Is the Future of Enterprise Connectivity an API-First World?

The way we communicate, share data and use technology to act on those insights is changing – and it’s all leading to the cloud.

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Business is not the same as 25 years ago. The old giants, such as carmakers and petroleum companies, have been pushed to the wayside for the Amazons and Facebooks of the world. With groundbreaking API, these large companies rely on other companies’ success to succeed. In a word, they already have “open everything.”

This is a concept that Brian Pagano, the Chief Catalyst at Axway, wants companies to get comfortable with this open concept. He talked with Host Hilary Kennedy on In The Cloud about an API-first world and “open everything.” Axway helps companies move forward faster and create brilliant digital experiences using our Amplify API Management Platform and proven MFT and B2B integration solutions.

“This concept can kinda seem startling and shocking but we’re not saying expose yourself to security risk.” – Brian Pagano

In business, we’ve been led to believe that open is bad, according to Pagano. That doesn’t mean we’re going to have security breaches. With everybody being brand-focused, it’s a scary concept.

“This concept can kinda seem startling and shocking,” he said. “We’re not saying expose yourself to security risk.”

If you look at the most valuable companies around today, they’re not the same companies around 25 years ago. Once giants of industry, such as carmakers and petroleum companies. Top companies today are Amazon, Facebook, etc., and they are all platforms. Their success is tied to others’ success. It’s an open business or a consumable platform.

“Users, employees, partners, customers, everyone is voting with the apps that are on their phones,” he said. He noted that older apps and APIs might not be compliant with outdated systems. It proves valuable for companies to “open everything.”

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