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)
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.
API company Apigee has released its findings for the 2013 Mobile App Behavior survey, which includes statistics from over 760 smartphone users in France, Germany, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.
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.
Mobile operators are hoping to make it easier for developers to integrate network-based features with their applications using a new platform called OneAPI Exchange.
Increasingly, businesses connect with their customers through applications. And a rising power in this application economy is the API management firm that makes it easier to connect outside users to a business' internal systems.
Anant Jhingran made a splash a couple of years ago as "the brains behind" the Watson computer while he was a chief technology officer at IBM's Silicon Valley Laboratory in San Jose. Now he is focused on applying Big Data analytics to apps as product chief at Palo Alto-based Apigee Corp.