Today in APIs: Microsoft Upgrades Azure's API Management

Microsoft's Azure opens path to creating API portals. Facebook to hold its first hackathon in Africa. Plus: Nexmo looks to accelerate revenues, and five reasons to adopt APIs.

Microsoft's Integration of Apiphany Accelerates Building Your Partnership Ecosystem

For the first time since acquiring the API management company, Apiphany, Microsoft is now ready to unveil the integrated product as Azure API Management. The problems they aim to solve are simple to understand, even if complex to solve. If you are working with partners, how do you accelerate their ability to grasp what your API does? How do you manage the hordes of partners wanting to work with you? And how do you protect yourself from attack?


As Josh Twist, Principal Program Manager for Azure API Management writes in a blog post, these questions need to be answered all while business life is stuck in the fast lane that's accelerating:

The speed at which businesses need to move has now accelerated to a blistering pace. Businesses must be more agile and partnerships need to be formed rapidly and organically. The explosive growth of the SaaS ecosystem and rapid adoption of best of breed solutions by organizations has made integration as regular a part of an enterprise developer’s day as breakfast. Furthermore, your next partner might not be a big enterprise, they could be an individual developer on the verge of her startup breakthrough.

Now released into general availability, the developer tier cost has been slashed to $49.

Into Africa: Facebook to Hold its First Hackathon on the Continent

Facebook will hold its "creative hackathon" at the Cullinan Hotel in Capetown, South Africa, September 18. This is in partnership with Loeries Creative Week 2014. As ITwebAfrica reports, Rob Newlan, head of Facebook Creative Shop, Europe, Middle East and Africa, will give a talk on bringing the power of storytelling to an incredible scale:

Facebook says it also plans to provide an “educational session showcasing award winning work as well as the latest developments from Facebook HQ on tools and systems being developed specifically for Africa.”

Newlan will be among the judges at the event.

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