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To Create a Successful API-Based Ecosystem, Look Before You Leap

Published: 26 March 2018

ID: G00351667

Analyst(s): Mark O'Neill , John Santoro , Paolo Malinverno


Ecosystems based on APIs can provide a powerful addition to your digital business technology platform. Application leaders responsible for API strategy must understand the business steps necessary to make the ecosystem successful — before they create one.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Validate the Ecosystem Business Model
  • Cost-Justify the Ecosystem
  • Help Promote the Ecosystem's Value
  • Have the Courage to Not Create an Ecosystem

Case Study

  • App Marketplace Used to Enable Ecosystem

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