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.
At the Enterprise Connect 2014 conference today Cisco announced it will be working more closely with Google to integrate conferencing services with various Google APIs. Rowan Trollope, Cisco senior vice president for collaboration, and Rajen Sheth, a product manager for Google Enterprise, took the stage to show a prototype of the Cisco Webex conferencing service running on a Chromebook. In the future, Cisco and Google will make it possible to launch WebEx directly from Google Calendar and start an instant meeting from the Google Contact Card and the Google People widget. Users will also be able to connect with others by clicking on phone numbers or extensions displayed in Gmail or Google Apps.
One of the more intriguing aspects of RESTful APIs is that they make all kinds of computing platforms more accessible to developers than previously thought possible. Case in point is the machine learning platform (based on a math engine) that is being developed by Wise.io.
With the potential to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve access to services, telemedicine — in which healthcare providers such as doctors interact with patients through electronic means — is an increasingly important part of the healthcare industry. By some estimates, telemedicine will be a multibillion-dollar market by the end of the decade.
When the time comes to test how various implementations of different types of browsers actually work with a particular application, much trial and error still exist. Despite the rise of application testing services in the cloud, testing browser compatibility against a production application is still problematic. More often than not, when testing does occur, it’s against a replica of the application running in a different environment, being accessed by browsers that might not even have any of the plug-ins that the application may need to support in a production environment.
StatCounter, a Web site analytics provider that tracks billions of page views each month across more than 3 million Web sites, launched its first API for paying StatCounter subscribers in February.
As part of a concerted effort to make the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform more appealing to developers, SAP this week announced a more modular approach to exposing SAP HANA services in the cloud. SAP is also moving to open an application store for SAP HANA applications offered by both SAP and third-party developers.
The line between what constitutes a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment has always been relatively thin. SaaS applications that expose an API to third-party developers can quickly transform into a development platform.
Email is one of the oldest mediums of communication on the Internet, and, for many companies, it’s still one of the most important. Delivering email and tracking email campaigns reliably is crucial to success for countless businesses today.
One of the challenges with testing applications in the cloud is that it’s difficult to replicate the production environment where those applications will ultimately run. No matter how big the cloud is, the data center where those applications are tested usually bears little resemblance to the data center where the applications will actually end up running.