If things are moving so fast, why haven’t we caught up yet? Why can’t my stove automatically set a timer for 10 minutes every time I turn a burner on–and why can’t I receive that alarm on my iPhone while I’m upstairs, in time to rush back down and save dinner? I’m thrilled that the Nest thermostat is out there. But it is simultaneously cool while reminding us that this transition to the Internet of things (IoT) where everything is connected up is going to be a long slog. Okay, faster than chipping our way out of the Stone Age. Still.
API developer skills will continue to be in ever-growing demand as infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) takes shape. The new Xively API provides an opportunity for all developers to sharpen their skills around Web API and to learn how to develop new tools that make use of connected objects.
CiRBA has just released an API that communicates with your cloud management platform telling it the most efficient spot for that next virtual machine (VM). The API could make for a good marriage between platforms. While cloud management solutions are ideal for provisioning VMs, they don’t always have controls in place for managing capacity.
One way you can reduce the cost of deploying APIs is by deploying multiple API portals using the same platform. Multi-tenancy, a feature offered in WSO2 API Management version 1.4, allows you to do just that.
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.
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.
In a world that is currently dominated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google has taken the next steps to announce itself as a solid alternative to AWS. The Google Compute Engine (GCE), an Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that allows running Virtual Linux Servers at Google scale was announced in June of last year and was available by invite only. The gates have been thrown open a little bit with Google announcing its expanded availability, price cuts and newer features.
Gartner analyst Laura McLellan made a bold statement in her 2012 webinar: “By 2017, the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO”. While I think it is too bold a statement, you can’t deny the fact that an eco-system shift is happening and API Management is the catalyst. From my own personal experience, I can vouch for this shift in who is doing the big spending. A new set of tools are enabling CMOs to create new, powerful channels. They are called APIs. The very introduction of these APIs are resulting in new ways of leveraging channels and exposing content, media, and data to customers, partners, the community, developers, and even to the public.
Endatio, business workflow automation software provider, has released a number of its services via the Endatio API. Of its broad offering; automation services, credit checks, sanctions checks, collections, credit financing, address lookup, and bank account verification can be integrated seamlessly into third party workflows via Endatio APIs. Customers have long trusted Endatio as a consultant. The series of APIs brings Endatio skill and talent directly into day to day processes.
I was lucky enough to attend the API Strategy and Practice Conference this week in NYC and was struck by the wide diversity of attendees. Sure, I expected to see the young guns heading up the industry’s hot new companies, but US Postal Service? Walgreens? AT&T? Target? An even bigger surprise was how relevant and interesting all of the discussions were. But it was obvious there is still the same old gap between the enterprise and the start-up that we have come to expect. For as long as I’ve been in the industry, the difference has always been around governance and process vs rapid innovation.