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API tools create a new networking economy
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of August 2017, Vol. 8, No. 6
Nationwide Insurance, a strong proponent of APIs, sees digitization as the future to enable its business. To that end, the $43 billion financial services corporation has focused on establishing a robust API portal that external developers can use to integrate Nationwide's online services into their own apps as well as to learn what's available and how to interact with API tools. According to Michael Carrel, senior vice president and CIO of enterprise applications, at Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is aiming for an "API-first" mindset. "All IT professionals should understand how to consume and create APIs and how to apply them to the digital ecosystem." APIs define the correct way for a developer to write a program that requests services from an operating system or other application. While API tools have always been an essential part of development, today's integration demands -- fueled by the shift to digitization -- are forcing vendors of all sizes to expose their APIs. The result: Enterprises are able to control ...
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