Accelerating Digital Transformation in Large Enterprises: ignite's 2021 Features and Functionality

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Accelerating Digital Transformation in Large Enterprises: ignite’s 2021 Features and Functionality

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8 top features/functionality we’ve released in the ignite platform in 2021

Throughout the last year, we’ve seen the pressing urgency of digital transformation continue to grow – the ability to respond to changing consumer demands, emerging business models, and the shift in the way we all work in the wake of Covid-19. This rings true especially for large enterprises, who have lots of existing legacy and complexity to deal with too.

We all know APIs, Services, and Events are a key part of enabling digital transformation, as well as other initiatives such as IT modernization. Through 2021 we’ve seen this space mature in both vision and approach – and it will continue to do so.

So with that in mind, our Product and Engineering teams here at digitalML have been hard at work delivering new ignite features that help our customers accelerate their digital goals. We’re committed to providing the best platform for the entire integration ecosystem (and pretty unique in that we’ve designed the platform with enterprises, for enterprises).

Here’s a recap of some of this year’s ignite platform major feature and functionality releases to support this commitment…

1. Support for Events and Event-driven Architectures

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? The ability to diversify your catalog to support new use cases, and embrace Events as a maturing technology.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

Forrester’s latest report on API Product Management details the predicted projection of Event-driven architectures maturing rapidly in the same way APIs have. We’ve also seen customers planning to adopt Events (and some already have).

Feature details:

  • Import existing Events into ignite catalog and browse amongst other objects
  • Import of Avro & AsyncAPI documentation
  • Create new aligned to ignite’s lifecycle management – surrounded with rich metadata
  • Lineage between Events and existing Services (including detail of publisher and subscriber channels connection
  • Existing Output Template functionality can export all Event Service details into a service artifact documentation

gif showing Event-based API in ignite


2. Configurable Governance of APIs, Events, and Services

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? Self-service governance which can flexibly be applied to your APIs, Services and Events – automated across the entire lifecycle.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

As API programs mature and expand, enterprises are realizing they need governance that’s flexible at scale. This is because different types of APIs, Services and Events need difference governance rules applied. And, governance should be enablement and empowerment, not force if it is to succeed at scale without slowing development.

Feature details:

  • Configurable governance rule engine – configure in back end and populate on end user UI
  • Governance tabs on objects (Designs, Specifications, Product Bundles)
  • Trigger recalculation on objects if something is changed in a governance rule
  • Use to determine approval flows, lifecycle state change etc. including in relation to the parent object (e.g. you can only deploy a Specification if its related Design passes a certain level of governance)
  • Advanced governance features e.g. uniqueness, targets and sub targets (e.g. check this field in every API operation), precheck conditions
  • Configurable helper text so users have guidance as to why something may be failing governance checks and provide information on how to fix.

gif showing API governance in ignite platform

3. Integration Objects

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? Connect systems from across your enterprise architecture to your holistic catalog and extended lifecycle for a truly active catalog and reliable source of truth.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

The need for a single source of truth for APIs, Services, Events but that’s connected to other platforms and systems so it’s always active and up to date, enriched, and in sync.

Feature details:

  • Store the payload of an external system’s metadata; populated through Poller or POST API
  • Add “references” of said entities to existing objects in ignite
    • Specifications
    • Bundles
    • Designs
  • They can be in ignite to “see” their metadata, although all information is populated & managed in an external system
  • When an ignite object is deployed, it can reference data from the Integration Object (but the data itself should be the most recent values from the Integration Object metadata)
  • You are also able to search your catalog by Integration Object metadata.

gif showing integration objects in ignite platform


4. Extensive UI Configurability including Custom Fields

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? Drive enterprise-wide adoption of your holistic catalog that speaks in your enterprise’s language and captures the metadata that matters most to you.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

All enterprises use different terminology, and have different areas/fields of metadata they want to capture. The ability to configure your catalog and lifecycle management to mirror this is a key driver for everyone adopting and using the same platform. Thus helping create one single source of truth for all your APIs, Services, and Events.

Feature details:

  • Easily configure in reference data area of ignite, and populate in end-user UI
  • Custom fields are searchable in Browse & Discover
  • Custom field configurability options for:
    • Setting required & conditionally required, editability & conditional editability, visibility, pattern & in-field text validation through regex
    • Multi-value support for metadata fields with max and min number of entry constraints

configurating reference data in ignite platform


5. Lineage to understand dependencies

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? Capture an accurate view of provider/consumer relationships across your APIs, Services, and Events landscape.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

As the number and types of APIs expand over time in enterprises, it’s important to effectively record relationships between them. This helps you better understand your API landscape, and plan for changes and iterations over time, without creating breaking changes and bad consumer experiences.

Feature details:

  • Provider/consumer relationships between Designs, Specs, Bundles, Pre-Configured References, and External Services, Customers, Contacts (and also consumer of consumer relationships and provider of provider relationships)
  • Visualization of dependencies
  • NFRs, lifecycle state and history audit much like other ignite objects
  • Searchable in the catalog

API Lineage in ignite platform


6. Improvements to Mappings

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? More easily capture detailed information about data mapping and transformations between methods.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

A pressing need to replace the manual process of updating mappings spreadsheets that may be held on a GIT repo, SharePoint, or even sometimes on developers’ local machines. This helps ensure your catalog is always up to date and a reliable source of truth, and helps prevent breaking changes when modifying/extending/reusing your APIs, Services and Events.

Feature details:

  • Set up process steps, calls and replies
  • Set up reusable transformation rules to call out how that changes, what are the differences along the way so that as the data is being consumed it gets modified based on a specific condition or a single rule

gif showing data mapping in ignite platform


7. Bulk Import into the Holistic Catalog

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? Populate your holistic catalog more quickly with existing APIs and Services.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

Enterprises have 100s-1000s of existing APIs, legacy SOAP etc. You want to get them into the catalog quickly in one go, so you can quickly organize them properly. You might be storing them somewhere else currently e.g. API management platforms, so functionality was needed that can help easily translate them with their metadata into objects in ignite.

Feature details:

  • Bulk import OpenAPI and WSDL files
  • Post-processing of your import files available e.g. auto populate fields and import metadata-only or custom/non-standard service documentation formats
  • Validation – only import valid code to your catalog

bulk import APIs and Services into ignite platform


8. Advanced Search

What’s the top benefit for ignite customers? More easily search, discover, and be able to report on the thousands of artifacts in your holistic catalog.

Why we chose to add this feature to ignite:

Enterprises are trying to drive discovery of APIs (and Services, and Events, and Messages) as more and more of these composable artifacts are available for reuse. These should be easy to find based on a wide range of metadata (including in the business language your organization speaks).

Feature details:

  • Search by all of your configured fields
  • Combine elements of searches for different personas/use cases (i.e. search by a particular line of business with a particular lifecycle state)
  • Build advanced search queries

advanced search parameters in ignite platform


Want to see these ignite features in action?

All of these features are now available in the platform. If you’re already an ignite customer and would like to learn more about them and how they can be leveraged within your organization, please contact your delivery consultant. If you’re not yet an ignite customer but you’d like to see any of these features in detail, please book a discussion with us here.

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