As API management solutions increasingly become the center of the IT universe, their providers are stretching the reach of their platforms into adjacent sectors that make for natural extensions.
Case in point is Akana, which in as many weeks has rolled out DevOps tools for automating application lifecycle management (ALM) alongside support for identity and access management software from Ping Identity.
Brent Carlson, senior vice president of technology for Akana, told ProgrammableWeb that as the API economy as a whole evolves, IT organizations are beginning to recognize they need to apply the same discipline and rigor they used to create traditional enterprise applications to a new generation of mobile and web applications.
In the case of Akana, Carlson says that means bringing forward a raft of management technologies the company originally created for service-oriented architecture (SOA) environments to its API management platform.
In terms of the DevOps capabilities, Carlson says the goal is to enable organizations to update API definitions and versions faster while maintaining the integrity of the IT environment. As part of the effort, the Akana API management platform now provides integration with continuous integration platforms, such as Jenkins and TeamCity; the ability to automatically push updates to the Akana Portal and API Gateway after they have been approved; and support for API descriptor documents types, such as Swagger, RAML, and WADL. In addition, the Akana API management platform can now be integrated with software configuration managers (SCMs) such as GitHub, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), and IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) via a Akana Lifecycle Manager AnySource Asset Adapter (ASAA) content automation framework.
Carlson says once an ALM framework is put in place not only is there much less chance of violating compliance guidelines associated with any regulatory framework that applies to that application, but also the chances that human errors will be introduced during the update process are greatly minimized.
Meanwhile, in terms of identity management, the support being provided for Ping Identity complements existing support for similar classes of identity management products from Oracle, IBM, CA Technologies, and Microsoft.
Of course, it may be a while before most enterprise IT organizations formally recognize that the focus of application development and management is shifting towards API management platforms. But given the rapid rate at which those organizations are developing and deploying APIs, it’s really only a matter of time before the rest of the application development, deployment, and management infrastructure moves closer to where the APIs are actually being created.