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John Deere Is Using APIs to Grow World’s Food Supply When something as simple as an API can integrate massive amounts of data into, and through, a wide variety of applications, any company can be a digital enterprise. There is a perception that some industries are using technology to innovate, while others languish in antiquated ways of running their business. But in our massively connected age, it's rare to find examples where technology isn't making an impact on helping organizations grow and become more efficient. John Deere is one of the world's largest and most successful manufacturers of agricultural machinery, and it's not a stretch to say that they are responsible for much of the food on your table. They're enabling an entire ecosystem of innovation for everyone involved with agriculture through the APIs they offer in their developer program. At first look... (more)

Internet of Things Will Become The API of Things

When we made our 2013 predictions for the realm of APIs, our premise was that API adoption and use was still a relatively nascent area, but one about to explode once smart people figured out its potential. We were certainly spot-on in that regard, but few believed us when we suggested that the API Economy was about to get as vibrant as it did. It may be safe to say that 2013 was the year that APIs really caught the business world's attention. In these past 12 months, we've seen major acquisitions of API enablement companies, new industry conferences dedicated to the business of A... (more)

SOA and the Cloud: Why Your Cloud Applications Need SOA

Some consider cloud computing to be a cure-all for virtually any type of IT infrastructure. And while the cloud certainly delivers on many of its promises, it will never truly provide all that it's capable of unless it's optimized for integration with other applications and evolution for new requirements. What is the best way to provide this? Use a services-oriented architecture (SOA) as the fabric upon which to build your cloud-based applications. In this article, we'll outline the reasons why an SOA is so important for the cloud, some principles to consider when creating your c... (more)

An API Strategy Is a Business Strategy

It used to be that only application developers knew what APIs were, but things have changed to the point where there are entire conferences dedicated to APIs, websites track them, and people can make a living from doing API reviews. CEOs tout their own APIs in keynote speeches, and CMOs allocate budget to API development. The fact is, however, that what an API is and does hasn't changed. Functionally, APIs were created to expose data to, and across, applications. Originally based on SOAP/XML endpoints, they evolved into Web-based services that enabled ecommerce, data and communic... (more)