It's a software world. Ask anybody. We're driven by apps on our computers, mobile devices — heck, even our cars run on software these days. But as an InformationWeek article pointed out, the prevalence of software really isn't anything new. The difference today is the API.
Cisco announced today that it plans to buy Tropo, the Twilio competitor that makes it easy to drop voice calling and SMS functionality into apps. Cisco said the combined companies will deliver a "collaboration platform as a service."
Picture it: You build an API for an application project, only to discover shortly after that the API already exists--possibly even two, three or more times. It's a waste of time and resources, but keeping track of the hundreds (or thousands) of APIs scattered throughout the organization is, at best, a difficult task.
Security is the main obstacle for companies looking to compete in the mobile app economy, according to a survey of 1,425 senior IT and business leaders by Vanson Bourne on behalf of CA Technologies.
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A beta program for a new API has just been opened to AT&T's Premium tier enterprise customers, enabling developers to claim new telephone numbers for their Web servers.
Brick-and-mortar retailer Lowe's Home Improvement may have more influence on the Internet of Things than you think, according to a Forbes contributor.
A development tools company hosts an online discussion that, in an unexpected twist of events, turned friendly at one point.
As we've noted--many times--before, you don't have to grow all your own data. Public data sources and business partners can be excellent sources for gathering raw information to feed analytics efforts.
Nobody is disputing that Google copied huge portions of Java in creating Android. But now, Google's defense that it didn't copy anything serious has been blasted to bits.