On Thursday, API company Apigee heralded the launch of the Apigee API Exchange, the first API exchange platform designed to power app ecosystems in any industry.
Apigee is a very interesting company - or perhaps we should say it's a very helpful company - especially if you happen to be a developer in need of quickly understanding or getting to know the API set from a variety of Websites. Need a Facebook or Flickr API reference? How about the New York Times? Or maybe Salesforce? No problem!
A revolution is disrupting business: The world is becoming programmable. 180 miles east of Detroit is Blackberry. In 2007, Blackberry was Canada's most valuable company. By 2009, they owned 20 percent of the global smartphone market. Today, Blackberry has less than 5 percent global market share and Apple has 20 percent. Google's Android has an astonishing 70 percent. Where did Blackberry go wrong?
Apigee, an API technology and service provider, has recently been selected by Gracenote, a music and video technology provider, to help it to both develop and enrich its app ecosystem.
While consumer internet companies grab the headlines, the IPO market over the last year tells a different story. Innovative startups are exploiting massively disruptive forces now changing the face of enterprise technology. This time, the shakeup isn’t a periodic upheaval creating a new normal. This time, disruption is the new normal.
The programmable enterprise has arrived, with businesses in almost every market sector using application programming interfaces (APIs) to open up their software assets and encouraging developers to innovate using the infrastructure that they would not normally have access to.
As consumers, we don’t see APIs. As business owners or technology companies, we should be more than interested in them, not only in what they do, but who owns them. Many companies are becoming specialized in developing all kinds of these programs to get the right information to the correct database.
Wouldn't it be great if you could register a new app or service just by tapping a button or two? It won't be long before many mobile subscribers will be able to do just that. After downloading an app, their operator will offer to register them automatically, so that they don't need to key in their name, email address, password, and other details. (See page 15)
The OneAPI Exchange will get carriers into the identity verification business, but more significantly it’s the first carrier developer service designed to work universally across all carriers’ networks.
How addicted have you become to your mobile apps? Do you use one to wake you up in the morning — map your route to work or plan your day? Worse, do you think you wouldn't be able to do these things without using an app? Remember, there still are old-fashioned computers that help with some of these tasks.