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Integration in an event-driven services world

By Gabor Tangelmayer posted Mon May 10, 2021 07:42 AM

Interoperability between applications and systems is key to unlocking efficiency and innovation. Interaction between independent services requires flexible integration to address the rapidly changing requirements. 
A pivotal aspect of integration is the ability to share data through APIs.
You might have a lot of data, but what can your organization and partners, or even customers, do with all that data if it’s not easy to locate and understand? Managing APIs is crucial to integration, and previous Cloud Pak for Integration releases have provided API management features for web APIs such as REST – but what about integration based on event-driven services?
An increasing number of applications and systems rely on event-driven services to integrate, building on the publish and subscribe method to communicate and create actions across decoupled services.
Cloud Pak for Integration release 2021.1 introduces a feature for managing event interfaces the same way as you can manage APIs: Event Endpoint Management.
Event Endpoint Management applies API management concepts to event interfaces, providing the option to describe and catalog the APIs of Kafka event sources, making them discoverable to other developers. 
This gives developers in your organization (and beyond, if required) visibility of your event streams, providing information about the content, and allowing a simple way to interact with other systems.
To support a standard way of describing and managing event sources, Event Endpoint Management uses the AsyncAPI specification, the industry standard for defining asynchronous APIs. 
Interested to learn more about managing event interfaces in the same way you would manage other APIs? Find out more in the following posts, including thought-provoking discussions about the benefits of managing your event interfaces, demos of Event Endpoint Management, and more detail about how to use the AsyncAPI specification: