AnyPresence, an enterprise platform for digital transformation, today announced that it has released JustAPIs Developer Edition, a free-for-life version of the solution for accelerating the development of modern, RESTful APIs for web, mobile, and IoT applications. Aimed at enterprise application developers, JustAPIs hopes to provide a way to quickly and easily create APIs and deploy them to any cloud or on-premise infrastructure, so that organizations can enable app ecosystems around them.
AnyPresence first announced JustAPIs in May 2015, and has since seen enterprise customers like Citi go live on the solution. The company is now offering a free edition, meant for individual users and up to five API endpoints, that it believes will appeal to enterprise and independent developers who need a solution for defining and deploying APIs. JustAPIs is targeted at app developers who need to build APIs quickly, with a low footprint server that can be deployed instantly on virtually any operating system, including Linux ARM-based microcomputers that power IoT devices.
"We often run across IT or citizen developers working behind the corporate firewall, who need to quickly build APIs for innovation projects, or to modernize legacy web services and databases," said Richard Mendis, chief product officer and co-founder of AnyPresence. "JustAPIs meets this demand for microservices development with an elegant solution that is easy to use, but also offers a powerful and flexible workflow engine for advanced use cases. We are excited to make the solution available to an even wider audience with a free version."
One of the challenges IT organizations face according to Gartner is that "there is a risk that citizen integrators might end up deploying a lot of small, custom projects that will exacerbate issues with compliance, privacy and data consistency. These projects might not be able to be reused in other contexts and would accumulate a sizeable technical debt, which may mask security or compliance problems. If this is reason enough to turn an organization away from adopting citizen integrators, they can instead use product offerings that allow any developers (even front-end engineers) and not just those skilled in back-end development to build three or four APIs quickly. Such tools can also simplify the process of migrating apps with a legacy back end into an MBaaS server; users can create API endpoints that match the legacy systems, and then route these to new cloud service infrastructure."
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