The adoption of APIs in Australia continues at\npace with half of businesses having an API strategy already in place, according\nto a survey. Another third (32 per cent) will implement one this year.A third of Australian IT chiefs, questioned in a\nMulesoft commissioned survey published today, said API related activity had\ngenerated up to $6.5m in revenue for their companies. Ten per cent said it had\npulled in up to $13m.APIs have been embraced by Australian\norganisations of all sizes in recent years from start-ups developing new platform\nor mobile businesses to more established companies using APIs to leverage core\nbusiness data and capabilities. Others are adopting hybrid cloud models for\napplication sourcing.The likes of Sydney start-up Airtasker \u2013 now in a phase of hypergrowth \u2013 added messaging and call functionality to its platform\nwith the help of Twilio APIs. In December, Qantas made its homegrown API gateway\nand management platform live. It is now considering whether to open up its\nAPIs beyond internal developers and partners.Telstra gave its software teams a mandate to take an API-first approach to development whenever possible, after\nlaunching its first public API in 2015.The majority (69 per cent) of the 101 Australian survey respondents\nsaid the integration of new software with existing, legacy systems was the main\ndriver for their API strategy. A desire for business teams to self-serve IT and\nenabling innovation, were the next most common motives (47 and 41 per cent\nrespectively).Nearly all (94 per cent) of the Australian tech leaders\nsurveyed reported that their API strategy gave them the ability to release new\nproducts and services faster.On top, down underAustralia is significantly ahead of the global average when\nit comes to API adoption, according to the survey. While an average 22 per cent\nof those surveyed globally say they generate more than half of their company\u2019s\ntotal revenue through APIs and activities directly related to API\nimplementation, that figure rose to 28 per cent in Australia.Nearly three quarters (71 per cent) of Australian respondents\nwhose companies had adopted an API strategy had seen an increase in\nproductivity, compared to 64 per cent globally.Of those organisations without a dedicated strategy,\n44 per cent blamed a misalignment between IT and the wider business who \u201cdidn\u2019t\nunderstand the impact\u201d of APIs.