APIs

  • Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    The application is where we traditionally tend to work with a piece of software, but with the increasing use of APIs, sometimes the application is just one way of interacting with the tool. Looker announced version 4 of its data visualization tool today with expanded ways to make use of the data beyond the interface itself. Sure, they updated the interface as part of today’s broad… Read More

  • Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson talked about the trials of going public, why paying attention to the stock price is unproductive, and how bots are overrated. It’s certainly interesting that the leader of one of the premiere communications companies today thinks bots… Read More

  • Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta announced it was bringing identity management to APIs today at its Oktane customer conference in Las Vegas. For a long time, Okta was about connecting people with cloud applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce or Office 365. A couple of years ago, the company extended that capability to enable customers to control the devices where employees could access those cloud… Read More

  • The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction Crunch Network

    The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction

    The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. This is a battle for interoperability and the merit-based making of entire markets. Read More

  • The API for absurdity Crunch Network

    The API for absurdity

    Every important technology goes through a hype cycle. You’ve probably seen the Gartner Hype Cycle diagram: inflated expectations, followed by despair and eventually a pragmatic understanding of the technology’s value. World-changing promises tend to turn into mundane reality — if they don’t fall off the roller coaster entirely. Read More

  • Big data and its developer fallout Crunch Network

    Big data and its developer fallout

    As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet is more closed and much more controlled than ever before. Read More

  • A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses Crunch Network

    A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses

    As software proliferates every corner of a business, IT is being crushed by demands from users who require applications and data to be always available and always connected. IT can no longer meet the demand by simply running faster on the hamster wheel. The new operating model requires IT to build reusable, self-service assets and infrastructure to avoid reinventing the wheel every time a… Read More

  • Ignorance almost killed our best shot at EMR interoperability Crunch Network

    Ignorance almost killed our best shot at EMR interoperability

    U.S. healthcare patients just dodged a bullet. In late May, misconceptions about APIs nearly led to the Joint Health IT Committee shooting down our best chance of universal electronic health records becoming a reality. The vote was 13-10; a close call — far too close. Read More

  • Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform Crunch Network

    Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform

    We believe three pillars are necessary for any developer platform: utility, revenue and distribution. Read More

  • Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    When you think of Autodesk, you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand machine shop service and a platform for building smart connected Internet of Things devices… Read More

  • Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto, a company founded by four security industry pros, emerged from stealth today with a pretty cool bot-driven security platform and $6 million in Series A. The round was led by Accel with participation from Cylance CEO Stuart McClure, Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Bluecoat President Mike Fey, all security industry veterans. What makes all of these companies so interested in Demisto is… Read More

  • The rise of APIs Crunch Network

    The rise of APIs

    It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More

  • Oracle CEO claims it discounted Java by 97.5% to beat out Android on Amazon’s Paperwhite

    Oracle CEO claims it discounted Java by 97.5% to beat out Android on Amazon’s Paperwhite

    Oracle and Google continue to fight it out in a retrial over $9 billion that Oracle claims Google owes it for using its Java code in its popular Android mobile platform. And in the process, we’re also hearing details about other companies that may not have been known before. Today it was the turn of Amazon, which Oracle today said ran Java in its Kindle Paperwhite, but only after… Read More

  • Microsoft gives developers new options to plug into Office 365

    Microsoft gives developers new options to plug into Office 365

    At the Build developer conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced a series of new Office 365 developer tools designed to enhance how they interact with the Office 365 platform. Microsoft outlined three new ways for developers to work with Office 365, including Graph APIs to provide intelligent integration inside third-party applications using content from the Microsoft Graph… Read More

  • Almost everyone is doing the API economy wrong Crunch Network

    Almost everyone is doing the API economy wrong

    It’s time to hold companies to a higher standard when it comes to APIs. As software “eats the world,” it seems like it’s not enough for a business to just serve its customers and hopefully make a profit, they also have to be “platforms” — and, as any developer would respond, these days you just can’t be a platform without an API. Read More

  • Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Partnerships And Interoperability Matter Most In Cloud-Mobile World

    Once upon a time, companies built huge proprietary systems to track their customer information, content, accounting, business intelligence and every other business function you can name. These were expensive, monolithic systems that took years to implement and compatibility between systems was not a huge priority. Usually the technology choices had a lot more to do with the needs of IT than… Read More

  • The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path Crunch Network

    The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

    APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come. When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already known — the dawn of a new era in software engineering. Read More

  • MuleSoft’s Massive $128M Round Could Be Precursor To IPO

    MuleSoft’s Massive $128M Round Could Be Precursor To IPO

    MuleSoft, the company that helps connect different types of software and services, scored an enormous $128 million investment today. The Series G round was led by Salesforce Ventures with ServiceNow and Cisco Investments also participating. In addition, it saw some public market institution investment including Adage Capital Management, Brookside Capital and Sands Capital Ventures. Read More

  • Cisco Snags Tropo Communications Development Platform

    Cisco Snags Tropo Communications Development Platform

    When you think of Cisco, it’s easy to pigeon-hole them as a networking equipment company, but Cisco also has a communications and collaboration side that includes WebEx. Today, it announced its intent to buy Tropo, a Twilio-like communications platform for adding telephony, messaging and other communications tools to any application. As I wrote yesterday, APIs are making it simpler… Read More

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