Software AG (credit image/Pixabay/Gerd Altmann)Software AG has launched new updates to its webMethods platform. The platform supports application integration, business process integration and B2B partner integration The company says it will simplify the process for developers to find and deploy APIs and integration tools or capabilities. The new unified API Marketplace will allow companies to set-up communities where API and Application developers can work together effectively. The new Embed feature will enable SaaS companies to quickly add integration capabilities into their software.

Dr Stefan Sigg, CPO at Software AG says, “The latest updates to webMethods will help customers become more efficient in their API strategies. Every company is feeling the pinch in technology skills. This is why we want to help manage that resource as best as possible through greater collaboration and automation. We want to give organisations opportunities to combine Buy AND Build. Enabling them to spend their precious development time on customization for their specific needs.”

The time and resource savings can also be seen in the unified webMethods API Marketplace. Software AG suggests, companies can roll out an ‘off-the-shelf’ community space instead of spending significant time building one from scratch. Developers themselves will benefit hugely as well. Application developers can find the APIs they need, with an indication of whether they’re live or still being worked on. While API developers can connect with app developers to help ensure that their APIs fit the requirements of the application. Companies can set the parameters for these communities, with the option to allow external developers to participate in this process.

API management is crucial

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Dr Stefan Sigg, CPO, Software AG.

Dr Sigg adds, “API management is a crucial area for companies to execute. As the world becomes more distributed – across companies, partners and regions – the need to be connected is greater than ever. Our aim is to simplify this connected world and to help data move around an organisation.

The need to be more connected and to keep data moving is something organisations prioritise in their software choices. webMethods Embed is a new feature that developers can use to build integration capabilities into their software from its launch. Not only does this give them a drag-and-drop capability to save them time, but it also allows them to roll out SaaS offers with Low-Code/No-Code capabilities for the end user. Building those integrations as part of the development cycle requires additional cost and resource. However, Embed now allows developers to quickly add 550+ connectors to apps and data, sophisticated orchestration and easy workflow design.

Suraj Kumar, head of Integration, API and Microservices at Software AG adds, “APIs have become products. For businesses that means they need a marketplace for them and the ability to control the speed of delivery. Traditional API portals are difficult to customise, often inflexible and don’t play well with all API gateways. And then there’s the challenge of getting new developments live. Through our API Marketplace and our Container Registry, we’re helping our customers to manage the complexity of creating connections.”

Additional new webmethods features

Another feature of the new webMethods updates is the Container Registry. It will cut weeks from the time needed to deploy webMethods software into private cloud environments by automating many of the complex tasks associated with containerisation. The complexity of deploying new software into a private cloud environment can require months of high value developer time. The pre-containerised offering from webMethods significantly reduces this requirement, helping organizations that need to evaluate efficiency improvements in every area.

Additional updates include integrated API security, tested and validated with Software AG’s partner Noname Security for discovering unmanaged APIs. The solution identifies and blocks complex API attacks, and understands data exposure to protect sensitive data. The latest updates for webMethods are available immediately for on-premise customers and are on a continuous rollout for cloud environments.

Enterprise Times: What this means for business.

Enterprises must become more connected with internal business units, the supply chain, suppliers and customers. They have no choice in the matter. As a result, organisations, irrespective of size, sector or industry, must face the complexity that comes along with this need. This is a real challenge. Software AG’s announcement offers new ways for customers to automate connected enterprises through its webMethods platform for APIs, integration and microservices. webMethod’s Embed feature helps developers add integration capabilities into their software. As a result, companies need to simplify and automate the key steps to becoming a connected enterprise. Dr Siggs suggests, “Through webMethods Software AG is helping companies to overcome those challenges. So that they can focus on innovation and great customer experiences.” Enterprise Times looks forward to reading these rave corporate reviews on TripAdvisor!


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