API business models have been a hotly debated topic in the API community. For sustainable API program success, it’s paramount to get the value proposition right, and the API provider needs to have a clear understanding about how to capitalize on this value. At the API Strategy and Practice conference (APIStrat) in Austin, we had a whole session devoted to this topic.
John Musser from API Science (and former founder of ProgrammableWeb) was chairing that session. John was, in fact, one of the people who initially triggered the discussions around APIs and business models at APIStrat in 2013. He did an excellent job shaping the agenda of the session, starting with two talks about the principles of business models and APIs and suggested thinking processes. The following two talks were reports from each speaker’s experience, discussing what can go wrong and essential lessons learned.
I kicked things off doing the first talk about the API Model Canvas, a tool to help API leaders get their strategy right for their API…
Translation on Tap – Streamlined Through APIs
Tech-savvy translation agency Lingo24’s APIs give businesses access to two streams of translation services — premium machine translation and professional human translation — providing a range of flexible solutions for high quality “translation on tap”.
Translation is becoming an essential service as businesses face new challenges operating across language barriers to communicate with customers and employees around the world. Traditional solutions often can’t address the range of content or rapid deadlines required. Lingo24’s APIs make it possible for developers to create apps to fill in the gaps and provide simple solutions for businesses’ specific requirements in operating multilingually.
Examples of how Lingo24 APIs can be used:
- Plug in premium machine translation to an instant messaging app to allow colleagues who don’t speak the s…
As the API Ecosystem grows, at 3scale we often asked where growth is fastest and how to characterize certain trends. While this is challenging to do, sites like Programmableweb provides great data of many public APIs and regularly feature trend analysis (see John Musser’s excellent “Hot or Not” Presentation Gluecon for example).
To dig deeper though, we decided to try to classify a snapshot of 1000 of the latest APIs recently registered on Programmableweb, with some surprising results.
The study took the latest 1000 APIs registered in the Programmableweb directory prior to the 2nd of May 2012 and analysed them in various ways. Hence the sample stretches from the 17th of January until the 2nd of May 2012. The directory is now over 6000 APIs and those latest 1000 were added in just 90 days – so it’s recent snapshot and should tell us something. The APIs were classified in a n…