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Introducing API Manager - API Manager 1.4.0 - WSO2 Documentation
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As an organization implements SOA, it becomes beneficial to expose its core processes, data and services as APIs to the public. External parties can mash up these APIs in innovative ways to build new solutions. A business can increase its growth potential and partnership advancements by facilitating developments that are powered by its APIs. For example, the WSO2 Gadget Server leverages the Google Gadget API, ensuring that users of WSO2 Gadget Server can easily develop and deploy their own or third-party Google gadgets in it, in a simple, decentralized manner.

However, leveraging APIs in a collaborative manner introduces new challenges in exercising control, establishing trust, security and regulation. As a result, proper API management is crucial.

WSO2 API Manager overcomes these challenges through a set of features for API creation, publishing, life cycle management, versioning, monetization, governance, security etc. It provides Web interfaces for development teams to deploy and monitor APIs, and also an easy way to consumers to subscribe to, discover and consume APIs through a user-friendly storefront.

The WSO2 API Manager is an on-going project with continuous improvements and enhancements introduced with each new release to address new business challenges and customer expectations. WSO2 invites users, developers and enthusiasts to get involved or get the assistance of our development teams at many different levels through online forums, mailing lists and support options  

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