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API Trends I Am Watching

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I try to keep API Evangelist a place where API newbies and API experts can both find what they are looking for. To meet this demand I’m constantly moving the site around, trying to uncover more information, in a logical way that speaks to everyone.

To change things up a little I moved a couple of the most important trends in APIs out of the trends section, and put them on the right hand menu, making them accessible from any page. There are four trends I think are important to how APIs are being used right now:

I feel these areas will represent a shift in how APIs are deployed and consumed to meet the growing demand for the data and resources driving web and mobile applications. While the API should exist on its own, these areas represent an evolution in how APIs are bundled together into more meaningful stacks, new mashups of resources and providing the integration, interoperability, automation and real-time needs of businesses in the API economy.

In addition to these four trends, I’m looking at several other ways APIs are being used in new and potentially powerful ways:

These all represent some very important ways in which APIs are being applied across all business sectors. All these trending areas are using APIs to deliver value to government, businesses and individuals, and if we are not careful we can focus only on the end value and forget about some of the important benefits of keeping open, accessible APIs that deliver the valuable resources needed.  The open pipes will prove to be just as important as the end value in my opinion.

We will need to make sure the backends to the mobile phones and tablets our families are using stay open and transparent, delivering the value while respecting our privacy and security. There needs to be transparency and open access around all analysis and visualizations used in “big data” decisions in the coming years. Infographics and industry reports without open and transparent APIs behind them offer little value in the API economy.

I’m looking forward to seeing which of these trends continue to grow in 2013, and which ones go away, or even morph into entirely new trends. This is what I love about the API space, the unlimited opportunity for change and evolution. Which is why I keep the conversation going.