Modeling support for strategic API planning and analysis
Paper in proceedings, 2018

APIs provide value beyond technical functionality. They enable and manage access to strategic business assets and play a key role in enabling software ecosystems. Existing work has begun to consider the strategic business value of software APIs, but such work has limited analysis capabilities and has not made use of established, structured modeling techniques from software and requirements engineering. Such modeling languages have been used for strategic analysis of ecosystems and value exchange. We believe these techniques expand analysis possibilities for APIs, and we apply them as part of a cross-company case study focused on strategic API planning and analysis. Results show that goal, value, and workflow modeling provide new, API-specific benefits that include mapping the API ecosystem, facilitating incremental API planning, understanding dynamic API-specific roles, identifying bottlenecks in API change workflows, and identifying API value.

Strategic analysis

Conceptual modeling

APIs

Author

Jennifer Horkoff

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

University of Gothenburg

Juho Lindman

University of Gothenburg

Imed Hammouda

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for People, Architecture, Requirements and Traceability

South Mediterranean University

Eric Knauss

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

University of Gothenburg

Jamel Debbiche

University of Gothenburg

Martina Freiholtz

University of Gothenburg

Patrik Liao

University of Gothenburg

Stephen Mensah

University of Gothenburg

Aksel Strömberg

University of Gothenburg

Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing

1865-1348 (ISSN)

Vol. 336 10-26

9th International Conference on Software Business, ICSOB 2018
Tallinn, Estonia,

Subject Categories

Other Computer and Information Science

Software Engineering

Information Science

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-04840-2_2

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