• Definition of API Economy

    In API Economy company utilizes resources efficiently and quickly to create added value for own customers. These resources can be for example data or function provided by other organisations.

    Building blocks utilized are own APIs and open APIs provided by other organisations (free or commercial) in addition to developer communities. These enable quicker adaptability to unpredictable and faster changing customer needs.

    Defining characteristics of API Economy are competing for popularity among application developers and considering them as primary customers. In brief, services are offered from businesses to developers (Business-to-Developers, B2D).

    Based on scientific research on API Economy, this definition was published first in Finnish: Moilanen J., Niinioja M., Seppänen M. & Honkanen M. 2018. API-talous 101. Alma Talent, Finland. English edition API Economy 101 published in 02/2019.

  • Comments to the definition from our #Introtoapieconomy students

    See what our students are saying in one of the first assignments of the course - analyzing the definition of the API Economy.

    Student

    Finland

    I agree on how powerful APIs can be but would like to highlight that understanding API Economy is essential also for other people too than just for developers. Developers are hardly making decisions what is going to be implemented. This was told in the course book, too, but not included in the definition.

    Student

    Finland

    It's like the old world with current business volumes is living a different life than these new trends like API, Platform, DevOps, Lean, Agile, AI, Big Data. How to bound these two worlds together?

    Student

    Denmark

    Honestly, I am not sure I want to learn more about the topic before forming an opinion.

    Student

    Estonia

    I would add two things to the definition: 1- "to create added value for own customers" I would add: at low cost! 2- " company utilizes resources efficiently and quickly" I would add: considering the high-security level and a high degree of customization

    Student

    Germany

    In any business, it’s important to recognize who your ‘customers’ are. The definition makes it clear: Defining characteristics of API Economy are competing for popularity among application developers and considering them as primary customers.

    Student

    Finland

    I agree on the definition of API although and I believe APIs are an opportunity to create new business. It takes time to change attitudes.

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