Menu
SAP ties up with Apigee for API management

SAP ties up with Apigee for API management

Apigee's platform will serve as a middleman between SAP systems and mobile apps

SAP will resell software from Apigee in a move to help customers and partners build mobile applications, products and services that securely tap data from SAP systems.

The deal will result in a product called SAP API Management, a rebadged version of Apigee's Edge platform, which will be available in both on-premises form and on SAP's Hana Cloud Platform, according to an announcement Thursday.

The Apigee product's approach should calm the nerves of conservative SAP system administrators, who may be resistant to allowing external applications to call into critical back-end systems directly, said Joav Bally, chief product manager for Gateway and SAP API Management.

He compared Apigee's platform to a bouncer at a nightclub. "It decides who gets into the club or not," he said.

Apigee stands between back-end systems and applications running on mobile devices, websites, POS (point of sale) systems and other places, according to the company's website.

The applications interact with a proxy API (application programming interface) sitting on Apigee's platform, which relays calls to the back end. Apigee provides a framework for security and authorization, as well as the ability to throttle the amount of traffic moving through an API in order to avoid overloading back-end systems.

The proxy approach means SAP customers will have the ability to make changes to their systems as long as they maintain the API on Apigee. In turn, developers don't have to rewrite anything in order to handle such changes, since their applications talk only to the API.

Apigee also provides customers with analytics showing how their APIs are being used, as well as various ways to charge third-party developers for access to APIs.

With the Apigee deal, SAP is signaling a desire to keep pace with rivals such as Salesforce.com when it comes to opening up its software to the world in a secure way. In November, Salesforce.com introduced a new version of its platform that features 10 times as many APIs as before, allowing for a much wider array of integration scenarios.

"APIs are hot, and not just for digital businesses," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, via email. "In a way, all companies are finding ways to connect with customers and partners through digital means, no matter the product. This is driving a huge wave of architecting systems for external use through APIs."

With Apigee, SAP is partnering with a company that has a wealth of experience in API management, Hilwa added: "SAP is wise to accelerate its investment in this area and support its large contingency of customers with their API efforts."

SAP is also trying to attract partners, particularly startups, to build software for its Hana cloud platform and marketplace, hoping to repeat the success Salesforce.com has had with its own AppExchange. The addition of Apigee's technology to the mix is clearly aimed at making it easier for those companies to interact with SAP systems.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetsoftwareSAPmiddlewareApigee

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments