The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW
One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the
example of the BMW watch app.
This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car,
right from your wrist.
You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information
such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the
watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the
watch is fetched in real-time from APIs.
It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs cars,
pulling data in real-time from APIs. If you want to find more about the
underlying APIs, check out the Axway/IC-Consult webinar about how APIs power
the connected car. As you can see below, not only are watch apps involved (in
this case the Samsung Gear example), but also mobile apps.
Here are some predictions for the API space for 2014:
Rise of the Client
It's generally agreed that an API is only as good as the clients which use
it. An unused API is a failure. So that's why it's odd that so much attention
has focused on the server side of APIs, with comparatively little attention
paid to the client side (there are exceptions though, like Runscope's handy
Request Editor and hurl.it, to help developer API clients).
If you ask an API provider about how their API is going to be called by
clients, often you are met with a hand-wavy answer along the lines of "It's
API Management Workshops are a great way to get hands-on information about
how to leverage standards such OAuth 2.0 to manage your APIs, enable mobile
apps, and connect to Cloud services. Here at Axway, we have a busy schedule
of API Workhops coming up. At the API Workshops, we walk through practical
hands-on examples of how to call APIs with mobile apps, how to call Cloud
APIs such as SalesForce, and how to enable cloud login ("Login with Google")
all through APIs. Following on from the API Workshops in Australia and New
Zealand earlier this year, we are now swinging through Nor... (more)
Readers of this blog might be interested in this Systems Integration
Solution Designer Job Posting from Three UK, located in Maidenhead which just
outside of London.
Skills listed include: TIBCO ActiveMatrix, Axway API Gateway, and Enterprise
Java, as well as knowledge of SOAP, web & RESTful services.
Next Tuesday, June 24, in conjunction with our partners at IC-Consult, we
are running a half-day API Workshop in the Detroit area. I'm very excited
that we have a great guest speaker, Robert Foster from IC-Consult, who will
be talking about about the BMW Group case study, explaining how secure APIs
drive innovation in the Connected Car area. In the technical deep dive part
of the API Workshop, we'll be covering:How to secure REST APIs - OAuth 2.0
and moreAPIs for Mobile Apps SalesForce.com and other Cloud APIsMicrosoft
Office365 and Google Apps Single Sign-OnIt's also a great op... (more)