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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

API Magazine Newsletter (Aug.’14): About APIs and Developer Evangelists

The August 2014 edition of the API Magazine Newsletter went out on time this time. Yay!

This edition featured topics including:

  • My article about the “Launch of the Uber API: Unbundling Channels in Travel and Transportation”
  • Kin Lane’s discussion the benefits of APIs in Higher Education
  • Another edition of the Five Axioms of the API Economy series — this time about potential macro effects
  • A fairly comprehensive ebook by IBM about Enterprise API management
  • A reference to the newest release of the “Practical Approach to API Design” ebook
  • The worst API ever made
  • And many more…

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This monthly email newsletter is an extract of the online API Magazine on Scoop.it where I curate and comment all sort of topics around the API economy (technical and strategic) and developer evangelism.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mobile OS Paradigm — leading to platform architecture change

The original article was curated and commented on the API Magazine. Find it here on Scoop.it, via API Magazine: About APIs and Developer Evangelists

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Are tablets the next big thing, a saturated market (already), dead (!), or just in a lull? The debate continues while the sales of tablets continue to outpace laptops and will soon overtake all PCs…

My insight summarised:
Great write-up about how the three elements: nature of work, capabilities of tools and architecture of platform influence each other; and how this led to the mobile OS paradigm.

Interesting is also to note that initially, we (IT people) tried to “port” desktop or PC concepts to mobile. That didn’t really work. Then we recognized that there are substantially different requirements to cover and it is actually worth to do this in a completely new fashion. That led to the mobile OS paradigm.
And Steven describes that very well in his article with the three elements.image



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Unbundling Channels in Travel and Transportation

This post is a reference to one of the articles I curated for the API Magazine. Below is a short intro.  image

It is all over the tech news - transportation service provider Uber launched their API. That means Uber now allows programmable access to their core services including passing a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, fare estimate provision, and trip history access. More services are to come. Clearly, this  move allows Uber to tap into a range of new opportunities.


Manfred Bortenschlager’s insight:
This is one of my own articles about the various novel transportation services such as Uber, Hailo, or Car.ma opening up their data and services via APIs.
This benefits mainly come from three typical API use cases:
1. Developing massive reach
2. Customer and partner ecosystem growth
3. Driving innovationimage

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

API Magazine Newsletter (July’14): About APIs and Developer Evangelists

The July 2014 edition of the API Magazine Newsletter went out a little earlier this month. This edition featured topics including:

  • A more general White Paper about “What’s an API” and how a business can benefit from it 
  • Kin Lane’s paper about APIs in Higher Education
  • Mehdi’s excellent discussion about the 5 ways why an API is more than just an API
  • Insights about the strategy behind the LEGO API 
  • My article about the benefits of APIs and API Management for Transport and Logistics
  • More on the Five Axioms of the API Economy
  • And many more…

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Built to Innovate: The Benefit of APIs in Higher Education

This is a link to on one of my articles which I curated for the API Magazine. Below is a short intro.

Manfred Bortenschlager’s insight (from scoop.it):
This is one of my own recent blog post about the benefits APIs can deliver in Higher Education.
In summary this is primarily to make innovation happen a lot easier, and to increase efficiency of services and processes.image

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We have written a lot about what APIs are and the various use cases how they can be deployed to be successful in the API Economy in general. For a more formal work about the Five Axioms of the API Economy refer to our related series of blog posts. A very recent work specifically about APIs in Higher Education was established by the API Evangelist Kin Lane and you can download the report here: “The University of API“. Kin describes several case studies of Universities using APIs, some of which we will mention below, too.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Decoding Developers: VisionMobile’s New Developer Economics Report

VisionMobile Developer Economics -- 3scaleIn an earlier post, I announced that with the API Magazine I teamed up with VisionMobile as media partner for their 7th global survey for the Developer Economics Report 2014/Q3. I am very happy to announce that this report is now finalized and 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 7th edition Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q3 2014 research report investigates the latest trends and discusses platforms, languages, consumer vs. enterprise revenues, as well as developer tools and segments.

Download your free Developer Economics report here.

Here are the key insights of that report summarized:

  • On a global level the platform wars are ending with iOS claiming the majority of the high-end device market and Android winning almost everywhere else. Windows Phone continues to gain developer mindshare steadily at 28%.
  • HTML5 is the most widely used at 42% of developers with Java, the native language on Android, the next most popular at 38%.
  • A surprisingly high 47% of iOS developers and 42% of Android developers are using something other than the native language on their platforms.
  • The majority of app businesses are not sustainable at current revenue levels. 50% of iOS developers and 64% of Android developers are below the ‘app poverty line” of $500 per app per month.
  • 67% of mobile app developers primarily target consumers and 11% target professionals directly. The 16% of developers who target enterprises are twice as likely to be earning over $5k per app per month and almost 3 times as likely to earn more than $25k per app per month.
  • Games dominate app store revenues, yet most games developers struggle. 33% of developers make games but 57% of those games make less than $500 per month.
  • Third party tools are a critical part of successful app businesses. There’s a strong correlation between tool use and revenues, the more tools a developer uses, the more money they make.
  • The breakdown of developer segments that target each platform is determined by how well the platforms help them meet their goals. Adoption of iOS amongst Explorers and particularly Hobbyists is limited, while the opposite is true for Windows Phone.

The key themes covered in the report are:

  • Platform wars go local - Global vs. regional Mindshare
  • Language ranking - Most popular vs. most actively used programming languages
  • Language lock-in - Language mix for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
  • App monetization - App revenues globally, Android vs. iOS, app revenue split
  • Consumer vs. enterprise - Revenues for developers targeting consumers vs. enterprises
  • Game developers - Revenues for mobile game devs, top platforms and tools
  • Developer tools - Revenues of devs using tools, top tool categories
  • Developer segments - Characteristics, sizes and revenues of the 8 developer segments

Download your free Developer Economics report here.

 

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About VisionMobile

VisionMobile is the leading research company on the apps economy and mobile business models. Their research helps clients track app developer trends and master mobile business models. Developer Economics is VisionMobile’s semi-annual industry research series, tracking app developer trends, attitudes, experiences and monetization by region. VisionMobile’s mantra: distilling market noise into market sense.



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Monday, June 30, 2014

API Magazine Newsletter (June’14): About APIs and Developer Evangelists

The June 2014 edition of the API Magazine Newsletter just went out. This edition featured topics including:

  • My article about the trend from value chains to value networks
  • A summary of the key announcements at Google I/O
  • A debate about the consequences of API copyrightability
  • The Mobile Megatrends 2014 by VisionMobile
  • APItools.com
  • The Crunchbase and Nest APIs
  • And many more…

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

The May 2014 edition of the API Magazine Newsletter just went out. This edition featured topics including:

  • The final part of my series about the key elements of software engineering for mobile 
  • The opportunities of transportation APIs and open data on ProgrammableWeb
  • Some thoughts about the various dimensions of platform scalability and how twitter engineered that
  • Several articles about API copyrighting and its implications
  • A write-up about the epic twitter presentation at APIStrat Amsterdam
  • The slides of my talk about the contribution of APIs to the emergence of value networks at APIdays Mediterranea
  • Some stuff about DX
  • Some stuff about real REST
  • And many more…

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Full Stack Marketing

I just found this post from Wade Foster (co-founder of Zapier — which connects Web apps and automates stuff) which is a great description of the skills of the modern marketer: Full Stack Marketer.

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A few days ago, Marcelo Calbucci, had a great post in Geekwire about the lack of great marketing minds in startups.

For whatever reason marketing seems to be a second rate citizen in startup land. Most startups are sucking up as many engineers as possible, but delaying marketing help until after a significant funding round.

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