Without visibility or governance, API development can have a dangerous underbelly. Done incorrectly, APIs bring risk to your organization and cause overruns and delays. Specifically, disorganized API efforts can cause development teams to waste time, create security vulnerabilities, and reduce adoption.
These issues are often why digital transformation efforts take longer than expected and run into unforeseen issues that lead to costly delays. They can result in partners losing interest. And could be why you have trouble retaining top talent.
And all of these issues boil up to significant business risk and reduced ROI. However, it is possible to evolve your approach to API development, eliminate developer toil, and wrangle in your API strategy before it’s too late with the application of a simple principle: design first.