When it comes to traditional enterprise applications the nature of the APIs being used doesn’t change all that often. For that reason developers of enterprise applications tend to prefer work at a higher level of abstraction that relies on connectors rather than lower level APIs to reduce the complexity associated with building composite applications in the enterprise.
Building APIs not only requires discipline; ideally, the process also should be incorporated within the actual development process of the application. With that goal in mind, Zend, a provider of application development tools for building PHP applications, is promoting the adoption of a new open-source Apigility project that provides a standardized way to build and maintain multiple versions of an API.
SOA Software is bringing the flexibility of a distributed cloud storage service – like Amazon Web Services – to the enterprise, and manageability via API. The latest service in a run of recent announcements from SOA Software, the new Datacenter API Platform is expected to be announced today at CloudExpo in San Jose. ProgrammableWeb caught up with SOA Software’s VP of Product Marketing, Sachin Agarwal at API Strategy and Practice for a pre-briefing.
The whole point of investing in Big Data is to drive the development of a new generation of data-driven applications. The challenge most organizations will face is that once they build those applications they will need to have a robust set of APIs through which to share the information those applications create.
The existence of APIs has made it possible for organizations to collect and aggregate unprecedented amounts of customer data. What’s not so clear is how to actually go about harnessing it. That issue is giving rise to a host of customer intelligence applications that leverage APIs to ingest data and then, in turn, make analysis of that data available via an external API.
One of the primary reasons that organizations embrace agile development methodologies is on the assumption that faster application development will result in more applications being developed faster. The challenge is actually managing that process in a world where the number of languages and data sources being used is rapidly expanding.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the API economy is an emergence of an Internet of Things (IoT) that promises to be programmable via any number of APIs.
Looking to accelerate that existence of an actual Internet of Things, as opposed to simply having a bunch of things connected to the Internet, Cisco today at The Internet of Things World Forum announced it is creating a new IoT Group to push the adoption of three-tier architecture for building IoT platforms.
Payment for services rendered has always been a quixotic journey for small to midsize businesses (SMBs). You would think the companies that deliver IT services to SMBs would have figured out how to automate the payment process long ago, but in reality, integrating the QuickBooks financial software that small companies rely on with the professional services management software that IT services use to manage projects and track billing is a significant challenge.
TM Forum, a global trade association that focuses on the digital economy, has just announced the launch of the TM Forum API Zone, featuring a suite of REST-based APIs designed to provide management functionality for end-to-end digital services. These new digital services management APIs were tested and integrated into a variety of apps at the 2013 TM Forum Digital Disruption Conference.
APIs tend to go wherever the data is, so with more data than ever showing up in Hadoop, it stands to reason that APIs would soon follow. At the Strata Conference and Hadoop World 2013 event today, Cloudera announced a Cloudera Connect: Innovators program under which developers are invited to build applications that invoke an API that Cloudera in partnership with DataBricks has created for its distribution of Hadoop.