Editor’s note: Be sure to check out our research on the overall growth of Web APIs since 2005. At the time of writing, this is the most recent data we have, but check the research page to see if we have a more updated article. We will be continually updating the overall growth chart with other charts getting updated on a less frequent basis.
The ProgrammableWeb directory eclipsed the 17,000-API mark in the first quarter of 2017 and this milestone gives us a chance to look at what the data can tell us about the API economy. Since 2005, we’ve seen APIs grow from a curiosity, to a trend, and now to the point where APIs are core to many businesses. APIs have provided tremendous value to countless organizations and developers, which is reflected in their continued growth.
As business computing migrates to SaaS applications, developers (and those whom they represent) must address the problem of the data silos the software creates. For example, a business might use a marketing automation system, a separate CRM, and a lead generating system, each of which addresses a specific need, but collectively creates a fragmented data model.
Jason Harmon, head of APIs at engaging forms tool Typeform, and namesake of the JSON schema, gave a fantastic proactive talk at a recent APIdays conference about “the things that break stuff in production.” Three things in fact.
Okta, an enterprise identity management platform provider, has acquired Stormpath, a startup that provides an API for implementing user management capabilities in websites and applications. Stormpath co-founders Alex Salazar and Les Hazlewood along with the Stormpath team are joining Okta to help accelerate the development of its identity platform for developers.
This week, Lyft introduced its new Dispatch Developer Program. The program allows developers to use Lyft APIs to integrate with third party apps in a manner that no longer requires riders to sign up for a Lyft account. Instead, Lyft account management is handled between the third party app and Lyft directly, while the rider need only manage the relationship with the third party business.