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Linking B2B with APIs | @ThingsExpo @Axway #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

Bill Doerrfeld at Nordic APIs has written today about how APIs are evolving the B2B landscape

Linking B2B with APIs

Bill Doerrfeld at Nordic APIs has written today about how APIs are evolving the B2B landscape. This is a particularly interesting article for me, because my personal background is working for an EDI provider, where I linked EDI processes from the private network to the Internet, over 15 years ago. Vordel was founded to allow new Web Services APIs to be used for B2B.

Axway, a B2B software company, acquired Vordel in 2012 to link B2B with Web APIs. This caused a domino effect, with other API Management vendors being acquired shortly afterwards. However, none of the acquirers of the other startups had the B2B depth of Axway.

And since the acquisition we have been executing on that plan. In last month's Gartner MQ for Application Services Governance, in which Axway is classed as a "leader", Gartner reports that: “Axway acquired Vordel in November 2012 to mix integration, governance and cloud functions in a B2B infrastructure offering with API management capabilities, and it has been executing that plan since.”

APIs compliment B2B in many ways. In this white paper by Mark Boyd, I list some of them:
Often there are clear interfaces that make sense with APIs: price catalogs, order status lookups and shipment lookups, for example. B2B will require ways to go in and look at these interfaces, so they are good candidates to have available to partners as an API.
http://nordicapis.com/developing-the-api-mindset-private-partner-and-public-apis/
It's very exciting to see the ongoing usage of APIs for B2B, and for Axway to be at the center of this.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.