What Does "API as a Product" Mean?
Though we tend to think of APIs in a very technical way, they are increasingly combined within the context of business offerings and values. Accordingly, many are recontextualizing things to treat APIs more like products.
An API is essentially a traditional service, delivering capability to the end user without sharing the risks and costs associated with the service. Appropriately, even if the API provider does not function as a business per se, we should treat the API as a business asset rather than an amorphous codebase. When the API provider is in fact a business, there’s only a greater reason to do so.
To help understand why this is valuable, and to leverage the results of such a shift in thinking for better systems and technology, let’s define some business terms within the context of the API industry.
What makes an API a product?
Lots of things. And as is the case with any product, whether it’s a smartphone or a sports car or a lawnmower, the success of an API product depends both on how the API is designed and how the API is marketed and maintained. Put another way, an API becomes a product when it is managed like one.
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