Gartner Research

Managing the Consumption of Third-Party APIs

Published: 02 February 2018

ID: G00348312

Analyst(s): Mark O'Neill


Organizations increasingly rely on external APIs for services that include digital marketing, payments, mobile notifications and mapping. However, this third-party API usage is often not visible or monitored. Application leaders must govern outbound API usage in order to reduce risk and save money.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Register the Third-Party APIs Consumed by Your Organization in an API Catalog
    • API Discovery
    • API Visibility
  • Reduce Direct Dependencies on External APIs by Using API Mediation
    • Outage, Retirement and Discontinuation
  • Apply Consumption and Security Policies to External APIs
    • Data Leakage

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