Social Data has become critical to developing business strategies, marketing brands and products, and gaining insights into consumers’ thought processes and buying patterns. The availability of real-time social data, along with the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS), has led to the development of platforms that provide business-critical social data on demand. Many platforms not only provide access to streams of social data, but incorporate business intelligence (BI) technologies and analytics capabilities as well.
The line between what constitutes a platform versus an application is getting more blurry with each passing day. Applications are increasingly coming complete with SDKs that provide developers with access to APIs through which they can extend the application. Case in point is Decisyon, which recently launched a Decisyon 360 collaborative decision making (CDM) environment that makes extensive use of RESTful APIs and Web Services that are exposed via an SDK.
SmartBear Software, quality and performance management solution provider, has announced a new version of its flagship product, TestComplete. The new version of TestComplete includes support for automated mobile testing. The new release allows third party testing tools to integrate with TestComplete, which enables automated testing. The integration focus of TestComplete’s updates hinted at an API story lurking beneath SmartBear’s announcement. PW reached out to Niclas Reimertz, SmartBear Vice President of Product Strategy and Management, to inquire.
The GRAMMY Awards have integrated the Rdio API into the GRAMMYs App. Topple Track expands the application abilities of its API. Plus, fitness APIs continue to rise and 12 new APIs.
Venstar, a thermostat and energy management system supplier, announced this week that it has added a built-in JSON REST API to its ColorTouch touch screen residential and commercial thermostats.
Yesterday, Stripe launched its third version of Capture the Flag (CTF3). The first two editions of CTF were purely focused on security issues that developers face in the real world. Stripe has expanded the scope this time around. PW caught up to Stripe Engineer and CTF co-founder, Siddarth Chandrasekaran, to learn more about CTF.
There are trillions of dollars in transactions that to this day still depend on mainframes to be processed. This means any API economy that wants to succeed must ultimately include one of the most venerable platforms in all of enterprise IT.
How an API was designed and implemented is usually of little interest to consumers of the thousands of APIs available today. What matters most is that an API works, is easy to integrate and solves a real problem. But for the growing number of companies looking to take advantage of the booming API economy and considering developing APIs, design is an important subject.
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.
This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns.