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API Performance Analysis: Hitting the Mainstream

Here at APImetrics, we've been at the cutting edge of API performance analysis for over four years now. So we tend to forget how far things have come in just a short period of time. This was brought home to me just today by a thought piece in Forbes on the API economy. This point in particular leapt straight off the screen at me: APIs have become so essential to businesses that 85% consider web APIs and API-based integration fundamental to their business strategy and continued success. Five years ago, we were still having conversations with our clients about why [...]

By |2019-05-01T10:02:15+00:00May 1st, 2019|Fintech, News, Opinion|0 Comments

New Importer – Better Postman, Github and OpenAPI Sync

  An exciting day today! We have gone live with our new importer, this has been built in conjunction with our partners at APImatic, to provide a more effective way of integrating and then monitoring your API collections from Postman and other collection managers. Key features include: Import directly from Postman or APIMATIC Use a URL to import an API specification of nearly any kind including from OpenAPI or GitHub Once the import has completed, you may need to set up any environment variables your API calls require. You may also want to check that your API calls have the correct Authentication [...]

By |2019-03-28T16:37:00+00:00March 28th, 2019|Feature updates|0 Comments

Healthcare API Economy: Long Overdue

  This week, Don Rucker MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, proposed a healthcare API economy. This is something that's long overdue, especially in the USA, and shadows the changes that the banking sector, and before that the telecommunications sectors have gone through. However, it has its own unique risks and challenges that need to be carefully considered as the move happens. If you build healthcare APIs they might not come One of the many challenges for the telecommunications sector was that they were slow to adopt the right technologies. The innovations they wanted to be part of ended [...]

By |2019-02-16T09:54:18+00:00February 16th, 2019|Enterprise IT, News, Opinion|0 Comments

APIs and the Cloud: An Impact Study

In their recent white paper, ThousandEyes concludes that all the clouds offer good choices from the perspective of network performance with solid backbones for data transfer. But that’s only part of the story. When we started with our unique multi-cloud approach, we assumed that there wouldn’t be much difference between different clouds when they’re used to call APIs. The fact is, they’re all VERY different. How we analyze performance Our product makes a series of calls to API endpoints. We use the same security (OAuth, OAuth+JWT, etc.) as a TPP (Third-Party Payment) provider or ASIP (Account Service Information) provider [...]

By |2018-11-15T09:50:42+00:00November 15th, 2018|Fintech, IT and Cloud, News, Opinion|0 Comments

Free Puppy!!! (AKA Free Software Is Rarely Free)

We do that! It really doesn’t matter what ‘that’ is. It could be API monitoring, it could be networking monitoring, it could be security services. It could be one of a dozen things. But the sales team for your infrastructure vendor is sure they do it or have a module for it, and they’ll do it for you for free as part of the large contract you’re signing with them. This offer of free software (or security or whatever) reminds me of two common problems. Problem one: the ‘free puppy problem’ Somebody gives you a free puppy. That’s great! You [...]

By |2018-11-12T02:25:43+00:00October 30th, 2018|Enterprise IT, Fintech, Opinion|0 Comments

Monthly Fintech API Performance Dashboard

As we get closer to launching some data-only products focused on our non-technical users, we wanted to make some data available that's easy to read and understand. So, the first 5 Fintech API performance dashboards are now up for public consumption. These cover Open Banking, UK CMA9 APIs, financial services API providers, common corporate APIs and US government APIs. We're planning to add search engines and social APIs (which they still let us!), so stay tuned. The dashboards contain key information for understanding more about the API quality and performance, including the best performers by speed and quality, a [...]

By |2018-08-29T12:36:10+00:00August 29th, 2018|Feature updates, News|0 Comments

API Compliance Monitoring – Can you afford not to?

In the rapidly expanding fields of Open Banking, where there are regulations driven by systems like the European Payment Services Directive, you have to prove your IT systems work as the regulations require – AND, just to add a little extra complexity, some of the dependencies might be entirely outside your control! But when it comes to API Compliance Monitoring, the dirty secret of most testing and DevOps strategies is that they’re more interested in being able to prove the IT systems are working at all than working the way they’re meant to be. Compliance - Can [...]

By |2018-08-10T10:14:57+00:00August 9th, 2018|Fintech, Opinion|0 Comments

Why API Monitoring?

Why API Monitoring One of the questions we get asked all the time is the deceptively simple: Why API monitoring? After all, companies and DevOps groups use LOTS of different monitoring tools. There’s the tool suite that come with their Amazon or Microsoft Cloud instance. There are stack monitoring tools for their backend, like New Relic or App Dynamic. There are the tools built into Axway or Apigee gateways. Then there are whole sets of web tools, from simple pings of a website to complex scripting tools, and a whole range of options for monitoring the network itself. [...]

Open Banking CMA9 API Performance Data CMA9 – July 2018

We first shared this on LinkedIn a few days ago, but it's worth repeating here as this data is, we believe, fundamental to the success of CMA9 Open Banking API initiatives and the banks, ASPs and TPPs who are running them. Next we're going to be diving into the core data and what it's telling us. Improvement, but still a way to go... Over the course of this year, we’ve found a consistent number of what we deem to be underperforming CMA9 Open APIs from UK banks. That number has been set at around 30%. But in a good [...]

By |2018-08-06T13:54:36+00:00August 6th, 2018|Fintech, Monthly Report|0 Comments