Developer skills continue to be in short supply. This is increasing the demand amongst enterprise API providers to source developer teams that can build proprietary mobile apps for them. Businesses that have a commercial app idea – but not the technical skills – are also constantly looking for start date ready development companies to build their products for them. Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) platform StackMob is hoping their Service Partner Program will be the matchmaker between business clients and development agencies. Vice President of Business Development at StackMob, Kumi Walker, spoke to ProgrammableWeb about the referral marketplace.
Luc Julia, former boss of Siri development at Apple, is now demonstrating SAMI, or the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions. Plus: AppGyver integrates Appbackr Xchange API for porting apps, how APIs facilitate open source branding, and 18 new APIs.
In this 4-part series looking at business-to-developer (B2D) strategies, we first looked at the emerging trend of ‘API coming soon’ landing pages. Then in Part 2 we gave some examples of successful private beta release phases of business APIs, aimed at building an engaged developer community around their API. In this third part, we speak with Jakub Nesetril (Apiary.io), Mehdi Medjaoui (Webshell.io) and Reza Shafii (MuleSoft) about why tools that engage with API consumer-developers are like documentation for a new B2D-mindset.
StarHub, a leading info-communications provider based in Singapore, has launched SmartFoundry, a new API platform that allows developers to rapidly build applications and integrations that include StarHub voice call and SMS functionality.
ServiceNow is a fairly widely used cloud software-as-a-service application that IT organizations use to manage the workflow around calls to help desks. But thanks to the API that ServiceNow built, that application is being more broadly used to create workflow applications outside the IT department.
Skype is still axing Chat on its Desktop API, keeps recording and device capability–for now. The Matrox Maevex PowerStream API is available to manage Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders. Plus: LinkedIn adds restrictions on APIs, Pebble SDK hits 2.0 with new APIs, iOS 7 support, and 9 new APIs.
TeamViewer, remote support and online meeting software provider, has launched the TeamViewer 9 Beta which includes the TeamViewer API. TeamViewer has been a heavily adopted meeting package and is now on its 9th edition. The API launch has been long asked for and TeamViewer expects a two-pronged adoption of the API. Some developers will choose to build custom applications with the API, others will incorporate TeamViewer functions into existing workflows and solutions.
This weeks release of the APIkit from MuleSoft offers API developers access to a suite of open source tools starting with API consumer-facing design and extends to a backend connection with an enterprise’s business logic layer and resources. Built for the open source RAML specification, Reza Shafii, Director of Product Management at MuleSoft, told ProgrammableWeb how API developers were crucial to the product design, and why open source solutions are growing in popularity amongst enterprise and business customers.