State of Arizona Leverages API to Enable its Agencies Drive Innovation on a Shared Platform

By CIOReview | Monday, December 14, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Application Programming Interface (API) adoption in the public sector is accelerating, where the many tools, rules, and interfaces for accessing data are now critical to enabling greater sharing and enhancing services. By making APIs more discoverable and usable, government is triggering the growth of the public sector API community. To increase the quality and speed of its services, the state of Arizona is also taking initiatives to leverage the benefits of API.

To address the growing demands of its digitalized economy, Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) has launched the Arizona Enterprise Services Platform (AESP) to provide state agencies with the enterprise capabilities on which they can build their line-of-business applications. The platform will include an API store so that agencies can easily and securely share their data, either privately with other agencies or with the public.

By making use of the enterprise platform, government agencies can deploy applications more rapidly as such platforms will provide specific capabilities as a shared service. Instead of building applications from scratch, agencies will be able to leverage functionality that already exists on the platform. Leveraging the shared service capabilities, the state will have greater flexibility in delivering services while reducing overhead costs statewide.

ADOA has also built new, mobile-capable website templates and has begun migrating agencies to this new platform to provide Arizona citizens easy access to state services anywhere, any time.  Extending the reach of the new platform, ADOA will build a private portal for citizens, business and employees called MyAZ which will be a secure website to interact with the state, receive status update of service requests, and  alerts when requests are processed.