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Why the Convergence of Web Applications Matters to Enterprises

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Why the Convergence of Web Applications Matters to Enterprises

With the rise of cloud computing and mobile devices, APIs have become the de facto standard for applications to externalize services and data for easier consumption.

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In this article, we will cover what it means to converge applications and APIs. We will also learn why, in today's business age, it matters more than ever for enterprises to adopt this convergence.

The number of enterprises spending money on custom application development has been increasing over the past few years. Enterprises understand that custom apps help foster innovation, lower costs, streamline processes, and increase customer and partner satisfaction. It is estimated that by 2017, enterprises all over the world will spend ~$27 billions on application development and services.

With the rise of cloud computing and mobile devices, APIs have become the de facto standard for applications to externalize services and data for easier consumption. Public, private, and open APIs are on the rise since the last few years. API-centric applications are on the rise due to ease of development and abundant API resources available. Today, there are close to 13,000 public open APIs according to Programmable Web, and this list is increasing daily.

Now, let's us talk about a few demands put on today's modern enterprise web applications to meet the needs of the business.

  • User experience is of paramount importance.
  • There's an aggregation and mashup of data from a variety of data sources such as APIs, databases, files, RSS feeds, IoT devices — the list goes on.
  • Applications are expected to run on multiple devices and form factors.
  • Service integration is happening because services own the data. Services are of various types, such as legacy services, SaaS services, custom business services, and open services.
  • There's a growing ability to integrate with other applications via APIs, both inbound (other applications calling this application) and outbound (this application calling other applications).
  • Applications are scalable to meet the needs of a very high user population.

As we look into all these demands put on enterprise web applications, we need web app development platforms that can help developers create applications and APIs in unison. Custom application development and APIs (inbound and outbound) are bound at the hip. One cannot exist without the other and both are essential to creating applications that meet the above demands. The lifecycle of application and API management also becomes easier as it is all managed using a single development environment.

So, the question is: Wouldn't it make perfect sense then to autogenerate APIs on behalf of application development?

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api ,web applications ,enterprise ,integration

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