APIs are hot. Public APIs are an enterprise’s programmatic interface to B2B partners, governments and other stakeholders including app and web builders. Internally, APIs are the touch points for encapsulated functionality and data and the entry points into microservices – to name that other hot term. APIs are usurping the role services have or were supposed to have and it would be hard to very clearly define the distinction between service and API. APIs are perhaps a fairly light weight type of service that live almost exclusively in the world of REST/JSON and use OAuth2 and OpenID Connect for authentication and authorization. Note: see this presentation by Luis Weir (ACE Director, CapGemini) from OOW2016 for a thorough introduction in the what and why of APIs and API Management. From this presentation comes Luis’ definition of an API – that also gives an idea of what is important to take care of with APIs:
Enterprises that want to work with APIs will require facilities to design, test, publish, govern, secure, manage, monetize and monitor those APIs. The API Management space is hotly contended with many vendors offering their products in this area. Oracle is very close (winter 2016/17) to releasing the brand new API Platform Cloud Service to facilitate API management in any which way. As such, API Management is key element in the Integration story of the Oracle PaaS portfolio.
The API Platform broadly speaking consists of two parts that together cover the API Delivery Life Cycle: Read the complete article here.
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