In a survey report released today by Layer 7, enterprise-grade respondents were adamant about establishing API programs for developers.

In fact, more than 43 percent of those respondents said their organization already has an API program. A further 27 percent told Layer 7 that a program is scheduled to launch at their company within a year. With other responses tallied, a full 85 percent of enterprise respondents said they’d have API programs in place by 2018.

Why do the big guys want to roll out APIs, you ask? Most of them (around 72 percent) want to boost their mobility programs. Almost 70 percent want to increase their integrations with business partners, while 68 percent want to develop APIs for the cloud. Other respondents said their internal devs needed APIs for their own projects, and 55 percent said they wanted to create communities of third-party developers.

Below is a pretty data visualization that pulls it all together for ya:

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