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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By : Subhajit Chatterjee
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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By: Subhajit Chatterjee

Overview of this book

API-centric architectures are foundational to delivering omnichannel experiences for an enterprise. With this book, developers will learn techniques to design loosely coupled, cloud-based, business-tier interfaces that can be consumed by a variety of client applications. Using real-world examples and case studies, the book helps you get to grips with the cloudbased design and implementation of reliable and resilient API-centric solutions. Starting with the evolution of enterprise applications, you'll learn how API-based integration architectures drive digital transformation. You'll then learn about the important principles and practices that apply to cloud-based API architectures and advance to exploring the different architecture styles and their implementation in Azure. This book is written from a practitioner's point of view, so you'll discover ideas and practices that have worked successfully in various customer scenarios. By the end of this book, you'll be able to architect, design, deploy, and monetize your API solutions in the Azure cloud while implementing best practices and industry standards.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: API-Led Architecture in the Digital Economy
Section 2: Build Reliable API-Centric Solutions
Section 3: Deliver Business Value for a Modern Enterprise

Exploring business drivers of monetization

Enterprises must adopt a mindset of innovation to survive in the market. Hence, they must be responsive to the demands of the business and create products that showcase their unique brand and expertise. There are several reasons for an enterprise to expose business functionality or render a digital service through an API that can be monetized. The main business drivers for this approach are explained in the following sections.

Expand the channels of revenue streams

By monetizing APIs, enterprises can create a new opportunity to generate revenue. APIs can deliver a virtual service or business functionality for a price. The consumers of the APIs will be charged based on their consumption of these APIs, and the revenue collected through the use of the APIs will add to the revenue stream of the enterprise.

Some companies have totally transformed their businesses and sell API products like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products. There...