Enterprises that want to optimize agility must develop API products that are immediately adaptable to whatever technology the business runs, including all legacy investments.
The modern enterprise IT department is a dizzyingly complex landscape. Companies tend to adopt multiple environments and add new technologies as they come to market. The variety of cloud products and open-source innovation allows IT to try on vendors and configurations as they see fit. To truly capitalize on the cloud's capability to stand up multiple containers in mere seconds, you need core business APIs that are reliable, scalable, and quick to deploy from idea to delivery across all configurations.
The mistake is believing that’s achievable at the end of the process — that you can build APIs for use-cases and then adapt them across the IT ecosystem in any sort of actionable timeline.
ignite is the only technology available that extends through the entire lifecycle of API Product Management. The unique value of Ignite’s Plan, Design, Build process guarantees that when it’s time to execute and manage, your APIs will run in all of the environments supporting your business. Runtime is no longer hold-your-breath time.
ignite is also completely vendor agnostic, meaning it plays on all vendors to manage & execute runtime, and works with all client architecture. It fits what you have, and will adapt to what you acquire next. When you spend tens to hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure, you want APIs that not only run across that infrastructure, but make it faster and more iterative.
ignite’s scalable, standardized, building blocks give you exactly that agility.
Once upon a time, companies bet big on web services. An enterprise that created thousands of SOAP services now has to transform them into REST services. Because ignite is vendor agnostic, you can generate REST, SOAP, and events and support multiple developer frameworks with code templates. That means implementation is a technical choice you make when you develop your APIs, not a technical constraint you’re forced into.
ignite naturally links between Build and Run, but it also features a unique link-back between the Run and Plan phases. In Plan, ignite asks API owners to project KPIs and estimate ROI. In Run, ignite provides a window on actual KPIs and ROI, letting business know how the products are actually performing in the market. ignite allows the business to project what a change in the Plan or Design phase will mean in the Run phase — and, conversely, because you’re using the same building blocks for each API product, how a change in Run conditions can influence Plan and Design for subsequent iterations.
The clarity and visibility ignite offers makes adapting APIs faster and more efficient.
But business wants to keep innovating. They want to keep offering new services — dozens more — as they spot the need and opportunity. By investing in the Plan, Design, Build, Run lifecycle, enterprises accumulate the technological agility that core building blocks provide — but also the innovative insights to see where the next opportunity lies and how to quickly capitalize on it. The information ignite streams into the Run phase is far more robust than is possible by building ad hoc product by use-case.