API First: Shifting How Government Delivers Services
One of the pillars of the Obama administration’s digital government strategy is to “enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.”
But most internal and citizen-facing government systems were not built with mobile in mind. The user interface is often tightly coupled to the backend, making it difficult to build a mobile app that has the same functionality as the client it was originally designed for.
It’s too expensive to redesign and recreate the millions of government systems already in existence, so how can IT managers unlock the data and services in government systems without recreating them?
APIs let agencies open existing systems, improve efficiency and encourage innovation across the government.
To find out more, read the full article API First: Shifting How Government Delivers Services published in GCN.
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