As businesses deliver a complex and ever-growing IT ecosystem of SaaS applications, APIs, blockchains and other technologies, how do they tie them together?

For many DevOps teams, the answer is API-based integration to enable communication between applications and platforms. However, integration projects present security, runtime and management challenges.

In this Q&A, Oracle’s development enjoyment explores the industry trend of rapid adoption of API-based integration. He poses challenges in how to integrate and avoid hybrid cloud connections for DevOps teams.

Anand is the VP of Product Management for Process Integration and API Management Cloud Services at Oracle.

What are the matters of API-based integration driving and technology?

Vikas Anand: SaaS connectivity restriction is the # 1 reason organizations adopt and extend their API integration program. When left to the mother-in-law, it quickly converts to silo as a service. Customers receive a limited value if their SaaS system does not perform well in very different enterprise IT environments.

APIs drive new technologies that create better customer experiences in the form of chat bots and a greater number of mobile user experiences. AAP provides data from CRM [Customer Relationship Management] such as on-premises and cloud back-end systems. Or ERP

Those new technologies should be integrated into existing IT environments and then expanded to customers. For example, adoption is growing in API-driven B2B technology that offers faster transaction options than traditional EDI [Enterprise Data Consolidation] [standard] X12-based transactions.

Another example is the increasing use of smart contracts with blockchain to transact in a reliable way, API integration provides a route for these transactions.

What issues did the DevOps team face in implementing and managing the integration on the API?

Anand: The number 1 challenge is how to secure the API. The API is exposed on the edge and available to all. The security model through which it is thought is important.

My advice is to focus on implementing a security standard like OAuth, then you will be at the same level of protection for your partners and customers.

Another challenge is how you define, create, and share APIs. Standards like OpenAPI []] support API migration between teams and API developers.

The third challenge is to optimize the API runtime, which is related to monitoring, testing and management. This calls for testing the API interface for the actual pre-production work and validating the API functions in operation, ensuring that the API is not only secure nor protected from malfunctions. But it is also scalable as more and more API mates use APIs in ever-growing hybrid environments.

Given that APIs do not just run behind the customer’s firewall in the data center. But also with cloud and devices over time, you need to keep your API close to your back-end application to provide stability and customer experience over time.

Why is it not included in the SaaS offering

Anand: SaaS only allows you to configure and customize. If you want to expand your integration application using the API, it is a lightweight alternative to the on-premises ESB [Enterprise Service Bus] Integration Suite.

For example, suppose you have a CRM application with coding and you may need to expand your business logic to support the new sales rules. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to configure or change the SaaS environment.

Sellers will not allow you to do this, as SaaS products will not be compatible. Therefore, in such cases, DevOps can use business process automation to follow API-based application integrations to deliver those extensions.

In a hybrid computing environment, what is the business value of API and API-based integration?

API integration supports multi-channel experiences that improve customer engagement. An example is how delivering new capabilities helps to integrate business partners with other service providers. An example is the API model that makes Uber service available on United Airlines applications.

APIs also drive revenue growth. For example, IPs of [intellectual property] businesses behind firewalls can be exposed as APIs to create new revenue streams. Traditional companies [] construction and other [industries] are implementing it on their domains.

The first API design provides a modern backend interface that combines speed. Do you integrate the latter? You can run APIs within a data center to integrate SaaS and enterprise applications. Well-designed APIs can reduce integration costs by 50%.

What best practices do you recommend for the success of your integration project using the API?

Anand: Developers need to convert and process data and use process automation capabilities. To integrate effectively, organizations need to automate information, business processes, and repetitive tasks performed by IT departments.

This calls for support from automated models such as automation of robotic processes to create a single glass for analysis.

The enterprise application integration project lasts one or two years. SaaS applications can now be deployed in a few months, which will not happen.

Fortunately, APIs are now designed to create more integration, more efficient, more efficient and more time-to-market than ever before.

There are pre-made auto connections for API integration that can be used. Additionally, the automated API integration feature is available on some iPaaS offerings right now and will be available soon.

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