Demystifying API Management: Concepts and Demarcations By Sven Bernhardt

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Digital transformation is on it’s way and the industry is required to adopt the new concepts and techniques, like the Internet of things (IoT), Cloud and Enterprise Mobility. Due to the chances provided by that, new business models arise, which need to be evaluated by company’s to not lose valuable market shares and to stay in touch with the competitors. One topic, which is essential and thus is a key enabler in the context of a successful digital transformation strategy, is API management.

Why that?

To be able to keep up with competitors from a long-time perspective, companies need to focus on their core business. As a result of the progressive digitalization, the value of information will become more and more important for businesses; information will become the new currency! Since companies start focussing on their core business, external services are used in the context of information gather, which are e.g. needed to support business decisions. To guarantee a consistent and secure exchange of data over corporate boundaries, stable and robust APIs are needed. To manage those APIs is one key area of an API management approach.

At this point an experienced developer would say: “Stop! We are using and developing APIs for years now, why should there be any new challenges today?”. Good point! But when digging deeper and asking questions about what managing an API means, the answer is usually closely related to API lifecycle management. It’s an important topic that’s for sure, but API Management in today’s digital business is much more than that and this is what I want to outline within this blog post.

API Management

To make it clear from the beginning: API management is not just introducing a tool respectively a piece of software. It is also not just versioning and documentation of an API. API Management is a complex discipline, which needs a proper, long-term strategic planning. Oracle ACE Director Luis Weir gives a very good definition, on what API management really is about: Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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