As organizations expand access to their services by productizing APIs and exposing them through developer portals, developers are looking for easy ways to understand and consume these APIs. API description formats like the RESTful API Modeling Language (RAML) and the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) provide a way for users to understand and interact with these services without needing to understand the underlying implementation logic.
What is IT’s role in supporting the business? Is it to create the technical processes that allow work to take place? Is it to perform the logistical and operations tasks that document processes? I believe that IT should be a strategic, rather than a wholly operational function. For that to happen, though, we need to focus on how to abstract away the complexity of IT operations. The value of abstraction is simple: abstraction allows us to move faster and focus on business objectives rather than on logistics and operations.
API creation and adoption are having a moment. As of January 2018, there are nearly 19,000 public APIs in ProgrammableWeb’s API directory. According to recent research, 94% of companies say they either have or are developing an API strategy. APIs are seen as an enterprise necessity.
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