Modeling Support for Strategic API Planning and Analysis

  • Jennifer HorkoffEmail author
  • Juho Lindman
  • Imed Hammouda
  • Eric Knauss
  • Jamel Debbiche
  • Martina Freiholtz
  • Patrik Liao
  • Stephen Mensah
  • Aksel Strömberg
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 336)


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.


APIs Strategic analysis Conceptual modeling 



Thanks to company contacts and the Chalmers Software Center for support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Horkoff
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Juho Lindman
    • 1
  • Imed Hammouda
    • 2
    • 3
  • Eric Knauss
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jamel Debbiche
    • 1
  • Martina Freiholtz
    • 1
  • Patrik Liao
    • 1
  • Stephen Mensah
    • 1
  • Aksel Strömberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Chalmers Institute of TechnologyGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Mediterranean Institute of TechnologySouth Mediterranean UniversityTunisTunisia

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