The IBM BlueMix cloud integration platform, announced earlier this week, is essentially an assembly point for connecting various enterprise applications. One of the first applications to lend credibility to this nascent IBM effort is Twilio, a provider of a communications services delivered via the cloud.
Critical Alert has announced the pending release of the nurse call industry’s first API: the CommonPath API. Linkify has made its semantic augmented-reality mobile software development kit (SDK) generally available. Plus, Intilery introduces Firehose API and 10 new APIs.
Businesses exploring an API strategy are asking themselves: private, partner or public? Since the start of the year, there has been a lot more thinking aloud about how businesses decide whether to start with an internal (private) API; use partner APIs to manage specific business relationships; or jump straight into designing external, developer-facing open (public) APIs.
The idea of “eating one’s own dog food,” or dog fooding, goes back a long way–most notably, with companies using their own software to demonstrate the technology’s performance and value. Today, many companies are dogfooding their APIs, not only to demonstrate the APIs’ benefits but also to put the technology through its paces over time.
The API Strategy & Practice Conference has announced event tracks, topics, event sponsors, and speakers for its upcoming March event to take place in Amsterdam. Plus, CloudACL launches safe browsing and security SDK/API and 2 new APIs.
Cloud storage company Hubic launches an API amidst price war. McGraw-Hill buys Engrade, secret sauce may be its API. Plus: tomorrow is the day we fight back, dark matter in the API universe, and 11 new APIs.
Since Nexmo founded its API-based business in 2010, it has done amazingly well. Now the SMS cloud carrier just received $18 million in fresh funding (on top of the $3 million it got a year ago), which CEO Tony Jamous says the company will use to grow sales and marketing and expand offerings to include what many have been waiting for: voice.
For many APIs, a developer portal is the first interaction a developer will have with the API. Typically, this is where a developer finds documentation, code examples, an app gallery and other details that connect them with the API provider. If you want developers to use your service, you’ll aim to make everything within the developer portal as clear as possible. Consider these six steps to bring clarity to your current and future developers.
In earlier pieces about APIs where developers pay for access, I’ve covered methods of pricing APIs and even shared the top three API trial methods. However, some of you are probably not that far along in that process. You may have a good idea for a developer-focused company. Or perhaps your company solved a big issue internally and you want to expose your solution as a new revenue stream. In any case, before you dive into your pricing page and start selling your API, you’ll want to consider some basic questions about the problem, your solution and whether you’re able to support your potential customers. These are the three questions to ask yourself if you sell an API.
According to the employment Web site Simply Hired, job advertisements for “developer evangelists” grew by 38% in 2013. The average salary for these new jobs was between $80K and $120K per year. With new vacancies from Twilio, Pebble, and HelloSign all being advertised this month, there is no end in sight for developers who want to combine marketing and business development skills with their programming expertise. ProgrammableWeb surveyed the career field and spoke with Context.io Developer Evangelist Tony Blank about what the job involves.