APIs & API management

APIs & API management are crucial to the success of software projects, in a world where software is increasingly crucial to business success. Read our insights on APIs.

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Product Teams For Infrastructure And Operations

Charles Betz 17 hours ago
As an analyst at Forrester, I talk to a lot of IT professionals. One of the most common inquiries lately goes something like this: “We’ve piloted DevOps and Agile and like the results. However . . . ” and then come the “what-abouts.” What about ITIL, the NOC, the auditors, the service desk, and perhaps […]
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Headless Commerce And The Horseless Carriage

Joe Cicman August 13, 2019
As with any high-consideration purchase, there’s an expectation of a bedside manner. Buying an eCommerce platform is no exception. But all too often, I hear it feels a lot like this doctor’s visit . . . Nurse tells me you’re losing sleep. The pain in your shoulder is a case of a brachial plexus avulsion. […]
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Digitalization In Industry — Observations From Hannover Messe 2019

Dan Bieler April 5, 2019
Hannover Messe, the leading global trade fair for everything industrial, offers a great opportunity to feel the pulse of digital momentum in the industrial context.
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Dear IBM And Red Hat Customers . . .

Chris Gardner November 27, 2018
Since IBM’s announced intention to purchase Red Hat for $34 billion, Forrester analysts have received a number of inquiries about the potential acquisition. Outside of our previously published thoughts, we find it unwise to speculate on IBM and Red Hat’s future plans. That said, Forrester has published five Forrester Wave™ evaluations that compare existing products […]
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AI APIs – Dead Simple AI

Kjell Carlsson, Ph.D. October 31, 2017
Building AI applications is hard work, but cloud vendors are making it easy by exposing simple-to-call, pay-as-you-use APIs. Want to add real-time speech recognition to your app? There’s an API for that. Want to recognize faces in an image? There’s an API for that and many more, courtesy of cloud giants Amazon Web Services (AWS), […]
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Open Banking Is Open For Business

Jacob Morgan May 24, 2017
Open banking is rapidly heading to the top of the agenda for retail banks across the globe. BBVA today announced the launch of its open banking business, joining the likes of Nordea, which launched its open banking site in March. In the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority obliged the top nine banks to create […]
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The Next Step In Web CMS Evolution

Mark Grannan January 24, 2017
Today, we publish the Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017 after three months of research and another month of writing and editing. Today, we can step back and begin to help our clients leverage this research to shape their digital experience strategy. But first, a special thank you to my colleagues Danielle Geoffroy, Allison […]
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What Financial Services Execs Can Expect In 2017

Peter Wannemacher November 14, 2016
Every fall, more than a dozen Forrester analysts across multiple roles meet to discuss what executives and leaders at financial services firms should anticipate over the next year. Driven by our ongoing research, the result of this brainstorm is now available as the just-published “Predictions 2017: Pioneering Financial Providers Will Partner With Fintech To Build […]
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Why Most Banks Should Not (Yet) Roll Out Bots

Peter Wannemacher August 31, 2016
Companies of all stripes are getting bot-happy, rolling out bots for third-party platforms like Facebook Messenger, Kik, WeChat, Slack, and more. Firms like Yahoo, H&M, KLM Airlines, and others use these chatbots — software built to simulate human conversation and to help consumers complete tasks — in an effort to better win, serve, and retain customers. […]
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How British Gas Transformed Customer Engagement And Won Our 2015 EA Award

Charlie Dai August 19, 2016
Customers’ perception of a company depends on their experiences with the organization at every point of contact. Companies can try to change how customers view a brand in a number of ways, such as a new mobile app or an improved complaint-handling process. However, to really improve customer perception, every interaction at every touchpoint must […]
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ForecastView Meets Business Technology

Jennifer Adams December 28, 2015
Welcome to my blog! I joined Forrester recently as a senior forecast analyst on the ForecastView team focusing on business technology (BT) topics. What is ForecastView you ask? It’s a Forrester product that puts the numbers around our research reports by publishing a five-year quantitative outlook. To learn how our forecasts can help you with […]
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In 2016, Financial Services Executives Will Bet Big On APIs

Peter Wannemacher November 10, 2015
We’ve just published our Predictions 2016 report, outlining eight shifts that banks and their partners can expect by December 31 of next year. As a preview of the report, here are two of our predictions for 2016: APIs and open platforms will take center stage. APIs are becoming the most powerful technology in digital business […]
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The Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2016 To 2018

Brian Hopkins September 9, 2015
Enterprise architects face more exciting — and greater — challenges as the age of the customer takes off. But technology invention, innovation, and spending are notoriously cyclical. In fact, our first tech trends report in 2009 predicted a boom cycle through 2016. And we have seen this — with social, mobile, cloud, analytics, and big […]
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The API Management Solutions Market Will Quadruple By 2020 As Business Goes Digital

Michael Yamnitsky June 8, 2015
Often considered the poster child of digital transformation, APIs are proliferating at enterprises making industry-leading investments in mobile, IoT, and big data. As these initiatives mature, CIOs, CTOs, and heads of development are coming together with business leaders to manage and secure companywide use of APIs using API management solutions.  Forrester recently released a report […]
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Modern Software Platforms Are In Hypergrowth

Michael Yamnitsky March 31, 2015
As companies get serious about digital transformation, we see investments shifting toward extensible software platforms used to build and manage a differentiated customer experience. My colleague John McCarthy has an excellent slide describing what's happening: Before, tech management spent most of its time and budget managing a set of monolithic enterprise applications and databases. With an […]
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Welcome back to integration technologies!!!

Henry Peyret February 6, 2015
There’s a renewed interest in integration technologies due to new needs for integration to mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud — but also because integration requirements betwen systems of engagement and systems of record are requiring realtime for seamless boundaries omnichannel, higher volume, with end-to-end security highlight the changes in integration practices. Forrester […]
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Predictions For The Data Economy In 2015

Gene Leganza November 4, 2014
The data economy — or the system that provides for the exchange of digitized information for the purpose of creating insights and value — grew in 2014, but in 2015 we’ll see it leap forward significantly. It will grow from a phenomenon that mainstream enterprises view at arm’s length as interesting to one that they […]
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A Vendor Arms Race To Fuel Contextual Mobile Apps

Michael Yamnitsky July 15, 2014
Vendors across the board are building tools to add context-driven personalization features to mobile apps. Specifically, we see new offerings from vendors in personalization, mobile analytics, API management, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and the digital agencies for product and content recommendations, in-app messages, and voice-driven digital assistance.    Marketers and developers are jumping at these solutions […]
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Sorry, Kids: APIs Have Not And Will Not Kill SOA

Randy Heffner May 2, 2014
As I move about the industry talking about APIs (application programming interfaces) and the API economy — which hold important and transformative business opportunities — I’m frequently confronted with disparaging remarks about SOA (service-oriented architecture), as if it’s passé, gone, finito. It’s often in the way of (uninformed) assumptions about SOA. I hear things like, […]
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Point Solutions Must Die

Rick Holland August 19, 2013
Last year I wrote a blog post titled, “Incident Response Isn’t About Point Solutions; It Is About An Ecosystem."  This concept naturally extends beyond incident response to broader enterprise defense.  An ecosystem approach provides us an alternative to the cobbling together of the Frankenstein’esque security infrastructure that is so ubiquitous today.  Many of us in […]
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