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IT professionals who have yet to be convinced that API management could be useful need look no further than Google’s plan to acquire Apigee, an API management platform. It’s the latest in a string of similar offerings that highlight the importance of application programming interfaces in today’s IT organization.
Describing the proliferation of application programming interfaces (APIs) as a means for connecting enterprise services, consulting firm PwC in 2012 called the confluence of social networking, mobile computing, analytics, and cloud computing “a perfect storm of challenges for enterprise IT groups.”
APIs allow enterprises to connect their software and services to offerings from third parties, partners, and customers. They define the rules of the road for commerce and interaction among applications. But making those connections and doing it in a way that conforms with IT requirements can be difficult.
PwC recommended enterprises look for API management platforms to bring some order to the complexity involved in dealing with the growing number of APIs. The technology industry appears to be taking that advice to heart.[Don’t do it like this. Read 8 Ways to Fail at DevOps.