Apigee Corp. , the company that "has an API for everything," is offering its application programming interface (API) management platform free of charge to anyone in hopes of adding fuel to the already hot mobile apps space. An API is an interface that allows different elements of software to more easily communicate with each other. Developers frequently use APIs in a mobile context to hook third-party applications into the wireless capabilities of an operating system or other application.
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Apigee has just released the latest version of its enterprise-grade, API-management software, and hold onto your hats: It’s free for anyone to use. The Apigee API platform will now give its users self-service access to tools for building and managing APIs, as well as for using them to make apps financially viable for a business. The tools are free to use for up to 3.5 million API calls per month. The Apigee suite includes “gateway” tools for companies of all kinds to transform their dormant data sets into APIs, then gives tools for using those APIs in apps featuring location, social, and other uniquely mobile features.
Mobile application analytics developer InstaOps Inc. has been acquired by a California company that plans to expand in Texas. Austin-based InstaOps was bought by Apigee Corp., an application program interface company, officials announced Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The InstaOps acquisition marks the opening of a new Apigee office in Austin. Apigee, which was founded in 2004, completed a $20 million round of funding in July. The company operates offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Bangalore and London.
Apigee Corp., a fast-growing Silicon Valley software company that makes tools for mobile device applications, has bought a small Austin company and plans to expand here. Apigee, which raised $20 million in venture capital last month, bought Austin's InstaOps Inc. for undisclosed terms. InstaOps develops analytics software that tracks mobile app performance. Cofounders of the Austin company, Alan Ho and Prabhat Jha, will join the Apigee team.
APIs are not only critical when it comes to extending the digital reach of an organization; they can also provide tangible brick and mortar benefits as well. Walgreens, for example, recently announced that it has developed an API and software development kit that allows developers of mobile applications to include the ability to print out photos within their applications at any one of 7,907 Walgreens locations.
Scalability and automatic RESTful API generation are two of the most important features mobile app developers can expect from mobile Backend-as-a-Service, an emerging, cloud-based set of services that provide developers with customizable back ends for mobile app platforms so that developers can focus their time and energy on the app itself.
Chet Kapoor thinks he's riding a huge wave. “Apps are everywhere and their changing the world,” he told me. “It’s at least as profound as the browser and the web itself.” But Kapoor and the company he leads, Apigee, aren't about apps, per se. Their about the back end that makes apps work. The company forges APIs, the tools that tap into a company or publisher's data to make apps possible. That's turning out to be a pretty good strategy.
Not only is there an app for pretty much everything, now there are companies to help developers manage how apps communicate. And venture capitalists are loving them.Last week alone, Apigee and Mashery pulled down a combined $30 million from VCs betting businesses need help managing what has become a labyrinth of internal and external facing apps connecting to their corporate back ends.
Walgreens, a 111-year-old retail pharmacy, might have the right prescription for staying young as a business: Find new customers through third-party developers, who connect to your services through a public application programming interface (API).Walgreens did that July 10 with its first publicly published API for third-party developers. It issued an API for its QuickPrints photo development service.