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APIs as the new enterprise backplane for mobile and social: A presentation at Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2013

By Mark O’Neill, VP of Innovation, Axway

At the upcoming Gartner AADI conference, I’m pleased to be presenting a session titled “APIs as the new enterprise backplane for mobile and social.” The “backplane” metaphor describes how a layer of APIs is now a requirement for any organization which is building out a mobile, partner, or cloud strategy. This backplane consists of web APIs which can be called from a variety of clients, opening up new business opportunities.

We are increasingly seeing web APIs as the vital underlying layer for mobile apps, websites, and enabling connections to cloud services like social media. For example, when you click on a “Login with Google” button on a website, it’s making use of APIs. Therefore, an API strategy is the key to enabling innovation in mobile apps by creating an “API backplane” for secure integration.

An API developer portal is also important to ensure that your APIs are used by app developers. APIs cannot just be a case of “If we build it, they will come”; instead, an API developer portal allows developers to sign up easily to use your organization’s APIs. Axway provides such an API developer portal in its API management solution.

I’ll be speaking about how this same API backplane enables social media collaboration, including “cloud login,” by leveraging OAuth, OpenID Connect, and SAML SSO. It’s always useful to use real-life examples to provide context, so the session will include case studies of mobile and social integration using APIs, in industries as diverse as healthcare, government, financial services, and telecom.

The presentation is on Wednesday, December 4th at 9:45 a.m. at Gartner AADI at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Be sure to follow the event live on Twitter by using #GartnerAADI. I hope to see you there!

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