Plan

(Business +) Give the business and product owners a holistic view of all of your existing and in-flight APIs, allowing business and IT to collaborate, and make investment decisions across domains.

So your enterprise can go from idea to API Product fast by combining existing building blocks & prioritizing new projects.
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.
If you had an idea that could leverage your enterprise’s APIs — the data, logic, and code building blocks that connect to your business capabilities, acting as platforms to run your digital products and services — would you know where they all are? What they’re capable of? What could you create if you knew the functionality existed?
Business & Service & Stakeholder portfolio view
Search, discover, innovate
Prioritize & collaborate
API Product Management
Expected vs. actual KPIs

Digital is still a wide-open race. The companies that innovate from their core business functionalities and capitalize on IT’s capabilities to build seamless customer experiences will jump to the lead in their categories. A visible, repeatable, scalable API portfolio enables these companies to innovate faster as they figure out what works without squandering time on product launches that don’t. They will add as much as 15% to their top line while opening new growth channels and saving billions in what are now considered traditional costs (e.g. inventory).

ignite empowers exactly this rapid innovation, starting with API planning. Most enterprises develop APIs on an ad hoc, per-project basis. But this results in dozens of bespoke APIs, comprised of baffling mazes of code and layers of overlapping functionality. Such redundancies hobble the fleet, nimble launching of new products.

ignite’s customers develop reusable APIs, first by organizing and cataloging all existing API Products, so anyone in the business or IT can easily see what’s already available. Next, ignite allows owner & Agile teams to Plan, Design, Build, & Deliver API Products that enable core business functions. The average enterprise needs somewhere around 400 APIs to power their core functions. ignite allows enterprises to build these in self-contained, reliable, easily-repeatable blocks.

When these building blocks are designed with consistent data and taxonomy references, you can eliminate redundancies, automate manual reviews, and speed time to market significantly by eliminating reams of handwritten code. Once the enterprise has a basic portfolio of core APIs, new functionality is a matter of using those building blocks to design new services.

With ignite, when a business leader has an idea, instead of assembling a project Use Case document and asking a developer to hand craft new code to bring new APIs to life, he or she can access an easy-to-surf repository that displays which APIs the enterprise already has, what they are capable of, what new APIs the idea will require, how much it will cost to build the new assets and how quickly the product can be developed and brought to market.

What sets ignite apart is broad visibility and continuous integration of your API portfolio from the beginning of the process through runtime. Using ignite, you start product planning with a holistic view of every API that supports your core digital functions. Anybody in business or IT can search and discover which API Products already exist and what their functionality is, analyze the gaps between what you have and what you need to bring a product to market, and partner with IT to stream-line the process.

The ignite Plan phase also integrates with run vendors to pull in product performance and align it to expected Plan and Design performance. This allows you to develop Expected KPIs and compare them to actual performance of your products in the market.

Developing repeatable, dependable, scalable building blocks not only streamlines your business services, it frees your developers from countless hours of redundant code-writing, allowing them to focus on big-brain ideas like logic and user experience.
ignite’s dashboard visibility arms business with a heat map of assets, and a clearer understanding of gaps, which informs better investment decisions. Projects can be prioritized according to what's most efficient and quickest to market. Big projects are made manageable when you can expose existing assets and arm developers with foundational building blocks.

Use Cases





Say you’re planning to acquire another large company, one characterized by multiple billings systems. You want to streamline eight billing systems to two.

With ignite, you can quickly expose your core building blocks, aligned to business functions, to the acquired systems while making informed decisions about how long it will take to integrate the new business’ core systems and which are redundant and easily collapsible — and you can drastically reduce costs and time spent doing so.


Say you’re a large insurance company on the auto insurance market that has developed an easy-claim mobile app for customers who have experienced an auto accident — and that app includes the ability to rent a car from a vendor through your platform. Say a second rental car vendor comes and requests to be part of your service. Because you have exposed core APIs used to bui7ld the first app, reusing those building blocks with a back-end plug-in to the new vendor lets you quickly adapt to that request.

But what if the world changes and customers don’t want to rent cars anymore? What if research indicates that customers would rather access a ride-sharing service. Again, ignite allows you to quickly compare the KPIs of your rent-a-car app, see diminishing performance, and adjust to the new reality quickly by using the same building blocks to create a ride-share request that plugs into Uber APIs for rapid functionality — all while keeping the customer in your app.

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