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“Our Experience So Far” – FI.SPAN Talks APImetrics

At APImetrics, we enjoy hearing from our clients. So we were delighted to receive such a lovely note from Valery Novikov, Co-Founder and CTO of FI.SPAN. FI.SPAN is a SOC compliant, cloud-native API orchestration platform that turns APIs into tangible & impactful service experiences for their clients. FI.SPAN believes that the smartest and most adaptable banks will thrive in this world, winning new clients and consolidating market share – a belief that we share here at APImetrics. With Mr. Novikov's permission, we're including here how APImetrics has helped FI.SPAN deliver for their clients. I wanted to say thanks for the [...]

By |2018-06-06T09:39:14+00:00June 6th, 2018|Case Studies|0 Comments

Why we monitor, and why you should to… CMA9 Open Banking Edition

Fresh from congratulating a UK CMA9 bank on keeping their V1 and V2 APIs going for a decent period beyond the February switchover, we had a deeper look to see if the two APIs performed differently. For the most part, they did not, in fact, they were almost identical, except for this period between May 1st and May 5. During that 5 day window the V2 API dramatically improved, speedwise, so we decided to take a look at that. Afterall, who wouldn't always want to have a faster API? The data showed that rather than actually getting faster, the [...]

By |2018-05-17T11:56:01+00:00May 17th, 2018|News, Opinion|0 Comments

APImetrics In Japan – May 22-25

APImetrics is excited to be part of the Washington State Trade Mission to Japan, the trip will be focusing on AI, and we're looking to make connections with any Japanese company or companies doing business in Japan who are interested in how our API and Microservice monitoring technology can be used, especially in the banking and finance sectors. It's a packed schedule including some open events, like this one (https://agusimeetup0525.peatix.com/) where you can meet us at the Aoyama Gakuin University Singularity Institute from 13:00 on Friday May 25th in Tokyo. Please feel free to reach out to us directly via email [...]

By |2018-05-14T11:03:06+00:00May 14th, 2018|News|0 Comments

New Features – Print to PDF for reports – Email Subscription controls

Email Controls You can now set your email preferences from the alerting menu, this will automatically subscribe or unsubscribe you from the various email reporting options like weekly and daily reports, insights or alerts. Print to PDF We've now formatted the key reports to print to a nicely formatted PDF for emailing out to internal and external reports. This works for the Insights Ranks, Insights Reports, the home page dashboard and all the location breakdown reports. Simply print from your browser menu and select 'save as PDF'. You may find that some of the reports may need you to [...]

By |2018-05-07T17:54:00+00:00May 7th, 2018|Feature updates|0 Comments

CMA9 OBIE UK Report, April. And a third of APIs still under perform.

Competition and Markets Authority In March, we published a report on the UK's public CMA9 Open Banking APIs V2 from the OBIE. IN it, we found that more than 35% of the APIs offered were performing below our expected acceptable score of 800. And we're sad to say, the numbers for April are essentially unchanged, with 32% of APIs scoring below 800. When we analyse the banks, we find that the under-performing banks have largely remained the same. Although there's a new entrant – Bank of Ireland – which has historically been one of the better performing. [...]

By |2018-08-10T07:44:13+00:00May 4th, 2018|Fintech, Monthly Report, News|0 Comments

API Monitoring: There’s No Taking The 5th

Most of the world is probably aware of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Most countries have their own version: No person … shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself… While it is an essential part of a good legal system, we all know that there’s always a cloud that hangs over its use in certain situations. Why did they take the 5th? What are they hiding? For individuals, it’s a right and it should be defended. But what about an API? Compare the 5th Amendment to this clause from [...]

By |2018-05-03T08:00:25+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Opinion, Sectors|0 Comments

Equifax and AWS: How One Minor Thing Can Pull Down Performance

It's always fascinating to us how your choice of Cloud Host can impact your performance. For example, we noticed some issues with the Equifax API we monitor. There are a lot of issues. Over the last week alone, there have been protracted periods when the endpoint doesn't respond to queries at all which affected everyone. However, we did notice a significant difference in latency between the 4 major clouds. AWS calls were, on average, almost 1.5 seconds longer than calls made from other clouds. When we drilled into this, we could see that for some reason DNS calls made [...]

By |2018-04-18T08:29:45+00:00April 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

API Standards: Who Watches the Watchmen?

I am fond of the saying, Who watches the watchers? When applied to the API sector, it addresses a very real problem: How do you manage standards and adherence to standards in the API space? Nacha, the payments association, have announced new standards for electronic payments APIs. The work is being led by Apigee and Accenture, two major players in enterprise APIs. Apigee famously provided one of the major gateway products, and was acquired by Google. Accenture does consulting for many, if not all of the major global finance companies. Standards make sense We see a lot of divergence around [...]

By |2018-08-15T08:45:33+00:00April 16th, 2018|Opinion, Sectors|0 Comments

Daily and Weekly Status Mails

We've now added one of the features that everybody has been asking for, daily and weekly alert status mails. The emails will initially cover the basics - the number of calls you've made, the number of APIs monitored and not monitored and the alerts you've had during that day or week. Each monitored API and API shared within your organization is reported with the pass rate for the day/week, the median latency and the CASC score associated with the call. Over the next few months we'll also be adding the following: Insight data that is meaningful - bottlenecks, either [...]

PSD2, Open Banking and North America: Part II of II

This is part II of a two-part series. To jump back, read this first. The paradigm within PSD2 and open banking generally is that anyone can connect to anyone. A few US banks have shown some interest in using external APIs, but generally only to connect to a limited number of partners. So, the US model is very much closed banking. So there are likely few open banking API developer programs in the US that we can join. Capital One is, of course, a notable exception, although they are not really promoting true European-style open banking. Companies that provide [...]

By |2018-04-07T08:52:10+00:00April 6th, 2018|Fintech, Opinion, Sectors|0 Comments