If you've been in the tech industry a long time you know that some industry conferences have that special 'vibe' and some don't. Netscape's early developer conferences had that vibe and helped drive the emergence of the web. I felt that same vibe at work yesterday at Apigee's I (heart) APIs conference at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. For those folks not able to attend this Sold Out even, here are 4 take aways.
The API economy is only going to be as strong as the quality of the APIs that enable it. Unfortunately, not all APIs are created equal in terms of quality, which collectively tends to act like a drag on the API economy.Looking to foster the development of higher quality APIs, Apigee today at its user conference unveiled an open source project, dubbed Volos, that provides a set of modules based on the Node.js development framework that Apigee recently announced it would support.
Recently ProgrammableWeb reported that Apigee now supports Node.js which allows developers to build highly customized APIs and apps using the Apigee API Platform. Apigee has just announced the launch of Apigee Learn, a free education program that offers a series of eight-week online courses presented in video format. The Apigee-specific courses will cover topics and skills that will help participants succeed in today’s API and App economies.
How can network operators provide maximum value in the cloud, SDN, and NFV future? By offering IT resources at the network edge, according to Michel Burger.
The model for business intelligence is rapidly changing from hub and spoke to that of a data supply chain, as I pointed out in “Why Building A Distributed Data Supply Chain Is More Important Than Big Data”. More data, more apps, more forms of analytics will all put stress on the centralized model of the enterprise data warehouse and gradually create many different nodes for storing and processing data, all of which communicate with each other.
As more business incline to mobile, cloud and web for commerce, APIs allow a variety of devices to access the same power source and use it for any number of purposes. Apigee, the enterprise-grade API management platform, can be an effective platform that offer plug-and-play configurations on API creation. But these are complex problem that developers can’t build easily.
As more businesses have turned to the Web for commerce, application programming interfaces, or APIs, have grown tremendously in importance. APIs let developers tap into Web services easily, without re-coding their own applications to interact with those services.
API management tools like Apigee Enterprise can be effective platforms to do just that. They offer plug-and-play configurations that makes creating an API creation a GUI-based snap. But you know developers -- the urge to code can be hard to resist. Or there may be a complex problem that an API manager can't build easily.
Accessing a public API is like plugging an appliance into an electrical outlet. The outlet allows a variety of devices to access the same power source and use it for any number of purposes — public APIs do something similar with software and data. It’s a simple relationship that involves one company providing another company with easy access to its data in much the same way that a power company allows you to use its electricity to power the many electronic devices in your home.
FORTUNE -- The havoc the Internet has wrought on traditional business already dwarfs previous economic transformations, but we haven't seen anything yet.
Companies of all sizes and across all industries are now facing a massive digital disruption that will permeate their cores. Information technology has been working its way into business processes for decades, but this is different: The apps, data and APIs that are driving this digital transformation are not just enabling business; they are becoming its very fabric. Whether digital native or analog immigrant, today's digital pioneers recognize that an app strategy is the key to customer engagement, user experience and business success.
Many front-line federal workers have long expressed their frustrations about working in an agency or office culture that stifles innovation. But government is now entering a new era where feds no longer have to file a memo to their boss with a new idea, only to receive the dreaded response, "But we've always done it this way."
Enter the third phase of the Digital Government Strategy: where cultural walls are kicked down in favor of collaboration, interoperability and openness. This is happening as agencies open up their data through application programming interfaces, or APIs, not only to private sector entrepreneurs but also to their own front-line employees, Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. chief technology officer and now advisor on the board of API company Apigee, told Wired Workplace last week.