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API Ratings: Jan 11–18 | Twitter and Facebook

So. January 2021. Anything interesting happen this month? YIKES. Well, the internet keeps on chugging along, and so too do the APIs that keep it humming. And we’ve been watching so we can bring you this week’s API ratings. For our API ratings, we look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you a general feeling for the service quality for an organization’s APIs in a particular API ratings category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest Social Networks is a competitive category and one that has been in the news much of late!

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API Ratings Summary November 2020 | Twitter Wins

API Ratings: Performance For our API ratings, we look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you a general feeling for the service quality for an organization’s APIs in a particular API ratings category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest Twitter is a good example of a performant API, topping the Social Networks category this month with a fine CASC score of 9.57 in what is a fairly competitive category, with 5 of the 10 APIs having a CASC score of over 9.00 and only one API being in the Amber Zone. Twitter

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Fintech API Ratings, Nov 30 – Dec 7

Something of interest In the Fintech API November monthly report, we discuss HSBC, which is perennially fast and perennially languishes towards or at the bottom of the Open Banking – UK – Open Data category. This is because HSBC caches the result with the consequence that you get a lot of outliers when the cache refreshes because of the slowness of pulling the result from the backend. It’s interesting to see how HSBC compares to a performant Fintech API like this week’s category topper, First Trust Bank. One of the great things about the Open Banking – UK – Open

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API Ratings: Nov 30 – Dec 7 | The Year of Zoom

API Ratings: Performance For our API ratings, we look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you a general feeling for the service quality for an organization’s APIs in a particular API ratings category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest 2020 has been the year of COVID-19, which has meant that it also been the year of the messaging service. Where would we have been with Zoom and Cisco Webex Teams amongst others over the last few months? And even when people do eventually get their vaccinations, it is likely that the habit

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Fintech API Ratings, Nov 24-30: Cryptocurrency Exchange

Something of interest There is a lot of variation in performance in the Cryptocurrency Exchange categories. Seven of the 17 APIs manage CASC scores of over 9.00, which is very good and 14 are in the Green Zone, indicating fully performant Fintech APIs, but we do have a couple of Fintech APIs in the Amber Zone and Coinlore languishing in the Red Zone this week with a CASC score of 45.83, a stark contrast with Gemini on 9.44. It is interesting to look at the Process Time for the two contrasting Fintech APIs. Gemini is blistering fast in North America

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API Ratings: Nov 24-30 | The Social Networks

API Ratings: Performance For our API ratings, we look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you a general feeling for the service quality for an organization’s APIs in a particular API ratings category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest Social Networks is a pretty competitive API ratings category and a good example of where all APIs should be! If all the Social Networks APIs can do it, other APIs can do it too. All of the APIs are very firmly in the Green Zone, and 8 out of the 10 of them

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Fintech API Ratings, Nov 17-24: NatWest Dips

Something of Interest NatWest Groups’ two sets of two Fintech APIs are usually pretty performant, but we have seen a definite dip in the performance of the non-Auth APIs in the last week. The Auth APIs held up at 5th (NatWest Auth) and 8th (RBS Auth) out 41 APIs, NatWest non-Auth doesn’t hold up too badly at 10th, but RBS non-Auth is off pace at 22nd. Now, these Fintech APIs should behave pretty much identically because they are using the same infrastructure. We can see that the median latencies are virtually the same. There is hardly any difference between the

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API Ratings: Nov 17-24 | Active Monitoring is Good Monitoring

API Ratings: Performance For our API ratings, we look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you a general feeling for the service quality for an organization’s APIs in a particular category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest One reason you need to be actively monitoring your APIs – and those of your peers – is competitor analysis and benchmarking. We all like to think that what we are doing makes us the best in class in the API ratings, but the only of knowing for sure is by measuring how well you

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Finance API Ratings, Nov 10-17: Open Banking Sandboxes

Something of interest Sandboxes for financial APIs are crucial and sometimes don’t get the respect they deserve. That’s partly because some banks have been known to just stick up a bank-in-a-box that bears no resemblance to the production environment. Creating a test environment that accurately reflects live behavior is no easy task. But it is a necessary one if you want third parties to be able to easily integrate with your APIs, which will help increase the number of Open Banking products and drive consumer adoption. Having people expending time, money, and energy integrating to a sandbox only to find

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API Ratings: Nov 10-17 | Foursquare Outage

API Performance We look at over 100 APIs and pull all the metrics together to give you the API ratings for an organization’s APIs in a particular category with our patented CASC score. Something of interest Foursquare had a bad week last week claiming the wooden spoon in both the Search and Social Network categories. What went wrong? Foursquare had an outage on 12 November 2020 that started just after 15:00 UTC and lasted until after 21:30 UTC. It was an intermittent outage, so not all calls were failed during that time and there were a handful of fails afterward

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Authentication in Open Banking APIs

Open Banking APIs are, by necessity, secure. In the United Kingdom, an entity wishing to make a call to a UK financial service provider must be a trusted TPP (Third Party Provider). The exact model is different in other geographies, but the fundamental idea is similar – the TPP will be given access to a certificate that proves who they are and credentials that allow for secure mutually authenticated communication between their servers and the institution they are connecting to. This all has to take place before an individual user can get to the authentication stage that we’re all familiar

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