I mean, if you build it [Cloud API], will they [IT end users] come? And if companies keep building them [Cloud API’s], will they [IT end users] keep coming? My colleague, Eric Knipp, is following the rapid adoption of WOA API’s at various companies like Best Buy. Such rapid proliferation of Cloud / SaaS API’s is undeniable — and compelling.
But does that mean the death of Integration, meaning the need for integration skills and technology? In an earlier post this year I compared Cloud computing / SaaS API’s to EDI Implementation Guides — the implication being that while many users will be savvy enough and willing to consume Cloud-based API’s directly, many others will not.
This begs the question: How are such API’s consumed? At one extreme Cloud API users will directly execute API”s in new application logic, e.g., within a mash-up. At another extreme API users will execute API”s in association with an integration project, e.g., linking a Cloud service at the process or data level to an on-premise application. At one extreme IT end-users will consume such API’s directly. At the other, other Cloud service providers, system integrators, resellers, value-added resellers, integration service providers, Cloud service brokerages and other of various IT service providers of various sorts — which are typically quite IT-savvy — will consumer API’s.
Five years from now who will be the predominant Cloud computing / SaaS API consumers? IT end-users? IT service providers? Even consumers? (think: iPhone Apps) And will those Cloud-based API’s be consumed directly most of the time? If so, does that portend the death of integration technology such as integration as a service? I believe that there will be a significant amount of direct WOA API consumption w/o utilization of integration functionality. But I also believe that there will also still be a significant amount of such API consumption via integration technology one way or another, e.g., to address semantic reconillation. But frankly its anyone’s guess how that works out, proportionately.
That being said, what do YOU believe?
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