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Liberating Your Data: Data-as-a-Service By @Axway | @CloudExpo [#API]

When you consider APIs and API Management, one way of looking at APIs is that it's ultimately all about the data

When you consider APIs and API Management, one way of looking at APIs is that it's ultimately all about the data. The API can be seen as a conduit for data. Managing the API means managing access to that data.

This is especially important for Data-as-a-Service (DaaS). The point was eloquently put by Kamron Abtahi, DaaS Engineer at Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), when he spoke at the Axway API Workshop in Boston last November about how APIs allow D&B to liberate their data. Here is Kamron in action at the API Workshop event, explaining all of the benefits of the D&B Direct API:

In a blog post on the same topic, Lisa Petrucci from Dun and Bradstreet explains:
"Any organization that’s accustomed to receiving a batch file of D&B commercial or contact data can now write to our API, effectively creating a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) content feed that can be connected to any on-premise application. With cleaner data flowing through enterprise systems, it’s easier to turn prospects into customers, and grow those accounts."
This "content feed" is a very efficient way to liberate data, especially when compared to the older batch method.

Liberating data through APIs is a strong meme now. The tagline of APIDays Sydney next month is "Liberate then Innovate". This is exactly what Dun and Bradstreet are doing - liberating their data so that they, and others, can innovate on top of it. I'm looking forward to more and more focus on the Data-as-a-Service API pattern over the coming year.

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More Stories By Mark O'Neill

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.