2015 Trends: 5 Ways to Put APIs at the Service of Businesses

Original author: Joe McKendrick
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This year, web APIs will be an important part of many new IT scenarios - from the Internet of Things to analytics and service integration. APIs open up many new perspectives for modern companies and people working on technology, helping them achieve new successes.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) have long become one of the developer tools to help create and bundle applications. Soon, web APIs or service interfaces that are called over the Web will become part of any new IT scenario: from the Internet of Things to analytics, service integration, or fixing a user's state. Roberto Medrano of SOA Software shares my thoughts about how the Web API can help us this year, and it turned out that with their help it will be possible to solve almost any problem.

APIs will help develop the Internet of Things (IoT)

“In essence, IoT is nothing more than a platform implemented using the API to disseminate [the ability to] use data with things that are already of value to users,” says Medrano. “The Internet of things does not exist without an API - every bit of information transmitted by the device / to the device gets there using the API.” In addition, as Medrano says, the APIs provide IoT classification, allowing “data transfer at the device level without the need to spend time on third-party processing of this data to obtain significant results for the end user.”

APIs Improve Cloud Integration Quality

Cloud and SaaS applications need to be integrated into a modern Internet space, and the APIs provide enough flexibility to quickly implement such integration, Medrano says. In addition, in the near future, issues of identification, integration, orchestration and management of the API will be actively developed, so that it will be possible to strengthen the links between the API and the data.

APIs help ensure Big Data analysis

This year, the API will not only provide data transfer and exchange, “but they will also allow us to use analytics to understand how this data is used,” Medrano predicts. “The API provides us with a wealth of data and insights about customer behavior, data that could not have been obtained in other ways,” Medrano said.

These insights include information about who uses the data, how it is consumed, when modifications or changes to existing systems will be needed.

API will open the door to innovation

APIs will help innovate in two ways. Firstly, “enterprises open their data through the distribution of APIs to stimulate creative solutions of partner companies and third-party developers,” says Medrano. Secondly, “products and services equipped with APIs provide developers with tools that allow them to concentrate on creating new, innovative, useful products so that they [developers] do not need to worry about managing backend development and servers.” Such built-in features include security and orchestration capabilities.

APIs will increase interest in using microservices

APIs have multicomponent specifications, and this alone leads to a natural breakdown of enterprise applications into microservices. “APIs become intermediaries between data and applications that are diverse in quality and quantity. And microservices help to create such applications in the form of combining the necessary services, and not in the form of a heavyweight, highly connected, unidirectional conglomerate of software, ”explains Medrano.

In the next topic, we will talk about the implementation of the API in the infrastructure of the hosting provider - for example, the 1cloud project.

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