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The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #5 -- Organizations Must Consume Core Competences of Others Through APIs

The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #5 -- Organizations Must Consume Core Competences of Others Through APIs | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
The Five Axioms of the API Economy: building on five Axioms. Axiom #5: Organizations must consume core competences of others through APIs
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This article is about the fifth Axiom of the API Economy: 

"Organizations Must Consume Core Competences of Others Through APIs"

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This is the API-Mag of Manfred Bortenschlager -- yes, you might guess it from the title: a magazine about APIs. He collects and writes about topics around APIs, developer evangelism, mobile apps strategy, and ecosystem dynamics.

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API Magazine Newsletter

API Magazine Newsletter | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

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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APImetrics - Adds Support for SOAP APIs

APImetrics - Adds Support for SOAP APIs | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
APImetrics strengthens its API Performance Monitoring solution to support legacy SOAP API protocols in the enterprise.
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

APImetrics announced that their API monitoring and analytics solution now also supports SOAP. That is quite a big thing. First, because it is a lot more challenging to monitor and analyse SOAP based APIs end-to-end than it is with REST-based APIs.

Second, I have no figures but a large part of enterprise IT systems (esp. legacy backend) use SOAP. So, for these organisations it is good news because they get much better performance visibility.

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Why You Should Build Apps With An API Backend - BaaS

Why You Should Build Apps With An API Backend - BaaS | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Mobile Backend as a Service, BaaS, or MBaaS. No matter what you call the API backend, it is key to helping companies deliver their mobile products in time and budget.
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Very useful discussion about ins and outs of Backend as a Service. Including:

Mobile-first vs. API-first.

 

The three Main Benefits of BaaS to the Developer:
1. Eliminates redundant stack setup for each app.
2. Eliminates boilerplate code.
3. All within one model.

 

Business benefits.

 

Side effects.

 

"Mobile Backend as a Service, [...] or an API backend is a way for developers to link their software and application to cloud-based storage, making it easier to link up with software development kits and APIs."

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SmartBear Assumes Sponsorship of Swagger API Open Source Project

SOMERVILLE, Mass.---- SmartBear Software, the leading provider of open source API testing and development tools, has acquired the Swagger API open source project from Reverb Technologies. “Swagger has been the clear leader of the API description format discussion for several years– its ecosystem and passionate community is unsurpassed in the field,” said Ole...
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API folks know Swagger as one of the most popular API description and documentation format. SmartBear is now sponsor of this framework. That is great because it provides necessary financial backing. On the other hand the community hopes that the open and collaborative working style will be continued.

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Design to Disrupt: Businesses should join the API Economy

Design to Disrupt: Businesses should join the API Economy | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Our second Design to Disrupt report about disruption and innovation outlines ten design principles of disruptors. API's are key to succes.
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Design to Disrupt report about how to tackle the new digital competition and why organizations should join the API Economy. Contains some good background reading on platform economics. 

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3 Must Haves For A Venture-Scale API Startup — Medium

3 Must Haves For A Venture-Scale API Startup — Medium | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
High volume + high value + high replacement costs = a winning formula if you’re building a company around an API-delivered service.
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How APIs can facilitate startup scale.

Via:

- High call volume potential

- Integral to customers’ product or business process

- Stickiness

 

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Considering Net Neutrality and API Access

The FCC has voted to classify Internet service providers as Title II common carriers. The problem is that no one is really considering developer rights.
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Interesting discussion of net neutrality related to APIs.

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The Vertical API Opportunity — Medium

The Vertical API Opportunity — Medium | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Over the past several months I have been doing some thesis building around the API economy. I want to pause to share some initial thoughts…
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A word on verticalisation of APIs:

 

"An area of this growing landscape that has caught my attention is companies offering specialized APIs that address the needs of developers within a particular industry."

 

According to this article APIs are emerging in industries, which:

- Are large;
- Are fragmented;
- Have unique data security concerns; and
- Are seeing increasing levels of startup activity, despite being historically slow to adopt technology.

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DELOITTE: Here's the top 8 tech trends for 2015

“For the first time in a number of years, these trends are being primarily driven from the enterprise rather than consumer products."
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

The 8 tech trends in summary:

1. CIO as chief integration officer

2. API (Application programming interfaces) economy

3. Ambient computing

4. Dimensional marketing

5. Software-defined everything

6. Core renaissance

7. Amplified intelligence

8. IT worker of the future.

 

Nice overview, although I have to agree with one of the comments: too heavy buzz-work usage

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An Outside-In Approach Will Play A Critical Role In Driving The API Economy

An Outside-In Approach Will Play A Critical Role In Driving The API Economy | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

I'm a big fan of private APIs, and all for keeping API access tailored to meaningful groups of users vs. just opening up data to the public, without first thinking critically about the possible pros and cons....

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API Evangelist Kin Lane reports about API ChangeLog, a monitoring service for API documentation. "The API ChangeLog keeps an eye on APIs, and tracks on whether or not they have updated their API documentation, and keeps developers informed."

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POST /eff/you/this/is/the/right/url - RESTful API Design

POST /eff/you/this/is/the/right/url - RESTful API Design | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
When starting to design and build a RESTful API, there are a lot of decisions to be made. How do you handle authentication, etc?
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A basic tutorial for RESTful API design on using the right URLs and verbs for the right purposes.

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Copyright for APIs is going to be a disaster and only the Supreme Court can stop it

A controversial copyright ruling could make it harder to make computer programs work together.
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

Another take on the copyright issue.

 

"API copyrights could be a disaster for the software industry"

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Community Debates API Specification Alternatives

Community Debates API Specification Alternatives | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Hacker News was recently home to an active debate on the best way to write an API specification. The community weighed in with the latest information on API languages including API Blueprint, RAML, Swagger, as well as the API tools including Apiary, apiDoc, Readme.io, Slate and many other options.
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A nice synthesis of thoughts and discussions about API specification possibilities on HackerNews

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The Unseen Enablers Of Platforms: Interfaces and Access

The Unseen Enablers Of Platforms: Interfaces and Access | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
New white paper from Manfred Bortenschlager and Sangeet Paul Choudary: The Unseen Enablers Of Platforms. Check it out!
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

I wrote this article together with Sangeet Paul Choudary (CEO of Platform Thinking Labs) to present the argument that building businesses on platforms with an interaction-first approach can be very effective.


We discuss APIs as the enablers for platforms. APIs open up access to assets that are delivered through platforms.


In the article we discuss how APIs can be leveraged from an internal as well as external perspective and how that can leads to the desired platform economics.

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Red Hat & 3scale Webinar: API Management & Digital Economy

Red Hat & 3scale Webinar: API Management & Digital Economy | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Mark Cheshire and Manfred Bortenschlager will hold a joint webinar with Red Hat on April 9, 2015.
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We will be holding a joint webinar with Red Hat on April 9 to talk about API Management as Critical For Success In The Digital Economy. We will cover a full stack API solution and typical use cases.

 

 

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Growth in the API Economy - 3scale Congratulates Apigee

Growth in the API Economy - 3scale Congratulates Apigee | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Apigee on IPO. Plus, 3scale reaches 550 customers. Definite signs of growth in the API economy.
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

Apigee announces plans for IPO.

We wish Apigee all the best to succeed, which would also be a great sign and driver for growth of the whole API space. 

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SmartBear Assumes Sponsorship of Swagger API Open Source Project; Let's Get Swagger Right - API Developer Weekly

SmartBear Assumes Sponsorship of Swagger API Open Source Project; Let's Get Swagger Right - API Developer Weekly | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, provided by LaunchAny.com and CaseySoftware.com

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This week's API Developer Weekly newsletter is out.

 

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How To Leverage Web APIs In Your Business

How To Leverage Web APIs In Your Business | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
Nearly three quarters of the top apps in the App Store use a Web API. But the complexities can be confusing. This simple guide helps you choose
Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

This is one of my articles written with Vanessa Ramos published on TheNextWeb about tools that should help API consumers (developers).

 

The list of tools include:

APItools.com

Postman

SmartBear

Runscope Radar

API Changelog

Mocky

RequestBin

APIrise

OAuth.io

Swagger

RESTunited

APIMatic

APIs.io

ProgrammableWeb

 

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WIP Factory Developer Program Survey 2015

WIP Factory Developer Program Survey 2015 - Our annual survey reviews the growth, success and challenges of Developer Programs.
Thanks for your contribution. We'll be sure to share the results with you.
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The WIP Factory conducts some outstanding work in analysing and recommending developer program best practices. 

I'd like to encourage participation in their annual developer program survey. The results will first be presented at their Workshop for Developer Programs (London, April 16-17):

 

http://www.wipfactory.com/wip-factory-workshop-for-developer-programs-london-2015

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API Magazine Newsletter: March’15 Edition (Web Version)

API Magazine Newsletter: March’15 Edition (Web Version) | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
This is the Web version of the API Magazine Newsletter (March’15 edition):
It is time for the API Magazine newsletter — 16 hand selected articles per month right into your inbox. I collect, curate and...
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Don't miss the next one in 2 weeks:

http://eepurl.com/Ju3B5

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Why a great integration API isn’t enough

Why a great integration API isn’t enough | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
You need a strong community, templates and tools to support your already-stellar API
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What does it need for a great and successful API? According to this article: "three core elements needed for easy and effective integration: a solid API, great templates and tools, and a strong community."


Especially the second one is what we also refer to as API use cases. Identify the most use cases most valuable to your business as well as to your developers and focus on supporting these specifically. But at the same time design the API so that it is flexible and does not exclude uses which lie outside of these use cases.

This is why API design is an art.

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What It’s Like To Be A Developer Evangelist — Medium

What It’s Like To Be A Developer Evangelist — Medium | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

API (Application Programming Interface). Developer Experience (DX). You may or may not have heard of these terms before, but they are heavily used in the SaaS (software-as-a-service) industry. Developers use APIs to build off existing products and innovate new ideas. APIs allow companies to easily integrate with apps that bring in expertise where the company themselves may be lacking resources or would be costly to produce in-house.

Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

short and sweet summary of developer evangelists, DX, and APIs.

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New Zealand Government Launches API Portal for Businesses

New Zealand Government Launches API Portal for Businesses | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

The New Zealand government has launched an API portal to encourage businesses to integrate with government services. New Zealand has one of the more advanced government digital strategies in the world, and the initiative is a strong, early industry example of how governments can communicate the value of APIs to industry....

Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

Very interesting use case about government driven API initiatives in NZ. The "Better APIs for Business" initiative, see also:

https://webtoolkit.govt.nz/blog/2015/03/introducing-better-apis-for-business/

 

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Dropbox using POST to overcome GET limitations: Is this poor API design? - API Developer Weekly

Dropbox using POST to overcome GET limitations: Is this poor API design? - API Developer Weekly | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it

A hand-curated weekly newsletter for API developers, provided by LaunchAny.com and CaseySoftware.com

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This week's API Developer Weekly newsletter is out.

 

 

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APIDays Berlin and APIStrat Europe 2015

APIDays Berlin and APIStrat Europe 2015 | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
APIDays Berlin and APIStrat Europe are joining forces!

APIs are starting to touch every industry on the planet and best practice is evolving faster and faster so the teams behind the APIDays Berlin and APIStrat conferences have combined to create a single new European Event - the conference will combine the best of both with strategy keynotes, in depth industry sessions, developer track and a by now infamous developer SpeedHack challenge. Come to Berlin in April and keep pace with the API World!

Manfred Bortenschlager's insight:

APIDays and APIStrat events join forces for the Berlin edition on April 23-25.

Early bird registration finishes on Monday March 2 !!

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Eric Horesnyi's curator insight, March 1, 6:23 PM

Another key hackers event in Europe this Spring, right after #devoxx 

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APIs for Dummies

APIs for Dummies | API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists | Scoop.it
I have always loved the “for Dummies” books and recently I got to write one myself, "APIs for Dummies". An IBM branded eBook, but a “for Dummies” book never the less. The hardest part of writing t...
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Another APIs for Dummies book. This one has a slightly different take than the Apigee one. Chapter 6 with the "10 things to know about APIs" is neat.

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