How API control ensures integration success by Joost Volker


A connected enterprise drives innovation and enables organisations to deliver the superior experience that customers demand. With streamlined cloud platforms and APIs enabling simpler and faster connections at scale, businesses of all sizes can connect and extend their services while staying in total control throughout the integration lifecycle.

Previously, we’ve talked about how integration and innovation are linked. Truly innovative ideas aren’t necessarily about bringing new solutions or tools to your organisation—it’s about connecting existing systems, touchpoints, and data in new ways.

But the way businesses create and manage integration points is also going through a period of transformational innovation. Platforms have evolved to speed innovation, leverage existing investments and deliver rapid business decisions with 360-degree view.

Integration starts in the cloud

Integration has been an important part of on-premise development for some time. But in today’s business world, the cloud is taking integration to completely new levels.

In the cloud, integration tools are easier to acquire, simpler to experiment with, and can connect far more disparate services (with far less effort). Cloud platforms offer visual extension tools that can help you:

  • Get LOB professionals involved in the integration journey with intuitive user interfaces
  • Add Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence capabilities to broaden business process automation
  • Provide multi-channel options to facilitate all possible interactions with users, process owners, and administrators.

In the cloud, it’s easier than ever to join customer-facing portals with back-end payment systems, connect HR performance data with financial reports, or perform any other common integrations across the enterprise.

Not only are cloud platforms simplifying integration and putting powerful capabilities in the hands of more organisations, they’re also helping businesses develop more advanced, truly unified integration strategies to monetise their data, services, and the connections between them.

Enter the API

In a world dominated by the fast-paced digital economy, APIs have become a popular technology to connect and extend applications. By abstracting underlying information and only exposing the information relevant to an integration, APIs have made creating secure new integrations faster and simpler, allowing disparate services to interact with each other and extend their reach.

For example, successful cloud native architectures require a strong API design to tie back into the app as a whole. 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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