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Five Reasons a Business Needs APIs (and an API Driven Strategy)

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    Mobile enablement

    As mobile applications have evolved, they now need to be available in multiple versions for multiple operating systems and devices — Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or even next-generation non-mobile devices such as Smart TVs. This places enormous strain on the development and maintenance process in a way that affects not only the various user interface components (the apps themselves), but also how data reaches the applications that are running and how data / transactions are sent back. Securing this "data channel" and keeping it uniform has become one of the most important uses of APIs and companies are increasingly designing APIs first for consistent data experiences and layer application builds on top to provide the specifics for each audience.

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Five Reasons a Business Needs APIs (and an API Driven Strategy)

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    Mobile enablement

    As mobile applications have evolved, they now need to be available in multiple versions for multiple operating systems and devices — Android, iOS, Windows Phone, or even next-generation non-mobile devices such as Smart TVs. This places enormous strain on the development and maintenance process in a way that affects not only the various user interface components (the apps themselves), but also how data reaches the applications that are running and how data / transactions are sent back. Securing this "data channel" and keeping it uniform has become one of the most important uses of APIs and companies are increasingly designing APIs first for consistent data experiences and layer application builds on top to provide the specifics for each audience.

APIs have become one of the hot topics on the corporate IT agenda in recent months – both in terms of individual companies launching new APIs such as Jawbone and Honeywell and in the more general rise of the API economy. The boom is evident as ProgrammableWeb has reached the milestone of 10,000 APIs published.

Despite this attention, however, it's often hard to reconcile what is being written vs. what APIs actually deliver to the business. In other words – who is using APIs and what are they using them for? To help answer this, 3Scale, a leading API management solutions provider, has developed the top five reasons a business needs APIs.