Gartner Research

Digital Disruption Profile: APIs and the API Economy

Published: 30 May 2019

ID: G00388331

Analyst(s): Paolo Malinverno


Every connected mobile app, every website tracking users or providing a rich user experience, and every application deployed onto a cloud service already uses APIs. But, there’s much more to come. CIOs should take advantage of the continuing disruptions that APIs will cause over the next five years.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Impact and Position
  • Elements of Disruption
  • Disruptions and Fundamental Shifts
    • Changing the Economics of Software
    • Building the Next Killer App
    • Opening Up New and Highly Scalable Business Channels
    • Open Banking: Banks Don’t Own Their Customers Anymore
  • Secondary Effects
  • Evidence Matrix

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