.
Adaptability remains agile – Apps will, at some point, need an update or evolution due to internal or external factors. What’s great about an API-centric approach is that it helps separate the processes of app implementation and API development. In this scenario, an app isn’t just a piece of the implementation, leading to greater adaptability and optimization. Change is unavoidable in any industry, so building apps with this approach makes it less painful.
Enhanced descriptiveness – For seamless management, APIs have to be easily understood for all parties, technical or not. Much of the time this includes documentation of how the API works that can be understood by all stakeholders. With an API-centric approach, standardization of documentation is much more straightforward. In times of deviation from the standard, additional documentation will address this as well.
Making the Shift to API-Centric
There are several tools needed to bridge the technology gap with APIs. When IT systems move to hyperconverged infrastructure, it can help API-centric development by making it easy to scale and manage owned and rented resources.
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud – This platform accelerates time to value with optimal performance and availability without overcomplicating things. As noted, you’ll need a robust cloud for API app development. The Nutanix cloud delivers predictable performance, constant availability, and one-click management.
Modern data center – A hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution removes complexities and reduces the dependency on and cost of legacy systems. Traditional data centers struggle to keep up with the speed of modern business, but HCI can make infrastructure more agile, intelligent and lower total cost of ownership.
Hybrid cloud – Unify API work across a business with a hybrid cloud enables a single point of control for all apps and data. Multicloud application mobility allows for migration between clouds when necessary. The true win with this solution is that app management is decoupled from its underlying infrastructure, improving interoperability.