Are APIs Helping or Hurting Your Business
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Measuring API Performance with AppNeta’s HTTP Monitoring

We live in a world of interconnected web services. When someone uses a web application, for instance, that app almost always utilizes other web services, which may in turn use another set of web services, and so on. Web services, through their Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), increasingly represent critical business resources that contribute, positively or negatively, to business results.

Are the APIs that your enterprise depends on enhancing or hurting your business? Do the APIs that you consume from partners or third parties perform at a level that allows you to achieve your business objectives? Do the APIs you provide meet their performance objectives and ensure that your customers are satisfied? Active monitoring of APIs can help answer these questions.

Just as a web app can be monitored from the perspective of its end users via synthetic user interactions executed within a browser, an API or web service can be monitored from the perspective of its machine users through the use of synthetic API requests.

AppNeta’s new HTTP Monitoring functionality extends the capabilities of our Experience module to do just that. HTTP requests are regularly sent to the target web service to verify that responses are returned (uptime/availability), and that the responses meet expectations in terms of HTTP status code and response data.

HTTP Monitoring will be immediately useful if you need to monitor

  • Third-party APIs that you integrate into enterprise applications
  • Specific web page resources which are critical to your public web pages
  • APIs provided as a revenue service and that your customers depend on
  • End user experience of mobile apps, by monitoring the APIs they are built on
  • Web page availability, even when monitoring through a browser is challenging because of frequent app/UI changes or browser/platform variations.

It will take you only a couple of minutes to set up HTTP Monitoring web paths. You start by specifying the source monitoring point and target URL as you would for any web path. Then specify the request method, headers, and body, as well as attributes of the expected response. Do a quick preview of your request, and then you’re off to the races!

And of course HTTP Monitoring web paths come with all the related features you expect from AppNeta’s Experience module, including alerting and notifications, 1 year data retention, automation through AppNeta’s configuration and monitoring results API, comparison views, and web dashboards.

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