Because ignite enables you to plan and design consistent, appealing, reliable and world-class products, the Build process becomes cleaner, simpler, and more significantly faster.
Equipped with a clearly visible portfolio of core API building blocks — which provide the interface, the boilerplate code, the mappings between layers and transactions, and the test conditions designed in ignite — developers can easily auto-generate the core of the API from the Design specs, then plug specific functionalities into the back-end, or add the business logic, security, and execution as needed.
With ignite, the process of building digital products accelerates even while you strengthen the consistency and dependability of those products. By abstracting Design from the specifics of each use-case, ignite supercharges your developers, freeing IT minds to focus on business logic, implementation, user experience, back-end connections, and all the big-brain thinking that optimizes their skill sets.
IT managers know that great developers are a scarce resource. A rock-star developer might create elegant designs by hand, but can probably only build out five APIs a year. If most enterprises need around 400 APIs to digitize their core business functions, even a staff of ten great developers will take eight to ten years to build out digital capacity at current expectation levels.
ignite enables that same staff to do the job in a quarter of the time, freeing them to help innovate against an ever-changing business landscape.
ignite lets developers assemble products using core building blocks. These abstracted blocks have already been aligned to data model and taxonomy. They all talk the way business talks. They're mapped to stakeholders systems, so flow and lineage is clearly visible. The impact of change is apparent and changes can be made earlier in the Design lifecycle, when they're much cheaper.
With ignite, innovation simply requires developers to borrow a building block from one core area, fit it to other core building blocks, build out the gaps, add implementation code, and launch the new product — while avoiding the duplication that often plagues API development.
ignite also allows users to define their output templates and create customized accelerators. Everything that comes out of ignite is aligned to the company’s architecture, development and design standards. For big companies with a stringent architecture and standards around design, naming, inputs and outputs, and a governance checklist, the ability to avoid bottlenecks with standardized building blocks provides valuable efficiencies of scale.
Because ignite helps accurately describe data model and taxonomy speci cations, developers gain the deep exibility so critical in multiple environments and technology frameworks. They can choose the most efficient and convenient execution environment and implementation language. They can support REST, SOAP web services, or event messages. Without this agility, IT wastes time duplicating reams of knowledge transfer, hard coding, and documentation for every specific API use.
Future technology needs will demand even more flexibility. The Internet of Things and connected devices will all be linked through APIs. Big Data requires analytics, which require unimpeded flow of information. Virtual Reality and augmented reality may play roles not yet understood. Your IT must allow such implementations to run smoothly without major infrastructure investments.
By following a collaborative plan and design lifecycle, APIs are built at a fraction of the time and cost, and are always created as viable public- facing products. Organizations designing and building APIs in ignite ensure a portfolio unlimited by technology — one that suits the terms of the business.