The amount of data collected by companies in all sectors and markets has grown exponentially in the past decade. Businesses increasingly interact with customers through social and business networks, through apps (and APIs) and therefore businesses collecting data from new and diverse locations outside the walls of their enterprises and systems-of-record.
The following is a perspective on 5 ways in which data is changing how we do business...
Thanks to all who participated in last week's Webcast, OData & Impact on API Design. The video and slides for the session are below. Thanks to @gbrail and @jhingran and our moderator @brianpagano. We'd love to continue the discussion on the api-craft forum. (To those who were on the live webcast - our sincere apologies for the audio & technical difficulties.)
We’ve looked at internal, partner, and customer API initiatives. This time we’ll look at the Open API initiative, probably the most familiar of strategies given the success of companies like Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook . . . A lot of companies are inclined to start with an Open API using Twitter, Foursquare, or Facebook as the archetype. We generally recommend against this approach.
In this short series to explore different API strategies, we've looked at the characteristics and examples of Internal and Partner API Initiatives, which are often the first and second stages of a company's API strategy.
The Customer API initiative is mostly used in one of two scenarios. The first is when offering software as a service (SaaS). (Look at Salesforce as an example where customers demand an API.) The second is when the customer of your business is another business (a B2B scenario).
Here we look at...
NDS is a leading global provider of end-to-end software solutions for the pay television industry. The company enables pay-TV operators to differentiate their service by delivering a unique viewing experience to their subscribers—anytime, anywhere, on any device—while ensuring that only paying viewers can view content.
James Field, Director of Technology, R&D New Initiatives, NDS, talked to us about how NDS uses APIs to help television operators cost-effectively expand their brand to companion devices and integrate with social media.
Last time we looked at the archetype of an Internal API initiative, which is often the first stage in a company’s API strategy.
The second stage is often to collaborate with partners. A partner API initiative is one that focuses first on collaboration with strategic partners. Those partners create applications, add-ons, or integrations with the API. At this stage the API gets hardened and because the API is used across organizational boundaries, the API team will learn a new set of lessons including support, documentation, authentication schemes and so on.
Anatomy of a...
In a recent post, I made the argument that the key to bridging the gulf between IT requirements and those of the new app economy is an API.
We categorize the API initiatives that support the app economy in four flavors - Internal, Partner, Customer, or Open - according to the different roles that app developers can play.
So what does each of these API initiatives look like? What are common scenarios in which you see them employed and how do you align your business goals with a particular strategy? Let’s start from...