Last time we looked at the archetype of an Internal API initiative, which is often the first stage in a company’s API strategy.
The second stage is often to collaborate with partners. A partner API initiative is one that focuses first on collaboration with strategic partners. Those partners create applications, add-ons, or integrations with the API. At this stage the API gets hardened and because the API is used across organizational boundaries, the API team will learn a new set of lessons including support, documentation, authentication schemes and so on.
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Thanks to all who participated in last week's Why APIs Webinar in which Brian explored why APIs are important to your organization, which strategy is right for you (Internal, Partners, Customers or Open API), as well as how to map your API strategy to your objectives and target channels. The video (~30 min.) and slides are below. Thanks @landlessness.
One of the most important questions that enterprises ask us has changed from "Why APIs?" to "I know I need an API; where do I start?" Start where you have the most amount of pain - where the business drivers are. If your pain point is in meeting demand for mobile and social apps, then start there - with an internal API strategy.