Digital transformation is no longer a buzzword but a necessity in today’s fast-paced business environment. As companies embrace new technologies to stay ahead of the competition, APIs have become a crucial component of modern software development, allowing businesses to integrate different systems and applications and share data seamlessly, both internally and externally, within a few minutes.
During a recent webinar titled “Unlock the Power of APIs the Code-Free Way,” expert panelists Mike O Quinn, Mehdi Medjaoui, and Amancio Bouza discussed the growing importance of APIs and how no-code API management tools are rapidly becoming the foundation of digital transformation initiatives. Here are five ways in which no-code API management enables digital transformation:
# 1: Empowers Business Users
Traditionally, developing APIs has been the domain of developers and technical experts. However, with the rise of no-code API management tools, business users are increasingly becoming involved in the development and management of APIs.
As Mehdi Medjaoui, founder of APIdays Conferences, explained in the webinar,
“ Increasing number of business users are owning the interface level of APIs now and working closely with developers and tech enablers. This trend of citizen development is mainly the result of the realization that the end users of a third-party API are not always the developers but business users who better understand the use case.”
Mike O Quinn, CTO Astera Software, also agreed that the involvement of business users in technology is critical.
“Business users play a vital role in shrinking the gap between data users and solution developers, resulting in more effective and efficient technology solutions.”
By empowering business users to create and manage APIs, no-code API management platforms can help bridge the gap between technical and non-technical teams, leading to better collaboration as business users bring in a fresh perspective when it comes to an understanding of the value proposition and the needs of end users.
Moreover, business users’ perspective has also become important as APIs have now evolved into products.
# 2: Helps Create API Ecosystems
Businesses have realized that they cannot compete effectively in isolation and are instead building partnerships and collaborations to serve customers on their complete journey.
As Amancio Bouza said,
“It’s not just about exposing your backends outwardly, but changing the perspective from outside to inside, identifying needs and problems and translating them into APIs that can solve them.”
No-code API management solutions allow companies to easily create, test and manage APIs that interact with other APIs, making it possible to create new digital experiences that meet the evolving needs of their customers. The result is a more efficient and connected set of APIs that work together to create a cohesive ecosystem of customers and partners.
By embracing no-code API management and the ecosystem approach, businesses can position themselves as leaders in their industry and equip themselves with a greater ability to innovate and launch new initiatives faster.
#3: Faster Time-to-Market
Time-to-market is critical for businesses in today’s fast-paced digital landscape, and the traditional way of coding for API management can be extremely time-consuming.
No-code API management accelerates the API design and development process, allowing businesses to create and manage APIs faster without relying on specialized development resources for their coding experience. This flexibility and agility not only allow IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives and innovation but also enables businesses to respond quickly to changing market conditions and customer needs.
With pre-built templates, drag-and-drop interfaces, and visual workflows, no-code platforms significantly reduce the time for API development and maintenance. Hence, organizations can spend more time on building customer-centric digital experiences to drive growth and revenue.
# 4: Lower API Development Costs
One of the best advantages of no-code API management is lower development costs. Traditional API development requires significant investment in developers that are experts in different technology stacks, which makes it difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to create APIs.
With no-code API management, businesses can reduce development costs by eliminating the need for extensive developer resources and reducing the complexity of API management. Mehdi also pointed out that,
“We will lack 8 million developers by 2030 which is why we need to embrace no-code API management tools and citizen developers”
This finding was also highlighted in a report by Gartner, which says that by 2024, low-code and no-code application development will account for 65% of all application development activity.
# 5: Enables API-First Approach
The API first strategy is a powerful way to approach digital transformation, and no-code API management solutions make it easier than ever to implement it.
With this approach, businesses design APIs first and then build applications around those APIs. This strategy enables organizations to prototype and test ideas rapidly, accelerating the pace of innovation.
“An API first layer enables you to change the backend or update an API while keeping the same interface contract for hundreds of client applications saving you lots and lots of time.” – Mehdi Medjaoui
API first design strategy allows businesses to unlock data and functionality from existing systems, create new digital experiences, and seamlessly integrate with external systems.
Mehdi gave examples of huge organizations such as Netflix, Dropbox and Amazon that have demonstrated that by building the API layer first you can maintain hundreds of client applications with the same team versus just a dozen if you follow the traditional old-school approach.
Making API Management Effortless – Astera’s No-Code API Management Solution
Continuing the conversation on the rise of no-code platform, Astera also showcased its revolutionary API management solution in the webinar.
During the demo, Astera showed its unified and no-code platform for designing, testing, publishing, managing, and monitoring APIs that enables organizations to build and manage APIs faster.
Designed with a focus on usability, simplicity, and automation, Astera API Management Solution can save up to 80% of the time required for API development and management.
The solution simplifies the entire API lifecycle with its intuitive visual interface and built-in functionalities. Here’s what you can do with Astera API Management:
- Quickly create complex API flows with Astera’s extensive range of built-in artifacts such as connectors, transformations, and data quality rules
- Continuously test and validate APIs. Use features such as instant data preview to conduct design time testing
- Protect your API services and control access using Astera’s built-in security framework.
- Effortlessly publish APIs and integrations in any environment.
- Centrally control and manage essential aspects of all your API endpoints using Astera’s centralized browser with a point-and-click interface
- Instantly visualize API usage and gain business insights through Astera API Management’s live dashboard and comprehensive reports and logs.
Astera believes no-code API management is the future of digital transformation, and we are committed to helping businesses harness its full potential. So, if you want to experience the benefits of no-code API management, sign up for Astera API Management’s 14-day free trial or schedule a demo with our experts today!