New business paradigms evolving from the convergence of social networks, mobile computing, analytics and cloud computing (SMAC) forces are blurring the physical and digital worlds creating new opportunities and business models through digital business.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are one of the areas that are being leveraged as building blocks to deal with SMAC forces. An API (or a service) is a business capability delivered over the Internet to internal or external consumers. Many major IT vendors like Microsoft and CA Technologies have acquired API vendors strengthening their technology solutions stack over the last year. “APIs have been successful in driving new business and saving money utilizing a new ecosystem of devices. They have become as important as the user interface design,” says Arun Ravindran, Solution Manager, Application Modernization, Unisys.
With APIs being so critical, companies are now looking for innovative solutions to manage all of these APIs that have become the glue that connects the apps together. API management platforms provide the process of publishing, promoting and overseeing application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. They can accelerate the connection and data integration across the various digital channels measuring the impact of your programs through analytics. “While SOA services provide connectivity with business partners and known users, API Management opens up the usage for anyone’s use thus requiring API Management to include Gateway services that secure and protect your systems,” says Arun.
Applications today aren’t just a cog in the IT wheel, they have become the connecting dots through which end users interact with technology systems to create business value. End users expect enterprise applications to be efficient, effective, and flexible, keeping in tune with the digital experiences they have become accustomed to.
Your applications environment needs to be managed holistically to ensure a seamlessly connected enterprise. It is essential to creating a strong, productive, and collaborative work force that can generate maximum business value. Unisys Application Managed Services can propel you to the next dimension of application management through both transformational and operational initiatives. Unisys enables portfolio transformation advising you on the most prudent mix between a cloud and on-premise model for the way your applications are designed, delivered and managed. Unisys has a rich history of delivering application services globally for more than 30 years. With a pool of 4,500 dedicated application resources worldwide, we are able to follow a true global sourcing model catering to cultural sensitivities, differences in time zones and languages, while still tapping into industry best practices to provide the highest levels of governance and process maturities.
For additional information and insight on API management and SOA principles watch the Applied Innovation Webinar on demand with Arun Ravindran, Solution Manager, Application Modernization, Unisys and featured speaker, Randy Heffner of Forrester Research.
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