According to Alcatel-Lucent "The practice will support a proven lifecycle methodology for application programming interfaces (APIs), providing operators with expertise and technology to streamline the creation, deployment and management of network-based services." It quotes a report from Mind Commerce Publishing, Telecom Network APIs 2012 – 2016, which forecasts that the value of the global telecom network API market will reach $US75b by 2016.
Laura Merling, senior vice president, application enablement at Alcatel-Lucent, said: "APIs are the glue that ties together all the elements of the data economy – apps, the cloud and big data. But launching and supporting a dynamic API strategy is not easy - these programs need to be monitored, nurtured and directed as they evolve over time." She told ExchangeDaily that the new practice was already up and running, globally, and had already undertaken projects in Asia Pacific.
Alcatel-Lucent said that its new API consulting and professional services practice had been built on its acquisition 18 months ago of Programmable Web, a portal for API access, information and discussion, and its team of veterans in API implementation, strategy and operations.
"Coupled with the company's API lifecycle methodology, which is licensed under Creative Commons and freely available to the larger community, the new practice is designed to address the challenges developers face when integrating APIs and to help optimise an API program for success, while also providing operators with a repeatable model for innovation."
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