API Business Models And The API Model Canvas at APIStrat Austin

December 22nd, 2015 |

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…

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Packing list for Startupbus

May 28th, 2015 |

Five developer tools to save time on the road

We are only a week away from the StartupBus kick-off party that we’ll be hosting at 3scale HQ in San Francisco. Since the bus will leave the next day, it’s already time to pack!

What do you need to bring with you on this crazy journey? Besides your usual list of travel essentials, I have some suggestions for tools you’ll need as a developer on the bus. These tools will help save you precious time in the face of weak internet connection, rate limiting on APIs, using a language you’re not familiar with, and the huge bandwidth needed for communicating with APIs. Check ’em out.

And join us for the party on June 3rd. If you’re interested in riding StartupBus this year but haven’t signed up yet, there may still be time to apply.


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How to load test & tune performance on your API (Part I)

April 30th, 2015 |

The role of APIs has evolved a lot over the past few years. Not long ago, web APIs were mainly used as simple integration points between internal systems. That is no longer true. Nowadays, APIs often are the core system of a company, one on top of which several client – web and mobile – applications are built.

When APIs were only used for back-office tasks such as extracting reports, their performance was never a key factor. However, APIs have slowly moved towards the critical path between an end-user and the service a company offers. This increase in criticality entails a direct consequence: performance of APIs really matters now.

It doesn’t matter how extremely well built your front-end applications are if the API data sources take several seconds to respond. Or even worse, if their performance is unreliable. Performance matters a great deal, and more so in a world of microservices, which means the source of what a client application shows is probably being aggregated from multiple APIs behind the scenes.

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Understanding Mobile Developers

July 30th, 2014 |

VisionMobile’s Developer Economics Report 2014/Q3


In an earlier post, we announced that we had teamed up with VisionMobile as media partner for their 7th global survey for the Developer Economics Report 2014/Q3. We are very happy to announce that the final report is now available.

Developer Economics is the leading research program on mobile developers and the app economy, tracking developer experiences across platforms, revenues, apps, tools, APIs, segments and regions.

Based on a survey of 10,000+ app developers, the …

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The Five Elements Of Software Engineering For Mobile (Part 6)

May 20th, 2014 |

This is the final part of our series about the five elements of software engineering for mobile. Part one was about the main differences and challenges of software engineering for mobile vs “conventional” software engineering, part two was about making the right technical platform choices, part three was about getting the UX right, part four was about choosing the right methodologies, and part five was about enriching the app functionality by integrating with Internet-based APIs.

This …

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API Consumer Tools Keep Accelerating

April 11th, 2014 |

Following our launch of APITools two weeks back, momentum in the space keeps accelerating with Runscope raising $6M of new funding (congrats!). While the tools don’t directly compete (Runscope focuses on testing, APItools on operations and transforming the traffic), this activity clearly shows that people are hard at work to help out API  users.

The number of APIs keeps growing, and providers have rich new resources for API development, but tooling to support the developers that consume those APIs for their applications hasn’t kept pace. But now, between Runscope and APItools you can test, monitor, transform traffic, generate documentation and set alerts for APIs – all things that previously required manual code.

One thing is for sure – there are exciting times ahead in…

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Growing the API Ecosystem – APItools for App Consumers

April 3rd, 2014 |

Yesterday was a big day for us because we announced APItools – our new service for API Consumers (Developers and Ops teams that use APIs day in day out). While we’re hard at work on our main API Management products at 3scale (see here), APItools has been bubbling away for a while and we’re happy to be able to get it into the hands of more people – there was great coverage in various places [Forbes, Kin Lane – API Evangelist, APIScene

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