The API Economy

Entering the Platform Age: 3 Key Lessons for Generating Real Platform Value

March 9th, 2016 |

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the awesome APIDays Australia event in Melbourne – congratulations to the team at Sixtree and APIDays for pulling off a great event (check out Frank Arrigo’s great write up!). The “Platforms for Innovation” theme was a great opportunity to go deep on a topic we cover all the time with our customers – how to deliver real value with a platform strategy.

The notion of “becoming a platform” has become ingrained in today’s IT and product discourse: platform strategies can transform markets (Uber is a prime example) and be the foundation for internal innovation. Unfortunately, despite the buzz it can be very hard to both pin down the real value of a platform to your organization and subsequently to really deliver. In the talk we cover both the value of platforms and the focus needed to …

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600 Customers, New Partners and Great New Team Additions!

April 22nd, 2015 |

APIs are exploding and at 3scale we’ve had an amazing year helping customers in ever more exciting infrastructure projects. After great growth we’re now at 600 customers across a myriad of different domains from eCommerce and Media to Clothing, Retail, IoT and much more. New partners such as RedHat JBoss have also made for great collaboration and progress!

On the eve of the next APIStrat Conference in Berlin we’re also very pleased to announce that John Hubinger will be joining the 3scale Board and Paul Butterworth will be joining as a technical advisor. We couldn’t be more pleased with them joining, and both will bring invaluable experience.

  • John has successfully created and led the development of several software startups including Forte Software and AmberPoint. He subsequently held senior vice president positions at bot…

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Growth in the API Economy – Congratulations Apigee on the IPO Plans

March 20th, 2015 |

 

Some exciting news for APIs and the API Economy today — Apigee just announced its plans to IPO. Congratulations to them, and a great further validation of the booming API Infrastructure market.

3scale is now over 550 customers and growing quickly. API’s are certainly entering the mainstream consciousness.

Although we compete with Apigee, congratulations to them on this next stage of their journey. For the financially minded, their S1 fillings can be found here:

Apigee S1

All the best from the 3scale team!



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API Predictions 2015

January 4th, 2015 |

2014 was a great year for APIs. There were new technologies, and a lot more reach and relevance as API deployments broadened. We just posted the evaluations for our 2014 predictions and there were a few surprises.

Predicting 2015 is even harder since there is so much going on, but here are our thoughts for 2015. Hopefully a few of them will be on the nail.

In addition to inevitably “more growth”, we predict:

  1. Web API Design Will become a Premium Tech Skill: One of the requests we’ve consistently heard in 2014 is for design help with APIs. But, while there are great resources out there (for example see A Practical Approach to API Design) and we know of more on the way, experience still counts for a great deal and API Design is likely to show up more frequently in job recs across many industries. We also expect there to be a significant n…

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The Five Axioms of the API Economy: The Macro Effects of APIs – Rise of the API Economy

August 23rd, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

Having stated the Axioms in previous posts, a number of big picture questions arise: beyond how they are related to individual organizations, what effect do they have on the evolution of the web and the economy as a whole? What challenges are there in making the API Economy a reality?

The first post covered implications the Axioms have for individual organizations. In this second post, we cover implications for the market in general, the API providers, consumers and infrastructure organizations.

To look at this, i…

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The Five Axioms of the API Economy: Micro Effects of APIs – API Drivers for Individual Organizations

August 1st, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

The Five Axioms of the API Economy (find a summary post here) presented in previous posts articulate some baseline assumptions about world that appear to be true – and are likely not just to hold –but grow stronger over time.

Having stated the Axioms, a number of questions arise: how do they relate to individual organizations? What effect do they have on the evolution of the web and the economy as a whole? What challenges are there in making the API Economy reality. As we continue the series, we’ll dive into these questions from different angles. The first…

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The Five Axioms of the API Economy Summarized and Series II

July 26th, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

It’s been a pleasure for us to work together on trying to derive a sound basis for thinking about the API Economy – but that basis isn’t very useful if it isn’t built upon. So today we’re introducing the second part of the API Economy Axioms series – a look into what the consequences of these axioms are.

We’re starting off in this post by summarizing the five axioms and from next week we’ll be covering what happens next:

  • Implications for individual organization

  • Implications for Internet and business ecosystems as a whole

  • The challenges to be faced – both technical and organizationa…

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The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #5 – Organizations Must Consume Core Competences of Others Through APIs

May 16th, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

The Five Axioms of the API Economy

This blog post is the fifth in a series of blog posts outlining the axioms of the API economy – and covers the fifth and last axiom. However, it won’t be the last post in the series – once we’ve covered all the axioms, we’ll proceed and talk about their consequences also.

The five axioms we’re covering are as follows, in order:

  1. Everything and everyone will be API enabled.



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The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #4 – Organizations must provide core competence through APIs

May 9th, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

The Five Axioms of the API Economy

This blog post is the fourth in a series of five blog posts outlining the axioms of the API economy. The post follows on from the first three Axiom posted (also see an intro to the series in the first Axiom). The five axioms we’re covering are as follows, in order:

  1. Everything and everyone will be API enabled.


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The Five Axioms of the API Economy, Axiom #1— Everything and Everyone will be API-enabled

April 17th, 2014 |

This is a joint post by Guest Author Craig Burton who writes at http://www.craigburton.com/ (craigburton) and 3scale’s Steven Willmott (njyx on twitter). The original axiom approach was dreamt up by Craig and we’ve iterated together since.

The API Economy is a phenomenon that is starting to be covered widely in technology circles and spreading well beyond, with many companies now investing in API powered business strategies. There are also a number of definitions of the term API Economy that are useful (including here and here). As the term catches hold however, it makes sense to step back and reflect what the API Economy actually is and what effect it might have on organizations, individuals and the In…

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