From the outside, Google picking up API management outfit Apigee doesn’t seem like a high-profile acquisition. But it may turn out to be a strategically important one, as APIs drive the enterprise IT Google wants to make a major part of its business.
Here are three key insights into what Apigee will mean for Google, its own enterprise customers, and Apigee’s own existing user base.
1. APIs matter more than ever to Google and its users
This goes beyond plugging into Google’s public APIs for their services; everyone’s been doing that for years. Applications created by businesses — running in their own private clouds, in hybrid environments, and in public clouds like Google’s — are becoming API-driven affairs by necessity. An app without an API is like a car with no dashboard, and maybe no steering wheel either.