Data is increasingly becoming a cornerstone of modern business success. Organizations need some way of getting data out of its systems of origin and into the applications where it can be analyzed.
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Executive summary A new breed of web API has emerged, delivering a vision of a lightweight, low-cost approach to connect devices and allowing applications to exchange data efficiently. This research report is a field guide for web API providers, developers, and even nondevelopers. Among its key points: Previously APIs required custom technology, protocols, and often costly implementations, but web APIs build on existing technology, specifically the HTTP protocol that the world wide web employs to deliver content worldwide — with no need to inve...read more