Swivel, along with its cousin IBM Research's Many Eyes, is helping make sharing, visualizing, and discussing data on the web fun and addictive. How? Take, for example, the following Swivel-hosted graph, which shows the Growth of Creative Commons Photos on Flickr to millions of photos.
Web APIs are now widely used for integration, especially to enable mobile applications. APIs divide broadly into two categories: Open APIs and Enterprise APIs. “Open APIs” are APIs which are available to any client, often hosted in the Cloud. “Enterprise APIs” run inside the enterprise and are not publicly available. So, how do Open APIs differ from Enterprise APIs? Let’s begin to answer this question by turning it on its head - what do Open APIs and Enterprise APIs have in common?
One of the bigger challenges with anything having to do with software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications is how quickly they can sprawl out of control. Before most organizations realize it they wind up with multiple silos of SaaS applications that are even more difficult to integrate than traditional enterprise applications.