Design

(Analyst+ & Organizer) Ignite enables your enterprise to create a portfolio of prebuilt core APIs, design artifacts, & building block code.

ignite helps businesses design API products that share the important characteristics of great physical products that are consistent, appealing, reliable and world class.
Give business and product owners a holistic view of all of your existing and in-flight APIs, and allow business and IT to collaborate and manage the intake and prioritization of new innovative ideas and projects.
Design and expose your portfolio of common microservice building blocks, with consistent resources from data and taxonomy models, standardized API definitions and system of record mapping, and change management with lineage and impact analysis.
Auto-generate contracts, code, mappings between layers and transaction, and test conditions so developers can easily assemble repeatable, predictable and rapidly scalable API products, then plug specific functionalities into the back-end as needed. This frees up IT minds to focus on business logic, implementation, user experience, back-end connections and all the big-brain thinking that optimizes their skill sets.
API Products planned, designed, and built in ignite are ready to be delivered to run, extending consistency, lineage and speed to production and execution. Once in run, ignite provides a window on actual KPIs and ROI, letting the business know how API Products are actually performing in the market and providing accurate investment decisions.
Design and expose your portfolio of common microservice building blocks, with consistent resources from data and taxonomy models, standardized API de - nitions and system of record mapping, and change management with lineage and impact analysis, without the duplication of a manual approach.
Common microservice building blocks
Consistent resources from data & taxonomy model
Speed with control
Change management, impact analysis & lineage
Import and align existing web services and APIs
Standardized design artifacts ready for development to plug into

Business has ideas; IT has the capabilities to launch them. Until now, when it came to API development, most enterprises leapt from ideation to build. They skipped the Design stage and went straight to Create. They also skipped millions of dollars in savings and countless development hours that could have been spent on user experience or business logic.

By enabling the enterprise to create a portfolio of pre-built core APIs abstracted from code and standardized to needs across lines of business, ignite helps businesses design API Products that share the important characteristics of great physical products like iPhones or Lexus sedans — products that are consistent, appealing, reliable and world class.

But Apple and Lexus don’t let engineers design phones and luxury sedans. Successful companies design an overall picture of what they want their product to do before they start manufacturing.

The average large enterprise needs about 400 APIs to transform their core business functions to digital experiences. It’s a mistake to place the burden of all of those APIs directly on developers without designing an overall vision of how those APIs should interact and help business innovate.

ignite’s planning functionality allows you to expose your enterprise’s API building blocks to anyone in the business who wants to innovate.

ignite Design phase equips you to design core functions for the business, not by use-case. With this broader design capability, you gain control and configurable, self-service governance. And you gain speed.

ignite allows you to design common microservice building blocks, with consistent resources from data and taxonomy models, standardized API definitions and system of record mapping, and change management with lineage and impact analysis. You can capture detailed information in the specification and expose reusable design artifacts, like your Items API — made up of consistent product ID, description, price, weight, and whatever else is critical to your business functions — to be used in every API that involves Items. You can design your Payment API comprised of standard payment and bill pay and wallet management and B2B pay code for any APIs in any line of business that requires payments.

Once you’re able to design and expose your API portfolio, you won’t need to duplicate these basic building-block units with every new API. ignite lets you design standardized paths and common flows, common logic and data and standard contracts across regions, across lines of business, and ready for development.

Designing a clearly visible API portfolio in ignite also helps enterprises prepare for agility in the face of emerging technologies. Today stores — or branches, agents, hospitals — use separate, siloed systems for many functions, such as inventory management, customer loyalty, and price comparisons with local rivals. Consolidating systems is much faster when you’ve captured the design details.

And with the rise of Big Data, analytics, and IoT, the eventual aim is to bring all of this information under one roof. Stakeholder systems (the system of record mapping to API definitions) will align to data in motion (the APIs, web services, and events) allowing you to assess and assimilate all of the company’s operations using analytics.
By emphasizing Design, Ignite optimizes the Build and Run phases. Because you’re delivering reliable, standardized design artifacts to developers, they can rapidly assemble APIs to meet new needs and simply plug in back-end functionality or write configuration code to run the product.

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ignite offers the advantage of quickly launching new products and iterating them without breaking anything up in production.

For instance, for major retailers, Buy Online, Pick Up in Store is a great digital service. But what if a retailer in the middle of building that program decides to add an inventory availability function and a location-based loyalty offering? By simply re-combining prebuilt APIs that identify item number and description, inventory availability, customer location and store ID, a new service can be quickly built on top of the emerging product with no interruption in production.

And the retailer can keep innovating. If they want to provide 7-10 core business functions for an end-to-end digital & physical experience, there are a lot more ideas that need to be supported by great API Products.

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