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The Five Axioms of the API Economy: Axiom #4 -- Organizations must provide core competence through APIs

The Five Axioms of the API Economy: Axiom #4 -- Organizations must provide core competence through APIs | API Magazine | Scoop.it
The Five Axioms of the API Economy: building on five Axioms. Axiom #4: Organizations must provide core competence through APIs
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This is the next part of the Five Axioms of the API Economy series:

Axiom 4 -- Organizations must provide core competence through APIs

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API Magazine Newsletter

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API Magazine Email Newsletter. A monthly newsletter that contains 16 hand-selected articles related to the API Economy. 

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This is an invitation to join the API Magazine email newsletter; delivered monthly to your inbox.

 

The stats show the relevance of the newsletter:

Open rate: 45% (industry average: 13.1%)

Click rate: 16.6% (industry average: 1.4%)

 

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This is an invitation to join the API Magazine email newsletter; delivered monthly to your inbox.

 

The stats show the relevance of the newsletter:

Open rate: 45% (industry average: 13.1%)

Click rate: 16.6% (industry average: 1.4%)

 

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The bot revolution: How conversational interfaces will replace apps

The bot revolution: How conversational interfaces will replace apps | API Magazine | Scoop.it
We’re at the cusp of a sharp rise in devices that have no screen but do have conversational voice controls, such as the Amazon Echo. Smart home and Internet-of-things (IoT) objects that respond to users’ voices will improve and become more intuitive with further iterations and wider adoption.
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Great description of bot-related use cases and how we will have to think in terms of "conversational interfaces".
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Serverless Architectures

Serverless Architectures | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Serverless architectures replace a managed server with a collection of third party services and FaaS
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Nice intro about more technical aspects of Serverless Architectures. Also describes why and how API gateways fit into this architecture style. 
And guess what, they all need API management, too.
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The Rise of APIs for Non Developers — Point Nine Land — Medium

The Rise of APIs for Non Developers - Point Nine Land - Medium
Or why the new API evangelists might not even need to code
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Do APIs need a 'do unto others' golden rule? - Head in the Clouds: SaaS, PaaS, and Cloud Strategy

Do APIs need a 'do unto others' golden rule? - Head in the Clouds: SaaS, PaaS, and Cloud Strategy | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Uber, whose own app rained unsympathetic digital disruption upon the taxi and limousine industry, apparently can't take a dose of its own medicine.
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Interesting case about the Do's and Dont's of the Uber API
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Microservices Require Robust API Management - The New Stack

Microservices Require Robust API Management - The New Stack | API Magazine | Scoop.it
As the microservices approach is becoming more prevalent in application development, API operations, or API Ops, is increasingly being recognized as a requisite skill amongst enterprise and startups. Microservices architecture breaks down services and assets into discrete, composable units. And they use APIs to communicate and connect with each other. Which in turn means dev …
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Mark Boyd writes about the importance of API and Identity management for microservices.
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3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development

3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development | API Magazine | Scoop.it

Many factors in API development are brought to light after development is done: documentation, testing and caching. However, in order to develop APIs successfully and have an easier time maintaining and iterating on those 3 things, it is critical to include them in the development stage, and not as
an afterthought. ...


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The video covers:

* A pragmatic approach to ensuring that your API solves real problems
* Methods and tools for including documentation, testing and caching in
the API development process
* Basic principles of API design

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I Loaded That CSV Into A Database, Now Let Me Expose An API So I Can Get Some Help

I Loaded That CSV Into A Database, Now Let Me Expose An API So I Can Get Some Help | API Magazine | Scoop.it

I have been working to clean up the the web presence for the API Strategy & Practice conference. We concluded the 6th edition of @APIStrat in Austin this last november (check out the videos), and in addition to this events website,...

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This is the APIStrat event speakers API:

http://api.apistrat.com/speakers/


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Introducing the Brandfolder API: Expand Your Marketing Horizons via Asset API

Introducing the Brandfolder API: Expand Your Marketing Horizons via Asset API | API Magazine | Scoop.it
The Brandfolder API opens up new opportunities for expanding your marketing capabilities and building on top of our digital asset management platform.
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Interesting API use case:

access and manage marketing and branding assets via the Brandfolder API

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The Year Ahead: APIs as Economic Game Changers - The New Stack

The Year Ahead: APIs as Economic Game Changers - The New Stack | API Magazine | Scoop.it
The year 2015 has been a defining year in the growth of the API economy. The recent API Strategy and Practice conference in Austin, Texas, demonstrated the widening group of business and civic players reorienting towards an API play, with ever-more stakeholders now offering services in the API ecosystem. And last week, the global APIdays …
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Events are always a great way to help a community advance. We recently saw two such API Economy events: APIStrat Austin and APIDays Paris. Mark Boyd summarises some new developements, insights and conclusions.

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API Days Paris 2015 with a lightsaber

API Days Paris 2015 with a lightsaber | API Magazine | Scoop.it
API Days Paris just finished this Thursday, leaving me both sad and exhausted and happy and full of energy. Sad and exhausted because this awesome and intense API conference is over. Happy and full...
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APIDays Paris event summary.

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75% Of Your API Efforts In The Enterprise Will Be Cultural And Political, Not Technical | {apiware} Blog

75% Of Your API Efforts In The Enterprise Will Be Cultural And Political, Not Technical | {apiware} Blog | API Magazine | Scoop.it

I started API Evangelist because I saw a huge deficiency in the overall API conversation –nobody was talking about the business of all of this, and how you actually make money doing this emerging web API thing....

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"For us technologists, it can be easy to sit at our corners, and craft a vision of the perfect world we want, but often it is oil, in a water-filled world. I am not saying your API vision can’t make a change, but you have to be equipped to understand that 75% of your efforts in the enterprise, organizations, and government agencies will be about culture, politics, and business — not technical."

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"For us technologists, it can be easy to sit at our corners, and craft a vision of the perfect world we want, but often it is oil, in a water-filled world. I am not saying your API vision can’t make a change, but you have to be equipped to understand that 75% of your efforts in the enterprise, organizations, and government agencies will be about culture, politics, and business — not technical."

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   What XaaS Platform Leadership Looks Like

   What XaaS Platform Leadership Looks Like | API Magazine | Scoop.it
From the standpoint of growth, this means that there are two parallel (and increasingly symbiotic) engagement patterns in a XaaS building block business like Twilio--developer self service and partner-focused ABM (account based marketing).
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Very interesting article about platform strategy and about two parallel engagement patterns in a XaaS building block business: developer self service and partner-focused account based marketing (ABM).
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What is the Difference Between an API and an SDK? | Nordic APIs |

What is the Difference Between an API and an SDK? | Nordic APIs | | API Magazine | Scoop.it
How is an API different than an SDK? What does an SDK or devkit have that an API doesn't? Learn how to provide the best tools for your developer users.
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A classic topic, but very well explained: What is the Difference Between an #API and an #SDK? 
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Developer Personas as a Revenue Growth Tool - VisionMobile

Developer Personas as a Revenue Growth Tool - VisionMobile | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Developers are a key business customer and partner segment as they are the external business partners who can speed up it's digital offerings.
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What Twilio's IPO Filing Means for the API Economy

What Twilio's IPO Filing Means for the API Economy | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Cloud communications platform Twilio, which offers a suite of APIs for text messaging, VoIP and voice, has filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting the stage for the company to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
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Interesting: "...one analyst expects Twilio to trade at a similar multiple of its estimated 2017 revenue, which could produce a valuation of $1.7 to $2 billion when its shares debut."
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API Fortress | New! API Definition Spec Test Generation [Swagger / API Blueprint / I/O Docs]

API Fortress is a visually guided tool that allows anyone to create extensive API tests without writing any code.
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API Fortress provides a very comprehensive ("codeless") API testing solution.
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The new new competition - How digital platforms change competitive st…

Based on the book PLATFORM REVOLUTION. Learn more at platformrevolution.com Follow us on @platrevolution and https://www.facebook.com/platformrevolution/
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Dredd: Do Your HTTP API Justice

Dredd: Do Your HTTP API Justice | API Magazine | Scoop.it
I used to contribute to the PHP-FIG, The League of Extraordinary Packages, PHP The Right Way, CodeIgniter, FuelPHP, PyroCMS and a bunch of other stuff, but I gave it all up to join the circus
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Snapchat is building an ad technology platform - Digiday

Snapchat is building an ad technology platform - Digiday | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Snapchat is working on a crucial part of any growing ad business: an API that would let third-party technology partners start buying ads, sources said.
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Snapchat is building a marketing API for partners. Classic API use case. 

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Bitcoin Meetup with TheFamily Next Week in Barcelona

Bitcoin Meetup with TheFamily Next Week in Barcelona | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Join us in our Barcelona office for a technical introduction to Bitcoin. This meetup will be co-hosted with TheFamily, 19:30 on January 13th.
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TheFamily and 3scale co-host a meetup on January 13th in the 3scale office in Barcelona about a "technical introduction to Bitcoin".

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Pusher's new user plans for real-time API consumption

Pusher's new user plans for real-time API consumption | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Today, we are making the first significant change to our pricing since our public beta 5 years ago. The changes are primarily aimed at new customers, however, existing customers will also benefit from it. Going live on our free tier Firstly, we’re making our free tier (Sandbox) more generous. This is to help those who …
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Pusher is one of the leading real-time API providers. They introduce new user plans to make real-time API consumption easier and cheaper.

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2015 API Predictions Reviewed

2015 API Predictions Reviewed | API Magazine | Scoop.it
With the end of the year fast approaching, we're reflecting on last year's predictions and what might be next. Here's how our 2015 API predictions scored.
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Always a great read:

3scale CEO composes API predictions for every year. Below is the review of his predictions from 2015 [1 point score if it turned out correct]:


1. Web API design will become a premium tech skill [1 point]

2. API search and discovery will heat up [1/2 point]

3. Automated code gen and SDKs will raise the bar [0 points]

4. Security breaches will be top of mind [1.5 points (unfortunately this came true in spades)]

5. API operations will become “a thing” [1 point]

6. Industry standards or shared specifications will start getting early traction [1 point]

7. The API event scene will grow [1 point]

8. Real time and post-REST APIs [1/2 point]

9. IoT will stretch API architectures [1/2 point]

10. Identity, privacy and data access will be key [1/2 point]

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APIdays Paris - From Philosophy to Technology and back again

APIdays Paris - From Philosophy to Technology and back again | API Magazine | Scoop.it
Having just recently come home again from the APIdays conference in Paris (Dec 8-9th 2015), memories are still quite fresh. It was a crowded event, the first day hosting a whopping 800 API enthusiasts, ranging from the geekiest of the geeks to a fair amount of suited business people, showing that talking about APIs is no longer something just the most avantgardist of companies, the most high tech of the tech companies, spend their time with. Au contraire (we were in Paris after all), APIs are mainstream, and they contribute to the advancing of collaboration and automatization of the (digital) world as such.
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Summary report about APIDays Paris.

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Understanding Banking APIs report by OpenBankProject

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Not surprising but a confirmation: top road blockers for APIs in banking are Corporate Culture and bureaucracy and Security / Privacy concerns (sample = 133). 

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