Brought Low by a Humble Bug in the Google+ People API

I remember when Google+ was a thing. And then when it was a thing again. Both those periods were a long time ago. But it was still a shock to see that Google+ is soon to be shuttered for good – and to learn that it was brought low by a humble bug in the Google+ People API. We've said it before: you've got to keep on monitoring your APIs once they are in production. In the case of Google+, it looks as though the bug arose through Google+ People API's interaction with a change in the Google+ codebase. The [...]

By |2018-10-18T11:16:51+00:00October 17th, 2018|API Update, Enterprise IT, Opinion|0 Comments

CMA9 Open Banking public APIs: Latest News

The story of our previous monthly surveys of the UK CMA9 Open Banking public APIs has been that roughly 30% of the APIs have fallen below an acceptable score of 800 or more. While things have improved in June, confirming our suspicions that many of the banks took advantage of the multiple holidays during May to make changes, we still observe that 28% of the APIs we monitor are performing below a 'good' score as determined by our CASC scoring system. This is strongly tied to a small number of the institutions involved. Generally speaking, if some of a bank's [...]

By |2018-08-15T08:24:19+00:00July 25th, 2018|API Update, Fintech, Monthly Report, News|0 Comments

Coming Soon to UK’s Digital Marketplace and Microprocurement Platform

As I blogged a few weeks ago, one of the hottest trends right now in business and government is microprocurement. Always at the very front of any trend, we have just found out that APImetrics has been approved as a supplier for G-Cloud, the UK government's digital marketplace and microprocurement platform. So APImetrics will be going live on the brand new G-Cloud 10 on Monday, 2 July 2018. If you are in the lucky position to be a buyer of services from G-Cloud, get the date in your diary. In less than two weeks, you will be able to obtain [...]

By |2018-06-19T08:20:15+00:00June 19th, 2018|API Update, Feature updates, News|0 Comments

CMA9 APIs: The Only Constant Is The Lack Of Consistency

Following on from our thoughts on SLOs and KPIs, we teased that we had some more data on CMA9 APIs. And here it is! The approach we use is simple. We look at past performance and provide benchmarking against similar services doing similar things – or against previous performance. Obviously, making comparisons against similar services is challenging. But we happen to have a large data set, which fits nicely. Measuring API SLOs The CMA9 UK Open Banking APIs are a set of APIs required by all the UK major banks. It covers the provision of data on common bank information [...]

By |2018-06-15T08:19:17+00:00June 15th, 2018|API Update, Fintech, Summary|0 Comments

Microprocurement: Don’t Nonitor. Monitor!

Our friend Kin Lane has an interesting article over at his essential API Evangelist site that includes a shout out for us. Kin discusses the trend in US government circles towards microprocurement. We have seen this in the UK too – for instance, with the G-Cloud digital marketplace. CAPEX v. OPEX Microprocurement tried to address the age-old problem of CAPEX v. OPEX. If you want an active API monitoring solution, that's CAPEX. It's a software system, so you have to go through the whole heavyweight procurement cycle with RfIs and RfPs and RfQs and supplier approval. You might end up [...]

By |2018-06-12T04:48:47+00:00June 5th, 2018|API Update, Feature updates|0 Comments

API Gateway and APImetrics: How We Integrate with Your Existing Systems

An API gateway allows API providers to manage and control their APIs reliably and at scale. It manages access, policy and traffic controls, and handles run-time activities including routing and authentication. An API gateway typically provides functionality across five broad areas: access control cloud-native principles policy definition reporting analytics traffic management Of these areas, reporting analytics supports passive API monitoring. Reporting analytics provides information about the consumption of APIs, HTTP errors and warnings generated by APIs, and detects API behavior patterns, including error patterns, that can be used to optimize API performance. Traffic management functionality can also used to [...]

By |2018-03-29T09:28:44+00:00March 19th, 2018|API Update, IT and Cloud, Summary|0 Comments

The (Open Banking) Revolution Will Be Blogged.

BBC Business is a fairly obscure slot on the BBC's news channel, but the BBC News website is one of the leading news sites in the world and there was a story on the launch of PSD2 and Open Banking on the front page on Saturday. Of course, it takes about three-quarters of the article before it is admitted that Open Banking is an EU initiative – but this is the BBC we are talking about. God forbid they ever suggest that the EU ever did anything for us! So, as I said last week, PSD2 and Open Banking are [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:22:02+00:00January 16th, 2018|API Update, News|0 Comments

PSD2 Eve: Tomorrow It Goes Live. Are You Ready?

Happy PSD2 Eve! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the time has come: It's going live throughout the European Single Market on Saturday, 13 January 2018. So, what happens if you realize on Monday morning that the passive monitoring or homemade cURL scripts you have implemented simply isn't enough? What if you find you're unable to understand how the open banking APIs your organization depends are really behaving? Here at APImetrics, we offer the industry's state-of-the-art active API performance and quality monitoring solution. Just reach out to us if there is any way we can help you with your APIs. To find [...]

By |2018-01-12T03:57:44+00:00January 12th, 2018|API Update, News|0 Comments

The IRS and APIs: Can Your Tax Returns Be Accessed?

There's a fascinating article over at TechCrunch about the possibility of the IRS being mandated by Congress to expose an API. The IRS undoubtedly already has lots of internal APIs, and might even expose some of them to external users. But the mandated API would give authorized third parties access to certain details from the someone's tax returns. Why would you want to let someone access your tax returns? The answer is to prove what your income is in order to obtain a better rate on a loan or a loan at all. In fact, you can already tell the [...]

By |2018-01-03T05:43:55+00:00January 3rd, 2018|API Update, Opinion|0 Comments

API Monitoring and Reporting: Steady Improvement in APIs

Being an API monitoring and reporting service, we often talk about the bad stuff – outages, performance problems, and just plain weird results. But we also like to be able to say good things when we can! Using our CASC scoring system, we track the overall performance of a whole suite of common corporate infrastructure APIs like Salesforce, Box, Dropbox, and more. In line with our Cloud Quality Report, we are happy to report that we've seen improvements in all the APIs we monitor over the last 9 months, with the number of APIs showing poor performance have dropped [...]

By |2018-08-06T15:55:40+00:00October 3rd, 2017|API Update|0 Comments