AT&T initiative will make APIs available to enterprises

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LAS VEGAS--- AT&T (NYSE:T) is working to make more of its API catalog available to enterprises so that business customers can then develop products and capabilities that will benefit their customers. This new API initiative will be unveiled in early 2014. 

In an interview with FierceWireless, Laura Merling, vice president, ecosystem development and platform development at AT&T, said that she is charged with bringing new value to the company's enterprise business, which will in turn result in new business models and new revenue for the company.

Merling, who has only been with the company for four months, said that her team will make APIs available to enterprise customers that are typically not available to consumer app developers. For example, a financial services company may want to develop a corporate banking service that requires extra security. AT&T would make the APIs available to the company in order for its developers to do that. "AT&T has always been focused on the enterprise," Merling said. "But now we are saying that this business is an extension of our business."

This initiative will work closely with the AT&T's foundries, or innovation centers located around the globe, which are headed by John Donovan, the company's senior executive vice president of technology and networks. AT&T has launched these foundries as a way to promote innovation within the company.

Merling said that the key challenge for her group is to evolve from selling finished products to their enterprise clients to selling tools to help companies create a finished product.

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