As pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.
At this year’s Defrag conference, several themes emerged: identity management and security, quantified self and (of course) robotics. And, although the conference claimed to have APIs as a common theme (and it did), the APIs themselves were part of a much bigger and louder conversation about what they enable. Along with big data comes APIs’ ability to use the data to instruct the things around us. We may be enabling data transfers among machines faster than we can interpret the data and the legalities around using it.
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.
MuleSoft’s Fall Summit series will be hosted across October in 5 North American cities (Denver, Toronto, Washington DC, Atlanta, San Francisco) and 3 European locations (London, Paris, Stockholm). Subtleties in the framing of the event agenda point to the ways the maturing API economy needs to position itself in a wider business environment. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Katie Doyle, Director of Marketing at MuleSoft to discuss what participants can expect.
A slideshare on the business value of APIs been gaining kudos from enterprises around the world. Created by the international business consultancy faberNovel, the slide deck has been presented to APIdays audiences earlier this year, as well as being delievered at industry events like Hewlett Packard’s Innovision meetup.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 29 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Assembla, Baby Names, Behance, Coderwall Profile, Dribbble, Envato, Forrst, Geeklist, Hacker News Mobile, jsFiddle, Launchpad, Ohloh, Plunker, Primal, Readability , RubyGems and ScraperWiki. The most often used APIs this week are Dribbble, Rotten Tomatoes and ScraperWiki. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (7 APIs, 7 mashups), Tools (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Other (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
There is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.
ProgrammableWeb attempts to have as much information as possible about every API. But at some point a developer needs to visit the provider website. That’s when the portal takes over. W’ve written a lot about what goes in a portal, including the Three Cs, but what about where the portal itself goes? We dug into the ProgrammableWeb data to find common practices based on developer portal URLs.
Last week, for the first time I had the opportunity to attend the Glue conference in Broomfield, CO. An aptly named conference, Glue’s mission is to provide a technical forum for web application builders, architects, and integrators to talk about the various technologies that stick together to make a web platform and its associated applications. It’s one of the most exciting and nerdy places you can go, and it’s well worth the investment if you’re in this industry. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this conference is the co-mingling of Big Enterprise and Scrappy Start-up.