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Fostering Ecosystem-Driven Innovation, The OAI Welcomes SAP as a New Member

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The Open API Initiative (OAI) project is pleased to announce that SAP has joined as our newest member. The OAI community is working to establish an open source foundation for developing interoperability of APIs. SAP joins 28 current members in promoting a vendor-neutral description format. OAI is hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration.

“It is a testament to the shared vision of the API community and the effectiveness of open source that Global 500 companies like SAP, IBM and Google can get together and collaborate on the OpenAPI Specification along with tool providers like SmartBear and end users like Capital One,” said Ole Lensmar, OAI project chair and CTO at SmartBear.

OAI launched in 2015 to standardize how APIs are described. The recently released OpenAPI Specification v3 defines the interfaces for RESTful APIs, describing resources and operations in a format that is easily discoverable and understandable by both machines and humans. For more information about the project and specification, visit

“SAP is committed to openness and choice for our customers,” said Björn Goerke, CTO of SAP and president of SAP Cloud Platform at SAP. “SAP uses machine-readable Open API specifications for our enterprise APIs. We believe this fosters ecosystem-driven innovation on top of our SAP Cloud Platform.”

SAP continues its commitment to the open source community, having previously joined transformative Linux Foundation projects such as Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger and Node.js Foundation.