In my recent Data Analytics & APIs post, I talked about analytics as a peer to your API, and using analytics to gain insights to drive success of your API strategy. An API strategy quickly gets an enterprise to a place where they have big data sets. As defined by Wikipedia, "Big Data consists of datasets that grow so large that they become awkward to work with using on-hand database management tools." No question that Big Data comes with big opportunity for valuable insights but also with challenges and questions about data storage, how to effectively manage the growth of data sets, methods for understanding data analytics and gleaning the most valuable insights from it.
There's an explosion of developers building mobile and web apps. There's also an explosion in APIs as enterprises adopt API strategies to open up access to their back-end systems to enable developers. As a result, more transactions flow from end users and developers to enterprises increasing reach, revenue, and profit for enterprises.
In this short video, I talk about how to think about analytics as a peer of your APIs and the role analytics plays in having your API strategy succeed.
Thanks to all who participated in last week's webinar: "API Trends: What to expect in 2012" with Sam @sramji, Anant @jhingran, and Brian @brianpagano. Here are the video and slides. Thanks for a great interactive session.
Wayne Gretzky has this great quote -
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
A few days ago I had a great conversation with a big retailer (and with many other customers since then) about engaging customers on the edge of the enterprise and think it's worth sharing.
Today our systems of record in enterprises are ERP and billing systems. That will continue to be the case but the problem is that all these...
In a recent post I talked about how you need APIs as your business grows; how services need to integrate directly to a companies' business processes through APIs rather than indirectly through a portal or Web site. Check it out here.
This time, because APIs need to scale, I talk about how you need the Cloud to effectively manage those APIs and enable developers to be successful using your APIs to build their apps.
You need a cloud to effectively manage your APIs.
Cloud services need APIs. APIs need clouds. They are Yin and Yang. If you are working with one, you are working with the other.
First the Yin – if you have a cloud why you need APIs?
One of the ways cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS) achieve scale is through customer self-service.
This usually means a customer portal, through which early customers – usually small companies or a department of a larger company – set up and manage their service.
At this scale, “integration” is achieved through people using the portal to interact...
This year's Web 2.0 Expo theme is Unlock the Digital Economy and I presented "Amundsen's Dogs, Information Halos and APIs," cognitive tools to help you build your epic API journey. We walk through how to succeed in the new App Internet and 5 building blocks for a winning API strategy.