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+00:00 January 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+00:00 January 12th, 2018|API Update, News|0 Comments

Rankings for Business Critical APIs

Every day, APImetrics run hundreds of thousands of API calls against some of the leading APIs in use. They're the APIs you may depend on, but you don't have a clear Service Level Agreement or Commitment. Using our Cloud API Service Consistency scoring system, we're launching the first part of a new service – providing weekly and monthly reports on the quality of leading APIs in a variety of sectors. Currently, these sectors include: Corporate Infrastructure APIs – cloud storage, office programs and more Developer Products – application tools Social Media – Facebook and more Search APIs – comparisons [...]

By | 2017-12-01T08:21:35+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Feature updates, News|0 Comments

Zen and the Art of API Monitoring

This week I spoke at the APIDays Banking Event in Berlin. The topic of my talk was a riff on the title of Robert Persig's 1974 classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. If you haven't read it, like many classics it's not always an easy read. It's a novelized discourse on the nature of what is 'good' - a topic which drives the protagonist mad. We've felt the same way about APIs - there are so many places you can monitor, and ways you can monitor, and data that monitoring delivers, it becomes almost impossible [...]

By | 2017-11-10T04:16:36+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Fintech, News|0 Comments

Chase and Expensify: No, You Can’t Expense It (For Now)

If you're a customer of Chase trying to upload your expenses using Expensify, take a breather. Go get a latte. On the afternoon of May 18 (PDT), visitors to the Expensify website read this announcement: Effective May 17, 2017, Chase began rejecting all of our connections to their Direct Connect service without warning. As a result, though our end of the connection has not changed, we are not able to import any transactions for any type of Chase card until the blockage is removed from Chase's side. Expensify added: “This is not due to any security concerns.” So, it’s not [...]

By | 2017-06-07T09:46:22+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Fintech, News, Travel|2 Comments

Census Data #API is Down

The US Census Bureau tweeted this about their API on the morning of Apr 6, 2017. They even sent us an email: We are currently experiencing an extended interruption in service for the Census data API. We are working to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience. And indeed, there has been an extended interruption. As part of our efforts here at APImetrics to understand the global API ecosystem, we monitor hundreds of public APIs. These include two US Census Bureau APIs – the populations of California in 2010 and King County, WA in 2010. Both of these APIs [...]

By | 2017-04-11T09:27:39+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Government, News, Sectors, Summary|0 Comments

Tesla’s API outage is a lesson for everybody in today’s hyper-connected world

Forty years ago, the average car barely had a transistor in it. But a car in 2017 is basically a bunch of incredibly sophisticated software riding around on some very high-end processors attached to a chassis. Sometimes you can’t even open the doors if the car app can't access to the manufacturer’s API.  Outraged Tesla owners discovered this during its 20-hour outage last week. Tesla relies on constant communication between the company’s data centers and its vehicles. This gives them vital real-time information to manage the cars safely, optimize their performance and, in some circumstances, simply make the cars go. [...]

By | 2017-05-25T14:48:20+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Automotive, News|0 Comments

70% of all API problems have no apparent root cause

70% of all API problems have no easy way to identify root cause In a survey of 20 of the leading corporate infrastructure APIs, we found that in over 70% of the API problems, there was no clear root cause in the cluster of poor performance. We used our Machine Learning system to learn the normal performance of each of the APIs. This included services from Docusign, Microsoft and Dropbox. We looked for periods where the performance degraded. We then clustered the events that seem to be linked or related (again using machine learning techniques). Then we looked [...]

By | 2017-08-03T13:21:49+00:00 September 9th, 2016|News, Opinion|1 Comment

API News Rundown 5.11.15

A weekly rundown of all things API! At APImetrics, we love APIs and everything that makes the API Ecosystem what it is. Keep up to date, learn of new tech, or just get some good reading in! From APImetrics: A Featurette on our Features–  More information on our customizable Automated API Monitoring, Sharable Report, Dashboard and our Test Call Scheduler. From Around the Web: Pinterest Welcomes New Apps with Developer API– Pinterest announced today that it’s finally releasing an API for developers, which will enable them to build apps based on Pinterest’s user data. How Smart Cities are Promoting API Usage - APIs are increasingly being [...]

By | 2015-06-04T11:14:19+00:00 May 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments