With organizations now routinely monetizing APIs, developers are being asked to provide more insight into how data is flowing into and out of those APIs. To help developers achieve that goal Apigee this week announced that it has extended the analytics capabilities of the Apigee Edge API platform.
Ed Anuff, vice president of product strategy for Apigee, says developers are being asked to provide information about the metadata surrounding their APIs. Rather than having to acquire a separate environment to accomplish that goal, Apigee is exposing more analytics within the same platform developers use to manage and build APIs, says Anuff.
The specific additions that Apigee is making address API performance latency and how users on various types of devices are engaging with a particular API. Obviously, those two issues are frequently joined at the hip. The overhead surrounding a particular API is often the root cause of end users not being engaged with an application.
Developers are also now finding that APIs are driving business processes that extend across multiple entities. Those relationships encompass everything from monitoring service levels to actually driving up the amount of revenue per online customer engagement. As the API economy surrounding those processes continues to mature, Anuff says developers now find themselves engaging in dialogues that go far beyond the quality of the code they write. Having advanced analytics at their disposal now enables developers to participate in those conversations with a much higher level of confidence, says Anuff.
To facilitate those discussions, Anuff says, the Apigee Edge API platform includes reporting tools using variables, dimensions, and filters; business metrics that track product, service, and customer usage; operational metrics that monitor the health and performance of API programs; and app performance metrics that help discover app errors and performance issues. Each of those reports can be customized by developers to suit the requirements of any particular audience that the developer sees fit to share that information with, says Anuff. Apigee is now also providing additional diagnostic tools that enable developers to drill down into endpoint, API proxy and cache performance as well as latency and error analysis details.
As the API economy continues to become more mainstream, there will be no getting away from analytics. After all, it wouldn’t be a real economy if there weren’t some form of API accounting. The challenge is finding a way to provide that information to all interested parties in a way that sucks up the least amount of coding time possible.