Application programming interfaces (APIs) are part of our daily lives while they also play an important role in business. Your smart home, chatbots that help you on a website, the weather forecast result that comes as a rich snippet when you Google your city’s weather conditions or the login with Facebook option you encounter all use APIs. On a business level, they are the corner stone of modern system integration which allow you to connect to applications whether they’re on cloud or on-premise.
By exposing your APIs, you can integrate them with other APIs from different software. This helps you save time for example by automating certain processes. As Fortune wrote in 2015, “how a business wins or loses is increasingly dependent on how well they connect to external third party apps, devices and services”. Take Uber for example, it’s a service built on the integration of multiple APIs from multiple software such as maps, SMS and online payment. When your business depends on APIs, it is vital to know what is going on with them – which brings us to analytics.
It is up to you which of your APIs you will make public and share with developers, but besides API management, API analytics play an important role for businesses as well. Knowing the trends such as your best and worst performing APIs, the top developers using your APIs, and monitoring traffic helps you gain a complete overview of your digital business and stay innovative.
If you are using SAP API Management or Apigee with the help of the monitoring apps we built for Splunk, you can get full visibility of your APIs. The apps allow you to send selective data to Splunk and centralise all analytics in one platform where you can monitor real time API traffic of your applications and get insightful charts in prebuilt dashboards.
Leverage your APIs by monitoring and analysing them, today! Contact us now to start your Splunk experience and discover what your data has to tell you. Interested in more Splunk? Check out our other products that allow you to monitor you integrations that run on SAP and SnapLogic here.