Building an API Bridge to Your IBM z Systems Applications and Data

An IBM Redbooks Point-of-View publication

Published 04 December 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738454842
ISBN-13: 9780738454849
IBM Form #: REDP-5296-00
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Authors: Sandra Sherrill


Enterprises worldwide have a wealth of application logic and capabilities that have formed the backbone of their online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads for decades. This application logic and these capabilities are core business assets and are industrial strength, proven, and time-tested. The question enterprises are pondering today is: How can they extend the value these applications provide and reuse parts of the applications to reach new audiences?

Application programming interfaces (APIs) make it possible for the enterprise's core assets to be reused, shared, and even monetized to produce new revenue streams. APIs act as the digital glue that links services, applications, and systems.

The IBM® z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition helps you to easily create efficient and scalable APIs for today's mobile and cloud applications, effectively creating a bridge between your trusted IBM z Systems™ assets and the new API economy. Your resulting API portfolio is ready for consumption by application developers and API management solutions.

This IBM Redbooks® point-of-view publication describes how you can start with your z Systems assets, leverage the z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition as your API management platform of choice, and collect new sources of information that are primed for analytics and the cognitive era.

Table of contents

The API economy is a big deal
Not all APIs are created equal
IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition meets your API needs
Bridging the API economy to the cognitive era
What's next: How IBM can help

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