Thanksgiving is one of those times of the year when everyone naturally gets a little more retrospective. With that in mind now is as good a time as any to reflect on what developers should be thankful for in 2012. To that end, arguably the thing that made developers in the last year more productive than any time in recent memory was RESTful APIs. After all, the value of any application rises in almost direct proportion to the number of other applications it can be integrated with. RESTful APIs have made it easier to integrate applications than ever.
It's surely a sign of APIs growing up when enterprise vendors are building tools to utilize them. Business management solutions company SAP AG has a new solution that helps businesses and organizations gain insights into market trends and customer sentiment in real-time. The "SAP Rapid-Deployment Solution for Sentiment Intelligence with SAP HANA" loads text data from any Web Channel that has a publicly available API. Once the data is into its system, SAP's software takes over.
Most people are familiar with the critical role customer relationship management (CRM) applications in the cloud have come to play in terms of managing sales organizations. But what most organizations have yet to fully appreciate is how a critical a role those applications could play as a front end to any number of business processes across the enterprise.