How to build an application network using API-led connectivity

With API-led connectivity, layers of APIs are responsible for specific systems, processes and end consumer experiences.

API-led connectivity is a way for businesses to connect data to applications through reusable and purposeful APIs. Using these APIs helps a business to unlock data from systems, compose data into processes or deliver some type of experience.

This approach moves beyond point-to-point integration and traditional ESB architecture. With API-led connectivity, layers of APIs are responsible for specific systems, processes, and end consumer experiences. 

Using this approach helps decentralize access to enterprise data, opening it to more people. APIs allow a business to expose its digital capabilities so they can be reused and repurposed in ways that foster innovation. 

APIs help businesses innovate, better serve their customers and create new sources of revenue. They can be used for things such as: 

  • Grabbing data from an application
  • Data processing
  • Sending data to other applications or APIs

The process for using API-led connectivity begins with unlocking data silos, exposing data access, and connecting backend systems. At this point, you can start developing system APIs that do not impact production. 

The next step is to actually start with a new project or app. Then, create new assets that can be reused on your next project. 

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