James Governor, Redmonk cofounder, said: "As consumer expectations soar in the age of the app store and the smart device, traditional telco subscriber relationships are breaking down, and being replaced by API-driven business models. Alcatel Lucent is providing API management tools and expertise to directly address this change, with service exposure, packaging and next generation network capabilities."Managing APIs as a key strategic asset for future growthTo be successful, service providers must make a long-term commitment to an API strategy. Whether they are in the early stages of deciding what to do or in the more sophisticated phase of optimizing operations, Alcatel-Lucent's flexible methodology follows three phases of Definition, Design and Deployment. Each phase can be offered on a standalone basis or combined depending on where the service provider is with their current API strategy.
- Definition - establishing appropriate business objectives and matching evaluation parameters by looking at what can be done with service provider network assets as well as looking at what the competitors are doing with theirs. This also involves defining the most compelling services for consumers and businesses alike, which can then be used to create the most lucrative business models.
- Design - focusing on API design and creation. In this phase API's are created for developers from business assets and services ensuring the technology choices match overall business goals, the standardization of API libraries, as well as standardized error handling, and the creation of developer-friendly example code. Standardization is a requirement for the success of developers and the overall program.
- Deployment - focusing on how services are deployed and then undergoing continuous analysis and improvement through to end-of-life. This phase also includes complete back-end systems integration, testing and production deployment as well as performance optimization to assure that metrics are being met along the way. In the deployment phase the major emphasis for service providers shifts from the quality of the developer experience to that of the ultimate user of the application, the consumer.