For those of you who do not know, API stands for Application Program Interface, which is a set of definitions, protocols, and tools for building software. To break it down one level further it is the interface that allows communication between various software components.
One may wonder why this is so important, but as we continue the shift from a physical and network-centric way of thinking today to a more virtual and service-centric these APIs become the building blocks of how applications and services will be delivered. There was a Forbes article yesterday titled “API Is The New CLI For Cisco Systems”, which clearly highlights the importance of these APIs to some of the worlds largest suppliers of infrastructure technology.
As APIs continue to evolve and become the center of these programmable pieces of the infrastructure, one needs to take a look at how their business will keep pace with this change. Having a tool that seamlessly integrates into any API and can create workflows between multiple different APIs will be paramount in tomorrows world. Taking it one step further, automating these workflows to run based on an event in the infrastructure will allow companies to focus more on building value-added services vs keeping the infrastructure running.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been around for a few years, but with the advancement of APIs, it has really started to pick up steam. Is the RPA rocketship one you will be getting on?