The value of Government APIs across Europe

Citizen expectations are changing, and governments are challenged to react: citizens expect services to be easily accessible, fast and error-free, and tuned for a personal experience.

These changes are driven by the  Mobile and Social innovations  forcing governments to transform: “Social” creates the need to increased responsiveness, “Mobile” creates the need to innovate, “Analytics” provides the opportunity to become “smart, “Cloud” provides the opportunity for cost reduction and agility & “Security” creates the need for cyber defense, privacy legislation and agile policy execution.

As technology is changing faster than what the legislative authorities can handle, governments face some key issues:

  •         Lack of interoperability between different systems (technical, semantic, legal, organizational).
  •         Lack of regulations, frameworks and standards as the basis for information exchange.
  •         A need to re-design an  infrastructure to enable interactive services.
  •         Lack of collaboration, management.
  •         Lack of business models and incentives for the development of common services (difficulties to see the benefits of an automated process and cohesive services, where the costs often arise in one organization, while the benefits are collected in a different one).

To set up an API strategy, governments need to follow some key steps.

  •         An Assessment phase: “API State of play “. This is needed to assess the digital government APIs landscape, the opportunities, current trends and horizons.
  •         An API Added value phase: In this phase governments need to identify the key enablers, drivers, barriers, potential risks and mitigates.  They must identify socio-economic impacts of data sharing, data-driven government services and APIs
  •         An API Framework proposal; in this phase, government need to identify relevant ICT standards and specifications, select best practices and develop recommendations

Those steps are a common pattern across all industries – identify the API Landscape for your industry. You can find scenarios here:  In order to manage those scenarios companies like Gartner highlight that API programs cannot run effectively without a full life cycle API management. Having the right API management tool is crucial for managing API complexity (See latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management which you can download from here


IBM can help in all of those phases along with providing an API platform which will be effectively supporting all types of customers in their digital transformation and the set up of their API eco-system. 

IBM API Connect was introduced in 2012 and since 2015 Gartner recognized it as a leader in their Magic Quadrant. IBM API Connect has maintained a position as a Leader through every subsequent evaluation including the most recent report issued this year (linked  to be included below)

Access the report to read an independent analysis of key API differentiators and industry benchmarks and learn how a full lifecycle API management solution allows you to secure and manage your entire API ecosystem across multiple clouds.


Peter Brabec API economy leader IBM Europe


Peter Brabec the API Economy Leader in Europe and has experience over API projects implementation all over Europe and in the Benelux....He will be presenting during the API summit how APIs can unlock further economy agility and how they are embedded in the bigger picture of integration development using cloud native architectures.