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.