2017 3scale API Predictions

January 30th, 2017 |

2016 was a momentous year for 3scale: seeing tremendous customer growth, product evolution and joining Red Hat. There was much to celebrate and we’re as excited as ever about the future of APIs and API Management. Exciting new product updates are coming in 2017 including a full on-premises version and full open source!

APIs have now become a key “must have” strategy component for most large companies and we’re seeing wide spreads deployments of APIs and the tools to help create, design and manage them.

Still, each year we like to gaze into our crystal ball and see what we think the future holds for APIs. You can find out how we did for our 2016 predictions here (link), but onward and upward. Here is what we and our new Red Hat colleagues dreamt up for 2017:

API Product Management will break through: The notion of treating an API as a fully fledg…

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APIs.JSON: Bootstrapping The Web of APIs

May 20th, 2015 |

It’s been a year since we first published APIs.JSON together with Kin Lane and APIEvangelist and the idea has taken hold in all sorts of ways – not least in the 900+ APIs now listed on APIs.io using the format.

Yesterday’s awesome APIStrat un-workshop at Gluecon (80+ people all talking API service definitions) was a great opportunity to reflect on what APIs.JSON really means. Here are the slides from the talk:

How APIs.io Hit the Front Page of Hacker News

November 25th, 2014 |

How we got there & then what happened… Part 1

Last Thursday we announced that APIs.io – the first open source search engine for APIs, which we’ve worked on with API Evangelist – had indexed more than 800 APIs. This was a major milestone. Along with our usual promotion, we had wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to some developers on Hacker News. Of course, everyone’s ultimate goal is that their post blows up on Hacker News.  We of course would love it if APIs.io would be the first place they would look to find accurate information about APIs. And before we knew it, we got picked up and reached the front page of Hacker News! After a couple minutes, we were already in the top 10. Soo…

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3scale And API Evangelist Announce APIs.io Search Engine At 800+ APIs

November 20th, 2014 |

Worlds First Open Source APIs.io Search Engine Now Lists Many Popular APIs – Google, Twilio, Fitbit, Twitter, Spotify and More


Today, 3scale and API Evangelist are stoked to announce that the APIs.json metadata format for Web API discovery and it’s accompanying open source APIs.io Search Engine reached 800+ APIs. Both the format and the search engine are open source and public to make it super easy to organically discover APIs on the public Web.

We announced the first version of this prototype in May of 2014 with a goal of reaching 500 APIs in six months. In that time, numerous organizations have listed their own APIs in the new format, and curated lists have also sprung up. Among the searchable APIs on APIs.io are Google Prediction API, Twi…

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From Value Chains to Value Networks – 3scale at APIdays

June 5th, 2014 |

In an earlier post, we described 3Scale involvement in the APIdays series of events and especially the most recent APIdays Mediterranea in Barcelona. In this post, I summarize my talk “APIs: From Value Chains to Value Networks” which I gave on the morning May 30th. You can find the slides on slideshare and embedded at the end of this post.

Setting The Context

My intention was to describe the current evolution from value chains to value networks, which is to a great extent enabled via APIs. Related to this I wanted to highlight some of the benefits that come with that evolution (such as new business models) but also some challenges. These challenges are mainly relevant for API providers but also affect API consumers (i.…

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APIs.Json, APIs.io and API Discovery on the Web

May 21st, 2014 |

We released some exciting news at the APISTRAT Gluecon Un-Workshop yesterday together with Kin Lane at API Evangelist: launching a new idea for how to promote the use of API Meta Data on the Public Web. The two things we announced were:

  • APIS.json: A new format to documenting the APIs on a given internet domain and get them found.
  • APIs.io: A simple search engine which uses the format.

In combination, the aim is to both help get more meta-data about APIs available in public and also begin making it easier to find these APIs. We’re also open-sourcing the API Search engine, so others can run their own search engines also (see APIs.io) for more information on this.

Why do this?

Web application programming interfaces (APIs) are becoming the “glue” of the Web because they indicate how softw…

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