Glympse, a service that allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to temporarily share their location in real-time, has announced the availability of the Glympse platform allowing developers the ability to integrate real-time, temporary location sharing into third-party web and mobile applications. Glympse has also made available SDKs for iOS and Android as well as REST based APIs for use in websites and web based applications.
IBM has been tracking the emergence of the API economy and likes what it sees. At the recent IBM Impact 2013 conference, IBM unveiled an API management platform that it views as a natural extension of its portfolio of software-oriented architecture (SOA) offerings while at the same time delivering a MessageSight middleware appliance based on the company’s Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.
In order to get a campaign or project off the ground quickly and efficiently, careful management of the creative and technical process is essential in order to avoid big mistakes and missed deadlines. And, of course, the very thing that holds it all together is clear communication. That’s where an app like Convo is really handy – it’s a cloud-based, interactive workspace for business, where teams can collaborate and have real-time conversations. Convo’s API makes it possible for this functionality to be integrated with other applications.
Billaway, a rewards program solutions provider for enterprises, has just announced the launch of the Billaway API which allows developers to integrate the Billaway platform into existing billpay and other product purchase systems.
With the formal launch this week of the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud a new era of in-memory computing is about to become a lot more accessible. According to Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP supervisory board, HANA in the cloud will give IT organizations access to a platform that essentially eliminates the need for batch processing in favor of a model where all applications are run in real time.
Any company that makes an API knows that just having the API is not enough. A bare endpoint is probably worse than not having an API at all. To make your API and platform useful you need documentation, tools, examples and forums. If you are a successful API company you start developing a community of people that work with your service. The community shares ideas and helps each other out.
Whispir, a platform that enables its users to send messages to various channels at the same time, provides the Whispir API designed to allow developers to embed any feature of the platform into any cloud-based web application. Users can send these high-volume messages that are tailored and targeted for each channel and recipient via SMS, voice, email, web, mobile, or social media.
One of the bigger challenges with anything involving APIs is scale. As the number of APIs proliferate, the scalability demands from a management perspective become increasing untenable. Nowhere does that become more apparent than when dealing with mobile computing applications.
Events in the networking world don’t usually garner all that much attention from developers. But Cisco is hoping that developers are paying attention to both OpenStack, an emerging standard for managing IT infrastructure in cloud computing platforms, and Project Open Daylight, an open source implementation of a software-defined networking controller that Cisco supports.
Even to the most casual observer it’s pretty apparent that developers will be accessing ever increasingly larger amounts of data via an API. The challenge is finding the right cloud-based platform capable of facilitating the integration of all that data at acceptable performance levels.