Looking to expand the API functionality exposed in the Dell Boomi integration platform, Dell today added API lifecycle management capabilities to its portfolio. (Disclosure: Dell Boomi is a competitor to ProgrammableWeb's parent company MuleSoft, also a provider of integration and API management solutions)
Chris McNabb, general manager for Dell Boomi, told ProgrammableWeb that the decision to add API lifecycle management capabilities that were built from the ground up was made in an attempt to make Dell Boomi a more attractive option to developers looking for a single integrated platform, as opposed to requiring developers to access integration services in one place and API management in another.
With the widespread adoption of APIs, McNabb says providing the ability to manage them has almost become a fundamental requirement.
The new capabilities are designed to manage APIs in the cloud or running on premises. McNabb notes that APIs have become a critical enabler of hybrid cloud computing environments.
The Dell API lifecycle management environment provides a set of visual tools to create APIs without having to actually write any code. In addition, McNabb says developers can modernize any existing SOAP-based Web service in 15 to 30 minutes.
Organizations can then monitor and manage APIs in real time, including being able to control traffic, monitor response times and respond to errors. API gateway functionality provides a centralized, consistent method for authentication and accessibility for enterprise services, says McNabb.
As API management continues to evolve inside IT organizations, it’s not always clear who will assume responsibility for managing APIs on an ongoing basis. Clearly, most APIs are created by developers. But while most developers early on assumed management responsibility for those APIs, it’s becoming clearer that, in the wake of the DevOps revolution, many IT operations teams are taking more responsibility for managing APIs alongside the rest of the back-end application environment. McNabb says that to facilitate that transition, Dell is providing integration services via a platform-as-a-service environment that includes both master data management and API lifecycle management capabilities.
The degree to which API management will shift over to IT operations teams remains to be seen. Most developers would prefer to focus their efforts on creating APIs and then improving them, rather than having to manage them on an ongoing basis. Ideally, a unified platform for creating and then publishing those APIs should smooth that process, while making it easier for developers to keep track of how their APIs are actually being used.