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
Although it doesn't have a fancy logo or a website, CVE-2014-6271 /
CVE-2014-7169 (AKA "Shellshock") has been making a lot of news lately. Axway
(Vordel) customers can find out everything they need to know at this
Knowledgebase article (requires support login).
My colleague Ross Garrett is speaking next week at the Cloud Identity Summit
on the "APIdentity" track. "APIdentity" is a neat mashup of "API" and
"Identity" - I like it. Catch Ross's talk at 2.10pm on Monday 21 July:
API Security for the Cloud: Tales from the Trenches
Cloud technologies and mobile devices are transforming interactions with
organizations via APIs. APIs present an endless opportunity for businesses to
generate revenue, engage customers and collaborate with partners; Gartner
even predicts 50% of B2B collaboration will occur via Web APIs by 2016.
This API Economy create... (more)
McKinsey recently produced a report entitled "Monetizing mobile apps:
Striking the right balance". It talks about how APIs can drive revenue for
organizations. The report is certainly useful to further drive awareness of
APIs, but there are some comments which I have on it.
The report focuses only on customer-facing mobile apps. But, organizations
are gaining significant value by deploying APIs to enable employee apps
(think of field-sales apps, or apps for employees working in the field
installing products). Last week, we ran a webinar on Business-to-Employee
Mobile Apps with Sc... (more)