APIs break new ground with respect to governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). By their nature, APIs are meant to enable transactional business activity without prior restraint, and they are major tools for innovation and experimentation. APIs save organizations money through reuse and consistency. These characteristics can ultimately make governance easier.

There is a shift underway in enterprises is one from a world of messaging platforms to one of collaboration platforms - platforms for real-time connectivity and collaboration across boundaries and firewalls that enable machine-to-machine, person-to-person, B2B, and B2C interactions and transactions.

OAuth has become standard practice for large social media APIs and it's becoming common across enterprise APIs. OAuth is good for your customers' security and experience making is critical if you want adoption on your API.

Application developers are the customers of a Web API. Success is measured by how quickly app developers enjoy success using your API in their applications. And rapid adoption of a Web API is all about design.

A customer of ours once said it best - “...most open APIs start out as little more than raw, naked, features exposed to developers, and there is a big gap between a feature and a full-fledged service.” This e-book is about the capabilities ‘around the API’ that might be needed to ‘productize’, ‘monetize’, or ‘operationalize’ an API-based service.

As the API and apps economy continues to evolve, a design problem arises for API designers when internal systems are too complex to expose directly to app developers. The goal of an API Facade Pattern is to articulate those internal systems and make them useful and consumable by app developers.

In April 2012, O'Reilly hosted a webinar by the authors of the O'Reilly book "APIs: A Strategy Guide." Video and slides are below. The book is an overview of API strategy for business executives and this webinar dives into both public and private API strategies. Thanks to O'Reilly, @daniel_jacobson, @gbrail and @danwoodscito. Courtesy of O'Reilly, a free chapter is posted here.

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