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Banks focus on modernizing API monitoring tools

Banks are putting fresh eyes on using APIs to drive better business outcomes and deliver more value to their customers, as part of their digital transformation of key operations.

Historically, financial organizations favored more conservative business models, resisting pressure to modernize their complex legacy systems or making rapid changes to product and service offerings.

Today, they are beginning to embrace digital transformation, and are seeing APIs as vehicles for growth. The API economy is surging. There are some 200 million public and private APIs in use in the global economy.

Although the number of public banking APIs is proportionally small, a recent report found that 75% of the top 100 banks globally have made public APIs available. And 70% of developers expect to use even more APIs in 2023 than last year.

API monetization is on the rise

Whereas the objective of APIs for banks may have initially been rooted in compliance regarding electronic payment systems, for example, a shift towards cost-savings, increasing revenues and driving innovation has taken center stage. And the number of organizations developing strategies to monetize APIs is up 5% in general but up 16% in the financial sector.

Banks and other financial services organizations are realizing the power that APIs have for expanding their pool of products and services to a new generation that prefers to conduct transactions and other services via electronic devices.

Why API monitoring is critical

All this brings into question how APIs can be monitored for performance, availability, and functionality. Does the API monitoring platform return value to your bank or financial organization? Is it in the form of useful data supporting growth? Or is it simply an advanced alerting system?

Whether the APIs that you rely on are internally facing, public facing, partner APIs, or third-party APIs, they must be constantly monitored around the clock to ensure that they are functioning as expected. API monitoring is critical for answering many questions about API availability, functionality and other behaviors fueling modern applications.

Simply put, if your APIs fail, your applications will fail and impair the end user experience. API monitoring can provide important performance data for developers and operations teams that can be used to improve the delivery of services to customers. This is why it’s imperative to choose an API monitoring solution that can provide actionable data that can be used to increase ROI and further strategic business goals.

Here are key functionalities to look for in a modern purpose-built API monitoring platform:

Adaptability: Seamless integration with other tools and processes you use is vital and cost-effective.

Configurable Alerts: Notifications should be configurable, contextual and deliverable to the right team member to reduce MTTR.

Intuitive: User interfaces and dashboards should be easy to understand in hours, not days or weeks.

Multi-step capable: Comprehensive API testing via multiple HTTP requests is necessary so that data from each request can be used to perform tasks in other steps.

Verification of functionality: Test redirects, authentication, perform CRUD, or any other API interaction. Monitor for result codes, and check if your API returns expected content.

Multiple checkpoints: End users are not confined to one location. The ability to monitor simultaneously from hundreds of global checkpoints is key to knowing if APIs are working in specific locations.

Banks and other financial services firms are rapidly restructuring their business processes and adopting digital-first API strategies to address real-time business situations enabling them to better serve customer needs now and into the future.

Learn more about how API monitoring supports better business outcomes.

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