The construction of interstate railroads in the 19th century was a catalyst to more efficient and effective inter-state business throughout the US. In the 20th century, the telephone, inter-state highways, and the web provided similar benefits. In the 21st century, a prerequisite for the next leap in economic advancement is a simple way to integrate disparate business systems and enable cross-platform communications. This requirement is realized through RESTful services.
With RESTful services, market-places that support Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and consumers are possible. These market-places will provide consumers the ability to discover SaaS providers, and will also provide processes to facilitate business partnerships.
Join us in this session as we go back in time to see how we got here and ponder the possibilities that lie ahead. We’ll take a look back at approaches that have been used in distributed systems engineering, and we’ll identify what’s different this time around. In closing, we’ll identify the challenges to players in the “API Economy”, all the while making a case for why we should all jump in.