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HP's APIs: From Tactic to Strategy

Dec 28, 2016

A key product for the newly independent HP Inc., the computer, printer, and graphics business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co., is PrintOS, a print production operating system that offers web and mobile apps for HP print press and graphics users. As HP's Evan Scheessele describes it, PrintOS is “essentially an API product.” 

As such, it’s “one of the first, most prominent API products that our company has deliberately offered,” said Scheessele, HP's platform architect and engineering lead for cloud-computing practices and business delivery.

The importance of PrintOS elevates APIs from a product delivery tactic to a key strategy, Scheessele said.

“APIs are now becoming an essential part of the product story,” he said. 

With the prominence of APIs in HP's strategy, API management has become a key way to help teams within the company adopt new interfaces to build new platforms, and do so quickly, without the need to learn the ins and outs of different services.

“Where you can automate things, you can test them faster, which means you can release them faster, which means you have more business agility,” Scheessele said.

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