Apigee Launches the Industry's First API Exchange Platform
Apigee, the API company, today launched the Apigee API Exchange, the first API exchange platform designed to power app ecosystems in any industry. The API Exchange delivers seamless API interoperability, enabling businesses within an industry to collaborate and extend the reach of their apps to the broadest possible market. It breaks down the barriers to data accessibility in industries affected by fragmentation and facilitates industry-wide consumption of data and services.
"APIs are the 'nervous system' of our new digital world," said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO. "Being able to share services and data through interoperable APIs is crucial to establishing modern, digital ecosystems in any industry. This is especially true in industries where competition or regulation has created fragmentation, such as in telecommunications, healthcare or travel. The API Exchange will let consumers use apps and APIs seamlessly across disparate businesses within an industry, similar to roaming on mobile phones."
The Apigee API Exchange is initially available for the telecommunications industry. It represents a new model for API interoperability that creates expanded reach for operators and developers and new, telco-enhanced mobile app experiences for consumers.
Developing Apps in Fragmented Industries
Today, consumers increasingly rely on a variety of API-enabled services delivered through their mobile apps –everything from checking email to texting a friend to accessing health records. To provide broad access to the services and data in specific industries, app developers must engage in a costly and time-consuming process of working with multiple API providers. For example, in the telecommunications industry, app developers often work with many different operators' APIs to deliver apps that can be accessed by consumers worldwide. This fragmentation has slowed innovation and limited the number of apps leveraging rich APIs in telecommunications as well as many other industries.
In an API Exchange-powered ecosystem, application developers can build apps with APIs that can be consumed by a broad range of users across different businesses in fragmented industries. It's a uniquely flexible solution that lets businesses share data and services through industry-standard APIs or their own customized APIs.
The Apigee API Exchange: Powering Telco App Ecosystems
The Apigee API Exchange provides the interoperability to seamlessly integrate operator services into mobile apps. Through the API Exchange, operators expose network APIs such as payment, identity and messaging, which are federated to provide the cross-operator reach. Developers of apps and Web services can easily integrate these APIs to enrich the functionality and improve the user experience of their apps. The API Exchange includes state-of-the-art APIs for onboarding app and API providers, validation and federation of app usage, metadata management, logging and rating of app usage and cross-provider billing for financial settlement between providers.
Through the API Exchange, operators can enable a massive ecosystem of app innovation and build new distribution channels; developers can work directly with operators and expand their reach to a massive global pool of subscribers; and consumers benefit from apps with higher performance, better security and easier billing from operator services.
"Openness and interoperability are at the core of our approach to innovation, which is why we’re actively collaborating with Apigee to develop APIs that empower developers to easily integrate AT&T network services and intelligence into their apps more quickly than ever before,” said Abhi Ingle, vice president of Ecosystem and Innovation at AT&T. "The Apigee API Exchange now delivers important API interoperability that we believe will extend network innovation and reach for operators worldwide."
Last month, Apigee partner the GSMA launched the GSMA OneAPI Exchange, a solution for the telecommunications industry built on the Apigee API Exchange. Leading mobile operators including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone are already participating in the OneAPI Exchange powered by Apigee.
“The API Exchange platform will enable a new generation of rich mobile apps that are enhanced by operator network APIs such as identity, location and messaging," said Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. "The GSMA is pleased to be working with Apigee, a leading API technology provider for the mobile communications industry, to deliver these exciting capabilities.”
The API Exchange builds on Apigee's momentum in the telecommunications industry, where companies including AT&T, KT, Telefonica and Vodafone have adopted the Apigee API platform.
“With the introduction of the API Exchange, Apigee is further extending its API leadership with a solution that enables businesses to seamlessly share data and services through apps,” said Kapoor. “The API Exchange is positioned to dramatically simplify and accelerate the development and use of API-powered apps in a global marketplace.”
The Apigee API Exchange is available today for telecommunications service providers. For more information, please go to the Apigee website at http://apigee.com/about/product/apiexchange or email [email protected].
Apigee is the leading provider of API technology and services for enterprises and developers. Hundreds of companies including Walgreens, Bechtel, eBay, Pearson, and Gilt Groupe as well as tens of thousands of developers use Apigee to simplify the delivery, management and analysis of APIs and apps. Apigee's global headquarters are in Palo Alto, California, and it has offices in Bangalore, India; London, Austin and Detroit. To learn more, go to www.apigee.com.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.