Last week, the Nordic APIs team took on 4 events in 4 Northern European cities in 4 days. There was something for everyone in an agenda that covered API neo-security frameworks, the latest trends in B2B integrations, how government agencies are opening up their data, and API usability best practices.
The API maturity cycle within the enterprise is evolving at two or three times the speed of previous software oriented architecture (SOA) cycles, creating an urgent need for tools that ensure new business integrations built with APIs are managed with respect to governance and industry regulatory requirements. To keep up with this pace, SOA Software has today released the Lifecycle API. This new API is part of the company’s Lifecycle Manager product that supports enterprises with flexible approaches to governing IT and business activities and processes.
There are plenty of tools for those that create and manage APIs. But when it comes to those that need to consume those APIs there are not so many. Looking to rectify that situation 3Scale, a provider of API management tools, launched a beta version of a free APItools service specifically designed to meet the needs of organizations that need to consume APIs.
Moving to make their rapid application development platform as widely accessible as possible, Mendix today launched Mendix AppCloud. Announced at the Mendix World 2014 conference, AppCloud is an implementation of the company’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment that is used for rapidly developing applications on a cloud platform managed by Mendix. In addition, Mendix also announced that it is making available a free community edition of its PaaS environment that small teams of up to 10 developers can use to build applications.
When it comes to enterprise, IT compliance has been and always will be a headache to one degree or another. The issue in the cloud computing era is that end users can now store almost any type of file anywhere. The good news is that most of those places are a service that exposes an API.
Every year, Americans spend more than $3 trillion on healthcare, a figure that is projected to rise to $5 trillion in the next decade. With healthcare spending approaching 20% of the U.S. GDP, a huge effort is underway to control costs. Not surprisingly, many believe that technology has a key role to play in increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary expenditures, and significant investments in technology are creating opportunities for healthcare technology businesses.
A trend is starting to emerge: Advanced technologies are being made available first as cloud services that organizations can invoke easily via an API, rather than having to figure out how to deploy and master themselves. The latest example of that trend is a cloud service from AlchemyAPI that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision technologies to allow publishers and providers of ad networks to more easily monetize content.
Opening a panel on enterprise use of APIs this morning at API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam, Kin Lane of API Evangelist, said that “Where the enterprise is colliding with web APIs is fascinating. Helping enterprise understand web APIs, but also helping web developers understand the enterprise is an essential next step.” Helping unpack enterprise use of APIs, were panelists Isabelle Mauny, Director of Product Management at WSO2, Ismail Elshareef, Open Platform at Edmunds, Laura Heritage, Principal Consultant at SOA Software, and Toralf Richter, Senior Manager Engineering at Tom Tom Business Solution.
There are a lot of opportunities for developers in the healthcare space, but accessing the data needed to drive those applications can be maddeningly frustrating. There are no shortage of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, but they all have their own proprietary interfaces.