While industry analysts expected this year to be the year Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) took off, end-of-year assessments are suggesting that there is still room for further growth in 2014. Forecasters predict a 104% annual growth in the market to reach $7.7 billion in 2017, while this week’s acquisition of MBaaS vendor StackMob by PayPal has piqued more than a few businesses’ curiosity. Meanwhile, analysts from Forrester and major players like Rich Mendis from AnyPresence believe the MBaaS revolution is still yet to happen for the enterprise.
Load testing service Load Impact has released a Google Chrome extension to let API developers record API engagement direct from the browser. API developers can then run these recorded use cases through a variety of load testing scenarios to ensure reliable API access ahead of any plans to scale API delivery. Load Impact CTO Robin Gustafsson spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the new service feature.
After years of providing a management solution to their private clients, StrikeIron is releasing IronCloud as an end-to-end API management platform. Justin Helmig, Vice President of Products and Technology from StrikeIron spoke with ProgrammableWeb just before today’s launch at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit.
At NordicAPIs yesterday, Andreas Krohn (Dopter SE) and Anna Mirsch (Mannheimer Swartling) launched the Swedish API Licensing site on behalf of their project partners Samtrafiken and Viktoria Swedish ICT. The project – funded by Vinnova, the Swedish government agency for innovation – aims to remove legal barriers for Swedish businesses and speed up time-to-market for their API products and services. It is hoped that the resource will also give greater clarity to developers looking at integrating available APIs. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Andreas Krohn after the launch.
At today’s NordicAPIs, Mark Cheshire, COO of API Management Platform 3scale, urged participants to act now to introduce APIs into their business. Not only is software eating the world, said Cheshire quoting Marc Andreessen, but, as his CEO Steve Willmott has rephrased, APIs are eating software.
Today’s apps are as spread out as they’ve ever been, thanks to REST APIs, which make it easy to link into all kinds of backend services. That’s cool, but what if something goes awry? What if one of the APIs you are using breaks? How are you going to find out what’s wrong in order to fix it? For starters, keep things simple when you build your app and avoid using SDKs whenever possible.
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.
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.
In the final part of our series looking at the strategies businesses are using to engage with developers (B2D), we summarize three Developer Experience (DX) models from Brian Koles (ChallengePost), Pamela Fox (Khan Academy), and Ronnie Mitra (Layer 7).