Oracle has announced plans to acquire Apiary. This builds on the recent trend of vendor consolidation within the API space. Other prominent examples of this include Apigee’s acquisition by Google, and 3scale by Red Hat.
This trend of API vendor consolidation is a strong indicator of the growing criticality of APIs as enablers of business growth and technical agility. But developing a good API program, by itself, is no easy task. Rigorously managing the entire API lifecycle – from design and development to deployment and retirement – has become a crucial engineering concern to build and deliver reliable API solutions.
As vendor consolidation becomes increasingly prevalent in the API space, API teams need to be declarative about their requirements to ensure reliable, secure, and performant APIs. Here are some important considerations when planning your API lifecycle strategy.