Oracle API Cloud Services – Part I: Web APIs: A Pillar of Digital Transformation by Rolando Carrasco

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Web APIs have turned into a key enablerÑ — indeed, a key pillar — for digital transformation. Final consumers make use of Web APIs all the time, without even realizing it. Most mobile apps use APIs, without which they would not exist.

Developers also make use of them. They are a key input for the creation of new apps, a key element for the innovation that developers are constantly pursuing.

API providers generate a new economy when they publish APIs and offer them to 3rd parties. When those providers can monetize them, a new income for their organizations is created, creating a new business and increasing the investment in publishing new APIs.

In fact, the perception is that an organization that can offer APIs for 3rd parties is de facto an innovative organization.

But how do we publish APIs? How can we do it in an orderly way? What do we need to get started?

These questions might seem easy at first glance, but it is not so. If you can pass a set of challenges, you will be in a position to identify which APIs make sense to be publishedÑin other words, which of them can be monetized.

Throughout the process to meet those challenges, there will always be a technology element present so that you can:

  1. Deploy a Web Portal
    1. that lets developers look up your APIs
    2. that lets developers register their applications and link them to your APIs
    3. that lets you publish the APIs you would like the developer to use
    4. that lets you share appropriate information for your APIs to be well understood and discovered. Read the complete article here.

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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