2016 API Review: Microservices, Standards, Acquisitions and Security Breaches

December 31st, 2016 |

2016 has been an eventful year on many fronts and not least for APIs. We’ve see the emergence of Microservices as a big new driver for API adoption, numerous high profile security breaches (being DDOSed by your own webcam hurts!), vendor acquisitions, the growth of the Open API Initiative and some more industry events. Some of these trends we already had inklings of at the beginning of the year, but others came very much out of left field.

As is traditional at this time of the year, we’ve been reflecting on 2016 and looking ahead to 2017. Each year we make a set of wild predictions to see what we can guess of the year to come. So, first it’s time to see how we did with our 2016 predictions (look out for our 2017 thoughts early next week!). You can see our original 2016 predictions here.

Taking the predictions in turn:

1. Security will remain a key issue [1 point]: It’s now the second year where security (a…

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2016 API Predictions

December 30th, 2015 |

The API field progressed in leaps and bounds in 2015 with impressive new APIs, standards advances, conferences and unfortunately also more negative events like security breaches (see our 2015 roundup). Given all that activity, it’s a tough call to guess what might be next. What’s certainly true is that there will be more growth in store! There are already prediction pieces out there for 2016 like Yves de Montcheuil’s, Neha Sampat’s great 10 API predictions presentation at APIDays Paris and Mark Boyd’s great piece on the potential economic impact of APIs in 2016.

APIs are showing up in a wide range of 2016 projections in all sorts of industries from

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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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API Predictions 2014

December 16th, 2013 |

2013 has been an impressive year for API technology both in terms adoption, technology and investment. The number of APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb directory crossed 10,000 for the first time, there were investments and acquisitions, as well as multiple new conferences on APIs sprang up during the year including our own API Strategy and Practice Co-organised with API Evangelist. There were also new initiatives like API Commons that try to address some of the longer-term industry challenges.

In our

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