API service provider Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) has launched a new app directory at SXSW which features apps built on Mashery hosted APIs. It’s a great thing for three distinct groups. First, it helps the API providers who partner with Mashery by encouraging API usage through the apps. Second, it helps app developers seeking to build an audience. Third, it helps consumers that might be interested in finding an app that uses a particular API. Granted, those would be your super savvy mobile app consumers, but that doesn’t seem so far fetched after a week at "spring break for geeks."
Enterprise software companies display wide variety in their needs and behaviors but fundamentally they are concerned with security, administration and control, cost-effectiveness and visibility. While the problems are not unique to APIs, the solutions used by modern enterprises include them.
Twilio introduced a new Fax API in Beta. The API allows connected apps to both send and receive faxes to and from legacy fax machines. While the API might seem counterintuitive, the business reality of today's marketplace continues to see many businesses across industries rely on fax communication.