Apigee Acquisition Highlights Importance of APIs

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     Elenakretova 
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    The world of technology and the devices and services we rely on are all part of an increasingly diverse connection of dependencies. APIs form the foundation of these connections–allowing disparate services to connect to, access and share data to enable collaborative and cooperative solutions. Google’s recent acquisition of Apigee underscores the importance of APIs.

    Google revealed a few weeks ago that it is acquiring Apigee for approximately $625 million. The deal demonstrates both the increasing demand for APIs (application programming interfaces) and Google’s desire to remain on the cutting edge of providing a platform for APIs. The purchase also underscores some important trends for developers.

    If nothing else, Google’s purchase of Apigee validates the importance of APIs for online commerce, as well as for businesses and developers in general. I had an opportunity to get some insight and feedback from Steve Davis, CTO of Four51, a provider of B2B ecommerce solutions, regarding the Apigee news.
    As DevOps and microservices continue to gain momentum, APIs play a very pivotal role. According to Davis, the API is the product for Four51, which makes it the foundation for the company’s DevOps strategies. “Most microservices are API-based as well, so the role is simply that they are the heart of these strategies. The concepts of DevOps relate to continuous delivery and all of the stages from development to deployment and operation. APIs allow developers the tools and visibility they need to work in this environment of delivery.”

    I asked Davis if he believes that it was a smart decision by Google to acquire Apigee at this time. “It was a wise move by Google to jump in, as the API economy is accelerating faster than other areas,” Davis answered. “The corporate customer appetite is increasing for APIs as companies continue their digital transformation, and API management is a critical discipline for security, scalabilty and reliability.”

    Davis pointed out that Google’s primary competitors—Microsoft and Amazon—have been out there with AWS and Azure cloud services for a while, and they’re doing quite well. He suggested that Google has some catching up to do, and that Apigee—as a best-of-breed independent platform—made a lot of sense for Google to target.

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