By 2015 SAP aims to have has one billion people interact with some piece of the company’s software. The folks at SAP are not saying where there are now in terms of achieving that goal, but as part of achieving that goal SAP has been releasing a raft of applications that one would not normally associate with a provider of enterprise applications.
MeasureOne, provider of an academic data API and accompanying analytic products, has announced a new developer platform. The new platform provides developers access to academic data that has already been extracted and standardized from transcripts that are often inconsistent in their original form.
There are major advantages to today’s applications being built atop APIs. If you’re reading ProgrammableWeb, there’s a good chance you know all about integrating with other services. The major disadvantage of modern distributed architecture is pretty obvious—someone else’s service could go down and it’s outside of your control. You might not even know a service is down, which is why many top API providers are now making status pages available. These sites help communicate to developers when anything is amiss with the API.