RESTful approaches to APIs have made them easier to deploy and consume, leading to a recent explosion in the number of available APIs. One byproduct of such growth is there are a lot of APIs offering similar or even duplicate services, but that have very different approaches to delivering their APIs. Cloud computing and social networking are two areas where we’ve seen the growth in APIs. As the number of APIs grow, the need for interoperability increases.
By 2015 SAP aims to have has one billion people interact with some piece of the company’s software. The folks at SAP are not saying where there are now in terms of achieving that goal, but as part of achieving that goal SAP has been releasing a raft of applications that one would not normally associate with a provider of enterprise applications.