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Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research at Salesforce.com, has published a compelling post about "The Incredible Importance of Open APIs" over at the Force.com blog. In case you may have forgotten, Salesforce.com's web APIs are an integral part of the company's offerings, with a variety of internal and third party products that rely on these APIs for literally millions of transactions a day (in fact, by January, 2008 Salesforce.com had already served 24 billion API calls).
Last week the world's largest annual computer expo, the CeBIT conference, was held in Hannover, Germany. While CeBIT still covers the latest physical advances in things like consumer electronics, server hardware, security and access devices, etc, this year there was also a focus on the application development side of technology. This included a large area devoted to open-source and a number of panels devoted to general education on topics such as Virtual Worlds, Digital Content Distribution, as well as a panel I moderated on Business Solutions with Enterprise Mashups.
The recent release of Accenture’s Industrialized API Model aims to encourage businesses to take a more strategic approach to the development & deployment of APIs in the enterprise.