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Mark O'Neill

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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. The... (more)

Rise of the Thing - Internet of Things

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 RE... (more)

CVE-2014-6271 / CVE-2014-7169 ("Shellshock")

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). ... (more)

APIdentity at Cloud Identity Summit next week

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)

Monetizing mobile apps - Comments on McKinsey Report

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)