The vast majority of analytics software is going to be consumed within another application, rather than exist as a stand-alone application. Recognizing this fact, analytics application vendors are racing to deliver robust sets of APIs around their applications that make it easier for developers to embed those capabilities within their applications.
Hoover's, the business information company, has released their own Hoover's API, aka "HAPI". This new API enables developers to create applications that utilize Hoover's database of 27 million companies and 34 million business executives (details at our Hoover's API profile). This is certainly useful data for a variety of enterprise applications.
New Relic wants to take the whole idea of application performance management (APM) up a few notches by leveraging an analytics engine that the company intends to expose via an API. At the New Relic FutureStack 2013 conference today New Relic previewed Project Rubicon, which leverages a Big Data analytics engine to give developers greater insight into all the factors that may be adversely affecting application performance.