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freehe
freehe
7/31/2016 9:41:56 AM
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Open APIs
It is about time that APIs received the credit they deserve. For a long time they have been underutilized and overlooked as powerful tools.

I am not surprised that the top driver is - integrate new software with existing systems and applications. That was the original purpose of how APIs were used in IT. The only drivers that are new based on the original use of APIs are IoT, ecosystems and mobile applications. History repeats itself. Sigh.

The one statistic I am surprised about is that only 19% of B2B companies including IT are using APIs when the IT industry created APIs.

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
7/5/2016 7:33:40 AM
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Re: Unlocking data silos -- and then data quilting
mhf1ve, batye,

While I agree that it was a good thing Oracle didn't win, I'm not sure it would have had much effect on this particular problem; breaking data out of silos doesn't require using proprietary APIs, just forcing the data into some standard format, and once the data is "silo-broken", the stitching together requires its own APIs (which are quite underdeveloped and will probably, like other APIs, eventually come in both proprietary and open-source flavors). Had the Oracle decision gone the other way, I think at worst it would have imposed a minor hassle in this necessary development.

But thank heavens we don't have to conduct that experiment to find out which of us is right!

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batye
batye
7/4/2016 2:40:34 AM
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Re: Unlocking data silos -- and then data quilting
@mhhf1ve I could not agree more as other way it would change a lot of the things in technology....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
7/4/2016 12:36:50 AM
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Re: Unlocking data silos -- and then data quilting
Luckily, Oracle didn't win its case against Google and make API copyrights a huge barrier for everyone... 

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Michelle
Michelle
6/30/2016 1:18:41 PM
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Re: Fitting the way users actually think
So true! Working with systems that just work is much easier than bothering with IT or a development team to help export timely data. Self-service options can empower end users to grab all the relevant stuff they need without involving multiple parties. This can be both good and bad as not all system users are created equal.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/29/2016 10:53:24 PM
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Unlocking data silos -- and then data quilting
Speaking from a more-than-passing interest in data science, the greater-than-50% interest in "unlocking data silos" is a measure of how early in the process we still are.  The next job is finding the seams along which you can stitch the liberated data together into new and better constructs. And that's a job for which APIs are ideally suited; APIs that can recognize field relationships like uniquifiers, definitions, descriptions, and match or split them are already coming into existence and once there are enough of them, you'll be able to not just pull data from multiple silos, but build reliable datasets with some remarkable discoveries in the process.  Joining data at the seams is going to be huge; in five years I'd bet it'll be one of the main uses for APIs.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/29/2016 10:45:52 PM
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Fitting the way users actually think
"I need simple export and import and compatability between these two apps," said no user, ever. That's the way programmers and software engineers think, but a user just wants to "do that on the computer." So it's very unsurprising that the number one use of APIs is allowing software to work easily together; the end user population is driving the demand, and they don't want to "integrate software," they want "the computer to work" -- which is to say they want seamless instant integration and they'll be good and mad when they don't get it.

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