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DigiGlobe sees commercial opportunity using APIs

by david.nunes

DigitalGlobe Sees Booming Commercial Opportunity Using APIs


  • Software AG enables DigitalGlobe to broaden community of developers
  • DigitalGlobe use of Software AG’s Cloud capabilities widens use of imagery
  • webMethods platform allows DigitalGlobe to help their customers access and integrate their imagery in their own operations


23 February, 2015 – Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) today announced that DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, selected Software AG’s Digital Business Platform to underpin their ability to provide off-the-shelf, planet-wide imagery for defense, intelligence, and commercial enterprises.

DigitalGlobe provides 98% digital coverage of the earth, is the first company to provide 30cm satellite imagery, and is the only company with four high-resolution satellites in orbit. Their imagery is used by organizations to get vaccinations to villagers in Africa, help respond to areas hit by tsunamis, optimize food sources in the Philippines, create satellite imagery for Google, and predict global climate change. 

Steve Miller, DigitalGlobe’s manager of service architecture and governance, commented: “Imagine what could be done with our imagery if we could enable more people to develop with it. Exposing them via APIs would give them, literally, the world. And, we can do this today with a simple click of an online button.”

DigitalGlobe already uses webMethods to create an integrated architecture that brings together imagery access, metadata around that imagery, and interfaces with financial and control systems; in essence, everything that has to come together to create a comprehensive digital imagery platform.

DigitalGlobe is adding webMethods API (application programming interfaces) to extend its digital community as a way to expose core business functionsin real-timeto business partners and across departments in their company. The new API capability at DigitalGlobe will empower both internal and external developers to create rich and engaging applications for their customers allowing ‘one-click’ exposure of services that will result in additional revenue. This, in turn, drives innovation far beyond the scope of the company’s digital imagery.

DigitalGlobe built crucial API building blocks for composing applications ensuring they can manage the rapidly changing demands of the digital imagery sector. This enables them to scale their systems and their online capabilities up—or down—rapidly depending on their customer demand. DigitalGlobe uses Software AG’s CentraSite, an API catalog and services registry/repository, to store and share API services easily.

Steve Miller continued: “By adding webMethod’s new API Cloud capabilities, which includes the hosting and integration of consistent, scalable APIs, we will now be able to offer all these services in the cloud for our partners anywhere in the world. When API management is added to the mix, we can provide real revenue generation opportunities and bring value into the company with minimal additional effort. The ability to quickly plug into our digital platform and immediately consume (and contribute) data will shape our customer’s experience positively and is something we believe is critical.”

Software AG’s Digital Business Platform is an integrated set of proven technologies and tools to manage the digital transformation and implement new business designs. It comprises five seamlessly integrated building blocks comprising business and IT transformation, analytics and decisions, integration (including API), process, and in-memory data.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

About Software AG
Software AG
empowers customers to innovate, differentiate and win in the digital world. Its products help companies combine existing systems on-premise and in the cloud into a single platform to optimize and digitize their businesses. The combination of process management, data integration and real-time analytics in one Digital Business Platform enables customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decision-making. Building on over 45 years of customer-centric innovation, Software AG is ranked a leader in many innovative IT categories. Software AG has more than 4,300 employees in 70 countries and had total revenues of €873 million in 2015.

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