There’s no doubt we live in a digital world. Mobile apps have replaced the way we check the weather, receive our news, and even how we deposit checks into our bank accounts. While a vast majority of people use apps on a daily–even hourly basis, most people don’t know that the technology working behind the scenes to power these apps with such ease and efficiency is a little thing called an application programming interface, or API.
What is an API, really?
APIs form the basic grammar for how digital businesses communicate about their capabilities and share their data. Enterprises can now publish, manage and monetize APIs, ensuring secure transactions in an open ecosystem. This open API ecosystem allows other enterprises to use these APIs, quickly building new services and business opportunities rather than reinventing the wheel.
How does IBM WebSphere Connect fit into the API puzzle?
IBM WebSphere Connect, a collection of capabilities built into WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Liberty, is a part of the new IBM Connect series that gives you the power to connect your existing on-premises WebSphere apps and data to the cloud without needing to rewrite the apps or acquire new data. You can do this by creating and documenting your RESTful WebSphere apps as APIs, and then publishing them to an API lifecycle management solution such as IBM API Connect. In this way you can give your company the ability to reuse these assets internally as APIs in ways not originally considered. Or, you might also choose to publish these APIs to an IBM API Connect public catalog in IBM Bluemix in order to tap into new sources of revenue by monetizing those APIs. Now your company, as well as other companies, can easily access these secure and scalable APIs and seamlessly integrate them into new and innovative applications, while substantially reducing the time and resources necessary to build a new application from scratch. Participating in the API Economy in this way can effectively open pathways to new customers, partners and revenue.
Show me how APIs really work
Still not quite following? Watch the short animation below to see an example of how APIs helped our friend Eddy, a director of a football club in Manchester, England, use APIs to engage the fans of his team, drive new sources of revenue and build a community of followers.
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Learn more about how IBM WebSphere Connect can help you get started creating or adopting APIs today by clicking here.
You can start now and get IBM WebSphere Connect plus a 1-hour Connect Digital Meet-up, 3-day Connect Quickstart Workshop, and Connect Services on IBM Bluemix through December 31 2016.
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