The line between what constitutes a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment has always been relatively thin. SaaS applications that expose an API to third-party developers can quickly transform into a development platform.
Creating API mashups has matured alongside the explosive growth of open APIs to create a new type of service: the API aggregation business. These innovative businesses combine APIs from multiple providers to build new products and services. Recent conference panels (including several hosted by ProgrammableWeb), have confirmed that API aggregation is set to be a major theme of 2014. This article explores some of the emerging business models and service providers focused on API aggregation and discusses what to expect as we see API aggregation increase in the year ahead.
I really like playing around with cutting edge technologies. One of them is GoodData CloudConnect, the tool for ETL and building GoodData projects. Since we released this new feature, I have dozens of ideas how the data from various sources can be easily transformed in the cloud. Recently, for example, I found myself wondering: “How about using the Google BigQuery API as a data source? What about visualizing the data from it in GoodData?”
Our API directory now includes 443 enterprise APIs. The newest is the Swift-Kanban API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LinkedIn API. We list 48 LinkedIn mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of enterprise APIs.
Our API directory now includes 81 analytics APIs. The newest is the Clarabridge API. The most popular by far, in terms of mashups, is the Google Analytics API. We list 49 Google Analytics mashups which is seven times more than the nearest API. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of analytics APIs.
Telephony platform Twilio is now giving developers more insight into their application activities. Now users of the Twilio Voice API and Twilio SMS API have the option to view usage patterns, thanks to a partnership with GoodData. The dashboard shows the last 90 days of call and text volumes, with the option to explore the data further.
The hackathon we are co-hosting at the Woodstock for Cloud Developers is only a week away. It’s not too early to start thinking about the application you might build using partner APIs. And with Hackathon registration opening soon, you might also think about who to invite to join your team. Below you’ll find some more information about hackathon guidelines and prizes, as well as a list of some of the eligible APIs you can use in your app.
This week we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a user management service for Amazon Web Services, voice-to-text service, real-time activity stream service and location sharing service. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-Up Challenge returns for a fourth consecutive year. AWS is in search of startups that are using (or planning to use) any paid service from Amazon’s suite that includes Amazon Product Advertising API. AWS will award $50,000 in cash and over $140,000 in AWS credits.