With both delivery and management of security increasingly moving to the cloud, organizations of all sizes are presented with new approaches to security that use APIs to reduce the complexity of securing applications.
The explosive growth of social media, cloud computing and mobile devices is making Web APIs the primary interface for technology-driven products and services, and placing more and more attention on the emerging “API economy.” And with 50 percent of B2B collaboration predicted to take place through APIs by 2016, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
SAP has more than 1,500 applications and services, and with the emergence of SAP HANA as an in-memory computing platform, the company plans to expand its application portfolio even more. The challenge is figuring out how to make it easier for developers to integrate all those applications.
This week at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, announced Salesforce1. Benioff suggested that Salesforce1 could be the single platform to run entire companies, and manage the internet of things from a single source. However, the bigger story behind Salesforce1 is an API story. How else can a single platform claim to “Connect all your apps. Connect all your devices. Connect all your customer data.”? Increase your APIs tenfold is how.
In the age of the cloud, integration is everything. What was once a labor-intensive service is rapidly becoming a set of capabilities in the cloud that IT organizations can dynamically invoke as needed. We’re still some distance from making that integration process completely turnkey. But we’re getting a little closer with each passing day.
It’s easy to forget that private APIs are the norm. Putting together the right public/private API strategy requires identifying the risks and needs of your business, and making smart moves to take things in the right direction.
BitTorrent, peer-to-peer file sharing provider, has announced an API for its increasingly popular BitTorrent Sync service. The BitTorrent Sync API is aimed at developers who desire to build apps and workflows that leverage BitTorrent Sync capabilities. Whether the app plays in social media, enterprise apps, communications, or otherwise; the API will enable decentralized syncing of data for increased privacy, security, efficiency, and less reliance on infrastructure.
It seems like somewhere between the 9,000 and 10,000 mark, API providers shifted their strategies even further toward providing a strong, sophisticated and appealing developer experience from initial contact on. In this four-part series, ProgrammableWeb looks at current practices in B2D from pre-release, through private beta, to API documentation and to ongoing developer engagement. Each article surveys current practitioners and includes a resource list for those wanting to step up their B2D game.
Friday’s morning session at the API Strategy and Practice Conference featured keynote talks that hammered home a point that bears repeating. More than ever, APIs are about your business more than a technical proposition. Laura Heritage, Product Line Manager at IBM API Management and Oren Michels, CEO at Mashery both spoke on today’s reality that APIs are now more of a business enabler than a technical capability.