Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
Businesses exploring an API strategy are asking themselves: private, partner or public? Since the start of the year, there has been a lot more thinking aloud about how businesses decide whether to start with an internal (private) API; use partner APIs to manage specific business relationships; or jump straight into designing external, developer-facing open (public) APIs.
APIs are creating opportunities for businesses to enter new markets, extend their customer reach, and create innovative products based on their data assets and core functionalities. As they progress along this path, businesses often start redefining themselves as a platform: They see themselves as allowing customers to couple with a business’ data assets and services via an API in whatever configuration makes sense to the customer’s value chain.
The idea of “eating one’s own dog food,” or dog fooding, goes back a long way–most notably, with companies using their own software to demonstrate the technology’s performance and value. Today, many companies are dogfooding their APIs, not only to demonstrate the APIs’ benefits but also to put the technology through its paces over time.
Fantasy football leagues have added a new dimension to watching National Football League (NFL) games. In fact, fantasy football has become so popular that NFL.com is applying its considerable online resources to make sure that fantasy football is played on its own site rather than on any of a hundred others.
The way that US telecom carrier AT&T is approaching APIs for the enterprise offers key insights for app developers and business stakeholders looking for market entry opportunities into a global ecosystem. ProgrammableWeb spoke with AT&T Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Platform Solutions, Laura Merling about the broader API strategy. Meanwhile Chris Aron, Product Manager of AT&T Location Information Services, demonstrated how the AT&T approach translates into an industry-specific partnership with Sabre, the global travel tech company.
Here is an interview with Scoreoid founder and CEO, Almog Koren. Scoreoid allows you to gamify apps using the Scoreoid API and backend as a service. With 3000+ games and almost 1.8 billion monthly sessions- this is one API startup that seems to be going places.
Given the rabid nature of most of their fan base, professional football teams were among the first organizations to see the value of developing mobile applications to get closer to those fans. The problem for most teams now is the stadium WiFi experience they provide to their most loyal fans leaves much to be desired.
We have covered Algorithms.io before on ProgrammableWeb and it is an exciting API using machine learning algorithms to deliver predictive analytics. It has specialized in classifying streaming data using machine learning. Algorithms.io was acquired in December 2013 by LumenData, and we have an exclusive interview with Algorithms.io co-founder Andy Bartley post the acquisition.
A book about open data, to be released in January—and the launch of a pilot website showcasing open data businesses—both forecast a big year for open data in 2014, and highlight the importance of APIs in powering this new wave of innovation. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Joel Gurin, author of Open Data Now, and reviewed some of the businesses that make up the preliminary Open Data 500 list.