Apigee is committed to continually innovating new capabilities and solutions for our customers, and 2021 saw new product launches, partnerships, and best practices for managing your expanding range of business-critical use cases. Here are some of our favorite stories from 2021. 

Spotting the trends in APIs

State of API Economy 2021 Report surveyed over 700 IT leaders globally and identified five key API trends that emerged post-COVID. SaaS and hybrid cloud-based API deployments are increasing with half of all respondents reporting increases in these areas, and AI- and ML-powered API management is also gaining traction, with usage growing 230% year-over-year among Apigee customers. Business metrics like Net Promoter Score (NPS) and speed-to-market are API users’ preferred way to measure success, and API ecosystems are increasingly innovation drivers, with high-maturity organizations much more likely to focus on building a developer ecosystem or B2B partner ecosystem around their API. Finally, API security and governance is more important than ever, as research showed that increased investment in security and governance was a high priority. Check out the blog to explore these five trends in more detail.

Launching new capabilities with Apigee X

Google Cloud announced Apigee X, next-generation platform that brings the powerful scale of Google technologies to Apigee API Management and allows enterprises to power API programs for enhanced scale, security, and automation. Apigee X customers can harness the capabilities of Cloud CDN to maximize the availability and performance of APIs across the globe, deploying across more than two dozen Google Cloud regions and enhancing caching at over 100 locations. Apigee X customers can apply solutions like Cloud Armor web application firewall for enhanced API security and Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) for authenticating and authorizing access to the Apigee platform. Apigee X also enhances automation by applying Google Cloud’s AI and ML capabilities to historical API metadata to detect anomalies, predict traffic, and ensure compliance. To read more about these features, check out our blogs on Apigee X and Cloud ArmorApigee X and Cloud CDN, and Apigee X and AI

Making new connections with Apigee Integration

Apigee brought our successful API-first approach to integration this year with the release of Apigee Integration. This silo-busting solution lets customers connect existing data and applications, and surface them as easily accessible APIs. Apigee Integration brings together the best of API management and integration into one unified platform so IT teams can scale their operations, improve developer productivity, and increase the speed to market. The platform comes with built-in connectors to Salesforce, Cloud SQL (MySQL, PostgreSQL), Cloud Pub/Sub and BigQuery, with connectors for additional third-party applications and databases on their way. Advanced integration patterns also serve our customers with even more use cases. Check out our launch blog and our Next session video for more details. 

Managing GraphQL APIs with Apigee

The exponential rise in digital services adoption among enterprises now generates petabytes of data every minute. You can harness the power of this data with query languages like GraphQL, accessing the data your app needs with one single request. The growing popularity of GraphQL APIs and their business-critical use cases mean it’s important to manage them with full life cycle capabilities, much like you manage your REST APIs. Last year we compared REST and GraphQL and introduced best practices for managing GraphQL APIs. You can also read our blog announcing Apigee’s support for the management of GraphQL APIs, and our partnership with StepZen to deliver these capabilities. To dive deeper into building GraphQL APIs, check out our Next session video

Looking back at the year’s top stories

2021 was the year of the customer, and we published the following stories to show how API management helps enterprises modernize their applications, build digital ecosystems, and generate value for their customers and their own organizations: