API Management Tools

Top 8 API Management Platforms

Today, the world has evolved into an era of the community-based building of digital solutions where a number of stakeholders share information for improved operations. It is for this fact that the global Application Programming Interface (API) management market is expected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2018 to USD 5.1 billion by 2023 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32.9%.

With APIs becoming an integral part of business models, we see a number of API Management tools evolving. So, what are the options you have and what should you choose? Isn’t it a dilemma? I am sure, it is!

To begin with, let us understand what is “API Management”. It refers to the process of creating, analyzing, and publishing the web application programming interfaces (APIs) that connects various data and applications across the cloud. API management has different meanings for different organizations or even projects to project. Through the API management tools, organizations can guarantee smarter use of public and internal APIs they have created.

Majority of the organizations are implementing customized strategies to manage their APIs. So what is the API Management Tool you should consider?

SwaggerHub

SwaggerHub is an API Management Platform built for teams to drive discipline and consistency across the development workflow. It facilitates the teams to accelerate the designing process without losing quality. It provides standardized and faster API designs.

SwaggerHub has features such as a powerful editor which is merging with smart error feedback and syntax auto-completion. SwaggerHub also gives style validators for better design consistency across the multiple API.

Akana

Akana Platform offers an end to end API Management Solution for securing, managing and publishing APIs. It can boost up the digital transformation journey by extending their reach to multiple channels such as cloud, mobile, and internet.

This platform provides a comprehensive API design platform as it enables many enterprises to share data as APIs. Users can use a graphical tool to design API from scratch or they can choose the option called import API Descriptor.

3Scale

3Scale is an API Management platform which provides flexible, highly scalable solutions to share, control, secure, distribute, and monetize APIs. This platform helps the users to avoid constant maintenance of creating a solution from scratch.

3scale delivers centralized features through a cloud-hosted layer. The users of the 3scale platform can share their company data and provide an API to internal teams or external organizations or both.

CA API Management

CA API management platform provides an integrated system, orchestrate data, adapt services that create business-related APIs from various sources. The tool offers capabilities to streamline development and reduce go-to-market time.

It also provides a host of features and functionalities to streamline the development of APIs. Developers will collaborate on the platform and they will use various mobile SDKs(Software Development Kits) that are available. API management will facilitate a foundation for these efforts with robust analytics with monetization.

WSO2 App Cloud

WSO2 is one of the best open source solutions for API management. It includes features for full API lifecycle management, policy enforcement, customizability, and monetization. It is designed to fit both microservice and monolithic architectures and has analytics to gain insight into API usage.

WSO2 app cloud provides a host to the applications that are written in multiple languages in multiple runtimes. It is an enterprise-ready solution for hosting a different type of applications.

IBM API Connect

API Connect is an IBM owned comprehensive API Management platform which helps us to manage the total API lifecycle. It provides a cloud-based solution for API creation and management through API connect. It gives built-in security and governance functionalities. This platform is capable to automate the API creation based on Java runtime and Node.js.

IBM provides a cloud-based solution for API creation and management through API connect with real-time usage data that can be made available to API providers as well as consumers. It also has multi-cloud support for the deployment of components on AWS, Docker, Azure, IBM Cloud private, etc.

MuleSoft Anypoint

The Mulesoft platform allows us to integrate with any application, data or device. Anypoint management center can provide you visibility and control for applications and APIs.

MuleSoft is providing a solution to build the application network. It allows you to build, design, and manage APIs for any kinds of platforms. API manager also allows you to analyze traffic and secure APIs through policies. You can take advantage of the pre-built security policies to encrypt data or conform to industry compliance standards like GDPR.

Apigee

Apigee is a platform from Google Cloud. It allows us to design API Proxies and also lets you enforce security protocols and practices across all your APIs. It can also manage microservices security.

Apigee has a unique option that can protect APIs against the Open Web Application Security Project. It is extensively used for Consumer Apps, Cloud Apps, Partner Apps, Systems of Record, IoT, and Employee Apps. It has a number of features like analytics, security, operations, run-time monitoring, monetization, mediation, and developer portal.


APIs play a crucial role in building and deploying your applications over the web. API integrates various business applications on the cloud and thereby executes different functionalities in a simplified manner. It is important to have a well-structured document to explain it well. The need for APIs are now business-driven, so requirements vary from one to another and choosing the right API can help you achieve your targets in a better way.  

About the Author

This post is written by Sangeeth Kumar, a Content Contributor at Mindmajix, who is passionate to write about the emerging trends in all type of technologies and contribute his knowledge to understand the concepts clearly.


Here’s What’s New from May 2019 | Applozic Product Releases

Last month, a number of new features were rolled out on Applozic which has improved user experience. We continue to roll out new features to improve overall reliability and stability. For previous improvements, check out all of Applozic’s release notes, and if you’d like to get a list of improvements every month – along with ways to help contribute to the development yourself – subscribe to our newsletter today.

What’s New on iOS

  • Add Contacts Quickly
    Users love to use messaging platforms for sharing all kinds of messages. We now allow users to share contacts over a chat window. Users can just share a contact with a co-user by visiting their address book and tap on it. Co-users can then tap on the message and add it to their contact directory in a click, it’s that simple!


    Image: Sharing contact on messaging screen



    Image: Share a number of details in a single tap

  • Manage Groups In A Better Way
    Your users are creating new groups for adding/changing admins. From today, users have an option to remove a member, add a new admin or edit admin. All of these are available at a click away as you visit the group and tap on the member’s name you want to make changes in.

    Image: Add or remove admin as per your choice

  • Share Photos In Couple of Taps
    Users can now share images directly from the native ‘Photos’ app. On tapping on the share option, Applozic powered application will pop up. This will allow users to share the image and write a small text to define the image while sharing it across as well.

    Image: Share image right from photos

Other Features and Enhancements

  • In ApplozicSwift we have added support for the back button in a ‘presented’ Conversation VC.
  • We fixed an issue where users even after being a part of the group were shown an error message -“Not part of the group”. [Swift]
  • We have an updated image preview screen for various screen size iOS devices starting from iPhone X. [Obj-C]
  • During the registration process, the API will verify if the user is logged in or not, if the user is logged in then it won’t call the login API. This will fix the issue where multiple login calls were going.[Obj-C]
  • We also fixed a crash which was happening while deleting messages on the applications. [Obj-C]

What’s New on Android

No major feature was added in our SDK. However, we did make enhancements in our existing SDK

  • To avoid multiple login errors we have added login check process which allows the application to continue to be used once relaunched and avoid multiple time login option.
  • We fixed an issue where chat application was crashing while launching for select users.
  • Another issue was fixed which didn’t allow the cursor to enter a new line on click of ‘enter’ button in the keyboard.
  • HTML based notification content was resulting in the crash of the notification bar and the application, it has been fixed.

Our top resource of ideas and fixes is your honest feedback. Please continue sending all your great suggestions to support@applozic.com.


Why HIPAA Compliant Messaging Services is set to evolve in 2019?

One of the unsung heroes driving growth for the healthcare industry has been the software industry. With unique software, healthcare providers of all sizes have been able to improve, automate internal processes without any involvement of huge setup costs. It has improved efficiency, reduced human error and helped in lightening up the administrative load on medical staffs. However, it seems just the beginning. With years to come, tech organizations are expected to foray in this space directly with cloud getting secure and various methods of data encryption being discovered.

Regulators across the globe have been forward-looking but little skeptical and have come up with regulations to ensure fair practice. HIPAA, the data privacy and security standards that safeguard medical information has been the highlight for the western world.

Before we understand its implications let us first understand what it is?

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It is a standard process for the protection of sensitive patient data, which encompasses nearly every aspect of U.S. healthcare. It has been created on behalf of the United States Department of Health & Human Services and today collaborates with a number of U.S. healthcare systems towards creating an affordable and convenient healthcare service for all.

As soon as HIPAA was born, everyone across the world loved the idea behind it but soon a number of challenges surfaced for techies. With time, a number of them were addressed but the following still remains a sign of worry for many.

  • Ensuring End To End Data Security
    Data security is a big challenge in the industry. However, it gets ignored often during planning as developers look too much into the process of developing the application. With HIPAA, security has become the center of attention and tech architects are now focusing on creating a robust structure and ensuring that the pre-approved protocols are adhered to.
  • Minimal Push Notifications
    Push notifications are a great way to engage in mobile-based patients. However, they are partially insecure as any data that is shared turns out to be wrong or someone reads and leaks it, then it results in the violation of the law. In fact, sending Protected Heading Information (PHI) is completely prohibited.
  • Messaging Violations
    Every PHI shared via messaging has to be encrypted and sending it via regular mail which is not fully-encrypted or HIPAA compliant result in a violation.

Even after such serious issues, Global HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Services market has seen a robust growth due to increasing adaptation among different segments of end users. A number of reports have suggested a double-digit Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in the upcoming few years. But why so?

  • Innovation Is Happening
    A number of companies are solving interesting problems and acquiring the market by the uniqueness of their services. For example, K, a healthcare app that offers personalized healthcare based on symptoms is HIPAA compliant and even allows options to chat with doctors. A number of HIPAA compliant messaging service along with video or audio based have allowed such ideas to scale and reach out to the majority.
  • Top In Government’s Focus
    Improvement of the healthcare system has become a focal point for governments across the world. As per the World Bank, we see a surge in current health expenditure as a percentage of GDP from 9.062% in 2008 to 10.021% in 2016. The rising concerns of healthcare issues are allowing a number of technologists to look into ways to solve this challenge. One of them is Prognos, which maintains the largest source of lab data across 50 disease areas, with over 20B HIPAA-compliant records for 200 million patients. The idea behind is to provide data which allows agencies to improve the conditions globally.
  • Healthcare Communication Is Distressing
    If we look at the current healthcare communication then it shows us why HIPAA based communication is the future. Today, it depends on some disparate solution which needs to be cobbled together to find the needs of different departments and rising concerns of communication workflow in healthcare. Healthcare services need to work on reducing paperwork and providing information regarding health plan specific reporting, filing requirements for the health care system in a much easier way. One of the startups working in this direction is Embleema, a HIPAA compliant Blockchain putting patients at the center of clinical research, disrupting the slow, manual and opaque process used today to collect real-world evidence.

Organizations across the globe continue to show their commitment to healthcare and that it is in for the long haul. With companies like Amazon, which unveiled its HIPAA compliant software last month that allows developers to build Alexa skills make it possible for users to employ the voice assistant to transmit and receive protected health information. This opens gates towards astringent yet innovative healthcare system. The future is interesting, we must say!