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Should We Manage Events Like APIs?

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APIs have become ubiquitous as a way of exposing the capabilities of the enterprise both internally and externally. However, are APIs alone enough? There is a strong resurgence in interest in asynchronous communication and event driven architecture. Applications want to receive events immediately so they can respond in real time, and furthermore they also want the benefit of being decoupled from the availability and performance characteristics of the systems providing that data. However, whilst the way that APIs are socialised, exposed, versioned etc. is well matured in the form of API management technology. We are now on the cusp of seeing first class support for event endpoint management to provide the same sophistication for discovering, exposing and consuming events.

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